IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing IKEA Refugee Shelter - Gallery Page 7 We’ve all seen IKEA’s innate ability to transform any area into a cozy, homey space (just look at how comfortable their store displays are), and taking on disaster and refugee relief is a no brainer for the company. Until the IKEA collaboration, the UNCHR was only able to provide tents or converted mass-shelters for the influx of refugees into countries around the world. Prior to the IKEA collaboration, the UNCHR was only able to provide tents or converted mass-shelters for the influx of refugees into countries around the world. Now, with IKEA’s help, these displaced citizens will not only have privacy and comfort, but the dignity of having their own place. IKEA’s shelters come flat packed, making for the easy transport of lightweight plastic shelters at once. Assembly of the 188 square foot hut is easy and can be built in just four hours. The new IKEA/UNHCR shelters will make their first be deployed in Ethiopia next month. + IKEA Foundation Via Fast Company
Cut Feather Shadowboxes by Chris Maynard Using feathers acquired from zoos and private aviaries, artist Chris Maynard creates delicately constructed shadowboxes that play with aspects of light and negative space. The artist admits to being “feather obsessed” and is fascinated not only with birds and flight, but with the color and texture of their plumage which he explores through his small dioramas. You can see much more on his website and Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe will soon be showing some of Maynard’s larger work. (via Colossal Submissions) 300+ Mind Expanding Documentaries Source: www.diygenius.com | Original Post Date: January 12, 2014 – I watch a lot of documentaries. I think they are incredible tools for learning and increasing our awareness of important issues. The power of an interesting documentary is that it can open our minds to new possibilities and deepen our understanding of the world. On this list of mind expanding documentaries you will find different viewpoints, controversial opinions and even contradictory ideas. Watching documentaries is one of my favorite methods of self-education. I hope you find these documentaries as enlightening as I did!  Life In The Biosphere Explore the wonder and interconnectedness of the biosphere through the magic of technology. 1.  Creativity and Design: Learn about all the amazing things that people create with their imaginations. 1.  The Education Industrial Complex: The modern school where young minds are moulded into standardized citizens by the state. 1.  The Digital Revolution: 1. 1.  Politics: 1.
22 Unique Flooring Ideas For Any Room Rate article: · 5 ratings· Flooring doesn't need to be boring. Here are 22 unique twists on your traditional tile, timber and carpet flooring options. What's your favourite? 1. Fun for a kids room (or any room, for that matter), this example is cut from various types of plywood. Image Source 2. It's probably no secret that I'm a huge fan of plywood. Image Source 3. Look closer. Image Source 4. Love the warmth of timber flooring, but can't resist the bold patterns that tiles afford? Image Source 5. Sometimes the best flooring material is actually ceiling material. Image Source 6. This is a beautiful combination of ceramic tile and clay brick. Image Source 7. You would probably be arrested if you tried to export this many pennies from the US. Image Source 8. If you're handy on a sewing machine, you could whip yourself up one of these beautiful patchwork rugs. Image Source 9. When thinking about flooring it pays to think outside the box. Image Source 10. Image Source 11. Image Source 12. Image Source
Hivehaus Inspired by the hexagonal honeycomb structures built by honey bees to store honey and pollen within a beehive – HIVEHAUS® has been designed by Barry Jackson to be an ultra compact but extremely comfortable living space suitable for a wide variety of applications. Identically proportioned hexagonal cells can be joined together at any time by any or all of their six sides to create a modular cluster of connected cells or ‘Hive’. Each cell has an internal floor area of 9.3 m2 and is designed to be used as a specific work/live space i.e. office cell, lounge cell, Kitchen cell, sleep cell or bathroom cell, uniform internal partition walls (with or without pocket doors) can be added or removed as required allowing airy open plan spaces to become cosy individual rooms and vice versa.The flexibility of the HIVEHAUS® modular system permits easy bespoke expansion of the ‘Hive’ allowing it to grow with the individual users requirements. Photos by Barry Jackson. More info. here.
The Bizarre Street Art of Daan Botlek Street artist and illustrator Daan Botlek is based in Rotterdam, Netherlands and is known for his strange form of character-driven street art. His generally simplistic, site-specific figures often interact with the space around them, passing in and out of unseen dimensions, shedding skin in the process. Kind of like morbid Keith Haring, no? You can see much more of his work over on Flickr. (via Lustik) 40 websites that will make you cleverer right now The indexed web contains an incredible 14 billion pages. But only a tiny fraction help you improve your brain power. Here are 40 of the best. whizzpast.com – Learn about our awe inspiring past all in one wonderful place. khanacademy.org – Watch thousands of micro-lectures on topics ranging from history and medicine to chemistry and computer science. freerice.com – Help end world hunger by correctly answering multiple-choice quizzes on a wide variety of subjects. artofmanliness.com – Blog/site dedicated to all things manly, great for learning life skills and good insights. unplugthetv.com – Randomly selects an educational video for you to watch. coursera.org – An educational site that works with universities to get their courses on the Internet, free for you to use. mentalfloss.com – Interesting articles guaranteed to make you smile and get you thinking. feelgoodwardrobe.com – Find out how the world of fashion really works and what you can do to combat it. lifehacker.com – Learn to hack life!
It Looks Like A River, But When You Zoom Out...I Want One! Bring miniature rivers and lakes into your living room, right on your coffee table. Share29092People Sharing You can see more of Klassen’s works here, and his furniture is all available for purchase through his online store. H/t: Colossal Hivehaus » Modular Living Space An Aerial Kinetic Sculpture with 256 Helium Balloons Embedded with LEDs Cyclique was an aerial light and sound installation created by audiovisual artist Nohista and Collectif Coin for Nuit Blanche 2013 (previously). The array of 256 large white balloons was embedded with LEDs that blinked in sequence with various audio tracks and was further enhanced by the impact of wind which altered the layout and motion of the piece.
17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter If All These Rooms Were in One House, It Would be the Coolest House in the World. Especially #8 Combine these ideas into one uber house and you're pretty much guaranteed to have the coolest house in the world. Start saving. Because having the coolest house in the world doesn't come cheap… But it'll be totally worth it. 1. For cooling off after a long hot day, there's nothing more luxurious than hoping under an outdoor shower with a huge, water guzzling head and imagining you're under your own personal waterfall. 2. Just like in the cartoons! 3. Bookworm? 4. Every child's (and big kid's) dream room! 5. This double sided fireplace has double the benefits. 6. Why should kids have all the fun? 7. There's a babbling brook under the floorboards! 8. This bedroom has a hidden waterside leading to a spectacular indoor pool! 9. Why waste precious courtyard space with anything other than your own mini golf course? 11. Because, obviously. 10. This home cinema lets you float around, cocktail in hand while watching your favourite movies on the big screen. 11. 12. 13. 14.
ÁPH80 A transportable 290 square feet home manufactured in Spain. Photos by Juan Baraja. Designed by Ábaton. Translucent Hermit Shell Crabs Adorned with Architectural Cityscapes by Aki Inomata NYC / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery Bangkok / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery Zaanse Schans / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery Tokyo / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery Santorini / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery Honfleur / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery Installation view at Ai Kowada Gallery / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery Created in 2009 by Japanese artist Aki Inomata, these fantastic little cityscapes atop hermit crab shells were part of a body of work titled “Why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?.” As hermit crabs outgrow their shells it becomes necessary to find a new, larger home.