If you feel the need for a summer break away from the city but don’t want to rough it in the great outdoors there is always the option of “glamping“, or glamorous camping. For those want to keep the comforts of home in reach, this mobile wooden shelter by studio Allergutendinge is the ideal solution. It offers all the conveniences of home and can be transported just about anywhere.
Enjoying a good cup of tea is one of life’s most simple pleasures, but the whole experience gets even more exquisite if we prepare it with something as beautiful as FEM’s Koruku tea set. The design beautifully blends the Japanese tea culture with Scandinavian design traditions, made from a combination of milky white porcelain and renewable cork.
Two of the biggest trends in the current NYC real estate market are tall, glass towers and eco-friendly design. Oftentimes, though, these two architectural movements don’t meet, and now environmentalists are calling for stricter regulations that would make this marriage a requirement, by way of decreasing the huge expanses of curtain wall windows that the towers have adopted as their hallmark.
But at its heart, the neighborhood is still one of the most picturesque and charming in town, dotted with historic townhouses that have been around for decades. Tasked with restoring one of those iconic brick buildings, architect Andrew Franz sought to maintain its original character, while giving the owners a home that’s both spacious and functional.
We recently swooned over a traditional, historic stone house upstate in Brewster, New York, and we’re now equally smitten with its modern counterpart in Barryville, just two hours away from Manhattan. The RLW Cabin by Shadow Architects was built from the ground up on a sloping, woodsy lot. A LEED Silver-designated building, it features many environmentally friendly materials and building methods and keeps a simple form so as not to compete with the natural surroundings.
The 2,300-square-foot, rectangular cabin was conceived by owners Larry Cohn, Principal of Shadow Architects, and RJ Millard. Their getaway home was inspired by a loft-style lodge in which they had stayed in Shohola, Pennsylvania. When the Barryville lot matched their ideas, the building commenced. They chose the bright red door (a welcoming feature that the Stone House shares) as a simple finding device, and the dark wood siding was modeled after the color of pine tree bark in the rain.
Tokyo-based design firm Nendo created a collection of enchanting luminaries that seems to be floating like bubbles in the air. The sculptural lights are made from farming-net, an agricultural mesh ordinarily placed around fruits and vegetables to protect them from the wind as well as the animals. This decontextualized knitted material works as a translucent lampshade to create these brilliantly simple ‘Farming-net Lights’.
Formafantasma’s Delicately Engraved Glass and Copper ‘Still’ Vases Purify Water Using Activated Charcoal, Thu, July 10, 2014
Italian designer duo Formafantasma created a charming collection of objects that purifies “the most humble and fundamental of all drinks”. They called it “Still” and it consists of a series of carefully engraved crystal and copper vessels paired with activated charcoal designed to purify and improve the taste of tap water. Created for Viennese company J. & L. Lobmeyr, these unique handcrafted objects clean water in a simple yet very sophisticated way.
Could We Construct a Skyscraper Out of Legos? Smart Bricks Provides an Interesting Building Alternative, Wed, July 9, 2014
Kite Bricks‘ “Smart Bricks” (also known as S-Bricks) are Lego-shaped, high-strength concrete bricks that can be used to construct the floors, walls, and ceilings of buildings quickly, inexpensively, and energy efficiently. Just like the childhood toy, the patent-pending product is available in different forms that snap together with rows of knobs on the top that slide into indentations on the bottom of another brick. And like a modular home, they can be delivered in a package with traditional doors and windows.
Christopher Duffy from Duffy London unveiled a dramatic coffee table that brings the ocean’s depths into people’s living spaces. Like all of Duffy’s designs, the Abyss Table serves as a functional design as well as conversation piece that will never go unnoticed. Made from layers of certified FSC high-grade wood and glass, this stunning sculptural design replicates a geological cross section of the ocean.
Nestled in the quaint town of Coxsackie, New York is a residential garden oasis with crystal clear views of the Hudson River and magical green landscaping that could very well serve as the backdrop for a children’s fairytale book. The enchanting grounds of the River House were designed by Susan Wisniewski Landscape, who created a natural-looking setting to frame the environmentally friendly Hudson Valley home.