How do you make an apartment measuring less than 300 square feet livable for two people? For architect Brad Swartz, the answer is custom-designing transforming interiors for a carefully chosen flat in a historic 1920s brick deco building in Darlinghurst, Australia. The space may be small, but it’s on the northeast corner of the top […]

Break out beyond the standard wooden poles into less conventional materials and forms, and a staircase railing can do double-duty as a decorative focal point. Designer Marc Fornes mimics cellular patterns in glossy white Corian with this machine-fabricated addition to a Paris apartment. Creeping down a set of wooden steps that gradually get smaller as […]

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 […]

Natural light can make or break a living space, especially when you’ve got a limited amount of square footage to work with. The generous ceiling height and top-floor location of this Gothenburg, Sweden apartment more than make up for its small size, enabling the creation of a lofted workspace on top of the bedroom and […]

Taking up residence within the double-height living room of a gorgeous renovated warehouse in Sydney, this amorphous blob looks like it could have grown organically as if harboring a monstrous insect of horror movie proportions. Thankfully, nothing frightening is about to burst out of it anytime soon: it simply houses a bedroom and bathroom. Made […]

At just 140 square feet, this entire apartment in Poland is smaller than a lot of bedrooms in average-sized houses. As space grows scarce in cities around the world, urban residents are making the most of increasingly tiny living spaces, and that often requires various hacks, tricks and ingenious inventions to keep from feeling like […]

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 […]

Gimme Shelter: The Garden Igloo

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 by

Human habitations know no limits. These days it’s perfectly normal to find a yurt in your neighbor’s backyard or a teepee in your friend’s living room. An igloo? That would require polar temperatures. Not so fast! The Garden Igloo by the eponymous Berlin-based company thrives in any kind of weather, especially balmy breezes. The multi-purpose, […]