Category Archives: At Home

Stahl Firepit: Modern Firepit for the Modern Home

With a simple design that only gets better over time, the Stahl Firepit makes a great addition to your carefully manicured yard or patio. It’s crafted from hand-selected quarter-inch A36 hot rolled steel that’s purposely left raw, allowing it to naturally lighten as you use it and develop a unique autumn-hued patina. It measures 32″ by 30″ and stands about a foot tall, and has an ingenious slotted five-piece build that lets you easily take it apart and reassemble as needed. Continue reading Stahl Firepit: Modern Firepit for the Modern Home

Black Barn Conversion: The Ancient Party Barn

Built from a derelict farm in the hills outside Folkestone in Kent, the Black Barn Conversion melds what could be salvaged from the existing structure with an interesting mix of found materials. The centerpiece of the main area is a tapered brick chimney that supports both a portion of the mezzanine that houses the bed and bathrooms and a cantilevered waxed steel staircase. Huge insulated shutters recall the original barn doors while protecting an equally grand rotating window, and the original green oak framing — or the portion of it that could be repaired — is largely cosmetic, with a steel exoskeleton providing support for decades to come.

THE ANCIENT PARTY BARN IS SHORTLISTED FOR THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE PRIZE

“We are thrilled that the Ancient Party Barn has been shortlisted for the prestigious Stephen Lawrence Award.”

The RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize is funded by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation, and was set up in memory of the teenager who was setting out on the road to becoming an architect when he was murdered in 1993.

The prize, which rewards the best examples of projects that have a construction budget of less than £1 million, is intended to encourage fresh talent working with smaller budgets.

Photos: Keith Collie and Will Scott / Liddicoat & Goldhill

Once You Go Perfect Black, You’ll Never Go Back

See Your Favorite Films Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before with OLED, the Next Step in the Evolution of TV Technology

Over the past few years, 4K (ultra HD, 3840 x 2160 pixels) TVs have become more and more common in the average home. As the new technology becomes more and more affordable, it too becomes widespread. People have thus become more used to higher quality, clear sound, and a better overall viewing experience. The leap forward in TV technology makes older technology (such as CRT television) seem archaic. But it is through this archaic technology that we have seen many of the films and movies that we love. But what would the classic Tim Burton Batman films, or the original Star Wars trilogy look like in 4K? What if you’ve been seeing both of these series in sub-par quality all your life? Continue reading Once You Go Perfect Black, You’ll Never Go Back

Wood Studio House

Simple and form and materials, the Wood Studio House is designed to be eco-friendly in every aspect, from the direction it faces to the placement of the windows. It’s set on a hill above a town north of Barcelona, and built on top of an older structure to minimize its environmental impact. The wood that both frames the house and is used to clad the exterior and interior walls is sourced from the Catalan Pyrenees, there are solar panels on the roof for electricity, a small beehouse for honey, and water tanks that collect from the roofs and exterior pavement, in turn using it for irrigating the lawn and organic kitchen garden. The interior is similarly simple, with stark white floors and cabinetry contrasting with the natural walls, ceiling, and black fireplace with integrated wood storage.

Read more about it here at the Dom Arquitectura website.

Tic-Tac-Tag Makes Photo Booths Social

A new type of photo booth is popping up in Chicago that does not require a photo booth at all, instead it uses Instagram and Twitter to do the job for you.

It’s simple. Tic-Tac-Tag, sets up a cool looking printer-in-a-box at your event – very rustic and classic and is suitable for many types of occasions from weddings, to company parties, expos and more. Every event is set up with a specific event #hashtag (e.g. “#summerbash2015”) that you will ask your guests to post in their comments when uploading to their Instagram account or Twitter. Magically, the box will find the event specific #hashtag in real-time and instantly prints out your photos.

Photos will be displayed for your guests to enjoy and take home. These photos will be branded with your event so it makes for a great keepsake as well as a way to make non-attendees jealous.

For your next event take advantage of this service and add more social engagement with your guests.

You can find more information at www.tictactag.com.

SONY LED LIGHT BULB SPEAKER

You need light. You want music. Unfortunately, your space only has a solitary light fitting. Not to worry — the Sony LED Light Bulb Speaker can take care of both. As the name says, this multi-function gadget fits into the same fittings as ordinary bulbs, providing up to 360-lumens of app-controlled lighting, as well as an integrated 2 Watt speaker system that’s ideal for filling small spaces. It connects with your phone via Bluetooth, and also has a remote that can be paired over NFC, but as with many gadgets this unusual, there’s no word yet on a US release. Check it out >

BoConcept : The Guest

BoConcept is Denmark’s most global retail furniture chain with more than 270 brand stores in 60 countries around the world. The company has produced furniture for more than 60 years. BoConcept offers a complete coordinated design collection to achieve a personal, functional and stylish home. The company is known for its high level of professional service that helps customers making the most out of their space. Continue reading BoConcept : The Guest

Building a Wooden Bike from Scratch – Fettlers

Woodworker, Michael Thompson has taken it upon himself to create a functioning bike from nothing but wood. In this awesome look into the science of creating a fully operational bike, Thompson describes the ideation and process of crafting a bike made almost entirely of wood. Watch him at work in his woodworking studio and see what he has dubbed the “Splinter bike” in action.

Melampo Mega Floor Lamp by LuxDeco

Modern Meets Traditional
A modern design which also nods to its traditional influences can be a difficult thing to create. The Melampo Mega lamp is just that – a recognisable silhouette realised in thoroughly modern manner.

Slick Creation
A 2002 design by French designer Adrien Gardère, the lamp is nothing but slick. The base is crafted from aluminium, coated in zamac – a zinc alloy – and topped with a silk satin fabric shade in a delicate pale grey hue.

Fully Adjustable
The shade is adjustable and can be displayed in three positions – the standard, tilted or upside down configurations. Ideal for transitioning from general to task lighting easily.

Melampo Mega Floor Lamp