If you live somewhere as beautiful as the Eye of Africa Estate, you want to take advantage of the area's natural beauty as much as possible. That's why W design architecture set out to create a home that would enhance the experience of living in such a setting.
The home both blends in and stands out from the African scenery surrounding it with its concrete and steel materials, green roof and underground courtyard.
Standing desks are all the rage right now, but generally speaking, they aren't exactly portable. The StorkStand changes all that -letting you carry around your desk so you can use it on the back of any chair. Just set the height position, strapping it to the chair's back and then you're ready to go.
The desk can hold up to 50 pounds and weighs a little over four pounds, so it's quite portable.
Here at Neatorama we love treehouses and British design firm Blue Forest's Living the Highlife is certainly no exception. This cool dwelling featues two different buildings, one for adults and one for kids.
The adult's structure features a kitchen, bathroom, living room and dining area, which makes it perfect for entertaining guests. As for the kid's area, it has a secret trap door that leads up to a gaming room and it has a zip line that leads to an assault course in the forest outside.
Do you miss the Star Wars or superhero sheets you had when you were a kiddo? While you might be a bit too grown up for those designs (and they probably don't make them big enough for your adult-sized bed), there are plenty of great geeky bed sets out there for adults these days.
Over at Homes and Hues, we rounded up some of the best nerdy designs from science, gaming, sci-fi and more so you can finally sleep in with the things you love most.
Best of all, most of these designs are a lot more chic than your standard children's bedspreads so you can show off your geek side while still showing a little style.
I don't know about you guys, but I can't stand nineties fashion and seeing it come back into style makes me simultaneously feel bad for and laugh at the teens wearing it. That being said, those stupid inflatable chairs that became so popular back then still hold a special place in my heart.
And I can't be the only one, seeing as how designer Fabrice Berrix just made an inflatable version of his classic Mayflower chair. Presumably it will hold up a lot better than those cheap ones that were sold everywhere back in the nineties, but either way, the cute flower design already makes it look nicer.
What time is it? Time for some great design inspiration! And here it is in the form of a clever typography-based clock. The face comes in two colors -natural rust and gold leafing and the face is removable so you can even change out the battery and set the time easily.
The clock spells out the time for the viewer in plain English (and other languages too) in a variety of fun phrases like "A Quarter Past Ten" or "It Is Five O'Clock."
If you love stir frys, you've probably noticed that it's practically impossible to make a restaurant-quality one at home even if you have all the right ingredients and a wok. While some people claim it's the MSG (and it sometimes is), the real lacking element is the heat.
Chinese restaurants cook on incredibly high heat stoves that you can't get at home -until now. The WokMon is a great new design that can focus your stove's flames so you can get the high temperatures you need to make real Chinese dishes. Best of all, you don't even need to change out your existing stove. Just put the small piece over your burner and the large part on the grate to hold your wok for you and you're ready to go.
Ever put a crease in the corner of a piece of paper and think? This would look awesome as a house? Well maybe you should because that's exactly what Yukio Hashimoto's F-House looks like and it is totally stunning.
The crisp exterior may be totally modern, but the interior follows many traditional Japanese design practices, making the home all too attractive for those who have a modern edge and traditional values.
When it comes to housing, most people live by the "bigger is better" mentality, but there are those who feel the exact opposite is true. While these tiny houses may not be for everyone, we can all appreciate the cozy, cute look of these minimalist residences.
Over at Homes and Hues, we've compiled a list of some of the coolest and most beautiful tiny houses around so you can see what you are missing with your spacious property.
Boulder, Colorado is known for its amazing scenery and this gorgeous house only seven miles out of town really takes advantage of these views. The home on the slope has floor-to-ceiling windows to really help frame the natural setting and it uses a number of eco-friendly techniques so it has a near-zero energy usage, even in the chilly Colorado winters.
Well, square, rectagle, circular, etc. Really, it's just pretty geometric. The modular system comes with 25 pieces you can mix and match however you see fit and each piece is designed for a different purpose. Designers Erik Olovsson and Kyuhyung Cho based the shapes in each block so they could provide a home for specific objects -a triangle to house an open book, for example.
Indoor pools are awesome, but they also are a huge waste of space when you don't want to go swimming. If you have a mansion, that's no big deal, but for most people, space is a precious commodity.
With the Hydrofloor though, any pool can be closed to look like a regular concrete or stone floor with just the push of a button. You can even stop the rising floor part of the way up to just make the pool more shallow -perfect for those who have children.
Some fans are content with a signed photo, a prop from their favorite TV show, or, at most, a lock of their favorite celebrity’s hair, others want something a little more personal –and often a lot creepier. Here are some of the weirdest pieces of celebrity memorabilia ever sold.
