Archive for 2011

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A Caravan That Can Navigate Shallow Waters: The Sealander


In case you ever wanted to go camping on water, here is a practical idea. The Sealander, designed by German industrial designer Daniel Straub, is a recreational trailer with amphibious features. Which means it can take you places on land, but also on water. Seen on NOTCOT, the unusual vehicle was built using glass-fiber enhanced materials and a waterproof transportation system, which allows it to literally float on the water. It is also equipped with an external motor, so no rowing is needed. By the time this ingenious design gets on the market, you will be able to camp both on water and dry land. We particularly like the fact that the roof can come off, allowing the users to enjoy the sky at night. The Sealander will be available in 2012 and it is estimated to cost around 12.000€. Have a look at the presentation video below to see this lovely amphibious caravan in action.





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Fun and Versatile: Shape-shifting Sofa by Alexander Rehn


Swiss designer Alexander Rehn designed the intriguing Cay Sofa concept, a furniture item that is said to anticipate the user’s movements. According to Gizmodo, the shape-shifting sofa is made up by using ingeniously placed hinges that make it adapt to the various positions of the person sitting on it. This means each time the user moves, the sofa changes its appearance also, following the natural curves of the human body. Some people resembled this piece with a giant origami, which is not far away from the truth. After all, the sofa twists, turns and unfolds according to the user’s “commands” . We’ve also added the official presentation film below. Be sure to have a look at the product in action and tell us how you appreciate the design of this revolutionary shape-shifting sofa.



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Lovely Twin 20sqm Apartments with a Clever Design


We received a creative project from designer Astrid Sangil which involved the designing of two small twin apartments, each of them with a living area of 20 square meters. Be sure to have a look at the last photo of the post for a general idea! Here is the project description we were sent: “Two side by side 20sqm condominium units, one client, two different approaches to a design problem. The limited space and the limited budget posed as a design challenge for interior designer, Astrid Sangil. One unit would be used by the client while the other unit would be rented out. Two small 20sqm units, two different solutions. The first 20sqm provided high contrasts in colors and forms. A patterned wallpaper on the accent wall served as a backdrop to the clean lines of the sofa bed. The beam and dropped ceiling were painted in an intense shade of green to serve as a punch of color while the walls were painted in stark white to emphasize the glossy black cabinets.







Who said small space meant small ideas? The designer used the client’s chic style and delicate sensibilities as a starting point for the design. A french provincial cottage then became a suitable inspiration for the client’s own unit. Lavender flowers, minty cool stripes, louvered cabinet doors and wooden furniture painted in white all combined to create a fresh and French feel to the unit“.





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Small Holiday Home With a Clever Layout and Lovely Surroundings


The first word that comes to mind when looking at this beach house is “lovely”. You could also go with “cute” or “dreamy”, you would get it right either way. Beach Haus is located in Burton Bradstock, Dorset, United Kingdom (about a three hour drive from London) and is surrounded by a large private garden and national trust meadows. Moreover, the building has access to footpaths leading to the beach. This means privacy is not to be questioned. The layout is practical, modern and provides an overall comfortable living space. Structured on three floors, you are looking at a home plan that intelligently maximizes the beautiful coastal views. The residence features four bedrooms (one of them facing the sea), three bathrooms, a delightful deck area overlooking panoramic views for recreation, a cinema room and many more. In case you are planning a holiday to explore the Jurassic coast, this house can accommodate up to 8 guests and is available for rent here.

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Using Wood the Creative Way: Alma Table by Roberta Rampazzo


Alma (“Soul”) table was created by Brazilian designer Roberta Rampazzo and has a simple, yet original appearance. Seen on Design Milk, we find this furniture piece to be an example of how wood scraps can be employed in creating a functional design. The acrylic frame holds the scraps together while giving an overall elegant touch to the product. The project developer asserted that this is her way to emphasize on the nobility of wood, even in its most unused shape. The table looks sturdy and can be integrated with ease in various contemporary decors. Bottom line is if you have a bunch of wood scraps at home, you might want to put your imagination to the test and see how you can achieve a practical furniture piece. What do you think of the overall design of this unusual table?



