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The smarty-pants home

Hello Alexa?<p>As a new homeowner I’ve become obsessed with all things home this year, from wall paint to lighting, but as more and more “smart” home …

Automation

Glowing see-through garden house lets plants soak up the sun

Sometimes less really is more. This beautiful glowing home by H.a Architects was inspired by just one thing – lush greenery. Located in Ho Chi Minh …

Ho Chi Minh City

Ultra-narrow Wood Lane house looks like a ship wedged between London’s brick buildings

This narrow house, home of architect Mike Russum, looks like a ship wedged in-between traditional brick townhouses in north London. The architect …

Architecture

Leake Street: Waterloo’s Iconic Graffiti Tunnel Gets Lit

Leading-edge lighting design consultancy Nulty, has recently completed work on the regeneration of Leake Street Arches in London’s Waterloo, …

New Splashback Lights Up Isle of Wight

LiteTile Ltd have supplied Isle of Wight-based kitchen company Custom with an illuminated, colour-changing glass splashback. This was fitted by …

Snøhetta unveils plans for "Europe's first underwater restaurant"

Architecture firm Snøhetta has revealed plans to build a restaurant in southern Norway that will be partly submerged in the sea to give diners a …

Wall to wall inspiration with MATCH panels

Rarely can we say that a new product, changes the face of interior design for professionals in the commercial world. However with MATCH, that …

These Centuries-Old Nailless Churches Are Still Standing

Out of 70 churches built using this technique, 16 survived the centuries.<p>Off the coast of Chile, the archipelago of Chiloé rises from the Pacific—a region distinguished for its rolling countryside, large wool-producing community, and the birthplace of the country’s salmon industry.<p>The arrival of …

Europe

The Hub

The Hub is designed to provide opinion and useful information for anyone interested or involved in reducing energy use within the built …

Fernando Abellanas installs his own studio under a traffic bridge in Spain

<b>A self-taught designer</b> <b>Fernando Abellanas</b> <b>from Valencia has designed a pop-studio beneath a busy traffic bridge in Spain.</b> This tiny moveable micro-unit …

Six places in London where you can appreciate the Pantone Colour of the Year 2017

The competition was fierce but the Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 was finally announced at the end of last year and the award went to... Greenery! …

London

Netherlands Competition Winner Turns Parking Garage Into a "Lego Set"

Dutch architectural firm, Studio Komma, in collaboration with concept-developer The Men of Foam, have won the Lot 2 Urban Lab Challenge, with their …

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 …

Mobile

"A Handbag?" - Terrazzo creation for luxury brand

“A Handbag?” – Terrazzo creation for luxury brand<p>Posted at 11:01h in News, Terrazzo by Sophie Bridge 0 Comments<p>Anyone who has ever seen The …

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

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 Store

Three-Dimensional Landscapes Formed with Layered Acrylic Photographs by Nobuhiro Nakanishiby on June 6, 2017

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

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.

Restaurants

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 …

London

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 …

Design

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 Tentsileby on June 27, 2014

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

Viral

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 …

Real Estate

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 …

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>But one that’s hanging 60ft up a cliff face? That’s a slightly different vibe.<p>A bunch …

Housing