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.
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.
By Dan Howarth
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.
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.
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.
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…)
By Anna Winston
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…)
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.
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: