Rome was one heck of a civilization and there's no denying that they had great style. Unfortunately, most of us can't really go buy a real antiquity and the knock offs just look cheap. If you want something with style, class and a little modern touch though,Jaime Hayon has you covered with his New Rome series.
The designs are all based on classic Roman styles, but with modern materials that give the pieces a clean, eye-catching look that fans of ancient and new styles can agree on.
Albero means "tree" in Italian, so it's only fitting that this tree-like bookcase bears the name of the very thing that inspired it. The central post serves as a trunk and like a real tree, it can expand and grow to fit any space -although this particular tree only grows to 11 feet tall. Similarly, the branches can be spread out in any given pattern although these boughs are better suited for holding books and knickknacks than leaves.
This furniture almost looks magical they way it is suspended above the ground, but it's not scorcery -it's just a brillian illusion by Director Satoshi Itasaka of Japanese studio h220430. While the chair and bench are actually suspended by the balloons, those balloons are held to the ceiling by invisible wires with hidden anchors.
The furniture may remind you of Up!, but the designer was actually inspired 1956 movie Le Balloon Rouge.
I don't know about you guys, but I can't believe Easter is finally here. I know it is late this year, but it still seems like it snuck up on us. If you're trying to figure out how to make your home a little more holiday spirited before your family comes over though, Homes and Hues can help.
That's because we rounded up some of the funnest, cutest and simplest DIY crafts to decorate your home with. We have everything from classy to kiddy and no matter how you celebrate, you're sure to find something you like.
Even if you don't celebrate Easter, the list is worth a peek because there are plenty of fantastic ideas perfect for springtime in general.
270 square feet isn't much space to live in, but when we're talking vacation homes on the coast of Spain, it's just enough. And this gorgeous minimalist home isn't going to leave you wanting since it comes equipped with a toilet, a shower, a fireplace and a bed with an amazing view of your vacation space.
While it might not have a kitchen, you can always cook your freshly caught fish over your fireplace -or, since you're on vacation, go out to eat and treat yourself to something special.
At the start of this month, we asked you guys to go on Pinterest and tell us what to write about for a chance to win $50 worth of NeatoShop merchandise. While we got some great feedback on Facebook, not too many of you participated on Pinterest which means that we might have to do this contest again only open it up to all types of submissions.
For the time being though, it's up to you guys to pick the winner of the contest from the four submissions. Whichever idea you vote for will result in the winner getting a $50 shopping spree and one of our writers tackling the subject submitted in an upcoming feature article.
By the way, if you tried to enter the contest on Pinterest and don't see your entry here, leave a comment with the link to your pin and we'll add you in.
Also, if you're on Pinterest and didn't enter the contest but periodically come up with ideas you think would fit the blog, feel free to join our new group, Should Be On Neatorama. We hope to see you there.
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When you think summer, you probably think about sun, surf, relaxation and good grilling weather, but you might not think about throwing saunas into the mix -unless you're Finnish that is. That's because the Fins have a brilliant creation known as a SaunaLauta that is basically a sauna boat.
While there are plenty of them online, this fantastic creation not only has a sauna, but also three decks so you have extra space to relax, enjoy a nap in a hammock, grill up some snacks or take an epic dive into the chilly waters after a nice sauna session.
Best of all, you can even rent this crazy (but genius) contraption for yourself -assuming you're in the area.
Sure, it's all about smelling the roses, but blooming cherry blossoms are all about looks, not their smell. That's why the Kiyoharu Shirakaba Museum of Hokuto, Japan hired Architect Terunobu Fujimori to create this stunning viewing area to take full advantage of the seasonal blooms.
On the outside, the treehouse looks like a building from a fairy tale, but on the inside, it is simple and modern, which makes it a perfect setting to enjoy a cup of tea while sipping in the stunning scenery outside the window.
I don't know about you guys, but I love sleeping under the stars and listening to the sweet sounds of nature. I don't love the whole sleeping on the rock hard ground or the way that motorhomes and campers make you feel entirely removed from the experience.
That's why I'm in love with this modified vintage fire engine that has been converted into a tent/hotel room. It features a wood burning stove, a Victorian bed, hardwood floor recovered from an old Tudor mansion and more, but you still have basic canvas walls and ceiling surrounding you so you can really feel like you're "roughing it" even while you're cozied up in luxury.
If you work from home, you know how important it is to have a good home office where you can focus on your task without any external distractions. Even a lot of people who don't work from home have an office or study for personal work outside of the office.
