Woo Loft, New York

I saw this quite a while back in dwell magazine (as I’m sure some of you did too) and it remains one of the more ingenious solutions for a sleeping area in small spaces.

“Having decided to site the new loft bedroom directly above the kitchen, the architects met the challenge of stacking two rooms, each with a seven-foot ceiling height, in only 12 feet of vertical space by creating two interlocking puzzle pieces: The mattress in the bedroom sits directly atop the ultra-thin kitchen ceiling (which enables a full-height space downstairs), and the floor area around the mattress is two feet lower than the platform on which it sits (thereby creating a full-height circulation area up above).”


Klein Bottle House

This is a crazy house, and I mean that in a good way. The whole black/cream/red/orange color palette is so very suitable to the sharp angles, and I think it’s pretty fascinating how the idea of the Klein Bottle was the base from which the structure evolved.

“This holiday house is situated on the Mornington Peninsula 1.5 hrs drive from Melbourne. It is located within the tee–tree on the sand dunes, a short distance from the wild 16th beach. From the outset MCR wanted a building that nestled within the tree line. That talked about journey and the playfulness of holiday time. What began as a spiral or shell like building developed into a more complex spiral, the Klein bottle. MCR were keen to be topologically true to the Klein bottle but it had to function as a home. We thought an origami version of the bottle would be achievable and hold some ironic fascination.”

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UltraTouch Recycled Cotton Insulation

While this cotton insulation costs twice as much as regular fiberglass insulation, there’s something to be said for being able to install it with your bare hands (there’s been more than enough times where just being in the proximity of fiberglass insulation will make me itch, so I’d be willing to pay a little more for comfort), not to mention all the environmental benefits/credentials.

“Made from cotton fibers recovered from blue jean and other textile manufacturers, UltraTouch insulation offers excellent thermal and acoustical performance. Because it doesn’t contain fiberglass, it won’t cause itching or skin irritation during installation. It’s formaldehyde- and VOC-free, so offgassing isn’t an issue. The re-used cotton fibers are treated with an EPA-registered fungal inhibitor that offers excellent protection from mold, mildew, fungus and pests, as well as providing outstanding fire-resistance properties.”

Size, R-13: 16×94, $94.41

Purchase Information:

Price: $94.41
Availability: Buy UltraTouch Recycled Cotton Insulation here

decor8 ‘rooms I *heart*’

If you’ve not visited decor8, just a warning: the collection of room photos she has on flickr is completely addictive.

Flower Pedal Wallpaper by Flavor Paper

Yet another delightful wallpaper option…

Designed by Dan Funderburgh for Flavor Paper.
Blue and white on oatmeal clay-coated paper or Black and silver on chrome Mylar.
Each roll is 27 inches wide and 15 feet long. Priced by the roll.

Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Availability: Buy Flower Pedal Wallpaper by Flavor Paper here

Kohler Karbon Faucet

Kohler’s promoting their new Karbon Faucet, which looks to be pretty impressive.

“With its clean, crisp lines, the Karbon articulating faucet introduces a new geometry of versatile functionality to the kitchen. Intelligently engineered to hold any pose for hands-free operation, Karbon allows you to streamline your work surfaces and workflow. You can extend the faucet fully to fill large pots, lower it into the sink for food preparation and cleanup, fold it compactly out of the way when not in use, or position it anywhere in between. “

Purchase Information:

Price: $925.00-$1250.00
Availability: Buy Kohler Karbon Faucet here

Sunset Cabin by Taylor_Smith Architects

Of course the fascination with smaller homes and get-aways continues, mostly due to architects creating cabins just like this. The first sentence quoted below leaves me terribly excited about the future.

“It is a one-room (190 square feet in size), self-contained box that was built by furniture craftsmen in four weeks in a Toronto parking lot and installed on site in 10 days.
Three of the exterior walls are floor-to-ceiling glass and of those, two are encased in horizontal cedar-screens for privacy, shade and light effects inside. One of the cedar screens has a large opening providing a direct view of the sunset from the built-in bed. The rest of the screen has random smaller gaps to allow various vignettes of the surrounding nature and to create fantastic light patterns inside. The slats are positioned so that there is no direct view in from the outside, but at the same time, it the inside feels almost wall-less.”

[image and quoted text via thecoolhunter]

Room Planner

One of our readers, Ryan, dropped us an email to let us know about this online room planner. It’s pretty easy to use and can get kind of addictive if you’re into rearranging furniture, but it will save you tons of backbreaking time moving around heavy sofas and cabinets.

Thanks Ryan!

