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Friday, October 4th, 2013

Renzo Piano’s Minimalist Cabin

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The Vitra campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany is unlike any other – you probably recognize VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron:

The latest addition to its architecture collection is Diogene, a minimalist cabin designed by Renzo Piano and The Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW). The house represents a unique partnership between the architect and the furniture company, and makes you wonder just how few square feet you could get by living in.

While known for so many large iconic projects, tiny houses have always been a big interest of Piano’s. The planning of the Diogene, which has a footprint of just 2.4 meters by 2.4 meters, was ten years in the making. When Vitra caught wind of the fact that he needed a partner, they made a big but logical from furniture into the minimalist house market.

While they still play with the idea of if and how to put the very functional little house into production, the prototype sits nestled in the grass on Vitra’s campus. The house collects its own water and supplies its own electricity – you could go completely off the grid in this small home, which has Photovoltaic cells and solar modules, a rainwater tank, a biological toilet, natural ventilation and triple-glazed windows.

The large openings on the roof and the large window open it up, let in the light and make it feel a lot larger than a few dozen square feet, making such small-space living not only tolerable, but comfortable. The sofa folds out into a bed, and there is a tiny bathroom and kitchen inside. The little house can serve as a Thoreau-like retreat, a studio, a guest house or a place to get some solitude and peace just outside of a busy household. It could also be used as emergency housing after natural disasters. I can only hope it’s something we can sell someday!

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Monday, September 30th, 2013

Hurry Up! One More Day To Save on Knoll!

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KNOLL!

Not to sound like a broken record, but you only have ONE DAY LEFT TO SAVE 15% ON ALL THE KNOLL WE’VE GOT! The sale ends on October 1, 2013.

I don’t mean to yell, I’m just, well,  shouting it from the rooftops. This offer does not come along very often and there are just SO MANY amazing iconic pieces to save on, including a slew of mid-century modern classics by the greats –  Richard Schultz, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Mies van der Rohe, Isamu Noguchi, George Nakashima, Warren Platner … if you’ve been saving up your spare change toward one of these investment pieces, now is the time to roll it up and buy.

Knoll Platner Stools

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Friday, September 27th, 2013

Hurry Up – It’s Your Last Chance to Save on Loll!

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Perk up your outdoor area this weekend and get ready to toast the marshmallows. Loll Outdoor is 15% through September 30.

Give the kids their own comfy seats with Loll’s modern take on the Adirondack chair for half-pints. Loll’s got plenty of modern seating options for grown-ups too, as well as tables.

Get some heat going for those s’mores with the Loll Fire Ring

Give the birds their winter home and add some color to the yard with the Pitch Birdhouse.

If you’re birds are more of the flat-roof types, go for the Loll Cube Birdhouse.

Planning a few DIY projects? Gather up your tools in this handy Loll toolbox. Better yet, do a little Christmas shopping early and fill it with the basics. This also makes a great housewarming gift and works great for gardeners.

Soon it will be time when you need a place to pull off snowy boots and get your winter gear together. Put a Loll Cubby Bench in the entry or mudroom for the perfect spot to stop, take it off or put it on.

Finally, don’t forget Fido and Fifi. Loll’s raised pet bowls keep the kibble off the floor with modern style.

Whether you’re gearing up for cold weather or want to save some bucks before the spring, now’s the time to shop Loll Designs at Design Public!

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Friday, September 27th, 2013

Getting Toasty: Where to Put the Firewood

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This was the first week we had a chill in the air here in Atlanta and I could not be happier that the humidity is gone and sweater weather is on its way! Have you called the woodman yet? Whether you have that cord of wood sitting in an unsightly stack in the middle of the yard, you’re ready to do some splitting over the weekend or you want to plan for how to do it with panache, we have some ideas for you about how to keep it looking nice and ready to burn.

This woodpile is huge! While we don’t recommend stacking wood up against a wood deck or siding, on brick against a stone house you’re safe from termites. Give it a little zshush with some windowboxes on top. This time of year, they look great with pumpkins, for the later months, plant them with evergreens or simply switch out boughs of pine, fir or spruce.

via http://chaseneal.vsco.co/

I actually like the rustic Paul Bunyon look of a haphazard stack of logs that’s waiting to be split. However, if you’ve ever seen the movie “The Strangers,” you’ll never want to leave an ax outside.

This charming cart is so practical; you can wheel it to wherever you have the logs stashed outside rather than struggling with big bundles.

photo: jfhillipsdesign.com

Do you have a non-working fireplace? Don’t be bummed, you can dress it up with logs. Just make sure they are completely dry before creating a stack like this.

While stacking logs against drywall or masonry may bring in some creepy crawlers, you can take some precautions. Use a metal rack and again, make sure that your wood is dry. Do not place it directly against the wall, scoot it out a few inches. This adds so much texture and rustic visual interest to the room that it seems worth the risk. Plus, it keeps you from having to open up the door and let all the cold in.

In fact, I’m loving this modern take, which combines industrial metal cylinders with the natural wood.

This smart niche is lined in metal to prevent damage to walls, and its scale and shape add a nice contrast to the ornate fireplace surround.

This wall-mounted unit transforms the logs into sculpture and keeps them from touching the drywall.

via Chandos Interiors

This chic log holder doubles as a console table.

How will you be stashing your firewood this winter?

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Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

High-Flying Design

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Why are most planes so boring looking? It seems like airliners spend millions in paint jobs and additional drag that uses up more fuel every time two mega-airlines merge. However, some companies are doing some eye-catching things to planes that are anything but plain.

Photo: Eva Air

This week the Hello Kitty plane from Eva Air made a lot of U.S. headlines when it landed at LAX.

Photo: Finnair

My modern-day personal favorite is the collaboration between Finnair and Marimekko, who have applied some of their most popular prints with planes. There’s a great video about the cooperation between the company most known for iconic Finnish fabric patterns and the airline here:

Photo: Braniff International Airways

This is not a new idea; Braniff International Airways really upped the artistic plane game back in the Don Draper advertising era, though I don’t think Cooper Sterling Draper Price ever came up with anything this exciting as these Braniff Alexander Calder bedecked planes for Mohawk. The full story is great, and you can check it out braniffpages.com.

Photo: Braniff International Airways

The photo above shows the only time I’d would not get tired of the mother-?#$@#$! planes on a mother-#!*@#?!!$# plane!

My fictional personal favorite is Austin Powers’ shagadelic plane. I could have sworn there was an Emilio Pucci design on a plane back in the day, but there were just the fabulous flight attendant uniforms with the crazy bubble head thing. The Austin Powers plane is the closest thing to a Pucci print that was out there, and it just suited the character and the era so well. Plus, the interiors were so fitting with the exterior.

Does a certain airline’s aesthetic choices suit you? Let us know in the Comments!

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