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Furniture designed using heavy cardboard tubes

Furniture designed using heavy cardboard tubes

I remember all the tubes my teacher had in her closet when I was in first grade. The heavy duty tubes look like what you find inside wrapping paper, but they are made from a much stronger cardboard that is as hard as wood.

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Imeuble shelves give me a headache

Imeuble shelves give me a headache

Design concepts range from mild to wild and sometimes a good concept takes something as boring as shelves for holding your junk and turns them into something cool. The Imeuble shelves from designer Bjorn Jorund Blikstad give me a headache and freak my eyes out.

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Champ couch for campeggi can take a beating

Champ couch for campeggi can take a beating

Growing up I had my share of fights and wrestling matches with my brother and friends while on the couch. Usually one of us would end up poked in the eye with one of the pillows on the couch and my mom would yell at us saying that the couch wasn't made for fighting on.

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Fujitsu unveils new Lifebook, Esprimo, and Celsius proGREEN computers

Fujitsu unveils new Lifebook, Esprimo, and Celsius proGREEN computers

Fujitsu has unveiled some new notebook computers today called the Lifebook E780 and the S710. Both of the new notebooks are in the Fujitsu proGREEN line. The proGREEN line of notebooks are optimized for energy saving features and longer battery life.

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Smart Kid baby furniture is useful once the kid can climb

Smart Kid baby furniture is useful once the kid can climb

I have two kids and both are years outside the baby bed today. I can remember putting the beds for them both together only to toss them out in a few years when they learned to scale the side of the bed. Andensen Furniture has a new design concept that is perfect for the new parents looking to get some mileage out of their furniture.

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Wilkhahn ON: seating as “supple as thighs”

Wilkhahn ON: seating as “supple as thighs”

If you eyed up the flexible spine of the Herman Miller Setu earlier this week and thought "nice, but I'd like more rotational combination of axial forwards, backwards and sideways movements" then you're obviously bizarrely well-read on ergonomic seating and probably already know what we're about to say.  If, however, you know little about pivotal sections but would just like to sit for a few hours without ending up stiff, then Wilkhahn's ON chair may be the answer.  Unlike regular task chairs, which mainly permit forward/backward movement, ON has an artificial hip-joint with "two swing plates that are just as supple as thighs".

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Herman Miller Setu gets reviewed: ergonomics on a budget

Herman Miller Setu gets reviewed: ergonomics on a budget

Like any geek who spends more time on their hiney than in sunlight, we've a soft spot for high-priced ergonomic furniture, and when it comes to such things the inescapable name is Herman Miller.  Father of the classic Aeron and the bizarrely-beehive-like Embody, they also have more affordable options such as the Setu.  Nearly half the price of an Aeron, it's billed (almost) as Herman Miller's sop to the masses, and Core77 have not only reviewed it but caught up with the team responsible for its manufacture.

Manufacturing overview video after the cut

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Secret furniture gets brilliant, elaborate physical mechanism [Video]

Secret furniture gets brilliant, elaborate physical mechanism [Video]

It's hard to find a single screengrab to illustrate this great video of craftsman Brian Grabski's work-in-progress furniture: that's because it hides a fiendishly clever mechanism by which you can open a secret drawer.  The hand-crafted chest-of-drawers demands you pull open each of the visible drawers, before a hidden control springs out and allows you to trigger the secret compartment built into what looks like a normal molding.

Video demo after the cut

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Motoart retro fighter-jet desk chair

Motoart retro fighter-jet desk chair

As someone in the market for a new desk chair, I'm now hopelessly in love with these Motoart seats.  Reclaimed from authentic, Vietnam-era fighter jets and bombers, the ejector seats are freshly padded, newly upholstered and given aluminum bases with double-wheel casters.

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iHouse SmartFaucet with face recognition & email

iHouse SmartFaucet with face recognition & email

We're told that water and electronics don't mix, but word obviously hasn't made it to iHouse.  The company has been demonstrating their SmartFaucet, a touchscreen-enabled tap that also includes a camera for face-recognition.  If you've ever wanted to check your email and calendar from your bathroom sink, here's the faucet for you.

Video demo after the cut

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Morfojet media chair by Gianni Pedone

Morfojet media chair by Gianni Pedone

In an ideal world, this would be a jet-propelled butt-cradle.  However it's not, it's actually a combination chair and music system by designer Gianni Pedone, part of the Morfonauta collection going on show at Milan Design Week 2009.

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DIY Shopping Cart Go-Cart

DIY Shopping Cart Go-Cart

It's almost the weekend, which means only one thing: a desperate race to find an all-consuming project lest one be found for you by your nearest-and-dearest.  You could do a lot worse than put together a Shopping Cart Go-Cart, the entertaining end-result of MAKE's shopping cart chair tutorial.

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