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The Art of Rendering: How to Create “Lugano Lake House” Using SketchUp, V-Ray and Photoshop

David Santos has set upon recreating Lake Lugano House, a beautifully designed house by JM Architecture, which he modeled using SketchUp 2015 and rendered with V-Ray as part of a personal study of HDRI-based dusk lighting. Follow David in this article as he takes us from start to finish on this …

Architecture

This home could be built using a hex key in under 24 hours

Mrs. Fan's Plugin House was commissioned by a young woman who wanted to live in her parents' former courtyard house, but the existing home was very …

How to Get a First Class Upgrade Every Time

Until recently, if you had even mid-tier elite status with an airline, you could bet on getting upgraded from economy to business or first class on …

Stanford researchers automate process for acquiring detailed building information | Stanford News

In the construction industry, many projects involve remodeling or refurbishing existing buildings, and such jobs often face delays or cost overruns …

Carlo Ratti's Office 3.0 uses Internet of Things to create personalised environments

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has designed a system for an office in Turin that instructs heating, lighting and cooling systems to follow occupants …

7 Creative Office Designs to Get You Inspired for 2016 | Inc.com

Here are some of the design touches that startups and established companies are embracing to help bring their workspaces into the future.

Leo Burnett – Hong Kong Offices

Bean Buro have created an innovative and collaborative workspace for world-class creative agency Leo Burnett located in Hong Kong, the design …

Leo Burnett

Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

We’ve seen several transparent solar cell concepts on Inhabitat, but perhaps none with such ambitious claims as those made by SolarWindow …

Feeling The Heat? This Slick Table Supercharges Your A/C

As the weather heats up, certain furniture falls out of favor: leather couches, polyester seats, steel patio chairs left out too long in the sun. But what if your furniture could keep you cool in the summer? That’s the killer app of the ZEF Climatic Table, which can help supercharge your A/C in the …

British Brand Wants To Revolutionize Fashion By Turning You Into The Designer

The London fashion startup Knyttan rethinks everything from manufacturing to design to give consumers power over their wardrobe.<p>When you get a new shirt or pair of pants, the process is typically the same. Browse your favorite online or brick-and-mortar store, hem and haw over how it makes you look …

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These Laser Scans of London Are a New Way to See the World

Matthew Shaw and William Trossell document the world with lasers.<p>When the duo founded ScanLab Projects in 2011, they were a pair of freshly minted …

Everything Science Knows Right Now About Standing Desks

Which active desk designs are best for your body and mind? Read on.<p>If it wasn’t already clear through common sense, it’s become painfully clear through science that sitting all day is terrible for your health. What’s especially alarming about this evidence is that extra physical activity doesn’t …

The 10 Tricks That Will Make You Appear Smarter In Meetings

Meetings: the place where mental energy goes to die. It’s not that you don’t want to pay attention, it’s just that pesky issue of your body completely shutting down the second a slide goes up.<p>Luckily, blogger Sarah Cooper has your back.<p>In what is essentially the 10 commandants of meetings, <i>The</i> …

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DIWANI CHAIR: A Sculptural Rocker by AE Superlab

Inspired by Arabic Diwani calligraphic script, Ahmed ElHusseiny of AE Superlab, designed a sculptural rocker with a flowing form. The DIWANI CHAIR’s …

How To Design A Workspace That’s Right For You

Innovative thinkers need diverse workspaces to help them bring out their very best. So what can you do to shape your own physical workspace?<p>Steve Jobs designed the Pixar building with the bathrooms in the center. Fisher-Price has a dedicated space, the Cave, where designers, engineers, and …

Ergonomics

This Is How OK Go Made That Optical-Illusion-Filled Chinese Furniture Commercial

Remember yesterday when we told you about how OK Go made a typically (for them) crazy video for Chinese furniture retailer Red Star Macalline? You may have been left wondering to yourself, “How did they pull that off?” Some of those moves appeared to defy the laws of physics. Well, wonder no more, …

Optimal Optic Architecture

Designed for Blackfin Titanium Eyewear, this retail stand is an architectural reflection of the brand’s cool, modern aesthetic. Materials of pierced …

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First Look: Inside Sephora’s New Innovation Lab

The big beauty brand’s new team and facility model a retail future where both on- and off-line shopping are kicked up by a serious notch.<p>When Sephora launched in the U.S. in 1998, it radically changed the cosmetics buying experience, replacing the controlled department store counter transaction …

Photographer Karen Knorr Brings Indian Myths to Life

The Whimsical Lightness of Melbourne's Armadale Residence<p>KOFI Microroastery Revels in The Art of Coffee Making<p>The Metaphysical Physicality of IK LAB …

24 Clever Ideas Inside Virgin’s New Hotel

It’s the little things.<p>It’s the little things, and anyone who’s flown Virgin America knows it: the calming purple mood lighting, the food and drink orders you can place electronically from your seats, the entertaining safety video, the ticket stubs that are 50% smaller than the obnoxious industry …

The Hub Desk From Fantoni

The Hub Desk, from Fantoni, is the result of a need for flexible, design-oriented office furniture for a changing work environment. Merging the old …

renault's alpine vision GT concept developed for gran turismo 6

<b>renault’s alpine vision GT concept developed for gran turismo 6</b><br>images courtesy of renault<p><b>in celebration of the company’s 60th anniversary, the alpine</b> …

Sports Cars

Curtain Door by Matharoo Associates

Now this is an entryway! Designed by the architectural firm Matharoo Associates, the Curtain Door is most definitely a door like no other I’ve seen. …

The Perfect Apartment For Breaking Up

These micro-apartments can be reconfigured as tenants’ needs change.<p>As urban populations swell and housing costs skyrocket, many big cities are changing building codes to allow tinier and tinier apartments. While cities have different ideas about what micro-housing really means (in Boston, studios …