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Video Game Furnishings for Your Home

There are so many furnishings and household items inspired by video games that you'd think hardcore gamers must be home decorating freaks. I think it's more likely that almost all of us would like at least one thing in our homes to represent pure fun. Or maybe two things. Here are ten possibilities.

1. Tetris Mirror

The acrylic Tetris Mirror was designed by Soner Ozenc. This mirror can be used with all thirteen pieces fitted together or as far apart as you want to mount them. It comes with enough sticky pads to attach each piece to your wall. And it's only £ 18.00!

2. PacM Chair

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This chair called PacM was designed by Jose Jorge Hinojosa Primo. Now there's a cozy place to curl up in while you're chasing ghosts on your handheld system.

3. 8-bit House Numbers

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A cool way to tell the neighbors you're a gamer! These laser-cut 8-bit house numbers are homemade, so if you want your own, get the laser out.

4. Tetris Bathroom Tiles

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A tile supplier in England makes bathroom tiles in Tetris shapes! Pick up to seven colors for the six shapes and design your own video game bathroom or kitchen. For faster installation, they also offer sheets of mosaic tiles with preset patterns.

5. Donkey Kong Shelving

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Whoever put this Donkey Kong shelf unit together didn't miss a detail, from the decorative shelf edging to the ladders to the monkey at the top! It will hold all your games and accessories.

6. Nintendo Controller Pillow

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There are several Etsy vendors who were selling Nintendo Controllers Pillows at one time or another, but they keep selling out! Maybe the best way to get one is to make your own, like Craftster member ViciousEdge did.

7. Space Invaders Cutting Board

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Livejournal user Captn Sideburns made a Space Invaders cutting board by assembling wood blocks just the way an 8-bit invader is pixelated. Awesome!

8. Space Invaders Lamp Shade

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You can get this Space Invaders lamp shade in either table lamp version for your bedside or ceiling lamp version so you can feel as if the invaders are dropping down toward your line of fire.

9. Ghosty Lamp

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The Ghosty Lamp from Ginepro Design comes in four pastel colors. Get one that hangs on the wall or that comes on a lamp stand for your bedside table.

10. Puckman

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From the same company, it's Puckman, a bookcase ready to gobble up whatever else you have on the wall, such as the Ghosty lamp, or as seen in the picture, your flat screen TV.

If none of these ten game-themed home accessories strike your fancy, or even if they do, see more in The Retro Fun and Games House, 8 Awesome Videogame Quilts, and 11 Housewarming Gifts for the Dedicated Gamer.

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These Unique Benches Are Made From Yogurt Cups and Plastic Bags
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When sent to a landfill, some plastic waste will sit there for centuries before breaking down. The Belgian design firm Studio Segers has found an alternative use for the plastic containers some people throw away by re-purposing them into innovative outdoor seating. This modular bench spotted by design milk is made from used yogurt cups, butter tubs, and plastic bags and is 100 percent recyclable.

Commissioned by the recycling company ECO-oh!, the H-bench consists of slender, plastic components. They come with or without backrests and are available in dark gray, medium gray, light gray, pastel green, pastel blue, and beige. Snap three of them together and you have a chair. Keep adding pieces to build a snug love-seat or a bench long enough to fit a crowd.

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The seat is designed to be customized to suit the user’s taste. Chair backs can face one way or alternating directions; the bench can feature multi-colored stripes or a uniform shade; one side can have seat backs while the opposite end is built for laying down.

The makers didn’t skimp on quality to make their product sustainable: The H-bench is made from plastics called polyolefins, which means it's durable enough to stay strong and vibrant even in harsh outdoor conditions. Get a closer look at the smart design in the video below.

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Sit Down at a Periodic Table That Holds Samples of Every Element
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The periodic table maps out the atomic numbers, electron configurations, and chemical properties of all the elements found on Earth (both in nature and in the lab). But have you ever wondered what a traditional periodic table would look like as a physical table? That’s the question Wolfram Research co-founder Theo Gray asked himself years ago, and the wooden Periodic Table Table was his answer.

As you can see in the video below from Reactions, the furniture piece he built at his office looks like something you might find in your dining room, albeit a little more educational. Its surface features dozens of wooden squares, each one etched with the information for a different element. Beneath each wooden panel, there's a compartment that contains a sample of that element from the real world.

Gray’s table includes straightforward examples of the elements, like a jar of mercury and a chunk of bismuth, as well as some more creative entries like an aluminum knee implant. The 2400-plus items in his collection have long since spilled beyond the table and onto his shelves. While many of the objects are stored within the table itself, in some cases, he has too many examples of one element to keep them in the same spot. Some, like the knee implant, are just too bulky to fit. Valuable elements like gold and dangerous items—like a radioactive bottle of the early 20th-century quack-medicine Radithor—are also kept in more secure locations.

Even Gray’s vast inventory reflects just a small slice of how we see the chemical elements manifested in everyday life. For more examples of where you can find elements in the world around you, check out this illustrated table.

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