The Biggest Unsolved Mystery in the History of Kitchen Appliances
We’re living in a world where anything is possible. I can talk to my light bulbs. My plants water themselves. There’s an electric car floating out in space somewhere right at this very moment. The sky’s the lim— ok the sky isn’t even the limit anymore. Mind-blowing technological breakthroughs are happening across every industry every day, proving that anything we can dream up is possible.
Mar 11, 2018
A Granny Flat That Doubles as an Architect’s Office
In need of an extra space for work and hosting family, architect Ulrika Saar designed this 312 square foot granny flat on her property. Built with Russ Davis of Avalon Constructions, the house is nestled into Saar’s backyard in Sydney, Australia. The team managed to pack a ton of stuff into a small amount of space. There’s a home office for Saar, bathroom, kitchenette, laundry, living room with a wall bed and some storage space.
Mar 11, 2018
This Ever-Changing Map of a Made-Up Place Is Possibly Crazy, Definitely Beautiful
I love maps. Our walls are littered with them; even our shower curtain was a world map for awhile. And one of my favorite pastimes as a kid was dreaming up and then mapping imaginary countries, inspired by the fictitious atlases in books like The Phantom Tollbooth and The Hobbit. So when my wife and I discovered “Jerry’s Map” at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City last month, I was giddy.
Mar 11, 2018
The ‘Slip Chair’ That Tricks You Into Thinking Its Unstable (Even Though it Totally is)
Who doesn’t want to be comfortable when sitting? Well, that’s kind of the entire point of plopping your weary bones down on the nearest piece of cushy furniture, no? Sure, but after laying eyes on this Slip Chair that Snarkitecture crafted for Portugal-based design firm UVA, one might begin to question whether sitting comfortably is even an option at all. (Hint: It totally is).
Mar 11, 2018
Before and After: An Empty Entryway is Now a Functional Triple Threat
This shoe storage had its issues — scuffs, unpainted areas, general ricketiness — but it’s still better than my Heap O’Shoes. Can the less-than-ideal but serviceable shoe storage racks be improved upon? Is attractive, accessible, adaptable, practical shoe storage actually possible? We shall see. This is amazing! It looks incredibly cool, and the shoes are within easy reach of both the door and the shoe-putting-on bench.
Mar 11, 2018
This Tiny House Builds Up Instead of Out
As small space living gets more and more popular, the tiny houses and micro homes have become sleeker, smarter and well, taller. This skinny micro home was designed by Dutch firm Ana Rocha Architecture and was given the extra appropriate name, The Slim Fit. It looks sort of like a sexy Lincoln Log and offers 538 square feet of living space, spread out across three floors. The exterior is covered Ayous hardwood, which was laid out vertically emphasizing the length of the building.
Mar 11, 2018
The Latest Hotel Amenity is Designed to Save the Environment and Put Money Back in Your Pocket — Would You Opt In?
When you stay at a hotel, are you the “Do Not Disturb” type, or a “Service, Please” traveler? While the hospitality industry has traditionally erred on the side of service, some hotels now allow visitors to opt out of in-stay housekeeping — whether to protect the environment or their own privacy — often in exchange for perks like food and beverage credit or rewards points. I, for one, think this is brilliant.
Mar 11, 2018
10 Items in the IKEA Kids Section You’ll Want for Yourself
Before I had kids, I would typically hightail it through the children’s section of IKEA watching to be sure my toes didn’t get squashed by a rocking moose. But with two kids at home, I now know my DUKTIGs from my LATTJOs and my FLISATS from my MAMMUTs. And, I can tell you, there are some good grownup finds in there that you might be overlooking. Let me show you a few… IKEA was smart to design a very basic dollhouse, the FLISAT ($29.
Mar 11, 2018
9 Simple Sponge Hacks Everyone Should Know
For such an unassuming object, kitchen sponges are kind of rock stars. In addition to being responsible for getting our dishes and utensils clean, these thirsty squares can be repurposed in ways we haven’t even thought of yet. But, rest assured, the ways we do know of prove pretty darn ingenious.
Mar 11, 2018