Japanese traditional inspired house on Malibu coast

Finding a good property near the ocean and building a 4500 square foot house on a 30 by 60 square foot property is not an easy task especially when you want also a back patio, a garden and plants around the home.

Influenced by japanese traditional elements , it is a project by Rockefeller Partners Architects and is situated on Malibu costline.

There is a lot of wood on the interior and exterior to add a nice touch of comfort and originality. The architects had in mind to maximize the available space and the ocean view.

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Vintage clipboard repurposed to display photos

Looks nice but…I guess it will very difficult to find a vintage clipboard nowadays. I imagine a couple of clipboards with family pictures on a desk near some old books and writing instruments.

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Coat rack using old door knobs and fencing

I always like recycled things that most people throw away turned into great and useful pieces of furniture or decoration around the home. Now I know what to do with my grandma’s old fence.

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Norwegian town builts mirror system to have light in the winter

In Norway, deep in the narrow Vestfjord valley in Telemark, surrounded by steep mountains, at the foot of the mighty Gaustatoppen mountain, lies the industrial town of Rjukan.Rjukan is home to a thriving little community which manages without the sun for almost six months of the year.

The Solspeil – sun mirror, is a spectacular project that will strengthen the identity and attraction of the Rjukan town.

Sam Eyde, the founder of the town Rjukan launched the idea in 1913 of a “Solspeil”. He saw the importance of the “sun in Rjukan” as well in the winter. He had also a need to give his workers the opportunities for sunlight in the winter. This idea is one of the few Sam Eyde did not manage to follow-through to completion.

Instead, his successors built a gondola in 1928 to transport Rjukan´s inhabitants to the winter sunshine. This gondola is called Krossobanen. It remains functional, and is an important connection between the town and the mountains, where the sun´s rays are limited to in the winter months.

Today’s technology has made an idea that was first conceived in 1913 possible: to deliver the sun to the people of Rjukan.The idea was taken up again in 2005 by Martin Andersen, an artist and resident of the town.

A computer-driven heliostat, placed at the top of steep mountain wall 400 metres over the town will capture the sun´s rays and direct them into Rjukan´s centre. The three heliostats consist of computer-driven mirrors that follow the suns movement over the horizon and will reflect its rays into Rjukan´s market square.


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Open shower with changing landscape background

Portal shower is a concept by designer Matthew Simpson who considers that an environment which reflects nature will make your shower experience more refreshing and enjoyable. And so do I.

With a screen made from an electro thermal defogging glass with clear view , that can project different natural backgrounds you can be at seaside today and in the rainforest tomorrow.

Portal shower is a 2013 Bathroom Innovation Awards entry.

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