Check out the world’s first smart ceiling fan designed with an on?board computer and array of sensors. SenseME™ technology, available exclusively on the Haiku ceiling fan, revolutionizes a home fixture that hadn’t changed for decades. “The typical home has more than three fans, but they’re no smarter or better looking than your great?grandma’s,” said Carey Smith, founder and Chief of Big Ass Fans. “In the past couple of years, we’ve seen smart thermostats and smart light bulbs, yet you still have to pull a chain to start your ceiling fan. SenseME changes everything.”SenseME is said to know when you enter or leave a room and turn Haiku on and off automatically, so no switch is necessary. It also monitors the room’s temperature and humidity, adjusting Haiku’s speed when conditions change. In time, the device is able to learn your comfort preferences, tailoring fan speed adjustments to what you find comfortable. Haiku with SenseME is the first fan controllable by a smartphone app. Use the app to set schedules for both the fan and light or select from several unique control modes. Among them is Gradual Awake that gently increases the fan’s speed and light for a more pleasant wake?up, which research has proven reduces that can’t?get?out?of?bed feeling. Be sure to check out the video at the end of the post for some interesting technical details! [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Big Ass Fans]
Memobottle is an ingenious reusable water bottle design and was created as an environmentally friendly response to reducing single use plastic bottles. In the Kickstarter campaign, the developing team explains how 1,500 plastic plastic bottles are being used and discarded every second in the US. Bottled water is about 1,400 times more expensive than tap water and often less regulated. In response to this, many have turned to the more environmentally friendly alternative – reusable bottles.The memobottle is described as “the balance between environmental responsibility and improved life convenience”. Inspired by standard paper sizes, this slim and reusable design suitably slides into any carry bag alongside the computer, books and valuables. The project is made from BPA-free Tritan, which counts for a high level of durability and is dish-water friendly. We’re not sure if it’s the novelty speaking here, but we happen to find this bottle design quite interesting and we would definitely try it out. Enjoy the video below, which will give you an insight on how this idea was born…
Inspired by the movement of sunflowers, Studio BAG Disseny designed these rolling flower pots that provide more functionality than regular plant holders. According to the project developers, common pots are static, so ‘why not provide them with movement to enable them to follow the path of the sun, to sway in a breeze or grow at will?’ Handmade out of waterproof terracotta in La Bisbal d’Empordà in Spain, these twisting flower pots display a semi-conical shape and the ability to whirl.The plant can be easily moved by subtly manipulating the base. This way, more sunlight can reach its roots and leaves, which contributes to a healthier growth. Some say acknowledging the fact that each plant is filled with life will make it develop better. This includes talking nicely to flowers and even playing calm music around them. This has never been officially proven (only experimented with), but I guess the innovative rolling flower pots presented here will be a chance for plants to express their personalty more. How would you personally comment on this design?
3DWalldecor is a young Dutch design company, which focuses on the development of three dimensional wall decoration. Fit for office building, hotels, housing and various commercial spaces, their mineral wall panels are great-looking, safe and durable. These easy-to-install tiles have a seamless surface with a perfect automatic pattern repeat, and can be painted in any color. They are relatively light weight due to the hollow backside composition and still very strong due to glass fiber reinforcement.The 3DWalldecor pure white mineral wall panels are designed in The Netherlands and made in France to be a green, durable, fire-safe and modern high-end interior product. The panels are not only impact-proof but also fully fire resistant (A1 level) with no smoke development and zero flame spread rating. These tiles will not expand, shrink or yellow over time. For more similar design ideas, check out these decorative tiles posted on our site a while back! [Photos and information provided via e-mail by 3DWalldecor]
Over the last decades, we have been witnessing major transformations in the corporate mentality regarding workspace design. According to this infographic from Alliance Interiors, more changes are yet to come, as the office of the future will be less business-focused and more employee-oriented. As a result of switching from closed offices to open offices- one of the most visible upgrade in workspace layout- we find out that the speed and accuracy of work has increased with 440%. This is mostly why open offices will continue to shape working environments in the years to come.Mobility and ergonomics should continue to be major concerns of corporate leaders worldwide, as 77% of employees in the study believe that they are key elements to delivering efficient work. Another important aspect to consider is merging the indoors with the outdoors. Plants are said to increase productivity in the office and decrease stress by 12%. And did you know that proper placement of plants can decrease heating and cooling costs by 20%? You will find all these information and other interesting facts in the infographic below. As usual, feel free to leave a comment and let us know what other design trends for office spaces you’ve monitored!
