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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

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Buddy’s House

Simple forms become complex jewels when artfully defined by materials. This modern sleek home, designed by Sergey Makhno architectural workshop, is rich in contrast and light. The larger upper floor, wrapped in ebony steel and black brick, overhangs the lower level walls of natural concrete. A two-story rectangle is framed again in steel, pierced with sheets of glass, and its end walls wear sliced rounds of oak. The wood is a natural unifying element that bridges the highly contrasting hues of brick, steel, concrete, and glass. A separate building with faces of brick, concrete, and timber rings is centered within two steel roofed open areas. One acts as a carport and the opposite an outside living place. Continue reading

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Archilume Chandelier

The evolution of LED products continues to excite with designs that go above and beyond merely replacing the incandescent lamps of old fixtures with LEDs. Saleem Khattak’s designs for Archilume are fresh, original, and born from the infinite possibilities of light emitting diodes. Continue reading

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Glowpear Urban Garden

There is nothing like freshly cut herbs from the garden or home grown vegetables. If you have a green thumb, you don’t have to neglect your talent simply because you live in the city. The Glowpear Urban Garden is an advanced modular self-watering planter with a built-in water reservoir that will help you grow any vegetable, indoors or out. The Glowpear has a contemporary design and you can choose to have a singular system or connect multiple system for added flower power. Continue reading