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King Fredere

This antique cabinet is over 200 years old and was handcrafted ing Abraham (1711-1793) and David Roentgen's (1743-1807) workshop. This writing cabinet is crowned with a chiming clock and features finely designed marquetry panels as well as elaborate mechanisms that allow for doors and drawers to be opened automatically at the touch of a button. It was owned by King Frederick William II and best known for its ornate decoration, mechanical complexity, and sheer size. Continue reading for video showing exactly how this exquisite marvel works.

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Hamster Wheel Standing Desk

What do you get when you combine a giant hamster wheel with a standing desk? This creation by California-based designer Robb Godshaw. The wheel itself was designed using Autodesk Inventor and only took Godshaw 24 hours to build. For those who wish to recreate this wheel, you'll need four sheets of plywood, four skate wheels, two pipes, 240 wood screws, and a pint of glue. Continue reading for a time-lapse video of the build process and also a link to the instructions.

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Pop Out stairs

Most starter homes or apartments in metropolitan areas aren't usually the largest of places, but with the right furniture, things can appear to be a lot more spacious. For example, installing drawers and shelves directly into your staircase might be an option to consider, especially if your home is still under construction or due for a big renovation. Continue reading for more.

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Radioactive Shelf

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Web designer / graphic artist Mat Brown created these awesome shelves with his own hands, and not some computer program. He says, "We were running a bit short on shelving in the kitchen and wanted somewhere we could store all the preserves we're going to make from the garden this year, so we went to the timber yard to see what they had. They had this, 155cm long piece of chestnut. It was pretty heavily cracked and pitted, with knotholes and so on. But, I had a plan. Resin inlay. A technique traditionally used with a colour-matched epoxy to the wood, to give an 'invisible' repair. I'm taking a slightly different approach." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video about giving that will restore your faith in humanity.

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We've all probably reached the point where even several cups of coffee won't help you stay awake, and that's where this desk comes in. Greece-based designer Athanasia Leivaditou of Studio NL invented a convertible desk of sorts that can be used as a bed in just four easy steps. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on pricing or availability. Continue reading to see more.

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Did you know that cats were domesticated for their appetite for mice and rats in the early days? However, the average pet owner today is content with having them laze around the house to keep them company, but they still do possesses a fierce hunting instinct. With that said, some furniture designers have gone the extra mile to design pieces just for them. Continue reading to see them all.

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Israel-based artist and designer Hilla Shamia fabricates stunning one-off wood and aluminum furniture using a special method that combines cold aluminum and wood. To be more specific, Shamia pours molten aluminum onto logs of raw cypress and eucalyptus that have been cut lengthwise. The burning of the molten aluminum on the surface of the raw wooden log creates a beautiful black layer of carbon that creates a boundary between the cold silvery color of the aluminum and the wood's beautiful natural colors and forms; molten aluminum runs into all openings in the wood, creating a strong bond and a striking appearance. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Just about anything can be turned into a functional lamp, including branches (above). Speaking of lamps and light bulbs, did you know that Hiram S. Maxim started a lightbulb company in 1878 to exploit his patents and those of William Sawyer? That's right, his United States Electric Lighting Company was the second company, after Edison, to sell practical incandescent electric lamps. They made their first commercial installation of incandescent lamps at the Mercantile Safe Deposit Company in New York City in the fall of 1880, about six months after the Edison incandescent lamps had been installed on the Columbia. Continue reading for more.

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From afar, it almost looks like a magic carpet of sorts, but upon closer inspection, you'll see it's just a very clever table. Created by designer Alessandro Isolal, this creation combines a rug and a coffee table into a single object, called Stumble Upon. This installation was inspired by the annoyance of tripping over the wrinkles in carpet. Continue reading for up-close shots of what's behind this table.

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In case of zombie apocalypse (or any dangerous emergency), flip down these shelves, and you'll be ready to fight. Called TacticalWalls, these shelves may look normal at first glance, but they actually double as storage solutions for rifles and handguns. They can be opened up with magnetic keys placed over two hidden locks. As you can see, there's plenty of room for your firearms, thanks to a customizable medium-density polyurethane foam-lined cavity. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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