The new façade of Louis Vuitton Matsuya Ginza in Tokyo is said to be inspired by the history of Ginza, the city that used to be known for its Art Deco design. According to renowned Japanese Architect Jun Aoki, the creative mind behind the new development, Ginza was the entrance of Tokyo, adjacent to Shimbashi, from which the very first railway station of Japan stretched to the port and led to the foreign Country. The geometric cladding of the building is inspired by Louis Vuitton’s Damier logo in relationship to edo-komon, the pattern of traditional Tokyo.Depending on the moment of the day, this massive store in Tokyo will offer several sights to passers-by: “Gentle bulges and dents elaborate the façade of opal beige reliefs. With these pattern, the façade reveals various appearances in sunlight, and also during the night, the LED lights behind the reliefs lit the façade to render another expression reminiscent of Louis Vuitton’s monogram”. The building’s distinctive silhouette combined with its pattern cladding make it easy to spot from far away in the crowded streets of Tokyo. How would you comment on the overall design of this new LV store? [Photography: Daici Ano]
Izakaya Kinoya in Montreal, Canada is the latest restaurant & bar project belonging to interior designer Jean de Lessard. In his work, the architect emulates the primary spirit, function and aesthetics of the izakaya, an informal place where people drank beer and sake. We found out the unconventional restaurant has always been full since its opening, despite the fact that one must stand shoulder to shoulder. The soft lighting and the cozy atmosphere makes it a friendly environment where the smell of wood mingles pleasantly with the aromas of mouth-watering dishes.The notion of confinement is staged with simplicity using fractal geometry and the broken line: a box with a shape that recalls an articulated snake. The box creates a break between the known/predictable (the outside world, the opening) and the unknown/unpredictable (chaotic enclosed interior, full of nooks and crannies). “For a space to become Event or Emotion, it must generate its own energy. I designed an enclosed space that is totally focused on the business of partying. The design elements are deliberately oppressive or aggressive, so that it is anarchic, rough and where we are loudly heckled“, explains Jean de Lessard. The vertical drop of 4 to 5 feet between the front and rear parts of the ceiling contributes to the cocoon effect. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Jean de Lessard]
Ever leave your phone, laptop or tablet lying on the floor, tethered to a plug like a lonely boat at sea? With two USB ports and four AC outlets, the Tower offers plenty of space to charge all your devices. No more diving behind the headboard to plug in, and no fumbling around for your phone at 4 am. Everything you need is right at hand with this modern looking device recently launched by The Art Of Power. The project can also be wmployed when it comes to clearing desks, as it easily tucks away all extension cords and power strip bricks occupying your work area.Remove the base, and the Tower slips easily behind furniture. It’s out of the way, but right there when you need a charge. The gizmo also comes with a special pocket able to hold standard-sized tablets and mobile phones while charging. We appreciate its highly modern design, very much in tune with contemporary home trends. How would you comment on the appearance and functionality of this product? Do you have a special charger device in your home? [Photos and information provided via e-mail by The Art Of Power]
The advertising campaigns implemented by Swedish furniture brand IKEA usually rank high in creativity, but wait ’till you see the company’s latest “stunt”! IKEA climbing wall is a vertically designed apartment that anyone with proper feet muscles and a soft spot for adventure can discover. This colorful installation near the massive Gothic Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral is meant to promote the retailer’s 30th store opened in France and it was developed in collaboration with local communication agency Ubi Bene. Joyfulness of playing is released through vibrant colors, powerfully contrasting the black lava monument behind.Just like on a regular climbing panel, adventurers can ascend by using various grips for hand and feet. Only that in this case, these climbing milestones are also chunks of real furniture: lockers, tables, shelving units and even beds. The coolest advantage is that if you feel tired, you can relax in some of the seating units on display. Each climber is helped along the way with safety gear and advice from professional staff. This IKEA installation is one of the most intriguing showrooms we’ve seen- we can’t think of a more inviting way to convince passers-by to test a furniture product.
Do you remember this height-adjustable desk that was featured on our site a while back? It seems that working while standing gains more and more popularity, as people are facing the dangers of sitting on a chair for hours in a row. Clearly, the lack of inactivity leads to various health hazards and it is believed that standing up may partially fix the problem. LIFT is the newest adjustable smart desk on the market, promising to improve posture and efficiency. Envisioned by the creative team at iSkelter, it features a sleek wooden design, making it easy adaptable to a variety of interiors. The idea behind this design is relatively simple: users can stand for most of the day, and when they feel like resting, they can just adjust the level of the desk. After project funding on Kickstarter, personalizing the LIFT surface with any of the following features is possible: Phone and Tablet Display Docks, Dry Erase White Board, Drink Holder, and MousePad. Plus, select from either Natural (light) or Hazelnut (dark) Bamboo. Have a look at the video below to find out more information about the product and tell us what you think!
