The most “sacred” room of the entire crib? The home library combines relaxation with personal growth and completes the genuine atmosphere of a modern residence or apartment. As a tribute to these contemporary indoor oases, bobvila.com has put together a post of 37 beautiful home libraries, bearing a lifes knowledge, acting as a refuge from the hectic lifestyle :: Read the full article »»»»
The Geneva Sound System Model XS is the world’s first portable audio system with true Hi-Fi sound. Inspired by the classic travel clock, it comes in a sturdy leather-like clamshell case, that flips open to deliver rich and detailed sound. Closed, it’s a stylish accessory small enough to slip into any briefcase. Read the full article »»»»
Italian Designer Gabriel Aramu has conceptualized a modular housing system that seems to offer endless possibilities. Dubbed “Sliding Hub,” these prefabricated cubes join together to create a temporary housing solution for multiple situations. In the event that emergency shelters are required, the modules can be packed and transported to any destination. On arrival, the modules are easily joined together, with the flexibility to house individuals, small groups or large numbers without limitation. Each module incorporates an insulation system suitable for all kinds of weather conditions. In addition, the temporary accommodation units provide a comfortable standard of living, important to natural disaster victims. READ MORE @ GIZMAG
I rather enjoy the principles of Feng Shui – I find them a fascinating diversion from the way most Australians decorate and plan their homes. This house, pictured above, is known as the Butterfly House, and was commissioned by a Malay-Chinese couple who were Feng Shui-obsessed. The story goes that they commissioned an Aussie architect to create a house with no corners. None at all. Corners, you see, are supposedly bad Feng Shui. Not long after the house began to be built, the owners got Fenged by their own Shui and had to sell quickly. Another family completed the build – at great expense – with curved windows, a curved stair well and curved everything. I rather like it. I also like Daphne Guinness’s story on guru Joey Yap’s Feng Shui secrets. You can read the full story in the link below, but his super shui-ness secrets include:
Rules of the door
Avoid trees outside, they stop the flow of qi.
Don’t sit with a door behind you, concentration will go (if you must, close the door and qi will flow).
Don’t have your desk directly under a beam.
Don’t sit under a slanting ceiling. If you must, sit where the ceiling is highest.
Don’t sit with your back directly to a corner.
Accident-prone? Sleep in a bed with brass or other metal frame.
Squabbles with your partner? Put a red rug down, or a red table lamp, to negate the room’s bad effects.
Don’t put the stove right next to the sink, this creates blood-pressure problems. Make sure they are at least 30 centimetres apart.
Avoid an island with a stove. Food is affected by negative qi resulting in health problems.
Don’t buy a house with a kitchen in the centre. It causes qi disruption and frequent illness.
Daphne Guinness’s take on Feng Shui