A lot of the chemicals we use in woodworking, especially in finishing, are toxic. Now there is toxic and TOXIC. There is long term exposure toxicity and one-whiff-drop-dead toxicity. If you want to work safely, you need to know. Not only do woodworkers need to know, everyone needs to know.
Milder Office Inc.'s mobile Tool Cart includes sliding wire baskets for tool storage that are easily removed and swapped; keep ready made tool 'kits' in the wire baskets to suit different classes and processes. Load it up and easily move from station to station as you work. Lock it up and take a well deserved break.
For those who do desktop crafts, the WorkBox is a made-in-the-U.S.A storage unit and workstation that folds in on itself and hides everything away when not in use. Take a look: The design of the storage units is undeniably intelligent. But after watching the video, I teetered back and forth
Anna Lindgren and Sofia Lagerkvist are the design duo behind Front, the Stockholm-based Swedish design group. The fresh, innovative work they do makes it hard to click away from their portfolio. Check out, for instance, this clever coatrack they did for Materia: Or this beautiful Water Steps faucet for Axor:
Brass and walnut are two great tastes that taste great together. But I've never seen the two materials integrated in such a beautiful way as this: That's the Nola Dining Table by Brooklyn-based Wüd Furniture Design. The description states that the table is constructed from "bronze encased in resin," and
Conor Coghlan might be an architect, but as part of his studies at Harvards' Graduate School of Design he participated in a furniture making workshop. Tasked with producing an original design, Coghlan writes that he became "interested in how the arms and legs of the chair could work in unison
While most fans of Danish Modern or mid-century modern furniture are aware of Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, the Eameses et. al., Louis van Teeffelen's name may not ring a bell. Which is a shame as the Dutch designer created furniture every bit as striking as the work of his contemporaries.
This year the Vitra Design Museum opened a new building, the Schaudepot, on their campus. Inside is a recreation of Charles Eames' personal office, "just as it was when he passed away in 1978." (What is Ray, chopped liver? Sadly there's no mention of her office.) Inside we can
Nothing is worse than accurately cutting out all of your parts for a project, then screwing up during the assembly process. This is easy to do with a project made from wood, where a lot of the pieces can look the same. So it's good to have a system to
Reading Joel Moskowitz's recent piece on building flatpack furniture reminded me of my first encounter with plywood furniture that could be built with a minimal number of tools. I had been given a book called How to Make Furniture without Tools, which contained designs for simple but functional tables, chairs,
Articulated furniture can be fun as hell but it's hard to pull off. We've featured a lot of sculptural quality work from the likes of Sebastian Errazuriz, and tables that expand like mysterious wooden kaleidoscopes, but here's simpler concept. Wave Bench is a seating system that stands upright until "activated"
Most folding chairs look like, well, folding chairs. But Dublin-based Tierney Haines Architects has come up with this unobvious design: That's the Palfrey Chair and my first reaction, upon realizing that these are renderings and not photography, was to wonder: Would this design work? My eye was initially drawn to
Nerds come in a lot of flavors, and many of us double dip. Blacksmith tabletop gamer? A natural combo. Even if you don't personally have a high elf alter ego or a dogeared copy of the Players Handbook, you might appreciate the wholehearted creativity that D&D and similar pastimes can
You know what they say, the grass is always greener on the other side. These days in the workplace, there is one example of something many never thought they would miss, until it was gone—cubicles. Yes, cubicles, those sad monotonous structures symbolic of our workplace oppression. Your own personal cave
This would be a great first-year Industrial Design school problem: Drop the students off in the woods, give them their choice of two tools and two materials to bring, and have them make a functional piece of furniture out of whatever they can find. Here the unnamed Swedish gent behind
The idea behind a company called Joybird has merit: Sell mid-century-modern-inspired furniture online to customers who have graduated beyond Ikea. But suspicion sets in once you look at their website closely. The first red flags come from the marketing copy, which sounds less like the truth and more like
It's great to be around when manufacturing technology finally catches up to an idea that was ahead of its time. In the early 2000s, Italian industrial designers Piergiorgio Robino and Andrea Sanna created TERRA, a "chair" that's made out of dirt and grass. It's completely integrated into your lawn and
