Best of Studiomama

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November 5, 2012

In our November issue, we got a look inside 2 Voss St., the new London guest house designed by Studiomama's Nina Tolstrup and her husband, Jack Mama. We've long been enchanted with Tolstrup's work—check out the profile we ran on her back in 2008—and as we're looking in on her again in our pages, what better opportunity for a quick click through of the best of her career as a product, furniture, and architectural designer?

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  One of our favorites is Tolstrup's Outdoor Kitchen. "The outdoor kitchen comprises a gas cooking hob, a bucket sink, a chopping board and storage for crockery, utensils, and a few food ingredients," she writes on her website. "Water is connected from the garden hose and waste water is collected in a watering can placed beneath the sink, so grey water can be reused." Best of all, you can build your own. Download plans here.
    One of our favorites is Tolstrup's Outdoor Kitchen. "The outdoor kitchen comprises a gas cooking hob, a bucket sink, a chopping board and storage for crockery, utensils, and a few food ingredients," she writes on her website. "Water is connected from the garden hose and waste water is collected in a watering can placed beneath the sink, so grey water can be reused." Best of all, you can build your own. Download plans here.
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  Dubbed the Bloomberg Waste Not Want Not series, this collection of furniture reuses discarded pallets and turns them into a conference table and chairs. Tolstrup worked with high-end cabinet makers to create the collection, taking apart and kiln drying some 400 pallets.
    Dubbed the Bloomberg Waste Not Want Not series, this collection of furniture reuses discarded pallets and turns them into a conference table and chairs. Tolstrup worked with high-end cabinet makers to create the collection, taking apart and kiln drying some 400 pallets.
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  The Reveal cabinet is made from recycled floorboards. Its series of negative spaces is just as useful for storage and display as the cupboards inside are.
    The Reveal cabinet is made from recycled floorboards. Its series of negative spaces is just as useful for storage and display as the cupboards inside are.
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  The Re-Imagine chair is one of Tolstrup's projects that questions what is waste and what is a building material. Crafted from parts of other chairs, this set features dazzling upholstery by David David Design.
    The Re-Imagine chair is one of Tolstrup's projects that questions what is waste and what is a building material. Crafted from parts of other chairs, this set features dazzling upholstery by David David Design.
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  This chair is from Tolstrup's Pallet Project from 2006, a series in which she made all kinds of furniture from shipping pallets. This is the Hi Chair, the taller of the seating in the line. It was made for the exhibit TEN at 100% Design in London.
    This chair is from Tolstrup's Pallet Project from 2006, a series in which she made all kinds of furniture from shipping pallets. This is the Hi Chair, the taller of the seating in the line. It was made for the exhibit TEN at 100% Design in London.
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  The Pallet Lamp is another instance of Tolstrup's commitment to recycled design. You can download the plans for the Pallet Lamp here.
    The Pallet Lamp is another instance of Tolstrup's commitment to recycled design. You can download the plans for the Pallet Lamp here.
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  A handy little alarm clock, this design for Lexon is such that when tipped on one end, the alarm is set, and when tipped to the other it's turned off. Best of all for layabouts, no snooze button.
    A handy little alarm clock, this design for Lexon is such that when tipped on one end, the alarm is set, and when tipped to the other it's turned off. Best of all for layabouts, no snooze button.
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  Made of painted MDF and LEGO blocks, Tolstrup's Kids' House was designed for her own pair. The play structure is a perfect example of how Tolstrup tends to approach her architectural work—like a blown up piece of product design.
    Made of painted MDF and LEGO blocks, Tolstrup's Kids' House was designed for her own pair. The play structure is a perfect example of how Tolstrup tends to approach her architectural work—like a blown up piece of product design.
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  The Happy Family chairs for the Japanese company E&Y were modeled on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Guess which chair belongs to Baby Bear.
    The Happy Family chairs for the Japanese company E&Y were modeled on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Guess which chair belongs to Baby Bear.
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  This jigsaw puzzle of a bookshelf is an expandable custom design made from oak planks.
    This jigsaw puzzle of a bookshelf is an expandable custom design made from oak planks.

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