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LEGO Goes Green With Sustainable Bricks Made From Sugar
In an effort to help sort out the world’s overwhelming plastic waste issue, LEGO has announced plans to launch a new set of sustainable elements made from a plant-based plastic produced using sustainably sourced ethanol from sugar cane. The set is made from polyethylene plastic and carries a botanical theme that is reflected in its tree, bush and leaf-shaped pieces.
Mar 10, 2018
This ‘Invisible’ Tiny House Blends Into Its Surroundings
Becoming one with nature is the supporting theme behind COULSON’s “Disappear Retreat,” a sustainable structure that completely blends in with its surrounding environment. Constructed to withstand extremely cold climate locations like Chicago, Seattle, Buffalo and Calgary, the tiny structure’s harmonious design is highlighted by various eco-friendly elements that ensure its living footprint remains at “zero energy, zero waste, zero water.
Mar 10, 2018
The Property Brothers Debut Custom Frame Collection at Michaels
As if we needed further proof that HGTV’s Property Brothers are a fixer upper force to be reckoned with, the trailblazing twins have found yet another way to put their signature design skills to use. Recently, Jonathan and Drew Scott added a custom frame program at Michaels to their growing list of business ventures, which includes a furniture line with Lowe’s and a collection of fabrics.
Mar 6, 2018
This Cardboard Cat Tower Is Inspired By LEGO and Prefab
Wherever a cat decides to lay its head is its home. Seriously — just try convincing your kitty to move off your laptop keyboard (while you’re typing) and watch how quickly you fail. Fortunately for cats and their humans, there are designers in the world who understand how important it is for felines to have their own designated rest and play areas.
Mar 4, 2018
This Santa Monica Beachfront Home Was Owned By Cary Grant
A luxurious Santa Monica vacation home that once belonged to Hollywood royalty is up for sale for the first time in 40 years. Built in 1929, the home was previously owned by Cary Grant and Western star Randolph Scott. Over the years, the spiffy digs were frequented by stars like Grace Kelly, Howard Hughes, Sharon Tate and George Gershwin. Buyers tempted to follow in those fancy footsteps can do so for $11.995 million.
Mar 3, 2018
This Underwater Hiking Trail Is Otherworldly
When it comes to the average hiking enthusiast, not even unfavorable weather conditions could keep the intentional wanderers from setting out on foot for a mind-clearing, calorie-burning jaunt. However, a park guide in Brazil recently captured footage of an underwater hiking trail that would stop even the most persistent walker in their tracks.
Mar 3, 2018
You Have to See the Winners of This International Tiny House Competition
Designers continue to push the creative parameters of tiny houses. The most recent examples of their ingenuity come courtesy of the winners of Ryterna Modul’s Architectural Challenge 2018. The competition invited the participants to create a tiny house no bigger than 269 square feet, complete with a kitchen, sleeping and living areas and a bathroom. The other rule is that designs must have zero impact on the environment.
Feb 27, 2018
These Unconventional Chairs Will Make You Question What a Chair Is
How many unique chair designs can you come up with? That’s a question we’d love to ask designer Joyce Lin because we’re currently obsessing over her super creative chair designs. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, Lin’s signature chairs are imaginative enough to spruce up any living space. The San Francisco-based designer works with a variety of mediums, including clay, foam, metal, paint, plaster, vinyl and wood.
Feb 25, 2018
IKEA Is Bringing High End Art to the Masses
Blaming millennials for nearly everything you can think of has become an unfortunate trend, but we’re happy to report that there’s a reason to give the generation a thumbs-up for influencing the world in a positive way. In addition to wanting smaller homes and killing off doorbells, please join us in giving them credit for IKEA’s upcoming launch of Hasselblad Masters photography.
Feb 24, 2018
A Photographer Has Set Out to Capture All of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings
Partaking in what sounds like the photography assignment of a lifetime is Andrew Pielage, who has set out to capture every one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s remaining works. So far, he’s photographed 52 of the famous architect’s existing designs, and is totally committed to nab photos of all 521. But this ambitious project goes far beyond cataloguing purposes.
