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House in the Woods / Alma-nac

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, within the South Downs National Park, the new house …

What Happens When You Let Students Design Hotel Furniture

Sex furniture included.<p>Boutique and luxury hotels often pay careful attention to the furniture in each room. Instead of generic stuff that looks like it came from the clearance section of Wayfair, they give guests name-brand beds, nightstands, desks, and chairs. The functions are more or less the …

The Rise Of Factory-Built Homes: Home-In-A-Box

<i>Predicting Our Future is a podcast about the next revolutions in technology, as seen through the eyes of a serial entrepreneur. Below is an edited excerpt from “Home-in-a-box,” the first episode in a 6-part series on the future of homebuilding. Listen to the full episode here.</i><p>In this episode of</i> …

This incredible forest park lets you trampoline in the treetops

Imagine if your next trip to the forest allowed you to meander hidden pathways into the treetops, swing on hammocks, and bounce on giant trampolines, …

Modern Wooden Houses With No Glue Or Nails

Depending where you are in the world, the techniques used to build houses can sometimes seem to be stuck in another century. Bricks and mortar, for …

Modern Outdoor Lounge Chairs That Invite You To Relax And Enjoy Life

Everyone has their own idea of what comfort looks like and this image differs depending on the setting, the decor, the ambiance or the occasion. For …

Architect Turns Old Cement Factory Into the Most Stunning Home

The interior is just so lovely.<p>Even though people say it's what's on the inside that matters, this abandoned WWI-era cement factory started out as a serious eyesore all around. The outside was harsh and worn, while the inside looked like, well, a factory. But one architect with a goal to transform …

Architecture

The Emmons House

Mill Valley, California<p>A 1949 architect's shed up on the hill above Richardson Bay in Marin, California. The humble 1300-square-foot "tree house" was designed and built by a young Donn Emmons as a first personal residence for his new family. The house was truly experimental for its time—a main …

The NYT’s New Look Is A Masterpiece Of Information Design

“We didn’t want [print] to be something that remains the same as digital gets more and more creative, visual, innovative, and experimental.”<p>Readers of the print version of the <i>New York Times</i> opened up their papers yesterday to something new: Pages A2 and A3, located directly inside of the front …

Water-powered Lighting for All

It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without light, but the reality is that this precious thing we take for granted is something many people …

Saltwater

This gorgeous brick house is heated and cooled by the earth

Studio Iredale Pedersen Hook wrapped this beautiful family home in Australia with one of mankind’s oldest and most humble building materials: bricks. …

This tiny home was 3D-printed in 24 hours

And it cost just over $10,000<p>At this point, a house (or a five-story building) made of 3D-printed parts is no longer a shocking sight. However, a new project in Russia takes the instant gratification of a 3D-printed structure one step further by getting all the printing done right on site.<p>Completed …

Architecture

The Books Every Designer Must Read

What books have influenced you most as a designer? Lay out all of the classics here<p>Today's topic is a common but important one: what's one of the …

Bathroom Shelf Designs And Ideas That Support Openness And Stylish Decor

Every room in a house or an apartment has its own uses for an open shelf or a shelving unit. In fact, in the bathroom alone there are tons of ways in …

How to access 375,000 beautiful, copyright-free images from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

The sumptuous lips of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian queen’s face, and the plump belly of a 9th-century Mexican baby, are now at your disposal.<p>New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has released 375,000 images of works from its collection, with no restrictions on what you can do with them. The images, …

Tropical Modernism: 12 Incredible Homes That Blend Nature and Architecture

Whether designed to embrace or enclose, every building exists within unique cultural and environmental conditions. Specifically designed to address a range of natural elements, tropical architecture focuses on issues of ventilation, integration and climate. Made to reorganize and contrast with …

Create hundreds of different color tones with this magical art tool

These color tops from 'Chameleon Pens' will have you coloring your heart's desire and blending hues together like never before.<p>Watch as they turn …

This utensil will make cutting and slicing avocados much easier

The 3-In-1 Avocado Slicer from Oxo tackles every step in peeling and slicing an avocado with ease.

An artist has created something incredible for your home out of sand

This ever-changing sand sculpture rolls a metal ball around to continuously create and erase beautiful patterns.

Live your best artist life in this eclectic guesthouse in the south of France

The 18th-century home has operated as an artists’ residence for 23 years<p>Will the French real estate market ever tire of taunting us with its extreme-envy-inducing properties? We hope not, even if these villas and chateaus reduce us to tears. This village guest house in Saignon, Provence, in …

This Google Expert’s Top SEO Tips For Job Seekers In 2017

Putting “customer happiness ninja” as your LinkedIn headline—even if that’s your actual job title—won’t do you any favors.<p>When’s the last time you Googled yourself? If you said never, it’s time to start. Recruiters and potential employers are already searching you to decide if you’re a candidate …

Bye-bye fillings! Alzheimer’s drug lets teeth repair themselves

Dentistry has come a long way since the bad old days when they’d whip out all your teeth at the slightest excuse. But while that may true, many of us …

Alzheimer's Disease

This Invisible Joint Is Making Ikea’s Furniture Stronger And Easier To Build

After years of development, the Swedish design behemoth’s new wedge dowel makes for sturdier, less wasteful, and longer lasting furniture.<p>Pro tip: You can often tell how long a piece of furniture will last based on how it’s put together. See any traditional Japanese joinery techniques? There’s a …

New wooden standing desk is Scandinavian-inspired and totally cute

It’s also 100% U.S.-manufactured and eco-friendly<p>Using standing desks is—in theory and in practice—a great way to incorporate a tad bit more activity into ones workaday life. Aesthetically speaking, however, the tall tables, typically clunky and industrial-looking—are less than pleasing to behold. …

Furniture

This plant-based gel stops bleeding in seconds.

A company called Cresilon specializes in plant-based gels that stop bleeding within seconds and heal wounds over time.<p>The gel was invented by the …

Inspiring Kitchens You Won't Believe are IKEA

There's a reason IKEA cabinets are such a popular choice for new kitchens: they're incredibly affordable. The cabinets are also quite versatile, …

How to recycle plastic at home

Break down and recompress trash to make new things<p>When humans move into new territory, we leave waste behind, and one of our most harmful byproducts is plastic. Dave Hakkens wants to solve the planet’s plastic problem with a build-it-yourself home recycling system that will make the material easy …

Sustainability

Build a DIY garden you can bring on the road

You can take it with you on your adventures<p>There’s nothing quite like putting down roots and tending a garden. But what happens if you don’t have a backyard? Or you’re suddenly uprooted? Or you decide to go on a road trip and can’t get anyone to watch your plants?<p>Just whip up a portable container …

Evocative Neo-Impressionist Paintings Spread Over Vintage Photos

<i>En plein air</i> painting style mixes with old-school photography in Joshua Flint’s time capsule visual art.<p>With thick painterly strokes and a fearlessness with color, artist and history aficionado Joshua Flint knows his way around melding the mystery of the past with bright, unexpected jolts of …

Art

The Best IKEA Closets on the Internet

As fashion girls, we might spend most of our time obsessing over current clothing trends and stalking our favorite accessories online, but we also …

Victoria Beckham