cotton street residence ~ spiegel aihara workshop
Villa Yarze started with an existing eclectic house in a large landscape. The project was approached by keeping certain characteristic sections of the existing house and adding new programs and spaces to it. Attention was given to large lit openings, integration of stone lintels and pedestals to the facade, while creating a contemporary result. The landscape integrates the several natural levels of the house, while breaking the scale of the resulting retaining walls. The hard and soft landscaping makes use of native trees, fruit trees and herbal shrubs, to create a raw natural context.
Nestled deep in the Quebec forest, La Luge is a vacation home that allows visitors to live directly amid the wonders of nature. Created by yh2 architects, the home was constructed out of cedar, oak, and walnut, with the darker and lighter woods separated into different sections to create very distinct spaces.
The house concept was designed to be flexible in order to accommodate a large number of guests. The division of rooms can be reconfigured with sliding doors that open up or divide the areas off into smaller living spaces. Specifically, the children’s room can be transformed into a playground that opens up to the main living space or into a smaller guest bedroom that is more closed off. Additionally, almost a third of the usable area incorporates a private spa.
Floor-to-ceiling windows create the illusion of being completely consumed by the surrounding beauty of the snow-covered trees on a winter’s day. The location provides privacy for visitors who can enjoy Quebec’s cold, but beautiful, winter while snuggled up next to the fireplace.
Doodle in Mid-Air
World’s Smallest 3D-Printing Pen Is Coming to Kickstarter
Humans are accustomed to drawing in the air. We gesture with our hands when talking and will try to illustrate charade secrets by “drawing” objects in space. 3D-printing pens takes those gestures, makes them tangible and, in the hands of an artists, beautiful. Recent 3D-printing pens have been cool, but clunky affairs. LIX Pen, however, is something different. It’s light, small and apparently needs no more power than you can draw from your run-of-the-mill laptop. Now it’s coming to Kickstarter.
Measuring 6.45 inches long, 0.55 inch in diameter and weighing just 1.23 ounces, the aluminum 3D-printing pen (which also comes in black) really is pen sized. You hold it just like a pen, and plug a 3.5mm-like jack into the base and the other end of your cable into your computer. The juice allows LIX to heat to over 300-degrees Fahrenheit, though the plant-based PLA filament (it can also use the stronger ABS plastic) only needs to heat to 180-degrees to work. That filament is fed in through a hole in the base and emerges as a super-heated liquid on the tip so you can start doodling in the air.
Mountain Lodge Tamersc - South Tyrol
Nestled in the heart of Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park in the Dolomites, the Mountain Lodge consists of two enchanting properties, including a tastefully restored hunter’s cabin made entirely from larch wood. The chic, minimalist interiors are beautifully decorated, combining modern and traditional design with genuine South Tyrolean flair. Suitable for up to 6 guests, the lodge makes for an ideal retreat whether you’re looking for an active holiday or blissful relaxation.
Oliver Peake: Japanese Bed
"This was an interesting commission. The client wanted an entirely sunken bed with hidden storage and invisible heating! We couldn’t go down as it was on the first floor so we raised it up. A simple solution elegantly executed, the floor lifts up to reveal storage ‘bins’ with a matching stepped drawer unit."
Solid maple throughout.