We ran across a simple, yet “heavy” interior design idea that could be applied to any room in search of personality.Thomas Quinn painted letters above his parents’ garage, delivering the message: “Face reality as it is”. From the perfect, steady message, it is enough to move a step back to see how the perspective changes, delivering a different space composition. In this case, irony prevails: you can never truly know what how reality is defined. What seems perfectly clear at one point, can be shattered the next. We love this creative anamorphic typography project found on Illusion.scene360 and we believe similar messages can created, with just as much depth. In case you find this project as interesting as we do, be sure to check out the rest of the related posts we featured on our site: the amazing Floating Indoor DeLorean Car, these creative installations by Joseph Egan and Hunter Thomson or the Anamorphic Illusions by Swiss artist Felice Varini…
Area rugs serve several wonderful purposes. They provide warmth under our bare feet, create another layer of design, tie a room together and absorb sound in spacious rooms. Often thought of as art for the floor it can set the design scheme of the room allowing for wall color and accessories to play off it. Starting with the area rug to design a space can lead to a great adventure to find the right rug. How can you find the right rug? There are a few things to know that will help with your search.As with any large purchase for the home, it is best to have a budget. The cost of an area rug can run anywhere from a few dollars at a home discount store to several hundred at an antique dealer. The key to knowing how much to spend largely depends on the purpose the rug serves. Consider which room will house the rug. A high traffic room will call for a high quality, often-pricier rug, than will a seldom-used space. A rule of thumb used by designers suggests that the budget be equivalent to the budget for the sofa, but a sensible approach is to spend what you can and get the best quality you can afford for high traffic spaces.The production method used to construct a rug can have a hefty influence on the price tag. The most labor intensive and therefore most expensive is a hand woven rug, which is constructed by hand tying the yarn. A less expensive option is the tufted rug, which can be machine made or hand made, but in either case manufactured quickly and inexpensively. Yarn loops through the backing either by hand or by a machine, and then cut to create the pile. Wool, cotton, silk, coir, synthetic fibers, and grasses are common materials used. For a rug that will last, look for good quality wool or silk rugs. Wool wears well and looks better with age.Area rugs come in many size, the most common are 2×3, 4×6, 5×8, and 8×10. Before you shop have the measurements of the room you want to place the carpet in. Start by measuring the size of the room, then measure the area where the rug will go. If you want most of the floor covered, leave 12” to 15” around the room. For a rug in a dining room, you will want to have a rug big enough as to have the back legs of a chair resting on the rug with enough space to back the chair up without leaving the rug. In the living room, the rug should be wide enough to have the coffee table centered on it. In the hallway keep furniture off the rug.The most common shapes are runners, rectangle, and round, octagonal, oval and square. Choosing the right shape comes down to scale and balance of the space. Less is more in entryways and other transitional spaces, while you will want a balanced look in larger spaces. A large room would call for a large rug, perhaps in a rectangle or a wide oval, but do not skimp on the size in large room, nor buy a rug too big for a small space. It is good to note that most handmade rugs are rectangular.There are many style options available suitable to all design schemes. One can pick from stripes, geometric patterns, florals, or tone-one tone patterns and even oriental designs. To pick the right one start by having a general idea of the look and feel you favor for the space and build from there. A modern or contemporary look would do well with a tone on tone neutral, or pair a traditional look with an oriental pattern. Florals and stripes are perfect for a casual look, while geometrics work well in an eclectic space. Along with the many available styles are many colors from which to choose too.Now that you have invested in an area rug, you will want to care for it properly and extend the life of your investment. Avoid direct sunlight if possible, but should your rug be in direct sunlight, rotate it so it will fade evenly. Vacuum weekly to pick up the usual dust and dirt a home attracts and spot clean immediately if it encounters spills of coffee, soda or wine. It is advisable to have your rugs cleaned at least once a year and inspected for loose fibers that need trimmed or repaired. Some cotton rugs can be machine-washed, saving you the cost of a dry cleaner.All in all, the most important consideration is that you love it every time you walk into the room.Have you purchased an area rug recently? If so, what factors went into your decision?
