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Loftcube

“What could a temporary, minimalistic domicile look like, to suit people of a nomadic lifestyle, living for short periods of time in large cities and dense urban areas, offering both sanctuary and social structure, to structure a city to city network for transient living…”

Prefab is not a new word, but these Loftcubes take it to a different level. For urban areas with no blank real estate, these can drop in on the roofs of buildings. Anything that expands choices in the housing market is good news to me; Loftcubes are gearing up to go, and if you’d like to learn more or just sign up for them to send you more info, you can visit loftcube.net.

More information:

View Loftcube here

Art Cool A/C

Lg is an electronics company out of Korea that is producing some aesthetically pleasing products lately. Some of them include the tv with the television in the door, some European-looking front load dishwasers, and this wall mounted ac unit.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1700.00
Availability: Buy Art Cool A/C here

Artemis Ceiling Fan

It’s quite hard to find an unobtrusive ceiling fan, so that’s why it’s so nice to see this particular one. Ceiling fans are key in saving money on energy bills, so if you’re not utilizing fans in your main living areas, you might want to look into the idea. Several different finishes are available.

Downrods available in several different lengths to accomodate ceiling heights.

(Thanks Mark for the link…)

Purchase Information:

Price: $369.95
Availability: Buy Artemis Ceiling Fan here

Tykho Fan

For those of you eternally hot/cold folks that need extra ventilation control…

“In the permanent collection of the Pompidou in Paris, this fun and colorful fan is available in aluminum with either pink or turquoise PVC blades. Great for the office desk. Two speeds. Plugs into a conventional outlet.”

9.75″ x 9.75″ x 4 5/8″.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Availability: Buy Tykho Fan here

Blow Ceiling Fan

If you’ve been shopping for ceiling fans, you’re accustomed to the selection at your local lighting and hardware stores. So, perhaps you too exclaimed that there are, in fact, truly modern fans available (stylized or not). This one is particularly interesting with the transparent blade option and with the light above, rather than below, the blades.

16″ H x 55″ Dia Span

Purchase Information:

Price: $995.00
Availability: Buy Blow Ceiling Fan here

Braille Tiles

Yes, yes, I know we’ve all seen this before, but:

1. I kinda forgot about them.
2. I think this is the first time I’ve actually seen them for sale.

description: This wonderful collection of furniture and accessories made its debut at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York this past May and received wonderful press and critical acclaim. Lolah is a year-old division of a 60-year old luxury yacht outfitter based in Canada.

Featured here is the Braille Tile series; language and design come together in this collection of 28 tiles reflecting the 26 characters of the Braille alphabet, as well as a blank tile and the Braille symbol for #. Each Braille Tile is composed of a cast polymer with a matte white gel-coat resin. Includes indentation on the back allowing these to hang with ease or, these can be glued to a surface for permanent installation.

Purchase Information:

Price: $46.00
Availability: Buy Braille Tiles here

Braille Wall Flats by Inhabit

These are by far the best in the recent world of embossed/textured wall coverings. They give pattern in such a way that adds interest without the distraction of too much detail or texture…

“Inhabit’s Embossed Wall Flats are designed to expand in any direction. With peel-and-stick adhesive tabs and an automatic pattern repeat these wall tiles are simple, modern, versatile and goof-proof. You can cover a existing wall, help disguise a not-so-smooth wall or add a modern pattern to any room setting. ”

Off-white paintable surface.
Inhabit Wall Flats are made with 100% bamboo pulp.

18″ x 18″ panels
10 panels per box
Coverage: 22.5 square feet

Purchase Information:

Price: $86.00
Availability: Buy Braille Wall Flats by Inhabit here

Snowcrash sound panels

This is something I’ve wanted to use in a project since I saw it here but I’ve never had the need to. It’s acoustic paneling that adds a most interesting visual texture to the room as well.

“The panels are targeted to be most efficient in the frequency range corresponding to human voice communication and all the common acoustic environments associated with this.”

Each panel measures 23″ x 23″ x 3.15″
Made of Recyclable moulded polyester fiber
Available in four colors

Update: This item seems to be no longer available. (11/19/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $685.00
Availability: Buy Snowcrash sound panels here

Jenn-Air® Tall Tub Dishwasher

I like how there are no buttons visible, just a handle.

“Fully integrated controls provide a smooth exterior. This dishwasher also features a tall tub interior with 5-level/7-tier UltraClean wash system and Sensor Clean cycle with ClearScan™ sensor that determines the proper cycle based on how dirty the dishes are.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $949.00
Availability: Buy Jenn-Air® Tall Tub Dishwasher here

Prologue Kitchen Sink w/Work Surface

It’s nice that this sink has a work surface incorporated…would make for very easy cleanup.

* 18-gauge stainless steel
* No faucet hole drilling
* Undercounter installation
* Single basin with recessed wet work surface
* Custom fit cutting board and colander included

42″L x 18-3/4″W x 9-3/4″H

Purchase Information:

Price: $1425.00
Availability: Buy Prologue Kitchen Sink w/Work Surface here

Neutra Face

Custom House Numbers allows you to select virtually any font and they will create outdoor lettering for your address. It also allows you to select height, width and finish options, whether you want your numbers to be hollow or solid, etc. They have a pricing calculator so you can weigh your options without having to email someone everytime you change your mind. That’s a nice option.

More information:

View Neutra Face here

Ikea Hacks

Speaking of Apartment Therapy, they’re currently running their “smallest coolest apartments 2006” contest right now, and I’ve fallen in love with many of the entries but I thought this apartment has the most innovative use of the Ikea Pax wardrobe doors I’ve ever seen. Vince (the resident) used it in his tiny apartment as a movable wall that let’s light in but also provides privacy and dividing the space for different purposes.

For those of you who are DIY inclined, there are several of really great usable ideas on the site.

Pax Stordal Doors, $320

Stolmen Post, $30

Total cost approximately $800

All of this via Apartment Therapy. Please go check out their contest and vote on your favorite entries.

More information:

View Ikea Hacks here

Source: Apartment Therapy

Wet Cube Tub

I have fantasies about buying a large space and dividing it up to suit my needs. I think I just found my first piece that I could design the whole apartment around. I would definitely use privacy glass for the walls so the tub would be on display when not in use.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4016.00
Availability: Buy Wet Cube Tub here

Patrick Messier: Flo Sink

This would make a nice addition to any modern bath. Drain and faucet not included.

Technical Description:
Perspex acrylic resin. 5.87 us gal (22.2L) capacity.

Size: 16.34″ width x 9.45″ height x 16.34″ depth.
Free Shipping in US.

Purchase Information:

Price: $580
Availability: Buy Patrick Messier: Flo Sink here

Budget Bath Remodel

It doesn’t actually cost that much money to revamp your bath. For less than the cost of a good bedspread, you can increase the value of your property by several thousand dollars by doing a remodel, assuming you do it properly.

You will also have to find a vanity for your sink to rest on. There are several options available to you. If you opt for marble or some other stone countertop, the cost usually includes delivery, installation and drilling any holes that are required for plumbing. Or you can do what I did when I was looking for a marble table top which is ask if the stone suppliers have any scrap in stock. I was able to find a large piece that was from the cutout of a fireplace and saved about 70% that way.

*Please double check to make sure all the pieces work together and that you have the correct clearances on your vanity.

Purchase Information:

Price: $64.95
Availability: Buy Budget Bath Remodel here

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