Posts tagged Design
Lindis Lodge

Surrounded by 2500 hectares of New Zealand's mountains and grasslands, the Lindis Lodge is the cushy way to get your adventure fix. The resort goes nearly undetected. Its wood plank roof blends into the landscape, peaking up from the Ahuriri Valley floor only to reveal walls of glazing. Lined with rich wood, the suites are a contemporary haven to unwind and gaze at the rugged surroundings. Speaking of the surroundings, the pristine lands of Ben Avon station are prime for activities like horse trekking, fly-fishing, and biking. For something a little more extreme, guests can go off-road in a 4WD buggy or take to the skies in a glider, flying around Mt. Cook and Milford Sound. After refueling on high-country Kiwi fare, visitors should head back outside with a glass of local wine and end the night with some world-class stargazing.

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Black Shed House

Set amongst the rugged landscapes of the Isle of Skye, the Black Shed House is a minimalist tribute to the area's agricultural heritage. A simple gabled silhouette is consistent with the classic Scottish blackhouses used by farmers to escape the harsh weather. Clad in corrugated aluminum, the facade resembles agrarian buildings throughout the region while its black hue offers a contemporary revision. Unlike most modern homes, the walls aren't full of expansive glazing. Instead, the interior takes a more traditional approach with thoughtfully placed openings that take advantage of incoming sunlight. Paired with the Douglas fir lining, the interior becomes a warm, intimate refuge.

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10 Principles of Good Design

Dieter Rams established the foundation of good design. His "less is better" approach led to iconic products like the Braun ET 66 Calculator and the 606 Universal Shelving System for Vitsoe. Taken from the documentary Rams, Trollback & Co. illustrates the legendary designer's 10 principles using classic items conceived by the master himself.

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Willisdene House

The owners of Willisdene House in West Hobart, Tasmania, are a young couple who were looking to renovate and extend their existing house, which was over 100 years old. A checkerboard plan brings the garden into this revamped residence, ushering in light and air for passive heating and cooling. The new design places the backyard at the heart of the project and reframes the relationship between the house and garden, embedding the landscape into the rituals of everyday family life.

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Shinola Hotel

 Set in Downtown Detroit, the Shinola Hotel extends the brand's timeless style to the hospitality business. 129 guest rooms are spread over eight floors, including new construction and spaces that once served as stores. In addition to the expected Shinola products, you'll find marble tubs, terraces, and perhaps even a fireplace among the more than 50 room configurations. Also on-site are a public-accessible "living room", a mezzanine bar — named Saksy's, after the bar owned by partner Dan Gilbert's father — a ballroom, and a conservatory. Part of the company's ongoing investment in Detroit, the hotel is the cornerstone of a new development that is home to multiple eateries and shops, meaning you won't have far to go to find everything you need.

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Lochside House

Overlooking a lake in the Scottish Highlands, the Lochside House was constructed with great respect to its setting. The off-grid dwelling is made from prefabricated panels for minimal impact on the natural environment. The structure also minimizes its energy use with solar panels and its own water supply, sewage treatment, and electrical systems. Made up of three gabled volumes clad in a palette of stone and larch, it pays homage to the peninsula's vernacular architecture while complementing the pristine setting. Internally, oiled timber and white walls create a soft, airy atmosphere, allowing the surrounding mountains and forest to take the focus.

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The Thinnest Sheet of Paper in the World

In Japan, one company is taking paper thinner than it's ever been before. Hidaka Washi creates paper as thin as human skin, using methods that date back a thousand years. The paper is then sent to museums and libraries around the world-including the British Museum and the Library of Congress-and is used to restore and protect books and works of art. Check out the incredible process in the video above.

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Platform House

Situated on a triangular lot in Sydney, the Platform House mimics its geometric site with a dramatic angular design. The home, or platform for living as Studioplusthree likes to call it, is made up of a pair of stacked volumes. Its lower level is housed in a while shell and consists of four bedrooms. Perched above, the contrasting charred cypress unit places the main living area in the treetops. It's interior is light and airy, an atmosphere created by a pale palette and loads of natural light. Carefully placed windows frame in the verdant scenery while sliding doors open to a north-facing deck. Cantilevering over the ground floor, the upper floor creates shelter for the garden terrace below.

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First Lessons House

For architect Ray Dinh, the First Lessons House is just that. The home is his debut project after going solo and is a practice in mastering the basics. Part of that was creating a design that responds to its landscape along with the owner's needs which included an abundance of exterior space to take advantage of views of Australia's Portsea lagoon and wildlife reserve. The result is a charred blackbutt, concrete, and corrugated iron structure with seamless indoor/outdoor living. Large sliding glass doors aid in this transition, allowing for unobstructed views of the garden when closed and direct access to the central terrace when open. Acting as more of an extension of the interior rather than a separate space, the deck features its own dining table and BBQ for summer dinners and a sitting area organized around the double-sided fireplace.

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True North House

Many structures draw inspiration from the landscape that surrounds them but the True North House from Alain Carletakes a very unique approach. Due to the fact that the home is surrounded by manmade scenery created by the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Canada, it instead mimics the horizon by aligning its linear layout with the north cardinal axis (hence, true north).

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Deejo Tattooed Knives

A pocket knife doesn’t have to look like the red and white Swiss Army knife we all know and love. In fact, if you want your pocket folder to stand out from the crowd, we can think of no better option than these blades, each of which sports a “tattooed” design on the blade. With a motif borrowed from ancient Japanese art, the Black Dragon Knife is unlike any pocket knife we’ve ever come across.

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If Modern Tech Companies Were Big in the 80's

Tom Ollivier is a freelance art and creative director who likes to play with branding and products. One glimpse at his Instagram page is enough to make that quite apparent. His latest project delivers a dose of nostalgia and laughs, as he reimagines old-school products as if they were made by modern tech companies. What kind of things are we talking? A Walkman from Spotify. A Facebook pager. Netflix even previews the latest shows on a View-Master. We hope there are more of these to come, because it’s a great way for us to reminisce on our childhood. Check out some of the shots above and jump over to Ollivier’s Instagram for more.

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Brunswick West Bungalow

Gaining popularity in the early twentieth century, Californian bungalows can be found dispersed throughout streets in most Australian cities. While their charm is undeniable, with neat facades and welcoming front porches; their layouts weren’t built for our modern way of living. Taylor Knights Architects were tasked with transforming a traditional home in Brunswick West into a multifunctional space for a young family. A modern bungalow extension to the rear was chosen as a way to retain the integrity of the original home while offering flexible new spaces to enjoy…

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SJAIII House

Scan the rocky coastline of San Juan de Alim and you might miss the SJAIII House. The home is almost entirely embedded into the Mexico landscape. Hanging vines and native vegetation cascade over the front elevation, making the exterior become a part of the scenery. Its interior is wrapped in rich woods, a warm contrast to the hillside's exposed stone. Retractable walls turn the inside into an open-air pavilion with extensive views over the Pacific Ocean. The living spaces now spill out onto an outdoor terrace covered by the oversized roof. A stone walkway leads down to a swimming pool. Like the rest of the residence, the water feature is integrated into the natural environment using the existing rock formations as a basin.

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Soria Moria

The Telemark Canal is a 100km waterway in southern Norway that connects a series of lakes. It’s an important, historic attraction that has seen declining tourism numbers in recent years. In an effort to combat that, a large-scale tourism project dubbed The Tales of a Waterway was created that would see each municipality along the stretch of canal getting its own individual destination. The Soria Moria sauna at Dalen Hotel in the Tokke municipality is one of those projects. Designed by local firm Feste Landscape/Architecture, Soria Moria is a multi-room sauna built on the Bandak Lake accessible by a long footbridge. The entire build references local culture and geography with a silhouette designed as an interpretation of the steep mountainsides, wooden shingle cladding as is common in the area and a fair bit of gold colour as a reference to local folklore.

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Alpine Terrace House

The Alpine Terrace House is a true minimalist home located in Wakatipu Basin, New Zealand, designed by Fearon Hay. The home is a cluster of blackened buildings set around a courtyard. While the outlook is spectacular, the elements can be harsh – the perimeter of the cluster provides a sanctuary from which to experience the alpine surroundings. The enclosure is formed with a palette of timber, steel, metal and stone, all in dark tones to a form a large silhouette.

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Haus P

With a shallow gabled roof and simple form, Haus P starts with a traditional Allgäu home. It takes a contemporary turn by slicing a section out of the middle. This modification transforms the classic silhouette into two abstract volumes with one functioning as a shed and the other as a residence. Both exteriors are clad in charred timber, a complement to the southern Germany landscape. Internally, pale wood planks line every wall, ceiling, and floor creating a warm minimalist shell. The only exceptions are the concrete fireplace and the floor-to-ceiling windows that allow in the views of the surrounding verdant mountainsides.

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Rimowa X Aesop Köln Travel Kit

Positioned as the perfect Dopp kit replacement, the Rimowa x Aesop Köln Travel Kit gathers together travel-sized essentials in a single package. The signature Rimowa aluminum case houses a custom wood inlay with elastic straps to hold the Aesop shampoo and conditioner, Geranium leaf body cleanser and balm, mouthwash, toothpaste, and a trio of Parsley Seed skin care items. All you need to add is a toothbrush, tweezers, razor, and any other items you might need, all of which should fit snugly behind the extra elastic straps in the lid. No launch date yet.

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La Dacha Mountain Retreat

Rising through the treetops of a forest in the Chilean Andes, La Dacha Mountain Retreat is heavy on views and great design. Its verticle approach allows for a small footprint, causing little disruption to the landscape while the charred conifer cladding compliments the surrounding trees. Internally, native wood lining the interior provides a rustic warmth for the worldly mix of modern furnishings. The interior is spread throughout three levels. The main living area has been placed above in the surrounding canopies to maximize views. Overlooking both the Nevados de Chillan volcano and the Valle Las Trancas, strategically placed glazed panels take advantage of the home's V-shape to frame-in distinct scenes of the mountainous setting.

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Teton County House

Built on the remote wetlands of Idaho, the Teton County House was designed to respect the diverse ecosystem that inhabits the land on which it sits. The home features a small footprint, with its exterior clad in local stone and timber, a combination that compliments the natural scenery. Internally, the home presents a reverse layout with guests rooms on the ground floor and the main living area and master on the second level. This arrangement allows for prime viewing of the pristine landscape from behind the floor-to-ceiling windows. The glazed facade opens to a terrace covered by the oversized roof, creating an outdoor shelter to take in the surrounding mountain peaks.

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