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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

Work and Play In 1 Design

Work and Play In 1 Design

H_muk final, a project from the architectural team ma hoRe, is the culmination of mixing necessity and sophistication. Designed for a physical therapist, the client wished to incorporate dedicated areas in the home for both work and living space. The lower floor contains the occupational building and the top portion provides a 2 story residential space. The ability to combine both sections, presenting them together but in their individual configurations creates an effective layout. The private portions of the home are comfortably secluded from the business division, and the therapy rooms are open and engaging. All aspects of the home… read more

M-vironment Structures Can Respond To The Weather

M-vironment Structures Can Respond To The Weather

M-vironments are an imaginative design concept for structural units. From architect and artist Michael Jantzen, they are calculated and interesting, and the goal is to incorporate flexibility and responsiveness to offer a new way that buildings can operate. They are made to accommodate a number of lifestyle needs, including being weather respondent. Though the look of the exteriors will probably be either loved or hated, the features offered from these machine-like buildings are definitely eye-catching. An example of an M-vironment construction is the M-HOUSE. It is made from steel, concrete composite and various panel mechanisms that can be moved, changed, expanded… read more

Everyday Utility At The Nakai House

Everyday Utility At The Nakai House

The Nakai House is an energy efficient and economical production that is proof that a lifestyle design can be done on a budget, and with time restrictions. It was built in only 80 days, and the set finances for the plan, $25,000, was maintained. DesignBuildBLUFF, a nonprofit extension in Utah who works with local universities is behind the design. They provide architectural students the opportunity to learn firsthand in the field by enlisting them on teams for help with their construction projects, developing sustainably built homes for residents of the Navajo reservation. This not only allows students to enhance their skillsets, but… read more

Family Centered Farmhouse Conversion

Family Centered Farmhouse Conversion

Structures that are still in workable condition can be converted into new spaces, saving money and resources. Converted buildings make for interesting projects, as they often offer an enamored quality that adds to the feel of the space. Oppenheim Architecture + Design offers up a sample of a resourceful transformation, a converted farmhouse in Switzerland which now also comprises a warm family home. The Kirchplatz Residence is a warm and family centered renovation. The architectural team initially took on the endeavor as part of a reuse project  by local officials to restore the historic building. The 16th century old structure received… read more

Neuroscience Design And The Colors In Our Mind

Neuroscience Design And The Colors In Our Mind

Retailers have long used techniques like incorporating scent, product placement and special sales to lure in shoppers and curtail their in store experience. Architects and designers also work these practices in when considering lifestyle, layout and color, among other considerations. Neuroscience design is an exciting field that utilizes research and scientific processes and applies them to the area of design. Color perception and processing are facets that receive a lot of attention in both neuroscience and design. One recent study looking into color processing sought to find out our brain’s capacity for seeing color. The research investigated whether or not… read more

Infographic: Feng Shui Your Home

Feng shui infographic

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing your home design and home decor, often style and taste end up playing the biggest roles. However, the ancient Chinese practice of Feng shui dictates that home decor should not only be visually appealing but be carefully designed and placed so as to ensure positive energy. Feng shui is built on the belief that you can alter the energy of your home with your decor and design choices. In turn, these positive energies should translate into success and prosperity in other areas of your life. In this detailed infographic below,… read more

Kids And Cardboard – The Perfect Design Match

Kids And Cardboard – The Perfect Design Match

It’s no secret that kids love cardboard boxes. Save up this useful material and check out the projects below for quality crafts that will keep kids interested. Foldschool turns plain cardboard boxes into useable kid sized stools, chairs and even rockers, as seen in their pictures below. Free downloadable projects with printable patterns and instructions let kids be in control and practice basic building concepts while making durable furniture. Designed by architect Nicola Stäubli, the cardboard furniture series offers children a practical exercise in fundamental craft skills through a real, non-condescending approach. According to Stäubli: Mass culture is run by superficiality… read more

Slow Home: 12 Steps To A More Relaxed Living Space

Slow Home: 12 Steps To A More Relaxed Living Space

The slow home movement, initiated in 2006 by John Brown, Matthew North and Carina van Olm, produced an innovation in the way people see their home space. The chart and quiz below offer their fundamental views of what is considered a slow home. The designers felt the need to focus on a slow approach to homes due to the way they were being manufactured, which according to the team can be comparable to fast food eateries, popping up everywhere but sometimes offering products of questionable value. In order to figure out areas of significance that could lend to an optimal… read more

Green And Modular – Fresh Take On Kitchen Space

Green And Modular – Fresh Take On Kitchen Space

Kitchens are one room where money can easily be spent. Nearly everything in a kitchen is expensive; appliances, flooring, countertops, even fixtures. Many of us make do with the kitchen space we have, and fix up things as the budget allows or repaint when we need a new outlook. A lot of time can be spent in the kitchen and it can easily become the place that is gravitated to. One company specializing in kitchen design is Demode. Offering a new outlook on the way a kitchen space can operate, their modern take called Meccanica is an open, modular area…. read more