DIY Projects Inspired by Famous Mid Century Designs

DIY Projects Inspired by Famous Mid Century Designs

Carrie McBride
Mar 23, 2015
Ray Eames holding Dot Pattern fabric, Library of Congress
(Image credit: Library of Congress)

Inspiration can come from humble places or much more grand ones. Here are a collection of DIY projects that emulate iconic designs, some loosely and others more closely. We've included pictures of the originals, too, so you can compare.

Original: Eames Dot Pattern fabric design, circa 1947

(Image credit: Maharam)
(Image credit: facing north with gracia)

Hanging mobile inspired by the Eames dot fabric made by Elena of facing north with gracia.

Original: Mid-Century Sputnik-style Chandelier

(Image credit: Little Green Notebook)

Sputnik-style chandelier made using IKEA's MASKROS pendant as a base by Jenny of Little Green Notebook.

Original: George Nelson for Herman Miller CSS Wall Unit

(Image credit: 1stdibs)
(Image credit: IKEA Hackers)

Nelson-inspired shelves made from a combination of IKEA's STOLMEN and FYNDIG systems, featured on IKEA Hackers.

Original: "Rocking Beauty" Hobby Horse, Gloria Caranica for Creative Playthings, 1964-66

(Image credit: Project Denneler)

The Rocking Beauty recreated as a gift for a baby shower by Eric of Project Denneler.

Original: Eero Saarinen Dining Table

(Image credit: Knoll)
(Image credit: Plastolux)

A speaker stand becomes the base for this Saarinen-inspired table made by Tyler of Plastolux.

Original: Stool 60, Alvar Aalto, 1933

(Image credit: Artek)

(Image credit: Door Sixteen)

An IKEA FROSTA stool is tweaked to more closely resemble the Aalto stool, by Anna of Door Sixteen.

Original: Wooden Dolls by Alexander Girard, 1953

(Image credit: Vitra)
(Image credit: Meta Coleman)

Family portrait of wooden painted dolls, inspired by Girard, by Mereta for Bloesem Kids.

Original: Nelson Ball Clock

(Image credit: DWR)
(Image credit: Steve Lodefink)

A replica Ball Clock made by Steve Lodefink of Makezine.

Original: Neutra House Numbers

(Image credit: DWR)
(Image credit: Curbly)

Neutra-esque house numbers rendered in wood by Chrisjob on Curbly.

Original: Eames Hang It All

(Image credit: Hive Modern)
(Image credit: Danielle Thompson)

A pretty pastel interpretation of the Hang-It-All by Danielle of Thompson Family.

Original: Akari Light Sculpture by Isamu Noguchi

(Image credit: ManMade)

IKEA's VÄTE lamp reconfigured to resemble Noguchi's by Chris of ManMade.

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