Just pick what you want.
Just pick what you want.
Ukraine pastry chef Dinara Kasko breaks the mold with her artistic approach to baking cakes. Using 3D printing technology she not only creates never before seen cake forms, but she then delights you with pastry surprises when you cut open one of her recipes. You can purchase her molds (including recipes) online on her site. The molds are made of food-grade silicone and they sell with collapsible plastic frames to preserve accuracy of the geometry shape. We are big fans! Thanks for the inspiration!
There’s so much talk these days about how inactivity brought on by too much sitting at work can cause a multitude of health issues, which is why standing desks have become so popular. If you’re not quite ready to take the standing approach, perhaps you can change how you sit. Muista looks more like a stool, but it allows your body to stay more active by allowing for different sitting positions. Aurimas Lazinskas came up with the idea and brought in Saulius Sestavickas to collaborate on the design of Muista in hopes of improving workplace health and creativity.
The design allows for two different sitting positions – as a saddle or a bench – making it easy to switch back and forth between the two. While you’re sitting, the curved legs allow the seat to rock back and forth, thereby encouraging your muscles to engage for balance.
Muista is available in two sizes allowing you to work at a regular desk or a height-adjustable one.
Bent plywood forms a solid arc for its minimalist base, along with a rope about mid-way down for you to rest your feet.
The seat cushions are filled with buckwheat hulls, a sustainable byproduct of the food industry, which offers durability, ventilation, and a firm texture.
Interested? They’re running a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of bringing this workplace seat to the market.
Photos by Lina Jushke and Monika Pozerskyte.
Mark Moussa is the founder and creative director of Arteriors, a Dallas-based company that specializes in luxury lighting, furniture, and accessories. He began in home furnishings working with his father on the family’s import/export business, which provided him with an international appreciation for design, which led to him launching Arteriors in 1987. The company has expanded to three showrooms (Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York) and more than 1,200 products by constantly evolving and staying ahead of the game, part of that being partnering with select designers, like Jay Jeffers, Barry Dixon, Windsor Smith, and Laura Kirar. This year marks 30 years in the business with a continued commitment to fostering designer relationships, traditional craftsmanship, and artisan techniques. Moussa shares a mix of design, places, and things in this week’s Friday Five. Check it out.
I’m inspired by India, a place I’ve been visiting for more than 30 years, and Jaipur is my favorite city. I love the vibrant colors that you see on the streets and in nature, the celebrated cultural traditions and most importantly the people. I’ve had the privilege of working with incredible artisans and craftsmen here, and I now find myself working with second and even third generations of the same families.
I wear glasses and have at least a dozen vintage frames in different colors, materials and styles. Many of my favorites are from Retro Specs.
3. The Hunt
I’m constantly on the hunt for vintage components that may influence or inspire a design – I love the process of looking at an object and thinking about how we can re-imagine it and give it a new future.
A good cup of espresso can make my day! It reminds me of my trips to Europe where I pop in for a quick espresso to fight the jetlag. I have the “lips and eyes” espresso cups designed by Philippe Starck for the Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris. I love the ceremony of enjoying an espresso in the afternoon as much as I like the resulting surge of caffeine.
I regularly travel the world – in a recent three-month period I will have traveled to Cuba, the Philippines, Vietnam, Germany, India, Mexico and Italy (I highly recommend a stay at the Palazzo Avino (photo above) on the Amalfi Coast). In this global society, I find unlimited inspiration staying in unique and beautiful hotels, walking the local neighborhoods, and immersing myself in new cultures. More than ever before, this international wanderlust influences my designs.
If it’s cool or trending, chances are it started in Japan. From the ultra-colourful Harajuku girls to the sleek street-style of Shibuya, here our buying team bring you the latest and greatest fashion and beauty trends coming out of Japanese culture.
1. Under-Eye Blush
Because blush on your cheeks is sooo last season. In the Japanese beauty world, girls are opting for ultra-pink rouging underneath the eyes – giving off a sweet and innocent vibe.
2. Coloured Contact Lens
Purple, aqua, pink – you name it, they’ve got it! Coloured eyes are everywhere at the moment, and gives off a striking appearance in a country whose majority of residents have brown eyes. Take it one step further with a zebra or galaxy pattern.
3. Wide Leg Denim
You heard it here first, wide leg is back in a big way. The wider, the better. Pair it with a denim shirt, and distressed details and you’ll fit right in.
No longer just the domain of the French girl, berets have become all the rage for Japanese street style. They give any outfit an instant ‘cool girl’ lift, plus they keep your head warm, win win!
5. Faux Freckles
Growing in popularity in Western culture, drawn on freckles are beauty 101 in Japan right now.
6. Coloured Glasses
Once left to Anastasia and the early 90s, the coloured glasses trend is back. The bolder, the better.
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Does that childhood feeling of running away to live in a treehouse ever really leave us? The magic of escaping to a fantasy life high above in the trees sounds pretty great, but realistically we all have to grow up and be adults, but that doesn’t mean we can’t build a little getaway for some quiet time. We rounded up 10 modern treehouses that we’d love to retreat to when we need a little calm.
The Tree Snake Houses were designed by Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade in Portugal to resemble a snake sliding through the trees in a forest.
Snøhetta is responsible for the jaw-dropping Treehotel, located in a forest in Northern Sweden. Their latest elevated cabin is called The 7th Room and it’s a two-bedroom space nestled amongst the trees. You’ll do a double take when standing underneath it because they covered the bottom of the cabin with a black and white print of trees.
Nozomi Nakabayashi designed this Hut on Stilts high off the ground amongst the trees. The cozy space can be used as a sleeping getaway or a writer’s office, safely away from all distractions you’d find on the ground.
The HemLoft is a private house within the trees in Whistler, Canada, that’s located about a five minute walk from the closest road. The egg-shaped hideaway was built and completely self-funded by software developer Joel Allen.
In Calistoga, California, O2 Treehouse designed this two-story treehouse for overnight guests and play. An upper level, which is an enclosed room, cantilevers out over a long catwalk and is accessed through a trap door.
Designer Takashi Kobayashi heads up a collective called Treehouse People and has built over 120 treehouses in Japan, including this one. The box-like structure features wavy planks of recycled wood as shingles on the exterior to achieve its unique look.
In a suburb of Cape Town, Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design designed this unusual, cabin-like treehouse in a clearing amongst a bunch of trees. The layout resembles a pinwheel with a central square that has four circles just off of it.
Daniel Cabezas, Rosario Velasco, and Joan Sanz designed and built Villa Ardilla as an artist residence on a hillside in Granada, Spain. The tree-surrounded retreat also ditches typical wood as its main material and instead uses corrugated metal that’s painted red and green.
Perched 11 meters off the ground, this treehouse by Andreas Wenning of German firm baumraum is a getaway for the owners whose main house is on the property. A small door in the roof of the garage is how to access the spiral staircase that leads to the treehouse above.