Here is another design from the cutting room floor, a couch and chair based on the first level from Super Mario 3. I put this together a few years ago, but it struck me as Pee-Wee’s Playhouse-ish in appearance so I shelved it.
When I came across it again during my recent cleanup*, it struck me as something fun to look at, so why not share it? Not shown: the walls would be painted sky blue and adorned with shrubs and clouds and other Mario scenery.
*And my cleanup is done! I migrated hundreds of images and edited as many posts. I also remade art and wrote new write-ups for dozens of posts, so it feels like I’ve been blogging like a madman for the past few months! It feels good to get that out of the way, I can now move on to more new stuff.
I came across this old idea where I mentioned the landing pad from Return of the Jedi would make for a cool desk. I thought I’d put together a basic concept.
Not only would you have a nice big surface area for your computer, but you’d have several fancy lights, a couple of neat desk grommets, and a system for organizing cables in the “walkways” below.
But wait, there’s more!
You could turn this desk into a playset, I mean, interactive diorama, for your Star Wars figures. The design above is roughly in scale with the 3.75″ line of figures (about 25.5″ tall).
I’m sure most folks would use this as a desk, with the odd Star Wars item for decoration (much like geeks already do).
One thing I’d incorporate should this become a reality: I would make all the elevated walkways telescoping, just like a jet bridge. That way you can collapse them to get more legroom under the desk (the walkways are extended in the second image).
If you’re interested in this or any other of my furniture designs, please contact my pals at Tom Spina Designs, they can provide a quote to build it for you (they are based in New York City fyi).
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.
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.
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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.