When Ashley's aunt brought her this old rocking chair, which she had rescued from a dumpster, it was an ugly sight to behold. Still, Ashley was confident she could give it new life and, $10 later, she did just that…
Everyday on my way home I pass my neighborhood Goodwill and everyday the sidewalk outside the store is filled with the same outdated, slightly beat-up furniture. The practical side of me knows that there are some perfectly good pieces worth reusing, but my modernist side can’t get over the more traditional aesthetic. It's a conundrum that many of us face and that’s why I’m intrigued by this roundup of traditional designs reinvented with bold colors.
Last week we mentioned a quick tip for staining furniture with coffee, but what happens to all those grounds that get discarded? Yes, you can compost them, but what else? The chairs above are, believe it or not, made from coffee grounds!
In its latest catalog, Design Within Reach announced it has dug up some 1970s Verner Panton designs from the Panton estate and brought them back into production. What do you think of the "System 1-2-3" chairs, the Panton Dining Table and the Panton Rug?
When we think of easily assembled (well, sort of) flat-packed furniture we think of IKEA. But collapsible and foldable furniture has been around since the Napoleonic Wars and gained popularity during the Victorian era. Such pieces are known as "campaign" or "knockdown" furniture for their use in military campaigns (not political ones) by aristocratic officers unwilling to sacrifice the comforts of home when abroad.
While visiting New York over the past weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing and sitting in some spectacular chairs, benches, and prototypes that cannot be easily defined. Here are some of my favorites:
I calmly make budgets for my job all the time. but when it comes to my own home buying decisions tend to be a lot more emotional than rational. Deciding on a furniture purchase may be a snap for some, but weighing the practical, moral, aesthetic, and economic aspects of each option can also be a huge challenge.
Cardboard furniture isn't completely new and some of it is more beautiful than others, but overall it might be a better alternative to Ikea furniture, which is often seen as just as disposable. Sure, Karton admits their "board is made from a mix of virgin and recycled paper" but they continue on to explain: "the virgin pulp provides superior strength." Their product is durable, 100% recyclable and any glues are non-toxic and made from vegetable starch. Sounds fair, right? Click here for additional details and product video.