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Modern trundle bed for studio apartments

April 28, 2009

I have never lived in a studio apartment and in fact, I hope to never live in a studio apartment. I don’t think I’d do very well having so little personal space; however many people in big cities can and do get creative with their tiny spaces. This article from the NYT offers a why-didn’t-someone-think-of-it-years-ago solution to the problem of where to put your bed in a tiny studio. Other than covering it with pillows and calling it a “couch”, the bed is a waste of valuable floor space during all the hours you’re not sleeping in it.

Architects Yen Ha and Michi Yanagishita built a platform the width of the studio (about 18 or 24 inches off the ground) that a bed on a low to the ground wheeled frame can slide right under during the daytime, leaving you with the same amount of floor space you would have without a bed at all. Assuming your ceilings are a reasonable height, losing 18 inches isn’t a big deal, and the raised platform area can help define a living or dining area in a tiny space. It’s sort of the reverse of building a loft, only when bedtime comes you don’t have to climb an awkward ladder and deal with a 30 inch ceiling above your claustrophobic sleeping pod bed. Just push the couch out of the way (perhaps putting it on wheels would also be useful) and slide the bed out. The article also features other neat solutions for a tiny space, like a kitchen and separate office area that unfold from what are essentially closets, but I think the trundle bed is the most ingenious part of the design.

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Science tattoos

April 22, 2009
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I really like The Loom’s collection of science tattoos.  So many people get awful tattoos and quickly regret them but how can you really go wrong with a double helix?  (Or perhaps I’m just a nerd?) I doubt many of these folks will be going for the laser removal in 20 years.  Some examples (of many, many neat designs) below.

from CERN bubble chambers

from CERN bubble chambers

tree of life + dna double helix

tree of life + dna double helix

mandelbrot set

mandelbrot set

Transform new photos into old

April 21, 2009

Upload a photo or paste in a URL to this site and turn any photo into one that looks like it was taken 100 years ago. I wish I could say what the site is called but it’s in Japanese. Look to the upper right corner of the site to change some of the text into English.  This is a quick and easy way to apply a fun effect to your photos if you don’t have a program like Photoshop.

new photo

New photo

Transformed into old photo!

Transformed into old photo!

Prismera jewelry

April 21, 2009

I love the delicate, botanically inspired stainless steel jewelry from Prismera design.  These would look great for just about any occasion.

Cereus necklace

Fir needle earrings

Fir needle earrings

Spoonflower custom fabric

April 10, 2009

I stumbled across spoonflower recently and can only guess that it’s going to grow in popularity.  I can’t even count the number of times I’ve seen a pattern I LOVED on an article of clothing I didn’t like all that much.  Obviously one can buy fabrics at the local craft/sewing store but the limited numbers of fabrics available there are often not very much to my taste.  Being able to design my own patterns and actually get them on fabric would be fantastic.  Even if you don’t want to do the designing yourself, there’s also a great selection of patterns designed by other users available for purchase.

A delightful spoonflower pattern

Sproost style finder

April 10, 2009

Do you have trouble figuring out exactly what your decorating style is or what you want it to be?  Sproost shows you images of a bunch of rooms decorated in different styles and quizzes you on how much you do or don’t like them.  By process of elimination you end up with a style or styles that best represents what you’re drawn to.  I ended up with a 50/50 mix of vintage modern and cottage chic which I’d say is fairly accurate.

Vintage-y modern fun

Vintage-y modern fun

Plyboo

March 25, 2009

I was watching HGTV’s Beyond the Box today (interesting show, lousy website) and they mentioned a product called Plyboo.  It’s a plywood type material in that it’s made up of strips of bamboo but as a finished product it’s essentially a hard wood – used for flooring, paneling, construction and veneers.  Bamboo grows like a weed which makes it a great alternative to exotic hardwoods and a formaldehyde free and FSC certified type of Plyboo is available.

Additionally, it’s a very attractive material.