Studio Drift's Obsidian mirror made from chemical waste

By Alyn Griffiths

Obsidian Mirror by Studio Drift

Milan 2014: Amsterdam designers Studio Drift have fabricated a mirror from a synthetic glass created as a byproduct during the recycling of chemical waste. (more…)

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Youth centre extension by Bernd Zimmermann features a facade of wooden shingles

By Amy Frearson

Wooden shingles give a rough texture to the walls of this extension to a youth centre by Bernd Zimmermann – the German architect who recently completed a house clad with mirrors (+ slideshow). (more…)

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A Professor's Small Space in Brooklyn — House Call

Name: Nicholas
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

A writer and college professor, I fell in love with this apartment immediately when I went looking for a place to live and work. It’s an awkward space—-living room, two very small interior rooms, kitchen with small toilet room and separate shower—but it gets tremendous light.

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Is Your City One of America's Funniest? — Design News

For his new book, The Humor Code, professor Peter McGraw searched the United States for the funniest city. His Humor Algorithm (HA, for short) used data points like comedy clubs per square mile, and number of famous funny tweeters divided by population. Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta topped the laugh chart.

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Alexis' Home in the Marina — House Call

Name: Alexis
Location: Marina District, San Francisco

I bought my place in the Marina District of San Francisco two years ago. I’m a graphic designer with a degree in Digital Graphic Design so I used Photoshop to create my color scheme. I’ve always been drawn to Asian art and I appreciate the clean, simple Asian aesthetic.

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Stacked Lights by Sander Wassink and Ma'ayan Pesach combine vintage glass with coloured resin

By Alyn Griffiths

Milan 2014: these lamp shades by Eindhoven design graduates Sander Wassink and Ma’ayan Pesach are made from vintage and discarded glass stuck together with brightly coloured resin that creates a tinted light. (more…)

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Small Space Lessons: Floorplan and Solutions from Ashley & Ryan's Happy History

Small Bohemian Living Room with Tapestry & Leather Directors Chair

Ashley & Ryan’s Happy History home, a 318 square foot Teeny Tiny entrant in Small Cool 2013, achieves a cozy yet far from cramped-feeling vibe through strategic editing of decor elements and defining living spaces.

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10 Ideas for Dividing Small Spaces

Home Office with DIY White Folding Screen Room Dividers on Wheels

Small homes afford few ways to configure space, and it’s up to you to carve out designated areas that function differently, based on your needs. The goal is to find solutions that are flexible, and don’t take up too much valuable space. Here are ten ways to partition off parts of your home:

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Konstantin Grcic adds armchair to Pro seating collection for Flötotto

By Dan Howarth

Konstantin Grcic adds armchair to Pro seating collection for Flototto

Milan 2014: industrial designer Konstantin Grcic has added an armchair to his family of Pro chairs, which has just been announced as one of the category winners for Designs of the Year 2014. (more…)

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5 Easy Yet Effective Things to Try When You Can't Sleep

Dark Green Gray Bedroom with Upholstered Headboard

It happens to everyone. 1am and you are wide awake. A busy day ahead is looming and the thought of it is only adding to whatever reason(s) you are not happily snoozing away right now. I’ve been there enough to have discovered a handful of things that work for me and, let’s face it, if you are awake when you don’t want to be, you’ve got nothing to lose. They are all simple, low-key, medication-free and worth giving a try…

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