A beautiful concept has been chosen by the Polish design studio, AP DIZAJN in developing a peculiar object that embellishes every living space, spreading a sophisticated smooth light. The Hypnotic Lamp is a luminous panel that pleasantly redecorates a room by playing not only with the laws of physics, but also with the human perception. Inspired by a natural source of symmetry, the Dahila’s petals, the AP DIZAIN’s concept has been defined into an art exhibition object, a Hypnotic Lamp, targeting people who want to beautify their homes with some edgy exhibits. The symphony of hexagonal shapes, perfectly aligned arouse the curiosity and determine the viewer to fall into a deep relaxed state of mind.The Hypnotic Lamp resembles a painting that sends inspiring warm light. The playful curvy shapes shrink to the center of the square. It embodies a spiritual energy by letting the eyesight immerse into a playful ring-shaped game, right in the middle of the square. The Hypnotic Lamp is composed of two concentric squares, each of them pointing some sort of undefined swirly shape. A truly stunning, yet peculiar object that injects a scent of mystic contemporary design. Could this be something you would choose for you home?
We ran across this crazy floor decal that can add a little extra to a room. The Secret Passage decal from James Bit Originals displays a simple, retro graphic, delivering a fun and witty idea. The vinyl decals are said to be inspired by old video games and their look is definitely playful. Discovered on Technabob, the designs are slip resistant and each measures 18 x 18 inches (or 45.72 x 45.72 cm)- enough to add a bit of mystery to an interior. Place them anywhere in the house, as long as the floor area is clean. If you choose to remove it, the developers explain that they will come off without leaving adhesive residue or damaging the floor. The unusual passageways are available in Desert Sand and Dungeon Blue- don’t you believe they would be a great addition in the children’s room?
There is no denying that the tough economic climate is having an effect on our purchasing decisions. As consumers or specifiers, we are now more likely to opt for better quality products that will last longer. But we are also more interested than ever in buying products that have a reduced impact on the environment.This beautiful wooden flooring from Danish manufacturer Dinesen meets all these criteria. Quality is absolutely paramount to this family-run company and every single floor is custom-made to fit each particular room. The wood is sourced from Europe’s best forests, and comes from trees that are between 80 and 200 years old. The trees have been meticulously cared for throughout their existence and are managed by the principles of “Dauerwald,” which means promising sustainably productive, profitable, environmentally stable, biologically diverse, and socially responsive forests, patterned after nature.The great thing about the planks of wood from Dinesen is the fact that they are astonishingly long and wide, making them a hit with architects who appreciate the ability to lay flooring often with no partitions or joints. Dinesen offers solid oak planks in widths of up to 50 centimetres and lengths up to 6 metres and the Douglas fir planks are available in widths up to 45cm and lengths of up to 15 metres, making them perfect for large open spaces.I love the way that these extra long planks sweep through these interiors creating such a lovely flow throughout the space. The sheer width and length of them seems to create a feeling of space even when the rooms aren’t actually that big. Also the idea of walking on wood that had been growing for 200 years seems very romantic to me. What do you think?
Virgin Atlantic teamed up with VW + BS studio to shape a new experience for passengers riding the airline 30 000 feet in the air. The first time the new upper class bar and cabin enchanted its guests was this spring, on a route from London to New York. This new aircraft hospitality space concept was created to encourage social interaction between passengers in an innovative atmosphere built for a plane with the strictest safety regulations. Virgin Atlantic’s New Upper Class Bar And Cabin is the sophisticated result of creative thinking based on giving the design studio free hand to redesign one of Virgin’s planes.When Virgin Atlantic sums up this projects, they describe it as a mixture of insight into the client’s needs and wishes, creativity and expert engineering. Collaborating with VW+BS Studio meant creating a luxurious experience – the bar was placed at the entrance, welcoming guests to the new flying concept. A futuristic design like this one, influenced by the angled positioning of interior spaces, creates a unique set of social spaces, while the espresso colored leather seats offer a comfortable place to rest. Take a virtual tour of the plane and study design lines and colors, then imagine how the RGB lighting effects create different moods. Have you seen better interior aircraft design?Virgin Atlantic’s New Upper Class Bar And Cabin Virtual Design Tour
Playing with food is not only acceptable, but also fun and creative when it comes to modern ceramics design. These awesome Plates by Polish designer Boguslaw Sliwinski introduce us into a somehow forbidden mealtime tradition – playing with food. Displaying a transportation theme, the ceramic Transportation Plates are a fun way of enjoying a healthy meal. Childish lines shaping different means of transport – by truck, crane, boat, train, helicopter or forklift – adorn six white round plates composing a complete dinnerware set. Simple ceramics in black and white come alive once food is added – exotic fruits or common peas find their place on the transportation surfaces drawn on each plate. Spotted on Beautiful Life, these fresh plates are available in two versions: the 20,5 cm in diameter and the larger, 26 cm one…