Sergey Gotvyansky from NOTT Design Studio completed the “Two-Levels” project, a redesign of a family residence in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. The result is an elegant home with a color spectrum based “on the balance of rough surfaces of concrete-like plaster and warm textures of American walnut, plus white background and black embedding details”. The new layout was planned around a long hall acting as the core of the home. This key area connects an attached living room to the right with a kitchen and dining zone to the left.
The second floor is described as a completely private area accommodating the master bedroom with the dressing room and the bathroom, children’s and guest rooms. Here are further details, as provided by the project developers: “Selection of pieces of furniture has been made according customer’s desire to have quality made-in-Ukraine furniture and use the least possible number of factory stuff, so all board furniture, complete kitchen, the table, the coffee table, beds are made on the authors’ sketches by local craftsmen.” Enjoy the virtual tour and let us know what you think! [Photography by Andrey Avdeenko]
Applecross House by Brian Burke Homes is an original looking two-level residence located in Perth, Australia, close to the Canning River foreshore. The aim of the architects was to maintain the essence of a traditional home, while planning an unconventional luxury retreat. Due to extensive use of glass and large terraces adjoining both levels, the retreat perfectly balances open and enclosed spaces. The swimming pool mirrors the construction during the day and completes the image of an opulent lifestyle.
Local weather conditions had a powerful influence on the overall design and layout: “Opening up to the north allows the warming winter sun to penetrate deep into the heart of the home while the large roof and balcony overhangs keep the summer heat at bay. Two large formal entertaining areas, a massive gym, triple car garage, kids playroom, massive kitchen and a generous outdoor alfresco area comprise the ground floor while the four main bedrooms & a study cleverly cantilevered out over a garden make up the top floor.” Enjoy the gallery below and let us know if you find contemporary home design powerful and/or appealing! [Photography by ShutterWorks]
A vanity bench can always help if you spend a lot of time in the bathroom putting on makeup or doing your hair. Have a look at this incredibly elegant tufted bench from Alice Lane Home that could do the trick. A more compact option is a simple stool, like this gorgeously elegant selection (again from Home Bunch) that matches the style of this bathroom. This vanity from APD Architects actually has its own seated area, with a matching cushioned stool. Even a regular ottoman can work in a bathroom. This one featured on HGTV has a space against a wall right across from the vanity. This next very interesting bench featured on BHG stems out from the vanity beside it, where there’s a window. If the size and architecture of your bathroom make it work, then why not?
Harmonizing coziness and interior design simplicity, this Scandinavian duplex discovered by our site on Alvhem is our idea of an inspiring home. The place features a total living surface of 104 square meters and consists of three lively rooms plus kitchen. Located in a charming old building in the Kungshöjd area, Gothenburg, the apartment comes with unrivaled views of the city and harbor. Access to a generously-sized terrace overlooking the rooftops, a ceiling height of just over four meters and plenty of natural light are just a few of the highlights.
The first level has a living area of ?79 square meters and accommodates the kitchen and living room in an open plan, an inviting bedroom and a bathroom. With a floor area of ??25 square meters, the upper level hosts the master bedroom with adjoining dressing room. The social core of the duplex is the warmth-inspiring living zone, with walls painted in white, oiled oak parquet floors, charming nooks and skylight. A small breakfast table besides the window allows the inhabitants to relax while enjoying views of the harbor entrance and Skansen Crown. Enjoy the sense of tranquility this place exudes and let us know what design features you like best about this Swedish home!
Mount Lawley House by Robeson Architects is the project developers’ own home, built on a 180m2 triangular lot in Perth, Western Australia. The design represents the architects’ belief in function over convention and that small, odd parcels of land can be successfully and affordably developed into interesting and spacious buildings. The geometric forms of the house are bold and unprecedented in its immediate surrounds, however add to the mix of cathedrals, block apartments, and character homes that prevail. Local artist, Robert Jenkins, was commissioned to do a mural on the boundary wall which has received much praise from the friendly neighbors.
