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23 Pieces of Glowing Furniture via [trendhunter]

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by Bianca Bartz

23 Pieces of Glowing Furniture (SUPER GALLERY)

There’s a growing wave ofdesigners with a fascination with illuminated textiles. We’ve seen

this in fashion before, including glow in the dark clothes and accessories, but this time we’re focusing in on furniture.

Trend Hunter has featured a bevy of phenomenal designs for the home that light up, some functioning like innovative lamps, others giving the ability to set custom moods, while others act as regular furniture, just with a very modern twist on design.

Check out some of the brightest ideas on Trend Hunter below.

Seats and Sofas

Modern Louis XV Furniture – The Neo Neon Collection (GALLERY)

Louis XV furniture has been given a modern spin by Lee Broom. The designer describes his six piece trendy fusion collection as “art that is ultimately functional.” The fantastically eclectic concept plays… [More]

Glowing Ice Cube Furniture – Moss LED Sofa

The first thing that comes to mind when I see this LED-illuminated Moss couch is that it looks like it belongs in an igloo. This makes a stunning compromise for anyone intrigued by the aesthetics of the… [More]

Eudora Lamp Chair

At just under $3,000, the Eudora lamp chair is a fiverglass chair that is upholstered in fabric and then encased in resin.  It’s illuminated from the inside and made by hand.  You can choose from a variety… [More]

Tables

Illuminated Furniture – Ambient Luminescent Lounge Table

A dimmer foot switch adds to the excitement of this sexy illuminated lounge table. It has a high gloss finish, is UV resistant, and features a stow-away cable. The price tag is $779.00 [More]

Interactive Furniture – LED Coffee Table In Action (VIDEO)

For that extra punch of ambiance in your living room, consider getting an LED coffee table. The creation from the Evil Mad Scientist Lab consists of a glass-top table embedded with LEDs that are motion-activated.… [More]

Awe Inspiring LED Table by Ingo Maurer

Brilliant LED table glitters more than your candle-lit dinner. “led table designed by ingo maurer in 2003. this beautiful table is limited in production. this table is a true example of modern design.… [More]

Lightable LED Dinner Table – Create a Halo of Light Around Any Object (VIDEO)

This transparent LED table was designed by Julian Appelius and Fabien Dumas.  When you place an object on the table, the object become illuminated by a halo of LED light… even if that object is your… [More]

Cabinets

Glow in the Dark Furniture – Fullmoon Cabinet (GALLERY)

Sotirios Papadopoulos designed this Fullmoon cabinet for Ennezero using ecologically-friendly paint. The Fullmoon glows in the dark and in that sense, as far as I am concerned, this is a creation that… [More]

Fiber Optic Cabinets – Horm Voltaceleste by Salvatore Indriolo (GALLERY)

Horm Voltaceleste is a glowing cabinet by designer Salvatore Indriolo. The cupboard has lighting inside and its wooden doors feature optical fibers of various diameters whose positions are governed by… [More]

Other

Inflatable Furniture – New Inflatable Bar For Sale or Rent

The new inflatable collection from Bubble Miami proves that inflatable furniture can be hot.  Interestingly, you can also rent the inflatable bar, making sure you have the hippest pool party on your block.… [More]

LED Prayer Rug Glows When Facing Mecca – Sajjdah 1426

Not only does this high-tech prayer rug look super funky with its glowing design, but its LED lights actually offer functional properties. Embedded inside the Turkish tapestry is a compass that enables… [More]

Generate Light: LTT Illuminated Bathtub & Furniture

Generate offers a full line of illuminated furniture, including illumniated bath tubs, illuminated sinks, illuminated lamps, illuminated coffee tables, and illuminated everything. “This illuminated, self… [More]

Mood Sensitive Design – The Mood Bowl Changes Color (GALLERY)

This pear glass, which plugs into the wall, changes color according to your mood. The mood bowl is capable of going through a cycle of 8 different colors but it can also remain on the same color of your… [More]

Luxury DJ Booths – The $5500 Homelander (VIDEO)

The ‘HOMELANDER’ is a high end DJ Booth by DJ Furniture.  It comes with a customized high gloss finish, integrated air cooling fan, and in the color of your choice. The 3 LED lights and the 2 color powerleds… [More]

Ondine Illuminated Shower: Reenact Your Alien Abduction

There’s nothing more relaxing that having a nice shower and letting the blue rays of light fall on your body.
“Sitting in the relaxation room, you are displaced to a garden setting in your Tuscan mansion,… [More]

Chromotherapy-Equipped Shower

Now you can shower with chromotherapy! [More]

Illuminated Door Handles

We won’t need “do not disturb” cards anymore to indicate the room is occupied. Stockholm-based company, Brighthandle offers new door handles including lights to encode room privacy. Various models can… [More]

Semi-Precious Illuminated Counter Tops

Seen at the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, exotic solid surfaces made of translucent semi-precious stones can be combined with under-counter lighting to create custom, eye-popping… [More]

Glass & Walls

Furniture Hacks – LED Glass Door (GALLERY)

These days, incredible interior design is all about originality, and sometimes the only way to do that is by modifying the supplies available in store. Take this door for example. Instead of leaving… [More]

Illuminated Eco-Chic Windows – Lightway (GALLERY)

It appears that light bulbs may soon become obsolete if Damian Savio, a Sydney design student, has his way. The Longueville designer invented Lightway window louvers that illuminate dwellings without… [More]

Wall-Integrated LEDs – Disguised Torn Lighting (GALLERY)

Torn Lighting by designer Billy May creatively integrate and disguise LED lights within your walls for a seamless and clean interior light solution. Painted the same color as your walls, the Torn Lighting… [More]