We received some photos and information about the 3D wall panels from WallArt, designs with the power to liven up a place, adding that extra aesthetic dimension: “WallArt brings your walls to life with her modern and Eco-friendly 3d wall panels made out of the fibrous residue of sugarcane. This fibers of crushed sugarcane stalks, remaining after raw sugar is extracted from the juice of the sugarcane by shredding it, is now the raw material, called bagasse, that forms the base of this easily installed Eco-friendly product. The raw material used for our 3d wall panel is 100% recycled, compostable and is therefore 100% biodegradable A selection of different styles that take you all the way from the adventurous African shores to a touch of nostalgic France with a modern signature”. Have a look at another series of 3D wall panels by WallArt, featured on our site a while back here…
An inspired collaboration between famous singer Lenny Kravitz and Italian tile manufacturer LEA Ceramiche led to the creation of a fantastic collection of tiles. Meaning “drop” in Italian, the Goccia Three Dimensional Tile Collection imitates the features of moving water, mirroring the light and capturing shadows in a merger of quality material and imagination. Lenny Kravitz extended his creativity to a new media, helping create a stylized version of water in black and white. You might know that back in 2003, the famous singer set up a design studio that transform’s Lenny’s “eclectic global lifestyle into innovative and dynamic design solutions.” – Kravitz Design Inc. Working with the LEA Ceramiche team resulted in a fabulous set of matte and glossy textures that can be used to beautify either residential or commercial spaces. For sure, Lenny Kravitz’s creativity has found another inspiring outlet expressed in this challenging project…
Collect this ideaThere are designs that make you smile and designs that …don’t. We found this unusual tea bag holder designed by Gordon Adler and paying tribute to the Titanic and to all the people who embarked on the iconic ship. Made of stainless steel, this small gizmo was especially created to fit every coffee and tea mug. Its mechanism is simple: just press the margins and this will instantly make your tea more colorful and tasty, by simultaneously squishing the tea bag inside. You have to admit this design is original and interesting looking. But the question which inevitably pops up is -would you like to wake up every morning to a cup of tea reminding you of a past tragedy? Now wouldn’t a nice, neutral-shaped boat or vessel be a better solution for a tea-bag holder?Collect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this idea
What is the first thing you feel when entering a luxury green home? When it comes to merging function, versatility, aesthetics and acoustics, a luxury green home has the upper hand over traditional residential buildings.
Since the world has come a long way when it comes to green architecture, residential communities in Romania also started blooming. The first luxury green residential community in Romania, Amber Gardens, caters to a growing need for not only physical comfort, but also a psychological one. Stepping inside one of these eco homes rising near Romania’s capital city, Bucharest, you can’t help but feel comfortable, as if you were coming home. Details like windows and doors that can stretch from floor all the way to the ceiling, or window seats in each bedroom make these homes perfect for happy, healthy families.
Observing the given environment and influencing natural forces to create a bioclimatic design, as well as using materials that help attain the needed thermal mass were tools used to create a responsive architectural landscape. The psychological comfort accompanying a green lifestyle is backed up by integrated bio-climatic design.
Each one is surrounded by privacy-protecting evergreen plants that also help create a unified neighborhood design. In contrast, season-changing trees were planted inside the property to help naturally shade interiors during the summer and increase the amount of natural light filtered inside during winter months, when leaves fall down to the ground. The neighborhood is designed to use the natural winds in its favor and gently guide breezes along gently undulating streets. This helps avoid having leaves from the street be blown inside by wind and also naturally ventilates neighborhood streets.
This increasingly powerful allure of passive design is implemented in residential building in the hope of respectfully cohabiting with nature. Amber Gardens is like a breath of fresh air across the overcrowded urban landscape. Envisioned for those who want a comfortable lifestyle not far from the hustle of the city, this collection of 60 passive homes in residential developer Alesonor‘s portfolio will feel like heaven.
Passive house design is for the first time implemented within a large scale residential project in Romania thanks to Greek businessman Leonidas Anastasopoulos and his business partners. Warm and passionate when he speaks about Amber Gardens, Leonidas is comfortable with experimenting for innovation. With a delighted smile blossoming on his face, he tells us that one of the homes was customized with a wine cellar at the owner’s request. This is how we know that versatility abounds whenever potential, design and creativity meet. High quality and a respectful vision of a green future can be seen in each home. Spreading over 250 square meters on a property measuring 650 square meters, each Amber Gardens green home will borrow their owner’s uniqueness. The community is estimated to be completely built by 2016.
