Handmade Pouf

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The Maki stool by Magda Pinczynska is plain, practical and portable. Rolled cardboard felt-wrapped drums offer seating anywhere you would like. While the handmade pouffes feature a handle for schlepping and a row of rivets pinning the cover in place, there’s a soft-edged simplicity to each one. 100% recycling cardboard.



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The Chameleon House




In the rolling hills of Northern Michigan, this intriguing home overlooks a cherry orchard and a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. Completed in 2006 by Anderson Architecture, this striking structure took less than eight weeks to build thanks to the use of prefabricated materials.  The steel frame of this house is wrapped in corrugated, translucent acrylic slats, allowing it to take on and reflect the changing colors of the landscape, like a chameleon blending into its habitat. With breathtaking sunsets on the Peninsula  at dusk, the house is aglow with the reflection of the setting sun. Because it sits on a steep hill, the entrance of the home leads to the third floor, letting residents descend to the bedrooms or walk up to the living area. From within, windows frame the not to be missed views, and when passing by one can’t help but to be taken by its presence in the landscape.

Image and excerpt source:  http://www.archdaily.com

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The Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture



High School seniors are heading back to school, many beginning their search in earnest for their college of choice. There are many considerations when selecting a school, academics, location, size… and yes, Architecture.  The built environment has a profound effect on us all, creating a vibe and resultant culture.

Architectural Digest highlighted the ten US Campuses with the best architecture. Very interesting indeed. Before you read the list, do you recognize any of these structures?  Many of these prestigious campus’ are home to more than a single noteworthy building. If you want to learn a bit more about the building and architecture of each campus, click on an image to visit Architectural Digest’s article.

1.  University of Virginia, Architect Stanford White  2.  Harvard University, Le Corbusier  3.  Yale University, Gordon Brnshaft  4.  Brown University, Diller Scofidio + Renfro  5.  Florida Southern College, Frank Lloyd Wright  6. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Mies van der Rohe  7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Frank Gehry  8. Pratt Institute, Steven Holl  9.  Cornell University, Rem Koolhaas  10. Bennington College, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

Images and excerpts sourced at Architectural Digest

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Not Your Everyday Laminate


Ok. How fun is this? How would you like to be able to create your own design for your kitchen countertops? But don’t stop there, because Laminate is durable, cleanable, and can be applied to almost  any surface. I can imagine a dining table surface, bathroom, or even an accent wall in a mud room where the grime just wipes off. The design opportunity is limitless. And, you can create in good conscience with a low environmental impact. How? ‘ABET Laminati has added digital capabilities to the largest solid color collection of laminates in North America. Over 300 solid colors in various textures and finishes are available, or create your own digital design to place atop your favorite hue. Mix and match ABET’s solid colors or add a digital design. All laminates are Greenguard certified with low VOC emissions.’

Image source:  http://www.interiordesign.net

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Paper Chandeliers


Cristina Parreño created a stunning display at ARCO Madrid. One simple idea, applied en-masse becomes a  brilliant chandelier. A paper tube sculpture lights the dim room creating drama and intrigue. How great would this be in a loft space, restaurant, or even on a smaller scale, over the dining room table?  Low cost, low technical know-how, get stringing and start hanging! This is one DIY project that could really make an impact, and provide the necessary wow-factor to keep your dinner guests talking.

Image source  Cristina Parreño

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