Ice Kitchen (image by Vicky Lam) At the start of 2016, Caesarstone, manufacturer of quality Quartz surfaces for commercial and domestic kitchens, began a year long collaboration with British designer Tom Dixon.  ICE (shown above) introduced a series of four conceptual kitchen installations inspired by the elements – Water, Fire, Earth and Air.  It was […]

Inga-Lill Aker grew up in Norway where she spent ‘many of my teenage years on building sites constructing traditional timber houses with my family. I developed a keen interest for these traditional wood crafts, but also a passion for the minimalistic, organic, and highly functional shapes which is the epitome of Scandinavian design.’ Now based […]

It’s a bit of a stretch, but with everyone clamoring to travel to Cuba, we thought of one of the country’s most famous American expats: Ernest Hemingway. The Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize-winning author has left behind a legacy of literature and personal lore of mythical proportions, but today we are looking to take style cues […]

Winter is Coming: Get Cozy with a Kotatsu

Thursday, 29 October 2015 by

Winter is coming. Japan is ready, but how are you going to stay warm. You need a kotatsu. This brilliant creation is a combo of space heater, blanket, and flat table (or a variation thereof). A picture, in this case truly, is worth more than a thousand words. All-knowing Wikipedia defines a kotatsu as a […]

Imagine growing enough greens and veggies for you and your family to fit your daily needs – in a corner of your apartment. All the kale and herbs and melons you need. A whole tower of kale, if you so desire! The Nutritower makes it possible. Urban and vertical farming have been gaining steam around […]

Let’s get concrete for a moment. The cement-based building substance certainly isn’t the coziest of home décor materials. But wait until you see what French firm Lyon Béton has in store when it comes to coffee tables, TV benches, bistro tables, chairs, shelves, and more. Béton is French for “concrete,” by the way. If you’re […]

Sitting all day while working…hundreds of years ago, the laborer in the field would have shaken her head in disbelief at such a dreamy notion. These days, too much sitting, in the office, car and on the couch, is making us sick. The cure? Keep moving! Fluidstance has created an incredible standing office “workout” piece […]

What the heck is a fiber artist? Glad you asked. In the case of Aussie Tanika Reed, it’s an artisan known for creating absolutely stunning wall pieces of complex and layered knots. It’s not your grandma’s hippie macramé, although Tanika was inspired, incidentally, by both macramé and her granny. While her art does have a […]

Toting around Starbucks is so old hat. In 2015, artisanal espresso is definitely a thing. If you live in Portland or NYC or Los Angeles, it’s a very important thing. Almost an art form. A ritual. People can wax poetic about the old-school taste of Italian espresso versus the new, slightly tarter flavors of say […]

Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itza. Until a few years ago, these exotic-sounding locales weren’t commonly known to many travelers. Mexico’s main draw were spots like Puerta Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco. But recently, the Riviera Maya, that beautiful stretch between Cancun and Tulum on Mexico’s east coast, has become one of the most happening travel […]