1 basketball. 1 strap. 1 zipper. 1 cutter. 2 key rings.
Some rubber glue.

Result? The Basketball Bag.

6 forks. 6 soup spoons. Polystyrene sheet. A clock mechanism. Super glue.

…The Cutlery Clock.

A Broom-Head Pencil Holder.

A Plastic Bottle Bouy.

A pair of stereo speakers. Speaker wires. 8 screws. 2 jerrycans (or similar objects). Polyester fill. Amplifier.

The Jerrycan Speaker.

Pencil stubs. A cutting board.

The Pencil Dish Rack.

A broken shovel. Ikea light kit. Light bulb. 1 small steel plate. High temperature paint.

…The Shovel Lamp!

Co.Design

7 Ingenious DIY Designs You Can Make At Home

Samuel Bernier’s Project RE_ is a playful enigma. On the one hand, there is a clear aesthetic thread that runs through each project’s final form--it’s not hard to imagine spending far too much to buy these things at a high-end boutique. On the other hand, they are all made from household objects and the steps to making them are freely available online.

It seems that Bernier is at home in this enigma. Project RE_ is an academic work, part of Bernier’s graduation project at the University of Montreal. In keeping with the principles of open source design, step-by-step instructions are available online at Instructables and the 3D printing files and laser cutting data is available at Thingiverse.

This is, in a funny way, big business. In August, software giant Autodesk bought Instructables, making a bet on the future of DIY object design as a business. This is perhaps unsurprising. In the same way that GUIs and laser printers democratized graphic design and paved the way for companies like Adobe to thrive, it seems likely that there will be a growing opportunity for products and services that appeal to the industrial designer hobbyist. DIY design organizations like Adafruit or Quirky are growing into empires of their own, perhaps giving us a glimpse of that future.

In the meantime, page through our gallery of Bernier’s designs and see if you can guess what the final result will be, by looking only at the ingredients.

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  • Jay Bush

    All of these are terrible. I would not want any of these things in my house. The pens, dear god the pens; that must be the least efficient, most ugly way to store a small number of pens ever conceived. Plastic cutlery clock. No. chopping board dish holder. Waste of a perfectly good chopping board. F. Please stop.

  • Kirpyildizyap

    Hahah! Regarding the dish holder, I would go ahead and use IKEA pencils. They are already small and do not seem to have much use outside the IKEA shops, anyway.

  • Thinh Le

    Life would be more interesting if everyone designed and created their own decor. Pinterest anyone?

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