Michael Jackson’s Burnt Hair
Remember back in the 80s, when Michael Jackson, still the reigning King of Pop, had his hair catch fire while filming a Pepsi ad? Well, little did you know that the ad’s executive producer, Ralph Cohen, held on to a handful of those singed locks only to sell them to a collector for $1845 just after Jackson’s 2009 death.
A Lamp That Almost Burned Down Ozzy Osbourne’s House
In 2006, there was a small fire in the home of Ozzy Osbourne. The cause of the blaze was believed to be a bronze lamp that looks like a nude woman. In 2007, that very lamp went up for auction and sold for $2,500.
Suge Knight’s Underwear
The famous Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy in 2009, the company liquidated its assets, which, for some reason, included a pair of executive Suge Knight’s boxer-briefs. The auction neglected to say whether or not they were washed since he last wore them, but it’s unlikely that would have affected the purchase price, seeing as how they were listed at $5 and only sold for $1.
Justin Timberlake may have brought sexy back, but I somehow doubt it rubbed off onto his half-eaten French toast, but apparently one fan disagrees, given that she was more than happy to spend $1,024 on his leftovers.
This house looks like it's floating over the beach, but it's not. It's actually on a high cliff above the water -even across the street from the ocean.
With a little clever engineering on behalf ofF2 Architects though, the structure not only looks amazing from the ground level, but it also offers utterly amazing views. The floor-to-ceiling windows and pathway around the whole outside of the home ensure that these views aren't wasted either.
Disney parks are a great place to celebrate special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays and more, but they’re also a great place to make up an excuse to celebrate some of your favorite things. Whether it’s a subculture, a fashion, a British TV show, an epic wizarding tale or your sexual orientation, there are tons of great excuses to celebrate and meet people with similar interests and here are a few such organized meet ups.
Billing itself as the “largest dark subcultural event on the West Coast,” Bats Day is an annual event where goths, lolitas, rockabilies, steampunks and other subcultures with an interest in the darker things in life meet up at the park. There are three officially sanctioned photo events, one in front of the castle, one in front of the Haunted Mansion (with smaller groups) and one for the goth kiddos in front of the Sword in the Stone.
While originally just a meet up for goths, the event has gained a lot of steam over the years and now includes all number of subcultures and a number of events outside the park during that weekend, including a special dinner, a goth club night, a Black Market and an art show. Bats Day typically takes place in May, so if you want to visit the next one, check in on their website as it gets closer to that time of year.
For Lolita purists who don’t want to deal with all the goths and other subculture folk there on Bats Day, Lolita Day is a dedicated day for those obsessed with the Japanese harajuku fashion. Scheduled to take place sometime in October, it’s also set during a month that’s much more suitable to wearing elaborate, layered dresses all day in Anaheim.
It’s A Ska World After All
Do you think of dancing when someone yells “skank?” If so, be sure to dress up in your best two-tone gear and hit the Disneyland Park on September 21 and meet up with fellow rudies in the happiest place on Earth for It's A Ska World After All.
Life is great...except for all those people and realities you have to deal with. That's why we love this new "Forever Alone" pod that allows you a quiet, shut off space to enjoy your movies, video games, internet and other anti-social activities.
On Homes and Hues, we mention that the Cozy Room, as it is officially called, is actually a great place for working or studying at home while being able to shut off any distractions, but let's face it -for a lot of people getting away from other people is recreational in itself.
Good news guys, it's contest time again! This time it's to celebrate the NeatoShop Facebook page getting 2000 fans in only a matter of months. We're offering up eight special Transformer toys from our most recent mystery box and a NeatoShop tee shirt. Each entry method in this contest qualifies you for a tee and toy. The contest ends on Friday, June 27 at 11:59 PM PST.
If you couldn't tell already, over at Homes and Hues, we love slides and there's no exception when it comes to this amazing viewing tower/slide/clock combination found at the German campus of design company Vitra. The tower is supported by three columns, two of which meet to hold up the giant clock at the top. The tower has a great viewing platform that allows you to oveerlook the entire campus and when you're done, you can easy slide down the 100-foot-long spiral slide.
This 700 square foot house might just be the most beautiful beach shack ever created. Its open floor plan and sliding walls allow residents to set up their privacy as they see fit and the glass walls make the guests feel like the tiny home is a lot more spacious as they enjoy unparalleled views of the sky and sea.
Last week we announced our new superhero tattoo contest where you guys could submit your superhero tattoo photos for the chance to win a two NeatoShop tees of your choice. We finished collecting submissions, so now it's your chance to vote for your favorite. Voting ends on Tuesday night at 11:59 PM PST, so hurry up and vote!
Entry #1: The Silver Surfer
Entry #2: Batman
Entry #3: Wolverine
Entry #4: Ryu from Street Fighter
(He's from a game, but he technically has superpowers)
If you have a two-story home, you typically need stairs, a ladder, a ramp or an elevator to get up to the next floor, but going down can be a lot more of an adventure -especially if you revert to the old playground favorite, the slide. Over on Homes and Hues this week, we rounded up 9 Houses With Slides Inside so you can recall your childhood dream of having just such a home.
