The Nightstand, Reinvented

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June 10, 2011

An exhibition in New York last month, organized by PIN-UP Magazine and held at Phillips de Pury & Company, explored the nightstand, that humble catch-all by the side of your bed. PIN-UP invited eleven American artists, architects, and designers to rethink and reinvent the nightstand, and the results were displayed for ten days and then sold off. It's over now, but I thought I'd share the inventive results in a slideshow. You can also check out a short video about the project here.

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  Aranda/Lasch's piece is made from a single ten-foot-long gold zipper, black leather, and a vinyl composite structure. The piece unzips to reveal a dark pink velvet lining.
    Aranda/Lasch's piece is made from a single ten-foot-long gold zipper, black leather, and a vinyl composite structure. The piece unzips to reveal a dark pink velvet lining.
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  For people who want more than a single glass of water by their bed, this nightstand by Leon Rasmeier should do the trick. A five-gallon jug with integrated pump ensures you'll never wake up parched again.
    For people who want more than a single glass of water by their bed, this nightstand by Leon Rasmeier should do the trick. A five-gallon jug with integrated pump ensures you'll never wake up parched again.
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  To create this bedside table, musician Michael Stipe cast the underside of his "cheap plastic chair" in a semi-soft, durable plastic typically used to make pickup truck bed liners.
    To create this bedside table, musician Michael Stipe cast the underside of his "cheap plastic chair" in a semi-soft, durable plastic typically used to make pickup truck bed liners.
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  The 200-pound nightstand by Situ Studio is made of two kinds of cement: 'Rapid Set' concrete (the lighter hue) and 'Crack-Resistant Quickrete' concrete (the darker). The off-kilter piece contains cast impressions made in the shape of plastic bottles, paperback novels, keys, and also some, um, sexier shapes...
    The 200-pound nightstand by Situ Studio is made of two kinds of cement: 'Rapid Set' concrete (the lighter hue) and 'Crack-Resistant Quickrete' concrete (the darker). The off-kilter piece contains cast impressions made in the shape of plastic bottles, paperback novels, keys, and also some, um, sexier shapes...
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  Shawn Maximo's nightstand is made from pressure-treated wood, MDF, glass, mirror, neon, and brass. It's intended for the display of illicit objects, or to act as a "mini-convenience store beside the bed," said Maximo.
    Shawn Maximo's nightstand is made from pressure-treated wood, MDF, glass, mirror, neon, and brass. It's intended for the display of illicit objects, or to act as a "mini-convenience store beside the bed," said Maximo.
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  Jim Drain's nightstand, made of cedar, paint, and steel, was inspired by a 1918 Piet Mondrian painting.
    Jim Drain's nightstand, made of cedar, paint, and steel, was inspired by a 1918 Piet Mondrian painting.
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  A mixed-media nightstand by Paul Kopkau has a surrealist look about it.
    A mixed-media nightstand by Paul Kopkau has a surrealist look about it.
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  Rich Brilliant Willing's piece, assembled from brushed aluminum, belting leather, and glass, forgoes storage space entirely, acting simply as a handsome bed-high table surface.
    Rich Brilliant Willing's piece, assembled from brushed aluminum, belting leather, and glass, forgoes storage space entirely, acting simply as a handsome bed-high table surface.
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  RO/LU's cubist plywood nightstand was inspired by an Ettore Sottsass cabinet discovered online. The slots are intended to store magazines.
    RO/LU's cubist plywood nightstand was inspired by an Ettore Sottsass cabinet discovered online. The slots are intended to store magazines.
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  The circle on Paul Lee's piece, crafted from wood, acrylic paint, tambourine bells, and a lightbulb, glows pinkish-yellow like the moon.
    The circle on Paul Lee's piece, crafted from wood, acrylic paint, tambourine bells, and a lightbulb, glows pinkish-yellow like the moon.
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  A sharp-edged nightstand by Rafael de Cardenas and Evan Gruzis, made from paint, MDF, and glass, puts everything on display.Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!
    A sharp-edged nightstand by Rafael de Cardenas and Evan Gruzis, made from paint, MDF, and glass, puts everything on display.

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