Consider your shopping done
You might as well consider all your holiday shopping done, because we’re about to introduce the ultimate present. It works for just about anyone on your list: The tech entrepreneur who has everything—well, not everything ... yet; the high-maintenance toddler who refuses to sleep except within a fast-moving luxury vehicles; the blasé trust-funder who refuses to grow up; the coddled lap dog.
Provided you have a $1.5 million to spare—and why wouldn’t you, honestly?—the rose gold Cobalt Valkyrie-X private plane—excuse me, bespoke aircraft—is just the thing. Though it’s no Hyperloop One, the pilot-and-three-passenger conveyance, available exclusively through Neiman Marcus, is one of the fastest piston aircrafts in the world. Its sleek, raindrop form and 350-horsepower engine ensure that travelers are ushered in style and comfort, as they sit on hand-stitched cream leather chairs in the sky crafted by former Hermès artisans.
If it all seems a little too indulgent, not to worry. With each purchase of the Cobalt Valkyrie-X, Neiman Marcus will donate $200,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, a donor-advised fund at Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.
Tricked out, at a price
Is the next big thing in tiny houses a transformable body? Here’s one more sign pointing to it. Like this tiny house with two A-frame pop-outs, the “Aurora” concept from Canadian builder Zero Squared will also expand at the push of a button with electric motors.
Currently under development, the design measures a capacious 337 square feet when it expands from 8.6 feet to 15.1 feet in width. As you can see in the floor plan below, the expanded body creates a larger central living space, with a Murphy bed behind a partition, surrounded by a dining area and a lounge with a sofa. The built model, which is expecting to go for around $75,000, will be made with structural insulated panels and can offer a solar energy system and composting toilet for off-grid capability.
The whole pop-out feature is reminiscent of pop-up campers, which can have some folks asking again: Just what is the point of tiny houses when RVs already exist? If that sounds like you, our quiz on the topic might help clear things up a bit.
Via: New Atlas
Fits in the palm of your hand
Ever at the forefront of tech design, Yves Behar and his studio fuseproject has lent his talents to computer data storage company Western Digital and its popular My Passport line, giving the small, portable external hard drives a sleek, colorful makeover.
Measuring just 3.21 by 4.33 inches (and only 0.64 or 0.85 inches thick, depending on capacity), My Passport fits in the palm of your hand, making it a convenient—and not to mention, good-looking—solution for storing all your photos, videos, music, documents, or any of your projects, really, and taking them with you wherever you go.
Available in a range of capacities and six vibrant colorways, the drives feature a durable shell, one half of which is shiny and smooth, and the other rubberized and textured with a diagonal ridge pattern. Prices begin at $64.99 for the 1TB model and go up to $139.99 for the 4TB version. My Passport offers automatic backup capabilities, password protection, and a two-year limited warranty.
Via: Design Milk
In-wall shelving swings open to reveal more storage space—and entire rooms
In the small town of Tvarna, Slovakia—about an hour and a half east of Vienna by car—this modest, 1,000-square-foot apartment is the work of local firm JRKVC, whose work, according to the firm’s website, is all about remixing traditional spatial arrangements to make modern homes feel fresh and maximize their living areas.
Here, the firm turned a former 18th-century monastery into a modern home for a couple with no children so far, but whose open plan can be broken up to create a three-bedroom flat in the future. One particular design move that makes a big impact in the apartment: a door-like built-in shelf that swings open to lead to a second bedroom and bath. Custom manufactured for the space, the shelves reach the full height of the space—3.6 meters (nearly 12 feet) and their black borders and light-gray interiors give the system a cool, graphic look.
While 1,000 square feet is sizable by city standards, where apartments can easily clock in at a mere 500 square feet, the storage system deployed here has some serious applications for compact spaces. Into it? Here are a few similar homes we’ve explored recently, from a Paris apartment for a young family with angular built-in shelves to a Japanese house that maximizes square footage by building up!
Islamic tradition meets modern edge in this jaw-dropping new Muslim cultural center in Dachang, China, about 40 miles east of Beijing. Commissioned by the local government for the region’s significant Muslim population as well as visitors, the 376,700-square-foot building houses exhibition halls, convention space, theaters, and a community center.
