Lumberjill hacks stylish bench out of a felled tree trunk

December 30, 2016 by  
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When the designers from Practice of Everyday Design were looking for a unique seating option for a client, they threw out the conventional design process and turned to a professional lumberjill to carve out seats on a reclaimed felled log . Hacked out of pure brute strength and surgical precision, the deep notches on the log were then covered in beautiful red upholstery hand-sewn by a local motorcycle seat maker. Now that’s what we call true artisanal furniture. The bench was a one-off concept piece that the designers had in mind for a specific client. Without relying on drawings or measurements, designers David Long & Antoine Morris came up with an abstract idea to turn a simple log into a physical and functional sculpture . Related: Hilla Shamia casts tree trunks in aluminium to create dramatic furniture They began their material search by contacting the City of Toronto to find out the best places to find local felled wood . After checking out the options at the various tree graveyards and tree nurseries, the team went with a rough log that matched the general dimensions they were looking for. Enter the professional lumberjill, who, working on little-to-no specifics, instinctively used her axe (at competition speed, no less) to strip off the tree bark and hack out three seating spaces. The carved spaces were then covered with a hand-sewn upholstery by a local motorcycle saddle maker, essentially creating a truly one-of-a-kind, reclaimed wooden bench . + Practice of Everyday Design Via Yanko Design

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Chinese company LeEco begins building $3 billion electric car factory

December 30, 2016 by  
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Chinese technology company LeEco just commenced construction of a $3 billion electric car factory. The facility could start churning out the company’s LeSee sedan in a few years, producing a staggering 400,000 vehicles by 2018. Roughly 90 percent of the futuristic factory’s work may be completed by robots . LeEco, which currently makes products like televisions, was in trouble. In a November letter to staff, founder Jia Yueting said the company expanded too fast and was struggling, and then cut his own income down to 15 cents. But about two weeks after the letter, the company reported they’d raised $600 million from unidentified investors but proceeded to lay off around 60 Hong Kong employees anyway. Then LeEco received another $1.44 billion investment this past Wednesday, again from an unidentified investor, and broke ground on the factory the same day. It is unclear whether those employees will be re-instated, or of their jobs will be replaced by robots. Related: Elon Musk just confirmed plans for a new Tesla Roadster According to Car News China , LeEco hasn’t yet obtained a government license to produce their LeSee cars at the factory. The outlet even said there’s a “real possibility” the government will refuse LeEco a license, as the CEO isn’t currently popular in Beijing. However, according to the South China Morning Post, a mayor of a city close to the factory said the local government will support the project. Should LeEco obtain permission, the factory is slated to produce the company’s first concept car, the LeSee. Zhang Hailiang, chief executive of LeEco’s car unit LeSupercar, said the factory will be automated completely, as robots do the bulk of the work. The electric vehicle would be equipped to operate autonomously . Fancy features include five in-car screens, smart seating, and the ability to recharge via magnetic charging stations. LeEco said Earth’s topography inspired the LeSee’s design, with the interior influenced by geological and biological patterns. Vegan materials and neutral colors add to the vehicle’s natural feel. According to the company , the form and function of the car “address future needs of our society and showcase a symbiosis between human, machine, and nature.” Via Carscoops and South China Morning Post Images via LeEco

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Furniture grown from bacteria and mushrooms is now available for purchase

December 2, 2016 by  
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Mushrooms are good for so much more than just eating. Ecovative , the company behind Mushroom Packaging , has teamed up with cement-growing company bioMASON to create classy furniture grown entirely from microorganisms and mushrooms. The two companies recently unveiled their new biofabricated line at Biofabricate 2016 .

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Fun new rolling furniture in France creates gathering spaces along the River Svre

October 7, 2016 by  
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The team proposed a variety of structures-rolling furniture, collective platforms, benches, vehicles and rafts- to connect the waterside and the hillsides and allow people to enjoy the surrounding landscape. As an contemporary interpretation of the old washerwomen’s wheelbarrows, the project creates new gathering spaces . Related: Fermob’s eco outdoor furniture offers a colorful retreat into nature Metallic armature and wooden slates were combined to build benches, tables and rehabilitate the old building named “La Tomate” located on the river bank. Lightweight and maneuverable, the furniture combines uses and pays homage to traditional structures built on and around the river. +  Ferpect + JKA – Jérémie Koempgen Architecture Photos by Jeremie Koempgen – Eric Betschart

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This information hub transforms into 278 wooden benches once it is no longer needed

October 4, 2016 by  
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Zuloark’s website explains the firm is “a collective of architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, design, pedagogies, research and development.” The team created the temporary installation for the annual event in San Sebastian, but its designers say it is more than just an information pavilion. After being disassembled, the pavilion’s building materials will be transformed into 278 “bowtie” benches to be installed throughout the city. Related: This amazing living sculpture is covered in over 3,000 plants In order to become the designer of the event’s Information Pavilion, Zuloark won a competition aimed at architects under age 40. “We’ve designed the future urban furniture for San Sebastian in the form of the European Capital of Culture pavilion of the present,” said designers at Zuloark in a statement. The pavilion’s name—“Yesterday you said tomorrow”—is a quote from actor Shia Labeouf’s insane motivational speech “Just Do It,” filmed in front of a green screen last year. There’s no evidence to suggest that the name was purposely taken from the bizarre video but Zuloark’s proposal for the pavilion was issued just a few short months after the video went viral. Even if it’s just a coincidence, the parallel is amusing enough to be noteworthy. + Zuloark Images via Zuloark

