Improvised Life » furniture http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:20:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 A Metal Frame Lounge Chair-Fort http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/11/12/metal-frame-lounge-chair-fort/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/11/12/metal-frame-lounge-chair-fort/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:59:32 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=46593

The forts and bunkers of his childhood inspired Czech designer Michael Tomalik to design a wire frame chair that is “a place of convenience, comfort and personal repose“. His monkey-bar-ish construction is a kind of grownup fort, made comfortable with giant pillows and outfitted with books,  plants, and a light (to which we’d add a shade and dimmer). (more…)

]]>
http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/11/12/metal-frame-lounge-chair-fort/feed/ 0
Clever, Strong Folding Sawhorses to DIY or Buy http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/11/04/clever-strong-folding-sawhorses-diy-buy/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/11/04/clever-strong-folding-sawhorses-diy-buy/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 19:28:38 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=46389

(Video link HERE.Barclay Moore is a woodworker who was fed up with broken sawhorses. So he designed is own and knocked prototypes out of plywood. Then he created a Kickstarter to raise money to sell his invention. The project, he says, developed out of necessity (as many great inventions do).

What interests us most are all the constraints that his design had to work within, and the demands it needed to fulfill. Check out this list: (more…)

]]>
http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/11/04/clever-strong-folding-sawhorses-diy-buy/feed/ 2
Interlocking Cardboard Disks for Building http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/11/03/interlocking-cardboard-disks-building/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/11/03/interlocking-cardboard-disks-building/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:50:17 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=46482

Luke Hayes

As great admirers of the infinite possibilities of ordinary cardboard, we love British designer Torsten Sherwood‘s simplified single-component system that encourages instinctive building. Noook are colored, double-faced cardboard disks that slot together to create overlapping formations that can create unique structures.

Inspired by Legos, Noook offer’s infinite possible combinations. Designed for children, we see it as a wonderful material for adults. (more…)

]]>
http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/11/03/interlocking-cardboard-disks-building/feed/ 0
Indoor, Portable and Fur-Covered Stoops http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/29/indoor-stoop/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/29/indoor-stoop/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:01:27 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=46323

Having grown up as outdoor brownstone stoop sitters, we were intrigued by the possibilities for INDOOR stoops, and for portable stoops you can place outdoors if you don't happen to have a real one to hang out on.]]>
http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/29/indoor-stoop/feed/ 0
Adjustable Rolling Table for Matisse AND Us http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/21/teak-desk/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/21/teak-desk/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:04:33 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43959

?

When we looked closely at images of the invalid Matisse sitting in bed or in a chair making his beautiful paper cutouts, we realized that he used an adjustable bed table similar to one we’ve had for years.

We came across ours while trolling Ebay for mid-century furniture nearly 20 years ago. Billed as a Danish Modern Teak Rolling Tray Table, it looked mighty useful so we bought it. Over the years, we’ve found it to be astonishingly versatile: (more…)

]]>
http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/21/teak-desk/feed/ 0
BIG Leaning Mirrors Expand the View http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/20/big-leaning-mirrors/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/20/big-leaning-mirrors/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:00:34 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45945

myscandinavianhome.com

I’m crazy about how mirrors can animate a room and bring it to life. Particularly oversize, leaning mirrors. I thought these were beauties.

You don’t need to do anything — no hanging or rigging; just set them where the look best or reflect the best view.

An oversize picture frame can easily be fitted with a mirror. And a huge rectangle of unframed mirror gives an elemental look.

 

—Susan Dworski

]]>
http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/20/big-leaning-mirrors/feed/ 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…)

]]>
http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/16/wood-scrap-room-partition/feed/ 0
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…)

]]>
http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/15/max-lambs-inspired-furniture/feed/ 0
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

?

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…)

]]>
http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/09/bread-board-bird-feeder-cutting-board-resources/feed/ 0
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…)

]]>
http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/15/simple-wood-chair-wrapped-embellished/feed/ 2
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…

 

]]>
http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/rock-table-diy-imaginings/feed/ 1
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…)

]]>
http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/diy-2-panel-room-divider/feed/ 1
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.]]>
http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/08/formula-donald-judd-esque-sofa/feed/ 4
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

?

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…)

]]>
http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/06/plywood-swirls-via-jigsaw-make-surprising-tables/feed/ 5