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Small Apartment Defined by Refinement and Functionality



Welcome to an exceptionally well planed small apartment characterized by refinement and a wonderful color display. Having a living surface of only 42 square meters, this one-room crib is full of inspiring decorating ideas. A small hallway leads the way to a beautiful living room which can elegantly transform into a bedroom as well. White walls contrast the sporadic color but effective additions, creating a lovely visual effect. A sofa with armchairs, a practical LCD unit and two large windows make up the small living room, the core of the apartment. In case you missed it, there is also a smart retractable bed in the room, which you have to admit is camouflaged in a very stylish manner. The kitchen is tiny, but functional and with an appealing design. So in case you were looking to see an example of how a small crib can be arranged with no design compromises, here is the perfect one.


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Fun and Modern Rocky Modular Cradle by Jäll & Tofta


Named Rocky, this next exceptionally designed modular cradle:”is a piece of furniture with long usability, as it adapts to the growth and needs of an active child. At first it is both a cradle for baby, and a rocking-chair for parents, combined into one. As the child grows the cradle can be rotated 180° and turns into a children’s bed with a length of 140 cm. Use the bedrail as a boundary for greater safety.” Its white, modern shape and gentle swing allow kids to interact with the piece of furniture and create a strong bond with it. The creators, a young German product designer team – Sina Gwosdzik and Jakob Dannenfeldt of Jäll & Tofta – fabricated the Rocky Cradle as a modular help around the house. This beautiful, contemporary cradle was manufactured in Germany using only ecological and carefully selected materials. Scroll down to see the photo shooting for Rocky with James & Jasper from Jäll & Tofta.

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Feeling Like a Newborn: Alluring Cradle for Adults

Why should small children be the only ones enjoying the sweet comfort and peaceful swings of a cradle? This is probably the rhetorical question that triggered the idea of creating a cradle for adults. Richard Clarkson in collaboration with Grace Emmanual, Brodie Campbell, Jeremy Broker, Eamon Moore, Kahlivia Russell and Joya Boerrigter took the idea of some adults always bearing a child side within to another level. According to the project developers, “Cradle is about creating a safe, comfortable and relaxing environment in which the user can dissipate the overstimulation of their senses. The design was heavily directed by a synthesis of research into Autism and children with Rhythmic Movement Disorder (RMD), as well as saftey, sustainability, function and aesthetics. The chair is designed for maximum relaxation, comfort and calmness“. We are intrigued by the design of this “cradle for adults” (initially spotted on Beautiful Life) and we know that even most of you out there won’t admit it, you would love to take this comfortable bed for a swing.

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Inspired by Underwater Air Bubbles: Float Coffee Table

Here is an original looking furniture piece making it difficult for anyone not to instantly fall for its design. Float Coffee Table was created by Liz Boscacci and comes with an interesting base structure, which contributes to its very fresh appearance. At a first glance, one may associate the base with coffee beans or playful rubber balls. However, the idea for the product is said to be inspired by the underwater bubbles floating towards the surface. We absolutely love the contrast between the elegant, seemingly fragile table top and the “crowded” wooden base. The materials used to create this intriguing coffee table were turned mahogany and glass. And in case you are interested, the dimensions of the product are as follows: 3 feet in diameter and a height of 13 inches. We are certain that an unconventional design such as this one can not leave one indifferent, which is why we are looking forward to your comments.

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Faultless Design and Energy Efficiency: Tiburon Bay House


It is hard to find something wrong with this captivating looking modern residence. Tiburon Bay House was designed by Butler Armsden Architects and is cleverly integrated in a rich natural environment When designing this residence, the architects were tasked to create an energy sustainable home. As a result, “the floor plan of the house is centralized around a vertical stair to minimize circulation for people and utilities. The rooms are then allowed to spiral away from this core to take advantage of the views and the garden. An exterior bridge that serves as an outdoor living space also connects the garden to the house and solves the difficult problem of entering a house on a fairly steep uphill site. All of the materials used in the project are recycled or sustainable and in some cases, like the retaining walls, were salvaged from the foundations of the original house. Electricity and hot water are solar powered, and there is even a complex water reclamation system that is technologically ahead of the local building codes“. We were pleasantly surprised by the interior design of this place, characterized by a contemporary style, mixed with good taste. How would you characterize this modern crib?

