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Updated: 2017-06-23T17:45:38-04:00


Incredible Joshua Tree home on 225 acres asks $4.5M


Mojave Rock Ranch was created as a labor of love over two decades Mojave Rock Ranch nestles among 225 incredible acres in Joshua Tree, California, where a small stone house, various outdoor spaces, and a pool cluster around what can only be described as gorgeous desert landscaping incorporating thousands of cacti. In fact, the first thing you see is the flora, which leads you through the wild grounds—and makes you pause to think whether it isn’t a shrine to those strange succulents after all. The landscaping (and the rest of the property) is the work of its current owners, Gino Dreese and Troy Williams, who transformed the retreat over two decades, during which they traveled the world and brought back boulders, glass, and other treasures to literally build their dream home. Stone walls speckled with colored glass and accented with colorful tiles and other whimsical details come together to create an eclectic yet elegant atmosphere both inside and out, where a Wild West jail cell, lily ponds, helipad, multiple patios and decks, various outbuildings, a museum, and breathtaking panoramic views round out the property. Just an hour outside of Palm Springs, the one-bedroom-one-bath, originally a homestead cabin from the 1950s, is now up for sale. Located at 2015 Sunfair Road, it’s offered at $4.5 million. Mojave Rock Ranch might just give the proprietors of this cool pop-up shop a run for their cactus-living money. Perhaps they can join forces? Courtesy of HOM Sotheby’s International Realty [...]

Tiny pod hotel is coming to North America's biggest ski area



It’s Canada’s first micro hotel

Canada is joining the pod hotel craze, with the country’s first pod hotel currently under construction in the pricey ski town of Whistler, British Columbia.

The $10 million new Pangea Pod Hotel will host 88 self-contained sleeping pods that will be available for nightly rentals. The pods are similar to the capsules popularized in Japan or the “sleep boxes” that just debuted in Massachusetts. At Pangea, each pod comes with a memory foam double mattress, LED lighting, charging ports, a mirror, and a fan. While the pods do have a lockable cabinet for valuables, hangers and hooks for clothes, and a storage area for luggage, only a curtain separates you from the outside hallway.

Pods sit stacked on top of each other—a bit like bunkbeds—so travelers in the upper pod have to use steps and a leather strap to swing themselves into the pod. Bathrooms are shared and feature 60 individually accessed components, including separate shower, toilet, and vanity rooms in order to prevent long lines from forming. Ski equipment is stored in a separate lockable space outside the pod.

Pangea hopes to fill a void in Whistler by appealing to travelers who like the feel of a boutique hotel but want an affordable price point. It’s a blend between a hostel and a hotel, and guests will have access to communal spaces like a cafe and rooftop bar, many of them with views of Whistler’s village.

The hotel is slated to open in April 2018 and room rates have yet to be announced.

(image) Courtesy of Pangea Pod Hotel
The main sleeping quarters of the pod hotel.
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The interior of the sleeping pod.
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The bathrooms at the pod hotel.
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The “living room” of the pod hotel.

This tiny house comes with a pirate treehouse for $300K


Packs everything you need—and a whole lot more—into an impressive 324 square feet. Here’s a true tiny house in the middle of the woods on the Dutch Bill Creek in Monte Rio, a small town west of Guerneville in Sonoma County, California, that packs everything you need—and a whole lot more—into an impressive 324 square feet. Built in 1959, the adorable getaway features a rustic wooden construction that comprises a sleeping loft, a full bathroom with clawfoot tub, living room with a little wood-burning stove, and an efficient kitchenette and dining area. New appliances and gleaming fixtures bring the cabin into the modern era without sacrificing any of its original charm, which allows for a plethora of nooks, crannies, and shelves providing incidental storage for essentials, tchotchkes, and artwork alike. In other words, living here won’t cramp your style. Step outside, and the world is basically your oyster. A deck that the listing describes as “fabulous” is just that—not only does it extend along a whole side of the house to encompass a spacious outdoor lounge complete with a diaphanous canopy, it also includes an outdoor shower—perfect for a quick spray after frolicking in that creek just a literal stone’s throw away. Set on half an acre of land, the property even accommodates a couple of outbuildings, two zip lines, and a pirate treehouse that doubles as an even tinier guest lodge. Located at 9400 Bohemian Highway, this special home is offered at $300,000. Via: Vanguard Properties, Estately [...]

