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DSC_1234 Since I had already tackled my closet as part of my spring cleaning (see my video if you missed it), I had to move on to another part of my room.

I had plans for this entire quarter to build an elaborate table for my room, and even saved this piece of plywood, but time just never seemed to permit. But today when I finished my finals (!) it was the first thing I got done...but by a little faster route.

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Like I said I had saved this piece of plywood for a while now. I got in from the shop yard of my school's wood shop--aka it was free. It's a great place for people like me. As for the crates, I first walked down to two antique shops next to my house looking for some cool vintage ones, but at $40 a pop, I passed. I picked up these two wooden crates at Michael's today instead and just set the wood on top. Easy. Done.

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The reason I wanted open crates was so they could double as storage. Since I set my record player on top of the table, I stored my records in one of the crates which I really like the look of. I'm using the other one for my camera gear, which I need access to daily!

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Remember the pipe and flange lampI made a while back? I wanted to display it on this table as well. However, I broke the lightbulb recently, so for now, its working as a great hat rack!

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Finally, I set my long mirror on top of the table. This wasn't part of my original plan, but it now lets me see my full outfit without having to kneel down (a fashion bloggers dream!). It also adds some nice height to the space!

I hope you enjoyed this little storage DIY--I wanted to share it because its such a fast storage solution that also shows off your personality at the same time.

Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow with an outfit post to show you what I wore to dinner with my friends!

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ARCHITECTURE_Pipe and Flange Lamp

DSC_0775 As promised in this lighting fixture post, I had another plumbing pipe lamp in the works that I wanted to share!

I originally planned for this project to be a DIY, but somehow lost the process photos and also think it was a little complicated for a tutorial. If you have some basic construction knowledge, I totally recommend playing around with pipe to create a lighting fixture or even try something like this.

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If you're hesitant about wiring, just go to your local hardware store and ask someone. They can tell you how to do it in no time and some good tips. I just make all of my fixtures out of extension cords that are around 2 dollars.

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I hope you enjoy this minimal sort of raw lighting fixture. I am becoming more interested in lighting because I'm currently learning about electric lighting in my environmental control systems class. It has me thinking that I should try to create some sort of lampshade for this to make a nicer quality of light.

If you're interested in more lighting projects, I recently came across this DIYthat I love, and this blog has some good ones as well!

Keep up with all my projects on Instagram on @punkrockparti

ARCHITECTURE_Lasercut Chandelier

DSC_0751 I've been dying to share about this project ever since I finished it in the fall, but had to wait until I hung it up and it could be properly displayed. I made this chandelier last quarter for an annual furniture competition at my school that is held for architecture students. I created the fixture out of plumbing pipe, and then laser cut the "crystals" out of plexiglass. I chose to keep these materials in their raw form because I wanted to create something beautiful that had an honest materiality and was made out of unexpected items. The choice to make my own crystals was also due to the fact that chandelier crystals are very expensive, and I wanted to create a dialogue about digital fabrication.

By the way, these crystals may be familiar if you've seen this necklace I made and wore in this outfit post.

Below I've included the poster that was displayed next to my piece at the show, and talks a little more about the concept of the project!

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Next I've included some process photos. I cut and assembled the pipe frame in my school's wood shop, and spent two days in my studio using jewelry jump rings to hook all of the pieces together--there were over 1,000 individual crystals!

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And finally, here are the photos of the finished product hanging up in my home! I'm so excited to have it displayed and want to create a little seating area underneath it.

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Thanks so much for reading! I will be posting another lighting fixture project made out of plumbing pipe that is a little simpler if you want to make one yourself, so stay tuned for that. Until then, keep up with all my projects on Instagram @punkrockparti.

If you're interested in a custom chandelier, please contact me by email at ppoppe@cox.net