The design, executed by the Architectural Design and Research Institute at the South China University of Technology and led by principal architect He Jingtang, takes its form from the traditional mosque, but has updated details with today’s materials and technologies. Instead of merely replicating Islamic symbols, for example, there’s a facade of abstracted, modernized geometric cut outs.
Perhaps the most dramatic element can be found in the rhythmic reflections of the arches wrapping around the structure, which is full view when visitors enter the building via a footbridge over the shallow moat. Talk about architecture for the Instagram age. More details and photos are on Designboom.
2016-10-27T12:47:57-04:00Including projects from Zaha Hadid Architects and David Chipperfield Six finalists have been selected from the initial 30 that were in the running for Royal Institute of British Architects’s (RIBA) first-ever International Prize. According to RIBA, the projects “demonstrate a range of innovative responses to the role of public architecture, providing major new additions to their contexts and communities.” Open to all qualified architects anywhere in the world, the biennial prize is “awarded to the most transformative building which demonstrates visionary, innovative thinking, excellence of execution, and makes a distinct contribution to its users and physical context.” A grand jury chaired by Lord Richard Rogers of Riverside, the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate and the recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal in 1985, will now visit each building before announcing a winner in late November. Take a look at the final projects, then head to RIBA for full descriptions: Arquipelago: Contemporary Arts Center by Menos é Mais, Arquitectos Associados with João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto in Azores, Portugal Photo by José Campos via RIBA Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects in Baku, Azerbaijan Photo by Hufton and Crow via RIBA Museo Jumex by David Chipperfield Architects in Mexico City, Mexico Photo by Simon Menges via RIBA The Ring of Remembrance Memorial by Agence d'architecture Philippe Prost in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France Photo by Howard Kingsnorth via Dezeen Stormen Concert Hall by DRDH Architects in Bodø, Norway Photo by David Grandorge via RIBA UTEC: Universidad De Ingeneria Y Technologia by Grafton Architects in Lima, Peru Photo by Iwan Baan via RIBA [...]
The addition is chaotically covered in red wooden sticks, adding both visual pizazz and a brise soleil
Located in a sleepy French suburb known more for its railroad history than its experimental architecture, this eye-catching addition is unique home design with an eco-friendly twist.
Created by Lille-based architects D'Houndt + Bajart, the extension tops an unassuming red brick building on a street of similarly styled structures. The homeowners were hunting for a larger space when they decided to simply build up rather than move out.
Looking like a modern children’s fort or giant birdhouse, the extension is covered in hundreds of red wooden battens, wildly arranged. The sticks mask the main surfaces of the structure while serving as a screening for the windows. According to Inhabitat, the facade of chaotic sticks enhances the structure’s insulation and helps reduce energy use.
Inside, the addition, which set the owners back €172,000 (or about $188,000) creates a double-height living room covered with a bird-themed wallpaper. An open loft space looks out over the newly enlarged room.
