Posts tagged Lifestyle
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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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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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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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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The History of the Hoodie

As part of TED‘s “Small Thing Big Idea” series, Paola Antonelli — senior curator of architecture and design and director of research and development at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art — delivered a three-and-a-half minute talk about the history of the hoodie.

While the hoodie is not something you’d usually associate with Ancient Greece, in her clip, Antonelli weaves the garment’s fascinating story and all the “different universes” it has inhabited over the centuries.

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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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NASA x Vans Space Voyager Capsule

NASA is one of the most important government agencies ever to have existed (and perhaps the most important one that ever will). After all, without NASA, we never would have put a man on the moon, nor experienced the space race. Now, to pay tribute to the agency and their significant milestones, they’ve teamed up with Vans to release the Space Voyager capsule collection.

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House MK

House MK reimagines a traditional European farmhouse by giving it a contemporary extension. The original structure is a prime example of Austria’s vernacular architecture with white granite block walls and a clipped gable roof. While these historic characteristics were preserved for the existing residence, the addition takes on a much more modern form. The buildings’ rough-sawn spruce cladding and an asymmetrical gabled roof are reminiscent of a barn, a true complement to the former farmhouse. Inside, the rustic touches continue with timber beams and knotted wood flooring. Sleek white walls and minimalist cabinetry create an updated atmosphere while openings in the ceiling flood the interior with natural light.

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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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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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Bruny Island Hideaway Cabin

Inspired by minimalist Japanese homes, the Bruny Island Hideaway Cabin by Maguire and Devine Architects is an off-grid sanctuary isolated from the noisy city life. Sitting in the middle of lush foliage off the southern coast of Tasmania, this contemporary compact cabin is a perfect place to slow down and enjoy life.

Taking a look inside, the interior only features built-in furniture with the exceptions of the low table and mattress in the upper level. The ground floor of the cabin contains a kitchen, living room, study, bathroom, day bed, and laundry area. Making your way up the ladder to the loft, you’ll find a peaceful sleeping space. Massive windows and sliding doors all around the cabin open up to nature, offering fantastic views of the landscape. There are also two decks to help the owner relax with one of the decks featuring a built-in bath. The cabin utilizes a rainwater collection system, solar panels, and a skylight to invite natural light into the living space, as well as sticking to the client’s brief to keep the dwelling environmentally friendly.

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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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This Richmond Apartment is a Fresh Take on Tiny Homes

With the increase in apartment developments comes the move towards living with less: less space, less belongings, but smarter design. When Jack Chen of Tsai Design was posed with the challenge of transforming a 35-square-metre unit into a one-bedroom apartment with home office, he created a clever multi-purpose timber joinery box that serves all rooms and offers the luxury, comfort and detailing found in a normal house. To overcome the constraints of the existing apartment, Jack concentrated on creating multi-functional spaces, de-cluttering, and maximising natural light.

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The New York Public Library Now Lets You Read Classic Novels on Instagram

Insta Novels is a new project from the New York Public Library that brings classic reads to your phone via Instagram Stories. You don’t need a library card to read them; all you have to do is head to @nypl and browse the selection in their saved stories, though you may want to wait because right now it’s only Alice in Wonderland. Still, we’re very excited, as the artwork for the animated covers looks incredible and there are no late fees for us anymore. Yes, there are limitations. As far as we know, there’s no way to save your place and pick it up later, so you’re basically committing yourself to a full book in one sitting—or at least one large chunk of a book, since they broke Alice in Wonderland into two parts. Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is on the way along with other works, so give them a follow and let your commutes get a whole lot more imaginative.

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The World's Most Remote Fashion Label

Stationed on a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland, Inis Meáin, founded in 1976, focuses on quality cold weather essentials that look as good as they feel, drawing inspiration from the landscape and heritage of their non-traditional home through centuries old traditions. 

Get to know the label and its founders through this intimate short film that does justice to an incredibly individual, and family oriented label. Head over to Mr. Porter here for the full story. 

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The Nolla Cabin in Finland is an A-Frame Built for the Environment

For $35 a night, visitors are invited to pursue a zero-waste lifestyle in an eco-friendly cabin prototype on an idyllic Finnish island. Created by Helsinki–based designer Robin Falck for energy company Neste’s Journey to Zero campaign, the Nolla Cabin uses a back-to-nature approach to inspire guests to adopt a minimal environmental footprint. 

"The cabin represents an alternative way of living, without any of the unnecessary commodities we consume these days," explains Falck. "It represents an approach to living where the focus is more on what lays on the outside of a dwelling, rather than within."

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Hill House

Clad in a mixture of wood and stone, the Hill House is designed as a tribute to its natural setting. The home is situated on a hillside where the forest opens to a meadow. A pair of timber boxes that operate as the bedrooms and private spaces are perched above the landscape on a massive open plan ground floor. The upper level extends out past the glass living area, and cantilevers over a stone retaining wall. This design allows the structure to float above the terrain for minimal disruption to the surrounding landscape while also creating a series of sheltered terraces.

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Reigning Champ's Muhammad Ali Capsule Collection is History

Whether you’re talking attention to detail, ethical production standards or clothing keep to the highest quality, Reigning Champ has it all. The core basics, capsule collections and collaborations have always impressed, but it’s their newest collection that cements their standing as one of the best. The entire collection celebrates the February 25, 1964 fight between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston for the World Heavyweight Championship and the transformation to Muhammad Ali, the world champion.

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