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Appartement écrins

This 5th floor Parisian apartment is a showcase of minimalism and focus. Designed for an art lover by Swan Architectes, it’s also a model of using natural light to enhance volumes and art. Continue reading

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Son Jaumell Hotel

I can’t resist a 17th century stone villa restored to glorious understated luxury. The two story structure of stone walls and clay tile roofs create an impenetrable protective cocoon. From the moment you step through the grand stone Romanesque arched entrance and massive wooden doors, you feel a sense of calm envelop you. Polished concrete slabs are cooling in the Majorcan heat. Yet the warmth they collect in the day radiates back to you in the evening. Continue reading

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Leaf Swing

Inspired by the leaves that fall in autumn, Madrid-based designer Verónica Martínez created the Leaf Swing. The Swing is an exquisite example of functional art and is available in two mediums- wood and cast aluminum. The cast aluminum Leaf Swing received 1st prize at the International Design Feria de las Ciudades Sostenibles at Porto, Portugal 2012. The design of the Swing beautifully captures the soft curvature of the leaves as well as the visible veins that run through them. Continue reading

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Tres House

This facade, with its web-like organic lattice is the show stopper of this modern home in Boca del Rio, near the Port of Veracruz, Mexico. Yet behind the facade lies a cleverly designed, by Gerardo Ars Arquitectura, home of 220 sq.m., for a family of five. Continue reading

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ClickClock Lamp

The ClickClock Lamp is a beautifully designed contemporary piece that combines a light fixture and a clock. It is ideal for those who need space-saving solutions since it is small and compact. A great feature of the clock is that it is sound activated and you can turn it on by clapping your hand or clicking your fingers (and it also automatically turns off). The ClickClock Lamp has an appealing rectangular shape and the light fixture is classic white. The base comes in several tones of wood and you can also choose from a variety of LED colors. Continue reading

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Floating Home

I can’t think of a more beautiful way to drift off to sleep than on a gently rocking boat. This floating home located in Holland is a testament that by utilizing a simple shape artfully, it can be redesigned into a creative structure. Black stained red cedar is the exterior envelope that wraps this home. Local building codes restrict two story buildings, resulting in a clever design by which the architects at Piet Boon built the bedrooms and basement below the water line. Continue reading

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Royal Wolf Outdoor Room

One of Australasia’s largest container provider, Royal Wolf, has launched a new lifestyle product called Outdoor Room. It’s actually a traditional shipping container transformed into an extra living space, whether a home office or retreat, studio or guestroom.

It’s certainly not the first container conversion we’ve seen however it is the first initiative, at least that I know of, of a large container provider, and in my opinion this is great news. Hopefully this initiative will further promote this affordable and portable accommodation solution. Continue reading

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La Cornette

Imagine a roomy home for two families to celebrate and enjoy holidays together. This country home outside of Montreal, designed by YH2 Architects, may be just what you need. Set on a rolling site, it burrows in and rises above, taking full advantage of the wide open spaces and views. Continue reading

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Pots

Terracotta clay is one of my favorite materials and it is not often used in modern design. It is earthy, warm and has a rich red/brown tone. British designer Benjamin Hubert took on the task of using terracotta to create his modern collection called ‘Pots’ and the result is exceptional. Each pot has a minimalistic shape and the collection as a whole has an appealing sculpture-like composition. Continue reading

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Osound Bluetooth Speaker

Hearing great music never looked better. Osound is a superior wireless audio system with a beautiful and clean modern look. Its Italian designers like to say that it is ‘shaped like a sunrise’. This means that it is circular and the top three quarters so are one color while the base has different tone and texture. The Osound is available in 6 great color combinations and it has a ‘gestural interface’ which gives it a real hi-tech feel. Continue reading