Pinar's Blog Posts Tagged 'design' (431)

Man Spends $35,000 to Transform Home into Cat Playground



With the help of construction company Trillium Enterprises, one Californian man upgraded his home into an oasis for his eighteen cats. Located in Goleta, California, the $35,000 renovation transformed the ordinary abode by adding colorful, complementing ledges (or "catwalks") all around the house. Every room, from the master bedroom and personal office to the kitchen and bathroom, has…

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Added by Pinar on February 20, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Beautiful Mandalas Made from Nature by Kathy Klein



Arizona-based artist Kathy Klein uses a variety of organic materials to produce a series of eye-catching mandalas referred to as Danmalas—a portmanteau of the Vedic Sanskrit words "dān" and "mālā" which respectively mean "the giver" and "garland of flowers." Each piece in her ongoing…

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Added by Pinar on February 19, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Creative Candleholder Turns Melted Wax into New Candle

Rekindle Candle is an ingenious product developed by designer Benjamin Shine that doubles as a candlestick holder and maker. The simple design, which greatly increases the reusability of the candle, works as both a pedestal for the illuminating stick and a sort of basin to collect the liquefied wax, storing the melted remnants in its clear center.

Once the candle…

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Added by Pinar on February 18, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mesmerizing GIFs of a Mechanical Model of the Solar System



Designer Ken Condal built a mesmerizing orrery (mechanical model of the solar system) with multiple handcrafted gears, wooden and acrylic spheres, and the mechanical engineering help of David Clark. Like a tiny kinetic sculpture, the structure takes motion through a carefully constructed system of gears, which are activated through a winding lever at the bottom.

The multilayered orrery includes…

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Added by Pinar on February 17, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Proposal Repurposes Abandoned Subway Stations in Paris



Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Koziuscot-Morizet has proposed a transformative design plan for the city's abandoned Métro stations that would turn the desolate underground locations into attractive venues. The intention is to reclaim the Parisian stations for use by its citizens and tourists. It would provide multiple diverse spaces for all to enjoy in a unique…

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Added by Pinar on February 13, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Brilliant Door Design Flips Over to Open and Close



Vienna-based Austrian designer Klemens Torggler has crafted a revolutionary piece of architecture that allows one to enter and exit a room by shifting a multi-panel door, known as Evolution Door, to an adjacent position without a floor track. Instead of having to install additional components for a door to slide across, Torggler's door offers a flipping method that is altogether…

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Added by Pinar on February 12, 2014 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Luxury Submarine Hotel Offers Romantic Undersea Getaway



Lovers Deep is a luxury submarine offered by Oliver's Travels for couples to go on a romantic getaway, deep in the ocean, and perhaps join what they're coining as the "Mile Low Club" (an undersea alternative to the Mile High Club that so many have participated in on airplanes). Each watercraft in the various packages that are offered is a minimum of 40 feet long and provides a number…

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Added by Pinar on February 11, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Beautifully Designed Movie Theaters in Golden California

The Fox Theater I, Oakland

New York-based French photographer Franck Bohbot traveled to California to spotlight the most amazing movie theaters, big and small, as an homage to the history of film in his series titled Cinema. He captures the grandiose scale of some exquisitely designed theaters as well as the compact, intimate setting of a few indie film…

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Added by Pinar on February 5, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Black Desert House Contrasts Nicely in the Mojave Desert



The Black Desert House is a minimalist getaway designed by creative director Marc Atlan in collaboration with architecture firm Oller & Pejic and interior design company Moderne…

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Added by Pinar on February 4, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Self-Taught Fashion Guru Inspires Vintage Style in Namibia



Namibia may not be the fashion capital of the world but one man named Lourens Loux Gebhardt, who goes by Loux the Vintage Guru, has a passion for the art of thrift shopping and styling, which may be on the verge of sparking a fashion revolution in Africa. As a self-proclaimed "hipster" (which he describes as someone with the freedom of creative expression and influence on fashion…

