Made from hand-welded steel, the Fire Escape Shelf is the solution to your storage stumper. This sturdy, urban-inspired accessory borrows its silhouette from the classic outdoor fire escape and makes a worthy home for candles, potted plants, and miscellaneous curios.
About the designers : Siblings Andy and Alice Van Meter launched Design Ideas in 1983 to meet the dorm demand for a shower caddy that didn’t accumulate scum. Their self-draining design met with national success, and the brand’s quest for fun household solutions continues to this day. Now with over 1500 products, Design Ideas has appeared in Redbook, Real Simple, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 15 August, 2014
Complete renovation and extension of a single family house situated in Hamble-Le-Rice, United Kingdom by LA Hally Architect.
The 1930′s Crowsport Estate, on the edge of the River Hamble, was commissioned by Sir Thomas Lipton, the creator of the Lipton Tea brand. The architect, Robert Cromie, designed a group of detached houses in the Bauhaus style with views over the marina. The estate is now a conservation and special policy area.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 14 August, 2014
Margje Teeuwen and Erwin Zwiers have collaborated to create Proplamp, a lamp made from a biodegradable non-woven material that you can ‘crush’ to tailor-make your own design.
Since the beginning of her design career, Margje Teeuwen has been fascinated by the beauty of shapes that originate by crumbling paper for many years. They already resulted in a collection of lights 5 years ago.
Her encounter with designer Erwin Zwiers, formed a new source of inspiration. Always experimenting with new materials, he came across a multifunctional non woven plastic, which was ideal for designing a light. So independent from oneanother, they were working on a similar light-object and instead of competing they decided to join forces.
The result of their collaboration is a unique product. A lamp in the shape of a crumbled piece of paper, made of biodegradable nonwoven material. Each lamp is pre-shaped by Margje and Erwin, but the unique features of the material allow the lamp to be reshaped over and over again, by the new owner. It enables anyone to tailor the shape of “proplamp” to their wishes.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 12 August, 2014
This beautiful 5,000-square-foot modern house by San Francisco- based firm CCS Architecture in Mill Valley was designed as a home for an empty-nester couple. The site was the inspiration and the guiding element for the architecture: vast views of Mt. Tamalpais, intimate connections to groves of redwood trees, and a steep incline. Given its location, stepping up the hillside and squeezed between redwoods, the home is stratified into three levels.The lower floor is built into the hillside, while the upper two are open to daylight and views.
The first floor includes the garage, entry, painting studio, gallery, and guest quarters. The entry is a two-story space with a staircase leading up to the second floor—the main living level–which connects to the outside with views in many directions. This double-height space, the spatial core of the house, has a large bay of windows focused on a grove of redwood trees just 10 feet away. The top floor contains two bedrooms, a home office, and a ramped bridge that leads to anupper yard and pool.
Natural copper is the primary exterior material, wrapping the second floor of the house to emphasize the location of the main living spaces. Walls below the second level are exposed concrete; those above are cement plaster. The interior evokes the feeling of a gallery in the country, with white walls, expanses of glass, and wide-plank oak floors.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 11 August, 2014
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.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 8 August, 2014
Hamish Monk Architecture designed the Waiatarua House in Auckland, New Zealand.
The brief was for a new house on a challenging, steep site in a bush clad creek gully. One of the design challenges was to insert a bold intervention into a sensitive bush reserve whilst still maintaining a sense of modesty and poetic.
The house was designed for a couple in their mid-sixties who had always wanted a house surrounded by nature though not far removed from city life – a place or respite from the speed of city life.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 8 August, 2014
The clients had been visiting Skye with their dogs for many years. They love the landscape and positively enjoy the unpredictable weather and choose to eat outdoors in all seasons. They brought to us photographs of their main home in Lancashire which is simple and minimal, a CD of their favourite music and the encouragement to do something different.
The site is at the end of the road at Aird of Sleat. It has a sense of the end of the world, shore access and extraordinary views back to Knoydart, Morar, Ardnamurchan and down the coast to the island of Eigg. There are views on 3 sides and it was decided to tuck the bedrooms behind the main living spaces to enable us to create a terrace from the kitchen for the morning light, a terrace from the dining space for the afternoon light and a terrace off the main bedroom for the evening light.
The design developed into 2 distinct forms with a stepped foundation to give additional height to the main living space and to allow views across the dining space from the kitchen to Eigg beyond the fireplace. This step in the foundation corresponded precisely to the slope in the landscape. The link between the 2 forms houses a utility room and shower room.
The proportions, massing and siting of this house are derived from traditional forms; narrow in span and tight to the ground. It is clad in a skin of narrow larch cladding walls and roof. It fits in to the township settlement pattern and sits quietly in its place on the edge of its world. Despite its obvious abstraction from the local vernacular it remains a house rooted in its place and a direct response to both site and brief.
Architects : Dualchas Architects
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 7 August, 2014