The brief called for a minimal home and home office for a professional couple who work from home. The 28m2 home office engages with the street level, with the main living areas above. The 70m2 living area balances the clients desire to engage with the vibrant surrounds, and the need for privacy. High level expansive glass opens up the entire living area to the Hyde Park tree tops, omitting any view of the homes backyards below with the exception of character chimneys.
1-way glass in the projecting steel box on the Vincent Street side acts as a retreat for sitting and watching the street below. Every opening was considered and sight lines drawn to ensure privacy where needed. Low E, acoustic glass dulls peak hour sounds. Circulation is minimal and every space has a use or two, with ample inbuilt storage and furniture. The house has become a positive talking point in the Mount Lawley community and is known as “the triangle house”. [Information and photography provided via e-mail by Robeson Architects]
The terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are often used interchangeably when describing design. It’s a common faux pas and one of which this writer is certainly guilty. In design lexicon the two words have contrasting and quite distinct meanings. Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past, specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.
New-York based artist Ray Bartkus creates poignant works of modern art, usually raising powerful questions for the ones who contemplates his projects. This eye-catching wall mural is located in Lithuania (the creator’s mother-land) and offers an interesting visual twist . Have you already guessed it? Intentionally upside-down, the painting is revealed in the neighboring Šešup? River, originally integrated in the artist’s work. From what we’ve read, the original design was planned during the Malonny art festival, an event held in the city of Marijampol?, which unites worldwide artists in developing magical works.
Even though the image above was partially edited to make the experience more powerful, the reflection is clear and passers-by can really enjoy their routine walk more, with this blue image captivating their horizon. The decrepit building seems revitalized and is probably a landmark of the neighborhood by now. Unfortunately we do not know so many details regarding the technique used to do the wall mural (we would love it if you enlightened us). What is yours stand on these type of street art? And how do you feel about integrating the landscape in public art works?
Designed for a couple of entrepreneurs with a fast-pace life, The Aldo House by Prototype Design Lab is an impressive residence located in Southern Ontario, Canada. According to the architects, the project is “broken into three slipping volumes of varying heights and lengths, staggered to respond to site and programmatic conditions. Each one is clad with a different material to hint at its interior function: cumaru wood planks, white quartz and custom, diamond-shaped corten steel panels.” A living moss wall and a bamboo garden is visually pulled into the inner spaces through a wooden deck, thus blurring the indoor-outdoor boundaries.
Probably the most striking feature of the design, a large atrium, runs the full length of the house: “It is through this space that one first enters, via a patterned-brass screen. The focus of the atrium is a suspended, sculptural stair that runs parallel to an interior bamboo garden. The risers are solid walnut wood, and protrude seamlessly from a patterned wall punctured with sculptural, cast-aluminum recesses.” The 20-foot kitchen island is the heart of day-to-day life, providing space for informal gatherings, buffet-style meals, cooking and homework. Colorful and fresh in every way, this house in Canada is an open invite to relaxation and entertainment…
We now shine the spotlight on a series of modern powder rooms that are magnificent in their own right. Stone is the material of choice in the bathroom below, which makes the Haven Stone Bathtub with Base from Apaiser an ideal choice for the space! Note how details such as a sculptural pendant light add layers of eye-catching design to this interior. Sometimes less is more, and when the powder room is all about the tub, it’s not a bad idea to go bold. Next we see Apaiser’s Haven Stone Bathtub (this time without the base), and if black isn’t your tub color of choice, note that in true Apaiser tradition, the piece is available in a variety of finishes. Here’s another modern black bathtub in a grey bathroom, and this time the tub is available through Modern Bathroom Vanities.
4 Springs Lane residence in Rappahannock County, Virginia, USA is the result of extensive site investigation, including erecting scaffolding at various locations. The final house placement has been chosen by the team at Robert M. Gurney Architect up on on one of the hills on the property, overlooking a meadow at the base of woodlands. Organized linearly as a series of volumes, the residence makes the most of distant views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, while offering its inhabitants easy access to a terrace with swimming pool.
Interior spaces are active and intricate, tranquil and minimal: “With vistas in all directions, large expanses of glass allow the landscape views to provide the primary sensory experience. The two-story living / dining space has floor-to-ceiling glass at each end, providing a lens through which to view the mountains from the terrace”. Sustainable features of the residence include a geothermal HVAC system, energy efficient appliances, wall and ceiling infrastructure with maximum insulation, a rain-screen cladding system, extensive daylighting, solar-sensored shades, large operable windows and doors providing natural ventilation. [Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie]