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Repurposed Pallets Make 5 DIY Designer Furniture Projects By Studiomama

It's not every year that you find do-it-yourself designs among the finalists for design awards, but the Design Museum in London announced that Pallet Furniture, designed by Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama is one of 12 finalists in the furniture category of the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2010. 

As you might suspect, Pallet Furniture is made from pallets and Ms. Tolstrup's designs are both artful and not too complicated to make.  Studiomama even sells the instructions to some of the designs on it's website for just £10.

Making furniture from pallets is relatively maker-friendly, as the boards are already cut for the most part.  You need only to saw them to the proportions you require.   Here are 5 of the Pallet Furniture designs you can make yourself!

 

1.  Studiomama Short Pallet Chair

My favorite of Studiomama furniture is the Short Pallet Chair, resembling a beach or porch chair.  Ms. Tolstrup makes the chair with 2 pallets and 50 screws.

 

Studiomama design. ©Stine RaarupStudiomama design. ©Stine Raarup

 

Of course, you get to do all kinds of your own designs on the Pallet Furniture. Here are a few designs from those who did...

 

Pallet Beach Chair by Cornelia Parker ©Dennis PedersonPallet Beach Chair by Cornelia Parker ©Dennis Pederson

 

Pallet Chair 'Pollocky' by Gavin Turk © Gavin TurkPallet Chair 'Pollocky' by Gavin Turk © Gavin Turk

 

2. Studiomama High Pallet Chair

 This chair has interesting possibilities too.

 

Studiomama design. ©Stine RaarupStudiomama design. ©Stine Raarup

 

Studiomama design. ©Stine RaarupStudiomama design. ©Stine Raarup

 

 

3.  Studiomama Pallet Stool

This rustic stool was designed especially for the Guardian's Saturday Craft Supplement.  Click the link and you can download the instructions for free!

 

Studiomama design. ©Stine RaarupStudiomama design. ©Stine Raarup

 

 

4. Studiomama Pallet Floor Light

This is such a fantastic lighting design!

 

Studiomama design. ©Stine RaarupStudiomama design. ©Stine Raarup

 

 

5. Studiomama Pallet Hanging Light

This was made using just 2 pallet pieces.  You can hang it on a wall or use it as a table lamp.

 

Studiomama design. ©Stine RaarupStudiomama design. ©Stine Raarup

 

Studiomama's DIY Pallet Furniture is a great repurpose project, and think of all the ways you can make each design your own.  You can purchase instructions to make the Short Pallet Chair, High Pallet Chair, and the Pallet Floor Lamp from the Studiomama shop.

Other finalists in the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2010 were the Pallindrome Series by Peter Marigold and the 360° Chair by Konstantin Grcic. The awards will be announced on March 16, 2010, but all of the finalist designs will be on display at the Design Museum from February 17 until June 6, 2010.