Friday, August 29, 2008

DIY: Readymade Periodical Table

Readymade is my favorite magazine and in each issue there are fun DIY projects that I always want to try for myself. This project reuses Ikea's Mackis magazine files to create a periodical table. So cute!

Todd Oldham
There are a lot of different magazines out there, and they come in as many shapes and sizes as they do topics. Whether you tend to hoard your issues forever, or just give them a quick flip, here’s a great way to store them.
THE INSPIRATION Artists Jeff Carter and Clay Ketter have been reimagining Ikea’s ubiquitous materials for quite some time. Today, more and more people are using bits and pieces they find at the Swedish retailer as raw material for creative projects (see ReadyMade’s Expedit Challenge on page 40). I followed suit and found the key ingredients for this filing system.
MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION First I painted 11 Mackis magazine files in a fun palette and set them aside to dry. Next I cut the base and back out of ¾” plywood. The back measures 25 ½” x 25 ½”, and the base is 25 ½” x 9 ¾”. If you don’t have a table saw, your local lumberyard can make the cuts for you. I attached the back to the base by screwing up through the base with 2 ¼” drywall screws. For extra reinforcement, you could use angle brackets with ½” screws. I thought the Sigfrid shelving brackets would make nice legs, so I attached them to the underside of the base. The front legs face forward and the back legs face out to the sides so the unit can sit flush against a wall. With the unit on its back, I arranged the 11 magazine files in a grid and affixed seven of them to the back piece with wood glue and ½” screws with finishing washers. I left the four bottom ones loose so they can be pulled in and out, which is great for those magazines you return to over and over.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Barcode Clutch

The barcode clutch from Ecoist at Reform School has been marked as a favorite of mine for some time now. I love that it is made from recycling candy wrappers, soda bottles, and food containers. The clutch is available in three sizes small (coin purse), medium (phone & keys) and large (clutch purse). Plus, Ecoist will plant a tree for every bag that is sold!

Etsy Lunch Hour: Turntables

8x10 polaroid transfer of girl in field listening to record player-signed by artist by shehitpausestudios

Happy Birthday Gocco Greeting Card by twoguitars

iPod CLASSIC Case )Turntablism )Teal by QuietDoing

record everything - necklace by PietraAmorCreations

Artist: Tara Donovan

Tara Donovan's work is absolutely stunning. I love the forms and materials used like the styrofoam cup installation below. It always impresses me when artists create on such a large scale. I found this via SeeSeeBe.

Untitled, 2003 Styrofoam Cups, Hot Glue. Visit the American artist Tara Donovan's work at Ace Gallery, NYC

Transplanted, 2003 Ripped & Stacked Tarpaper2'-1/2"(H) x 10'6"(W) x 26'(D)IBM Exhibition Space 57th St. & Madison Ave. New York City, Fall 2003

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Finish: Studio Nommo custom wallpaper

Studio Nommo has some wonderful custom wallpapers available. Their designs are created by young designers from all over the world and you can create your own custom design or commission a custom design from them as well.

Etsy Lunch Hour: Stark

Here are just a few of my favorites! I think they are all beautiful.

Raymond Loewy Charcoal sugar bowl by PardonMyVintage

Recycled Skateboard Bangle - Angles by 2ReVert

dirty LUNAR crater with RAINBOW MOONSTONE by nectarjewelry

Silver Tangle Necklace by annemade

Interior: Dave Cuzner of Grain Edit

I had to repost this interior when I saw it. First, because I love Grain Edit. Second, because I am a sucker for mid-century modern. Third, because it rocks. Grace at Design*Sponge reposted this from More Ways to Waste Time...two of my other favorite sites. Dave, of Grain Edit, his wife Liz and their cat Twig live in this fantastic modern home in Oakland. Read the entire article here. It's a fantastic read but I'll just leave you with the photo highlights.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Accessory: Concrete Buildings by Pull + Push

Small-scale planters, incense burners, and even an ash tray are made with cement to resemble urban buildings and warehouses. Available online from MollaSpace with prices ranging from $47 - $120. (via apartmenttherapy)

Etsy Lunch Hour: Clouds

I had to travel through the hurricane this weekend to go visit my parents and saw some of the most beautiful clouds on my way home. It's been raining since Friday night and I am actually now ready to see some sun in lieu of these clouds.

Architecture: Casa Tolo

I like to call this house the "slope house". Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira designed this house "instead of fighting the natural environment, the architect embraced it using the slope as the home's main characteristic. the home begins at the top of the hill and slowly reveals itself as you descend down the outdoor staircase. the home was designed as a vacation home for the architect's cousin, wife and children. despite the familiar connection the home was built on a tight budget of 150,000 usd. the various rooms are divided among the levels, each one even has its own patio space. despite the frontal exposure to the hot sun, the residence is cooled by the earth which surrounds it on three sides." This house is unbelievably cool and innovative!
photographs ©
fg+sg/fernando guerra

Monday, August 25, 2008

Lighting: Mama Cloud by Frank Gehry

I am so in love with this cloud light by Frank Gehry it is not funny. This pendant is really more of an art piece than a light source to me and is massive, measuring at 78" wide! What a beautiful statement piece this could be.

Furniture: Gordon International

Gordon International has at least a dozen chairs that I love. Although their website sucks, they have modern and fun products. Here are just a few to give you an idea.