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Metaphysical Remix

The bustling hub of Turin, Italy has architectural designers Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa to thank for this post-modern interior design project. Turning a circa 1935 structure into a 250 sqm retro-style restored apartment was no small task, but these two seasoned architects managed to evolve this physical space into a metaphysical experience. Continue reading

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Old Country Mansion

Many of us who may dream of restoring a home within the Mediterranean countryside would have simply turned our noses up at the site of an age-old foundation and retaining wall. However, Josep Lluís Mateo of Mateo Arquitectura dove head-on into the reconstruction of this Old Country Mansion in La Garrotxa, Girona. The Barcelona-based firm realized early on that this foundation was more than just lost ruins; it was a perfect canvas upon which to create a true work of art. Continue reading

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The Shrine Sneaker Backpack

If you have champion sneakers that have earned their ‘respect’ then the Shrine Sneaker Backpack gives them the deluxe travel conditions they deserve. The Sneaker Backpack has two designated compartments that offer maximum protection. The compartments are large and ventilated and shield the sneakers from the rest of your luggage. It also has other cool storage capabilities that let you travel in style. For example, it has a unique pull out hat sling with buckles to keep your cap in place and a back panel for your laptop. Continue reading

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Halo Chair

What’s not to love about this vibrant, colorful, innovative chair? The Halo Chair, designed by Michael Sodeau, has so many amazing attributes. First, it’s playful. From the back, all that’s revealed is a convex circle with three thin tubular legs. As you walk around, the concave seat invites you to relax, cradled by comfort, and supported by the stability of the legs that form a triangle. Two diagonal tube braces connect the concave side of the back to the seat. The curvaceous surfaces toy with light and add to the chair’s dynamics. Continue reading

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Oceanview House

This oceanview compound is outdoor living at its finest. The recently completed guest house, designed by Bromley Caldari Architects, accompanies the main home, a beach cabana, gym, and outdoor dining pavilion. Using local materials of stone and cedar, the private beach village takes advantage of the ocean breezes through immense expanses of glass. These large openings negate the need for air conditioning and are placed for distinct advantage of the vistas. With close neighbors, the individual buildings nestle together with shared glass walled courtyards that create privacy. Deep overhangs mitigate intense summer sun and maximize the low winter solar gain. Continue reading

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Pakiet

Imagine creating furniture from just plywood and steel clips. You can do just that with Zieta’s Pakiet line of modular tables and benches. Their production is precise. Plywood is cut to size. Slots are cut for the clips that will hold the parts together. Grooves are added for boards to form a tight assembly. Your complete kit arrives in a neat cardboard package. Assembly is quick and requires no tools. That’s right, no screw drivers, no hammers, no drill, and no Allen keys are necessary. And its simple assembly is just one fine feature. Continue reading

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Siva Atom

If you are an environmentally conscious person, then every little step you can take to help mother earth is important to you. The Siva Atom is definitely a step (or pedal) in the right direction. The Siva Atom is a device that attaches to the back wheel of your bicycle and as you pedal it charges a portable battery. The battery has a USB port and you can use it to charge your iPhone, Android, GPS, GoPro, rechargeable lights and more. With the Siva Atom you will never run out of juice and best of all, you will be creating clean energy using your own body! Continue reading

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Kyokkyo Kyokukyo Kyokkyo

A multi-level family home at the foot of Mount Hiei in Kyoto, Japan, embraces tradition with modern twists. Designed by UZU Architects, the modern house rambles over four levels. The scheme is familiar: a steep gable roof with deep overhangs supported by vertical timber-clad walls. The forms are traditional, yet the materials and colors are contemporary. In bright sunlight, the wooden entry walls glow mustard yellow. Together with a dove grey door, it is a quietly warm and inviting entrance. A narrow horizontal ribbon window pierces the introverted and respectful public side. Small square skylights puncture the coal grey standing seam metal roof. Continue reading

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Upcycle Lamps

These unique pieces of lighting fixtures are actually recycled lamps made from birch plywood. What makes them especially appealing is their beautiful play of shadow and light that changes with daylight. Each upcycle lamp is handmade in the Netherlands by Dutch artist Benjamin Spöth. He takes recycled birch plywood and cuts it into millimeter thin pieces. The pieces are then softened using steam. Afterwards, the treated strips are delicately manipulated to create a pattern. Continue reading

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The Galley Sink Workstation 7

If you fancy yourself a cook, as I do, then this is a dream come true. The Galley Sink Workstation 7 is a prep and serving station that exceeds every culinary wish you’ve ever made. At seven feet in length, the stainless steel recessed sink is perfect for a singular cook or cooking with friends. Continue reading