Artist and designer Sebastian ErraZuriz creates what at first appears to be sleek, minimalist, Ikea-esque pieces of furniture, but there is more to them than meets the eye. In his recently published videos on Vimeo, he demonstrates that his “functional sculptures” are far more than what they originally seem. In fact, once they are transformed they hardly resemble functional furniture at all and have morphed into truly artistic pieces of work.
His “Wave Cabinet” expands and contracts in a manner reminiscent of a handheld wooden fan. Pulling one of the individual wooden slats pulls the adjoining pieces in an undulating and successive movement. ErraZuriz says of his inspiration and intent:
“I am inviting people to look at one of the simplest forms of furniture design and to forget that we’re talking about furniture, instead to see it as a way of breaking a box. I love the idea of creating beautiful furniture; nevertheless I am much more interested in using the medium as an excuse to trigger people’s curiosity and create a connection with them.”
The mechanism by which this cabinet moves and magically holds itself in various configurations is difficult to pinpoint. It appears to operate on the physics of keystone arches, where a single wooden slat in the center acts as the “keystone” upon which the compression of the slats against each other allows for the entire side to cantilever off of the main structure. Or, perhaps each individual wooden slat is inserted into the base with varying depths which catch each particular slat at a predetermined angle. Either way, there appears to be a threshold before which the slats would fall back into the normal configuration if dropped and past which it floats enchantingly without the support of human hands.
My house is typical of a house built in the 1980’s. It was filled with carpet and vinyl. A few years ago I put bamboo floors on most of the first level of the house. But it just doesn’t work to have a bamboo floor and carpeted stairs.
Staircases are hard to change. Unless you want to rip out the whole staircase and start over, there are some real limits. If you are lucky, you may have a staircase that is made with hardwood. If you steps are carpeted, however, you will probably find some rough looking wood underneath.
I was able to get a good result with a combination of bamboo and some low-nap carpet. I used the same bamboo flooring to create risers (the vertical back part of the step).
Granite is not the only valid choice for a counter top. It doesn’t make you cool or stylish. It is the mindless safe choice. There is nothing wrong with granite if you choose it because you like it; but don’t choose it because it is “the best” and expect to impress anybody.
Likewise, having all stainless steel appliances does not make you better than everyone else. Okay, stainless steel is durable and bacteria-resistant. That makes it a good counter top (as in many commercial kitchens), but why does that make your refrigerator better than mine, which is a very durable, easy to clean white — which has never shown a fingerprint. Why are stainless steel appliances high end but a stainless steel sink kind of red-neck? That’s not logic; it’s just being snobbish.
Make your own choices. Choose what you like, not what someone else tells you is good. What is this, high school?
I wanted to have a way to display photos that could be changed easily. Of course, I didn’t want a cork board or one of those puffy frilly boards with crisscross pink ribbons to hold pictures. I wanted something with a modern edge.
It was destined for a wall in the living room, the same room with the metal railing, so I opted to continue the metal look.
The solution was to use some simple galvanized sheet metal. I made two different displays: one small one and one long narrow one.
I love the look of glass mosaic tile. It has such a clean, crisp feel to it. But try pricing it at your local tile store. Once you are able to stand back up and recover, you will realize that the only way to use it may be to greatly downscale the square footage you intended to cover. Glass mosaic can easily cost $40-$50 per square foot and more, depending on the style.
I found a place on line that has it much cheaper. In fact, there is a whole range of colors available for under $12 per square foot!
I had the opportunity to interview Shannon Kaye, one of the stars of the new show Blog Cabin, which premiers this Thursday, August 16th on DIYNetwork. Shannon was one of the interior designers for the series. She also has her own show Fresh Coat also on DIYNetwork.
DIYMD: What interested you to be part of the Blog Cabin project?
SK: The concept of Blog Cabin is so innovative and intriguing; I just had to be a part of the fun! Amy Devers shines in her shows. I couldn’t wait to jump in and work with her. And, of course, the best part was reading the blog and learning about the voters’ interests and ideas. I was eager too, to see if I could meet their expectations.
DIYMD: What was your role on the project?
SK: My role on Blog Cabin was to take the voters choice for solid paint and find colors that would bring welcome warmth to the space without fighting its natural earthy elements. I implemented a few simple decorative painting techniques too because I wanted viewers to see that decorative finishes don’t have to be overwhelming or complicated. A simple touch can bring life to a surface.
DIYMD: How was the experience of building something with input from so many people?
SK: I love a creative challenge and this proved to be a good one! I had to consider their votes for paint AND every other element of the cabin. I can’t wait to see what they think!
The host, Amy Devers, has a great eye for modern design and she is a master of using different materials. She has used stainless steel, plastics, laminates, leather, concrete, resins, glass tile, cork, and more.
A guest bathroom is a great place to do something really interesting. It doesn’t have to be as practical as other bathrooms where you need to shave and brush your teeth. It is pretty easy to keep things minimal without limiting the functionality of the room.
The room is very small, so I wanted to keep things light. My solution was this bamboo column sink.
This is a simple entertainment center which keeps the A/V equipment protected and out of view behind smoked glass. You can still see the display lights on the components and the components can see the remote control.
One of the staples of good cheap modern design is to use materials in a unique way. Your local home improvement store has all sorts of materials: wood, metal, plastic, glass. They look pretty normal if you use the products the way they were intended. But they can look exotic and cool if you use the materials for an entirely different purpose.
When you are looking for a product, it is important to look in the wrong department. If you shop the department where the product is sold, you will end up with one that looks just like everyone else’s.
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