Posts tagged ‘lifestyle’

September 24, 2009

Best new styles for winter months – No 4: Nordic saga

Nordic Saga - a collection of elements for Scandinavian inspired rooms

Nordic Saga - a collection of elements for Scandinavian inspired rooms

Ceramic tea cups with bent-wood holders – “Warm” by Tonfisk
Marimekko produced textiles with tree branches laden with snow by Erja Hirvi
Hans J Wegner Style CH24 – blonde wood chair
Candle holders from Home autur de monde
Bed linnen from Lexington company
“Winterlove cushion” by FS HOME COLLECTIONS

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September 24, 2009

Best new styles for winter months – No 3: Norhtern lights

Norhtern lights inspired theme for winter interior decoration

Norhtern lights inspired theme for winter interior decoration

Egg chair by Tord Boontje, cushions from Home Autur de Monde, white cupboard seating by Kvanum

August 31, 2009

The 7 principles of Universal Design

On Universal`s Design site you can find loads of info about – well, Universal Design.

What is Universal Design?

It`s design for everybody. And it`s more – check these 7 principles:

Principle 1: Equitable Use
The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.

Principle 2: Flexibility in Use
The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.

Principle 3: Simple and Intuitive Use
Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.

Principle 4: Perceptible Information
The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.

Principle 5: Tolerance for Error
The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.

Principle 6: Low Physical Effort
The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.

Principle 7: Size and Space for Approach and Use
Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user’s body size, posture, or mobility.

When you stop to think about these principles, a question comes to mind – How many designs do you know that can boast to comply with these principles.

This is a good point for designers and design-users alike.

Check out more on universaldesign.ie

May 18, 2009

Brininstool + Lynch Coffou cottage

exterior showing wood trellis

interior view of coffou cottage

interior view of coffou cottage

“To gain a sense of rural privacy, the owners were looking to experience pastoral views of nature and foliage, more than lake views, in searching for their vacation property. They were fortunate to find the land that fit their aesthetic aspirations and wanted a home that would similarly match their concepts for living.
The cottage was designed with a simple structure, a horizontal wood rain screen of cedar to privatize the entry sequence on the North, and a wall of operable glass on the South. The open plan of the kitchen, dining, living area and porch as one room intensifies the views to meadow and woods to the South and maximizes the solar gain in the winter. Radiant heat in the ground concrete floors is enhanced by passive solar gain, and runs throughout the three-bedroom cottage. The arrangement of the rooms and glass are to maximize views of the outdoor environment, while providing the most energy efficient operation.”
via daily icon

front view - the wood side

front view - the wood side

coffou house garden view

coffou house garden view

see more at Brininstool + Lynch site

January 9, 2009

Fantastic fashion photography: Phillip Toledano

phillip toledano photography - office fashion

phillip toledano photography - office fashion

Mr Toledano`s own words: “For me, fashion photography is like writing. Sometimes it`s a short story, sometimes it`s a one-liner. But it`s always more than just hair and make-up.”

phillip toledano fashion photography - spider

phillip toledano fashion photography - spider

art fashion. Phillip Toledano

art fashion. Phillip Toledano

beauty and kniwes. Mr. Toledano

beauty and kniwes. Mr. Toledano

Don`t hestitate to see other Phillip Toledano`s work at his home page.

January 7, 2009

Apartamento – an everyday life interiors magazine

ISSUE 02 FALL WINTER 2008

ISSUE 02 FALL WINTER 2008

An interior magazine for everyday, for everybody… But something quite different?
Yes, that is “Apartamento” an “everyday life interiors magazine”. All in a nutshell.
World has long awaited something to counterbalance Wallpaper, so here it is.

January 7, 2009

Mike & Chris

Mike&Chris fall 08 collection

Mike&Chris fall 08 collection

Haven`t seen such a meticulous play of texture, detail and vintage pattern as is on display at Mike & Chris!

I`m so sorry nothing of it is available in this part of world!

Looking forward to their spring 09 collection, though.

Through platinum blonde`s blog

December 14, 2008

As NewYork hums below… you have a killer view!

southern view from the bedroom

southern view from the bedroom

 Take a look at how a New York resident, B. Smith, has made her nest – and a nest it is, looming high over Central Park.What fascinates is elegant mix of old and new, African and modern thoroughout the home.

Via New York Social Diary.

Tour other faboulous homes of famous and not so, at NYSD archive section.

simplicity reigns in the living room, with african bronze throne in one corner

simplicity reigns in the living room, with african bronze throne in one corner

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