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

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

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

Roof Designs With A Wow Factor

Roof Designs With A Wow Factor

The following 2 unrestrained residential designs offer spectacular presentations that are set off by their unique roofing styles. From Iroje Khm Architects, the GaOnJai house was designed with the client’s vision in mind of obtaining a private, but open to the landscape, space. The home was initially part of a government ran project that showcased local architects whose talents were put to work in establishing an entire town. The striking roof is boldly displayed in black zinc plates and hovers over the concrete and stucco structure. The house plan incorporates interesting construction applications that keep the outdoors in mind, as… read more

Contour Crafting Renovates The Construction World

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Called the Contour Crafting Robotic Construction System, it is a conceptual technology that uses a 3-D printing process to rapidly produce a prototype. It is made up of robotic arms and nozzles which are controlled by a computer aided program and a framework system that moves the nozzles. It can build a range of structures, including entire homes. The technology takes 3-D imaging to the next level, and the system is capable of producing over a 2,000 square foot house with all of the necessary components, including outlets for electricity and accommodations for plumbing and air. What gets really impressive… read more

The Klem Shoe Project – A Smart Design

The Klem Shoe Project – A Smart Design

Lee Jinyoung from i-Clue Design has developed a smart do it yourself system that lets users create their own shoes. Called the Klem project, it was formed to address the widespread need in Malawi, Africa for individuals who need the most basic of items – shoes. The designer was driven by an awareness of communities that live on a daily basis without these necessities. Reportedly, in many parts of Malawi aid can be responsible for as much as 40% of a family’s overall living expenses, so the extreme poverty level does not allow many to afford shoes. Going shoeless everyday can… read more

Inexpensive But Creative Upcycled Designs

Inexpensive But Creative Upcycled Designs

Furniture and interior pieces do not have to be costly to be original. The following are imaginative designs that make the most of inexpensive materials, turning them into completely different objects. This idea is totally simple yet produces a brilliant outcome. The Inception Door from Armin Blasbichler Studio uses 585 mounted Pantone transparent positive photographic swatches to enhance a doorway. The diapositives are framed in laminated glass. When the sunlight filters through the door it creates a magnificent rainbow of colors that almost looks like stained glass tiles. Utilizing the myriad of color swatches in this way allows concealment while… read more

Tableware From Dried Oranges

‘Solskin Peels’ Tableware From Dried Oranges

Oranges are great for making juice for breakfast, in fruit salads during the day or just eaten on their own, but we now found out that they also make great sustainable design, if they are off course, dried properly. An innovative idea coming from Israel, ‘Solskin Peels’ turns dried, molded orange peels into functional objects ready to contain food and liquids. The word Solskin comes from the Danish word ‘sunshine’, but Ori Sonnenschein from Solskin Design created this collection of orange-based objects from his Israel studio. ‘Solskin Peels’ includes cups, plates, containers and spoons, all made from oranges. Biodegradable locally… read more

Stepping Up

Stepping Up

Staircases are part art form, part functional statement piece to the clever designer. These staircases give their rooms a one up with some added visual interest. This natural beauty from the Tuning House, a seaside residence, stands out in a good way amidst its retro fueled surroundings. Adding in a bit of the outdoors in a chunky, raw presentation is a creatively simple way to work in an optical element to the functional design. The strategically placed mirrors carry the wood throughout the length of the home. Another wooden staircase design is from Atmos Studio. This gorgeous and elaborate architectural feat was… read more

Glass Bottles Turned Into Stained Glass Art

Glass Bottles Turned Into Stained Glass Art

Glass bottles, tossed into the recycling by most, make the perfect material for many glass artists. Using everyday items to make elegant stained glass pieces, these panels are anything but ordinary. Alison Fox has an eye for creating gorgeous stained glass windows. She started with traditional stained glass work and began to utilize materials that were reusable and recyclable. With discoveries she unearths from flea markets, antique shops and discarded materials, she repurposes glass bottles, broken dishes and vintage glass, compiling them into collages. Specifically placing the objects in patterns or laying them out to resemble images, she turns them into stunning… read more