Leslie Smith

Indoor Playgrounds Are Not Just For Kids

Indoor Playgrounds Are Not Just For Kids

Sometimes, more often than not, adults need a reminder that the daily grind doesn’t have to completely take over and squalor the fun. The following unusual pieces would remind anyone in the room to pause and enjoy a few moments of unexpected entertainment. An indoor see-saw – you could philosophically say that it is made for inviting a conversation about balance or something, but that would not really mask the fact that it is really just pure fun. That could be said of the Twin Bench. According to the designer, it emits fairness between those seated. It really is just… read more

More Than Brain Food

Brain Food

Adopting behaviors that are healthy is something to strive for. A lot of the time, we may focus on the outward appearance for clues as to what needs to be fixed. However, there is a major area that we can tend to forget about, but is essential for the health of our entire system – our brains. Research has long shown that a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and nutrient dense foods, but low in fats and cholesterol, can be effective for brain health and can work preventatively to decrease disease and increase the life span. In combination with… read more

Reclaimed Wood Retreat

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The Dezanove House is a gorgeous holiday villa located in Spain in the estuary of Arousa. Designed by Iñaki Leite, this sustainably built house is constructed from reclaimed wood that was obtained from a local fishing business. It is built for energy efficiency, containing optimal insulation and a sophisticated ventilation system. The building is composed of different wings, and the middle portion of the home protrudes into 2 separate units. In order to accentuate the zones the architect varied how the materials were used in each part. The left portion serves as the common area and is formed with simple concrete… read more

Kitchen Islands Reimagined

Kitchen Islands Reimagined

Kitchen islands and mobile counterspaces are great to have for preparation and storage. But sometimes, although functional, they may be a little on the boring side when it comes to looks. These designs take standard units and turn up the volume, creating a space that is a home chef’s dream. Aside from their out of the ordinary appearances, they also have some ecofriendly features. Caesarstone and Raw Edges Design Studio have created a new concept for countertops that completely restructures the kitchen island space. Making it more than just a surface, they developed a series of modular units that are unrestricted… read more

Improving Produce Without Genetic Engineering

Improving Produce Without Genetic Engineering

A lot of focus on the food production and farming industries may seem to concentrate on genetically modified foods. However, some plant breeders are working to also bring focus to an age old way of growing premier foods, without using any genetically induced alterations. Rapid genetic analysis, or sometimes referred to as marker-assisted breeding, uses conventional farming techniques and plant breeding with quick ways of identifying alleles and DNA markers and how they are structured. Combining the more traditional forms of farming along with these processes can produce crops with more flavor and color, as well as a more appealing presence and shape. It… read more

Lazy Laundry Or Smart Clothing?

Lazy Laundry Or Smart Clothing?

If you abhor dingy looking clothing, hate stains and don’t like doing laundry in general, then hold tight, this t-shirt may grab your attention. Just hot off the funding shelf at Kickstarter, the Silic t-shirt is designed to keep itself clean. The shirt uses what is referred to as hydrophobic nanotechnology, which works to effectively repel liquids from clothing. Using a hydrophobic textile which has built in nanotechnology that is microscopically woven into the fibers, the fabric contains layers of silica particles. This causes deposits of air to build up between the fabric and any spilled liquids. Therefore moisture does… read more

Simple Complexity: Art From Nature

Simple Complexity: Art From Nature

Photography and film can seize extraordinary moments and captivate the eyes, making us see things in new ways. These projects both involve photographic processes that use high resolution imaging to capture detailed magnified pictures that offer a splendid look into some of the world’s natural wonders. National Geographic has released a series titled Mysteries of the Unseen World. It is a gallery of incredible imagery that shows just how wondrous and complex nature is. Many of the photographs are shot with processes that capture the images faster than our vision can actually see them, called electron microscopy. The details and depth of… read more

Play It Again

Play It Again

If you had one of these as a kid, then you were able to rock with mobility. If you didn’t have one as a kid, then you may not fully understand what this large piece of equipment is, or the profound effect it had on outdoor gatherings, parties or replaying that favorite cassette over and over. That’s a rewind. Here’s a fast forward. After the nostalgia wears off, there is not much place for the large bulky blaster and old radios that some of us used to love. Outdated technology, now playing mostly only memories. That is, until Carl Godfrey of… read more

In Your Face Art

In Your Face Art

Sometimes artists can get very personal, reflecting a piece of themselves in such a way that is prolifically in your face. One such example is called the Buddhist Bug Project. From artist Anida Yoeu Ali, her living exhibition is a traveling narrative taking place throughout different landscapes. Her journey of self-exploration, religion and environment is displayed in a brightly colored and odd looking suit. Unexpectedly inching into the gazing eyes of onlookers, the suit represents her background and upbringing but also an adult interest in Buddhism. She performed in Cambodia, taking her performance into both cities and rural areas. According to… read more

Experience Architecture Through Art

Experience Architecture Through Art

Premiering this week, London’s Royal Academy of Arts is presenting an exhibit titled Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined. It offers 7 different approaches to architecture from 6 countries and 4 continents, and serves them up in a gallery of varied features. It is an innovative look  into architecture and invites a participatory approach with offerings that engage the senses of smell and touch. It is meant as an immersive project, intended to draw the observer in, making them an active part in order to really experience the gala. It demonstrates how architecture can be captured with the senses, and is more… read more