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The Lego Lifestyle Home

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Legomaniacs can do more than just build things from Lego bricks! You can display your passion in your home with furnishings made from Lego bricks, home products from the Lego company, and products that have that familiar (if not company-sanctioned) shape.

Furniture

Design your own building block furniture with Luna Blocks, which come in many sizes and shapes, but all fit together. The only limit is your imagination!

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Luna Block materials range from steel to pillow-soft foam. See a showcase of different furniture configurations at DVICE.

Lego Lamp

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This lamp is 100 times the size of a Lego brick. It features LED illumination and snap-off nubs so you can store pens and such inside. Available from 25togo in Taiwan for about US $50.

Flash Drive

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Brighten up your computer desk with this building block USB flash drive. They look like the Lego bricks you love, and come in lots of colors. You might also be interested in a USB hand crank that can charge any USB gadget. Make your own from Lego bricks with help from Instructables.

Grandfather Clock

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Professional Lego sculptor Eric Harshbarger built this functional grandfather clock of Lego bricks, including the clockworks! The only parts that aren't made of Legos are the weights and the filaments holding the weights. You'll find many more Lego clocks in this list.

Work Desk

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A firm once hired a highly-desired employee who stipulated that he wanted a desk made of Legos. The company said sure, but when they realized you can't just go out and buy such a thing, they contacted Eric Harshbarger. He had the desk built in a couple of weeks, which involved putting 35,000 bricks together. Harshbarger then turned the desk upside down, disassembled it brick by brick, and reassembled it as he glued the pieces together! The price of the desk hasn't been disclosed, but if you ever have the clout to demand such a perk from an employer, you have arrived.

Bed and Bath

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Even the bedroom can get the Lego treatment with this Lego Make-N-Create Sheet Set, available through Amazon. You can also get Lego bath towels.

Kitchen Containers

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Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories recently posted several kitchenware items made from Legos, such as a napkin holder, fruit bowl, and a vase. These are simple touches that can be taken apart, so they could also be a way to store your Legos between other projects.

Cake

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Your next birthday cake could be a Lego brick with this specially-shaped Lego cake pan. You can also use it to set Jello. When you bake the cake, keep track of time with a minifig timer.

Ice

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That birthday party will need ice. Make yours in a Lego ice tray. You can freeze different colors of Kool-Aid in it to resemble actual bricks.

Jelly Candy Mold

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Instructables member SFHandyman made his own food mold using actual Lego bricks. This involves creating a negative mold of food grade silicone. He then used it to make jelly candy!

Flatware

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This flatware is not flat! Snack and Stack forks, spoons and knives have handles shaped like Legos, and you can lock them together for storage. Therefore, they don't take up as much space as you'd think, plus they won't fall out of your picnic basket.

Using all of these products at once might scare away members of the opposite sex, but if you find someone who shares your Lego passion, you'll know in an instant.

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Optical Illusion Rug Creates a Bottomless Void in Your Floor
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Scott Jarvie

Artist Scott Jarvie doesn’t believe home goods need to be warm and inviting to earn a spot in the house. That’s certainly the case with his mind-bending void rug: When viewed from a certain perspective, the interior design piece inspires feelings of dread rather than comfort.

According to designboom, Jarvie achieved the rug’s bottomless black hole illusion using clever, two-dimensional design elements. To people standing directly over it, the item resembles a shaded crescent moon cupping a flat black circle. But adjust your position, and the simple rug morphs into a stomach-turning void in the middle of your living room floor.

If the circular rug isn’t trippy enough, Jarvie also made a rectangular runner that can turn an entire hallway into an empty pit. Neither rug is something you’d want to forget you own on a midnight trip to the bathroom.

Void rug optical illusion.

Jarvie’s art isn’t limited to floor rugs that trick the eye. The Scotland-based artist’s creative furniture and home decor includes laundry balls, a cling wrap dispenser, and a chair made from 10,000 plastic drinking straws.

Void rug optical illusion.

Void rug optical illusion.

[h/t designboom]

All images courtesy of Scott Jarvie.

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Get IKEA's New Pet Furniture Collection for Not a Lot of Scratch
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The biggest surprise about IKEA's newest product line is that it has taken this long to debut. This week, the North American arm of the Swedish furniture giant unveiled a new assortment of furniture designed specifically for four-legged customers. Dubbed LURVIG (Swedish for “hairy”), pet owners can now browse IKEA aisles for everything from dog beds to cat scratching posts—many of which have a distinct IKEA twist.

Their pet couch ($49.95), for example, folds out into a bed; another bed is small enough to slide under a human-sized mattress. Their “cat house on legs” ($54.95) looks like a retro TV and allows space for a cat to stalk you from behind a screen.

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The retailer solicited advice from veterinarians on product design that would be functional while sitting comfortably within the IKEA aesthetic. “It is quite important for IKEA to have a pet range that fits into our normal furniture range,” Barbara Schäfer, IKEA’s product risk assessment leader, told Curbed. “As a pet owner I can say, so far, the normal pet products are quite ugly.” (Don't hold back, Barbara.)

The LURVIG line is currently being rolled out to IKEA stores, but you’ll have to be willing to be your furry pal’s personal shopper; the company doesn’t allow pets in their stores, save for service animals.

[h/t Curbed]

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