Handmade Convertible Chairs Inspired by the Human Spine

In trying to create the "perfect chair," designer Mindaugas Zilionis looked to one of the human body's most important parts for inspiration: the spine. After nearly a decade of planning and building prototypes, Zilionis has created the Spyndi, a piece of furniture that consists of 1260 interlocking pieces of wood. The pieces form 60 elements that can be reconfigured to make various chair, stool, or table designs.

According Spyndi's Kickstarter page, each piece of wood used to form the chair is shaped and sanded by hand, and treated with oil so that it can be used indoors or outside. Each of the wooden sticks is designed to slide onto one another, and an Allen key controls the locking system to ensure that your custom furniture creation is sturdy yet flexible.

Backers who pledge enough to reserve their own Spyndi (around $852) will be given an edition that has copper ends on each of the 60 pieces, and they will also receive a lifetime warranty on the product. Spyndi still needs to raise just over $24,000, so if this is a must-have for you, pledge some cash and share the design project with your friends before the July 6 deadline.

[h/t Kickstarter]

Images via Spyndi on Kickstarter

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Drink Your Coffee Out of a Cup Made From Coffee Waste
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Your coffee habit isn’t exactly good for the environment. For one thing, 30 to 50 percent of the original coffee plant harvested (by weight) ends up as agricultural waste, and there aren’t many uses for coffee husks and pulp. While coffee pulp can be made into flour, and in Ethiopia husks are used to brew a type of coffee called bruno, typically most of the byproducts of your morning coffee go to waste.

Huskee has another use for coffee husks. The company makes stylish coffee cups, returning coffee back to its original home inside the husk, in a sense. The dishwasher-friendly and microwavable cups are made of husks from coffee farms in Yunnan, China. The material won’t burn your hands, but it keeps your coffee warm as well as a ceramic mug would.

A stack of black cups and saucers of various sizes on an espresso machine.

Designed for both home and restaurant use, the cups come in 6-ounce, 8-ounce, and 12-ounce sizes with saucers. The company is also working on a lid so that the cups can be used on the go.

Huskee estimates that a single coffee drinker is responsible for around 6.6 pounds of husk waste per year, which doesn’t sound like much until you begin to consider how many coffee lovers there are in the world. That’s somewhere around 1.49 million tons per year, according to the company. Though coffee husks are sometimes used for animal feed, we could use a few more ways to recycle them. And if it happens to be in the form of an attractive coffee mug, so be it.

A four-pack of cups is about $37 on Kickstarter. The product is scheduled to ship before February 2018.

100 Street Artists Turned This College Dorm in Paris Into a Graffiti Gallery

This summer, a college dorm in Paris received a colorful—albeit temporary—interior makeover after dozens of graffiti artists joined forces to adorn its walls, ceilings, and floors with collages, murals, and painted designs.

As My Modern Met reports, the artists spent three weeks painting the student residence at the Cité Internationale Universitaire as part of Rehab 2, an urban festival held from June 16 to July 16. The school will soon undergo renovations, so the artworks aren’t long for this world—but luckily for street art fans, pictures of the vibrant graffiti have been posted on social media for our prolonged enjoyment.

Check some of them out below:

[h/t My Modern Met]


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