Leslie Smith

Jewelry – Transposed

Jewelry - Transposed

Whether a reflective statement piece or an artistic addition to a wardrobe, jewelry and the art of crafting it are treasured by many. Though it can be representative of many things, the following designers have completely reworked what jewelry can do. Their creations are totally unexpected and out of the box, and one is even a little avant-garde with a touch of disturbing. Although many may not necessarily be wishing to wear these pieces, they are definitely worth visiting just for their sheer shock factor that normally isn’t included in the jewelry box. Jewelry designer Ewa Śliwińska developed The Living Points Structure, a project… read more

Evoking Nature Through The Glass

Evoking Nature Through The Glass

Most of us are happy if we have a good view out of at least one window. The following designs are among those from Travis Price Architects that stand out for people who appreciate minimal obstructions to the outdoor scenery. The architect’s own home, the Price Residence is located in Washington D.C. and has no shortage of views. Though one side hides the most alluring feature of the design, a walk around to the other reveals a transparent outlook to the encasing woods. Many constructions completely alter the landscape once the building process begins, but this architect seemingly knows how to… read more

To The Trees

To The Trees

Plants and trees are known to decrease carbon dioxide levels indoors. Other benefits of having live plants in the house include naturally increasing humidity, decreasing dust accumulation and they can also assist in reducing indoor pollutants, like nitrogen dioxide, benzene and hexane, along with other volatile organic compounds. Having greenery around can also reduce stress levels and is an easy way to incorporate nature indoors. One example of a home that worked trees around the property into a central focus of a renovation project is called the Sycamore House. From Aaron Neubert Architects, this 1950′s Californian home had plans for an… read more

Burn Out

Burn Out

Candles are a favorite relaxing decoration for many homes, creating warm low lighting or emitting aromatic scents through the room. For more than decoration, this line of home interior also has a message. From Gentle Giants Studio, their collection of candles called BERGY BIT have been designed to mimic the effects of global warming. The name comes from the scientific definition for the process of when glacier breaks apart and another smaller one is created. As the candle burns it changes shape and resembles a melting iceberg. They were made for BOZU Italian Workshop Design and come in 3 scents. Deep Sea… read more

Freebies That Help Creative Types Create

Freebies That Help Creative Types Create

Free is fun. Especially when what is free also helps to rev up one’s creative side. From PSFK, the Maker’s Manual is a free download that offers a survey of available resources for project development. The handbook goes over information about prototypes and projects, along with tools to spark ideas or even sell a product. If music and running codes are your thing, check out Wavepot. It is an open-source platform for making electronic music that is based in JavaScript. Still in the early stages, the developers want to work out bugs and enhance the technology but in the meantime are… read more

Smarter Power Designs

Smarter Power Designs

Gadgets and gear are all encompassing; smothering the retail market with each new upgrade, add-on or novel needed feature. These 2 designs are creative spins on their existing versions, but also promise to still be future relevant. A smart charging station is determined to take over the mass array of chargers. DODOcase and Stikwood created a docking station called the Charging Nest that is supposed to cover the present and the future with its all-encompassing charging features. It has an old fashioned look that gives it character, but it is a fully modern, adjustable charging dock. Made from reclaimed wood, it can charge devices… read more

Socially Responsible Architecture

Socially Responsible Architecture

The role of architecture is often focused on for design and construction, important vehicles for enlarging and elevating our worlds. However, what place architecture has in humanitarian efforts can go either largely unnoticed – or largely absent. BUILDaCHANGE is one nonprofit organization that is attempting to merge the disciplines of architecture and philanthropy with their real life designs. FAREstudio architects started BUILDaCHANGE in 2012 with the clear goal of utilizing the design and building processes for a greater good. With the assistance of local workers when applicable, they create sustainable and functional facilities. FAREstudio has developed projects like women’s health… read more

Hipped Roof House With Engawa Feature

Hipped Roof House With Engawa Feature

There are many different roof styles to consider when building or buying a home, and each has benefits and disadvantages to their design. Located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, the Oyane no ie project by Naoi Architecture & Design Office is a great example of how a creative spin can make a huge difference in a home’s presentation. This roof design is a striking variation of a basic hipped roof. This kind of roof is normally more involved to construct than others, but is not overly difficult to actually build since all of the sides slope downward to connect the walls. Hip roofs are… read more

Would You Spend Your Day Off Helping Others?

Would You Spend Your Day Off Helping Others?

Not many of us spend our days off from work thinking about the needs of complete strangers. Mark Bustos, however, doesn’t fall in this category. A hairstylist, Bustos works at Three Squares Studio in New York City. Most customers probably pay a nice price for an appointment but reportedly on Sundays, his day off, Bustos sees clients that aren’t necessarily his regulars. And they don’t pay the regular amount for a salon service. Traveling around the city he searches for those in need of a haircut. The homeless population are his targeted group for obtaining the service, and upon approaching… read more

Unusual Places To Look For Battery Power

Unusual Places To Look For Battery Power

Extending electronic life and juicing up gadgets, batteries and power storage are vital to everyday life. There are innovative designs that make batteries more efficient, but those are probably much different than the following scientific discoveries. The world of technology has a covert side that one research team has found out. As discussed in New Scientist, behind our plugged-in gear lives a whole spectrum of life that can actually be used for power. By gathering sea sediment and placing battery electrodes into it, researchers found that along with bacteria living cells will begin to appear. When combined with filaments, which… read more