This Bookcase Is Like A Tree In Your Living Room

Books don't grow on trees, but the paper used to make them once did. That's why it seems so fitting to store your books on a case inspired by the boughs and branches of the very things that helped to create them.

This bookshelf by Poltrona Frau provides a stunning centerpiece for any room and could also be used to store sculptures, knickknacks and other small decorations. The freestanding Albero resembles a tree, with the slender frame supporting the weight like a trunk and the rectangular storage cubes filling in for branches.

Perhaps the best feature of the Albero is the way the design can easily be customized to fit in any home. The extendable trunk made of Canaleto walnut that spins 360 degrees until it stretches to fill any space up to 11 feet high. Up to 12 veneered fiberboard boxes can be interlocked with the interior frame at different heights. 

As if it weren't obvious enough where the design's inspiration comes from, the name of the design even means "tree" in English. What is more surprising is that the piece is actually a reproduction of a design by Gianfranco Frattini from 1950. This new design opens up this same modular look and function for those living in the modern age.

If you like this design, you may also enjoy these beautiful bookcases or these nature-inspired furniture designs.

Via My Modern Met


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This Balloon Furniture Can Help Lift Your Spirits

Director Satoshi Itasaka of Japanese studio h220430 created what might just be the ultimate furniture for the house from Up! The lighthearted furniture appears to be suspended in the air by a bundle of balloons -the bench by one cluster on each side and the chair by one bundle in the center.

As you might imagine, the balloons aren't really filled with helium, but they are actually what holds the chair up. That's because they are made from fiber-reinforced plastic and attached to the ceiling with hidden anchors. They are then attached to the seating area with visible wires to help sell the idea that the chair or bench is ready to float away.

As for the chairs and benches, they are made from fiber-reinforced plastic, leather, steel and urethane, but they look like something so much more magical than that and is certain to brighten up any room where they are placed. As the Japanese designer explains, "if you sit on this chair, you'll be able to think positive thoughts even if you are feeling down." 

While Americans might think of the recent Pixar film when they see the designs, the designer actually found inspiration from the 1956 movie Le Balloon Rouge.

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16 Easy and Fun Easter Decorations You Can Make Last Minute

This year, Easter seems too early and too late all at once. It’s no wonder so few of us have started decorating yet. But it’s not too late. Here are 16 simple decorations you can make yourself to spruce up your home before the big day.

Spring Greetings

A bright bouquet, a cookie jar and some colorful eggs make for a great centerpiece that’s sure to bring cheer to your dinner table as Midwest Living shows us.

Spring Centerpieces

A glass apothecary jar and some elegant colored eggs can make for a simple, yet stunning centerpiece, especially when accompanied by a few other similar jars or when set in the middle of a nest of birch branches as Camie of Home is Where They Love You demonstrates here.

Basket of Bulbs

You see plenty of Easter baskets this time of year, but most are designed for kids and too cutesy to work as a good centerpiece. This version by Martha Stewart though looks more like a natural forest scene that just happens to come in the shape of a basket. With festive bulbs, eggs and bunnies (or pom pom chicks), it’s a perfect way to get a touch of the holiday without making your table look too kiddy.

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That's No Rock: That's A Vacation Home

If someone tells you to go crawl under a rock, they're just being rude. But if they tell you to go crawl into a rock, they either don't understand the expression or they're trying to tell you that you need a vacation -and quite a luxurious one at that.

That's because this vacation home, built inside a rock, is nothing but beautiful. While the property is a bit small (as you might imagine) with only 270 feet of space, the minimalist layout makes for a perfect vacation home right on the beach -and with a location this wonderful, you don't need to spend much time inside anyway.

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Sun, Wind, Surf and Sauna All At Once

Spring is a great time to be outdoors -the weather is warming up, but you still aren't hit by the oppressive summer heat. Unfortunately, in most places, it's still too cool to head over to your nearest natural body of water and take a dip. Of course, if you have a Saunalautta, you might not feel that way. That's because the delightful creations feature a fully functional sauna so you can cool down and heat back up, or go the more traditional route and build up a good sweat before jumping into the the icy waters below.

