Untangle your holiday lights, slip into a cozy sweater, and dust off your menorah: it’s the time of year when people channel their inner Clark Griswold and go wild decorating their homes. We love to partake in some homey holiday cheer, but sometimes decorations go wrong. Very, very wrong. After spotting a hilariously weird DIY decor project on Laughing Squid, which we feature in our gallery past the break, we went exploring for other horrifying holiday decorations. The Internet did not disappoint. Click through to see our findings, and ponder along with us on why so many of them feature firearms and poop. Happy Holidays! … Read More
Coming up with a clever Halloween costume for yourself is hard enough, but when you throw another person into the mix, it can feel like an impossible task. If you’ve spent the past few weeks swapping ideas with your significant other, and you’re still no closer to landing on something that you both agree on, perhaps we can help. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best two-person costumes that we’ve seen floating around the Internet. Some of them look more complicated than others to assemble, but they’re all sure to turn some heads at a Halloween party. Check them out, and if you’ve got a photo of a great costume that you’d like to share, drop us an email here. … Read More
Anne Mieke Eggenkamp, chair of what’s considered to be the best design school in the world, Design Academy Eindhoven, said that food is one of the two hottest topics on the contemporary design agenda (the other being textiles, if you were wondering.) One of the pioneers of the niche practice is Spanish designer Martí Guixé. His oeuvre includes everything from hands-free lollipops to snacks designed to be eaten while you type. Long time collaborator and photographer, Inga Knölke, explains, “a food designer is somebody working with food, with no idea of cooking.”
We’ve rounded up some of the best examples from this fascinating discipline to inspire the next generation of Willy Wonkas. From cuddly sausages to flavored finger noodles to bad news cakes, click through to check out the most imaginative work from the hottest design trend of the decade. … Read More
The travel trailer has come a long way since Wally Byam began making them out of masonite in his backyard in Los Angeles during the late 1920s. Inspired by his time spent working as a shepherd and living out of a “two-wheeled cart outfitted with a kerosene cook stove, a sleeping bag, and wash pail,” Wally – a man way ahead of his time – went from self-publishing a DIY magazine with articles on building a modern travel trailer to owning the Airstream Trailer Co.
Wally’s last trailer was his most extraordinary: a trailer sheathed in gold anodized aluminum “outfitted for high adventure in Africa and beyond.” We think he’d be proud to know that passionate nomads continue to push the limits of his iconic design. From Ralph Lauren’s stunningly appointed Adirondack-inspired version in Telluride, Colorado to El Cosmico, Liz Lambert’s modern collection of travel trailers in Marfa, Texas celebrating an “exodus from a world of urgency”, to the Magnolia Pearl, a luxe bohemian mobile shop complete with a freestanding salvaged galvanized bathtub, click through to check out our roundup of the most inspired travel trailer renovations out there today. … Read More
When we came across these fascinating photos of a seminal underground punk club on Sasha Frere-Jones’ blog, we were captivated by the simple charm of the cooperatively designed space.
Dedicated to the principles of DIY since it opened its doors 15 year ago, today The Smell is the humble mecca of Los Angeles’ influential punk, noise and experimental scene. As the website declares, “the community of individuals who call The Smell their home, whether it be the musicians who play there, the artists whose work hangs on the walls, or the dedicated supporters who attend the events week in and week out, are the same individuals who book the shows, run the front door, provide quality sound engineering services, staff the vegan snack bar, and help with cleaning and general upkeep.”
An inspiring study in what it means to do-it-yourself, here’s a look at the clubs that were home to the vanguard crusade that shunned anything mainstream in an effort to create the ultimate local scene. The hardcore predecessor of the hipster locavore, indie artisans, and the thriving handmade movement, these raw spaces showcase the fundamental tenants of artistic expression and experience.
From Madame Wong’s punk and New Wave club in Los Angeles’ Chinatown to Berkeley’s 924 Gilman, an all-ages performance club and community space, to the dizzying basement bathrooms of CBGB’s, click through to take a tour of authentic DIY design at its finest, past and present. … Read More
With Coachella only a few short weeks away, we’ve been exploring the plethora of stylish camping and outdoor accessories now available thanks to the glamping craze that we totally get and love. After all, what better way to experience the great outdoors than from the comfort of your own decked out statement campsite?
Whether you’re car camping, tent camping or doing it open-air style under California’s desert stars, here’s our guide to making your campsite stand out in what’s sure to be a sea of boring polyester taffeta and ubiquitous green Coleman grills. We’ve broken down the outdoor experience into the three essential categories: eat, sleep, and coffee. Click through to check out our picks for festival camping in style. Then, let us know in the comments what you do to up your camping ante. … Read More
We aren’t shy about sharing our love for books — and all the amazing places they are housed — around here. You visited some of the most beautiful college libraries in the world with us, we told you about our favorite bookstores — and highlighted your picks — plus much more. We wanted to venture into DIY territory and visit some of the tiniest — but gutsiest — libraries around the world. These are unusual places where lit lovers ventured to create a mini community athenaeum, and guerrilla librarians have set up camp in the face of budget cuts and closing institutions. Each micro library’s aim is different, but whether they’re promoting independent/alternative presses, or simply trying to encourage reading, these plucky, little libraries deserve your attention. Tell us your faves, and as always, drop us a line with the ones we may have missed in the comments below. … Read More
In case you’re just kicking around the house today and tomorrow, hiding from the inclement weather, we have a suggestion: use this last pre-Valentine’s day weekend to your advantage and cook up one of these awesome love-themed do-it-yourself projects — either as a surprise for your honey or a super adorable couples activity (or, as the case may be, an effort to distract yourself from the impending holiday). The internet abounds with DIY tips, tricks, and full-on instruction manuals, and we’ve sifted through and collected a few of our favorites here — from yummy (and romantic!) food ideas to cute crafts to the both adorable and functional, we think there’s a project here for everyone. Click through to check out ten inspired DIY projects to occupy you this weekend, and if you’ve got ‘em, be sure to pitch in any of your own ideas in the comments! … Read More
Harrison Krix of Volpin Props has created an amazing, working replica of the famous helmet worn by Thomas Bangalter, one-half of cult French electro-duo Daft Punk. The helmet certainly looks the part, but it also boasts “350 LEDs, can run over 4 hours on a single charge, and the matrix is capable of being updated on-the-fly with a custom programmed iOS app.” If that weren’t impressive enough, consider that the helmet is actually the second of the set, a partner project to the already-completed replica of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo’s gold topper. But while his first Daft Punk helmet took him 17 months, the second took him only four. We’ve checked, and Krix isn’t taking orders, but if you’re a crafty type, you can check out his process here and follow in his footsteps. Click through to see a video of the helmet’s progression from mere materials to a work of art, and check out some shiny photos of the finished product. … Read More
LCD Soundsystem is getting a lot of love these days, now that the band has announced their last show ever. How typical — we only really appreciate something when it’s (almost) gone. But better late than never. This “unofficial DIY pop video” slash documented performance art piece features muppets singing along to LCD standard “Dance Yrself Clean”, beer cans, chintzy editing effects, and real life fans who seem to have watched the whole thing as it went down in Brighton. Is it a fitting tribute? Watch after the jump and let us know your thoughts in the comments! … Read More