Memphis Design, pop culture, and the battle against ‘good taste’


The ‘80s design collective was a radical departure; and deadpanned as a symbol of trend-chasing yuppies In a decade known for indulgence, the designs that emerged from the Memphis Group defined the boundary-pushing postmodernism of the ’80s. The abstract and angular furniture and graphic patterns devised by this Italian-based collective were the antithesis of streamlined, midcentury style; one critic described a room of their work as a series of “flat disks, lozenges, and saw-toothed edges; some resemble slices of lemon, toothbrushes and imaginary animals.” And the colors—pastel and punchy—were even more striking. Lester Dundes, the influential publisher of Interior Design magazine, said the radical design group’s debut was “a bolt out of the blue, red and yellow.” But above all, Memphis, the short-lived design movement that entered the world in 1981 with the force of a runway show and faded out before the decade closed, was playful, an indifferent and insouciant break from tradition in line with the kind of Reagan-era rebellion seen on a nascent MTV. A collective of international designers founded by Ettore Sottsass, whose career is the subject of an upcoming retrospective at New York’s Met Breuer opening this July, the brief movement was fashionable and fun. A then up-and-coming New York magazine fashion editor, Anna Wintour, said that furniture “wasn’t a whole lot of fun until 1981, when the Memphis design group, based in Milan, brought out its first collection ... a cheerful synthesis of historical allusion and rock ‘n’ roll.” 1982 New York magazine spread on Memphis design Memphis moments As distance and nostalgia gives this ’80s movement new respect and resonance, its cultural impact has grown. The upcoming Met exhibition arrives on the heels of other Memphis moments in recent pop culture: the Sotheby’s auction of David Bowie’s private collection of the collective’s outlandish furniture; an American Apparel collection featuring the world of Memphis designer Nathalie Du Pasquier; even the celebrated Saved by the Max pop-up, a recreation of the hangout from late ’80s TV staple Saved by the Bell. Memphis design, merely by challenging orthodox ideas, is memorable. But the movement’s true impact on pop culture is as elusive and twisted as the squiggly lines found in Memphis-inspired patterns. Memphis, like anything, is what you make of it. Sottsass and his followers found limited commercial success, shutting down production of new pieces in 1987 after difficulty translating hype into mainstream sales. But their colorful work became symbols that have been constantly revisited and reinterpreted, both a beacon of experimentation and edginess, as well as a sign of snottiness and upper-class cluelessness. In its rejection of tradition, Memphis has become a playful part of pop culture, celebrated by today’s trendsetters as a symbol of the ’80s. But during its heyday, it also became a symbol of trend-chasing, upwardly mobile yuppies. Memphis, like anything, is what you make of it. Vittoriano Rastelli/Corbis via Getty Images Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass standing next to his Carlton Bookcase “Good taste was the bad thing they were fighting against” The origins of the Memphis group are fitting, considering the ways its has been interpreted over time. Sottsass, decades into a career that included working for both Olivetti and Alessi, convened an international group of designers at the dawn of the ’80s to create a new style that was to be called “The New Design.” The actual name originated during their first meeting, when a skipping Bob Dylan record constantly replayed the line “stuck in Mobile with the Memphis blues again.” The group’s debut at Milan’s trendsetting furniture fair in 1981 was a revelation. While some of the inspiration came from the past, in true Postmodern fashion, the work’s rejection[...]

11 design Instagram accounts to follow right now


Feast your eyes It’s a fact of life for the visually inclined: You can never follow enough cool accounts on Instagram, especially those unexpected gems that show you the designed world in fresh ways. We’ve already shared dozens of accounts that cater to lovers of architecture, traditional design, minimalism, color, #vanlife, and all the miscellany in between. Now, who’s ready for another dose? Without further ado, follow... 1. @the_architecture_photographer for buildings in technicolor Levels #architecture #minimalism #linz A post shared by Paul Eis (@the_architecture_photographer) on Jun 17, 2017 at 5:26am PDT I don’t have to add it to the ever-growing laundry mountain that sits by my washer, nor do I have to freak out when my youngest kiddo scribbles what’s supposed to be a dog onto the lovely citron centerpiece. This is dining decor, simplified. It’s plastic, you say. Why would I ever want that? Well, first of all, it’s French, and they know a thing or two about style. Second, these tablecloths don’t feel or look like plastic—thanks to the 100 percent cotton base—and they drape so naturally that I use them inside as well. There’s also a line of more expensive fabric Jacquard cloths that are treated with Teflon to make them stain- and spill-proof, but for me, the acrylic patterns just fit: my family, this season, my life. I have dreams that one day I will feel a little less frantic and that my house will look like something out of a shelter magazine—more polish and less utilitarianism. But even when I upgrade my sofas, bed frame, and hand towels, these tablecloths will still take center stage. It’s a small act, to be sure, but I capture a bit of chic French design each time I smooth the creases of my plastic tablecloth and sit down to an outdoor family dinner. And that will never go out of style. [...]

