Happy Halloween! Today I bring you a not-so-spooky coffee table and carpet design based on the ol’ Ouija Board. These are for geeks who enjoy occult-themed fare like Supernatural and Buffy, and can also afford to shop at fancy furniture joints (none of that IKEA stuff).
The wooden coffee table features a glass fixture and wheels, of course. The carpet would ideally be as big as possible to help sell the illusion of an oversize game board. The one thing about the Ouija Board is that it’s a very nice design, and looks at home on the floor. You couldn’t say for that Monopoly or Sorry.
Seeing as Adventure Time’s Jake The Dog is a shapeshifter, I feel he would make an excellent bed frame. In actuality you could turn him into all kinds of furniture: a couch, dresser, dinner table, and so on. I could literally do a whole series of Jake The Dog furniture but I think you get the idea. (Edit: here he is in table form:)
Some might get creeped-out by Jake’s stare. Maybe include swappable eyes a la Mr. Potato Head?
I think kids would dig this bed. Probably not as much as this bed, which I am emailed about almost daily.
If you like this please check out this Beemo Blu-Ray case I designed.
So there are many names for this container: military footlocker, chest, trunk, tool case, storage container, and on and on. They all serve the same purpose: storage! But for this post I’ll refer to this box as a footlocker, which is appropriate given its usage here.
This footlocker design is based on the ammo supply crates from Half Life 2. There are many other games that have similar supply/ammo crates like Red Faction and Borderlands, but Half Life 2 would be my personal choice for a footlocker.
In theory such a footlocker would be a life-size replica of its video game counterpart, give or take a few inches.
I actually spent a lot of time over the last few months attempting to make this very footlocker for myself. My hope was to find a similar-looking storage case and just paint it, but I had zero luck finding anything comparable.*
What I would love about having such a footlocker is that it can be placed anywhere, just like in a video game. Regardless of the surrounding decor, this footlocker would seem purposeful and important in any location.
I just worry that gamer folks might instinctively approach the footlocker without thinking! I’m kidding, gamers aren’t that habitual. However this footlocker will call attention to itself, a trait that carries over from the game.
Alas there are no geeky storage containers like this in existence. I hope that can rectified in the near future.
*I even went to an Army Surplus store looking for a military footlocker but had no luck. There are lots of cool military cases available online (like this), but nothing I could affix all the labels and stripes to. The closest I saw were antique army footlockers but those were in rough shape. In the end I opted to grab a few Rubbermaid containers for all my junk.
This puts a new spin on desk drawers or shelves: a small separate reservoir in the front of the drawer that would hold Lego. This adds a colorful decorative touch to your workspace, and provides that satisfying sound of Lego clattering as you open and close the drawer.
Ideal for desks, shelves, and storage organizers. You could use plastic tubs or any drawer that has a window opening in the front. A lid for the reservoir might be helpful too.
Lego would be the best use of these reservoirs, however you could put whatever you want in there: thumb tacs, color markers, gumballs, etc.
For the other IKEA designs click here.
Update: Not to get your hopes up, but I may have found a way to make this chair mat a reality. Please stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks. Original post as follows:
There are really no geeky chair mats available right now (I can’t find any), but if I had my way there would be one based on the star player icon from NHL ’94. This could also apply to other 16-bit sport series made by EA back in the day, like Madden or Bulls Vs. Lakers.
Also pictured: NHL ’94 figurine, another pipe dream from long ago.
UPDATE: A prototype was made, and it looks great! Still trying to sort out the logistics of offering these to people. Everyone would want a different number and position, so that level of customization warrants a lot of effort.
Not exactly geeky (but could be given the Speed Racer or Megas XLR treatment), these designs are more for the gearheads. The bed frame is based on a car lift; the dresser is based on a tool drawer; and finally a light that is based on the one mechanics use to look underneath cars with (well, it could be the exact same light to be honest).
In my estimation this is probably ideal for bachelors only.
A little over a year ago I was doing a series for geeky beds, and one design was a WWF-styled wrestling ring bed. It’s one of my most popular posts and I am emailed frequently by those looking for one. I do not make or sell beds, I’m just a designer. However there are ways to acquire such a bed:
Earlier this year a company in Bahrain actually made a custom bed for a lucky customer:
So if you’re in that neck of the woods, you can ask them to make you one as well. You can find their website here. (UPDATE: Sorry it looks like that company is closed now.)
However you can enlist just about any custom furniture business to craft one for you. The bed would entail: a custom frame, specially-made buckles and ropes, and a custom bed cover. The frame would need some large decals for decoration. It won’t be cheap, I assure you.
Using “off-the-shelf” parts from an actual boxing or wrestling ring is not an option. Those are pretty heavy-duty and too large for your bed frame (even a King size bed). If you want to modify actual parts you can find them here.
For the finished bed seen above it appears to me the turn buckles are pillow-like enclosures wrapped around the ropes. The ropes themselves appear to be similar to “velvet ropes” which are easy to acquire.
Instead of building a whole bed from scratch, you could probably add to an existing bed by building a frame for the ropes to latch onto. All the corner posts would need to be connected to ensure some sort of stability.
And lastly if you do make one, THESE AREN’T SAFE FOR WRESTLING!!! They are just for show. It would be fun to jump into and out of, but that’s it. No “going off the top rope” or trying to execute crazy wrestler moves. I would also design the ropes to easily detach to prevent kids from getting all tangled up. I like how the completed design above has one side without any ropes, great for accessibility.
Hopefully that answers some questions. I know many would prefer a ready-made product they can purchase and assemble themselves, but for now there is no such thing.
UPDATE: You can actually buy an MMA-themed bed here (also just for kids).