Architecture firm D/DOCK has redesigned Google’s Amsterdam office as being a place where employees feel like they're right at home. They’ve crafted a bright space that’s both quirky and functional, aimed to meet Googlers’ needs so they can work better. This includes supporting them both physically and mentally, with perks like a gym, meditation room, and desk bikes. The…Continue
Added by Sara Barnes on March 20, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
If you’re someone who is vertically challenged, then trying to fetch something at the top of a bookshelf is a chore. You have to grapple with a wobbly chair that doesn’t get you quite high enough to reach that old cookbook. Well, fumble no further because Karen King has designed the perfect bookcase for you. She’s crafted Higher Ground, a tall shelf with a…Continue
Added by Sara Barnes on March 19, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
The stunning Nasir al-mulk Mosque hides a gorgeous secret between the walls of its fairly traditional exterior: stepping inside is like walking into a kaleidoscope of colors. Every day, the rays of the early morning sun shine through colorful stained-glass windows, transforming the halls into a dazzling wonderland of rich hues, patterns, and light that play on the floor of the mosque.
As a professional skateboarder, it’s safe to say that Bob Burnquist has shredded his share of railings, streets, and ramps. So, when Visit California challenged him to dream big in 2013, Burnquist took them up on the offer. His idea was a twist on the conventional skating ramp. Instead of existing on land, it would float on water.
Creatives Jerry Blohm and Jeff King…Continue
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There’s no wasted space in Mieke Meijer’s innovative new design, Object Élevé. Combining a desk, storage, and shelving, this incredible installation is not only a work-space, but a way to move from one floor to another. The Dutch studio was commissioned by designer Just Haasnoot for his home in The Hague, Netherlands. Handcrafted out of oak wood and black steel, its…Continue
Added by Sara Barnes on March 17, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
The 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan and ever since the city won the bid to host the Games, it has been looking for venues to hold the historic games in. One confirmed arena is The National Stadium of Japan by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. The stadium, which has been chosen for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, is also the possible home to the 2020 opening…
Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on March 16, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
The nearly-hidden Ecumenical Chapel in Cuernavaca, Mexico is a place to reflect on the meaning of life. It was a private commission for the firm BNKR Arquitectura, and their third religious-based project. They used previously constructed concepts as inspiration for the design. While their first two chapels centered around life and death, Ecumenical Chapel aimed to strike a balance…
Added by Sara Barnes on March 15, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments
This floating city is an innovative concept designed to function as a modern day Noah's Ark. The self-sustaining city was developed by Serbia-based Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic as a means to support life—from humans and animals to fish, plants, and trees—in the case of an extreme natural disaster.
The proposal extends urban living out, beyond…Continue
Bedtime just got a whole lot more exciting with these amazing kids' beds by the designers at the Belgian company Mathy by Bols. With unique designs such as a tent, caravan, and cabin, these beds are a perfect combination of sleeping quarters and playhouse that demonstrate Mathy by Bols' key words of "creativity, versatility, and flexibility."
The tent bed has a flap that swings up to reveal a…Continue
Admission into graduate school is a competitive process, and there’s no doubt that applicants want to stand out from one another. Emily Wettstein did just that when she designed and built a project for her Masters in Architecture application. Planter Table is a modern piece of furniture constructed using reclaimed walnut wood that features a removable planter in…Continue
Added by Sara Barnes on March 14, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
Light fixture manufacturer Selux and design studio ART+COM have teamed up to create the Manta Rhei, a visionary light fixture that moves and constantly changes its appearance, bringing to mind the image of a manta ray gliding gracefully through water. The result of the team's exploration of kinetic luminaries, the OLED-based Manta Rhei combines precise lighting control and kinetic movement to…
This beautifully hand-crafted wooden design concept is a unique, modern bicycle developed by artist Yojiro Oshima, a design student in the Craft & Industrial Design Department at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.
Oshima created the structure, entitled Fusion, as an exploration of an everyday object redesigned…Continue
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We often associate treehouses with a time of carefree innocence and as a place to escape from the rest of the world. With this in mind, luxury small-structure designer Blue Forest crafted Quiet Treehouse, an enchanting space for children (and adults!) to learn and play. It’s not your typical treehouse and is detached from an actual tree, meant for indoor use. Instead, the room rests…
The concept is simple: choose fashion-related pictures and pair them with other beautiful images. The Tumblr blog Where I See Fashion does just that, and the results are stunning. Started in 2013 by Italian fashion design student Bianca Luini, the blog has amassed a large following because of the collection of striking pictures that Luini carefully matches and…
British artist Caroline Attan combines folded paper collages and handwritten poetry to create intricate and beautiful designs. Primarily using the expressive poetry of Pablo Neruda, she writes the text in rings, adding delicately folded paper shapes on top of the words to create circular compositions that are dizzying in their bold colors and mesmerizing designs. Each abstract…Continue
Added by Jenny Zhang on March 11, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
Bercy Chen Studio is giving land in Austin, Texas a second chance. Taking what was once an industrial site, they designed the Edgeland House, a structure that’s built into the landscape and keeps its carbon footprint small. The triangular roof is lined with lush green sod and the house is designed to look like a scar and represent a healing of a barren past.
For those who inhabit…Continue
If you're constantly on the look out for the perfect furniture pieces for your home, look no further than Chairish. This website is a fun shopping site that has lots of modern and mid-century modern furniture at…Continue
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The second architectural folly of the 21st century is upon us. Sou Fujimoto Architects, along with Nicolas Laisné Associés and OXO Architects, have crafted an imaginative structure named White Tree in Montpellier, France that dazzles us with its unusual stair-step shape and how it fans into the open sky. For something to be referred to as a “folly,” a building must have an extravagant…
Combining nature and architecture, Vana is a dazzling forest of illuminated paper trees. This site-specific installation was designed by London architecture studio Orproject for the India Design Forum. It features four trunk-like structures dotted throughout the space and joined at their tops to form a continuous canopy that covers the ceiling. LED lights shine through gaps that divide the…
In response to rising sea levels due to climate change, Italian designer Michele Puzzolante of MPD Designs has come up with a concept called the Solar Floating Island, a solar-powered island resort that floats completely off-shore. Made of photovoltaic skins and balsa-reinforced fiberglass, the structure is designed to absorb and reuse natural solar light as…Continue
Added by Jenny Zhang on March 10, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments