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Tribute to Style and Environmental Responsibility: Vina’s Tiny House in California

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With a desire to live lightly and simply, Vina Lustado set out to design and build a tiny house for herself. Vina completed a 140 square foot off-the-grid house that has set a standard for style and environmental responsibility. By enlisting local artists and craftsmen, Vina’s Tiny House embraces the community spirit in Ojai, California. Vina’s […]

How to Know if a Career in Architecture is Right for You

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Your current career path may be a mistake, here’s why:  It takes time to know what you love, and even more time to know what you’re willing to love for the next 30 to 40 years. A career is a commitment—and we usually commit to the wrong thing, realizing when it seems too late to […]

Ienami Bonkei Planters Resembling Lovely Miniature Homes With Green Rooftops

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These original Ienami Bonkei planters by Metaphys introduce us to a delightful miniature world. The inspiration behind the project has its roots in the Japanese art of “Bonkei”. A bonkei is defined as a three-dimensional depiction of a landscape in miniature, developed using mainly dry materials like rock, cement mixtures or sand. It may also contain miniature figures of people, […]

Nendo’s Sculptural Truffles Make for a Perfect Architect’s Gift: Chocolatexture Collection

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Japanese design office Nendo has recently been declared Maison&Objet’s Designer of the Year. When invited to develop a lounge for guests at the furniture and design show, Nendo also envisioned nine pieces of “designer’s chocolates”, to allure visitors. The resulting Chocolatexture collection includes sculptural pieces of delicious truffles, each different in shape, taste and texture. Oki Sato, leader of the […]

Forest-Edge Child-Friendly Family Home in Denmark

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Rising next to a forest’s edge, this child-friendly family home in Aarhus, Denmark, invites the green surroundings inside throguh a series of openings, skylights and mesmerizing floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed by C.F. Møller Architects, the home simply known as Villa R occupies a generous lot near a forest. Within this easily breathable environment, the family can relax and live modernly while enjoying […]

Hidden Illustrations Revealed Under UV Lighting by Canada’s Newest Passport Designs

For those interested in design and its infinite possibilities, have a look at these Canadian passports and their surprising security feature! Canada’s newest passport designs may look common at a first glance ( with the information and photo area, along with the typical numbered pages), but if you place one under UV lighting, everything changes. Security […]

Bright Two-Room Apartment in Sweden Exhibiting an Interesting Modern Layout

Making the most of its central location in the lovely city of Gothemburg, Sweden, this bright and spacious two-room apartment offers extensive surrounding views. Spotted on Alvhem, the crib is located in a turn of the century building and preserves some original elements, such as the impressive ceiling height and wooden floors, which were, of […]

Surprising Modern Deronda Residence Located Just Below the Hollywood Sign

Deronda Residence is an imposing family home located near the apex of Beachwood Canyon, in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, California. According to the architects at Space International, the project is originally composed of two main volumes, “shifted off-axis from each another to accentuate the difference in program which lies within”. Terraces and sliding glass […]

Connecting Three Historic Dwellings with a Modern Extension: Inspiring House in Vexin

Recently completed by French architect Jean-Philippe Doré, House in Vexin is an inspiring project that connects three historic homes with a modern extension. One of the main challenges was to renovate the existing buildings in the spirit of the village, while maintaining details such as the traditional roof tiles and the original lime plaster. On the other hand, […]

Vintage Looking Noveltree Bookshelf Ladder Inspired by Classic Libraries

Inspired by classic libraries which often hold towering high shelves to store the vast amount of old literature, the Noveltree by Nieuwe Heren is our star design project for the day. The books that are hardest to reach are always the most intriguing ones. This was the main idea behind this vintage-looking ladder which can easily […]

Instantly Improving Lighting in Dark Rooms: Espaciel Light Reflector

Looking for an easy solution to bring more natural lighting inside a room? We stumbled across this stylish reflective unit that we believe can do the trick. The Espaciel light reflector instantly improves the natural brightness of dark rooms. Practical and efficient, this design was developed to provide well-being and comfort on an everyday basis: “Fitted with […]

Californian-Style Home Playing With Color and Transparency: The Flagship Project

The Flagship Project is a generously-sized residence developed by Dupuis Design in San Clemente, California, USA. The very modern Californian-style home plays with transparency, as it features customized bay windows that offer views of the ocean, the islands and the magnificent Californian sunset. Its interior is curved and rounded, contrasting with the quite geometrical exterior. […]

How To Create Your Own Japanese Garden

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to relax and feel peaceful—maybe even downright Zen? That is exactly what happens when you create your own Japanese garden. Japanese gardens are created to be spaces of meditation and reflection. What began as a space made for Japan’s ruling elite to find calm within the storm […]

Mountain Guest House in Spain Connected To Generously-Sized Garden and Views

Architect Pablo Serrano Elorduy collaborated with interior designer Blanca Elorduy of Dom Arquitectura  in developing this charming mountain guest house in Barcelona. The existing volume could not be changed, so the creative team adapted the guest house program to it: “First of all we covered with insulation and waterproofing the roof, and then we did […]

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