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This mobile structure builds itself in under 10 minutes

Ten Fold’s structures self-deploy at the touch of a button<p>We love a good transportable prefab that can be upped and moved, but a building that builds itself at the touch of a button? Now that’s something else all together.<p>United Kingdom-based company Ten Fold Engineering has developed a …

Solar Panels

"A Handbag?" - Terrazzo creation for luxury brand

“A Handbag?” – Terrazzo creation for luxury brand<p>Anyone who has ever seen The Importance of Being Earnest will remember the famous line, uttered by …

Luxury

ASA-D2: A Modular Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchen Designed by Daniel Germani

The global leader in production of architectural surfaces, Cosentino and Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, the US premier stainless outdoor kitchen …

Light Up The Floor: Smart Materials Light The Way To Success

Lighting, both natural and artificial, can have a powerful effect on the mood and atmosphere of an interior space. Not only does it complement a …

The New Apple Store in Chicago Has a Giant Laptop for a Roof | Architectural Digest

That MacBook is getting some serious Air<p>It seems that Apple opted to go for the most literal design possible when it came to building its new flagship store in downtown Chicago. Photos of the Apple Store's newly added roof have emerged, and it is just one giant MacBook Air. Seriously.<p>Mashable …

Apple

Three-Dimensional Landscapes Formed with Layered Acrylic Photographs by Nobuhiro Nakanishi

Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi creates sculptural works that attempt to preserve a singular moment in the natural world, capturing deeply …

Japan

Here's Some Ideas For What Metro (Or Anyone Else) Could Do With Those Old Railcars

Could you imagine an old Metro railcar being turned into a restaurant, or maybe even an apartment? We can.

The Kettle House

This tiny, hurricane-resistant house in Galveston is one of the city's most notable architectural oddities.<p>This tiny metal house with sloping …

This hexagonal Grand Designs eco home with an 800-year-old TREE TRUNK for a staircase was built for £300K ten years ago - but how much is it on the market for today?

• <b>The Hexagon House in Cambridgeshire was built 10 years ago and featured on TV's Grand Designs</b>• <b><br>The property cost £300,000 to build, including the cost</b> …

Is this Britain's most unusual commuter home?

A 300-year-old former windmill with a four-acre garden is on the market for £485,000.<p>For the price of a two-bed flat in Crystal Palace, The Mill in …

craig & karl turn disused gas station in london into bold + bright venue for pop-up events

'here after' pays homage to the region’s ties to british broadcasting history, mimicking the bright and bold hues of a television test card.The post …

Design

The Memphis Design Movement Is Having a Moment

The ’80s design movement known as Memphis has reemerged, inspiring Greenpoint ceramicists, Supreme collaborations, and an exhibit at the Met …

These amazing terrarium lamps grow plants in even the darkest rooms

If you’ve ever longed to have a lush garden inside your home, your wish is granted – thanks to these beautiful LED-lit Globe Terrariums. The hanging …

Plants

Sleep in the Trees Inside a Portable Suspended Treehouse by Tentsile

Created by UK inventor Alex Shirley-Smith, Tentsile is an ingenious portable suspended treehouse that installs much like a hammock while offering the …

Design

The bizarre 'Flintstones House' in a wealthy San Francisco suburb has finally found a buyer

A unique house situated in the affluent town of Hillsborough, California, has finally found a buyer.<p>Known by Bay Area locals as the "Flintstones House" for its kooky attributes, the house was originally listed for $4.2 million in 2015. After two price chops, the listing site finally says that the …

A Single Post Makes This Bed Appear To Float

Supported by a single post in the middle of it and secured to the wall by means of one of three headboard options, the Fluttua bed designed by …

Furniture

You could soon live in an incredible bird house for humans

Few of us would pass up the opportunity to stay in a tree house.<p>The 10 most expensive cities in the world for student accommodation<p>But one that’s …

yakisugi by kengo kuma LASVIT imprints wooden texture on glass

<b>building on its extensive portfolio of custom projects created in collaboration with top architects and interior designers, czech glass manufacturer</b> …

Cool Kids Beds That Makes You Wish You Could Turn Back Time

Anything designed for kids is usually cute and irresistible, even something as big and as robust as a bed. Actually, we have a bunch of cool kids …

Bedrooms

Epic New Trend Populates Offices With Nod Pods - Rest at Work Now

A couple of years, decades ago napping at work would have constituted solid grounds for being fired out of some offices yet things are massively …

Loo with a view: rare Victorian outdoor toilet restored to former glory

English Heritage completes repair of ‘gentrified decorate garden privy’ at South Yorkshire stately home<p>A historic view with a loo has been recreated, with the rescue and restoration of a Victorian outdoor toilet in the gardens of Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire. The toilet, described as “a rare …

Yorkshire

These Shape-Shifting Solar Panels Can Be Disguised As Tile Or Shingles

The technology would let historic or protected buildings install “invisible” solar panels.<p>Solar panels can drastically bring down the energy footprint of any building on which they are installed. But existing solar panels can’t be used just anywhere. These flat, fragile, and transparent panels are …

These 300-Year-Old Russian Churches Were Built Without Nails

Lake Onega, located in northwest Russia, has more than 1600 islands. One of them, Kizhi Island, is home to a historic site containing three …

A World Without People

<i>Updated on May 28, 2017</i><p>For a number of reasons, natural and human, people have evacuated or otherwise abandoned many places around the world—large and small, old and new. Gathering images of deserted areas into a single photo essay, one can get a sense of what the world might look like if humans …

Kemper System Selfridges

Putting a boating lake on the roof might seem like a bonkers way to test the integrity of the waterproofing membrane but Kemper System’s* Kemperol …

Never make the bed again with this self-making duvet cover

Finally, one more reason to hit snooze.<p>A Canadian company has created the world’s first self-making duvet cover for your bed. Now you can use those …

Tiny house bookstore will travel around France

It holds nearly 3,000 books<p>You’d better sit down for this. Over in France, the young couple behind the tiny house company La Maison Qui Chemine has melded two things people love: Creative tiny houses and quaint bookstores. Called “La librairie itinérante” (“The traveling bookstore”), the roughly …

Tiny House Movement

This Home Looks Like A Spaceship From The Outside, But Wait Till You See Its Gorgeous Interiors

Is that a UFO? No, calm down. It's just the Chemosphere.<p>When aerospace engineer Leonard Malin was gifted a sloped plot in Los Angeles by his …

Architecture