Beautifully restored British Bauhaus home asks $732K


It was built in 1935 and designed by Oliver Hill Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. Location: Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England Price: £575,000 ($732,000) This Grade-II listed Bauhaus home is located in the seaside development of Frinton Park Estate, in Essex, England. One of 35 houses built as part of a showcase of British modern architecture, this 1935 design by Oliver Hill has been beautifully refurbished with many original details in tact, and also incorporates a new addition. The bright-white residence features the simplicity and clean lines of the period, which can be seen in the steel-framed windows, curved walls and nooks, round windows, and the open layout. Entering the home, one is greeted by a study on one side, a wooden staircase leading up to the second level, and a large living room with a curving wall of windows. From there, a striking conservatory-cum-dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows flows into a kitchen that occupies a semicircular room. Upstairs are three spacious bedrooms, of which the ensuite master opens onto a balcony with sea views, and an additional bathroom. Parquet floors make up the first floor, while carpeting covers the private areas, and the whole space measures 141 square meters, or approximately 1,514 square feet. A small backyard offers a bit of outdoor respite, while the beach is just a short distance away, all available for £575,000, or approximately $732,000. Via: The Modern House [...]

12 cool Amazon home goods to shop now


These are hard to resist  Have you ever seen a paint bucket lamp that gives the illusion of paint spilling? Or a whisk that looks just like a carrot? If you asked me that a few days ago, I would have said no. But recently, I came across Amazon’s Interesting Finds page and found myself completely lost in it. I already knew Amazon sold pretty much everything I could want, but didn’t realize they had such adorable, fun finds. Below, I’ve rounded up a dozen home items that caught my attention, including the cutest mini cactus candles you’ll ever see. Ornerx Decorative Cactus Tea Light Candles, $11.99 Fred & Friends Carrot Whisk, $15 Vitra Eames Elephant, $330 Umbra Origami Wine Bottle Stopper and Charms, $10.66 Cat Back Scratcher, $19.99 LumiSource Lamp, $24.66 Twone Cloud Magnetic Wall Key Holder, $7.98 Final Touch Watermelon Keg Tapping Kit, $24.99 Full Circle Mini Brush and Dustpan Set, $8.99 Ravioli Spoon Rest, $7.72 Ototo Nessie Ladle, $13.99 Schylling Tin Hot Air Balloon Mobile Toy, $29.25 Need advice on where to shop online for home goods and what to buy? Tell me what you’d like to see next on Great Finds in the comments! Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. [...]

Giant inflatable bubbles become otherworldly, mesmerizing performance venue




Each June, the Dutch island of Terschelling transforms into a stage for music, performance, and art during the Oerol Festival. This year, one of its pop-up venues is as incredible as the performances it contains. Comprising two enormous plastic bubbles connected by ring-like hallway, the structure is completely devoid of interior supports—they’re mere plastic shells filled with air. The effect is at once futuristic, playful, and marvelous.


The inflatable building is the work Plastique Fantastique, a German firm dedicated to creating pneumatic installations for public performance. Their work ranges from giant inflatable bubbles to more intimate spaces. But everything is made from lightweight plastic sheets welded together and pumped full of air.

“The transparent, lightweight, and mobile shell structures relate to the notion of activating, creating, and sharing public space, and involving citizens in creative processes,” the architects write on their website. “They are in many ways the simplest of structures—a skin that separates but also connects.”


For this “Loud Shadows” project, the architects created one transparent bubble connected by the circular hallway to a white opaque bubble, where the branches and leaves of surrounding trees press against the sides, like a world clouded in mist. At certain times of day, the white walls become a screen for shadows. See more images over on Designboom.


Via: Designboom

Home extension looks like stack of giant shoeboxes



But cool

Slovenia firm OFIS Arhitekti has designed everything from a tiny climber refuge to Belarus’ pythonesque soccer stadium. Their latest project—a sleek three-story addition to a 1930s home—carries many of the firm’s hallmarks, from its black-paneled exterior to an open interior filled with pale blonde wood.

The the three stacked “shoeboxes” of the extension were inspired by the proportions of the original home, built in 1934 by architect Emil Navinsek for his sisters. The three added volumes were placed with the lower and upper stories perpendicular to the old house, and the middle story parallel—forming a series of overhangs and terraces, as well as connecting the top floor’s master suite to a roof garden atop the original structure.


The interior is modern and open, with built-in furniture platforms supporting the couch and coffee table. The wood flooring is also used for the stairway, which rises sculpture-like to the second floor bedrooms and study. See the full gallery on Dezeen.


Via: Dezeen