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IKEA Wedge Dowel Snap Together Furniture

IKEA furniture may be affordable, and a great value, but sometimes, the assembly can take longer than expected. However, that is all about to change, with the company's new furniture line that uses wedge dowel technology, starting with the Lisabo table. Simply put, it only takes minutes to snap the pieces together, and without the use of tools. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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The IKEA PS 2014 Pendant Lamp already looks like something straight from a science fiction movie, and Star Wars fanatic "Lylelo" thought so as well. "As two big nerds we both love Star Wars. I always saw the IKEA PS 2014 lamp and thought 'it looks so much like a Death Star!'. With my boyfriend moving in, we took the chance and converted one of those plain white lamps into the exploding Death Star floating over our bed. We absolutely love it," said Lyelo. Continue reading to see the full build process.

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Sharkman Wearable Furniture

Product designer Yang Zhao created "Sharkman" as a hybrid wearable furniture that explores the possibilities of "soft furniture," whether the person is sitting, lying down or standing. It can be modified to create total privacy or offer complete exposure to others. This design has been selected to be exhibited in the Brainwaves London Design Festival, and has also won the certificate of excellence from the mayor of London's International Student Innovation 2016 Award. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Piano Computer Desk

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Artist / musician Jonathan Miranda Sickmeyer picked up a 1907 Upright Piano from someone off Craigslist who just wanted to get rid of it, and after lots of work, a stunning computer desk ensued. "I was able to trace the piano's serial number back to its date of creation, 1907. All the more so I was excited about this. You see, I am a veteran who appreciates this country's history. And to find an antique that has seen the years of WWI, The Great Depression, WWII, etc. was just amazing," said Sickmeyer. Continue reading to see the entire build process from start to finish. Click here for a few more bonus unusual piano designs.

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Floating Coffee Table

You could either spend $30,000 on a brand new car, or on the Teles Taxidi floating coffee table, designed by engineers at Siren Design Studios. A pair of rare-earth magnets balanced on top of each other hover 2-inches above its base, suspended by a series of 1,000+ lbs tested Kevlar cord and pulleys. As you can see in the video above, the table goes right back to its original configuration no matter which direction it is pushed. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the science behind free will.

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The Bed Tent

Privacy Pop's "The Bed Tent" is not only compatible with most beds, but it's great for night owls who regularly sleep during the day, or just anyone who wants some privacy while napping. "Avoid a rude awakening from the bright sun or room light and make naptime easier by reducing ambient light. Windows and doors can be zipped closed to reduce any unwanted outside light to enter," said the company. Continue reading for a live video demonstration, more pictures and information.

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Broken Translucent Chairs

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, designer Tatiane Freitas actually repairs broken furniture with translucent acrylic resin to create an optical illusion of sorts. She aims to demonstrate a "clear wish to create pieces which will endure the harshness of time, and therefore bring to their new owners the memories evoked in her, many lost in history." Continue reading for more pictures. Click here for a few bonus images of furniture made from real Boeing airplane parts.

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Abyss Table

Duffy London's Christopher Duffy unveils his latest creation, the "Abyss Horizon" table, a design inspired by the depths of the sea. Its circular design seems like an illusion at first, but as you get closer, you'll see it's made from layers of stacked wood and glass. "I was looking into sheets of thick glass at my glass manufacturer's factory, and noticed how the material darkened as they added more layers - the same way the sea does as it deepens. I wanted to use this effect to replicate a real piece of the Earth's sea bed," said Duffy. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Starry Sea Table

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Artist and designer Alexandre Chapelin spent 1.5-years researching / testing materials needed to create the stunning "Starry Sea" table, which combines both stars and sea into one piece. It's crafted around an unusual piece of marble from Anguilla, a neighboring island of St. Martin/San Maarten, also the birthplace of Chapelin's "LA TABLE" brand, and acrylic resin. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Inception Coffee Table

Designer Stelios Mousarris used a combination of wood, steel and 3D printing technology to create this stealthy matte black "Wave City" coffee table inspired by Christopher Nolan's "Inception" film. Like its predecessor, this design features a city skyline that appears to fold back onto itself, resting on a sturdy steel frame to keep everything in place. Continue reading for more pictures. Click here for a few bonus behind-the-scenes of Inception images.

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