DIY Hippie furniture, cardboard carseat

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Greg writes – “OK, so I’m slow, but I can’t get over the inventiveness and brilliance of Hennessey and Papanek’s “Nomadic Furniture” books and Mario Dal Fabbro’s “How To Make Children’s Furniture & Playground Equipment.” Entertainment Pods with quadrophonic speakers in the corners… the totally tubular H.U.D.D.L.E kids’ furniture… Not that I’d actually put my kid in a cardboard car seat, mind you, but I might try building it just for fun…The books are long out of print.”Link & Flickr photo set.

10 thoughts on “DIY Hippie furniture, cardboard carseat

  1. *squeal!*
    I remember this book in my local library – it had TONS of really great pages, but I was more taken by the hand-lettered text. (I even tried to make their “Dixie Cup” lampshade, but lacked the skill at the time. Now I know to use clothespins before the glue dries!) I do believe there is a photo spread in the book of a 1960s Volkswagen Beetle balanced on 4 of their cardboard coffee tables. I haven’t seen this book in 30 years, so I may be mistaken…

    “Nomadic Furniture” is a GEM of a book. I have been searching for it for years. I can’t believe someone finally posted it here! Yay!

  2. Forgive me, I was only eight years old when I first saw this book, so you’ll understand how I couldn’t eBay for this WHEN I DIDN’T WRITE DOWN THE BOOK TITLE 32 YEARS AGO. I’ve been poking around in used bookshops for the brown hardcopy that I remember from my childhood.

    But now that I know what the title of the book is, *thank you Greg!*, you can be sure I will hop on over to that swell link that you posted, Mesach! Boy, what a help *you’ve* been! Who knew that there were such kind people out there, just swooning over Luddites such as myself! Why, it’s ever a wonder I made it here at all!

  3. Man my da had both the nomadic furniture books and we had modified plywood versions of the car seats when I was little in the early 70s these books are still great resources even today. I just bought new copies last year. Plus the cool “Hi-Fi” equipment in them is awesome. Too bad most all the suppliers are long gone or in nordic europe.

  4. The Hennessey and Papanek books are classics. I bought them all when I was in college and even built quite a few of the designs. Great cheap furniture and a lot of ideas.

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