Feb 23, 2018
This Stunning Arctic Circle Hotel Is Also Energy Positive
Taking energy efficiency to the next level appears to be the goal of this “energy positive” hotel that’s set to be constructed within the Arctic Circle. Design firm Snøhetta teamed up with a few other Norwegian companies to create a vision for the hotel that’s energetic output will surpass the resources it consumes over the span of its 60-year lifetime.
Feb 18, 2018
A New Swedish Fitness Trend Combines Jogging and Picking Up Trash
Scandinavians have come up with a pretty awesome way to simultaneously whip the body and the planet into shape with an increasingly popular fitness trend referred to as plogging. A combination of the Swedish verbs for “to jog” and “to pick,” plogging is a cardio-boosting combo of jogging and picking up litter.
Feb 17, 2018
This Iceland-Inspired Tiny House Packs a Lot of Style Into 320 Square Feet
At the beginning of the year, Zillow compiled a list of US cities with the worst housing shortage crises, which predictably included the Los Angeles area. Like other large metropolitan centers, the city has struggled to accommodate its population, despite building homes at a faster pace. Fortunately, designers are developing innovative solutions to the widespread problem like Plús Hús, a tiny home from Santa Monica, California-based design studio Minarc.
Feb 11, 2018
There’s a Two Bedroom Apartment Hidden Inside This Crane
Amsterdam has a distinctive architecture style, but we can guarantee that this giant crane-turned-residence sticks out among the city’s livable structures – in a good way. Typically, old construction equipment and luxury don’t go hand in hand, but that’s the best way to describe this unique spot.
Feb 11, 2018
This Sustainable Floating Hotel In France Is Relaxation Goals
When it comes to unique aquatic escapes, the possibilities are endless thanks to an abundance of floating hotels around the world. The latest comes from Paris design firm Atelier Lavit, which has constructed a group of ten prefabricated hotel suites docked on a marine reserve near Avignon, a city in the southeastern region of France. Guests use a wooden ramp that goes from the shore to each of the suites. The rooms are constructed in either a circular or square shape.
Feb 11, 2018
Sit Beneath Your Own Personal Pergola In This Indoor/Outdoor Chair
Of all the extraordinarily creative seating options we’ve found and subsequently fawned over, this artistic indoor/outdoor armchair has to be one of our faves thus far. This unique seating option, known as Felix, is the result of a collaboration between industrial designer Christian Vivanco and furniture company Los Patrones.
Feb 4, 2018
This Artist Creates Beautiful & Realistic Embroidered Food
If you have a palate for culinary-inspired artwork, then these miniature embroidered foods will definitely appeal to your creative taste buds. Japanese artist ipnot is the nimble-fingered mastermind behind an amazingly detailed assortment of tiny, handmade embroidered foods. The extremely realistic designs range from a bowl of ramen and a sushi roll to tiny chocolates and apple and tomato slices.
Feb 3, 2018
This Artist Transforms Puddles Into Stunning Masterpieces
Although we generally regard random pools of water as slippery, messy shoe destroyers to be avoided at all costs, we’re strangely enthralled by how Chicago-based musician and artist Jeffrey Michael Austin has turned puddles into a captivating collection of artwork. Much like children and birds, Austin is drawn to puddles, applying his imagination and artistic skills to create sculptures that make the aftermath of spillage look absolutely stunning.
Feb 2, 2018
Not Your Average Cruise: This Floating Hotel is a Minimalist Design Lover’s Dream
Booking a stay at a traditional hotel is fine and dandy, unless you’re ready for accommodations that move you in a different direction – literally. Capitalizing off the architectural design theme of movement, Guntû is an upscale floating hotel that travels along the shores of Japan’s Seto inland sea. Japanese architect Yasushi Horibe created this unique vacation-themed vessel, which seems like the easiest way to kick up your heels and get your sea legs at the same time.
Jan 28, 2018
These Geometric 3D Rugs Are Patterned Perfection
We can safely say, we’ve never seen a rug quite like this. The boldly patterned rugs are a part of the Parquet collection, created by Swedish design group Front. While many are left pondering precisely WTH to do with parquet (like, is it in, or is it out… again?), Front decided to model a line of rugs after the classic geometric patterned flooring, and oddly enough, it works.