With tax day looming next week, we thought it seemed like a good time to look at some of the coolest, most beautiful and most unique home offices we could find over on Homes and Hues.
Whether you need a big office space you can stretch out in or just a cozy nook for you and your laptop, you're certain to find something you'll wish you could be writing off on your taxes this year.
From the side, this staircase is hardly visable, but it's far enough out of the way that you aren't likely to bump your head on it without seeing it. And, when you go down the stairs, the vertical support beams can also work as hand rails.
It's a great way to maximize the space of a two-storey loft by minimizing the amount of space the staircase takes up -and it looks absolutely stunning.
You've likely already upgraded to a LCD or plasma TV and your monitor is probably the same, but did you ever consider what happened to your old TV or monitor? As it turns out, the cathode ray tubes (CRT) that made those screens work are incredibly difficult to recycle. That's why Fireclay Tile came up with a great solution for repurposing the tubes. In fact, the very properties that make the tubes so hard to recycle (they are incredibly thick and very shatter resistant) also make them perfect to use as tiles.
While the Boy Scouts are in the news a lot these days for certain conservative policies, their basic values are noble -sustainability, education and respect for example. And their new Sustainability Treehouse in the Summit Betchel Reserve of West Virginia reinforces these important ideals by placing an emphasis on sustainability.
The building's stunning location not only emphasizes just what is at risk if we don't change our polluting ways, but the premise is also an example of just how well sustainability works -leaving basically no footprint between its solar and wind turbine generated power and rain cistern and water cleansing system.
Not every home comes equipped with central air conditioning, but during the dog days of summer, it's hard to use a window-mounted A/C without spending a fortune on electricity or being totally uncomfortable. Aros is a novel way to deal with the problem as this air conditioner can link with your wifi and be controlled by your smart phone so you can turn it on before you head home, program it to turn itself off when you leave the house and set it to maximize energy efficiency when the weather changes.
Camping is awesome, but even the biggest enthusiast will agree that sometimes getting away from it all can be a little dirty. That's where the Road Shower comes in. This solar-heated shower attaches to any standard roof rack and can heat water to temperatures over 100 degrees -adding a little room temperature water can cool it down to a comfortable level. While solar-powered camping showers are nothing new, having one that can be pressurized and that attaches to your car rack is something refreshingly new and drastically better than the alternatives. It can even be used hands free.
Suspended fruit baskets are nothing new, but having one this attractive that can also be used for so many other things sure is. The Pluk Suspended Storage Sphere doesn't just clear off your counter space, it also creates an eye-catching display of your produce, toys or even just clutter.
As long as an item is small enough to fit between the elastic bands and big enough not to fall right through them, Pluk can easily hold your goodies until you need them. Best of all, it comes in a variety of colors and materials so you can cordinate it to your home.
If you're designing a new structure in an area that requires all new buildings have the appearance of a stone facade, but you want to build something different, what do you do? If you're Wiel Aerts Architects, you just make up your own building material that looks like marble but is made from glass.
At least, that's what they did when they designed the Allianz Headquarters. The beautiful marble above is actually glass with multiple layers of white and black dots in it. As if that weren't cool enough, the unique "marble" ends up appearing to be different colors in different lights -as you can see in the images.
What's the coolest thing about this swing set? It's not that it's by a slow-moving creek, it's not even that it has a great fire pit in the middle. The best thing about this design is that you can build it yourself.
Goods Home Design has photos and a materials list to give you the basics and the comments section on their post provides even more tricks and tips to complete this simple project in no time. There are even a few mod ideas to make it even prettier.
Did you know Quentin Tarantino’s birthday was last week? While we’re a little late to the party, we couldn’t miss the chance to honor one of the most celebrated directors of our time, so here’s a roundup of some absolutely delightful fan art based on Mr. Tarantino’s fantastic films.
Quentin has brought a number of memorable characters to life and everyone has their favorites. Here is a small selection of artist Paul Mason’s favorites from different films.
The Briefcases of Quentin
If you ever find yourself in a Quentin Tarantino film and happen to see a briefcase, you might want to just turn away as soon as you see it. Yes, it will probably provide you with the most valuable thing you’ve ever come across in your life, but simply touching the case could probably get you killed before you even have a chance to open it. This minimalist poster by GGGDesign reminds us that sometimes it’s better to look and not touch.
This great piece showing some of Tarantino’s best characters playing as young children is in our own NeatoShop, which means you can even get it in tee shirt form to show your support for Theduc’s tribute to Tarantino.
