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Free Furniture Instructions for Recession-Era Design Junkies

From kids toys to doghouses, these how-to instructions let you make more than 30 projects. One caveat: they’re in Italian.

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So technically, the recession is over and consumer confidence is on the upswing. But some of us are still hoarding cans and making curtains out of potato sacks like our grannies did in the Great Depression. Enter Recession Design.

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The Italian design collective is the perfect furniture company for difficult times. It makes how-to instructions for more than 30 projects, from tables and chairs to kids’ toys and doghouses, available at no charge on its website. One caveat: The guides are in Italian. (Beggars can’t be choosers!)

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The furniture looks incredibly simple to put together, anyway.

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Here are the instructions for the table above. All you need are some metal tubes, joints, polyfoam, and something called autofilettanti, which Babelfish translates to “self-tapping.” (Glue, perhaps?)

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This is the second example of designers throwing up their furniture blueprints online that we’ve come across recently. Last week, we reported on the British firm Studiomama, which lets readers download free plans of many of its projects — including a spectacular outdoor kitchen made of buckets, hoses, and other miscellany you could find around the house.

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Is open-source DIY the latest trend in furniture design? Will it pass when the recession ends (for real)?

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[Images courtesy of Recession Design; via Better Living Through Design]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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