The awesome Fusillo bookshelves from And Vice Versa are comprised of modular elements that you can twist and turn to your own literary or storage-based needs. Each module rotates from a central axis point to provide support, and you can combine them however you like. 

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The Brown Residence by Lake|Flato Architects is located in the Arizona desert, and the home's earthy palette makes it the perfect sunbaked living space. The Brown Residence is protected from the sun's harshest rays with broad overhangs that provide welcome shade.

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Architect Héctor Ruiz-Velázquez took on the small attic and turned it into several layers of space by building by establishing levels to each room. Architectural nooks and crannies abound, turning what would be a very limited living space into an expansive home. 

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Studio Swine traveled to São Paulo, a city with an excellent recycling program, to create something beautiful and useful from the city's excess materials. These glass bottles have been reblown to form new shapes that serve as a nod to Brazil's tropical Modernism trend of the 1950s, rendering this cool series of cactus lamps.

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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:45

Mountain Retreat by Fearon Hay Architects


From Fearon Hay Architects:

"Mountain Retreat is a small structure set within a high country station, adjacent Lake Wakatipu, Central Otago. The colours and textures of the cladding integrate the building into the gravel tracks, exposed rock faces and scree slopes of the alpine environment. The architecture seeks to be a subtle insertion in the alpine landscape. The internal environment is both muscular and refined, referencing the toughness of the environment while providing comfort required for a retreat in the mountains."

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Loft + Rio, designed by Luiz Fernando Grabowsky hosted the 2012 Casa Cor architectural event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The space was originally a hotel and nurses' university in Flamengo.

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David LaFerriere is an illustrator and graphic designer, and probably one of the coolest dads ever. Since 2008, the artist has use his children's plastic sandwich bags as an everyday canvas, sending them off to school with adorably stylish culinary treats.

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Naoki Ono of YOY design firm presents Canvas, the furniture that you can hang from the wall! At first glance I thought the model was just leaning on a well-positioned painting, but Canvas is actually 3D and functional. I'm not sure though, if you have to be as petite as this model or if Canvas will actually seat the rest of us...

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Old New York on the outside and modern Manhattan on the inside, this 5th Street studio is big and bright, with lots of lovely wood accents and family-oriented seating arrangements. I don't know who gets to live here, but I bet Diane Keaton could walk in and know exactly where everything was. 

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:17

Owen Davey, The Cartooning Cartographer


Illustrator Owen Davey brings a little animated whimsicality to these maps of worthwhile travel spots, from Washington, DC to Rajasthan, India. Davey highlights important locations and includes illustrations of the best bits of local culture from each one. Use these maps as a handy guide for what to experience when you visit, and remember: it's pronounced Ibitha.

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