One of the most famous and most beloved characters of all Tarantino’s films is Jules Winnfield, the bible-quoting, God-fearing thug from Marsellus Wallace’s crew. This painting by Alice X. Zhang shows that Jules is cool like Fonzie even while wearing a baby blue shirt with cartoon characters on it.
This Is A Tasty Burger
For a movie with such an incredible amount of violence, Pulp Fiction has a whole lot of food references. This cool poster set by Pierre-Alain Dubois emphasizes what great American foods are featured in the film.
From Dusk Till Dawn
If you’ve ever wondered what Tarantino’s take on vampires would look like as an animation you might see on Adult Swim, this illustration by Jordi Peters can answer your question. Personally though, seeing this image makes me long to see the whole story in cartoon form.
Do you use the space in your corners -especially the corner where the ceiling meets the wall? Most of us don't, but designer Tuomas Auvine found a clever way to let us use that space with his fashionable and totally functional 45° lights. They look great in the center of a room, but they really are fantastic for utilizing that underused corner space in your home and the light, which shines in a 45 degree angle really floods your living space with warm, comforting light exactly where you need it.
Everyone loves a good view, but if anyone can appreciate the importance of good aestetics, it's a photographer. That's why I'm not surprised in the least to discover this stunning house situated just outside a national park in Wales was commissioned by a photographer.
Aside from looking absolutely stunning and providing unparalleled views of the natural surroundings, this house is also fantastic in the amount of natural light it lets in and the way the walls, made from structural insultated panels, provide a perfect space for the artist to hang up his favorite works.
We have a lot of NeatoShop contests simply because we're proud of our tees and want to spread the love. If you already own a NeatoShop tee of your own, then you know just how awesome they are.
If you'd like to turn one shop into two, we now have a way for you to earn a free shirt just for sharing your love of our tees.
All you have to do is take a picture of yourself in a shirt from the NeatoShop and then upload the image to our NeatoShop Facebook page. If we like the picture enough, we'll feature it as an official image for that design in the shop and in exchange, we'll reward you with a free tee shirt of your choice. If you keep taking pictures of your shirts, who knows, maybe a single NeatoShop tee will turn into a whole wardrobe.
Obviously without seeing your pictures, we can't guarantee that we will or won't use your picture, but here are a few tips if you want to maximize your chances of getting featured:
Make sure the shirt design is totally visible. We love you fans, but if we're going to put a picture on our product page, it needs to show the product clearly, not just a picture of you with a tiny square of one of our shirt designs peeking out in the corner.
Be creative. We already have pictures of the tee shirts, we want pictures that show you having fun in your tee. You don't have to leave your face in the image if you don't want to, but there better be something really interesting about the image if your head's cut out of it.
Keep it clean. It goes without saying, but if you're flipping off the camera or posed reading an adult magazine, we won't be using that photo.
Don't go too artsy. Instagram is great and we love artistic photos, but black and white, high contrast, soft focus, etc. images won't work on our product photos, so make sure it's clear and the design's colors show up accurately.
Just imagine you could find yourself into a My Friendly Neighbor tee or any other great NeatoShop design simply for supporting the shop and the blog!
Hey gang, want to win SIX free tees from the NeatoShop? All you have to do is like the NeatoShop Facebook page and tell us the name of your favorite design (like the Batnoir pictured) in the comments for this FB post. All submissions must be in by Sunday at 11:59 PM PST.
Want to increase your chance of getting a tee? While we can't manage referrals in this contest, we can say that with six tees up for grabs, if you happen to refer the person who ends up winning the contest they kind of owe you one of the tees they win and we will be happy to ship prizes to two different addresses. So there's certainly good reason to urge your friends to participate too.
Why should cool home designs be limited to human residents? Pets like to look a little classy too. And over on Homes and Hues, we've compiled some of the coolest and most fun pieces of pet furniture ever created.
There's everything from geeky designs for cats -like this Indiana Jones bridge...
to ridiculously fancy beds for dogs. Whatever you and your furry friends are into, there's sure to be something to impress you both in this delightful list.
The Autostadt is essentially a German museum dedicated to car history, design and more. The MobiVersum is the family-oriented part of the attraction, which naturally features a playground to keep younsters entertained. But this isn't just any old collection of slides and swings -it's more like an interactive play sculpture.
The design is inspired by a forest, but it is abstract enough that children may just as easily imagine they are sailing the seven seas, fighting dragons or exploring the galaxy as they climb across tight ropes, crawl up tiny tunnels and slide down -well, slides.
When the kids are played out, they can head to the museum's cooking school or go take a "driving test" where they can earn a children's driving license.