Cheap Design: DIY Furniture

Cheap Design: DIY Furniture

Keehnan Konyha
Oct 2, 2008

In the The New York Times today, ten different college students are profiled based on inexpensive or free decorating ideas they've implemented in their own homes. "There is much that can be learned from students who've managed to put together great looking places on what a grown-up might pay for a ticket to Paris," says Joyce Wadler, the author. "First and foremost is fearlessness." We've looked at Lighting & Color and Artwork & Adornment — now, it's time for the furniture...

Kayt Brumder, a student of architecture at Cooper Union, used a combination of bartering and street scavenging to furnish her East Harlem studio: A Wall of Drawers and a Bartered Bed.

Galen Wolfe-Pauly, also an architecture student at Cooper Union, created a platform bed using sheets of honeycomb cardboard, and constructed most of his dining room furniture using materials left over from construction sites: Scouting Sidewalks and Building Sites.

Michael Kolendowicz, a student of design at RISD, inexpensively constructed most of his cabinetry and kitchen furniture using simple supplies from Home Depot: Custom Cabinetry for $50 or Less.

All part of a larger story — Thinking Like a Student and a slideshow.

Images: Phil Mansfield for The New York Times

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