iPad Interiors

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One of our favorite blogs that lets us peer into the chic homes of stylish people all over the world, Freunde von Freunden, just released an iPad app.  Like the site, users can browse interviews with creative folks working across disciplines, along with beautiful imagery of their homes and work. Or, peruse the workspaces section, with British designers Raw Edges’ studio, or German fashion designer and artist Ayzit Bostan’s space in Munich. The in-depth, considered interviews, gorgeous photography and always-interesting subject matter gives a great look into the creative life inhabiting cities across the globe.

Untouched Beauty


Photographer Sebastião Salgado travels the globe shooting gorgeous, remote areas of the world and the animals, landscapes, and indigenous peoples he finds. His past eight years of travel have culminated in a powerful exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, titled “Genesis,” showing through September 8. He said with the project, he wishes “to do homage to the planet,” showing images of a world untouched by modern life, incredible in its strength and beauty.

Perfect Packing


For jet-setters who love to obsess over a perfectly-packed suitcase, Louis Vuitton has released a great little series, “The Art of Packing.” The short videos demonstrate with cute animations how to roll your jeans, expertly interlacing two shirts, and the art of folding a jacket. All are short, simple and to-the-point.

Apertures into Art

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Frankfurt’s Städel Museum recently completed a huge renovation by Schneider+Schumacher that doubled its exhibition space by burying it under a beautifully domed glass courtyard, dotted with a grid of circular skylights to the galleries. The circular windows can be walked on above and peered into, shining daylight into the galleries along with integrated LED lights and built-in shading elements. The underground space is further enhanced with geothermic heating and cooling properties, making the beautiful addition energy efficient as well.

Illuminating Events


Artists working with light as a medium are illuminating England lately. Twenty-two artists’ work is being shown through April 28 at the Hayward Gallery in London, in “Light Show.” Works by Leo Villareal, Jim Campbell, Jenny Holzer and others immerse viewers in new experiences of light within space and time. Concurrently, Bruce Munro installed a room of light and sound at Waddeson Manor in England, with shimmering curtains inspired by a Finnish composer, the Northern lights, and circling birds – on view through October.

Tree Living


We are admittedly big fans of treehouses – both child and adult versions. And its pretty clear we aren’t the only ones. Spending quality time up in some branches is so popular that an entire design studio and workshop has formed and grown in Seattle to fill our dreams. The Treehouse Workshop offers a series of four-day workshops for those who wish to DIY and build their own dwelling, along with master treehouse designers. For those who wish to leave the work to others, those master builders can design a custom space to fit your needs.

In Milano


Milan is of course aflutter this week with the annual Salone design festival. So far, we’ve seen an interesting collaborative collection of rounded furniture and accessories from Italian designer Luca Nichetto and Japanese designer Nendo (shown above); Swedish collective Front introduced a series including a leather animal-shaped pouf; and Tom Dixon and Adidas showed off a dream organized travel kit. Dezeen has a great map of all the exhibitions, parties and happenings if you want to follow along – or are taking it all in live.

Serene South Africa


If we ever find ourselves in South Africa, Babylonstoren will be one of our first destinations outside of Cape Town. A hotel with only 17 suites, it is sited at one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in South Africa, and made up of a farm, restaurant, hotel, and organic garden. All entities flow and feed each other seamlessly in the lovely space – bright, serene suites with kitchenettes, a communal pool and spa, and an open, beautiful garden boasting local plants. The restaurant serves food from the farm, focusing on local produce, in a barn repurposed by designer and food stylist Maranda Engelbrecht.

Hex Escape


Continuing along the lines of our fascination with magical, inspired places to escape – whether treehouses or shacks – we can’t help daydreaming about this amazing hexagonal backyard structure. Designed by Colombian architects Manuel Villa and Alberto González Sepúlveda for a family with young children living just outside Bogota, the small space is the perfect retreat tucked into a corner of their garden. Black shingles line the exterior, and the entire interior is covered in wood, along with built-in angular furniture of a simple couch, desk, and storage. A round skylight tops the cozy structure, providing treetop views.

Up in a Tree


Terunobu Fujimori’s fantastical Teahouse Tetsu (shown), which puts visitors in the midst of an incredible cherry blossom grove, is just one of several treehouses featured in Taschen’s recent Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air. The book collects a range of the dwellings – from the architectural wonders, to the cozy and handcrafted. A minimalist, clean wood space in Japan cohabits the book with a rustic, ramshackle spot in the Netherlands. All are inviting in their own way, fulfilling the childhood dream of living in the trees.

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