The slides are all fun-looking, but many of them are suprisingly sophisticated, showing that adding a little creative flair to your home doesn't mean it has to look like a playground. In fact, some of these places are downright chic.
Sink strainers are critical for keeping your pipes clean, but no one wants to empty them out because the stuff inside is just utterly disgusting. But with the Tweak, you can pick up the strainer, squish the material into a cone and then flip out the gunk inside to empty it out.
The peice comes in two different sizes and a variety of colors and is so far only available on Kickstarter, where it has reached its funding goal four times over.
If you ever owned a desk fan or box fan, then you know their motor will eventually die and while resourceful people might be able to fix them, most people find it's cheaper and easier to get a new fan than fixing the old one. With so many fans inevitably ending up in the dump, it's nice to see someone turn them into something beautiful again, and that's exactly what the team at Fantasized does.
The group purchases fan guards from local scrap yards and plastic scraps from a local chair-making factory, supporting the local economy, and they then paint them and bring them to local artisans, who weave them into beautiful and useful home accessories.
The famous San Diego fair is back in town and Zeon and I got a chance to check it out this weekend. As always, the trip was fun and we've come back with dozens of pictures of weird foods, cute animals and fun rides so you can sit back and enjoy the fair without ever leaving your home or office.
The Fabulous Food
This year, the big buzz was about the bacon-wrapped churro that was injected with Jack Daniels and served with whipped cream and a Jack Daniels dipping sauce. We didn't try it, but we did try a few other treats from the Bacon-A-Fair booth that made them.
If you couldn't tell by the name, this place loves bacon (just like us Neatorama writers).
I tried the bacon-wrapped mushrooms that were stuffed with a little cheese and served with parmesean cheese. It was pretty much amazing although if I make it myself, I'd add in more cheese in the middle.
Meanwhile, Zeon tried the cheesy bacon bombs, which featured jack cheese wrapped in croissant dough and then wrapped in bacon before being deep fried. It was rich, bacony and as ooey-gooey as you'd expect.
Here are some of their other menu specialties. The chocolate-covered bacon is a little disappointing though, as the bacon is a little too thin to really get the full smokey flavor over all the chocolatey goodness.
Treehouses are usually in trees, but this house in the lake is pretty darned amazing even if the only trees are hidden away in the bridge. The Treehouse Solling of Germany sits about 14 feet above the water's surface, offering a great view of the fish, critters and flowers of the forest.
Inside, a number of beds and benches make the site cozy, while ample storage makes it a practical place to stay and an impressive skylight makes for incredible stargazing even on chilly nights.
If you live in a small space -whether by choice or neccessity, you know that it's important to make the most of every inch of your space. Sometimes though, it's hard to visualize what you could possibly doo with a small nook on the side of your fridge...
Or the baseboards under your kitchen cabinets...
And sometimes it's hard to find the space for everything you need in your home -like a desk. Over at Homes and Hues though, we have some solutions for making the most out of even the smallest living spaces.
From the outside, this Boca Raton mansion looks a lot like any other multi-million dollar property, but the mansion of ex-CEO of FriendFinder, Marc Bell has a serious geek side that might not appeal to the average buyer, but is just perfect for a nerd lord seeking his kingdom.
The eight bedroom, sixteen bathroom palace features a Star Trek theater, a Star Trek bar, a full size arcade, a Call of Duty gaming room and more. It can be yours for only $35 million.
There's been a lot of press lately about Luigi's intimidating death stare featured in the new Mario Kart commercials, but when you think about it, can you really blame Luigi for being a triffle aggravated? After all, he's been stuck playing second fiddle to his shorter, chubbier brother for over thirty years.
After all this time, I think it's time to show Luigi that he's loved too. And here are some superfans with the ink to prove it.
On a side note: as with most tattoo posts, I rarely have the name of both the artist and the person with the tattoo, so if you have any info on these pieces, let me know in the comments.
This piece by Dorian is a fantastic example of why Luigi is so likable -he's never cocky and he's comfortable in his own skin.
At the same time, Luigi's never one to back down from a fight as this tattoo by Shannon Ritchie proves.
That bravery comes at a cost too. After all those fights, Damian James knows that Luigi has suffered just as much in the name of the Princess -but he has to settle for Princess Daisy who is never even locked up in the same castle as Peach.
It makes you wonder, if you were this overlooked, wouldn't you also turn to smoking shrooms or some other substance that makes you see ghosts, monsters and man-eating flowers? Thanks John Gorman of Providence Tattoo for illustrating this point so well.
So maybe next time you see the Luigi Death Stare, cut the guy a break -he's had to deal with a lot of crap thanks to his big brother and he never complains. In fact, I think we should all aspire to be a bit more like Luigi.