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GucklHupf

What a fascinating study in the power of the built form and our ability to adapt it to our immediate needs. The deceptively simple wooden box was designed and built by architect Hans Peter Wörndl for the regional festival in Mondsee, Austria, in 1993. With 48 sq.m. over two and one half levels the temporary, and now removed, home reveals its potential through highly anticipated exploration. Continue reading

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Tama Hotel Phnom Penh Tower

In the bustling capital and largest city in Cambodia, the fortunate will find this boutique hotel that provides respite and comfort in unexpected ways. With just 26 rooms, a restaurant, coffee shop, and smoking area, it delivers big personality. Continue reading

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Idunsgate Loft Apartment

Many tricks in the grand book of design were used, or created, to transform this loft in central Oslo, Norway. Haptic Architects considered and utilized every inch of the newly acquired loft above their clients’ top floor 19th century home. Continue reading

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La Cabotte

La Cabotte is the name given to small wine growers’ huts. It is also the spirit emanating from this multi-purpose structure on a vineyard in Bollène, France. The project required a wine tasting room, an office, and wash areas for the wine growers, totaling 58 sq.m. h2o Architectes gave each purpose a separate volume radiating from a shared entrance core. These individual branches take in varying views of the vineyards and mountains. Continue reading

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Holdtight Case

The Holdtight Case is a great concept that lets you simplify your life, and do it in style! Using colorful silicone bands, you can easily attach a wide variety of items to your iPhone so that you can travel really light. You can attach cash, keys, headphones or cards so that you have everything you need – all in one. Continue reading

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Anjalendran: Architect of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island off the southeast coast of India. I admit I don’t know much about Sri Lankan architects however when I first caught a glimpse of C. Anjalendran’s work I knew I had to buy this book: “Anjalendran: Architect of Sri Lanka” by David Robson.

By using the simplest of materials mixed with rich local traditions, Anjalendran is a master in bringing inside and outside spaces into one. In fact, his amazing work is all about light and space. However, his work doesn’t stop at architecture, it also includes landscaping, furniture design and decoration. The end result is pure magic. Continue reading

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Blow up Collection: Lighthearted Luxury

Happy days are here again! Upon seeing signs of growth in our economy, many of us are expressing ourselves with unrestrained and bright colors. This quirky collection designed by Celine Godin for Jardin de Ville is a great way to add a sophisticated yet playful design element to your space. Continue reading

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Housing building with 7 units: Lucky Seven

In the multi-unit housing world, creativity and originality are not the first thoughts that comes to mind. This unusual 7 unit building stands apart from its competition through the use of simple yet thoughtfully chosen materials and unique floor plans. Continue reading

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DB House

At the heart of this home is a swimming pool. And what radiates from that is a study in the manipulation of volumes through light and varying shades of transparency. Designed by Avignon-Clouete Architectes, the house in Nantes, France is an ambiguous white square on the exterior. The northern entrance facade is sheathed in wide, tall, rhythmic panels. Exposed black hinges are the only sign of what may be the entrance. Continue reading

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StretchWrite

StretchWrite is a really handy invention that lets you easily transition between a pen or pencil to an iPad stylus. The StretchWrite comes in two attractive color combinations- red and grey and blue and pink so you can add a nice designer touch to your writing utensils and enjoy them even more. Continue reading