Check out the Next Generation House by Sou Fujimoto Architects. It’s like a house built with Jenga blocks but it’s actually a small housing module for weekend use located on the edge of a forest overlooking the River Kuma at Kumakura, Japan. The small pavilion, a 4×4 meters cube, is made by assembling solid japanese cedar blocks kept in place by their own weight and connecting metal cables running through vertical drill holes.
Some of the inside cubes are laid off-center to create shelves, small living areas and even steps to move from one level to another. Continue Reading
You’ve probably heard the phrase “turned my house upside down” looking for something, but did you ever think you’d see it literally? Check out this Upside Down House loactaed in small village called Szymbark in Poland.
Daniel Czapiewski, Polish businessman and philanthropist, built this house as an artistic statement about the Communist era and current state of the world. Czapiewski’s company would normally take three weeks to construct a house, but this structure was constructed in 114 days and the workers had to take one hour break for every three hours while working inside because they were disorientated and confused by the strange angles of the walls. Continue Reading
The “Paint or Die But Love Me” Table designed by John Nouanesing seems to be melting or dripping paint. This conceptual table is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen!
Paint has a tendency to drip from a surface when wet or heavily applied. This table has that wet, glossy paint look that makes you do a double take. It almost reminds me of bright nail red polish that’s been spilled.
This table not only promotes the beauty of dripping paint, but embraces it as an art form. Continue Reading
Whether you work in a corner office, cubicle or home office, having a green mindset saves the planet, your health and lots and lots of money. It is relatively easy to create a green, healthy work environment through carefully considered choices. With modern day technology at our fingertips, creating a green and healthy office environment is an easily achievable goal that all companies big and small should set for themselves. Check out these 5 tips to help you make your office environment a little greener and healthier! Continue Reading
Tired of always closing the doors to her home office when guests came over, Kate decided to give her home office a complete chic makeover. Kate was initially inspired to do the office overhaul after purchasing the two bookcases that now flank her desk. And while the project took five months to complete, she was able to do it right under $1000!
And here’s the after!
Cost breakdown: Cabinets $80 dollars; writer’s desk (table) $40; glass top $80; thrift store sofa $150; rug $60; chandelier $140; refinished side chair $25; refinished thrift store chair $20; recovered ottoman $20; grasscloth wallpaper $240; curtains $75; paint and supplies $65. Continue Reading
This tiny 330 square foot apartment in Hong Kong, transforms into 24 different rooms!
In Hong Kong, because of the space, apartments are small and expensive. Gary Chang, an architect, decided to design a 344 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls. He calls this the “Domestic Transformer.”
The wall units, which are suspended from steel tracks bolted into the ceiling, seem to float an inch above the reflective black granite floor.
The task chair, or desk chair is a familiar and constantly used part of the office environment. Its hard to find a unique chair that fits your taste and is cohesive with the rest of your creative space. However, in only a few steps you can turn your drab, boring chair into something that can spice up your space!
What a difference paint and fabric can make! If you’re brave enough to take apart a simple office chair the results can be quite rewarding. Continue Reading
Wood pallets are an unfortunate bystander of our everyday shipping needs. But luckily wood is extremely recyclable and these four pallets were able to turned into a rustic DIY dining table.
Using four pallets and some decent carpentry skills you can easily make this great table as a weekend project. It can be customized based on the sizes of the pallets you are using, finishing the table with oil, wax, or a polyurethane/deck sealer to add weather resistance, use a more expensive wood like cedar as another weatherproofing alternative, or scale the table down by making it half as long.