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Ecole Maternelle Pajol, a four-classroom kindergarten on Rue Pajol in Paris’s 18th arrondissement, combines so many of the things we love. Parisian architecture office Palatre & Leclère has restored and reimagined the 1940s building, yet they have left the basic feel of the structure unchanged. We believe in repurposing and saving older buildings, but letting them tell their previous stories, even in their new guises. We love color , especially when it is used to brighten up an otherwise drab or monotonous environment.
We will never tire of the positive effects of nature . Its calming, soothing and inspiring influence will never go out of style. The more we rush, the more time we spend indoors staring at our screens and devices, the more urban our lifestyles become, the more we crave and need time away from it all. It has been amazing to follow the newest solutions to the old dilemmas: How to bring more green space to cities; how to reclaim underused urban land for recreational and other "green" uses; how to provide more and more people the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of spending time in nature. Lately, we have seen fantastic examples of how designers and architects, urban planners and citizens' organizations have accomplished both large and small-scale projects, from bringing a bit of greenery, and open space to otherwise bleak surroundings, to large-scale neighborhood-changing undertakings.
There’s something about hot air balloons that makes us all smile. Perhaps it’s the colors, the roundness, the weightlessness? Or maybe it is our eternal desire to fly, to be weightless, to float happily in the air? At home, colorful balloons have been used to decorate parties, and maybe that is one of the reasons why we associate all balloons with fun and happy times from early childhood on.
Everyone’s heard of the mysterious magic wallet. Throw your cash or cards into the magical contraption, close it and poof, all your loot is securely strapped down thanks to elastic straps and sorcery. We always thought the idea of the magic wallet was cool, but in practice it always felt a little cheap. The magicians at Sydney based Dosh have cracked the code of the magic wallet and made a high quality version for dudes of discerning taste to enjoy.
Tricia at Sip, Chat, Chow , designed this conceptual line of popular cereals meshed with luxury fashion brands. Tricia, you did a great job. For real, all them cereal boxes look classy as hell. But on a serious note: cereal is poor people food. Please don’t take that away from us. Rich People, I’m talking to you.
Yesterday was 1 April ( April Fools’ Day ), and this door chain concept designed by Artemy Lebedev fell into the category of a good joke. I don’t like the April Fools’ Day, but this door chair is really funny, and appropriate for a day like this. The only problem with something like this might be …if you have a visitor you might have a dialog like this : “ I’ll be right there, hold on! “, after 2 minutes … “ Just one more minute, I’ve almost got it! “, because the chain is long enough to reach the far end of the maze. – Via – Tranism <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Just a week ago, we walked into our local cafe, and our barista handed us our latte in a mug that looked just like a lens. She even topped it off with camera-shaped latte art and creamer in a film canister.
The 18 Most Suppressed Inventions Ever Photo Gallery - The Original Electric Car: Unplugged? - Conspiracies on truTVPerhaps the most notorious suppressed invention is the General Motors EV1, subject of the 2006 documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car? The EV1 was the world's first mass-produced electric car, with 800 of them up for lease from GM in the late '90s. GM ended the EV1 line in 1999, stating that consumers weren't happy with the limited driving range of the car's batteries, making it unprofitable to continue production. Many skeptics, however, believe GM killed the EV1 under pressure from oil companies, who stand to lose the most if high-efficiency vehicles conquer the market. It didn't help that GM hunted down and destroyed every last EV1, ensuring the technology would die out. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
3/13/2011 under Amazing Art - by Nora Vega - TAGS: creative objects, creative cube The Rubik's Cube is a 3D mechanical puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. Originally, it was called the "Magic Cube". Meet 12 of the most creative objects inspired by the famous cube. Nike Rubik's Cube
Slapping up wallpaper hasn’t really been in style in quite some time. In fact, it went out of fashion about the same time the last good Star Wars movie was made. (Jar Jar Binks, really?!
Designed by Wonjune Song , from Connect Design – the Watch Diary is a hardback paper notebook with an analog clock sitting in the middle. Like the Hungry Caterpillar book, which has holes punched in its pages, the Watch Diary has a circle punched through from front to back, allowing the clock to peek out. This, combined with a clever page design, makes for a rather intuitive scheduling tool.
Any home entertainment system has as its center piece a TV. But if you really want to complete your home entertainment area then you need to think about the place where the TV will stand. Long time has passed since we used the classical wooden shelves to hold the TV. Now, the modern technologies and materials open up a whole new range of TV stands. You can have a TV that stands on just one steel leg in mid air, a TV stand that you can sleep on!, one that can house your DVD or book collection or even follows your every position in the room, so you have a perfect angle anywhere you go.
AquaNotes® is a waterproof notepad designed for all the people who feel that the only thing keeping them from being millionaires is remembering the ideas they have while bathing. According to the producers, AquaNotes® is a waterproof notepad that allows you to record your great ideas while you’re in the shower. It’s so durable you can even write underwater. They’re recyclable, environmentally friendly, and the notepad is printed with soy-based ink . Just like a post it, the written idea can be placed on your desk and put to action.