April 11, 2014

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- A butter factory transformed into a sculptural modern apartment. Stunning.

- Fascinating stuff. 8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today.

- Cool idea. A ring that holds your tech.

- How big is the space. A fun interactive website.

- A very touching video of a deaf woman who hears for the first time.

- A pocket printer. Very neat indeed.

- Interesting animation. Writers’ Block.

- And something for the senses - Photos from Japan’s 2014 Cherry Blossom Season.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Every design project that reduces cordage clutter makes me feel grateful. The OneLess desk from Heckler Design does that while maintaining compact size, which makes it perfect for small apartments. The piece is made of 12-gauge powder coated steel (except for the feet, those are polypropylene so they won’t scratch the floor). It features a rare facing shelf underneath the tabletop that can contain all your cables and cords, freeing the main surface for more elegant objects. The desk comes in a variety of colors.

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April 10, 2014

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In spite of being a confirmed city dweller, I am quite taken by this small weekend structure, built by Broadhurst Architects on the southern slope of South Fork Mountain, near Upper Tract, West Virginia. “The shack was created as a logical step between tent camping and the yet unrealized weekend cottage, – architects say. – This fundamental shelter has no electricity. Oil lamps provide light. Heat is provided by a small wood stove.” The place is as close to nature as one can get. The front facing façade of the building features a glass garage door that opens to a magnificent view of the valley. Side windows provide ventilation, by letting mountain air inside the building. A simple and beautiful structure for the peaceful living.

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April 8, 2014

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These witty hangers, made to resemble a blown out of proportion paper clip, can be an interesting idea for a small entryway. Just like the actual paper clips they can be linked to form a chain of any length. This chain then can be suspended from the ceiling, taking virtually no space and accommodating items of clothing, bags, accessories and so forth. The Big Clip hook hanger can also be attached to the wall, making a cool magazine rack or coat hook. The piece is made from solid 10mm chrome plated steel rod, measures 28cm. Designed by studio Arash and Kelly.

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April 7, 2014

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Ludovica lamp, created by Italian design duo Zanocchi & Starke, is a lamp and a a bookend in one. The piece is comprised of two independent parts: a painted aluminum frame and and a removable lighting element in opaque white plastic. The light is battery operated, so you take it from the base and place it anywhere you need soft diffused illumination. And the best part – this lighting element can be recharged from your computer via a simple USB. I also really like the matching red cable. The piece fill be presented at the Tortona Around Design exhibition, during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan this week.

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April 4, 2014

- The most beautiful libraries in the world – bookworms, for your enjoyage.

- I’ve been in meetings like this one many, many times. The Expert.

- Beautiful idea! Health-tracker iPhone case.

- Maps before maps. Fascinating.

- Awesome micro-photography site. Yay, science!

- Have difficulty waking up for your workout (I do)? This motivational clip from Nike might help.

- Are selfies a mental disorder?

- Absolutely stunning. The Cats of 19th Century Japan.

Have a good weekend, guys!

April 3, 2014

Best Drying Rack is an official name of this product. The manufacturer supports it with these facts: the rack is portable, made from durable materials (no plastic), it has a shape that allows drying a load of laundry in a small space. I also like the fact that you can dry certain items horizontally by putting them on top of the rack. A tad pricey, but if durability is not an empty promise, it’s a lovely idea.

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April 2, 2014

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Steps chair by Norwegian company Stokke is designed to adapt to the child’s growth, step by step (hence the name). This modular system will accomodate a baby of 3 to 10 years of age. It can be transformed from a bouncer into a child’s char and everything in between. The piece is made from solid beechwood and PPC-PA, it comes in a variety of colors.

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This exciting new shelving system is a creation of the Bangkok based design studio THINKK. They took a simple wooden stackable construction and jazzed it up with corrugated metal sheets. These metal elements can be inserted into wooden surfaces via special slits. They can serve as screens, dividers, even additional horizontal shelves, making this modular system very efficient. The modules are available in natural oak or in a variety of colored stains. The perforated sheets come in several colors, allowing you to contrast or compliment any of the wooden bases. Clever.

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April 1, 2014

Fin

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I like the idea of a properly sized bed that can be easily disassembled into pieces and put in the closet. Fin, created by German designers Sofia Löser and Henrik Bettels, is just that – a collapsible bed that can be easily stored and moved. The frame is made from metal tubes, the base – from birch plywood. The plywood pieces follow a specific pattern that ensures the sturdiness of the structure. This design also allows to achieve low material consumption, a happy detail for the eco-conscious.

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