The hostel options are really improving in Madrid these days. Hopefully this new clean, crisp and very modern template for hostel design will take off all over Europe or even around the world. Although I never had the opportunity myself to back pack around Europe, one of my dear friends has backpacked through Europe and almost around the entire world a this point. I have heard many stories of the deplorable accommodations at hostels where she has stayed. Everything from complete lack of cleanliness to stolen items and beyond (I will not share them here). If U Hostel had existed when she began her journey, it surely would have been a slice of heaven when compared to others. It is actually noteworthy contemporary design and I had never imagined myself saying like that about a hostel until I saw this one.
Posted by KarenShearer at 14 March, 2013
New fabulously creative green homes are on the rise. The WFH House (World FLEX Home) is true to course being made from used shipping containers and other sustainable materials. This is one example of the new pre-fab shipping container homes designed by Arcgency, a Copenhagen-based design studio. This particular model is a single family home located in Wuxi, China. Arcgency’s mission statement is, “Resource Conscious Architecture that can be exported to any place in the world. It is more then architecture; It is a sustainable product.” Clearly this contemporary streamlined home is a prime example of making this mission into reality. Not only is the structure made from upcycled shipping containers, but it has a sustainable bamboo facade, a green roof, a solar array and a rainwater harvesting system that includes permeable paving. It is a step forward for sustainable design, but with a wonderfully modern scandinavian design.
Posted by KarenShearer at 12 March, 2013
Stash Desk : $399
Bernhard Chair : $149
Whole Wide World Wallpaper : $400, one accent wall
Bookcase : $499
Binic Table Lamp : $289
Desk Organizer : $5.99
Total Cost : $1740
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 26 February, 2013
Pony Chair -$129 each, 6 Chairs $774
Sean Dix Collection Forte Rectangular Dining Table : Currently $995
Coral Pendant : $360
Boras Wallpaper : $70 a roll
Hemisphere Rug : $399
Geometric Vase : $180
Graphite Curtains : $80
This Room Will Cost You : $3200
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 15 February, 2013
These beautiful fashion illustrations are by artist, Garance Doré. She began her career as a fashion illustrator with the desire to produce timeless, classic, beautiful illustrations and from my perspective she has far surpassed that goal. Her work has appeared in fashion magazines (Elle, Vogue Paris, etc.) and in conjunction with such well known designers as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Tiffany & Co., etc. She is also a photographer and fashion blogger with a dedicated following. Her work has been exhibited throughout the world, including New York, London and Sydney. Both Art Prints and posters (for a modest price) are currently available for purchase. So if you are a lover of fashion, Garance Doré may be of interest to you.
Posted by KarenShearer at 30 January, 2013
Blu Dot may be trying to give Ikea a run for their money by selling their fabulous modern designs at Target. Incredibly affordable prices and the well know quality of Blu Dot, they might be onto something here. Target has been making strides to improve access to quality design in their clothing lines with Isaac Mizrahi and Converse, now it seems they are developing those same connections in the home furnishings and decor departments. At these great affordable prices and the ease of accessibility, Blu Dot is striking out into new territory and giving everyone the opportunity to purchase fabulous modern furniture and decor items for their home.
Posted by KarenShearer at 25 January, 2013
Professional photographer and a digital painting artist, Efrat Kuper of Art2Get, has an eye for capturing the delicate details and creating her beautiful imagery from them. As a photography veteran of the fashion world in Milan, she has now moved into creating her own collection of artistic pieces. She has an expansive range of work including architecture & essential nature, bold and beautiful contemporary digital painting pieces and gorgeous wall decor for children. She has now made her work available to the masses, at very affordable prices through her online etsy store.
Posted by KarenShearer at 17 January, 2013