Rockstar Geishas By Yuko Shimizu

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Yuko Shimizu was been drawing since she was a child. The influence on her traditional Japanese family sweeps through her sketches and illustrations of guitar-wielding and turntable-tacking rockstar. But Shimizu’s boldness is offset by deft touches of whimsy. On the set of a fashion feature, she helped create hand-drawn backgrounds of childhood storybooks, which contrast with grownup models...

MonPot, Your Plant Needs Watering!

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Julien Bergignat is a young French industrial designer that is trying to "cheat" nature in a smart fashion. Her latest work is a stylish potholder dubbed MonPot, that features an integrated rotating timer to remind when you should water that special plant of yours. Depending on the season, conditions and the type of plant, you can customize it and set the duration from one day to a whole week....

Taiwan Bank Tower Built With Earth-savings Plan

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Taiwan's Chinatrust Bank Headquarters has made quite an investment with its trio of green-roofed towers. Designed the Los Angeles-based NBBJ Architects, the energy efficient towers host scores of green building tech, including passive heating and cooling, vertical atriums, daylight channeling exterior facades and roof-top gardens that insulate and prevent rainwater run-off. The 2.5 million...

West Hollywood Apartment A Walk In The Park

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West Hollywood's Formosa 1140 apartment building was designed to match its residents' hip, urban lifestyle, but the 11-unit complex was also built to return space to the densely packed community by way of a public park. Pushing outdoors what would have been internal common areas for residents only, architects at LOHA used roughly a third of the project space for the park. Perforated, vented...

Dimensional Photography Pops Out Of Paper Plane

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Polish artist Jan Smaga has always been fascinated with presenting 3-D objects through a flat medium. His photographs are odd, existential and almost always illusionary. The Warsaw-born artist has long studied shape and form. His 2005 series, "YMCA," explored architectural and structural spaces, while his "Water" series traced the volumes of swimming pools through illuminated lightboxes....

Powerful Home For A Malaysian "Power Family"

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To honor an influential Malaysian “power family,” the YTL Design Group tapped Jouin Manku, a Paris designer who built a home that mirrored the family’s impact on the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Planning began in 2003, and by late 2008, Manku revealed a large, contemporary residence that combines industrial elements with livable modern accents. The 9-bed/21-bath residence houses three...

Mexican Photog Takes Wrestling To The Matte

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When Mexican photographer Victor Ayala points the lens at his subjects, he forever freezes their character. To capture the over-the-top personalities of lucha libre wrestlers, Ayala — whose shots have been published in Playboy, Esquire and Popular Mechanics among others — combines traditional study at  focuses on framing, dramatic setting and lighting. Whether the wrestlers were...

Overflow Bathtub from KASCH, Redefines Luxury

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Designed with simple shapes and inspired by the sound of nature, the overflow bathtubs from KASCH are characterized by a refined abundance of style. Available in round, oval or rectangular, these tubs are firmly grounded into the floor to create a subtle fit in your home environment. With wood, pebbles and glass accents, the luxurious and relaxing appeal is enhanced by the overflowing water...

Art And Nature Inspire Dutch Architecture

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To accommodate the art collection of his passionate clients while preserving views offered by the Kudelstaart waterfront lot, Dutch architect Paul de Ruiter needed an elegant solution for a simple problem: How to maximize wall space while simultaneously showcasing pristine landscapes? For Villa Röling, De Ruiter created two contrasting spaces: A wooden gallery box that sits atop a transparent...

The Lux Minimalist Foosball Table

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If you're bored with the transparent world of cues and chalk, how about a stylish foosball table that goes along with it? Truly modern in design and with accents on looks rather than the game, the table is made of stainless steel, aluminum and ESG unbreakable glass. With the option to customize the details from colors to field, legs or player figures, this exquisite foosball table can be yours...

The Grey Lady Sees Colorful Writing On The Walls

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This is what 15 years of tension, tragedy and triumph looks like. Color-coding the subjects highlighted in New York Times headlines from 1990-2005, A. J. Bocchino has created a chronological map of news history. The subject of several gallery shows, Bocchino’s work can now help transform your home into a sobering exhibition space through 10-foot by 3.5-foot wallpaper rolls. The colored bars...

Veenendaal Villa By Paul de Ruiter

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Filling a lot space once occupied by a 1970s bungalow is a sleek, linear villa designed to pair homeowner privacy with open views of Netherlands’ woods. Architect Paul de Ruiter designed the Veenendaal home around three spaces catering to separate living functions. Closest to the street, the home’s eastern section is the home’s dining and entertaining space, which is framed by clean,...

Wang Qingsong's Eye And Insight

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Chinese creative Wang Qingsong clearly has a vision of the world crumbling around him. For much of his work, the Beijing-based artist uses a camera to photograph and freeze themes of capitalism, war, commercialization and human history into contemporary still lifes. People are plagued and alienated in much of Qingsong’s work, trapped in a web of consumer debris, huddled for warmth under...

Drinks Are On The Wall Tonight

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Designed to blend with the walls of any modern minimalist home, this sleek Lounge bar crafted by Marc Salagnac for De Dietrich is a must have for for those who want an unassuming way of storing their party favors. Made up of three different temperature zones with lids that slide and open upwards-- like the doors on your Lamborghini, the wall bar is definitely an appealing new concept. Just...

Sun Sustains Off-Grid Santa Fe Home

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Santa Fe’s Milder residence blends old-world adobe charm with contemporary construction methods, creating an earthy example of sustainable home building. For the New Mexico home, Boston architects at Signer Harris took cues from traditional area homes, using materials that mimicked its desert surroundings. Built with autoclaved aerated concrete blocks and subtle metal detailing, the house...

Intimate Imagery Proves Less Is Mora

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San Diego photographer Lou Mora has a simple approach to his work: "Less is more," he writes on his Web site. But the deeply personal portraits and personalities his lens captures are deceptively layered and beautiful. Using available, natural light, Mora doesn't stretch with subject or angle, instead the relying on technique, composition and focus to recreate a feeling. It's an aesthetic...

Arclinea Kitchen Brings Life to Your Cooking

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A fully professional kitchen with an indoor miniature greenhouse, Italia is an eco-friendly solution for the green-minded with cooking talent. Restaurant-styled with an elegant Italian design, the gorgeous Ariclinea kitchen puts the accent on functionality and the use of sustainable building materials. It also manages to come up with creative solutions that anticipate all our storage needs by...

Casa Tolo, Hugging the Scenery

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Creation of Portuguese architect Alvaro Leite Siza, Casa Tolo is an utterly amazing vacation home located on a sharply inclined hill in Lugar das Carvalhinhas, Portugal. Designed with a functional cascading form that brings back a distant culture, the concrete sloping structure blends perfectly with the difficult natural environment. All connected through a gradually widening set of irregular...

Scratch, Tweak Tracks With GoMA Touch Screen Turntable

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The turntable and its purist followers long resisted digital updates. In recent years, however, CDs, hard drives and even DVDs have been tamed by the familiar platter controller. A touch screen turntable serves as the centerpiece of Australia’s “Contemporary Media Lounge” inside Queensland Art Gallery’s Museum of Modern Art. A joint project of museum multimedia designer Aidan...

Bright Brighton Home With Bay Views

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This Brighton house is bright indeed. A concept courtesy architect Nic Bochsler, the Australian home was built to supply the whole home with natural light. The 4-bed/5-bath house is for sale and designed around empty volumes and purposeful voids, which make rooms feel open and airy, but not empty. Views of the bay and nearby Melbourne skyline are offered through large glass windows. The bay...