In a rural corner of southern Colorado, the historic Dunton Hot Springs resort has its roots in the late 1800s, and bridges the gap between Dunton's history as a mining town, and its current position as a rather luxurious vacation spot, where visitors can play at being old-timey homesteaders, all with the feel of a hotel, or perhaps a very upscale sleepaway camp. The resort is open year-round and features seasonally appropriate activities, like horseback riding, fly-fishing, in- and outdoor hot springs, and lots of other ammenities that should make it worth the trip. The resort is made of 13 'homestead cabins,' including one with canvas walls, and the option of an extra teepee outside. The whole thing is spread over 183 beautiful acres of Colorado land, with two rivers, a waterfall, and a gorgeous view of the mountains. It's shabby chic, but not too shabby.
From Naruse Inokuma Architects, the 'One for All' communal plate is just that: a minimally designed platter that has small grooves and dips to store individual dishes, to be presented at the table for a family-style meal. It's a pretty straightforward design, but of course, the best inventions are usually the simplest. And I'm sure I'm not the only one who recognizes the value of only needing to wash a single plate when the meal is over.
Kim Saulter is a sculptor who specializes in charming, detailed miniatures. Saulter usually creates incredibly detailed dollhouses with a clear focus on well-loved and oft-used kitchens, but Saulter also created a few mobile miniatures: two tiny campers and a pale blue food truck. The tiny toys are all created using a 1:12 scale, and all the baked goods are created lovingly with polymer clay. The accuracy will astound you, and the adorableness will delight you!
The Krabhuis (Dutch for scratchhouse) is a cardboard house for your beloved cat, designed by three architects from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Not only does the house provide your cute little kitten with a small space in which to snuggle, but the cardboard allows them to sharpen their nails "while solving the complete lack of beautiful furniture for cats out there." Pricing depends on where you live, but you can order Krabhuis here.
From Studio Cheha in Tel Aviv, Israel, the Flatlight is a fun and decorative optical illusion that offers a playful alternative to big, cumbersome candles. The flatlight is designed from a single thin brass sheet and comes in a few different color options, and it ships worldwide. If you like this playful lighting option, support their Kickstarter campaign from now until November 9, 2013.
Complete with an very enviable rooftop, this recently purchased home in Gothenberg makes great use of every unique nook and cranny, like the dining table tucked into a teepee-like corner, and using the dividing walls as storage. Skylights let natural light come through, and the color palatte, unsurprisingly, is kept minimal and clean, to give the apartment as much spaciousness as possible.
Design firm Oree combines the best of raw materials with technology in this series of computer products. Perhaps most interesting is their 'charging pebble' which allows you to charge your smartphone just by placing it on top of the pebble. Then there's Oree's wooden keyboard and wooden 'touch slab' that accepts multi-touch gestures.
It's Turtlesday, and this little guy deserves some credit for daring to face off against the cats in the house, even though he is much, much smaller. Sometimes the most courage comes in the smallest packages!
'The Smallest Printing Company is an individual press that is latest project of The Letterproeftuin. A mobile printing installation for small posters and books, The Smallest Printing Company is very adorable, and very, very small.
Illustrator and designer Cameron Moll has a new campaign on Kickstarter in which the Brooklyn Bridge has been re-imagined and redrawn entirely with detailed type, and then letterpress printed. Moll spent three years carefully studying the iconic bridge and read David McCulloch's The Great Bridge for a fuller understanding its history, especially its construction from 1869 to 1883. Using a single black and white photo as his blueprint, Moll digitally designed the entire bridge in elegant type, complete with some interesting easter eggs like names of builders who died during construction, as well as Moll's favorite places in Brooklyn. The limited edition pieces will be printed in two colors, by Bryce Knudson of Bjørn Press in Provo, Utah. The campaign runs from now until November 9, 2013.
This San Sebastian Apartment by Mikel Irastorza is yet another example of how to design your own small space so that it feels both cozy and uncluttered at the same time. A simple color palette and smart storage spaces, like a shelf that reaches to the ceiling, maximize the apartment's available surface space.
Designer Boggy Chan brings you this playful furniture set that takes all the sweetness and pleasure of tea time to seating arrangements, for an immersively delicious experience. To create the full-scale furniture, Chan played with smaller polyurethan models that look just like all your favorite tea snacks and biscuits. Chan also came up with a bunch of cute concept drawings that illustrate how the finished products might be used. The cupcake stool you see here can be adjusted for height from 30cm to 50cm, and was created with layers of polyurethane, left to drip naturally as though the icing is 'melting' off the top.