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Added by Pinar on February 4, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Olympic Skier Wears Mariachi-Inspired Race Suit for Mexico

International teams about to enter the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have been unveiling their outfits, proving that this is a year for some really creative sportswear. Among the Olympians wearing inventive attire is Mexican alpine skier Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe who recently revealed his…

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Added by Pinar on January 31, 2014 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Custom 3D Fetus Sculptures Made from Ultrasound Images

Expectant parents are often eager to meet their child, treasuring their ultrasound until the bundle of joy's arrival. Now, a company called 3D Babies is offering excited parents-in-waiting a three-dimensional replica of their unborn fetus in the womb. The customized models, which are created through 3D printing technology, use 3D/4D ultrasound images to recreate each customer's baby, reflecting…

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Added by Pinar on January 23, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Faces Pop Off the Walls Inside Germany's Incredible Ice Hotel



IgluLodge is an ice hotel located on the Nebelhorn, a high mountain in the Allgäu Alps near Oberstdorf, Germany. The venue offers a unique experience for visitors looking for a wintry getaway with eye-catching design featuring the sculptural and architectural work of local artists. Owner Matthias Lenz insists, "The interior design makes our guests speechless over and over…

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Added by Pinar on January 22, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Gravity-Defying Upside Down House in Russia



In Moscow, visitors to the All-Russia Exhibition Centre are welcome to explore inside this unique, inverted house, where the ceiling is on the floor and vice versa. Everything within the home, whose name is roughly translated as Shifted House, is completely ordinary… if you're standing upside down. Ultimately, the cleverly crafted piece of architecture is an impeccably designed space…

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Added by Pinar on January 18, 2014 at 10:40am — No Comments

Rooms Transformed into Suspended Cat Playgrounds



German design company Goldtatze (Gold Paw) specializes in transforming ordinary rooms into overhead playgrounds for cats. By adding wooden bridges, hammocks, scratching posts, and even little dens for cats to hide out in, each site-specific installation offers playful felines plenty of room for adventurous activity and their much needed catnaps.

With Goldtatze's installations, cat…

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Added by Pinar on January 15, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Man Builds Colorful Ice Fort in Subzero Temperatures



About a month ago, Northwestern Ontario reached frigid temperatures of about -13°F that lasted for approximately four weeks. While most grew disdain for the bitter cold, Chris Marchand (aka UnspeakableFilth) took advantage of the icy weather by building himself a colorful ice fort in his backyard.

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Added by Pinar on January 15, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Portraits Emerge from an Incredible Collage of Objects



New York-based artist Michael Mapes continues to expand his portfolio of meticulously assembled artworks made of thousands of collected specimens. Each piece in the artist's newest and…

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Added by Pinar on January 11, 2014 at 11:13am — No Comments

Star Trek Superfan Transforms Basement into Starship Enterprise

Here's what the original looked like:

Social worker and Star Trek superfan Line Rainville has taken her love for the original, 1960s science fiction series to a whole other level. The 51-year-old Canadian spent $30,000 to transform multiple rooms in her house to replicate the Starship Enterprise as a tribute to her…

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Added by Pinar on January 8, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Man Builds Home for $11,000 Using Local Found Materials



Kayaking instructor and boatbuilder Brian Schulz embarked on an ambitious construction project that took him about a year and a half to complete. The end result is a beautiful home in the woods that cost only $11,000! Inspired by Japanese architecture, the Japanese Forest House (as Schulz aptly refers to it) includes both a rustic western and traditional eastern…

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Added by Pinar on January 7, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

New Interior Photos of Zaha Hadid's Modern Superyachts



Jazz is a 90-meter superyacht designed by Zaha Hadid in collaboration with German shipbuilders Blohm+Voss. Almost three months ago, we first introduced the design concept for this exceptional watercraft and now the architect's website has released a few more…

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Added by Pinar on January 6, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

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