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Lix 3D Pen: Creating in Midair

If financial analysts want to write about the next economic bubble, they should look to the 3D printing world. Because 3D printers are on everybody’s mind. But a 3D printing pen is still a little novel. The Lix 3D Pen is like a potential sculpture garden within a tool that fits in your hand. It uses a tiny filament to create three-dimensional pieces of art as if you were sketching in midair. Continue reading

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Annedal Apartment

I’ve arrived, unwillingly, at the point where I’ll accept stunning compositions of tone and texture and materials as a relatively acceptable replacement for color. Here’s a case to support my point, this monochromatic apartment in Stockholm, Annedal specifically. Continue reading

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Ikura Turntable: Art or Appliance?

There is a legitimate comeback in vinyl records, and I remember when I caught on and had to buy my own record player. If I had my senses of what good design was, I’d rethink my purchase and go for the Ikura Turntable instead. Continue reading

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Westmere Alteration

In a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, a family home receives a luxuriously simple addition that takes full advantage of the climate and sea views. The original home houses all of the bedrooms so the new two story extension, designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, is for living and lounging. Continue reading

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Amazon Fire 3D Phone

The Amazon Fire Phone is the first smartphone designed by Amazon. What is extraordinary about this smartphone is that it redefines how we actually use phones and what they can do for us. The Fire Phone designers went all out and created a phone that has 3D technology and can be operated by slight movements. By tilting or turning it you can control a wide variety of operations- all using just one hand. Another great benefit is that the phone lets you access information like never before. You can just scan something and the Phone will upload a wealth of related content. Continue reading

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Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel

In the heart of exciting and vibrant Amsterdam you’ll find a hotel whose interiors are designed by a local, yet world renowned designer, Marcel Wanders. Housed in the city’s former public library, Wanders endowed the hotel with native personality, history, character, and local life style. Continue reading

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B21b Kitchen

If you’re looking for a compact kitchen for your office, your first apartment, or your weekend retreat, look no further. When relocating his business, designer Kurt Friedrich developed a simple and completely effective and even attractive small portable kitchen. It’s equipped with a sink, power receptacles, and an induction hot plate. You can even assemble it yourself. Though you may need a plumber to bring water to it and drain it away. You can even take it with you when you move! Continue reading

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Graine & Ficelle: Sleep Well In the Cote d’Azur

This family friendly bed and breakfast is located in the beautiful French countryside. Graine & Ficelle was designed and is owned by Isabella Salusti, who also offers culinary lessons to her guests using locally sourced organic meats, cheeses and produce. Continue reading

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Flag Pole House

Making the most of a tiny, narrow building site in a densely populated city such as Tokyo is no easy feat. The flag pole house, a sculptural home, inside and out, is born from a spatially challenged site. Stretching out long and lean in both vertical and horizontal directions, the architects were able to maximize the compact interior space for complete and comfortable functionality. Continue reading

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LaCie Fuel: Media, Media, and Media

Think of the size of things these days. When the first consumer personal computers were released, they hosted up to 64 kilobytes in data storage. For what you could do on the Apple II, say, that was sufficient. But what about this, the LaCie Fuel wireless storage device. It can store up to a terabyte of information that can all be accessed on the same LaCie wireless network.

1 terabyte—that’s about a billion Apple IIs! Continue reading