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It looks like something from a mad scientist’s laboratory, with a heating element furiously boiling water inside a glass bulb. But the liquid this strange-looking device ultimately produces isn’t some mysterious chemical concoction – it’s coffee. Made of hand-blown glass, Café Balão by industrial designer Davide Mateus is based on the design of traditional vacuum-style immersion coffee makers.
Traditional methods of warding off muggers – pepper spray, self-defense classes, whistles – work well, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s the concept behind this bizarre neck accessory. It encourages women to improve their posture and walk with their heads up, habits that have been shown to keep muggers away.
The idea is that
These bikes are not for the spandex-wearing couriers, perhaps, but they’d be a lot more comfortable if they did swap out their rides. Crouching over all day is only going to make you look like Quasimodo, eventually. But this isn’t just an ergonomic cruising bike, it’s a dream urban commuting bike – one that allows you to dress for “the
When you first see this rug, your initial reaction might be to pick it up and shake it out so that it sits flat on the floor. But, although the rug looks like a folded or rumpled piece of fabric, it’s actually just a clever optical illusion.
The Folded Tones rug from designer Enoch Liew is a fun floor covering
Kitchen back splashes are typically not the focal point of the room. But these made-to-order custom glass back splashes will steal the show in the heart of any home.
The British company Glass Splashbacks makes stunning back splashes featuring whatever color, shape or picture you desire. You also choose the thickness of the glass. The colors or pictures are printed
The natural beauty of the Ecuadorian highlands is the setting for a stunning two-level home from Diez + Muller Arquitectos. Los Chillos House is a glass box set upon a base of stone, mixing natural and modern elements for a warm and welcoming abode.
The home is built into a hillside, providing a remarkable view of the surroundings. The stone
The suburbs, with their narrow definition of what constitutes a ‘house,’ can be an uninspiring place for poets to live. New York-based firm Para-Project decided to flout arbitrary conventions of suburban architecture with a rectilinear white writing studio squeezed between two typical homes, an unexpected visual for the Syracuse neighborhood.
Designed for two poets who own one of those homes,
Overuse of patterns in a single room can give the space a chaotic feel, but somehow, despite layer upon layer of mismatched prints, this apartment interior is peaceful and harmonious. Maybe that’s because developing beautiful prints is a full-time job for Marcel Wanders, a Dutch designer best known for his striking wallpaper patterns. This private home in Amsterdam is a