Jan 27, 2018
Escape to the Irish Countryside With This Rustic and Modern Cabin
Aiming to escape your responsibilities by “getting lost” in the wilderness? Well, you might as well do it in style. This charming “Lost Cottage“, located in the lush hills of southwestern Ireland, is the perfect place to wander aimlessly and take in your surroundings for a bit. Situated on 85 acres, the sweet escape is now available as a vacation rental.
Jan 27, 2018
Want Rihanna As Your Landlord? Rent Her West Hollywood Compound for $16,500 per Month
Anyone who keeps up with Rihanna’s real estate acquisitions already knows that the many places the singer calls home are about as varied as the bold fashions she flaunts. Whether you want to get a sense of her personal taste in residences or you simply want to brag to everyone within earshot that you have quite possibly the coolest landlord on the planet, consider renting out Rihanna’s two-story West Hollywood house.
Jan 20, 2018
This “Swiss Army Knife” Tiny House Is Just 96 Square Feet
If you and your belongings plan on co-existing peacefully inside the tiny home of your dreams, it’s absolutely pertinent to come up with a game plan that will permanently reduce clutter. Although that sounds like an impossible feat to pull off inside a dwelling that’s intentionally skimpy on square footage, Italian engineer and architect Leonardo Di Chiara’s aVOID tiny home proves that it can certainly be done and in the most stylish way.
Jan 20, 2018
This Exquisite Hand-Carved Wagon Could Be Your Next Home Away From Home
We don’t think life on the frontier was ever intended to be this stylish. Woodworker extraordinaire Jim Toplin built an artisan wagon modeled after a 19th century English vardo, and now the owners of this exquisite, cozy camper known as the Trillium Caravan have put it up for sale for $64,900 after 10 years of calling it a home away from home.
Jan 13, 2018
Always Hot? Cool Down With This Wearable AC on Kickstarter
If you’re the kind of person who hates being hot, you might be sold on blö, a new product that claims to be the world’s first wearable cooling device and diffuser. Currently, there’s a Kickstarter campaign for the unique diffuser-fan combo, and it’s already surpassed its pledging goal, proving that many people are already blown away by it. According to the product description, blö is small, rechargeable, lightweight and portable.
Jan 12, 2018
A Frank Lloyd Wright Building In Montana Is About To Be Demolished
Frank Lloyd Wright fanatics everywhere are undoubtedly hoping a buyer who has an appreciation for the famed architect’s expansive legacy – along with a cool nest egg stashed away – will step in and save one of just three FLW structures in Montana from demolition. As Curbed reports, The Lockridge Medical Center in White Fish, Montana will meet a most unpleasant fate unless someone pays the $1.
Jan 9, 2018
These Cuddly Bear Chairs Are Perfect For Hibernating This Winter
Polar vortexes and bomb cyclones, beware: we’re thanking the design gods that someone had the presence of mind to create these cushy cuddle-worthy bear chairs. Based on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Parisian interior architect and designer Pierre Yovanovitch’s sheepskin-covered armchairs are seriously the most inviting, comfortable-looking seating options. File these chairs under furniture we could totally see ourselves napping on.
Jan 5, 2018
This Pink Holiday House in the Azores Is Travel Goals
Here’s one eye-catching rental that you couldn’t miss even if you tried. Italian/Portuguese firm Mezzo Atelier designed a dazzling pink holiday rental on the island of São Miguel in the Azores, and we’re eager to join the visitor’s list. We already count pink as one of those rug colors that will work practically everywhere, but as it turns out, the vibrant hue also does wonders for a home’s exterior.
Dec 31, 2017
Kristen Wiig Now Calls This Pasadena Case Study House Home
Adding to the list of celebrity homes we want to live in but have settled for fawning over, actress and comedian Kristen Wiig recently acquired a new piece of real estate in Pasadena. The $2.96 million, 3,425-square-foot home sits on one-third of an acre in the hillside neighborhood of San Rafael, a picturesque post situated above the historic Rose Bowl. Father and son architect duo Kemper Nomland and Kemper Nomland Jr.
