Do It Yourself Thomas Bärnthaler

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50 of the world’s most exciting designers and visionary artists have devised simple objects that anyone can make at home.

Affordable, accessible and inspirational, this book redefines DIY for the IKEA generation. Each easy-to-make project can be made with basic tools and everyday items.

Every project includes hand-drawn step-by-step illustrations and colour photographs to ensure success. Also provides photographic lists of tools and materials, plus details of the cost and time needed to complete.

With a biography for each designer, the text also reveals the inspiration behind the design.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 270 x 205 mm (10 5/8 x 8 1/8 in)
  • Pages: 224 pp
  • Illustrations: 400 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714870199

Thomas Bärnthaler is the design editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, the magazine of Germany's largest circulation daily newspaper, published in Munich.

"This new book seeks to redefine DIY for the flat-pack generation. With the intention to inspire, the clear instructions and hand-drawn illustrations make it wonderfully easy to assemble items like this Flying Shelf by Matteo Thun." —Absolutely City & Angel

"Ever wanted to actually use the drill your aunt bought you three Christmases ago? Try one of these 50 DIY builds from the world's most lauded artists and designers... Mercifully, they're all straightforward, and each project includes hand-drawn step-by-step illustrations, a list of tools you'll need and the necessary materials. Time to break the cellophane." —GQ online

"Stylish collection of playful and practical projects." —House & Garden

"A highly gift-table book for tinkerers, makers, aspiring industrial designers and expert IKEA furniture assemblers... The designs... are handsome, functional and, most importantly, put together by hand." —Mother Nature Network

"aims to elevate DIY from the drudgery of everyday domestic construction and repairs to a creative expression of an art and style" —New Design

"the biggest stars on the international design scene to create a piece of furniture that can be replicated by anyone with a keen eye and basic toolkit" —The Sunday Telegraph

"If you've been carrying a torch for a great design piece... [this] new book may help fulfill that unrequited love... fun, often quirky projects" —

"Beautiful pictures, clear instructions, and elegant design." —Quartz

"[A] smart take on the pervasive DIY trend in an increasingly design-conscious world that will give your self-made project a galvanizing back story." —

"Something of a provocation, challenging us to look beyond the branding and see everyday objects in a whole new light... This is a book about emotional connections to objects, and how the act of alteration or interaction with a thing – however minor – can increase its lifespan and enhance our day-to-day lives."—

"Designers creations you can make by yourself, isn’t it the height of chic? In his book Do It Yourself to be published in October in France, the german journalist Thomas Barnthaler show 50 of those unique pieces."—Grazia France

"We don’t often include 'how to' books here, but this one is a little bit different, inviting contemporary designers and artists from Konstantin Grcic and Ai Weiwei to create their own DIY projects."—Crafts

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