After seeing these hilariously beaten-up, wooden stools I totally had an I-can-make-that-myself moment — and wanted to share, because who doesn’t have a totally beyond sand-paper repair banged-up piece of wooden furniture? An old table? A clean-lined chair? The more dented and imperfect the better. How to get your own? Take said wood stool/chair/bench/table and up the distressed look—don’t be afraid to get destructive (well, within reason). To add to the dents collection, I like to pound the wood with a heavy chain (the super heavy type makes it easiest, you don’t have to swing to create imperfections and indentations), but any heavy “instrument” will make indentations. Next, get yourself a wood carving knife—they aren’t pricey—and make sure it’s made for carving wood and not simply an X-Acto or hobby knife (or a kitchen knife!). Get carving. I like the mix of actual words/hearts/obvious elements and also vague, abstract shapes as in the stools, above. Last step: Re-stain. Before you stain, lightly sand and also wipe the piece down well. Throw on whatever color of stain you’re into—and let the stain pool in the crevices. That way you’ll get the above look where the carved bits are darker. [Wary Meyers] Keep reading »
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You know there was a time in life where you owned a sweet, sweet bean bag chair. (In fact, it might have been the only furniture you owned.) Amelia spotted this bear-shaped one, $135, and we must admit that we are awfully smitten kittens. But we’re torn, because these log pillows, $40-$69, are kind of ultra rad, too. [Better Living Through Design] Keep reading »
We’ve seen humans as furniture before, but Atelier Van Lieshout‘s latest exhibition of work at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London puts fiberglass figures into some compromising positions. According to a press release, AVL has based sculptural works on the human body since the ’80s.”With a fascination bordering on obsession with the human body, this collection continues to explore new shapes and forms influenced by the human figure with all imperfections and complexities carefully manipulated to create functional sculptures that are at once abstract but also familiar.” Pretty hoity-toity commentary, considering the lamp above looks like a person slobbing a giant knob. [via Dezeen] Keep reading »
Ikea, watch out. H&M is set to take over your entire world.
H&M gave shoppers all over a thrill just a few weeks ago when the store announced that Internet shopping would finally be available in the coming months. But they’re not stopping with that. Now, they’re ready to get into the home goods arena, so not only your wardrobe can be filled with H&M, but your home can be decked out as well. So far the site features bed linens and bathroom towels, but there’s also a section for organic cotton and rugs, so really it’s only a matter of time before it’s a full blown Ikea competitor. Let the cheap yet stylish Swedish homewares war begin! Ironically, the first area that H&M has begun to cater their sheets and pillows to is Sweden.
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Hair that’s not attached to people’s heads can be pretty gross. Like the chunks your roommate left in the shower drain. Or the hair bunnies you find under your bed. So, we’re not sure how we feel about the PrettyPretty seating collection designed by Dejana Kabiljo. They’re sort of gross but also quite pretty — just look at those glistening, well-conditioned locks! Made from horsetail hair, PrettyPretty seating comes in either a pouf (photo after the jump) or bar stool style with the hair either free-flowing or tied down, and Philippe Starck even chose the stool version for the main bar of the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. How would you feel about sitting atop a hunk of shiny horsehair? [1stDibs via Trend Hunter] Keep reading »
Sculptor Peter Rolfe’s handy storage units are great for storing jewelry, underwear, or assorted random items, especially if you like your drawers in the shape of boobs or a six-pack. Created out of birch plywood, the headless, three-drawer cupboards are sure to keep your house guests on their toes. Apartment Therapy’s commenters are responding with mixed reviews: “vulgar,” “eyesore,” “hyper-sexual.” What do you think — poor taste or très chic? [Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »
As a lady, you know that every month there will be blood. But designer Andy Kurovets wants Aunt Flo to move in with you permanently. Soak in his Hygienic Sanitary Pad Layers Table. If only we could really shelve our periods … but these will at least help you organize your bloody mess. Perhaps there is no more fitting furniture to store your chick-rock CD collection. Those Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, and Joni Mitchell records would look quite at home lined up on these sanitary napkins. Now, you gotta see what Andy did with with a tampon, after the jump! [WOW Report via Yanko Design] Keep reading »
Designer Angéline Bailly modifies photographs, printing images — from classic pics to modern cityscapes — on large-format canvas for her furniture and home accessories label Téo Jasmin. Among our favorite items are this Louis XV sofa featuring Brigitte Bardot’s eyes and pillows printed with the drawing from The Beatles’ Revolver album and a plump pair of lips. They’d add a little pop-art punch to our otherwise Ikea-infested apartments. [Téo Jasmin via Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »