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With the smallest 3D printer you can draw in the air!


This is amazing! Launched just yesterday on Kickstarter, this little gem of a pen, the LIX, is the new deal in 3D printing!

3D objects created with the LIX pen

Cartoon-like home in Thailand cost just $8.000 to build!


It reminded me of the Maison Bulles house for Pierre Cardin on the French south coast. And it reminded me of another real live version of the Flinstones’ home. Either way, this is a clever piece of work. The owner built this wonderful little home for as little as $8.000. His name is Steve Areen, once a flight attendant for Delta, now non conventional entrepeneur making money with music, photography, blogging and, as this project shows, by saving money on living costs. He used materials sources from the local area and did most of the work himself saving on labour costs. It took him only 6 weeks nonetheless.

Dome house by Steve Areen / photo: Inhabitat.com

Dome house by Steve Areen / photo: theownerbuildernetwork.com

Dome house bathroom by Steve Areen / Photo: Inhabitat

Dome house by Steve Areen / photo: Izona

Mysterious North Brother Island: an abandoned island in the middle of NYC!


This kind of stuff gets me psyched. Not too long ago I posted about parts of Ellis Island now being left to ruin. Then I found this online. How cool is this place? North Brother Island is situated in one of the busiest and densely populated parts of the world; New York City. Just east of Manhattan, in the East River situated between the Bronx and Riker’s Island. So on your next trip to NYC, check it out! I know I will.

Mysterious North Brother Island New York City

The place used to be home to a hospital, the ruins still there, where people with contagious diseases were treated. It also served as an alternative drug rehab center, and a home for troubled teens. Now, it just sits there in all it’s late 19th Century glory. 

Fairytale chandelier turns room into forest


Not yet available, but already in demand, this amazing chandelier from Danish Hilden & Diaz projects a 360° shadow of trees and roots on the walls surrounding it. It was inspired by drawings of German biologist and philosopher Ernst Haeckel. I love it!

Hilden & Diaz forest chandelier

Hilden & Diaz forest chandelier

Unfortunately it’s not available yet, but as this blog post shows, many people are keen for it to go in production!

Source: thisiscolossal

I told you so…. bright pink and royal blue all the way


So yes, this happened.

Remember I told you about the exam I took a little under a year ago? I designed a twenties/Art Deco revamp of a dated house with great character. The lady examiner that graded me said that she loved my drawing style and gutsy design, but she detested my colour scheme.. bright fuchsia pink and royal blue. I knew for a fact that my colours were right on, especially considering the brief. But I kept it to myself as this lady was still to grade me. I passed, but with the extra remark that I needed to be aware of colour trends.

Imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw this post about a table revamp by Naomi Stein over at Design Manifest. I don’t want to say it but can’t help it…

I TOLD YOU SO!

Table revamp by Naomi Stein in post on Apartmenttherapy.com

My design for a revamp of a 1930’s house

 

My design for a revamp of a 1930’s house

 

Drawlamp by Sam & Jude


Just the other day I was talking to my sister about how we both set reminders for the next day if already in bed. We both grab whatever is closest to us (in distance, not to heart) and throw it towards the bedroom door. The next day, that grey throw pillow, t-shirt or sock automatically reminds us to pack the binoculars, call the cable company or pay that bill that’s due etc. This never fails. Our respective partners would probably not even remember if the binoculars, bill or cable guy himself was lying on the ground by the door. For them, of for anyone with an eye for design, there now is the Drawlamp. It’s a nifty designed ceramic lamp that you can draw on as many times as you like. So great for those last minutes mental notes, great ideas or other that pops to mind when you just can’t be bothered to get out of bed anymore. But naturally you can also draw a lamp on it, or any other picture that you like to see illuminated. I like it. And I can’t believe how something so simple and effective can seem so new? I don’t recall seeing it before.

The lamp is designed by East-London based design studio Sam & Jude. You can buy it at Mookum for € 39,90.

American abandoned houses


There is something eerie about abandoned homes. Especially if parts of the inhabited past is still there, like furniture, curtains or other traces of the times when people called it home. Photographer Kevin Baumann photographed a 100 of them. Each of them with a story that the spectator is left to guess or fantasize about. Was it the crunch that drove the occupants away? Or did they die alone with no family left to take care of their homes? I love this series.

all photography in this article by Kevin Baumann