Rents in cities across the US are going up like crazy, and San Francisco is no exception. Illustrator Peter Berkowitz wanted to rent an apartment or room there, but could not find one to fit his budget. Instead of moving to the suburbs, he came up with an ingenious solution to cut rent and live in the city. With the help of a few friends he built the so-called Living Pod, which is basically a box that can be installed in a larger apartment, and offer the inhabitants privacy. The rent he’s paying now is $400, and the pod cost only $1300 to build. It was inspired by the Japanese Capsule Hotels. […]
Cork is an often overlooked insulating material, even though it is a great choice for the job, since it’s completely renewable. In the renovation of this 1920s beach house in Essex, UK they used it for cladding and it’s a great choice. The beach house itself is a great example of modern architecture and renovation done right. The renovation was completed by UK-based architect Lisa Shell. […]
Who says all tiny homes are cute wooden houses? The so-called “Serena” tiny home is certainly a lot edgier than that. And more modern. It is currently located in Atlanta, Georgia, but it’s up for sale.
The Serena measures 224 square feet and features two French doors, one on either side, that allow plenty of light to flood the interior, aid ventilation, and make the home feel more spacious than it is. The angled wall also provides an overhang and a small porch, which looks big enough to fit a lounge chair. […]
Graypants, a design firm from Seattle recently unveiled yet another beautiful collection of lamps made from recycled cardboard. According to the designers, this collection was inspired by the movements of flocks of birds, namely murmurations, and it is just as breathtaking as the natural phenomenon it is meant to represent. […]
Splitting up with your significant other is usually stressful enough without the added problem of having to divide up a house. The so-called Prenuptial Housing (still in the concept stage) makes something of a non-issue out of that. It’s a floating home that can be physically divided up when the couple decide to go their separate ways. The home is the brainchild of PR specialist Omar Kbiri and was designed by Studio OBA of Holland. […]
It’s a sad fact that many city dwellers do not have a single plant in their homes, and this is more often than not because of a lack of adequate daylight coming into the cramped urban apartments. But the Kiel, Germany-based firm We Love Eames seeks to alleviate this problem with glass planters, which act as both greenhouses and lights at the same time. These planters are not only gorgeous to look at, but they also bring the possibility of growing your own veggies to urbanites living in apartments with small windows and no balconies. […]