The Emotional Ups and Downs Of A Day At IKEA — The Huffington Post

Been to IKEA recently? If you’ve ever cruised around the big, blue box then we’re sure you’re familiar with the hilarious emotional rollercoaster every IKEA shopper experiences when they get their purchases back home. We’re officially naming this one a Friday fun-day must-read.

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What Kim Kardashian Taught Me About Life

In case you haven’t heard, this Kim Kardashian game is sweeping the nation, and currently holding down the number one spot on iTunes’ free apps chart. I downloaded it, thanks to an insatiable curiosity and chronic fear of missing out, and guess what? It’s way more fun than it has any reason to be. After three days of making my way up to the “D” list, I’ve come away with 27,300 virtual fans and a handful of real lessons about life at home. Place tongue firmly in cheek and read on.

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Katharina Gross adapts candle-making process to create wax tables

By Dan Howarth

German designer Katharina Gross has dipped brass boxes into a molten wax mixture to create a series of tables with stalactite-like legs (+ slideshow). (more…)

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Keep the Peace: 5 Tips for Making Design Decisions With Roommates

Oh roommates, they’re best friends, occasionally strangers from the internet, acquaintances, and even sometimes siblings, but they’re always the person you have to get along with, and yes, most importantly live with. Living with roommates presents all kinds of challenges regarding schedules, chores, and design. It’s unusual for two people to agree completely on every design decision, but with respect and understanding two design viewpoints can come together to create a beautiful and mutually pleasing space. Now, the trick is to avoid fighting and hard feelings on the road to that well-designed combined space.

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Best DIY Websites for Free Furniture Plans and Projects

DIY-minded folks, take note. The following websites are chock full of free plans to build tables, storage, beds — you name it. They’ll give you the precise information and guidance you need to create furniture that’s exactly what you want, for a lot less than what you’ll find in stores. Bookmark these and return to them again and again as resources.

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This Cooler Raised $7 Million on Kickstarter — Design News

The cooler has always been the start of an outdoor party. The Coolest upgrades the original to include 21st century staples: waterproof Bluetooth speakers, USB charger, built-in blender, LED lighting, plus rugged wheels and bungees to tow your stuff easily. The campaign has surpassed its goal of $50,000 and raised over $7 million dollars with 35 days to go.

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The "first man-made biological leaf" could enable humans to colonise space

By Ben Hobson

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: RCA graduate Julian Melchiorri says the synthetic biological leaf he developed, which absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant, could enable long-distance space travel. (more…)

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Atopia "not going to answer" questions over Olympic images

By Anna Winston

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News: the design firm that claimed Thomas Heatherwick’s Olympic cauldron bore “a striking resemblance” to its own work and this week received a financial settlement may never have shown images of its concept to London’s Olympic organisers, it has emerged. (more…)

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Job of the week: architects at Grimshaw

By Natalie Blackburn

Job of the week: architects at Grimshaw

This week’s job of the week on Dezeen Jobs is a position for architects at London studio Grimshaw, whose ecological park in South Korea is pictured. Visit the ad for full details or browse other architecture and design opportunities on Dezeen Jobs.

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How to Make the Most of Typical Rental Features: The Only Bathroom is Through the Bedroom

Once upon a time, I was flat-hunting in London and found an adorable one. The location was convenient and the space bright and sunny. The problem? The bathroom was located off the bedroom, meaning that guests would have to go past my bed in order to use it. Here’s how to make the most of this sometimes awkward layout:

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