Improvised Life » furniture http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:08:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Wood Scrap Room Partition Surprise http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/16/wood-scrap-room-partition/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/16/wood-scrap-room-partition/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:00:04 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45931

We recently stumbled on designer Olivier Dollé‘s very compelling room partition. Or that’s what we thought it was until we started wondering why he add the two horizontal pieces at the top and realized… they were LEGS!

It’s a table, turned on its side. Eureka! (more…)

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Max Lamb’s Inspired Furniture http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/15/max-lambs-inspired-furniture/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/15/max-lambs-inspired-furniture/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:58:18 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45898

We’ve written quite a bit about Max Lamb in the past because of his unique ability to combine art and simple practical design. An integral component of his art is showing people HOW he made it. At MaxLamb.org you can see illuminating how-to’s on just about all his pieces.

His latest work is his Marmorial series of furniture. We had to look up “marmoreal”; it means “made of or likened to marble“. (more…)

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Clever Hardwood Board Uses (with Resources) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/09/bread-board-bird-feeder-cutting-board-resources/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/09/bread-board-bird-feeder-cutting-board-resources/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:00:19 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45301

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This clever bread board bird feeder reminded us of the endless odd permutations on the theme of bread boards we’ve written about before, and of the vast possibilities for using wood planks in general for household projects, from a ledge to perch on top of the back of the toilet tank to a low bookshelf bench set on stones… (more…)

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A Simple Wood Chair Wrapped and Embellished http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/15/simple-wood-chair-wrapped-embellished/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/15/simple-wood-chair-wrapped-embellished/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:00:04 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45433

Ruth Ward

To raise funds for Teddy’s Wish charity auction, nineteen of the UK’s leading designers from the field of architecture, design, fashion and graphics have been invited to customise the iconic Ercol Stacking chair,  a simple, elegant wooden chair that invites embellishment. We are smitten with Faye Toogood’s iteration, above, wrapped with what looks like white nylon rope, or even rag. Oddly beautiful.

Here’s the original Ercol that provides the structure for Toogood’s imagination: (more…)

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Rock Table…DIY Imaginings http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/rock-table-diy-imaginings/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/rock-table-diy-imaginings/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:00:05 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45351

Elisabeth Garouste and Maria Bonetti

Spotted at Aqqindex: a very cool Rock Table by Elisabeth Garouste and Maria Bonetti.

Could we chistle out notches in small boulders or interesting big rocks to hold a triangle or rectangle of painted ply or…

 

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DIY Two-Panel Room Divider http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/diy-2-panel-room-divider/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/diy-2-panel-room-divider/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:00:21 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45346

annaleenashem.blogspot.com

Annaleen Karlsson of Annaleenas Hem  came up with this DIY room divider for La Petite Magazine. It’s not a new concept, but a tried and true one: You attach hinges to two boards of the same height and width, painted or finished as you like.

Our old friend Tom Booth made a two-panel screen almost the height of his ceiling. He placed it in a corner of the living room and hid all sorts of things he needed access to but didn’t want to see daily: extra folding chairs and tables for dinner parties, boxes on their way to the stroage room etc…). It gave the room a sleek, modern look. Because there are only two panels, it looks curiously UNscreen-like (more…)

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Formula for a DIY Donald Judd-esque Sofa http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/08/formula-donald-judd-esque-sofa/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/08/formula-donald-judd-esque-sofa/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45005

Farrah Sit/Rebecca Atwood

Artist Donald Judd's austere, organic, ultra-simple furniture has been inspiration for lots of knockoff's and diy's and straight-out ripoffs. His iconic sofa, below, inspired the $6,000 Maple sofa, above, a collaboration of Brooklyn-based industrial designer Farrah Sit and textile designer Rebecca Atwood. Sit and Atwood have made improvments on Judd's design, from a practical comfort point-of-view. The sofa is definitely DIY-able.]]>
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Plywood Swirls via Jigsaw Make Surprising Tables and… http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/06/plywood-swirls-via-jigsaw-make-surprising-tables/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/06/plywood-swirls-via-jigsaw-make-surprising-tables/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:00:16 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44832