More information:

View Room Planner here


Changing out your doorbell to one of these might just be the thing to add some polish to your home’s entrance.

“Create a clean exterior aesthetic with the addition of a modern Doorbell. This Small Doorbell can be installed vertically or horizontally and its pared down design fits a variety of architectural styles. The button has a satisfying touch resistance and the brushed stainless steel can complement our Neutra House Numbers. Necessary hardware for installation is included. The doorbell will work with most existing bells. Made in Germany.”

Brushed stainless steel.

Small: H 1.4″ W 5″, $125.00, available at DWR

Large: H 3″ W 3″, $150.00, available at DWR

(This item’s link and price was updated 05/05/10.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00-$150.00
Availability: Buy Doorbells here

Nama Rococo Little Butterfly Loop Wallpaper

This wallpaper might just be my favorite yet- the soft muted background color with the seemingly crazy little doodles scattered about are quite lovely.

“Moving into a 3,500 foot warehouse may have changed Karen Combs forever. Already an established artist, this new space enabled her projects to get larger. The space was large enough for a 50 foot roll of paper that was to become her first wallpaper. Each sheet is handpainted and handscreened for unparalleled quality.”

38″h x 24″w.
(note: price listed is per sheet, not per roll)

Purchase Information:

Price: $126.00
Availability: Buy Nama Rococo Little Butterfly Loop Wallpaper here

Graham & Brown Wallpaper

Graham & Brown have an intriguing selection of wallpapers…I’ve yet to try wallpaper as a (somewhat) quick way to spruce up a room, but it’s getting more and more tempting as I see the choices for interesting patterns grow.

Hemingway Matchsticks Circles Wallpaper (left), $60.00,
Buy it here.

LLB Manor House Wallpaper (middle), $60.00,
Buy it here.

LLB Mystique Wallpaper (right), $60.00,
Buy it here.

More information:

View Graham & Brown Wallpaper here

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PAON Bath Collection by Kazuhiko Tomita

The Paon Bath Collection is designed based on “the influence of a herd of elephants.”

A statement from the designer: “it is quite friendly and spiritual to hold these smoothly curved noses of elephants in porcelain. the low level of vital force could be activated by drinking divine water from the [mug]. any moment in any bathroom becomes more ritual by contacting with them directly.”

The entire herd is made up by the following:

* mug
* toothbrush holder
* soap dish
* containers with lids (3 sizes)
* wall hooks (2 sizes)

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Availability: Buy PAON Bath Collection by Kazuhiko Tomita here

Sayama Flats by Schemata Architecture Office

Looking through Dezeen I came across the
Sayama Flats by Schemata Architecture Office. Seeing these photos prompt the discussion of what’s actually necessary to renovate. With the influx of new products, we’re all probably guilty in some way or another of consumerism, itching to rip out the old-but-perfectly-functional sink so that the shiny new one can take its place.

I’ll be the first to admit I constantly want to remake my own home, but there’s something about these photos that pull charm from some decidedly not-cool kitchen units, and I suppose it’s more about a space in flux and the possibilities that exist…whatever it is, it works for me. The super shiny polished floors don’t hurt either. (And, what the heck is up that light fixture over the bed? I want to know who makes it and how much it is.)

“The architects, headed by Jo Nagasaka, partially stripped the flats back to their concrete shell, altering selected elements such as windows, doorways and partitions while leaving some parts such as the kitchen units untouched.” -Dezeen

“In general, Japanese renovation projects are started from removing every old interior and then redesigned it. However, in this project we started to choose what is necessary and what is not from an existing interior space. Because of remaining some of the elements of the interior, we achieved to design a neutral space that motivates young people to create their own life-style.”-Nagasaka (via Dezeen)

[posted by katie]

MISHA Handmade Wallpapers

I’m not one for the overly decorative, but as I see more and more spaces transformed by wallpaper, I’ve been drawn to the mix of patterned walls with the simplest of furnishings. I do have to say these wallpapers by Misha are truly exquisite, and even if it’s not your type of thing (or within your budget) it’s certainly worth taking a look at the level of detail involved.

“MISHA handmade wallpapers selects, produces and distributes silk hand-painted wallpapers, that act as decorative frescoes for any exclusive contemporary space.”

prices range from 75 € to 600 €/m2

[posted by katie]

Parabola House

In Dezeen’s latest newsletter they featured the Parabola House designed by Atelier Tekuto (funny enough, I had just been at their site yesterday, but hadn’t seen this particular gem). How the light filters through the space given the restrictions of privacy is surprising, and holy, that staircase is lovely.

More pictures at Dezeen.