Rental houseboat in India celebrates fire, water, air and earth elements

August 26, 2020 by  
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Talk about getting back to nature! This rental houseboat brings all of the elements of nature — fire, water, air and earth — onboard for an immersive experience. The client, Lyndon Alves, is with a vacation rental company called Sunset Getaway. This vacation rental comes in the form of a 100-foot-long river boat that can be reserved for a private experience. Located on the Chapora River in north Goa, India (near Morjim), the Kerala Rice Boat was constructed using bamboo and wood throughout the 1,600-square-foot space. Related: Prefab houseboat in Prague features a spacious rooftop lounge The traditional Kettuvallam is common throughout the Kerala region for promoting tourism in the area. Distinctive with its thatched roof and wooden hull, this houseboat architecture was a welcome challenge for FADD Studio, who was hired for the rental houseboat’s interior design . The lacquered interior walls do not lend themselves to paint, wallpaper or any adhesive, but they do offer protection from all types of weather as well as easy maintenance. However, the material means the design team needed to focus on fabrics and art for the theme. Each of the three bedrooms represents an element of nature . The water room features shades of blue, green and yellow with a striking ripple effect in the duvet as well as wall art that focuses on the water theme. In the fire room, reds and oranges dominate the space with a striped, richly-colored bedspread and two-tone curtains that soften the fiery space. In contrast, the earth room is neutral with a duvet that is pleated to emulate sand piles. Small green flowers are stitched into the material to bring Earth’s living elements into the room. In the main dining area, the element of air matches the breezes that filter through as the boat floats down the river. Lavender and gray hues reflect the calming vibe of gentle winds. Throughout the three bedrooms and the sunset deck, where guests can schedule a private massage, accessories precisely match the vibe of each natural element. Light fixtures, lamps, towel rods and even robe hooks bring the elements to life inside while nature drifts by outside the boat. + FADD Studio Images via FADD Design

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Peaceful floating villa in Australia runs on solar energy

May 1, 2020 by  
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Australian architect Chuck Anderson has created a beautiful, solar-powered floating villa that has us dreaming of brighter days. Anchored just north of Sydney’s Palm Beach, the Lilypad is meant for those travelers who are looking to spend a little down time on serene waters while staying true to their sustainable lifestyles. Engineered with sustainability and luxury in mind, the Lilypad is a two-story floating villa with a wraparound porch and a gabled roof. Clad in timber, the guest home runs on solar power and is made with eco-friendly materials that help it respectfully blend into the water on which it floats. Related: Sail your worries away on this solar-powered floating tiny home The floating home itself is marked by an expansive front deck, which includes plenty of space to take in the views while sunbathing, dining al fresco with the barbecue setup or enjoying a relaxing massage. From the open-air terrace, large sliding glass doors open completely to the interior. On the ground floor, a large living room with ample seating and a fireplace connects to a fully equipped kitchen and wine cellar. A set of stairs leads to the upper floor, which includes a king-sized bed and a spa-like bathroom. A contemporary interior design, highlighted by ample natural light, creates a soothing atmosphere that is guaranteed to help you to disconnect. The idyllic floating villa, which is available to rent starting at just over $1,000, also includes several added amenities. For meals, guests of the Lilypad will enjoy a continental breakfast as well as chef-prepared lunch and dinner delivered throughout the day. For those looking for a little action and adventure, the guest house comes with paddle boards, fishing gear and additional active travel equipment. As an extra bonus, guests will have full access to a 24-hour concierge who can arrange for on-site massages as well as picnic setups on a nearby beach. + Lilypad Images via Lilypad

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Eco-friendly coffee range uses cork to reduce plastic waste

May 1, 2020 by  
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These days are filled with stress and anxiety, but it’s also time to take pleasure in the small joys of life — such as a good cup of coffee. For coffee-connoisseurs, designer  Samson Chung  has just released a new collection of coffee and espresso makers called Kork Kafeware that, thanks to its sleek combination of stainless steel and  cork accents, lets you sit down to enjoy a superb cup of joe, slowly and sustainably. According to designer Samson Chung, the Kork Kafeware collection design was inspired by the need to slow down our hectic daily routine to leisurely enjoy a proper cup of coffee. As our world has been forced into a mandatory slow down these days, now is the perfect time to appreciate the joys of freshly brewed sustainable coffee . In his own words, “Sometimes life needs to slow down to enjoy the moment and this perfectly embodies what the Kafeware range is about; Good things come to those who wait.” Related: Stylish coffeemaker repurposes used grounds to grow fresh mushrooms As for the design itself, the collection boasts a Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic with clean lines and uncomplicated shapes. The makers are clad in a sleek,  minimalist combination of polished stainless steel and sustainable cork handles, bases and gaskets. Using cork allowed the designer to forgo the plastic that normally is used to make these parts. A sustainable material, cork is incredibly durable and heat-resistant. The sustainable coffee range includes a French press, espresso maker, goose-neck kettle, and coffee grinder. In addition to being a sustainable and beautiful material, using cork also adds quality to the items. Lightweight cork lids make it easier to load the coffee grounds, while the cork gaskets create an airtight seal, keeping the coffee as fresh as possible. Additionally, the cylindrical cork handles are weighted to ensure that the lids stay securely shut despite the high pressure needed to brew your daily joe. + Samson Chung Via Yanko Design Images via Samson Chung

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