The Peninsula Residence on Lake Austin

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Originally built in the 80s, the Peninsula Residence in Austin, Texas received a minimalist facelift to enhance its appeal and blend with the natural scenery and the nearby lake.  The Peninsula Residence features a triangular pool on a quiet, wooded lot, a nature scene that flows into an interior with natural wood furnishings and large windows.  The designers from Bercy Chen Studio have...

Soak Up Scandinave's First Urban Spa

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Over the last decade, Scandinave has built a reputation for its impeccable, exclusive spa retreats. In 1999, the company opened its first spa in the rural cabin country near Quebec’s Mont Tremblant ski hills. In 2006, the first franchise opened in the Blue Mountain ski hills of Collingwood, Ontario. Cutting the ribbon on its first urban spa, Scandinave’s brand new Les Bains Vieux-Montréal...

Skateboarding Art: Bob Burnquist, A Bunch Of Brown Balloons

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To promote its bubbly Aero confection, Nestlé tapped skateboarding legend Bob Burnquist and skate filmmaker Ty Evans, set up a ton of cameras, filled a concrete skate park with chocolate-colored balloons and started rolling. Boxes upon boxes upon bags and bags of the balloons were used and barely managed by the commercial crew. The resulting TV commercial is dreamy and delicious, but since...

The Biscuit House: Overcoming Landscape Drawbacks

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Located in a small village close to Lyon, France, the Biscuit House by architect Pierre Minassia is a surprisingly soft addition to the steep and harsh landscape. All clad in concrete, steel and glass, the two storey building stuns with an exotic external curtain and its "biscuits" made of iroko wood. Although the curtain is inspired by mid-century modern design, it is executed here in a very...

Classic Photography in Lego: the Art of Mike Stimpson

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Photographer and artist Mike Stimpson has a sense of humor when it comes to the images that have shaped our world.  While history's greatest photographs have represented some of the highest peaks and the lowest failures of humanity, Stimpson represents them with a child-like sense of humor.  He rebuilds them with Legos.  Dubbed the "Classics in Lego" collection, Mike Stimpson has shared a...

Fawcett Home For Sale To Wright Buyer

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With its low-pitched roof, flashes of oxidized copper and repeating triangular motifs, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Fawcett Home is a complete example of the architect’s style and aesthetic language. At the center of the home is a 6-foot by 12-foot fireplace that dominates a living room filled with built-in mahogany cabinetry. The 3,700 square-foot Los Banos home was completed in 1961,...

Olive Green: Inspiring Eco-friendly Factory Design

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Factories are generally built for function rather than form. But for the company office and production headquarters, Olisur Olive Oil went out of the way to make sure its new building was eye-catching and environmentally sound. Guillermo Hevia Architects used prefabricated panels and combined them with wood, concrete and glass to create a geometric building that doesn’t distract from the...

Green Design: Philips Master LED Technology

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The LED phenomenon is taking both the conventional lighting world and the design industry for one hell of a ride. Philips has added an efficient and de-lightful option to their exciting new range that uses the radical new Master LED Technology. Dubbed the E27 bulb lamp (pictured above), it saves some 80% of energy compared to the traditional bulbs, lasts 10 times longer (45,000 hrs average...

Green and clean: Hydroponic garden at its stylish best

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This sleek and slender hydroponic garden, designed by Jim Ruck, is a fusion of smart tech and refreshing green herbs that changes your perception of "gardening". Removing the fuss (and dirt) from your kitchen, this brilliant design provides a supply of running water and misters that keep the roots hydrated-- right on your counter top. Jim Ruck's hydroponic garden adds a sense of warmth and...

Spyder Table Lurks In Dark, Exclusive Car Corners

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Fling a copy of Road & Track down on this glass tabletop and you’re likely to cover up the best part of the PFD Spyder Table. Created by legendary supercar designer Phil Frank, the glass and polished carbon fiber coffee table comes in two models: The 20-inch 2323 model and its smaller sibling, the 16-inch 2553 table. Supposedly, only 100 of the tables were made, and went for $7,500 -...

Madrid Prefab Home: A Concrete Concept With Gravity

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To the Greeks, Hemeroscopium means a place where the sun sets. To create a home with enough substance to support the horizon, Spanish designer Antón García-Abril Ruiz and Ensamble Studio went large scale, creating a massive steel and concrete temple in Madrid, Spain. Planning for the Hemeroscopium House took over a year, but construction only lasted seven days because the structural elements...

16,000 Square-foot Modern London 'Mansion'

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Unsatisfied in their search for the ideal family home, husband and wife team Anil and Marisa Varma decided to create what the market couldn’t muster: a 16,000 square-foot, 8-bed “flexible” and modern home near Hampstead, London. The home is impeccable and opulent, framed by large windows and voluminous, clean-white interior spaces. Dark wood accents mark bedrooms and bar areas, while...

Porno Paper Cuts: The Art Of Mathias Schmied

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Swiss-born artist Mathias Schmied is a master of paper medium. His pieces are based in sketches, photos and illustrations that are richly colored, detailed and then deconstructed. Paper is cut, peeled, swirled and frayed away from pinned-up pinup starlets and provocatively posed magazine models. Schmied was born in Berne and lives and works in Crest, France. His work has been the subject of...

Drip Onto These Bloody Bath Accessories

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Soak up the blood bath going on over at Spinninghat. The “Psycho”-inspired bathroom accessories will cleverly contain whatever warm, wet liquid one might otherwise spray or spill on the bathroom tile. The Blood Bath Mat would make any Hitchcock fan happier than wearing their mother’s skin and the horror-ible Blood Bath Shower Curtain even comes with hooks … no, not those kind...

Chair One by Konstantin Grcic

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Designer Konstantin Grcic certainly has an eye for futurism, as showcased in his brilliant "Chair One".  This symmetrical, grid-style chair features a folding trellis of aluminum formed to comfortably cradle the human posterior.  The frame is then coated with titanium and painted with a polyester powder available in black, red, gray and white.  A set of two stackable chairs is paired...

Sirtified Wine Bottle Accessory Kit

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Your bar could use a dose of incognito cool, and this wine bottle accessory kit is just what the doctor ordered.  This unassuming wine bottle folds open to reveal all the gear you'll need to enjoy a bottle of wine with company (save for glasses, of course).  The wine bottle accessory kit from Sirtified includes a combination corkscrew and bottle opener, a drip stop ring, a stopper, a foil...

Pakistani Home Upgrades Islamic Tradition

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Building the tastes of a traditional Islamic family is a Pakistani home that’s historically influenced, but upgraded with contemporary spaces, lines and forms. The Islamabad home, designed in 2003 by architects at Montage DESIGNBUILD, the 2,100 square-foot home was built in a hip neighborhood with views of the Margalla Hills. The designer said he removed the home’s boundaries, blurring the...

"City Of Water" From The Air

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Getty entertainment photographer Dan Kitwood used the 2008 Venice Film Festival as an excuse to get airborne. Taking a break from taking shots of celebrities, filmmakers and movie stars, Kitwood snapped a series of stunning aerial photographs of Italy’s “City of Water.” The northeastern Italian city was largely built on more than 100 small islands. Building and home foundations were...

The Lighting Bags by Wonsik Chae

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The latest creation from Korean designer Wonsik Chae manages to create the perfect amalgamation of lighting and fluidity.  Dubbed the lighting bags, they resemble any standard, drop in-tea bags you use at home.  The difference is that these aren't meant for drinking-- drop them into a glass of fluid and they instantly burst into a soft, glowing light.  As the chemicals begin to receed, the...

Oregon Getaway Raises Earthy Architecture Awareness

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The Oregon landscape barely notices this modern, but modest vacation retreat. The rural Neal Creek Reisidence, situated near Hood River, was built with a minimal impact and serves its owners — both windsurfing and snowboarding enthusiasts — as an efficient and earth-friendly retreat that rises to float among the treetops. Designed by architect Paul McKean, the raised home avoids both...