Casa Kids Designed a Triple Bunk Bed Packed with Storage for Kids

Casa Kids Designed a Triple Bunk Bed Packed with Storage for Kids

Brooklyn-based Casa Kids has carved out a solid niche in the children’s furniture market with their clever and practical solutions that include loft beds, bunk beds, cribs, desks, and storage pieces. The designs are modern and fresh, which means the adults will love them, but they’re also playful and fun so the kids will enjoy them. Along with their regular line of furniture, they design custom rooms where they make the most of every square inch. One such room is this cozy, narrow bedroom in New York City that needed to house three siblings. Seems impossible, right? Well, Casa Kids made it happen with a custom triple bunk bed any kid, or kids, would die to have.

The design spans three beds high and comes complete with two staircases filled with drawers, plus two cabinets and five drawers on the front.

The white structure features accents with a premium walnut finish for a clean, modern aesthetic.

The second and third bunks are accessed by their own sets of stairs and come with hanging tray tables to hold frequently needed items.

While the triple bunk looks like it’s built into the space, it’s actually a freestanding unit that can come apart and be moved to a new bedroom.



Maayan Zusman Designs a Modern Medical Office That Won’t Make You Cringe

Maayan Zusman Designs a Modern Medical Office That Won’t Make You Cringe

Let’s be honest. Most of us would rather avoid medical offices, not just because it means having to go see a doctor, but because most of them are bland, boring, and downright depressing. Thanks to Maayan Zusman, this plastic surgery clinic in Tel Aviv doesn’t fall into that sad category. Instead, the office offers a fresh approach, which made the doctor happy and his patients as well.

Instead of those uncomfortable chairs that awkwardly face each other in the waiting room, Zusman designed a dual sided structure down the middle with seats facing in opposite directions. This offers patients both additional privacy and connection. The upholstered cushions feature soft fabrics in fun colors like teal and mauve that are carried throughout the office.

The floors are darkly stained and paired with white walls and cabinetry for a clean, modern aesthetic.

Photography by Itay Benit.


Wardrobe.NYC’s “Anti–fast Fashion” Sport Collection

Wardrobe.NYC’s “Anti–fast Fashion” Sport Collection

As someone who has long harbored dreams of cleaning out their closet and starting completely anew with a capsule wardrobe – a collection of essential, complementary, and interchangeable pieces of clothing that work together no matter their combination – Wardrobe.NYC’s 10-piece set Sport collection seems an awful temptation to turn a musing into reality.

Conceived as an e-commerce-only venture by designer Josh Goot and stylist Christine Centenera, Wardrobe.NYC launched with an introductory made in Italy, 8-piece collection of tailored silhouettes cut from a minimalist eye. The “anti–fast fashion” ethos of the original collection for fashionistas looking to simplify their lives continues into the realm of athleisure wear for both men and women.

The second round comes by way of a monochromatic, pre-packaged 10-piece collection priced at $1,500. To keep things simple and costs down, shoppers are limited to only choosing a size per item; no additional colors or styles are offered. The entire collection – t-shirt, long sleeve tee, track top, windbreaker, running short, track short, track pant, leggings, and its very own exclusive adidas Yung-1 sneaker – is delivered inside its own duffel gym bag.

By eliminating colors and different styles (and notably any visible branding), Wardrobe.NYC delivers a fashion framework toward a life of voluntary simplicity – a thoughtful investment, rather than an impulsive indulgence intended to be worn for years in defiance of the never-ending cycle of fashion.


Scholten & Baijings Design Grid Knit Cushions for by TextielMuseum

Scholten & Baijings Design Grid Knit Cushions for by TextielMuseum

Scholten & Baijings have collaborated with label by TextielMuseum on a collection of cushions featuring an eye-popping, grid-like pattern. The Dutch design duo created the Grid Knit pillows with their signature style of visually enticing colors and geometric patterns made using the computerized knitting machines at the TextielLab. The colorful ‘grids,’ which kind of resemble a chain link fence, are made from various colors, including fluorescent ones, that are knitted onto soft 100% merino wool that makes up the pillows.

