It’s often said that home is where the heart is, but I’m sure that most of us would easily fall in love with these fairytale cottages and leave our old homes behind in a heartbeat. What goes in to making a fairytale cottage? First of all, it’s clear that you need a rural setting, preferably a forest with witches and wolves or fairies and elves hiding behind every tree and rock.
Whether they remind you of Chicago speakeasies, medieval assassination plots or Cold-War precautions, secret rooms and passages have an undeniable mystique and appeal to them. Here are 20 secret rooms created with safety, work or play in mind. Secret rooms today can provide you and your family with a safe haven or store room in the case of an emergency. Or a fun and cozy hidden nook to hide away from the outside world. Whatever the case may be, it is their secrecy and mystique that makes them so appealing to us.
While we did write recently about furniture and home design for pets, we never had any idea that anyone would take it this far: an unidentified homeowner in California has spent $35,000 turning his home into a feline paradise. It’s not clear who this home is better for, the owner or the 18 cats he lives with. Spiral ramps, walkways, scratching posts, miniature stairways, crawlspaces and other awesome details designed specifically with his 18 fluffy roommates in mind.
British artist and designer Benjamin Shine has come up with a simple and elegant improvement re-design for the common candle holder that allows candles to last at least twice as long. The melted wax from the candle on Shine’s Rekindle candle holder all flows into the holder’s hollow stalk, which has a second wick running along its length. The wax accumulates around the wick and hardens, forming a second candle.
Austrian artist Klemens Torggler has potentially created the next futuristic iteration of the door. If automatic sliding doors and revolving doors are just too 20th century for you, he has a folding door with triangular segments for the futuristically inclined. Torggler’s door seems elegant and graceful, folding on itself like an origami sculpture.
This aerodynamic tube office, designed by Spanish architects Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano, has been turning heads due to its unusual and sustainable design. Half of the office, which the two architects designed for their architecture firm Selgascano, is dug into the ground in a forest outside of Madrid. This ensures that the office stays cool even during the hot Spanish summers.
When we furnish our apartments or homes, it’s easy to forget our animal companions. Getting furniture just for your cat or dog might be a bit extreme, but most of these pieces of animal furniture are useful for both people and their pets. Some of these pieces of animal furniture serve dual purposes. Others are probably more useful/fun for pets rather than people. However all will make your pets happier by making their home environment more dynamic.
There’s basic Ikea furniture, there’s fancy furniture, and then there’s these creative and surreal artist furniture pieces by Lila Jang, a sculptor from South Korea who created twisted and bloated versions of 18th-century French furniture.
German design company Goldtatze (Goldpaw) specializes in creating overhead playgrounds and walkways for cats. The company’s complex playgrounds feature long scratch posts, descending ramps, rope bridges, platforms and other structures perfectly suited for a cat’s acrobatics. As most cat owners know, a setup like this is much preferred to a tree, which cats might be able to climb but may have trouble getting out of.
Not all work spaces were created equal – some can reduce workers’ morale while others can keep them happy and inspire them to be more energetic and creative. For companies like Google, which require smart, creative and in-demand workers, such offices offer a competitive edge when trying to attract young and intelligent employees. Here’s a list of the coolest and most well-designed office spaces in the world.
In 1942, a young Parisian woman fearing Nazi persecution fled to Southern France, leaving behind a lavish apartment in Paris that she would never return to. 70 years later, its hidden trove of artwork has finally been exposed for the first time. One piece, however, stood out from the rest of the artistic and historic relics – 19th-century Italian painter Giovanni Boldini’s portrait of his muse, Marthe de Florian. The painting itself has been valued at roughly $3.4 million.
These copper pipes, gears and steel railings are not from the interior of an ironclad battleship or WWI factory – they‘re part of the brilliant interior steampunk design of Truth Coffee‘s cafe in Cape Town. The cafe features authentic elements and accents like old bookcases, candlestick telephones, vintage typewriters, gas-masks and other gizmos and gadgets.