Another favorite, Nomadic Furniture 1, by James Hennessey and Victor Papanek, published 1973, Pantheon Books. At once retro and current in a
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Cardboard seating, both for sale, and to make at home.
The relaxing chair, of plywood, masonite, and optional egg carton foam, because "in our society (we) need to get the equivalent of 3-4 hourse of relaxing time in one hour..."
The ubiquitous bean bag, then still in its infancy.
The best and worst of the book, in my opinion: the please-don't-try-this-at-home disposable cardboard car seat. Sure, it makes sense, environmentally, but do you think that it would meet the NHTSA safety standards?
You've just gotta love those single-sheet-of-plywood projects plans. I really should think about aquainting myself with the table saw. Or not.
Four collapsible, hardware-free stools from one sheet of plywood. Cool.
Doll-sized version of above left seat here!
These, I think, are some of the funnier ones, with several takes on "the cube" including the entertaining and relaxation cubes here and also a work cube, and the children's cube on the book's cover. Why, exactly, would you create a false, wall-free room within a room? Foreshadowing of office cubicles?
Lighting from styrofoam cups, paper lanterns (Ikea?), and milk jugs.
I sewed some bean bags for the boys last summer using this pattern instead as it seems preferable because the top and bottom pieces are round and the side pieces curved to fit them, rather than the straight edged pattern pieces here. Still trying to figure out what to stuff them with, trying to avoid buying polystyrene pellets. Even after saving all the packing peanuts from presents sent at Christmas they still weren't even a quarter of what one bean bag requires. We've been bringing extra packing peanuts to the local shipping store for them to reuse for years now so they always tell me that if I ever need any I can just come and ask. Might be time to call in my chips? They are rather squeaky and lumpy compared to the tiny styrofoam pellets typically put into bean bags. Hmmm. I know Blair has been there before with the bean bag stuffing dilemma.. I'm going to have to go poke around over there for her post about this and see what others had to say in the comments there.
As for cardboard furniture, I've been thinking about purchasing the plans for this play kitchen. E still asks for a wooden play kitchen for each birthdays and Christmas (Yeah, yeah. I know. The cabinet maker's son....) but frankly, with the boys at age 5 and 8 now, I can't see spending a whole lot of time or money on either a homemade one or a purchased one. Of course, I still want the real thing but that isn't really reasonable. I'm thinking that he also might enjoy helping with the assembly of a cardboard one. Then, when he tires of it, it can be taken apart and stored flat and eventually recycled or used as mulch in the garden or fire starter in the woodstove rather than taking up precious space, and money.
Oh, and look, there's a Nomadic Furniture 2. I never knew.