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The Best Way to Stop And Take In The Cherry Blossoms

Most variety of cherry blossoms don't have much smell, so while you might not want to smell them like roses, they are strikingly beautiful while in bloom and if you happen to be somewhere filled with the lovely trees, you should certainly take a break to enjoy the view.

For those in Hokuto, Japan, there is now no better place to do so than in the Kiyoharu Shirakaba Museum, where Architect Terunobu Fujimori created this fairy-tale-inspired treehouse. Supported by a single cypress trunk and surrounded by cherry blossom trees in full bloom, the structure seems to exist solely for the purpose of beauty.

And visitors aren't limited to just fairy tale design either. Once they enter the structure, they are greeted with a tea house that is in stark contrast with the exterior thanks to its modern, sleek design. The effect is a seamless blend of old and new with just a dash of surreal beauty to make the entire experience memorable. 

Fujimori is known for creating unique and surprising structures like this, which are generally made using mostly natural materials. “A building should not resemble anyone else's buildings, past or present, or any style that has developed since the Bronze Age,” Fujimori has stated.

He certainly lived up to that standard here. 

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Camping Has Never Looked This Good

We all love the idea of getting away and spending the night out in the great outdoors, but many of us also love having a comfy bed and somewhere nice to stay warm. That's why the Beermoth is such an appealing idea.

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16 Home Offices You Wish You Could Use As A Write Off This Year

With Tuesday’s tax deadline looming, it seems only appropriate to look at something many of us have to work into our forms, the marvelous and terrifying home office. These works spaces can be an oppressive reminder of your never-ending to-do list, or a refreshing place to get away from the hustle and bustle of your home life and settle down to get things done. However you feel about your home office though, you’re likely to feel a lot better about it if it’s at least an attractive place to look at and here are a few residential workspaces we wouldn’t mind settling into.

Small And Stunning

You don’t always need a large space to get a lot done. In fact, some people just need a place to sit down and work on their computer. This closet-turned-office may not be spacious, but with its hanging bar of office supplies and beautiful blue wall paper, it’s a lovely space to get things done –especially if you’re the blogger behind IHeartOrganizing.

Under the Stairway

Usually the space under the stairs is reserved for storage, but this clever design by Sage Design Studio turns the below-the-steps space into a compact basement workstation. Of course, it’s not to say there’s no storage here -the angled areas directly below the steps themselves make for useful office storage in the form of shelves, drawers and cupboards.

Inconspicuous

Few people need full access to their office 24/7, which is the brilliance behind this space-saving design by Min Day. When in use, the wooden seat with built-in storage can be pulled out to create a comfortable desk. When the work day is done though, the seat can be pushed in, leaving a storage unit featuring an attractive open space for a computer, books and a few other knick knacks.

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Office Armoire

Here’s another clever hidden desk option. Just open the Seymour Office Home Armoire and pull out the keyboard tray to create a desk then close everything up when you’re done. Unfortunately, Pottery Barn discontinued the design, but it can still serve as good inspiration to repurpose an armoire you buy on Craigslist.

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A Beautiful Staircase That Floats Above Its Living Space

When we brought you the staircase/desk/storage unit in one, we mentioned that one of the things that made the design so fantastic was the fact that the space under the staircase was made totally functional. Now this elegant floating stairway by Haptic Architects reminds us of that empty space can be just as functional.

That's because these floating steps don't just look fantastic hovering above the living room of the rennovated 19th century Oslo loft where they are installed, they also free up tons of space that would have been lost to a traditional staircase.

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What Do You Do With Material That is Barely Recyclable? Repurpose It.

Once a critical part of every home and office's technology, cathode ray tubes (CRT) were located inside televisions and computer monitors around the globe. As these devices have since become outdated in favor of flater and clearer LCD and plasma screens, we're left with over 860 pounds of waste from the CRT alone. 

Unfortunately, these tubes are one of the hardest forms of electronic waste to recycle, which means we are stuck with a whole lot of very unusable (and potentially dangerous) tubes. But Fireclay Tile has a clever solution to breathe new life into CRT by melting them down into glass tiles.

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