Tiny Modern Dreams: Leaf House

Does anyone else ever fantasize about running away to some remote yet gorgeous landscape with a teeny tiny modern home, small enough to pull with a truck? We can’t be the only one, which is why we occasionally drool over the website, Tiny House Listings. One day. In the mean time we can’t help but find inspiration in one tiny modern home posted yesterday called the Leaf House based out of Canada.

“Leaf House is inspired by the philosophy of the owner-built home, and a creative approach towards designing and building. They feature full amenities and they are insulated for severe winter climates. Leaf House uses Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) lumber, reclaimed materials, natural finishes, and ecologically friendly building products. Leaf House can also build carriage homes and fixed tiny houses, with a particular emphasis on natural building methods such as straw-clay, straw-bale, and timber-framing.” Oh yes, these are for SALE. More.

Could you live in something this tiny?! We’re curious.

Images: Lair Herbert

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Brand Spirit

100 oggetti ridotti all’essenza della propria forma in cento giorni. Questo è il cuore del progetto artistico sviluppato da Andrew Miller dal titolo Brand Spirit. L’idea è semplice ma efficace; dipingere interamente di bianco oggetti di uso comune, spogliandoli di significato ed esaltandone la pura forma. Una contrapposizione netta a ciò che la comunicazione di prodotto mette in atto ogni giorno sugli scaffali di qualunque supermercato.

Via: houhouhaha.fr

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Combining Industrial Design & Cinematography, Syrp Rocks Kickstarter with the Genie

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The latest Kickstarter success story comes from industrial designer Chris Thomson and cinematographer Ben Ryan, who have created a simple, portable, and clever device to help shooters regulate motion control. Called the Genie, it doesn’t take up much more space than the SLR body it’s meant to be attached to, and it allows the user to program in both rotating and panning features.

What most impresses us is the inherent hackability of the device: Because it can propel itself along by a provided rope, the camera can go anywhere you’re willing to string that rope, either using an optional track or something you whip up yourself, like a few pieces of wood nailed together or even a skateboard.

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What’s also neat is that in the video below, you can see that they’ve prototyped it with the help of a MakerBot Cupcake:

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Design by Astronomical Impact: “Crash” Bench by Liliana Ovalle for Outdoorz Gallery

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Paris’s Outdoorz gallery is pleased to present the “Crash” bench by London-based designer Liliana Ovalle. The piece takes its form and name from a particularly lofty kind of natural disaster:

What happens when a force of nature changes the visual aspect of a design? Liliana Ovalle illustrates with finesse, that the unrehearsed, and uncontrolled can add impact both visually and emotionally to a design.

Crash is just such a piece. The sleek and perfect lines of the bench have been transformed by an unexpected impact which has imposed a new reality, a new way of being and created an outstanding piece of design.

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Still, I must admit that the smooth lines of the crater-like indentation reminded me more of Danah Al Kubaisy’s “D-Bench” (probably because I’d seen the particularly inimitable form recently at the Salone) than, say, Ezri Tarazi’s process-centric “Free Fall” chair.

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NewspaperWood Framed Cabinet by Breg Hanssen

NewspaperWood Framed Cabinet by Breg Hanssen

Breg Hanssen has designed a new cabinet for Vij5 using Meike Meijer’s NewspaperWood (wood planks made from old newspapers). I really don’t like purple, but I am strangely drawn to this shade of pinkish lavender (at least that’s the color it’s appearing to be on my computer).

NewspaperWood Framed Cabinet by Breg Hanssen

NewspaperWood Framed Cabinet by Breg Hanssen

NewspaperWood Framed Cabinet by Breg Hanssen

NewspaperWood Framed Cabinet by Breg Hanssen

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The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

Jennifer Rabatel is a product designer from France whose collection of The Extra ORdinary Objects was a way for her to turn basic objects into new things. The result is four collections of items that are a bit quirky but most definitely creative and functional.

Rabatel began with four simple items – a scraper, wrenches, a T-square, and an envelope, and here is what she came up with:

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

Spatula Mirrors
A set of mirrors inspired by paint scrapers – hand mirror, pocket mirror, wall mirror, and table mirror.

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

T-square Hanger
A foldable hanger for pants or a coat that was born from her daily use of a T-square and realizing it featured the perfect angle to hold a coat.

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

Wrench Candela
An adjustable candleholder made from pivoting wrenches that each hold a candle.

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

Envelope Bag
A leather computer bag with engraved buttons that resembles a Kraft paper envelope.

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

The Extra ORdinary Objects by Jennifer Rabatel

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