daniel debiasi and federico sandri: qgini bathroom accessories


qgini is a series of bathroom accessories created as an extension of the gino series.

all parts share a common design concept, each of them made from planar surfaces formed into a three dimensional object.
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Partly Cloudy

New weather app combines high design and usable data in a crisp infographic-style interface

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From the creative minds at Raureif comes Partly Cloudy, a new weather app designed for those who have a penchant for both design and numbers. While many recent apps in the weather genre tend to favor minimal design over crowded dew point variables and vectors—or vice versa—this rendition manages to combine both with elegance and intuition, giving users an easy way to peruse a sizable amount of information regarding the day’s weather conditions.

Partly Cloudy begins with a friendly tutorial that slides through the app’s potential screens, each decorated with easy-to-read labels that describe the purpose and meaning behind every figure and number. The main, user-friendly interface looks like a traditional clock face and can be set to either a 12-hour, 24-hour or seven-day forecast, depending on the location (seven-day forecast my not be available in some areas). Moving the “hand” around the 360º diameter changes the time, while the temperature, precipitation level, wind force, the day’s high/low and the weather situation (rainy, cloudy, partly cloudy) update in according real time. Clearly, the designers found a way to pack a lot of information in a surprisingly small space.

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The beauty of Partly Cloudy comes in its colorful circular interface that is not only easy to navigate, but also pleasurable to interact with. The outer ring changes color in a series of gradient patterns depending on the time of day and weather conditions, while the inner circle contains mini vector lines that reflect ever-changing wind forces (yellow) and precipitation amounts (blue). In a world where it seems to be raining new weather apps, it’s crucial for users to be able to choose between those that are tailored towards designers versus meteorologists. We’re happy to have found one that caters to both.

Partly Cloudy is available for 99¢ in the iTunes App Store.

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Frank Cabinet by Snickeriet

Frank Cabinet by Snickeriet

Snickeriet, a new Swedish independent carpentry company whose name is Swedish for “the Carpentry”, recently launched its first collection of handmade furniture. I am really digging the Frank cabinet, a curio-like storage unit made of maple and plexiglass.

Frank Cabinet by Snickeriet

Designed by Karl-Johan Hjerling and Karin Wallenbeck, Frank was named because the way that piece was constructed is completely obvious — thus, the designers are being “frank” about how it’s made. I suppose, too, you could make a parallel here about the contents of the cabinet; the owner has to also be completely “frank” about what he or she stores inside. No secrets here!

Frank Cabinet by Snickeriet

Frank Cabinet by Snickeriet

Frank Cabinet by Snickeriet

Frank Cabinet by Snickeriet


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© 2012 Design Milk | Posted by Jaime Derringer in Home Furnishings | Permalink | 2 comments

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black swans and white elephants: an olympic legacy by wendy smith


the architecture thesis project is determined by a set of principles outlined by popular economist and government mentor nicholas nassim taleb. positioned in a post-olympic near-future, the development offers a series of hypothetical narratives told from the viewpoint of a premium insurance company.
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H.O.U.S.E. Outrageous & Unbelievable Homes

At first we were a bit distracted by H.O.U.S.E., a book promising to highlight thirty-five of the most innovative and spectacularly real and wacky homes around the world. Why? Because there aren’t any actual photos of these real homes — only illustrations. But once we started flipping through the colorful pages we completely saw this book’s appeal: it’s fun and funny because it doesn’t have real photos in it!

Taking what could have just been a standard, usual way of presenting the world’s most unique houses, you get to see these homes described by an artist, and the homes are treated with bold color and humor! Though you might catch yourself googling a few of these to see the actual photo of a home, you’ll enjoy flipping through these pages to see how these homes are presented. Great for kids and adults, this would be a very colorful book to include on your coffee table or in your design book collection!

Published through HarperDesign (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) you can buy yourself a copy right here.

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2012 Festival des Architectures Vives

2012 Festival des Architectures Vives

The 2012 Festival des Architectures Vives (Festival of Lively Architecture) was held this year from June 13-17th in Montpellier, France. Eleven teams were selected from to create an architectural installation among the urban courtyards of private mansions and one was juried to be the winner.

The FAV Pavilion (above) called Wood Box was designed by AtelierVecteur.

2012 Festival des Architectures Vives

The winner – Premiere Neige by École d’architecture de l’Université Laval, Le collectif de la fourchette, Emilie Benoit Beaulé, Alexandre Boulianne, Jean-François Laroche, Eric Lizotte, accompagnés de Marianne Charbonneau, Etienne Bernier, Jean-Philippe Saucier – Québec, Canada

2012 Festival des Architectures Vives

Invitation a la Levitation by Cyril Rheims, Mathieu Collos, Pérols – Montpellier, France

2012 Festival des Architectures Vives

Reframe by Adam Scales, Pierre Berthelomeau, Paul Van Den Berg – Rotterdam, Pays-Bas

2012 Festival des Architectures Vives

Smooth Rock by MN-Lab: Gwenole Mary, Arnaud Negre – Nîmes, France

2012 Festival des Architectures Vives

Cite Surprise, Cite Surprenante by Tri-Oh! ateliers: Javier Peña Ibáñez, Cristina Sánchez Algarra, Madrid – Paris, Espagne – France

2012 Festival des Architectures Vives

Topographie de la surprise by UrbanB’s: Farzaneh Bahrami, Marco Asciutti, Matteo Muggianu, Enrique Enriquez, Lausanne – Milan – Montréal, Suisse – Italie – Canada

2012 Festival des Architectures Vives

ByeByeBalloon by Shalumo: Samuel Berthomeau, Lucie Mothes – Bordeaux, France

2012 Festival des Architectures Vives

Ne Derangez pas mes cercles by Julie Biron – Berlin, Germany

2012 Festival des Architectures Vives

Tournearound by Dondecabentres: Erik Herrera Iturat, Cristina Bestraten del Pino, Aina Bigorra Gonzalez – Barcelona, Spain

2012 Festival des Architectures Vives

Le Renversement du ciel by Le Bureau des Affaires Scéniques: Suzanne Thoma, Domnine Jobelot – Paris, France

2012 Festival des Architectures Vives

Foret Urbaine by Aa64: Phillip Anzalone, Stéphanie Bayard, Will Laufs – New York, USA


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yeah no yeah

I feel like I’ve been searching for a new version of the extremely popular “For Like Ever” poster for ages. And while part of me still wants to give in (way late) and buy that poster, I think this one is an equally adorable alternative. Yeah No Yeah’s new Love and Star posters are fun graphic prints that combine two of my favorite styles: metallic anything and color fades. The Love poster measures about 16.5 x 23 inches and fades from red to pink, and the Star poster is printed with antique metallic gold ink and measures roughly 15 x 20 inches. You can pick up both (along with Yeah No Yeah’s Alphabet posters) right here online. xo, grace


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The Diamond Collection by Myia Bonner

The Diamond Collection by Myia Bonner

Jewelry designer Myia Bonner created the Diamond Collection, a set of jewelry that consists of complex geometric forms that resemble “a girl’s best friend” but in this case, a “super cool and stylish girl’s best friend.”

The Diamond Collection by Myia Bonner

The Diamond Collection by Myia Bonner

The Diamond Collection by Myia Bonner

I’m also loving her new collection, which features diamonds from the top:

The Diamond Collection by Myia Bonner

The Diamond Collection by Myia Bonner

I love this one with the mix of pearls.

She has some pieces for sale in her online shop.


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