Commissioned by the U.S. Navy in the 1940’s, the Emeco 1006 Navy Chair is immediately recognizable. Designed for light weight and resistance to fire, the aluminum chairs are nearly indestructible. BRANDMADE.TV takes us inside the Hanover, Pennsylvania factory where these iconic chairs are still manufactured by hand.
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Regal Robot makes sweet Star Wars collectibles as well as custom props and furniture. Among their builds is this desk and chair they created for a client’s studio. Its design was inspired by Darth Vader’s black and white meditation chamber as seen in The Empire Strikes Back. The Vader helmet light fixture is a brilliant touch.
As one of the most notable designs of the 20th century, the Eames LCW (Lounge Chair Wood) is an icon of mid-century modern furniture. Brandmade.TV looks back at the history of the chair, and goes inside the factory where Herman Miller continues to make these chairs by stacking, bending, and sanding plywood veneers.
We love furniture that folds to get out of the way when not in use. In this video from builder Izzy Swan, he shows off a wall-mounted Sapele wood cabinet that unfolds into a small table. The items stored on its shelves stay flat as the table is extended, and he says it’s sturdy enough to hold a 5-gallon bucket of water.
Plan Station’s ingenious invention lets you add a desk anywhere you have some wall studs to hang it from. Simply load two 24″ x 48″ sheets of plywood into its nylon sleeves, and you’ll get a work surface and more than 20 pockets for pens, papers, and more. Great for construction sites, garages, or temporary work at home spaces.
In today’s work-from-home world, having a good desk is a must. You could buy one, or you could do what HomeMadeModern did and build one to your own exacting specifications. We love how Jessie incorporated walls and sound-deadening felt to make it her own. We’d probably do corkboard for tacking up notes.
Humanscale’s award-winning Trea chair by designer Todd Bracher is a masterclass in form-meets-function. Inspired by the exoskeleton of a lobster, it cradles the sitter in a supportive shell while its mechanism allows parts to move in harmony with the body without manual settings. Available in three leg variants.
This comfy and casual lounger is perfect for those times when you need an extra chair, or just want to laze around. It’s got a soft microsuede cover and folds to form a lounge chair, upright chair, or bed. Plus, its cover is removable for easy cleaning. Available in a variety of colors in The Awesomer Shop.
If you’re going to park your butt on an outdoor bench in the winter, it can be a jarring experience. HomeMadeModern wanted to improve upon the basic design, so he embedded a heated rubber mat in a DIY concrete bench. Heated seats are great in cars, so we imagine they’d be just as pleasant outdoors.
With today’s giant game consoles, it’s time to upgrade your media furniture. BDI’s cabinets look fantastic, hiding electronics on removable/movable shelves, with flow-through ventilation, cable management, and remote-friendly doors. Our faves are the Align 7479, Corridor 8179 and Elements 8779 with its artful laser-cut doors.
While we prefer to stand at our desks, sometimes we need to sit down. This unique chair adapts to you unlike any we’ve seen. It offers more than 10 main seating positions, and includes an adjustable backrest that doubles as an elevated seat and work surface, along with armrests that can expand the chair’s width.
Inspired by a table design he saw from Slovenian Woodworker, builder John Malecki decided he wanted to build an even cooler looking version that uses a combination of laminated wood boards and crystal-clear acrylic to make it look like its top is floating in the air.
This wooden stool from Anthropologie is great for displaying small items or as a perch for your cat. is crafted from aged teak wood, which gives it a great natural texture that shows off its knots and irregularities. It’s suitable for indoor or outdoor use and comes pre-assembled. Measures 17″H x 20″W x 13″D.
Just because you’re outdoors doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be comfortable. Core Equipment’s saucer-shaped chair offers a cozy, oversized seating area, along with a quilted seat and a padded headrest. Its fold-up steel frame can hold up to 300 lb, and it includes a built-in cupholder, and a carrying bag. Available in grey or wine red.
Urban95 makes some great industrial style furniture, including this skinny writing desk that’s ideal for laptop users. Its 20″ x 60″ top is covered with an aviation-inspired riveted metal and sits atop skinny, but sturdy bent rebar legs. A perforated metal privacy panel finishes the look. Also available with a concrete laminate top.
I Like To Make Stuff teamed up with The Smugglers Room to build a piece of custom Star Wars-inspired furniture that holds a large TV and server rack filled with audio and video equipment. The finished piece looks like something from inside of the Echo Base control room and would make a great design for an arcade cabinet.
Home arcade company Arcade1up has created a tabletop gaming system that lets you play digital versions of board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, and more. It will come in 24″ and 32″ versions, both with a touchscreen with tactile feedback, and Wi-Fi connectivity for downloading games and other content.
If you like the look of shipping containers, you can buy a tissue box holder inspired by their design. But if you’re a pro model maker like Adam Savage, and want something you can sit on, you build your own from scratch. You can get the digital files for printing the photorealistic vinyl stickers here.
Orange22 Modern’s‘s minimal furniture piece combines a display shelf with a laptop desk. When not in use, the desk surface slides flush with the top, and when open, it creates a 31.5″w x 23.5″d desktop, with a space for for accessories and office supplies. Sale price through 9.21.20 @12pm PDT on Touch of Modern.
After building a high-end gaming PC into a desk, Matt of DIY Perks realized the illusion is completely ruined when placing a monitor on top of it. So he made a hidden ultrawide display that stows inside of a matching wood veneer and aluminum bookshelf. Now he just needs an invisible keyboard and mouse.
Designer Ian Stell created the Waldhexen, an innovative coffee table that can change shapes by pushing or pulling on its six sides. It it’s made from an arrangement of hinged maple slats that look like long popsicle sticks. We found one of the rare pieces for sale from NYC’s Patrick Parrish. Original video by Evan Orensten.
NoQuarterArcade handbuilds these sweet mid-century modern style arcade tables which play a wide variety of classic arcade games. They come with authentic arcade quality controls for two players, and pre-loaded with a number of games. They sell a 60-in-1 version, as well as a 412-in-1 version, and an 800-in-1 version.
We love how builder Laura Kampf is creates objects that are both thoughtful in their function and design. Her latest project is a curved wooden cabinet with a turntable and amplifier shelf, plenty of cubbies for storing records, and spaces for speakers that tuck neatly behind grille cloth.
Looking for the ultimate play place for your board and card games? Look no further than North Dakota builder Krema Designs. They make a variety of table designs, with options like built-in cupholders, personal playing desks, Philips Hue lighting, storage drawers, and more. Our fave is the Algenon Mid, with its beautiful dark wood finish.
The cheery Ballo Stool by Humanscale combines functional design with the playfulness of an exercise ball. An ideal task seat, it comfortably tilts with your movements thanks to two pliable air-filled domes on an innovative center column. It can help correct posture and alleviate back pain by naturally aligning the spine.
Computer accessory maker Logitech teamed up with furniture experts Herman Miller to create a premium gaming chair that combines futuristic styling with ergonomics. The Embody Gaming Chair is designed to improve your posture and comfort during lengthy gaming sessions, while adjusting to fit your unique form.
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