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How to Transform an IKEA Lamp Into a Personal Death Star

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Most people might view this IKEA pendant lamp as a unique piece of home decor. Instructables user MariaK64 instead saw it as a delightfully geeky crafting opportunity. According to Geekologie, all it took was a quick paint job to transform the light into a miniature exploding Death Star.

The original lamp already lends itself to the epic design—when the cord is pulled, sections of the globe expand out in all directions. In order to achieve the intended effect, Maria first spray-painted the tiles light gray then covered the lamp in a Death Star pattern with masking tape. After spraying over the exterior with darker gray paint, the lighter gray lines beneath the tape remained. It requires a little more effort than buying a pre-made Death Star fire pit or Bluetooth speaker, but being able to blow it up without using the Force is well worth it. You can find Maria’s detailed instructions on Instructables and watch a video of the final product below.

[h/t Geekologie]

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This Font Changes Shape As You Type
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Writing with the Futuracha Pro font isn’t just about creating a finished product. Each letter reacts to what you type by lengthening and curling around its neighboring characters, making the act of writing itself an interactive experience.

According to The Huffington Post, Futuracha Pro is the brainchild of graphic designer Odysseas Galinos Paparounis of the Greek branding agency høly. As a design student, he was inspired for the idea of a changing typeface while observing the movements of Caribbean cockroaches for an illustration class. The insects' sweeping antennae and prickly feet inspired him to superimpose these elements onto his favorite font: Futura.

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The name Futuracha, which combines the words Futura and cucaracha ("cockroach" in Spanish), is a nod to the project’s quirky origins. After sharing his concept with fellow graphic designers, Paparounis sought to make a version of the font that’s accessible to everyone on an open source basis. He launched an effort to crowdfund Futuracha Pro on Indiegogo earlier this year and closed the campaign after raising $86,431. You can download the font for your computer from the høly website with prices starting around $29.

[h/t The Huffington Post]

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Watch an Artist Build a Secret Studio Beneath an Overpass
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Artists can be very particular about the spaces where they choose to do their work. Furniture designer Fernando Abellanas’s desk may not boast the quietest or most convenient location on Earth, but it definitely wins points for seclusion. According to Co.Design, the artist covertly constructed his studio beneath a bridge in Valencia, Spain.

To make his vision a reality, Abellanas had to build a metal and plywood apparatus and attach it to the top of an underpass. After climbing inside, he uses a crank to wheel the box to the top of the opposite wall. There, the contents of his studio, including his desk, chair, and wall art, are waiting for him.

The art nook was installed without permission from the city, so Abellanas admits that it’s only a matter of time before the authorities dismantle it or it's raided by someone else. While this space may not be permanent, he plans to build others like it around the city in secret. You can get a look at his construction process in the video below.

[h/t Co.Design]

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