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S1 Smartphone Rig

If you ever tried taking a shot while trying to steady your smartphone between your fingers you know it’s going to be a challenge, especially outdoors. No worries. The S1 Smartphone Rig, by Barcelona-based studio Shoulderpod, is the perfect accessory for mobile photographers and filmmakers – making it a breeze to grip your smartphone like a true professional, always ready for that perfect shot. Continue reading

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Della Torre

I love an expansion project that is a study in contrasts. This addition to a family home in Ivanhoe, Australia, is a fine example designed by Maynard Architects. In a neighborhood where houses span the width of their lots, let’s just say you’re cozy with your neighbors. In this particular house, the only way to expand was in to the garden. Fortunately, it’s a north facing garden so it’s the ideal location for the family’s open living space in this tropical climate. Continue reading

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Ik House

Simple living for empty nesters is well deserved. In the Osaka home that Yosuke Ichii designed for an elderly couple, space and maintenance are pared down to basics. Just 100 sq.m., the small L-shaped house pivots around a mature camphor tree. Continue reading

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Rise Weekender

The Rise Weekender is an amazing duffle bag that comes with built-in collapsible shelves!!!! Yes!!! The bag comes with two hangers that easily fit onto a clothes rack. Once you hang it up, you can enjoy three spacious shelves and even a laundry hamper. The Rise Weekender also has three zipped pockets into which you can place toiletries and small items. So in short, the designers thought of pretty much everything and you no longer have to rummage through your bag to find what you are looking for. Continue reading

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St-Philippe Residence

The renovated interior of this Montreal house never reveals the building’s age. Atelier General left behind the dark enclosed spaces of the home’s 150-years-old interiors to create a spacious contemporary dwelling for a young couple. Continue reading

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Wanaka House

On 86 protected hectares along the mountainous shores of Lake Wanaka, an unpretentious home quietly resides like an anonymous benefactor. RTA Studio remarkably complied with the strict environmental requirements of The Mount Aspiring National Park World Heritage area. The contemporary house minimizes its energy use as required by the Resource Management Act. Continue reading

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Knitted Stools

I simply love the knitted stools by designer Claire-Anne O’Brien. Crafted from sculpted wool, their appeal is truly timeless as they combine the ancient craft of knitting with functional pieces of furniture. The stools are available in a variety of shapes, heights and colors and are the perfect solution if you want to add a splash of color and texture to your living room. Continue reading

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Tiny Apartment Makeover

In this tiny, 35 sq.m. Parisian apartment, Éléonore Bridge’s creative talents shine through. When she purchased the apartment, it did not fill her needs, tastes, or lifestyle. So she stripped it down to its beautiful bones and started from scratch. The bedroom now lies at the back interior wall and the bath now is street-side so she has a window there. Open living, cooking, working, and entertaining span the length of the space between. Continue reading

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Willson Napa Residence

Prefabricated homes are, to my delight, becoming more and more mainstream. That means that service, quality, and design must rise to new heights for manufacturers to be competitive. Stillwater dwellings excel in these areas and won the loyalty of a San Francisco marketing executive. Continue reading

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Papertrophy

It is quite safe to say that the charm of real animal mounts has thankfully worn off. However, when the mounts are made from paper, they have an almost magical appeal. Berlin-based designer Dr. Holger Hoffmann has created a series of colorful wall mounts and free-standing statues made from environmentally friendly paper. The figures have a minimalist cubist design which gives them a chic modern look. Aside from their appealing style, Papertrophy invites you to be part of the production and to assemble the figures. Continue reading