DIY Projects Inspired by Famous Mid Century Designs

DIY Projects Inspired by Famous Mid Century Designs

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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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