Finnish Retreat


The angled lines of this little refuge are unmistakably dramatic and functional.  It is all about the outdoors with the emphasis on the terrace, while the triangular walls  protect the Villa Mecklin from the wind, provide some shade  and give privacy.


Villa Mecklin, designed by Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects,  is located in the Finnish archipelago taking advantage, as it should, of the view and the sun. It sits between rocks, its sheltered terrace extending over the summit, offering a visual connection with the shoreline.  There is a separate structure for the sauna.  The wood burning fire pit and the stove heated cabins provide warmth when the sun goes down and is not filling the house with warm light.
The building materials selected for Villa Mecklin are uncontrived, basic ones suited for the archipelago. All wood surfaces have been left untreated and will turn grey naturally.  The Villa was built in 2008. The floor area of the villa is appx 753 sq. feet with the sauna being appx 210 sq feet.


Have an infinitely modern day!

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Kiyu Taro

Designed by Victor Branading Design Corp. | Country: Taiwan

“Kiyu Meteorological Station taro production from Jiaxian, Kaohsiung, is an unforgettable delicious snack in the Taiwanese memory. This packaging line boldly attempts to use the product itself different tastes, and does not make sense forming interesting combination with weather images. The changing weather referred to as touched the senses of taste, the spicy taste of mustard make us cry like a rain; spicy flavors makes you stamping like thundering; fragrant curry, such as the beautiful moonlit night, sweet caramel taste is charming sunny; taste mixed with different levels of integration, the taste buds also will comply with the incredible weather to start cross-sensory journey.”

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Paper Plates

Art director and set designer Shona Heath made a fantasy paper stage for the June 2012 issue of British Vogue, strength meets beauty as the spirit of Olympia, captured by Tim Gutt in gentle Wedgwood pastels and soft dove whites for the prettiest of sporting tableaux.

Magazine: Vogue UK, June 2012
Set design:
Stylist: Charlotte Pilcher
Hair: Neil Moodie
Make-up: Samantha Bryant
Nails: Kamila Laskowska
Digital artwork: Touch Digital

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HHI Day Pack

Hammarhead Industries’ heavy duty backpack meant for motorcycle commuting


Known best for their beautifully bad ass repurposed motorcycles, Philadelphia’s Hammarhead Industries recently unveiled their newest custom creation—the HHI Day Pack. The easy to open roll top bag finds its inspiration in everyday use, designed as a “minimal bag suitable for riding and capable of holding the tools of modern life.” Brooklyn’s d’emploi constructs each bag entirely with American made materials, making this paired down pack your perfect no-frills bag able to take a beating and only get better with wear.


When a client asked for an all purpose bag that’d match the rugged aesthetic of his custom Jack Pine motorcycle, Hammarhead’s designers realized they couldn’t recommend one, so they made it instead. After dissecting over 30 old military bags to see how different materials held up over time with little to no upkeep, they decided on a 15 oz Martexin waxed cotton canvas shell partially wrapped in salvaged leather from a NYC bootmaker for support and protection. For hardware they chose an unbreakable buckle originally made to hold a parachute and nylon webbing from a racing harness manufacturer in the Midwest.


When worn the waterproof bag sits perfectly into the small of your back for a comfortable riding position no matter how heavy the load, and the nylon straps are impressively easy to adjust with a quick pull. Inside the bag you’ll find a large main compartment the exact size of a full bag of groceries—or a 24 pack—and three padded pouches ideal of a laptop, iPad or notebook.


While this beast was specifically built to withstand the abuse of motorcycle commuting while avoiding the over designed look of most messenger bags, it actually works quite well as a bicycle bag as well. The lower leather side pouches are the perfect size for a medium sized u-lock and are conveniently placed in the right position for accessing miscellaneous things like lights, keys or even a water bottle. The HHI Day Pack is available now directly from Hammarhead Industries for $290.

Images by Graham Hiemstra

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Summer House by Judith Benzer Architektur

Maybe it’s the light. Maybe it’s just the great angles that the architectural photographer used in the shots. The Summer House by Judith Benzer Architektur located in Burgenland, Austria is simply stunning.

“The project Summer House in Southern Burgenland (Austria) describes a sharp-edged cubature which fits into its surroundings through its simplicity and homogeneous appearance.”

“In being used as a summer house, and by virtue of the installation of a wine cellar with production surfaces at a later date, the building’s design is oriented by the cubature of the Kellerstöckel (wine house) typical of the Southern Burgenland region.”

Love the liberal use of all the dark gray that mixed with the soft, blond wood walls, ceiling and floor. Love the “house” shape to the structure; it just feels like a “home.”

What do you think about this home? See more great examples of modern architecture in our Architecture + Interiors section.

Images: Architizer

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Busyman Bicycles

Hand crafted leather saddles from a fashion design professor turned bespoke upholsterer

Known to the cycling community as one of the premier bespoke bicycle upholsterers around, Australia’s Busyman Bicycles shines through custom craftsmanship in an industry salivating for specialized components. As the brains and braun behind the one man operation, Mick Peel turns regular old saddles into custom masterpieces by hand upholstering with traditional tools and a level of knowhow only earned through years of tinkering. His precise, and often intricate designs extend from classic perforations to perfectly mainicured letters and logos.


With a BA and MA in fashion desgin, nearly twenty years of lecturing on the subject and a sizable stint as head of the fashion design program at Melbourne’s RMIT University, Peel’s experience with elaborate pattern making and knowledge of functional design made for the perfect pathway into the world of custom saddle making. And as if his educational experience weren’t enough, Peel also did a fair amount of graphic design for Adidas Australia in the 1990s and has dabbled in furniture design here and there as well.


Regardless of the discipline at hand, Peel feels his knack for design comes from simply doing. “I do design by making. My knowledge of materials and techniques and the memory accumulated in my hands through crafting have become very much my tools and method of designing. In my practice designing and making are not separate things.”


As one would imagine working with a wide range of saddle designs means finding just the right materials to get the job done. As Peel points out, each leather has it’s own different characteristics and properties. Sheep is extremely soft and easily stretched but can be quite fragile, whereas cow leather is generally more balanced in terms of mold-ability, strength and durability. “My favourite material is definitely vegetable tanned, full grain kangaroo skin. It moulds more easily than cow skin and performs much better in both tensile strength and abrasion resistance. I will always choose kangaroo if it meets the specifications of the job at hand.”


While the expertly crafted saddles are Peel’s specialty, he also dabbles in crafting custom handlebar tape and other specialized bicycle components. For a closer look at Peel’s handy work see the slideshow below and keep an eye on the often updated Busyman Bicycles blog.

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