Archive for December, 2015

Design News: Caruso music cabinet, Scandinavian furniture and a German music hall

By iadmag

The Caruso music cabinet creates an atmosphere of surround sound by disguising itself as vintage-inspired furniture. Though its speaker may resemble a gramophone and the cabinet itself pays homage to 1960s Danish modern design, this Bluetooth-enabled speaker serves up high-definition at its best. Created by Paolo Cappello Design for Italian-based Miniforms, high performance sound never looked this stylish. [Design Milk]

Kaaja Collection features clever storage solutions wrapped into beautiful wood furniture. Inspired by Scandinavian furniture, the collection designed by Carlow Jimenez for By.Enstroms can be completely customized based on how you mix and …read more

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California designer redefines rustic with an elegant Idaho ski chalet in the heart of Sun Valley

By iadmag

With their son and two daughters out of the house, empty nesters Mary Lynn and Rust Turner were ready for a second home. “I wanted a gathering place—a family retreat where the kids could visit over Christmas,” says Mary Lynn, a retired interior designer in Newport Beach, Calif. High on her wish list was Sun Valley, Idaho—a resort town famous for its world-class skiing. When the couple stumbled upon an empty lot in nearby Ketchum, they were smitten. Situated beneath soaring mountains and overlooking a small peninsula on a river, it was an ideal location for skiing, hiking, fly-fishing and, …read more

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Top Investment Opportunities for Canadians in 2016

By iadmag

It has been a bleak year so far for Canadian investors, and the outlook for 2016 remains uncertain at best. What’s likely to happen and what should investors do to prepare?

For the first 10 months of the year, there was no place to hide. Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index was down by 7.5 per cent, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 were flat, and global markets were mixed and unpredictable. Prices of most commodities, led by oil, have plummeted. Ten-year government bonds yield a pathetic
1.5 per cent in Canada and a bit over 2 per cent in the …read more

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A compact artist’s studio in Scotland embraces minimalist interiors

By iadmag

The studio is tucked in between granite boulders and sits atop a Victorian midden (a dunghill, if you must know) wall from which it appears precariously cantilevered. Surprisingly few—and smallish—openings provide vistas onto the landscape, yet skylights allow plenty of light. The essential view here may be the glass surface cut out of the artist’s built-in work table, through which the rock-strewn creek that flows beneath the structure is visible.

Minimalism goes into overdrive on the interior, where the single cladding material is inexpensive birch plywood—which can be swapped out like so much newsprint once the artist’s paint splatters have caked …read more

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2016 Colour of the Year

By SIRC

Pantone Inc. is widely recognized as the authority on colour and every year they declare a colour of the year. For 2016, the colours, yes, colours, of the year are Rose Quartz and Serenity. According to Pantone, the colours were chosen according to “societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

This is quite a departure from Marsala last year which …read more

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Ski & Fishing cabin offers esape to Malselv River in northern Norway

By iadmag

A steep hillside overlooking the Målselv River in a ski resort area in northern Norway provided a challenging site but a compelling setting for a ski and fishing cabin. Necessity, in the form of a sloped roof, sparked the inventive profile of the structure, which, particularly when buried in snow, appears from the side just about to slide down the mountain. Building on sloped ground also allowed for two levels inside, a neat feat given the deceptively compact footprint of the cabin. Architect Snorre Stinessen provided an unexpectedly ample area, creating a sense of luxury using clever detailing within a …read more

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Design News: 1930s Miami bungalow gets makeover, Adidas launched eco-friendly shoe & Lullock’s most comfortable sofa

By iadmag

Studio Christian Wassmann’s three-storey addition has transformed a 1930s bungalow into a Miami home that’s keen on sun worship. A custom design project for a restaurateur, a large kitchen was an absolute must while walls that bend and curve were added to complement the path of sunlight. [Design Boom]

With geometric forms and tons of timber, Haptic’s newest design project – Archive Homestore & Kitchen – infused a waterside café with all the modern frills of traditional Scandinavian architecture and traditional beach huts. Inspired by life on the ocean’s edge, the space is both warm …read more

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Norwegian cabin gives writer’s an escape ripe with inspiration

By iadmag

The studio is tucked in between granite boulders and sits atop a Victorian midden (a dunghill, if you must know) wall from which it appears precariously cantilevered. Surprisingly few—and smallish—openings provide vistas onto the landscape, yet skylights allow plenty of light. The essential view here may be the glass surface cut out of the artist’s built-in work table, through which the rock-strewn creek that flows beneath the structure is visible.

Minimalism goes into overdrive on the interior, where the single cladding material is inexpensive birch plywood—which can be swapped out like so much newsprint once the artist’s paint splatters have caked …read more

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Building Your Wish List to Purchase

By SIRC

There’s a lot to consider when buying a home. Everyone needs a place to eat and sleep, but it’s the extras and the details that really make a house feel like a home. Just remember that there is a difference between what you need and what you want. Developing a wish list before you purchase involves listing the specific features that you need and want and be sure to give some thought to the importance of each item. This lays down a blueprint for your house hunt and it keeps you in check.

Here are some tips on how to …read more

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