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Seeing a small crease, fold or wrinkle in your carpet or rug tends to be an annoyance that brings out the best in our OCD. With his latest creation, Italian industrial designer and architect Alessandro Isola “enhances those folds and curves creating flexibility and contrast” with the “Stumble Upon” Rug. In using a corner fold as a multifunctional table, this innovation brings comfort and function to a piece of furniture that has served the same, single purpose for more than a millennia. Isola also focused on the contrast between the two sides, where the top gives the sense it has been handmade with beautiful imperfections, while the under-laying material is a perfectly smooth, reflective surface. “From a stumble on a rug to an annoying accident that happens constantly, it has become the inspiration for an everyday usable object.”
Source: Alessandro Isola
A daydream of epic lines and breathtaking views, the Infinity House in Baleares, Spain is the stuff of music video or photo shoot lore. Designed by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners (AABE), the grand edifice was conceived to soak up the balmy Mediterranean sun, playfully bouncing light off of its white walls. Rare Sabine pines punctuate the space and add a necessary dash of foliage to the otherwise concrete, structured interior. The kitchen, the living room, and of course the infinity pool all effectively convey the limitless feeling that likely overtakes visitors.
Like I said before, I am a huge supporter of perfect white shirt, on both men and women; and this picture has made me fall in love with blue denim shirt also. This image represents a style of simplicity and effortless chic, while maintains sexiness of a lady.
Who said a tux couldn’t or shouldn’t be worn daily?
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A fine example of Classicism meeting simplicity.
Like its name already suggests, this LAND arquitectos-designed minimalist home located in Chile’s Valparaíso Region captures the unique scenic views of its surroundings through the three-armed plan made up of two storeys. The 593-square-meter home is constructed from prefabricated panels of reinforced concrete ensuring that it can withstand all kinds of weather, while also allowing for insulation when needed. Unlike the grey exterior, the interior of the home is lined with whitewashed timber boards to go with a dark wooden floor. Despite the futuristic design, the home maintains a natural feel through the picturesque views of the landscape and sea that can be seen from any of the rooms of the house.
Author: Hasse Lemola / Source: Freshome
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To accompany the release of Blackbird’s latest issue, here ObscuraVision turns its sharp-eyed lens to a master model maker for a new visual gem. Phillip Mitchell, who currently stands as Model Engineer for Amalgam Fine Model Cars, creates beautiful and meticulously detailed miniatures of the world’s finest vintage sports cars. Director Frank Liew tells Mitchell’s story as it connects to the freedom of driving and creating one’s own lane. Like many other success stories, Mitchell confesses that his profession stood out as the obvious choice – even when others pursued more ‘practical’ endeavors. A brief, yet inspiring piece, enjoy “Model Citizen” above and head here to peruse the rest of Blackbird Vol. 4.
Author: Josh Davis
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Audemars Piguet‘s Royal Oak family of watches — named for the British Royal Navy battleships — is widely recognizable for its strongbox case, octagonal bezel and “Tapisserie” motifs. Diving deeper, its Offshore line takes on the spirit of innovation through the continual use of high-tech materials and functional upgrades. Its latest edition, the Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph, deviates from the traditional hand-winding mechanisms we’re use to seeing in the Tourbillon Chronograph collection and opts for an automatic mechanical AP caliber 2897. Additional details include a 44mm x 14mm forged carbon case, a black ceramic bezel, a “Méga Tapisserie” dial, titanium push-piece guards, a platinum rotor and a black rubber strap.
Less is more; simplicity has been a motto in modern life for a while, when we have been all covered and surrounded by endless advertising and material culture; where we all have been taught or told that we need to buy more. In contrast, there is a movement in which a large group of people are heading to simple life, somewhere we could re-see ourselves and re-understand out soul, through a new way of lifestyle and consumerism; quality over quantity; re-focus on craftsmanship.
Words: Stephen Li
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This incredible 2,000sf home designed by Portland-based Scott Edwards Architecture is located on the banks of the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington. Its rustic and outdoor appeal, combined with its luxurious features makes this one-level home a truly unique living space. Built on this particular site to maximize the southern view of the river, it features a large overhang creating a dynamic outdoor living room, while also blocking excessive sunlight from getting into the interior of the home during the summer. The Hotchkiss Residence also utilizes the Northwest vernacular, which shields the home from nine months of rain, while capturing winter sunlight to passively heat up the exposed concrete floors.
Author: Hasse Lemola
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