This post is not something that I usually post on Freshome, but I tought that is cute. Here you can see all kind of interior design ideas, but today I’ve found via Russian casemod site Modding.Ru this cute tiny PC living room that is furnished tiny little dollhouse furniture, including a sofa, a comfy chair, and even a little lamp that plugs into one of the PC’s accessory power circuits. If you pay attention to the pictures you can see that there are a lot of details, like the gumball machine, a bottle of Coke and the New York Times paper sitting on one of the chairs. – Via – Technabob
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Whether you’re religious or not, this old Dominican church will certainly bring you the enlightenment you’ve been seeking. After months of renovation this magnificent structure originally constructed in 1294 has opened its doors to the public as a “brand new” bookstore in the heart of Maastricht. A superb example of adaptive re-use, the Selexyz Dominicanen infuses rich and historic architecture with plentiful shelves ripe with information.
Dating back to the 13th century, the structure was a Dominican church until Maastricht was invaded by Napoleon in 1794 and the group was forced out of the country. Since that point it has been briefly used as a parish, then a warehouse, then an archive, then a giant parking lot for bicycles (not such a terrible idea) and finally made over into a bookstore.
Led by architecture firm Merkx + Girod, the new installations are highlighted by a towering, three-storey black steel book stack stretching up to the stone vaults. The highest shelves are reachable by lift or by a set of stairs within the sleek, well-made stack. The views provided from the top shelf along the nave of the church are nothing short of uplifting.
At the back of the church customers and visitors can sit and admire the beautifully renovated 14th century ceiling frescoes, or chat over a cup of coffee in the café situated in the former choir. In a bit of humor the bookstore also installed a cross-shaped reading table where anyone can sit and flip through the magazines and newspapers kept in the slats of the table. So far the design has won the Lensvelt de Architect Interior Prize, and in 2008 The Guardian called it the
“best bookstore in the world”.
Selexyz Dominicanen belongs to the popular Selexyz chain and maintains a wide selection of books across all subjects, even boasting a sizeable collection of books in English. As more and more churches are being abandoned due to redundancy, maybe this is something for Barnes and Noble to think about…
+ Merkx + Girod
Via Crossroads Magazine
Designers at Nendo sure know how to play with ideas and create wild things-literally. The pictures below are taken in an actual house in Tokyo. The fact that the property is located on a riverbank and it had some vegetation growing on the external facades of the building, inspired the designers to come up with green separating walls for the interior also. “Moss House” is the name of the project and this is a creation that deserves its name. Separating green walls with interesting patterns – things can not get more “lively” than this. Even though this is a fantastic idea- not to mention original- taking care of this walls may not be the easiest thing to do. -via Dornob
Freshome presented dozens of cabinets in the last years, each one more unusual than the other. These being said, we did not really expect to see this sort of design any time soon. Stuff comes from Marina Ralph and was presented at London Design Festival 2009. What this amazing locker does is that it modifies its shape with each new item you place inside it. This is possible due to the materials used to create it: plywood, latex skin and sycamore. Not only would it be really fun to use, but the storage space is considerably larger than the average similar pieces of furniture. As the designer herself stated, “The user can continue to ‘stuff in’ more and more items until this seemingly slim and inanimate object becomes obese.”-via Dezeen
More and more people these days simply use the Internet to connect with their business partners, so working at home is becoming quite a trend. Sure, waking up in the morning, switching on your laptop without getting out of bed and start working is an option, but in time you will definitely feel the need for a work station now and then. Here is where we come in. These home offices come from Huelsta, a company with a successful history that built its brand on quality. All the items in the images can be purchased independently also, but we think that combining them has a greater result. If you don’t trust us, below you have the proof. -via Decoist
If you ever traveled by airplane and looked down at the fields in a sunny day, this is probably what you saw. Colorful geometrical shapes that seem to line up in place like Tetris shapes. “Inspired by the Scottish countryside”, Liz Eeuwes came up with these fantastic rug designs that are not only beautiful and inviting, but also particularly precious because they are handmade. Colorful and vivid, they really live up any room and they fit well in modern interiors. Made intirely out of New Zeeland wool, the three models of rugs are available in a variety of sizes. Here is where you can contact the designer for any questions regarding this product.
Situated in a suburban area, south of San Francisco, this particular dream home comes from Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects and brings two strong attributes to the table: design and sustainability. The house was built considering the future owner’s requests: he wanted place that “maximizes the drama of the pond and takes advantage of the privacy of the site”. As a result, the architects decided to brake the main building into four separate smaller ones, all provided with large glass sliding doors that open up to face the garden and pond. The sustainability part is provided by solar panels, green building materials and special cool-off systems, without using air conditioner machines. -via Inhabitat