The first luxury green homes in Romania are located near a forest, further deepening the promise to deliver green, healthy living environments. First to achieve the “Green Homes” certification by Romania Green Building Council (RoGBC), the Amber Gardens green residential complex employs passive house design elements like: photo-voltaic and solar panels, ceiling radiant heat and floor heating in the bathrooms, a heat pump, a heat-recovering ventilation system keeping the interiors at constant temperature, anti-freeze systems installed to keep the home and garage entrance safe during winter, centralized vacuuming system keeping the air fresh and healthy. This all adds up to the home consuming 90% less energy than conventional buildings.
Having won 1st prize in the prestigious “Annual Architectural Award” in Bucharest in 2013, the Amber Gardens green residential neighborhood gets its name from the beautiful fossilized tree resin and embeds the essence of Alesonor’s work so far. After building residential projects like the Clover Residence, Magnolia Residence, Ivi Office Residence, Almond Tree Residence, Amber Gardens reflects the essence of the building company’s core values and respect for nature as amber represents the essence of the trees.
The Amber Gardens green residential community north of Bucharest was photographed by Cosmin Dragomir so we can all take a virtual tour of the first of 60 luxury green homes that will soon decorate this suburban landscape.
Enjoy the tour and let us know what impression Amber Gardens left on you. We’re curious to see how many of you embrace green building techniques, so drop us a line in the comment section below and let’s imagine our own green future!
Inspired by the DNA molecule, Leonardo Rossano of True Design together with Debora Mansur developed an engaging furniture piece. The twisting DNA Bench is meant for public spaces, bringing a highly original touch to this furniture sector. This is not the first time we’ve seen DNA inspired designs- do you remember the MyDNA Bookcase by Joel Escalona or the Watson Table paying tribute to James Watson, known for discovering the helical structure of DNA? Nevertheless, this bench design ranks high in originality and we are pleased to share it further.
Here is an excerpt from the official project description, as provided by the designers: “Inspired by the dynamic forms of biogenetics, the modular bench DNA consists in a unique construction assembly which is created by a single section of curved plywood, that is mirrored in design to create multiple seating configurations. The result of this system, is a captivating piece of furniture, shaped after the helix form, in which each completed section creates an individual seat for the user creating comfort in a public space”. How would you comment on the concept and functionality of this project? [Photography by Studio 04 Photographers]
We end today’s post by highlighting powder rooms with traditional style. Charming wall tile, an arched window and a clawfoot Astonian Luxor tub grace the light-filled bathroom below. While subway tile adds a modern look to this next featured space, striped curtains and (once again) a clawfoot tub put their traditional stamp on the room. In case you’re curious, that fabulous shower rail can be purchased at Lefroy Brooks. Be sure to check out the brand’s lovely bathtubs as well. The silver feet on this clawfoot tub make it a true standout. Surround it with black tile, and you have a powerful contrast that can’t be ignored.
The Virgin Buildings (what an appropriate name) surprise a carefully imagined auto-sufficient world where nature and man-made comfort meet on a balanced life-sustaining platform. Since the balance seems to indicate that half of us humans live in cities, the next logical step in exploring possibilities is creating habitats where we rekindle our love for nature.
As long as we constantly upgrade our understanding of how we can responsibly use renewable resources, our respect for simplicity will grow even more. Introduced by Richard Branson as “the world’s greenest skyscrapers”, these residential wonders will be part of urban landscapes soon: “From a spaceship design in Sydney, to a plane design in London; from a balloon design in New York, to a kiteboard design in Cape Town; these extraordinary Virgin Buildings will positively change the landscape for the environment, architecture and cities around the world.”
Growing food in vertical gardens across the buildings, collecting and recycling 100 % of the tower’s water and displaying modular design imagined for a flexible interior and exterior, these promising living structures are much more than we imagined.
Play the video to get a glimpse into Virgin’s inspiring plans for the future. How do you feel about these ideas?
We love the concept behind this minimalist shelving unit envisioned by Barcelona based designer Roger Moliné. Discovered on Likecool, Level was born from “a clear reference in the world of hydraulic engineering; communicating vessels. These are a series of vessels containing a homogeneous liquid. Thanks to the communication between vessels, the fluid moves until reaching an equilibrium level, irrespective of the inclination or orientation of the glasses”. The project is divided in two parts which communicate with each other.
Despite its elegant and seamless fragile look, the shelving unit is sturdy and as a consequence, very practical. Level consists of two major elements: “The first are the pivots, they allow a proper grip on any kind of wall and also articulate the movement of the fabric. These parts are composed of a shaft with bearings which allow rotation of the cylinder which supports the fabric. And second, canvas acrylic, which thanks to its stiffness can hold any kind of books”. We salute this innovative shelving idea and would definitely enjoy seeing it embedded in various interior design projects!
