Nh Nhm Homestay is built from upcycled waste in Vietnam

December 19, 2018 by  
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Born from waste materials, the stylish Nhà Nhím Homestay is giving upcycling a good name with its smart eco-friendly design. Designed by Ho Chi Minh City-based architectural practice A+ Architects , the hotel comprises a series of contemporary structures built of locally sourced materials and positioned for optimal views over the landscape. Completed last year, the project is located in Da Lat, the capital of Lam Dong province in southern Vietnam’s Central Highlands. The long and narrow project site for the Nhà Nhím Homestay proved a challenge due to the dimensions and the sloped terrain. Rather than create a single structure stretched across the slender site, the architects split the hotel into a series of buildings strategically staggered and spaced apart to protect against cold winds and to encourage connection between units. The structures were also elevated off the ground for improved views and to create usable open space underneath. The sleeping areas—seven beds in total—are located upstairs while the communal spaces are on the ground floor. After the architects sketched out the initial design, they began to study the site surroundings in more detail. After multiple trips out to Da Lat, the firm found inspiration in the region’s abundance of waste material and decided to upcycle those materials to tie the design into its surroundings. Unwanted cutoffs from the local textile factories, for instance, were recycled into different parts in the buildings, while external wood cells were reused in the ceiling modules. Leftover pine branches were transformed into fencing and other old timbers were given new life as furnishings. Related: An old warehouse is remade into a stylish hotel with a copper chevron crown The architects add: “There were also test concrete blocks being thrown away. No longer garbage. We recreated a new purpose for them, when they were carefully aligned to recreate the iconic talus slope of Da Lat. In the end, this project was a story of giving so-called “garbages” a second chance and an architect’s adventure of creating something meaningful from trash.” + A+ Architects Images by Quang Tran  

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Pinwheel-shaped timber cabin grows more beautiful over time

May 1, 2018 by  
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Like fine wine, the timber facade of this charming Norwegian cabin will improve over time. Designed by Mork-Ulnes Architects , the contemporary dwelling sits just outside of Oslo in the pine forest where it serves as a retreat for an American geologist and his family. Named after the nearby lake, Mylla Cabin is designed to blend in with its surroundings over time as its untreated pine exterior acquires a silvery patina to match the snowy landscape. Designed with a pinwheel shape, the Mylla Cabin comprises four intersecting volumes each topped with a sharply pitched roof. The 940-square-foot cabin includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, storage space, and even a two-person sauna —an iconic piece of Scandinavian culture. In fact, the entire design was guided by local traditional vernacular, specifically the “hytte,” Norwegian countryside cabins marked by their simplicity and use of natural materials. Related: Tiny alpine cabin rewards mountaineers who reach its stunning yet wild heights As a contemporary interpretation of the traditional ‘hytte,’ Mylla Cabin is clad in untreated heart pine planks that will weather over time. The interior is finished in plywood and outfitted with custom plywood furniture, from the children’s bunk beds and bed frames to the dining table and shelving. “The wings of the house engage four distinct characters of the landscape: the great room looks onto Mylla Lake, the guest room looks towards the rolling hillside, the kids’ room looks up at the sky, and the bedroom has a private view of the towering forest beyond,” share the architects. + Mork-Ulnes Architects Via Dezeen Images by Bruce Damonte , via Mork-Ulnes Architects

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JZA+D transforms a defunct Princeton gas station into a pumping pizza joint

November 9, 2016 by  
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Nomad Pizza is a popular restaurant located near a shopping center in Princeton, New Jersey. Elements of the original modernist structure are still present both in the interior and exterior of the building. However, its current appearance and organization lend themselves to the food industry venue, making the new structure appear as though it was built with its current function in mind. Related: Tulsa Architecture Firm Turns Route 66 Gas Station Into Their Office Before conversion The main challenge that JZA+D, experienced in revitalizing the older structure was adapting the existing drive-through service bays and garage doors to the building’s new use. The team closed off the bays and portals at the rear with cedar and storefront glazing , and installed specialized doors on the front to best utilize the large garage openings. This also facilitated a connection between the dining area and the exterior spaces, creating an awning-covered patio area used when the weather is warm. + JZA+D

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IKEA is opening a free DIY restaurant where you can learn Swedish cooking skills