Since the label had worked with the designers before, they invited them back and the cushions will be a part of the ‘Simply Scandinavian – Nordic Design 1945-2018’ exhibition. The Grid Knit pillows come in four color ways and in two sizes, and will be available in October at the TextielShop in the museum, online, and various international shops.

Photo by Freudenthal Verhagen commissioned by TextielMuseum

Photos by Tommy de Lange commissioned by TextielMuseum, except where noted.


Friday Five with Jeff Johnson of The Arrivals

Friday Five with Jeff Johnson of The Arrivals

This week’s Friday Five lands us in New York City, spotlighting Jeff Johnson who began his career as an architect after earning a BA in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a M.Arch with honors from Pratt Institute. After his schooling, he headed to the Netherlands for four years heading up large scale commercial projects in Europe and Asia, specifically the HVA Amsterdam and The Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore. Johnson’s architecture career has landed him at prominent architecture firms including UNStudio, ASYMPTOTE, and MESH, all preparing him for his current venture as the Creative Director and Co-Founder of The Arrivals. Johnson launched the NYC-based outerwear brand along with Kal Vepuri in Fall 2013 after his searches for design-focused outerwear that could stand up to multiple Amsterdam winters came up short. Once he landed back in NYC, he gathered a team of people and set out to break the mold of traditional, boring outerwear that does nothing but shield you from the elements. They launched the first collection in Fall 2014 via their online-only model featuring architecturally-inspired pieces that yield the same high-end quality found in brick-and-mortar stores. Each piece is thoughtfully designed with a strong focus on both form and function. Read on to see what he lists as five of his favorite things.

1. Braun FP 30 film projector:
Before I knew his name or implications on the functional design movement as a whole, my fascination for Dieter Rams and BRAUN products was absolute. Growing up in the mid-80s, I remember watching family films from this futuristic looking piece of equipment that was part movie projector, and surely part time machine. I loved everything about it, from the use of brushed aluminum to its ability to instantaneously project images from the past with elegant ease through its two oversized retro-futuristic reel-to-reel tape mechanisms. Coining the term “Less but Better,” the understanding of restraint and expression in Braun’s work fascinated me early on and continues to inspire my design approach toward creating function driven products with an element of wonder.

Photo courtesy of hyponik

2. Trouw Amsterdam
Anyone that has spent time working within a prominent international architecture firm understands that hours can be demanding, with late nights turning into later mornings and weekends disappearing completely. Having spent four years at UNStudio, Amsterdam, finding a counterbalance to blow off a little design-steam was imperative and came in the form of underground shows at Trouw, the abandoned newspaper factory turned 24-hour Deep House music venue located in East Amsterdam. Everything about this venue screamed gritty European house scene, from the echoed reverberation of the sound system on the bare concrete walls, to the eclectic swaths of Amsterdam’s youth, synchronously bobbing their blonde heads to each indiscernible track. Like all things too good to be true, the venue was eventually shut down, but for a few sweet years provided myself and countless others with a little glimpse of Amsterdam’s experimental music scene.

Photo by Anthony Little

3. Cycling
I began racing road bikes when I moved out to Boulder in 2001 to attend the Environmental Design program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Shortly after moving to the “other” mile-high city, I quickly picked up my first road bike and immediately caught the cycling bug. For four plus years, be it sun, rain or snow, I spent nearly every day-lit hour on that saddle, often spending 4-6 hours in some sort of pain induced rhythmic trance, riding through the rolling foothills of the rocky mountains. Graduating in 2005, the twists and turns of Colorado’s highways feel like a lifetime ago, yet they left me with a deep appreciation for the therapeutic simplicity and quiet focus of endurance sport. Cycling remains my moment of zen where I find a calm contrast from the craziness of everyday life.