Light Canvases

Art Coincides With Your Mood – MoodSpace by Interactive Art (GALLERY)

What if you could design your own moods? For only $25,000 you can add an entire wall that shimmers and glows to your living room decor. Now imagine being able to fine tune it. The MoodSpace by Interactive… [More]

Paint with LED Light – Philips Imagination Light Canvas (GALLERY)

They should have this up in all waiting rooms in hospitals and offices. Philips Electronics introduced their Imagination Light Canvas— an interactive light wall that uses touch screen and Philips technologies… [More]




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Luxury Birdhouses by John Looser for Your 1st Class Feathered Friends. via [davesgarden]

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Extreme birdhouses; designed and built by DG member John Looser

By April (Aunt_A)

These birdhouses are unbelievable and amazing. John, a
Dave’s Garden member, designs and builds what he calls “Extreme
Birdhouses“; some of these weigh hundreds of pounds. Click on this
article to see many pictures of John’s famous designs and to read the
story of how these birdhouses grew from the ashes of his destroyed
dreams.

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You may call them bird castles in the sky, luxury bird condominiums or
simply mansions. Some birds call these houses “home”, thanks to John
Looser, a Dave’s Garden member. After a devastating doctor’s
diagnosis, John’s passion for woodworking and building houses emerged
in a relentless drive to build wonderful birdhouses.  Here is John’s
story and pictures of his “Extreme Birdhouses”.

Please note: all the following pictures and designs are
copyrighted by Mr. John Looser, an artist recognized in the province of
Ontario, Canada.

Extreme birdhouses designed by Canadian artist John Looser
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John’s talent for
woodworking began early in life; he began building homes for people
when he was only 15. His natural ability and his love for woodworking
shone through many projects. John’s daddy was a carpenter, so he grew up
on a lumber mill with a hammer in his hand and a head full of plans
and dreams.  John built anything: homes, fences, decks. John’s life was
full of woodworking and homebuilding.

However,
before John was 40 years old, an accident at work left him unable to
continue building. Doctors told John that he would never return to work
due to the chronic, debilitating pain. John, an active young man with
so much life before him, was depressed and devastated. He stated,
“After sitting around for a few years, I thought maybe I could still do
some woodworking on a smaller scale. That is when I came up with the
idea of building Extreme Birdhouses.”

John’s
first birdhouse was only about 16 inches square with 6 bird apartments.
He says, “the birds wasted no time moving in”. Soon people began to
slow down their cars to look at his bird house. Then, he created larger
birdhouses; more people slowed down to stare. Now, about 7 years later,
John has built 46 Extreme Birdhouses. The largest was over 9 feet wide
and 8 feet tall. One of the houses weighs over 500 pounds, has 32
dormers, 14 different roofs and 103 bird apartments. Some have other fun
features including swimming pools (bird baths) in the roof. John does
not work from plans, so the ideas come to him as he constructs the
homes. Although he spent almost two years working on his favorite (and
largest) birdhouse, most of them require between two days and six weeks
to build. The homes have a natural, rustic look because John creates
them from reclaimed 80  to 150 year old barn wood. Enjoy the following
pictures of some of his work.

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Many
people wonder how the birdhouses are mounted. John stated, “They
are usually mounted 8
feet in the air. Sometimes I have to use a farm tractor to lift them in
the air. It takes about 1 hour to mount one securely. All the insides
are removable for easy cleaning.” It appears (in the following
pictures) that some of John’s friends wish he would create some fun
houses for them as well…

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“Are there any
others on the market right now?
We, however, have some feathered
friends
who would be delighted with this fancy home.”
Guard kitty


John
said, “
I mainly build (the birdhouses) to help me deal
with my chronic pain, but now I am getting more and more people wanting
one so I have been getting requests to build copies of…homes and
cottages.The best
part is the birds love them. It is nice to look out the window
everyday and to watch them come and go.
The most rewarding
part about building these is it keeps my mind busy from daily pain and
it gives me a reason to keep fighting.

Beauty through the seasons
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More interesting
information:

  • John builds two
    different styles of houses; the shape of the entrance holes are
    different for various species of birds. He focuses on sparrows,
    swallows and Purple Martins.
  • Although John has given away many of his creations to family
    and friends, a “small” 30 inch square Extreme Birdhouse costs about
    $400.00, while a home over 5 feet wide costs between $1,500.00 and
    $2,000.00.
  • John custom
    designs and builds birdhouses.
  • John’s
    birdhouses have given him back his life. See below for pictures of
    John’s other projects, including rustic arbors and lawn ornaments.
  • You may contact
    John here, at Dave’s Garden or write:  John Looser , RR3 Brussels
    Ontario, Canada.
  • There are two
    threads about John’s projects in Dave’s Garden’s community Discussion
    Forums. Click here
    for the first thread or here
    for the second. These threads are open to visitors.
  • John’s Dave’s
    Garden’s user name is cranbrook2.
  • Dave’s Garden
    has hundreds of other talented members that love gardens, nature and
    animals. This is just a spotlight on one of the many wonderful members
    here.



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I Wanna Futuristic Space-Age Dining Room Set Pod Unit! via [dornob]

Futuristic Transforming Dining Room
Table-and-Chairs Set

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For now
it is simply a design, but there is very little preventing this
futuristic dining room table-and-chairs
furniture set from becoming a present-day reality. The pieces fit
neatly together and a simple pneumatic system would make the central
lift possible – providing a cosmetic overhang that doubles as a central
light fixture.

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Cute, convertible and space-saving though it may be, this design does
have some drawbacks. Namely, there is an object in the center of the
table that obstructs views and the seats don’t appear to be fully stable
on their own. Still, as a concept design it is certainly some good
designer eye-candy either way.


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