From Studio Rygalik, "The Kitchen" is a series of multitasking Frankenstein-esque pieces, like the salad stand with an IV drip for dressing, or the cutting board and table with attachments for hanging your shirts. I don't know if we can call these pieces practical, but as long as you're okay with "all-purpose" meaning "more than one purpose," you'll appreciate their strange existence.
Using reclaimed wood, Heather Kocsis creates models of what cities might look like if old and new architecture had to co-exist, right on top of each other. Layer by layer, Kocsis imagines urban streets as they age, but cease to fade away. The artist's work has been described as "possess(ing) the subject matter of photojournalism, the compositions of paintings, and the tactile quality of sculpture," an appropriately comprehensive explanation, as the Kocsis feels no need to limit herself to any rules of design.
If one of your major gripes about adulthood is that it's become harder and less socially acceptable to enjoy a good set of swings, join the club. As a kid, I liked nothing more than to lose myself in a good swing session. As an adult, I often wonder if I could pretend to be nine years old and bully my way to my chosen swingset. For all you likeminded swingers, there's the Cacoon swing chair. Part teepee, part swing, this beautiful creation can be installed within the privacy of your own property, whether in the garden or living room, where you're welcome to swing away. You can purchase the Cacoon in a single or double, depending on whether you feel like sharing.
Micro-apartments forever! Actually, maybe not. But during your own personal ___________ and the City phase, it might be a good idea to take some notes on space-saving design to make your apartment look as big as possible. Brazilian architectural firm FGMF Arquitetos has offered the following photographic guide to maximizing your loft space.
Richard Neutra (April 8, 1892-April 16, 1970) was an Austrian-American architect. He is known as the creator of the California modern style, which melds the interior with the exterior. Some of his works include the Kaufmann House, the Los Angeles County Hall of Records, Palos Verdes High School, and the Jardinette Apartments. He is remembered as being especially open to his clients' preferences.
Designer Jens Risom, cofounder of Knoll Furniture Company and later JRD, shows you his beautifully summery prefab home and restful retreat on Block Island, New York. Originally purchased in the 1960s, the roomy cottage still serves as an inviting destination for younger generations of Risoms to rest up. Video below.
This elegant and tiny studio apartment is a testament to the power of good decorating. Modular furniture, a simple color palette, and great lighting do a lot to make the entire space seem airy and comfortable, without being claustrophobic. It's tough to do, but take note if you don't currently live in the palace of your dreams: it's all in the details.
I couldn't tell you where, but this massive bohemian apartment is located somewhere in New York City, and integrates several different design sensibilities, color palettes, and textures. There's a lot going on, which means a lot of possiblities for spectacular theme parties.
Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, Ocean House on Hawaii's Big Island is like a beautiful fortress dedicated to protecting your comfort and relaxation. The sunny sanctuary is full of elements from Balinese temples to invoke a visitor's deepest sense of calm.
If you're already making plans for your summer vacation spot, consider this Surfside Residence in Bridgehampton on the east end of Long Island. It's the perfect idyllic spot to come home to after a day spent at the beach, or bike riding, or wine tasting, or any of those other things you'll want to do out east.