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Online Interior Design Tools
If you've got the urge to redecorate but want to experiment with your ideas before you start slapping paint around, the cheerful, if somewhat product-driven US site Design My Room, will give you hours of fun before you commit to your dream scheme.
That's not the recycling (yet), it's the furniture
At the Foldschool website you'll find instructions for making your own children's furniture—a stool, a chair and a rocker—from cardboard. It's stylish, sustainable and free, thanks to Swiss designer Nicola Enrico Stäubli. There are step-by-step instructions and even a small practice project to get you up to speed. Stäubli, an "independent architect, designer and bike messenger", explains that he aims "to restore design to one of its original missions: to provide a product at an affordable price through a smart manufacturing process." You make it, the kids decorate it, and when it's no longer needed it can be disposed of with a clear conscience. Clever!
Is circle the new box in house design?
Highly respected US-based architect Eli Attia thinks rectangular houses are a waste of space and resources. His solution: multi-storey circular constructions based around prefab recycled steel and glass skeletons. (He will soon start work on a showpiece in the canyons above Beverly Hills.) The design is innovative, but is it practical? The project certainly has support, but there are drawbacks, too, as even those who love the idea concede. Read more here.
What makes a chair "revolutionary"?
In 1926 Hungarian furniture maker and designer Marcel Breuer, a founder of the modernist movement, created a chair that is wholly unremarkable today, with its simple bent metal and sling seating. But the ubiquity of the look, the very reason we hardly even register it, is a result of its simple brilliance. It is, in fact, considered one of the very best examples of modernist design. Gain a whole new appreciation of elegant simplicity put to practical use, click here.