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We stumbled on this lovely side table at the ever-illuminating Aqqindex. “Paint and parchment side table” was the only info. We instantly envisioned plywood, one of our favorite materials for its possibility and accessibility. You could make a table like this with three rectangles and two flat sides cut with whimsical swirls. (more…)

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Annals of Bad Design: Swing Day Bed + Wilcox’s GREAT Swing Chair http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/05/d-y-arm-chair-beds-swings/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/05/d-y-arm-chair-beds-swings/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:00:41 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=10864

Emma's Design Blog

Years ago, we clipped this image from a design blog thinking: How lovely that looks, in its minimalist setting. Then we imagined lying on a swinging bed hung in a nook so near to a wall and could feel how jarring it would be if/when the suspended bed actually hit the wall.  Much better it be a hammock placed so its arc would miss the wall but you could use the wall to push off…

Then we stumbled on a“Another Use for Old Chairs: Turn Them Into Swings” in Unconsumption, featuring old chairs that people had  literally suspended, mostly from trees. And that reminded us of designer/inventor Dominic Wilcox’s Arm Chair Swing, (more…)

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For Sale: Rare French Dining Table (Long, Narrow, Curiously Modern) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/31/sale-rare-vintage-french-dining-table/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/31/sale-rare-vintage-french-dining-table/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:16:25 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44110

Sally Schneider

We’ve had this fab, rare, 19C French dining table in storage, hoping that we’d have a place for it in the Laboratory. Unfortunately, it’s eight-foot length just won’t work in the configuration of our space. We’ve decided to sell it, for a steal. The buyer would arrange for an pay for shipping from Seattle (or pick it up, if in the area). We need to let it go.

We enjoyed many a wonderful dinner party in its original space in Ireland. Its 24-inch width makes for a rarity: (more…)

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Stylish Repurposed Tables from RioEtc http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/30/stylish-repurposed-tables-rioetc/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/30/stylish-repurposed-tables-rioetc/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:00:59 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44701

rioetc.com

When we start poking around the google translate version of rioetc.com.br, a site meant to show the stylish side of Rio, we found, over several separate posts some compelling mashups of tables. The first, the coffee table, above, which appears to be made of mismatched crates, some with wheels, some not, and a cubist hunk of…is it foam rubber…with a glass top; curiously works.

Then we spotted this table made out of painted boards that had been stripped and affixed to the wall by what appears to be black pipe, (more…)

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big shipping pallet and concrete block outdoor table http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/21/big-shipping-pallet-block-outdoor-table/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/21/big-shipping-pallet-block-outdoor-table/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:00:10 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44323

Sally Schneider

Last weekend, we walked down to the Urban Garden Center to check out the pig roast they hold every Saturday in the summer. You many remember that the garden center is directly across from the two buildings that collapsed in Harlem last winter after a gas leak explosion. It was practically decimated and we wondered if they’d come back. We’ll they made it through and we bought ornamental grasses for our planters from them a couple of months ago. Ever industrious, they rebuilt their rough-and-tumble party pavilion and launched a weekly Harlem Seoul Pig Roast, serving a mashup of Korean/Southern Barbeque. The pavilion is made of all sorts of found and rustic materials, including mismatched chairs and junk store finds.

We especially loved the huge table made of shipping pallets and concrete block, two of our favorite building materials. It could easily seat twelve AND weather the elements.  (more…)

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Movable Wheelbarrow Bench http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/09/movable-wheelchair-bench/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/09/movable-wheelchair-bench/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:00:14 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43871

Weltevree/Rogier Martens

Rogier Design the Wheelbench  with a built in wheelbarrow wheel.

“Moving a bench with two people has always been a chore… This is a bench you can easily maneuver into position. The eye-catching wheel is an invitation to find the best spot. An invitation to be active, to create your world the way you want it, time and time again.”

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Adirondack + Rietveld Chairs, for Outside or In, to DIY or Buy http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/07/adirondack-rietveld-chairs-outside/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/07/adirondack-rietveld-chairs-outside/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:00:02 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43738

sprucepointinn.com

We are struck by the many similarities between the iconic American Adirondack chair designed in 1903 and the Crate Chair Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld designed in the 1930's. We've investigated ones to buy, and plans that would allow you to make an interesting fusion of the two —all great, indoor and out.]]>
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