Dec 29, 2017
This Firefighter Built a 140-Square-Foot Tiny House on Wheels
Our adoration for tiny homes knows no bounds, and this cozy Canadian earthship-inspired house on wheels is no exception. The construction of the humble abode took place after Steve completed a course on on Earthship Biotecture design and building in New Mexico. The tiny home on wheels is stylish, sustainable and extremely inviting. At a mere 140 square feet, the home comes equipped with a queen-sized bed, a kitchen with a vertical herb garden and a deck.
Dec 29, 2017
This Beautiful Mirrored Pavilion Is Hidden In Plain Sight
Portugal based architecture firm depA has wonderfully mastered the art of hiding in plain sight with the design of its reflective pavilion. The creatively camouflaged building is situated lakeside in Serralves Park, where it shares space with The Museum, the country’s leading contemporary art museum designed by Portuguese award-winning architect Álvaro Siza Vieira.
Dec 21, 2017
This 2-in-1 Clock Meets Emergency Kit Could Save Your Life
We’d be hard-pressed to think of a more thoughtful two-in-one design than this clever clock-emergency kit combo from Seoul design firm SWNA. Fittingly named the Life Clock, the eye-catching timekeeper comes equipped with a set of tools that are specifically tailored for use in case of a natural disaster.
Dec 17, 2017
Check Out These Amazing Ocean Sculptures Made From Glass and Concrete
The ocean has a well-deserved reputation as an instant mood calmer, so it’s no surprise that these ethereal glass and concrete sea sculptures by artist Ben Young have us feeling especially centered and relaxed. Young used bronze, concrete and laminated float glass to create the hand-cut pieces, which look like super realistic three-dimensional ocean topography diagrams. Each sculpture offers a unique perspective of the water’s surface as well as features of the ocean floor.
Dec 15, 2017
Check Out These Stunning Patterns Created With Everyday Objects
Before you lose all hope for the future of your junk drawer’s contents, do yourself a favor and check out these meticulously organized everyday items, arranged by visual artist Adam Hillman. Obviously, everyone doesn’t possess the patience, creativity or skill to turn random household objects into artwork, but Hillman’s unique design aesthetic is definitive proof that these frequently disregarded doohickeys serve a far bigger purpose than simply appeasing our inner pack rats.
Dec 14, 2017
This House Is Made From Tomato Stems, Grass and Other Farm Waste
Denmark is officially home to the world’s first biological house, a conceptual structure built from upcycled agricultural materials, including bits of tomato stems, seaweed, grass and glass that would ordinarily be incinerated and used as an energy source. Brings a new meaning to the term, “farm house.” The sustainable structure is the first to be erected as a part of Biotope in the town of Middlefart, the largest Danish sustainable construction exhibition.
Dec 10, 2017
A Floating Church Is Coming to London
Thinking of a lame excuse for skipping out on church will soon become a little more challenging, at least for worshippers in London. When a floating church hits the city’s canals, there’ll be no reason to blame a traffic jam for a missed Sunday sermon because the structure will literally move about the water from location to location, making the services easily accessible to more citizens.
Dec 10, 2017
This Tiny Mobile Sauna Is Exactly What We Need for Winter
With winter impatiently lurking around the corner, we’re already envisioning the many ways to temporarily retreat to a heated haven while brisk winds and blizzards prepare to own our lives for the next few months. A room warmed by a fireplace will certainly do, but this tiny mobile sauna in Finland sounds like an infinitely better option. Here to provide the fire fix without the flames, the Denizen Works-designed project sits shore side on Åland, Finland.
Dec 9, 2017
Need an Escape? There’s a (Tiny, Rotating) Backyard Pod for That
Not everyone is cut out to be a permanent member of tiny house club. However, the thought of being holed up in one of these cozy rotating “Escape Pods” makes minimalist living that much easier to embrace. The diminutive, dome-shaped retreats created by collaborators Dominic Ash and Jeremy Fitter can serve as office space, a meditative hideaway or a remote hangout spot for those moments when you need to recharge with a super low-key getaway.
