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Video Game Furnishings for Your Home

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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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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.

An assortment of IKEA pet furniture
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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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IKEA’s New Augmented Reality App Lets You Test Out Virtual Furniture in Your Home
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No matter how much measuring and research you do beforehand, buying a piece of furniture without knowing what it will look like in your home is always a gamble. With its new augmented reality app, IKEA hopes to take some of the guesswork out of the process. IKEA Place features more than 2000 items in the Swedish retailer's inventory, and visualizing them in the space where you live is as easy as tapping a button.

As WIRED reports, IKEA Place is among the first apps to take advantage of Apple's ARKit, an augmented reality platform that debuted as part of iOS 11. iPhone and iPad owners with the latest update can download IKEA's new app for free and start browsing through home goods right away.

To use the tool, you must first select the product you wish to test out, whether it's a loveseat, a kitchen table, or a dresser. Then, with the camera activated, you can point your device at whichever space you want the item to fill and watch it appear on the screen in front of you.

According to IKEA, the 3D models are scaled with 98 percent accuracy. Factors that are hard to analyze from photos online, like shadows, lighting, and textures, are also depicted as they would appear in real life. So if a sofa that looks great under the lights of a store looks drab in your living room, or if a desk that seems tiny online doesn't fit inside your office, the app will let you know. It's the closest you can get to seeing how a piece of furniture complements a room without lugging it through the doorway.

IKEA isn't the first company to improve interior design with computerized images. Several hardware stores and furniture outlets offer their own AR apps. Other services like Modsy let customers pay to create full virtual models of their homes before populating them with 3D furniture. Even IKEA had a basic AR app prior to this one, but it was glitchy and not always accurate. This newest iteration aims to provide a more seamless shopping experience. And with the latest iOS update placing a greater emphasis on AR, you can expect to see more apps using the technology in the near future.

[h/t WIRED]

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