Do It Yourself: 50 projects by designers and artists

This book contains designs, instructions and patterns from some of the world’s most exciting designers and artists of home furnishings.

Thomas Bärnthaler is the design editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, the magazine of Germany’s largest daily newspaper. In the book he cites sociologist Richard Bennett’s belief that making something gives the creator a deep sense of accomplishment. It contains interesting templates from designers and artists such as Konstantin Grcic, Ai Weiwei and Patricia Urquiola. If you want to make an eye-catching lampshade for your home but don’t know where to start, this could be the book for you. Including reuse projects such as a chair from wooden pallets and, perhaps less palatably, children’s toys made from old socks, a lot of the projects repurpose forgotten objects. In one case, a branch becomes the basis for a hanging light (pictured above).

Thomas Bärnthaler
Phaidon
RRP $42.95 (includes postage to Australia)

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You can read more about Do It Yourself: 50 projects by designers and artists in Issue 33 of Sanctuary magazine.

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