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Mesmerizing Abyss Horizon table recreates the oceans dramatic depths

September 28, 2016 by  
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Unlike Duffy London’s previous iterations, the Abyss Horizon is circular rather than rectangular. This table, in addition to being a striking conversation starter, is made to order and handcrafted by local artisans and in-house craftsmen. The layers of cut glass create the illusion of a bottomless sinkhole in the center of a table. The light-colored wood that surfaces at the top mimic islands and landforms with sandy white beaches and aquamarine waters. Related: Amazing Abyss Table Layers Glass and Wood to Mimic the Depths of the Ocean Blue The Abyss Horizon Table is limited to 25 editions and can be made and delivered within 12 to 14 weeks. Price is available upon request. “‘I was looking into sheets of thick glass at my glass manufacturer’s factory, and noticed how the material darkened as they added more layers – the same way the sea does as it deepens,” said Christopher Duffy about his inspiration behind the Abyss tables. “I wanted to use this effect to replicate a real piece of the earth’s sea bed. Like a mythical power had lifted a perfect rectangle straight from the earth’s crust to use as his personal ornament.” The Abyss Horizon is available to view through the Sarah Myerscough Gallery . + Duffy London Images via Duffy London

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This sofa can be transformed into an endless variety of shapes

September 17, 2016 by  
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Next time your kids want to dismantle the furniture, you can tell them: “go ahead!” The Inclusion Couch by Marvin Reber comes in five modular parts that can moved and shifted about to create a stylish sofa, the ultimate play area, or anything in between.

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Sati Tala’s new intimate dining surface aims to boost mindful eating

August 29, 2016 by  
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A night in can often result in dinner on the couch in front of the tube, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could be more mindful and appreciative of our food? Tany Jarus and Sagie Grunhaus are hoping to change the way people eat with a new intimate dining surface called Sati Tala . Translated from the Pali words for “a mindfulness surface,” Sati Tala consists of birch wood seats and a handheld, cushioned table that rests on each person’s knees. The table directly connects both parties during a meal and the act of balancing allows them to become more mindful with every bite. The purposeful design is now available on Kickstarter and can even be personalized with wood engraving. Cheers to that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxS9BR37yVU + Sati Tala

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Brilliant DIY kit lets you grow your own grass-covered armchair

August 25, 2016 by  
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Say hello to a new kind of lawn chair. Studio Nucleo ’s TERRA! kit lets you assemble your own grass-covered armchair in your backyard with its prefabricated cardboard framework. All you need to do is add dirt and watch your outdoor furniture grow. Piergiorgio Robino and Andrea Sanna started Studio Nucleo in 2000 and business was booming until their method of production became unsustainable in 2005. They are back in business now, producing laser cut cardboard that arrives in a flatpack for easy, DIY assembly. The fact that buyers use TERRA! furniture as a living product that requires regular TLC makes the project particularly fascinating. Related: Top 5 pieces of living, growing furniture After assembling the cardboard frame, clay is used as the base material and soil is piled on top. A thin layer of sand and seeds for grass are then sprinkled on top. With daily watering and grooming you should be able to take a seat in your grass armchair in two months. The team’s Kickstarter campaign also lets backers purchase a kid’s sized chair, a sofa, and sofa extensions for a complete backyard sitting area. They say, “The pleasure of TERRA! is not only found in its ‘functionality’. It is also found the in making of your own place to relax, growing a piece of nature, a place where we all can experience the peace.” +Studio Nucleo Via ArchDaily Images via Studio Nucleo

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Photographer upcycles street trash into brilliant home decor

August 11, 2016 by  
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Kaplan always had an eye for upcycling, even before it was a trend. He told Inhabitat, “I travel a lot around the world, and since I was a child I was creative about making things from other things,” he said, “I would walk down the street and find things and think, ‘What can I do with this?’ It could be an abandoned tree limb, a box or even a book.” When Kaplan finally had his own apartment, he realized that all his dreams for creative upcycling could come into fruition. Instead of dropping big bucks at IKEA , he gradually furnished his entire home with found treasures. He fashioned a coffee table from abandoned wood scraps and a piece of glass, replete with draw storage and rope pulls. Wall shelving was achieved with antique army boxes and piles of old books. An abandoned window frame that Kaplan discovered in the garbage was reborn as a spectacular photograph display of a carousel in Dumbo, Brooklyn. And a retired florescent ceiling panel was transformed into artful wall lighting, Kaplan glossing over the lamp with a transparent photographic overlay. RELATED: 10 inspiring upcycled designs that will make you think twice before tossing anything The pièce de ré·sis·tance, however, is Kaplan’s lush green wall . Made from scrap wood, chicken wire, old olive oil cans and a variety of plant species, his rustic statement piece invites magnificent green life indoors. Kaplan went to great lengths to improve his dwelling with minimal use of new objects and materials. He even renovated his own bathroom with vintage tiles and a handmade lamp crafted from wire. The kitchen seating nook was constructed from wood and adorned with kitschy antique signs. This kind of artful repurposing has the power to inspire anyone. The next time you’re strolling down a city street, you may want to keep your eyes open – a treasure trove of endless possibilities awaits. + Or Kaplan + Vibe Israel Images © Or Kaplan

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