Skull Tea Infuser by Lee Jinyoung

Skull lovers now you can find it even as a tea infuser.

The story of buddhist master Wonhyo drinking water from a skull was the motive for the ‘skull tea infuser’ by Lee Jinyoung from i-clue design. According to the story, as the religious figure was traveling to china, he and his companions were forced to take shelter due to harsh weather conditions. Later that night, he was overcome with extreme thirst and drank water from a chalice he had stumbled upon in the cave. Upon waking up the next morning, the men realized that they had been residing in ancient tomb among corpses of the dead. This led the monk to deduce that he had used a skull as a cup to quench himself. Wonhyo became amazed at the idea that he had actually found the drink to be refreshing and arrived at the epiphany that the human mind is capable of transforming our perception of reality.

This product reflects the desire to feel Wonhyo’s significant meaning of life by applying the parable to the design of a playful creation. made in korea out of 100% food safe silicone, the flexible material features a continuous seam that wraps around the head at the height of the mouth,this allows the two pieces to be securely linked and easily detached as tea is placed into the interior cavity. Multiple perforations have been cut out of the mandible, eye sockets, and front and parietal bones to flow herbs, leaves, and aromas throughout the glass of water. Out of the top, a string connects to a circular surface that acts as a counterweight and mechanism to guide the release of the chemicals. once users are done, this component simultaneously acts as a base to prevent liquids from spilling on tabletops. (via)

All images courtesy of Lee Jinyoung.

 

Frame by Ola Giertz for Materia

Frame was inspired by picture frames. The basic rectangular design forms a graphical chair with its versatility contributing to a creative and inspirational atmosphere. You can sit in the middle like on a stool or straddle it and use one of its sides as a backrest. In contrast to normal seating furniture, Frame has both sides and a top that encloses the user and screens off the surroundings and creates a feeling of its own space. You can find more information at Materia.

Silva by DAM


Yet another great design found on Kickstarter This adorable wall clock is suspended by a straw strap hung from a fixed wall peg. The character’s mustache corresponds to the hour indicators, bestowing a decorative and narrative personality onto an object which is usually merely functional. Silva will be available in different colors.

Achieve An Extraordinary European Vacation Without Spending A Lot

Luxury RV

Europe isn’t traditionally thought of as the cheapest place to travel, but there are ways to significantly cut down costs and enjoy all it has to offer without breaking the bank. Follow these tips and you have a good chance of exploring some truly amazing places on a shoestring.

Book a last minute package

If looking for a package deal, then booking later is the cheapest way to go about it. Last minute holidays 2014 are becoming enormously popular among travellers who want to visit grandiose European destinations without spending a lot. Tour operators become desperate to shift those empty rooms and plane seats the nearer the time for departure, otherwise they lose money. This is great if you’re happy to try just anywhere in Europe without being too specific.

Use the Megabus

The Megabus is one of the best ways to get around the UK with tickets around a pound. You can also get to Paris, Amsterdam, or Brussels from London. They also run trains to selected destinations in the UK. For best deals, book a month in advance. Even if you miss the best deals, the prices are still very reasonable.

Budget airlines

Some flights can be staggeringly cheap, and very often around the £20 to £30 mark, sometimes less with budget airlines. Cut costs by keeping within the baggage allowance. Travel light and your money can stretch a long way. For the best deals, book a month or more in advance. Remember, always check the small print to make sure you know the luggage allowance and any other stipulations to avoid unwanted fees.

Rail passes

If you’re looking to travel long distances via train, a rail pass is vital to cut those hefty fares. You could save hundreds by using a rail pass. As always, shop around for the best deal.

Eurolines

For travelling long distances across the continent, Eurolines is a good option and works out cheaper than train travel. Eurolines can offer travel usually at half the price of the same destination by train. It’s not always as comfortable, but you’re saving money, and if you’ve got some means of occupying yourself throughout the journey, the hours will roll by.

So travelling around Europe with all its magnificent architecture, its baroque palaces and distinguished plazas, doesn’t have to cost the earth. In most cases booking in advance is going to save your hard earned cash. In the case of packages, the later the better. In either case be flexible and you’re sure to see some truly world-class attractions in Europe without breaking the bank.

 

Pluk by FACO

We love finding new designs that are in their first stages. This cool project is getting some attention on the crowd funding site Kick Starter. Pluk, a cool suspended  fruit basket designed by Danish design studio, FACO.

If you like it you can get this project funded and help them to move to the manufacturing stage.

Buildings to Watch Out for in Manila

Century Spire

There are a number of companies in the Philippines that have collaborated with international architects, designers, and organizations, and among them, Century Properties’ partnerships stand out the most.

The company has a number of impressive international brand collaborations under its belt. These include partnerships with the Trump organization, Paris Hilton, Philip Starck and John Hitchcox, Versace Home, Missoni Home, and, most recently, Daniel Libeskind, Giorgio Armani, and the Forbes Media Group—partnerships said to be initiated by its head of international collaborations, Robbie Antonio.

We read somewhere that Robbie Antonio is friends with some of these celebrities. He is the third son of former Ambassador Jose E.B Antonio, whose four sons have joined the company after working for other organizations.

Trump Tower at Century City

The partnership with the Trumps has resulted in Trump Tower at Century City, which is currently being constructed in Makati City. Extensive media coverage was given to the Trump brothers’ visit last year, and hopefully their beautiful sister, Ivanka, will visit the country really soon.

The Milano Residences

In Century City, too, will rise the Versace interior-designed Milano Residences; the Libeskind-Armani project, Century Spire; and the Forbes Media Tower (the first Forbes Media Tower anywhere).

We have seen photos of Century City in Makati and it really is a dynamic project – something new in the Philippines.

But there are other projects in other locations too. One of these is Acqua Iguazu, interior designed by yoo inspired by Starck, and a residential tower within Acqua Private Residences in Mandaluyong City. It will rise on the banks of the regenerating Pasig River, which is the main river running through the capital. This is one of the projects that we are most excited about. We really love Starck’s work!

The MissoniHome interior-designed Acqua Livingstone is also within the same development. It’s a showcase of iconic Missoni patterns and colors and really brings the tower to life.

These buildings are something to watch out for, and not just by ordinary Filipinos but by foreigners too who are fond of high design. Century Properties seems to be on to a winning formula and once these projects are completed (all at some point in this decade), Metro Manila will be transformed for the better. Let’s all watch out for this emerging trendy city.