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Picia Lamps by Enrico Zanolla

by Davide from Gessato Blog » DESIGN  (design blog) — May 22, 2015 01:04 AM
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Picia collection, whose name means tiny in the language spoken in Trieste (Italy), is a range of table and suspension lamp designed to merge the process of hand-blown glass and the handmade production on lathe of natural conglomerate cork. The playful shape is inspired by the little helper of Gyro Gearloose (part of the Walt Disney’s […] More...

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LYCS Architecture, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Printing Group Headquarters, Corner of Hangzhou, West Lake, West Lake Hangzhou, green roof, urban high rise natural daylighting, natural ventilation, sky garden

LYCS Architecture unveils nature-filled urban high-rise in Hangzhou

by Lucy Wang from Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — May 22, 2015 01:03 AM
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The 120,711-square-meter office headquarters’ placement and shape were influenced by the need to maximize building views towards West Lake and minimize shadows on adjacent residential buildings. Thus, LYCS Architecture placed the wedge-shaped building

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Quonochontaug House, Bernheimer Architecture, Rhode Island, daylit house, vacation home, holiday house, natural light, daylighting, wooden facade, pool, skylights

Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

by Lidija Grozdanic from Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — May 22, 2015 01:03 AM
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New York–based design studio Bernheimer Architecture designed this daylit vacation house in Rhode Island, the interior of which plays with light like it were a sculpting chisel. The Quonochontaug House looks elegant and simple on the outside, but its

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hybrid wooden house, glulam, glued laminated timber, architecture studio nolla, yosuke harigane, japan, japanese house, natural disaster protection, weather resistant home

Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

by Katie Medlock from Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — May 22, 2015 01:03 AM
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Glulam is a versatile wooden beam consisting of multiple “wooden laminations” which are fused together with a strong, moisture-resistant adhesive. The product boasts to be, pound for pound, stronger than steel, and is revolutionary in both and This

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green design, eco design, sustainable design, Shigeru Ban, Venice Biennale, Reverberation Pavilion of Light and Sound, Shiseido, recycled makeup case, Palazzo Pisani

Shigeru Ban transforms 90,000 eye shadow containers into a glittering wave at the Venice Biennale

by Lori Zimmer from Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — May 22, 2015 01:03 AM
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Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has transformed thousands of empty eye shadow containers into a glistening wave for the Venice Biennale. Entitled “Reverberation- Pavilion of Light and Sound,” the piece upcycles 90,000 black containers from cosmetics

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bicycle, bike design, wooden bicycle, AERO bikes, Milan Design Week 2015, bike frames, bicycle design, eco design

Beautiful birch AERO Bike is a testing ground for architectural techniques

by Jane Mountain from Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — May 22, 2015 01:03 AM
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Picture A prototype birch [bicycle] frame not only provides strength and flexibility in a lightweight material, but is also being used to test wooden design techniques for [architecture]. Conceived by student designers Martino Hutz, Atanas Zhelev a

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airbnb, London, England, vacation rentals, Thames, rental laws, letting laws, travel

Anchors aweigh! Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate London’s new rental laws

by Jane Mountain from Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — May 22, 2015 01:03 AM
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Up until now, a Londoners haven't been able to rent their homes for less than three months without the fear of fines. Now, the law has been updated to allow homeowners in the capital to use sites like Airbnb to rent their houses, apartments, or spare up

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Plan Bureau, Valley House, Valley House by Planning Bureau, Planning Bureau, cabin, Dolomites, Dolomite Mountains, timber cabin, asymmetric home,

Gorgeous Valley House is a geometric timber cabin inspired by the Dolomite Mountains

by Lucy Wang from Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — May 22, 2015 01:03 AM
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The 117-square-meter Valley House is top-heavy, with two diamond-shaped volumes stacked atop a triangular base. The entrance is elevated off the ground and accessible via a short flight of stairs. A small outdoor terrace flanks the entryway. Related:

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Gianluca Gelmini, Torre del Borgo, Bergamo, Italy, green renovation, fortified tower, green tower, stone building, medieval building restoration, public library, ramps and walkways, iron stairs

Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library space in Italy

by Lidija Grozdanic from Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building » Architecture  (design blog) — May 22, 2015 01:03 AM
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The building dates back to medieval times when it functioned as a fortified structure. As part of a restoration project the old stone structure was restored and renovated in order to accommodate public and commercial functions and become part of public

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Kitchen of the Week: Epoch Films' Friendly-Industrial Loft Kitchen

by Margot Guralnick from Remodelista  (design blog) — May 22, 2015 01:03 AM
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Lots of Hollywood offices have movie-star swagger, but few are as stylishly original as the Epoch Films  setup in a 1940s Beverly Hills warehouse that had been a brass foundry. Originally designed back in 2000 by architect Finn Kappe and Pamela Shamshiri   of Commune , the space recently received a refresh, and what stopped us in our tracks is the newly overhauled kitchen. The work of Frances Merrill of Reath Design —who Shamshiri recommended for the update—it makes the most of the existing concrete backdrop while introducing a wood-accented warmth that Merrill labels "friendly industrial." We say: Rush to see it. Photography by Laure Joliet . Above: The new kitchen replaces a space with a half fridge and, in Epoch executive producer Melissa Culligan's words, "white laminate cabinets where boxes of half-eaten office snacks got lost." (Scroll down for a Before shot.) Since the renovation, she tells us, "It's now the heart of the office. We all cook and eat together: Eggs, oatmeal, therapy, it all goes down in the kitchen." Our favorite element, the two-toned vintage cupboard, was the first piece of furniture bought for the space (from Nicky Kehoe ), and became the inspiration for everything. "It had age, character, and color, all things we wanted to introduce," says Merrill. "Blending the vibe of that cupboard with the industrial feel of the room was the crux of the design. And it also allowed us to demo all the closed storage on the main wall, since it supplied a place to store the less appealing looking necessities."  The walls and steel window are original, as are the beams—after much testing of colors, the beams and back door were painted Benjamin Moore Caldwell Green ("It feels light and somehow inherently California," says Merrill). The floor is epoxy; originally in a bright blue that got very beat up, it's refinished in a neutral gray. All else is newly introduced. The custom maple table is by LA cult furniture maker Shin Okuda—see more of his work in our post Tiny Altars .  Above: The warehouse window supplies the perfect spot for the inset sink, which has a Kohler Deck-Mounted Chrome Faucet . The counters are paint-grade maple, also used for the cabinets and shelves. Above: The simple open shelving holds tableware in a carefully selected neutral palette: a Tom Dixon brass Form Jug , ceramics from Heath  (the Mugs are from the Coupe Line), and a wood and melamine Joseph Joseph White Bread Bin . Above: The cabinets were custom built (and along with the table, the biggest splurges of the project). "To save on cost, we used paint-grade maple," says Merrill. "We painted the cabinets in Benjamin Moore Black in a satin finish, and ending up deciding to leave some sections unpainted—they're oiled in a satin finish." The unpainted wood forms the counters and continues as a frame around the French-door fridge , lending it a custom look. All the appliances are by Jenn-Air; as a space saver, the wall oven is mounted under the cook top. Merrill sourced the artwork from Etsy and Nicky Kehoe. Above: Are well-designed, fully loaded kitchens the answer to office happiness? "We all spend so much time at the office, but so much time thinking about what our houses look like," says Culligan. "This remodel has done so much for the culture of the company." Before Above: The kitchen was a place for grabbing coffee and meetings (and storing extra chairs). See more of Merrill's work at Reath Design . And take a look at more of our Kitchen of the Week posts, including The Ultimate Indoor/Outdoor Kitchen . For another LA office kitchen that we adore, see Biscuit Film Works in the Remodelista book and Steal This Look . More Stories from Remodelista New French Basics: Cantine Tableware from Jars Ceramistes Kitchen of the Week: A Young Couple's Brooklyn Kitchen Reinvented 5 Storage Ideas to Steal from Berlin Kitchens

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