Before & After: IKEA Futon Graduates From College — Instructables

Certain decor doesn’t transition well from college to more grown-up digs, and your futon is one of them. Which makes this a good hack for folks who don’t want to get rid of the one they currently own, or spend the money on a new sofa. Elizabeth shows you how to do it with IKEA’s GRANKULLA, but you can use any similar type of wooden futon.

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Designer Q&A with John Anderson

From August 8 through 10, the American Craft Council Show returns to the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco for a three-day celebration of all things hand-made. Over 225 artisans from around the country will be showing off the best in textiles, jewelry, metal & clay sculptures, woodwork and more. In response to this year’s theme, Let’s Entertain, six Bay Area designers will transform six spaces into vignettes inspired by, and incorporating, a craft piece or pieces that they’ve chosen. What better time to find out how a designer takes something and translates it into a room? First up, designer John K. Anderson.

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Wooden ribs frame entrance to timber-clad gallery by UID Architects

By Luke Tebbutt

The second project on Dezeen this week by Japanese studio UID Architects is a small gallery in Fukuyama surrounded by timber fins (+ slideshow). (more…)

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Autoban designs Heydar Aliyev International Airport terminal in Baku

By Dan Howarth

Turkish architecture studio Autoban has designed giant wooden “cocoons” for the interior of the new international terminal at Baku airport in Azerbaijan (+ slideshow). (more…)

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Nendo manipulates metal to form Softer than Steel furniture collection

By Dan Howarth

Japanese studio Nendo has designed a collection of white metal furniture with folded, bent and curved details for Italian brand Desalto (+ slideshow). (more…)

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KHM26 house by Jos Blom & Tim Piët was transported to site on the back of a boat

By Amy Frearson

The two largest available cranes in the Netherlands were used to hoist up this house by Dutch architects Tim Piët and Jos Blom so it could be transported by boat to a hard-to-reach waterside site (+ slideshow). (more…)

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Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz expands using sliding joints

By Dan Howarth

New York artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz has created a sculptural wooden cabinet that slides apart to look like it has exploded (+ slideshow). (more…)

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Floating bridge by RO&AD crosses the moat of a Dutch fortress

By Alyn Griffiths

This floating wooden bridge by Dutch studio RO&AD snakes across the surface of a moat surrounding an 18th-century fortress in the city of Bergen op Zoom (+ slideshow). (more…)

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'Family Robot' Breaks Indigogo Records — Design News

This really cute robot is a part of the family. Developed at MIT Media Lab, JIBO recognizes faces, can turn to follow action, reads, delivers messages, snaps photos. Raising over $1 million in 6 days, it became the most funded campaign currently running on Indiegogo, and the 17th most funded of all time.

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Before & After: A Dated Desk Gets a Fresh, Clean Look

When Tessa found this desk in the free section of Craigslist, she knew it was meant to come home with her. She said, “I liked the lines of it a lot and the non-existent price tag, if not the color and Hannah Montana stickers.”

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