Archive for January, 2016
Design News: Aesop opens new Milan shop, a desk that grows with your child & sheets that won’t tangle
Australian skincare company Aesop has just opened its second brick and mortar shop in Milan. Designed in collaboration with design firm Dimore Studio, the interiors feature classic items found in Italian villas and homesteads with a muted teal and pastel pink colour palette that calls to mind 1930s butler pantries. [Design Boom]
The Brooklyn Desk, designed by eco-friendly furniture company Oeuf, grows along with your children to accommodate them throughout the years. Made in Latvia from Baltic birch plywood, the desk can be adjusted to three heights to suit your child and features …read morePosted by kyle on January 27th, 2016
Finding the right Realtor® for you is important. When interviewing a real estate agent, go beyond statistics and track record; rapport and comfort level are key. Buying a home means that your real estate agent will be handling a lot of your personal details. Ensuring you feel comfortable and con trust your Realtor® is paramount. There are typically a lot of emotions involved in real estate transactions due to large sums of money, memories and an unlimited amount of other factors so be sure to ask a lot of questions and interview at least three real estate agents.
Here are …read morePosted by kyle on January 27th, 2016
You can go a whole day on this modern houseboat without seeing another living being, save for a conga line of ducks emerging from a tangle of reeds. The bay extends out for a mile, and beyond it the Berlin skyline with its distinctive TV Tower. Otherwise, the only interlopers are trees.
This view should belong to a much bigger house, the kind of waterfront villa that would be out of reach for most people in the 21st century. But everything about this houseboat defies its 650 square feet. For one thing, it sleeps four, with enough room overhead to literally …read morePosted by kyle on January 25th, 2016
Some design projects stand out—for their innovation, for their energy, for their ability to answer confounding problems with sublime solutions. A survey of some recent winners of awards bestowed by ARIDO (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario) and IDIBC (Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia) shows what it takes to come out on top.
Source: 5 Knockout design projectsPosted by kyle on January 22nd, 2016
Design News: Nendo’s sunset candle changes colours, Hallmark launches home collection & Bright Bricks builds a lego caravan
Nendo has launched a collection of ‘sunset’ candles, with each one beginning as white, then slowly changing colours the longer the wick has burned. Inspired by the process of light that shifts during any sunset, the Japanese design firm also assigned a signature scent to each colour, including bergamot, lemongrass, and lavender. [Design Boom]
To construct this home on the Danish coast, Lenschow & Pihlmann designed four blocks that fragment the 175 sq. metre floor plan. Using the four pitched roofs to emulate the surrounding architecture, the four blocks have been built to surround an …read morePosted by kyle on January 20th, 2016
Is there a place on earth more blessed than Tuscany? Everything seems to flourish there. Many would argue that painting and sculpture reached their zenith in Renaissance Florence, while in literature, Dante virtually invented the modern Italian language with The Divine Comedy. And this rich history has unfolded in a landscape so varied and voluptuous, with its rolling hills, sunlight and cypress trees, that it seems more the work of a clever hand than an accident of nature. So you’d think it only natural that this enchanting place should be the source of some of the finest red wines ever …read morePosted by kyle on January 18th, 2016
First-time visitors to Corus Quay in Toronto are apt to gawk at the luxuriant five-storey wall of tropical plants in the lobby. But for the employees at this lakefront office tower, the impact of the striking green feature transcends its visual appeal; it was designed to improve indoor air quality and, as a result, enhance their sense of well-being.
A Canadian innovation that recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, the concept of a living wall biofilter, also known as a biowall, was a collaboration between inventor Alan Darlington and Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects. Hydroponic plants are grown on a synthetic …read morePosted by kyle on January 15th, 2016
Japanese designer Keisuke Fujiwara has designed a collection of flower vases in bright hues. The teardrop shape lends the vase its ability to swing slightly as its petals fall, and is constructed of steel with a weight inside to balance. On a diagonal incline, the vase oscillates from side to side. [Design Boom]
UGO architecture tackled the Warsaw-based Odette tea room with a concept for plant motif wallpaper along with other botanical themed tables and chairs. With 100 teas from all over the world, the tea room fuses the distinction between interior and the elements …read morePosted by kyle on January 13th, 2016