Florence Knoll is a one-woman design powerhouse. Not only did she help establish one of America's most influential design companies, she created a new market for modern furniture and a system for promoting designers' work that credited them by name, paid them royalties and allowed them the space to experiment
Industrial designers can be petty, and I'm no exception, so I'm always thrilled when an architect defects to our "side." But this one takes the cake. Sustainability-minded Benjamin Uyeda co-founded ZeroEnergy Design, an architecture firm that creates houses that produce more energy than they consume. Homes like that would be
At the Holz-Handwerk show earlier this year, we saw a bunch of stuff that wouldn't fit in our other galleries: Furniture, shop furniture, fixtures, fittings and tool storage. Everything from the student work to the stuff designed by the pros was, as you'd expect from one of Germany's largest tradeshows,
By one estimate, there are 54 factories in China producing unlicensed replicas of Eames furniture. While they'll probably find a ready market all around the world--$520 for a knockoff Eames Lounge vs. $8,900 for the real deal makes it a no-brainer for the unscrupulous--in the UK they'll find a ready
Older homes often lack closet space (as do some other small apartments, condos and houses), which can leave the occupants searching for ways to store their clothes. Freestanding wardrobes may be too bulky, but a clothes rack might work. Some offices and other workspaces might find a clothes rack handy,
We Americans don't have much time left to barbecue, because summer's almost over and our election is leading towards the end of the world. So let's get in a few good Yea-or-Nays before everything goes to hell in a handbasket. This one is barbecue-related.
Sadly, I don't own anything valuable enough to require having furniture with secret compartments. But 19th-Century French aristocrats apparently had tons of stuff that needed hiding, as evidenced by the rash of "mechanical desks" built by famed cabinetmakers of the era. This one here has a rather neat trick, a sort of dual-action drawer. We've cued it up to the relevant part:
If I had to pick a favorite material, it would be aluminum foil—hands down. Great for everything from perfectly packaging a slice of leftover pizza to creating impenetrable hats and even keeping aliens from reading your brain waves, the malleable, silver material is pretty fantastic. Chris Shanck agrees. In
Here Jimmy DiResta has to create a built-in for what looks like a new, or newly-renovated, apartment. We get to see him go from sketch to finished product, offering his signature tips along the way (like how to get your workpieces not to shift against one another when you drill
Those of us who live in small homes have a number of organizing challenges—and one of those challenges involves small bedrooms where fitting in a nightstand or two may be impossible. People who are bedridden may also want organizing tools that keep things closer at hand than on a nightstand.
As you've likely heard, Kanye wants to take his unstoppable visionary design genius to the next level: your bedroom… And he wants IKEA to make it happen. After a March visit to the Swedish megacompany's head offices Mr. West tweeted about being inspired to design furniture, and rumors of flatpacked
Although she studied with Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstätte in 1908, Lilly Reich went on to develop austerely modern designs that bore little similarity to the decorative styles of the Viennese movement. Which is not to say that Reich rejected Hoffmann's focus on craftsmanship—far from it. In 1920, she
Perfection is overrated. In a world of mass production and assembly lines automated down to the smallest rote task, discovering imperfections or mistakes can feel refreshing. It's those imperfections that Camilla Wedelboe Monsrud is interested in exploring, and what set the groundwork for Inside Out, a series of objects
As industrial designers we're meant to look at things critically, and to consider the full breadth of the user experience. So take a look at this and tell me what you think: At first I thought, that's a great idea. You've got nice, frosty beers right at hand. Picnic tables
It's crazy that you're reading this on something that has more technology than the Apollo 11 mission computers, yet you store your clothes in an object whose form factor was designed several centuries ago. The chest of drawers is a completely outdated piece of furniture, yet it is something nearly
Those of you that went to ID school learned to make things with your hands. For those of you that didn't, or for those of you that did and miss having access to a full shop, this post is about simple furniture that can be easily built--even if you only
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