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Required Reading: 50 DIY Projects from Artists and Designers, Courtesy of Phaidon

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Required Reading: 50 DIY Projects from Artists and Designers, Courtesy of Phaidon

January 31, 2017

One of our favorite design book publishers, Phaidon, recently collaborated with Thomas Bärnthaler, the design editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung, on the book Do It Yourself, which contains 50 DIY projects devised by famous designers and artists. According to Phaidon, the book “redefines DIY for the Ikea generation,” presenting easy-to-make projects anyone can tackle at home. The 224-page book includes a photographic list of tools you’ll need, plus a materials list for each project, along with details of the cost and time frame.

Here are a few favorite DIY projects from the book.

floating forest by michael anastassiades diy book by phaidon 9

Above: Each project comes with a biography of the designer and a description of the inspiration behind the idea and design. Shown here is a spread of Michael Anastassiades’ seed germinator project, called Floating Forest. Photograph courtesy of Michael Anastassiades.

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Above: Every project includes hand-drawn, step-by-step illustrations and photography. Shown here are the instructions for creating the Floating Forest project by Anastassiades, courtesy of Michael Anastassiades.

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Above: The Floating Forest by Anastassiades. Photograph courtesy of Michael Anastassiades.

gesa hansen precious light via diy book published by phaidon 12

Above: Gesa Hansen’s Precious Light. (For more on Hansen, see our post, A Scandi Furniture Designer at Home in Paris.) Photograph by Sorin Morar.

branch lamp, pendant light by nils holger moorman, diy book by phaidon 13

Above: The Branch Lamp, a pendant light by Nils Holger Moorman. Photograph by Jäger & Jäger.

shoe man bench by pauline deltour for diy book by phaidon 14

Above: The Shoe Man, a bench by Pauline Deltour. Photograph by Pauline Deltour.

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Above: Do It Yourself: 50 Projects by Designers and Artists, by Thomas Bärnthaler, is available to purchase via Phaidon for $29.95.

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