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Necessities For a Modern Family Life: Tera Residence

Romanian architecture and interior design studio Qub Design sent us some photos of the Tera Residence, a beautiful house in Floresti, Romania. Constructed on two levels, the residence features a collection of living spaces on the ground floor and private rooms in the attic. The ground floor features the living room, kitchen, home office and a bathroom – and an adjacent garage that shelters the family car. The attic is occupied by three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. The first noticeable thing about the Tera residence is the abundance of white – the colour that accentuates and gives a sense of equilibrium to the interior design. A relaxed atmosphere was induced even in the absence of extensive space – the living spaces display a comfortable feeling, necessary for a family home. These photos taken by Hila express the inhabitant’s love for modern design. Relaxing colours caught in the natural colour palette were carefully selected to define the lines of the furniture and infuse a general calmness. The designer successfully combined the elements of each room in a great overall design, capturing the essence of family life, don’t you think?

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Interior Design Arrangements Beyond Compare: South Clarkson Residence


For today we would like to present a house that caught our attention due to its lovely interior decorations. South Clarkson Residence was designed by architect Angelo Marasco and his wife Nancy and is located in Denver, Colorado. With a total living surface of 3,986 square feet, the crib accommodates three bedrooms and three bathrooms. According to the architects, “the kitchen is by Henrybuilt, a cool kitchen manufacturer specializing in superior custom cabinetry and design. Bosch Appliances, Ceasarstone Quartz Countertops and swesome lighting complete the modern aesthetic. An interior courtyard that is both visually stunning and practical for the indoor/outdoor experience takes center stage! Engaged to the public rooms and expands the overall usable square footage. The upper level has 3 bedrooms including an amazing master suite with a 5 piece spa/luxury bath and a large walk-in closet with modern fixtures and shelving“. The house is currently up for sale here, for just under $1 Million. Leaving the enormous money amount aside, you have to admit this is an inspiring home that definitely has what to showcase.




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Batman-Inspired Motel Room in Taiwan for Your Inner Superhero

We’ve seen more and more managers lately who choose to transform their accommodation unit into a place of animation. Which is why themed hotel rooms are now very easy to find, if you know where to look. For today we decided to showcase this Batman-inspired interior in Eden Motel, a true lovers’ nest located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. A king-sized bed, a Bat-mobile, cement-like walls, giant mirrors and of course, generous-sized Batman logos are just a few of the special features this crib has to offer. We heard that this place can be rented by the hour and that it costs 50$ for a three hour block. According to Curbed, the motel also offers sexy lingerie and other erotic perks during certain holidays. The motel features no less than 46 rooms, each of them with their own unique theme (the Jail Room, the Japanese Comics Room, and so on).



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Unique Bedroom Design by Steve Kuhl Featuring a Pirate Ship


Designed by Steve Kuhl, this amazing pirate inspired bedroom accomplishes a dream for pirate enthusiasts of all ages. Ingeniously constructed, the unique bedroom can be accessed by letting go of all fears and becoming a child again: at a superior floor, a hole in the wall takes you sliding down a slide to a comfortable pillow located in the actual bedroom. Once you get up, the eyes immediately rise to meet a wonderful, fairy tale structure: a large pirate ship high on the ceiling. A wooden rope bridge is used to access the ship, where the crow’s nest reigns, alongside a second bed, for guests. The crow’s nest was made using a ten inch hand-hewn timber for extra strength and a rope connects it to the dressing below. The structure of the ship was carefully created: “We used 2×12 ribs to construct the hull of the ship, covering them with layers of 1/2 inch plywood to act as the planking. Our genius faux finisher developed a bomb-proof blend of plaster and epoxy with integrated colouring to simulate an old ship’s hull.” There is another way to access the bedroom: through a door that also hides the magic kingdom of the sea. A jail cell with a custom steel door meets whoever enters the room. It also serves as the base of the rope bridge. This astonishing interior design will help the child grow up in a creative environment, don’t you think?



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Practical Retractable Table Set with a Friendly Design


We recently stumbled upon an interesting table and bench set which we consider to be very practical. Found on FPTrgovina, this idea could prove to be extremely handy when having to decorate small spaces. It could also be a great addition for all those times when your home is overcrowded: simply retract the table and benches and this way extra seating is ensured. We do not know if the set is customizable by size, but it does come in a variety of colors, which makes it easy to integrate in a wide variety of interiors, both modern and contemporary. When retracted, the portion that remains visible only has a a thickness of four centimeters. According to the producers, the design is user-friendly, meaning that it is easy to use and also has a good degree of comfort. Have a look at the photos and tell us if you would find this type of product useful.




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