Dec 3, 2017
This Unfolding Tiny House Can Be Built In Just 6 Hours
Here’s a real estate reprieve for homeowners who’ve been to hell and back with foundation problems: an unfolding modular house. Italian architect Renato Vidal partnered with Area Legno to manufacture “M.A.DI,” a tiny home that makes putting down your roots infinitely easier. For starters, the small, eco-friendly modular homes can be temporarily erected without a foundation, but a screw pile anchoring system can be utilized if needed.
Dec 1, 2017
This Son Built His Aging Dad a Chic and Sustainable Tiny House
Eco-friendly independence, in a stylish package.
Nov 26, 2017
Grab Some Alone Time With This Quirky Privacy Chair
For most adults with busy lives, it’s a privilege to be able to whisk oneself away from present company. Thankfully, Ukrainian design studio MZPA just made the act of finding some quiet space a lot easier with its super comfy, pro-privacy chair named “The Planet.” Reflective of its celestial-inspired moniker, the chair is shaped like an orb with a huge opening that gives the sitter the sensation of being the sole occupant of their very own world.
Nov 26, 2017
Mies Made Minimalist: The Barcelona Pavilion Gets a Temporary Facelift
For years, visitors who have frequented Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion have marveled over the structure’s abundance of natural color, but the iconic building has recently undergone a major transformation to strip away the various hues and leave it with a more modern appearance. Over the course of a week, the building’s famous marble wall surfaces were clad in all-white vinyl screens.
Nov 18, 2017
Hey Cowboy, This Wild West Tiny Home Is For Sale
The stars have aligned for those in search of putting down roots tiny house that’s situated in an equally tiny town. As long as you’re cool with having tumbleweeds as your nearest neighbor, this Old West-inspired tiny home located in Pioneertown, California will make for a suitable desert escape. The secluded 150-square-foot home on Saddle Lane is on the market for $120,000, and it’s absolutely charming.
Nov 17, 2017
This Color-Changing Furniture Is An Instagram Filter IRL
If you’ve been searching high and low for eye-catching ways to spread some trippy vibes throughout your home, look no further than Color Flow, a mini-collection of monochromatic furniture from Seoul-based design studio Orijeen. The aesthetically stimulating furniture sets consist of a tall standalone wardrobe accentuated by green, blue and yellow hues along with a sideboard decorated with a combination of pinks, purples and blues.
Nov 16, 2017
IKEA’s New Chair Is Literally Trash
Earlier this year, Form Us With Love designed kitchen cabinets made from recycled plastic bottles. Now, the studio is back with another simple-yet-stunning take on sustainable furniture in the form of this chic IKEA chair made from recycled plastic and wood chips. The sustainable materials used to create the chair – dubbed Odger — were originally intended for pallets, but the designers discovered that the materials were more suitable for its affordable seating option.
Nov 16, 2017
These Ornaments of Insta-Famous Pets Raise Money for ASPCA
As it turns out, famous Instagram pets are good for much more than racking up likes and making us squee uncontrollably at the sight of their adorable faces. In collaboration with West Elm, several of the popular social media stars are putting forth their best poses in the name of spreading holiday cheer and charity. The popular home décor retailer recently launched a line of Christmas ornaments shaped like some of our favorite animals on Instagram.
Nov 11, 2017
Pantone’s Here To Light Up Your Life With Its New Collection
Apparently, the design gods want everyone to kick off the holiday season on a well-lit high note because Pantone has just released its first ever light collection. Created in collaboration with Danish company e3light, Pantone’s Light Collection offers five styles to choose from including the drop pendants, pendant lamps, lamp shades, the “Antares” floor lamp and the “Capella” table lamp.
Nov 11, 2017
Take A Look at the World’s Coolest Library
When you walk into a library, you will typically see most people with their noses buried in a book or intently perusing the shelves for their next exciting literary find. But we can’t imagine anyone would be able to keep their heads down while sitting in this incredibly cool library in China. The Tianjin Bihan library, located in the Binhai Cultural District near Beijing, is probably the most accurate rendering of what a book heaven would look like in real life.
Nov 10, 2017