Day: March 23, 2020

Self-assembly Gives DIY Instructions on How to Build 7 Modern Chairs

DIY design resource Self-assembly recently published step-by-step instructions on how to make seven different chairs, including chairs designed by Enzo Mari, Max Lamb, Gerrit Rietveld, and Tord Boontje.

Two by Two Chair by Ian Anderson

Self-assembly is a platform that encourages people to make their own replicas of iconic furniture designs instead of buying massed produced versions – reclaiming their purchasing power and the term “DIY” in the process. Self-production and critical thought on design, consumption, and production are encouraged through the instructions and the voices of designers who have championed the DIY movement themselves.

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The Minimalist Mjolk Tambour Cabinet by Thom Fougere

Mjolk Tambour Cabinet is a minimal cabinet created by Canada-based designer Thom Fougere for Mjölk. Working within the fields of product design, architecture, and furniture, Thom Fougere has had works exhibited on the international platform as well as lead the design for EQ3’s expansion across Canada and the United States.

Fougere’s most recent collaboration sought the creation of solid oak or walnut cabinet that features sliding tambour doors, which can wrap entirely around the back of the frame. The movement of the doors as they bend around the corner is both a tactile and auditory experience within itself.


fragrant plants in ‘the scentual garden,’ with ken druse

WHAT KIND OF SCENTS that plants offer up please you, or don’t? How do you even describe what things in the garden smell like? I spoke with Ken Druse, author of the new book “The Scentual Garden: Exploring the World of Botanical Fragrance,” about his fascination with fragrant plants.

There are a lot of good things I could say about having known Ken for many years, and one of them is that we’ve had each other to talk to along the way while we’ve been writing each new book, someone to ruminate with and refine ideas with, time and

how conservation starts in your yard: doug tallamy on ‘nature’s best hope’

‘NATURE’S BEST HOPE’ is the title of University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy’s new book, and the subtitle reads like this: “A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard.” In other words, you and I are nature’s best hope. Our actions count, and they add up to counteract a fragmented landscape and other challenges to the survival of so many critically important native creatures and the greater environment we all share.

Doug Tallamy’s 2007 book, “Bringing Nature Home,” (Amazon affiliate link) has been, for many of us, a wake-up call into the entire subject of the unbreakable

create a pollinator victory garden, with kim eierman

ONE OF THE MOST common questions that garden centers and other garden professionals are asked these days: How can I add more pollinator plants? Kim Eierman designs ecological gardens with such beneficial insects in mind, and is the author of the new book “The Pollinator Victory Garden,” and I got some advice from her on subjects ranging from wildlife-supporting spring cleanup tactics and timing, to how much of each plant is “enough” to make a difference, and which plants are native, anyway.

Kim is also founder of the garden business called EcoBeneficial, consulting on ecological landscaping and design, based

Dream of the Italian Outdoor Lifestyle with the Makemake Collection

The great outdoors always makes for a nice escape, and no more so than in this moment. The Makemake collection, designed by studioPang for Terraforma, includes a modular sofa, bench, tables, dining chairs, lounge chairs, stools, and sun lounger with smooth lines and style for days.

Makemake has been very well thought out, including modular elements that make it possible to reconfigure the sofa again and again, with backrests, armrests, the chaise lounge, and table-like surfaces. The lounge chair and two-seat bench can include comfortable cushions, and the smaller table is available in two heights with either a square