Leslie Smith

2 Eye-catching But Opposite Small Home Designs

2 Eye-catching But Opposite Small Home Designs

Small homes can include of range of unexpected features. The following are residences that may be smaller in square footage, but are over the top in unorthodox concepts. This scaly looking chunk of a house called Hus-1 is from designer Torsten Ottesjö, who also constructed the micro home. Trying to capture all that nature has to offer, it is a perplexing slab of architecture. Have a look at the unusual home: This house is a replication of nature itself, according to the designer, and it was intended to be a comfortable space. Though small in scale it includes all of… read more

Designs With 8 Sections Form Completely Cool Pieces

Designs With 8 Sections Form Completely Cool Pieces

Furniture that offers different looks in addition to performing various functions are great pieces to incorporate in a home. A versatile piece in the textile family from designers Vyacheslav Chupakhin and Gennady Martynov is the Mandarin. This eye-catching ottoman can also be turned into an 8 piece pillow set. The sections are soft and covered in colorful fabrics that are connected by zippers. They can be put together into various shapes and forms, from a pillow for one to a sofa sectional. A crafty sewer could come up with a wedge shaped pattern of any size and seal the edges… read more

Anti-Consumerist Art and A City Without Signage

Anti-Consumerist Art and A City Without Signage

Advertising is all around us. Unless you are in a remote area and completely unplugged, then advertising is a daily sightseeing event. One artist spinning around the web, Etienne Lavie, is bringing some real attention to just how prevalent it is. Cleverly replacing what normally appears on the signs and billboards throughout the cityscape of Paris streets with renowned paintings brings a dramatized view of how signage can invade our lives, without us even noticing. The project is called “OMG, who stole my ads?” and it literally transforms the barrage of signs that people who are out and about see… read more

More Reasons Its Ok To Love Chocolate

More Reasons Its Ok To Love Chocolate

There have been numerous research studies conducted revolving around the health benefits of chocolate. And many of them have pointed to some pretty good reasons to occasionally indulge in the go-to favorite of many. A few years ago, results from research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that a group of surveyed chocolate eaters who reported that they consumed more levels of chocolate had on average a lower body mass index. Another study concluded that dark chocolate rich in polyphenol can actually enhance sensitivity to insulin and may offset some of the issues that stem from fats in… read more

How Do You Brew?

How Do You Brew?

Just like there are various types of flavors of coffee and taste preferences for the beloved beverage, there are also several different ways to brew it. One of the more popular ways to make coffee, especially in the U.S., is to drip brew it. This process is fairly simple, requiring the electricity and machine to heat the water that drips through the coffee grounds in order to brew it. Lovers of the preset time option may be hooked on making coffee this way, though it may not be the most flavorful way to brew. An uncomplicated but interesting coffee brewing device crafted… read more

Ecofriendly Home Décor (That’s A Little Strange)

Ecofriendly Home Decor (That's A Little Strange)

Artists and designers can come up with interesting pieces that are inspired from unordinary places. This neat chair was produced to replicate the form of a traditional toy in Mexico called the Trompo. The spinning motion of the toy was reproduced in the chair, as whoever is seated in the Totoyo can rotate on the wooden axis a full 360° for a view that never gets boring. Made from a basic but genius concept by Victor Aléman Studio, this chair is no doubt sturdy, original and probably fun. After the interior base is made the designers work with artisan crafters to… read more

Sustainable Packaging Designs

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Packaging and waste can go hand in hand in the realm of consumerism. A 10 year span that was examined in Europe did see a positive drop in packaging waste, by 43% throughout 27 states due to better recycling techniques, according to the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment. The Environmental Protection Agency stated that the U.S. produced at least 243 million tons of waste in 2009 alone, however over 80 million tons were kept out of landfills due to recycling and composting (Mother Nature Network). Recycling efforts are positive approaches. However, the question of availability for smarter packaging… read more

Multilevel And Sustainable Family Homes

Multilevel And Sustainable Family Homes

By taking development upward and focusing on extending the living areas to the outdoors in locations where the temperature is normally nice, more time outside is just a few steps away. This also reduces building costs as the interior space is condensed as compared to many other newly constructed residential homes. The Californian Hover House is one of a series of homes from Glen Irani Architects that focuses on creating an optimal outdoor environment by not using up an entire lot with a sprawling floor plan. This is the 3rd design of this type of home from the architectural team, and… read more

Mogees Lets You Be The Musical Artist

Mogees Lets You Be The Musical Artist

If you love music but don’t play an instrument, Mogees have it covered. Bruno Zamborlin, a researcher in musical technology, has developed a device that lets people be musical within their own perimeters. A Kickstarter project soon to come to life, the Mogees system is powered up when plugged into a smartphone’s headphone jack and can be used with iOS or Android apps. The unit, which sort of resembles a bottlecap design, can be placed on any surface. Users open up the app, and the internal sensor picks up on the vibrations that are made when responding to any ordinary… read more

Art That Makes Foodies Happy

Art That Makes Foodies Happy

Images of delectable fruit, vegetables and fresh foods may not be, but the naturally vibrant colors in produce can be inspiring to the eyes. To get a visual serving of a healthy variety of foods, check out the following artists who use them as a medium and motivation. Hikaru Cho has been lighting up the web lately with her collection of paintings. With a fitting title, It’s Not What It Seems, this series puts a little playfulness into the ordinary kitchen fruit bowl. Using only food and acrylic paints, Cho disguises one item to look flawlessly like another. Peeling back the… read more