September 5, 2016 by  
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Looking to improve on your Swedish meatball recipe? IKEA is already the seventh largest restaurant chain in the world, and they’re hoping to ramp up their culinary cred by opening up a DIY Kitchen in Shoreditch, east London. Starting September 10th, the Ikea Dining Club will let aspiring chefs cook a meal for up to 19 of their closest friends under the supervision of a head chef. Best of all, the dining experience will be free of charge for all guests. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DFmkFz3MT0 The massive furniture store has already branched out into on-site food-production for restaurants , and now the company is courting foodies who’d like to test out their cooking skills in a professional kitchen and dining room. Participating DIY chefs can name their restaurant and choose their own menu, including, of course, traditional Scandinavian dishes. Related: IKEA’s Space10 is working on on-site hydroponic farms for restaurants Ellie Pniok, commercial manager for Ikea Food, explains the power of food is behind the dining club’s creation, “We bond and connect over the everyday process of cooking meals together so to celebrate this firmly held belief, we are opening The Dining Club to bring people together to enjoy a meal from beginning to end. This will take place in an environment that reflects a homely kitchen, so you can host a dinner party for all of your friends.” In addition to the cooking and dining experience, the Dining Club will also host a series of culinary workshops. The club will be open from Sept. 10 until Sept. 25, with only 38 sessions available. Reservations can be made online . + IKEA Dining Club Via Mashable Images via IKEA

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Formabilio’s Duale Double-Faced Dining Table Can Change the Character of a Room With a Simple Move

October 29, 2014 by  
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Italian eco-friendly furniture brand Formabilio launched Duale, a double-faced wood and metal dining table designed by Luca Binaglia . Created to accommodate up to eight people, the contemporary and versatile table offers users the choice between the elegant simplicity of a veneered oak surface or a bolder and more intense colorful surface on the opposite side. To create the illusion of weightlessness, Binaglia set the two-faced tabletop on a curved tubular steel structure to give the table a distinctive geometric silhouette. + Formabilio + Luca Binaglia The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , dining table , double faced table , Duale , Formabilio , Luca Binaglia , oak surface , oak table , reader submitted content , table , tubular steel

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California’s Cat Town is Opening the First Permanent Cat Café in the U.S.

October 2, 2014 by  
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Oakland’s Cat Town , a nonprofit cat rescue and adoption organization, is set to open the first permanent cat café in the U.S. this month. Following the hugely popular Japanese cat café model, café-goers will be able to enjoy tasty drinks and snacks, then slip into the adjacent “Cat Zone” for some feline snuggles. All the cats at the café will be rescue cats, and all will be up for adoption – should you fall in love and decide you want more than just a coffee to go. Read the rest of California’s Cat Town is Opening the First Permanent Cat Café in the U.S. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal welfare , cafe , California , cat adoption , cat café US , cat cafe , cat rescue , Cat Town , Cat Town Café , Cat Town Café first cat café in America , cats , dining , nonprofit , oakland

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HAN’S Designs’ Transforming Furniture Module Goes from Shelf to Bed to Dining Table!

July 11, 2012 by  
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Living in the city often means trading down for a small space, but you can still keep things spacious and streamlined with HAN’S Designs ‘  multi-faceted, transforming furniture unit  . This cool module can go from shelf to desk to dining table to even a bed with little effort! The module comes in a classic red and white, and cushion-topped cubes mean you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for compactness. The design is just a concept right now, but you can see a model simulation on their site here . + HAN’S Designs, Naturals, Arts The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , compact furniture , furniture for small spaces , HAN’S Designs , multi use furniture , multi-faceted furniture unit , Transforming Furniture , transforming furniture modules

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Hipcycle’s Boot Jack Bench Brings New Life to Old Tin and Reclaimed Bead Board

October 19, 2011 by  
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Wood benches seem to be in everyone’s house these days, but here’s a much more eco-friendly take built from reclaimed tin and bead board. Dubbed the Boot Jack Bench , Hipcycle ‘s fab piece offers an alternative seating option for the dining or living room that can even serve as a spot to display a few treasured knicknacks in your home. Hipcycle’s studio offers an array of recycled designs that are attractive, durable, and fairly priced. Check out more of their pieces on their website here ! + Hipcycle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , Boot Jack Bench , eco benches , eco furniture , green benches , Hipcycle , Reclaimed Materials , recycled material furniture , Recycled Materials