2016-10-27T11:04:15-04:00Gibbons talks to us about her famous boss and being a black woman in a racially-exclusive biz Photo by Reid Rolls Nicole Gibbons What do Oprah, Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, and stylish New York City interiors have in common? Stellar designer Nicole Gibbons. Gibbons is a Harlem-based design wiz whose career began when she started her blog in 2008. Fast-forward eight years, and she has a television show, Home Made Simple, on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and is working with clients like actress Adrienne C. Moore of Orange is the New Black fame and on both residential and commercial projects alike. For this episode of the Curbed Appeal, we sat down with Gibbons to talk about her career (she didn’t start out in interior design), what it’s like to have Oprah as a boss, and why having people of color represented in interior design coverage is so important. If you want to check out Nicole’s work (and you should!) you can head over to her website and follow her on Instagram. Listen to it all—or read the interview in full—below! src="https://art19.com/shows/the-curbed-appeal/episodes/93a81261-b74b-4ba1-bdb5-77c4658376ec/embed?theme=light-gray-blue" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" style="width: 100%; height: 200px;"> Subscribe on iTunes | Listen on SoundCloud | Check out other episodes Zoe Rosenberg: I'm Zoe Rosenberg. Asad Syrkett: I'm Asad Syrkett. Zoe: This is The Appeal, the Curbed podcast. Asad: Interior design is something that, I think, intimidates a lot of people. Even if they're interested in design and have strong tastes, they don't really know how to bring their ideas into fruition in their own homes. Zoe: But, in the age of Pinterest and Instagram, it's becoming more accessible than ever. Asad: Yeah. Advice and inspiration are out there in spades. Today, we're going to be talking to someone who has a lot of advice and wisdom to share. Nicole Gibbons, an Interior Designer based right here in New York City. Zoe: You might recognize Nicole from her stints on the Rachael Ray Show or from her Oprah Winfrey Network show Home Made Simple. Asad: We're going to be chatting with Nicole about her trajectory from working in fashion to being an interior designer and really building her brand. Stay tuned. We like to start every interview with guests with the same question, which is when you're at a cocktail party, how do you describe what you do? Nicole Gibbons: I'm an interior designer. I like to keep it short and simple. I just focus on the main tent of my career because even though I do other things—media and work as an expert —it all boils down to my role as a designer, so that's the short and sweet answer. Asad: Yeah. Nicole: Because everybody understands that. Asad: Right. Exactly. That's something people are going to be like, "Oh, okay. I get it." Nicole: Yeah. Zoe: I understand you came to the design profession sort of in a roundabout way. Can you tell us a little bit about how you became an interior designer? Nicole: Yeah. I should backtrack because my mom was an interior designer. I grew up with a decorator mother. I grew up around the industry in Michigan, which is a very different environment than the New York design community. But, still, I've always been exposed to good designs. I've always loved design and I've always had a passion and appreciate for it, but growing up I never thought I wanted to follow in my mother's footsteps or working design as a career. I was much more interested, as a young girl, in medicine. I thought I wanted to be a doctor, then I went to college and started taking advance science classes and I was like screw this. I'm not doing this for the next twelve years. What can I do that's fun? I had a really strong interest in broadcast journalism. I went to Northwestern. They have a great journalism program. I stu[...]
As Cleveland expands, urban leaders eye the city’s potential for modeling sustainable growth
Cleveland’s got more to celebrate than its underdog baseball team. The midwestern city is receiving a surprising amount of attention after the U.N.’s Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development brought together urbanists and planners in an effort to harness best practices for building the cities of tomorrow.
Apparently, Cleveland’s economy, climate, rich soil, and ample water supply make it a prime test bed for next-generation initiatives focused on expanding urban areas while protecting and conserving their environmental assets. Southwestern cities are too hot and dry. Northern regions don’t have such fertile soil. In short: Cleveland’s the “just right” porridge for an urbanism-friendly Goldilocks city.
The key is crafting holistic plans taking climate change, sustainability, economic shifts, and immigration all into account to build vibrant communities that don’t put a strain on the environment.
“Cleveland could play a significant role in the fight against climate change by developing a strategy for more compact communities and with a more open and encouraging immigration policy,” writes Marc Lefkowitz over at GreenCityBlueLake.
The city is already making a comeback, shedding its dingy rust-belt reputation with the help of a slew of historic preservation tax credits. The city’s downtown population increased 79 percent between 2000 and 2016, and is projected to top 18,000 by the end of 2018. Stay tuned.
2016-10-27T10:00:10-04:00Imagine the potential 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: Indianapolis, Indiana Price: $400,000 This modernist masterpiece located in Indianapolis was designed in 1951 by Evans Woollen III, one of the city’s most important architects. A jewel box of a home tucked away in the woods near Fall Creek, its show-stopping feature is the two-story glass wall that creates a stunning vista of the surrounding natural landscape. Sitting on a 1.45-acre site with a total floor space of 3,512-square-feet, the four-bedroom boasts original details while having been updated in parts. Built in closets, a mezzanine overlooking the double-height great room with fireplace wall, and a period kitchen—generously proportioned, to boot—are just a few of its many charms. While it stands empty in the listing photos, what’s clear is that there’s enormous potential to make this a very special home. Did we mention that the property, located at 6105 Shawnee Trail South Drive, is asking $400,000? Have a look below. Via: WowHaus, Zillow [...]