Magical Blue Forest treehouse is a fairytale castle for your backyard

May 24, 2017 by  
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There’s a lot blooming at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show , but the biggest standout is sure to be Blue Forest ‘s amazing tree house . Holding court front and center, the cedar-clad mini-castle is topped with a sophisticated copper turret and surrounded by a lush woodland garden created by Architectural Plants. The cedar tree house has various curved volumes with thin vertical strips of cedar that, along with the turret, creates a mini-castle feel. According to the designers, the tiny space is designed to be a serene garden retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The exterior space at the bottom of the house is covered with a fun garden of verdant greenery and plenty of outdoor seating, including a swinging pod hammock . Related: This playful Airbnb treehouse near San Francisco lets you sleep in a 150-year-old oak tree Once inside via wooden steps, visitors can relax in the off-grid tiny space thanks to plenty of comfy sitting space including a sweet window seat. The design includes a number of subtle, but sophisticated touches such as copper finials, intricate rope work, and a fun, but chic interior design. The team from Blue Forest says the are honored to have their tree house design in the famed flower event, “We have worked hard to develop a reputation as the world’s leading tree house experts. This year’s tree house will be the largest we have ever exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show. We are delighted to be on Main Avenue this year and can’t wait to experience the vibrant atmosphere of the show!” says Blue Forest Founder, Andy Payne. + Blue Forest + RHS Chelsea Flower 2017 Images via Blue Forest

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Peek inside the zero-waste kitchen of the future

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The kitchen of the future will be healthier for our planet and improve our family ties through food. That’s the vision behind The Future Kitchen, a proposal by New York-based architect Marc Thorpe and students of the industrial design department at Pratt Institute. Installed for WantedDesign Manhattan at the Caeserstone booth, the innovative kitchen prototype emphasizes sustainability with zero-waste systems and in-home gardening, while strengthening social ties with its community-oriented design. ? Environmentally friendly principles were at the heart of the kitchen design process. With Thorpe’s guidance, Pratt students researched sustainable strategies for water use, composting , farming, smart technology, and food storage. The Future Kitchen is self-sufficient, a feature Thorpe says will be a necessity in 2050 when 80 percent of the world’s population is estimated to reside in urban centers. ? Related: Friends give their kitchen a green makeover filled with fun upcycled touches The innovative design is centered on a circular hearth that reinforces the idea of the kitchen as a social meeting place. The circular hearth opening also doubles as a food waste disposal chute that feeds the biogas generator and 3D printer, repurposing waste as energy and material. The washing area uses stream automation to minimize water usage, and water drains into a filter system that repurposes wastewater into hydroponic and aquaponic systems. A food prep area with Caesarstone quartz, induction cooktop with smart technology, and separate dining area are also integrated into the compact Future Kitchen. + Marc Thorpe + Pratt Institute + Caesarstone

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