Archive for November, 2015

Design News: Snap Lamp, Shiftwear launches digital shoes, Singapore’s railway revamp

By iadmag

The SNAP LAMP, developed by Danish designer Marie Hesseldahl, is flexible for all lighting needs. With a clamp base, and a body that’s malleable, its shade can also rotate and its sleek Scandinavian design and colour palette complements modern interiors. [Design Milk]

A railway that’s due for an upgrade in Singapore will get a revamp thanks to a new proposal “Lines of Life” led by Nikken Sekkei. Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority selected the concept which proposes the 24 km stretch would benefit from greenery, bike and walking paths, and developments in the surrounding area. As …read more

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Dutch design duo converts 1850s barn into rural chic family home

By iadmag

“I said, ‘We’ll live here, even if we have to camp in this spot for the rest of our lives,’” Sandy Sonnemans says of this idyllic spot near the village of Abbenbroek, the Netherlands.

That may sound like classic hyperbole, but it’s not. The Sonnemans—Sandy, her husband, Frank, and their twin daughters—did camp here in a mobile home when “this house wasn’t a house at all,” but a ruined grange on a property they bought on a lark to escape urban life in The Hague. Isabelle and Fabienne, then three, went to the local preschool—though, says Sandy, “it felt like we …read more

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Design News: Häagen-Dazs designs advent calendar, cost of iconic movie properties

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Advent calendars help count the days until Christmas. In the spirit of everyone’s favourite month, Italian designer Paola Navone has crafted a Christmas cake for Häagen-Dazs. The chocolatier has partnered with design collectives like Nendo and Front in previous years. Navone’s cake includes 31 ice cream-filled days, with each one jutting out of the calendar and special dates like Christmas and New Year’s Eve framed in edible silver and gold. [Dezeen]

The Ark house, named in reference to Noah’s Ark, designed by Apollo Architects & Associates features an unprecedented symmetrical layout in a two-storey house …read more

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New in Kitchen Décor

By SIRC

The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in a home. It’s where warm meals are created and shared, and where friends gather to reminisce and celebrate. Kitchen renovations are also one of the best investments into a home’s long term value.

Whether you’re making a small or significant kitchen update in 2016, here are five fresh ideas to get you started:

Colour the Rainbow

Whether its bakeware, tiles or appliances this year colour is huge and almost everything is available in a multitude of colours.

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Two architects craft a San Diego home above a lush canyon

By iadmag

The city of San Diego is spread over a series of hills and canyons—like fingers reaching out, as architect Taal Safdie poetically describes them—sprinkled with wildlife preserves that are home to cougars and bobcats, coyotes and mule deer and more than 100 bird species. Zoning rules require that homes be built at the top of the canyons, allowing the verdant, abundant life below to continue uninterrupted though ever-changing, pocketed between the neighbourhoods in a captivating long-running nature film.

When Taal Safdie and Ricardo Rabines designed their San Diego home, the first they had built new as both …read more

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A 19th-century farmhouse makeover blends city panache and comfortable country style

By iadmag

Its weathered stone walls and exposed wooden beams recall the rural past of this 19th-century farmhouse, but its location just 30 minutes outside of Paris inspired an unstudied elegance of decor that suits amped-up contemporary living—even in a country setting. The homeowner found a balance between time-worn casual furnishings and an elegance, even a delicacy, of craftwork, altogether avoiding the clutter that sometimes turns “country” a little cloying. Creating a look that was relevant to the house, yet not lost in another time, she mixed contemporary dark woods, glass, acrylic and metals with stalwarts such as linen and ticking fabrics, …read more

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A 1960s French tobacco barn remains true to its industrial roots

By iadmag

The new owners maintained as many existing features as possible when refurbishing the old tobacco barn, including the wooden ventilation slats. Rustic finishes—concrete foundation walls, vertical board siding—coexist with urban-industrial elements such as a long-lasting metal roof and oversized glass and metal doors.

The classic peaked-roof shape and simple silhouette of this 1960s tobacco-drying shed in the Dordogne region of France intrigued a Paris couple, who decided to turn it into a second home in the country, changing as little about the structure as possible. In a collaboration with architect Julien Dumolard, they maintained the vast interior space as essentially one-room …read more

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Holiday Shopping Guide for the Design Lover

By SIRC

The holidays are a time for bringing warm wishes and thoughtful gifts into the homes of family, friends and loved ones. For those of with time and talent, handmade gifts, be they epicurean edibles or deluxe crafts, can really put a smile onto faces and into hearts. A beautifully designed gift for the home is also a thoughtful idea. Whether it’s for a tasteful hostess gift, stylish stocking stuffer or an extravagant present under the tree, here is a great list of items for the home, with an emphasis on design:

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Design News: Muji designs prefab homes, Lithuanian Modern Art Center & Bellabeat’s Leaf activity tracker for women

By iadmag

Bellabeat’s Leaf is the most stylish new fitness tracker, disguising itself as jewellery made from sustainable wood and stainless steel. With its Bluetooth sensors hidden away in the device’s body, the Leaf is the newest wearable device to encourage women to live a more healthy, engaged lifestyle within a fashionable accessory. The device syncs with an app that tracks sleep, breathing patterns, fitness activity and your menstrual cycle. [Fast.Co]

A proposed new skyscraper would take the title for world’s tallest building away from Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. AMBS Architects has designed a 1,152 metre-tall skyscraper …read more

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