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Chic and Natural: 13 More Rustic Modern Interiors

August 29, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design & Home & Garden . ] Who says you have to choose between rustic and modern interior design? When blended together, these two seemingly disparate styles provide a beautiful balance of sleek, airy minimalism and weathered natural charm. These 13 ( more! )  renovated barns, mills, lofts and other aged spaces benefit from leaving time-worn surfaces intact. A Modern Home in a Historic Mill (image via: freshome ) First constructed by monks in the 12th century, this structure in Extramadura, Spain then became an oil mill and is today a jaw-dropping home. Architect Ricardo Elizondo added modern touches like large expanses of glass and lofts with steel railings, which contrast with the weathered wood, brick and stone surfaces. Exposed Timber (image via: lonnymag ) Aging wooden walls are stunning, but sometimes a bit busy. White drywall applied to the large surfaces of the interior walls break up the texture, while the exposed timber beams add geometric visual interest. A Study in Textures (image via: 1kinddesign ) A historic barn in Connecticut was renovated and modernized by New York-based architecture firm Russell Groves. The result – leaving most of the original stone and wood of the structure intact while knocking down a few walls and adding plenty of white – is open, airy and richly textured. Residence St. Hubert (image via: mocoloco ) Plasse Rasselet Architects painted the wood in this St. Hubert, Quebec home white to open up the interior.”The materials chosen were left in their natural state, as raw as possible, to create an authentic ambiance,” say the architects. House of Brinson (image via: remodelista ) “Our aesthetic is about contrast,” say homeowners Susan and William Brinson, “Black and white, light and dark, masculine and feminine, old and new, rustic and modern.” Their New York loft pairs weathered vintage furniture with sleek, chic modern materials. Stone Dining Room (image via: colors of life ) Modern furnishings and accessories fit seamlessly into an environment that looks like a castle in this incredible stone dining room. White & Wood Townhouse by TBHC (image via: digsdigs ) Mixing modern and vintage elements, this 4-story townhouse renovation in Park Slope, New York earns extra points for pairing a rustic dining table with ultramodern chairs, not to mention the worn sliding wood door. Beams, Stone & Exposed Chimney (images via: delight by design ) Rough textured wood and stone are perfectly offset by angular modern cabinets and tabletops in this kitchen renovation. The exposed chimney draws the eye upward to take in the height of the ceiling. Built-in Niches in Wood Wall (image via: imgfave ) Asymmetrical built-in niches give this all-wood wall an interesting geometric look. Dramatic Staircase (image via: griege design ) A modern, organically shaped staircase with a solid black balustrade gives this natural, rustic home – complete with exposed tree trunks in the ceiling – even more visual flair. Black and Wood in the Kitchen (image via: style files ) Matte black paint goes beautifully with a concrete floor and unfinished wood in this stylish kitchen in the Netherlands. Renovated Dutch Farmhouse (images via: style files ) This renovated Dutch farmhouse may have been made modern with sleek surfaces and white paint, but rustic touches still come through in the use of knobby wood accents. Rustic Loft Interior Renovation (images via: woovaa ) Peeling paint on the aged bricks of this renovated loft, paired with distressed concrete floors, give the space a sense of history that balances nicely with modern decor. Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: Funny Farms: 12 Cool Agricultural Architecture Conversions Traditional rural architecture like farmhouses, barns and carriage houses are converted into bright, modern, livable homes that retain a sense of history. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» Rustic, Modern, Reclaimed & Free: 13 DIY Pallet Projects With a little imagination, the pallet sitting by the curb behind your local home improvement store could be your new bed platform, coffee table or accent wall. 7 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» Sustainable Style: 12 Contemporary Green Home Designs Sustainability and modern style go hand in hand in these 12 amazing green home designs, from a spinning dome home to a solar prefab home. 7 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Art & Design & Home & Garden . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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LifeEdited: With Transformer Furniture, You Can Party Like It’s 1499

August 30, 2010 by  
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From An Illustrated History of Furniture, Frederick Litchfield: Dining table made of boards and trestles TreeHugger founder Graham Hill is trying to radically reduce his footprint and live happily with less space, less stuff and less waste on less money, but with more design. He calls it ” LifeEdited .” At TreeHugger we are going to go seriously back to first principles, looking at the design and furnishing of his 420 square foot apartment.

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