With so many creative sofa designs these days, we love to see projects that stand out. Anthropologie envisioned a modern sofa which occupies a special place among the contemporary upholstered furniture out there. Featuring digitally manipulated photos of faraway places on a neutral background, this couch is the kind of piece you imagine building your entire room around. Perfect for modern rooms with a personality, but also adaptable to classic interiors, the seating unit is fresh, adaptable and original.
But if you take a step back and ignore its perfect design and aesthetic value, you may be shocked to find that the sofa does not rank high in practicability. It is not expandable, nor can it be moved easily from place to place. Still, we like it so much, we would rather ignore that, as well as its steamy price tag (of $3,298 !) and simply ask if you enjoy its overall appearance as much as we do…
Before this spectacularly triangular home rose on a corner property in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, USA, the cramped lot offered dog owners a place to walk their pets. Robert M. Gurney Architect was asked to imagine a fabulous residence that would not only fit in, but match the eclectic style of neighboring homes – mostly craftsman style houses and small colonials.
Owned by two graphic designers who saw the potential of this compact corner lot, the fresh triangular home known as the Komai Residence was aligned with adjacent houses on both blocks. Built to the maximum height, this home was organized around a double height space sheltering the living and dining space. A compact kitchen tucked underneath the second story and opening towards the social spaces is visible from the upstairs workspace reached via a bridge. This bridge makes the connection between the open office space and the guest bedroom suite upstairs. The cleverly placed first floor master bedroom suite completes the floor plan photographed by Maxwell MacKenzie.
In order to add warmth yet keep things simple, architects imagined a play of volumes and light to create a comfy atmosphere within the triangular home: “Three large skylights further animate the space, and in combination with large expanses of glass and Kalwall panels, the space is flooded with light. Finishes are kept minimal and the detailing is crisp. Spatial composition and natural light become the primary design tools.” Two off-street parking spaces were also included in the plan for this triangular piece of city land, making it “integrate comfortably within this eclectic neighborhood.”
So you see, creativity is a must when dealing with building restrictions. How did you solve space challenges you stumbled upon in your own home?
A vanity bench can always help if you spend a lot of time in the bathroom putting on makeup or doing your hair. Have a look at this incredibly elegant tufted bench from Alice Lane Home that could do the trick. A more compact option is a simple stool, like this gorgeously elegant selection (again from Home Bunch) that matches the style of this bathroom. This vanity from APD Architects actually has its own seated area, with a matching cushioned stool. Even a regular ottoman can work in a bathroom. This one featured on HGTV has a space against a wall right across from the vanity. This next very interesting bench featured on BHG stems out from the vanity beside it, where there’s a window. If the size and architecture of your bathroom make it work, then why not?
What is your relationship with the new raw vegan food wave? In today’s post we would like to present an elegant concession stand built by L. McComber Architecture for Crudessence, a raw vegan restaurant chain in Canada. Covering an area of ??only 200 square feet, the concession stand includes a freezer, a standing refrigerator, a large refrigerated assembly table, a refrigerated display, a cash register and a sink. The core is wrapped in a freestanding shell whose unusual organic appearance intrigues clients and onlookers. Built from digitally cut solid cherry timber, it resembles the peel of a fruit or the shell of a walnut. Depending on the observer’s point of view, the shell either closes itself to hide part of the core, or opens up to invite passer-by’s and shoppers to take a breather and give in to an exquisite revitalization.
Raw, organic and vegan, the Crudessence concession stand offers beneficial nourishment that requires no cooking whatsoever. The appliances that are used are therefore intended to preserve the freshness of the food, as well as to cut, grind, mix, assemble and serve it. All equipment, backsplashes, countertops and integrated furnishings are built using stainless steel for maximum durability, as well as to generate a sense of safety and freshness. They are the heart and soul of what is presented as a machine to extract the vital essence of quality food. [Photography: L. M. Chabot ]
The rustic-modern bathroom often presents a blend of strong, simple forms and warm, earthy details. Note how the wooden shelves and charming view soften the modern features of the bathroom below from Jasmine McClelland Design. Once again, we see a lovely Apaiser tub take center stage. Warm wooden tones are also alive and well in the next featured powder room. We’re loving how the round form of the tub perfectly complements the modern Vernor Panton Large Globe Light, which adds industrial flair to the space.