Photo © Ezra Stoller/Esto

4. Marcel Breuer, Architect
Whether you find his work to be inspiring or intimidating, Marcel Breuer has undeniably shaped the perception of modern architecture. Typified by his heavy-handed concrete works of the Brutalist Era, Breuer’s work speaks to his unyielding ability to challenge familiar vernaculars with modern building materials. For me, his bold design philosophy reminds me that every project is a manifestation of its time, place and purpose.

5. Weekend Warrior
Admitted weekend warriors, my wife Lotte and I booked a long weekend trip to Morocco while living in Amsterdam. Upon our arrival in Marrakech, we immediately decided to hop into a grand taxi (posh name for vintage Mercedes taxi with wooden doors) and make the trek up to Imlil, as small outpost as the base of the High-Atlas mountains in Northern Morocco. 30km into our 2-day hike and completely out of our element, our tour guide smirked at my wife and I asking us what we did for a living, as if to inquire, what the hell are these two lanky folks doing on a 12,000ft glacier in jeans and Nike Fly-Knits. I was lucky enough to find my partner in crime while living in Amsterdam, and feel extremely blessed to share our weekend adventures with each other, giving us a little perspective on the bigger picture and our small part in it.


A Modern, Modular Extension Added to a Weatherboard House in Melbourne

A Modern, Modular Extension Added to a Weatherboard House in Melbourne

Around the back of a weatherboard house in Melbourne is a new, two-story modular extension, named Ivanhoe, designed by Modscape to transform the lives of the homeowners. Instead of moving to a new house to meet their needs, the growing family chose to add the light-filled extension that visually connects the interior with the private backyard.

Floor-to-ceiling windows offer unobstructed views of the landscaped yard and neighboring trees. The dining room benefits from cornerless sliding glass doors that make it feel like you’re eating outside.

The extension is clad in sustainably-sourced Blackbutt wood and Colorbond Diversaclad which result in a beautiful contrast that’s elevated by the curved battened screen. Besides adding modern character to the home, it provides shade from the sun, as well as privacy for the upstairs master suite.

A new, double-height entryway was created in the middle of the home right between the new and existing parts of the house. A circular skylight above fills the open staircase with daylight.

The large, minimalist kitchen has a similar feel to the black and wood exterior but with additional white surfaces for a lighter feel. The open layout allows the entire family to interact even while doing different tasks

The extension was constructed within a factory to avoid disrupting the clients more than necessary. When it was complete, they moved out for just four weeks so Modscape could come in and demo and prepare the original house for the module installations, which only took one day!

The project incorporated lots of eco-friendly solutions, like solar passive heating and cross ventilation, double glazed windows, extra insulation, a 2,000L rainwater tank, energy-efficient lighting, water efficient fixtures, reverse cycle heating and cooling, and a gas fireplace.

Photography by John Madden, courtesy of BowerBird.


Keep Cool + Hydrated with Society6’s New Can Coolers

Keep Cool + Hydrated with Society6’s New Can Coolers

We still have another two and a half months before the official end of summer – consider this your wake-up call to finally make time to head to the beach if you’ve been putting it off! To make sure you’re staying cool and hydrated during these warmer months, Society6 launched can coolers to keep your drinks ice cold when you’re on the go!

With their wrap-around artwork and double-walled stainless steel construction, these coolers are both eye-catching and practical. Just drop your 12oz can in, twist on the plastic top, and sip until finished. I would use them even if I’m not heading outside (I have a tendency to forget I have an opened cold drink and only realize it when it’s turned lukewarm, yuck) and they make a great addition to throw into any goody bag you’re making for parties! Here are a few of my favorite can cooler designs that look cool (pun absolutely intended) next to the pool or on your desk:


malibu coast / california by mauikauai

Indigo Plant Leaves by PrintsProject

Zest by Florent Bodart / Speakerine

Ocean by Morgan Schilke

TOUCAN tropical toucans by Magic Dreams

Beachfront palm tree soft pastel sunset graphic by LebensART

Summertime by swanderfulthings

Rainbow ray by Picomodi

Palm Leaves Green Vibes #4 #tropical #decor #art #society6 by Anita’s & Bella’s Art

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