Clever Storage in the Realm of Laminate

Our new favorite blog Moon to Moon has a swell house tour of the lightly renovated 450 square foot apartment of architect Lukáš Kordík of GutGut architects. The major takeaway for us, aside from the pleasingly UNconstructed feel of the space, is Kordík’s use of laminate. First there’s the stylish turquoise kitchen cabinet with oven and storage built in;…

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Landscape Murals Create ‘Dreaming Walls’

We stumbled on the image above at Aqqindex and were instantly smitten at the opulent beauty of the muralled wall. At first we thought it was a collage. Then we found a second image and had to find out what the notation “Dreaming Walls” meant. Our hunt took us to an extraordinary series of photographs by Lucia Ganieva of a wonderful anomaly in home decoration.

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Going OFF the Beaten Path of Home Design

Disappointed by the cheesiness of many of the mainstream products at a big furniture show, we wandered down a long corridor to the Pavilion of student work. THERE we saw some really interesting things made by design students: original ideas, good execution, sparks for our imagination, and some stuff we’d really love to take home. It reminded us of Niels Strøyer Christophersen’s very good advice about buying furniture.

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10 Untranslatable Words for What You Might be Feeling or Seeing

Recently, we stumbled on a post at Maptia of unique words from other cultures without real translations, compiled from Guy Deutschger’s book Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages. These words express very specific, often subtle states. When we read them, we found we knew the feelings well, but since English doesn’t really have…

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Silly Walk Traffic Light 

Following in the steps of Monty Python, the art collective Kreativiteket installed a “silly walk” traffic sign in the village of Ørje, Norway with the Mayor’s blessing. THAT’S one forward-thinking city! The sign really does incite and liberate people to silly walk, fun to do AND to watch, a complete, inspired surprise.

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Taking Rugs Outdoors to Make Comfortable, Colorful “Rooms”

As we turn our attention to getting our patio ready for hanging out, we’re inspired by this charming image we found on From Moon to Moon of a Moroccan-style garden ladened with brightly colored rugs. The rugs define and soften the space, and create an outdoor “room”, perfect for hanging out with friends. Creative use of colorful textiles, Moroccan-style, is a great strategy.

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