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These Designers Show How Interior Design Changed Over Time And How It Might Evolve In The Future Interview With Artist

Interior design is a big part of our lives. Our homes show a lot of things about our personalities and who we are as a person. However, the way we choose to decorate, place, and portray our homes doesn’t only depend on us, but also on the fashion, technology, and trends of the decade we’re living in.

American Home Shield decided to look back and create a project where they show how much interior design has changed. As examples, they use the typical home from the 1800s, 2000s, and guess what homes will look like in the 2100s. These concepts show that every decade had a unique pallet, furniture aesthetic, and very different technologies.

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House Listing Of “The Worst House On The Street” Goes Viral For Its Hilarious Commentary

Correct me if I’m wrong, but you probably wouldn’t buy a property that reads “The roof leaks, the floor creaks, and there’s a terrible draft.” But “literally the worst house on the street” surely would catch your attention. And then you’d start scrolling, only to see… it’s kinda not so bad!

So when the realtor Philippa Main from Tampa Bay, Florida penned this 826sqft listing description in Zephyrhills, FL, it was a question of time until it would go viral. Its brutal honesty, zero wish-wash, and excellent sense of humor made it into somewhat of a best home listing description for the very worst house.

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Awesome Steampunk Interior Design At Truth Cafe In South Africa

These copper pipes, gears and steel railings are not from the interior of an ironclad battleship or WWI factory – they‘re part of the brilliant interior steampunk design of Truth Coffee‘s cafe in Cape Town.

The idea works in part because the coffee equipment used by Truth Coffee, with its various pipes and levers, already lends itself to a steampunk aesthetic. The cafe features authentic elements and accents like old bookcases, candlestick telephones, vintage typewriters, gas-masks and other gizmos and gadgets. Even the staff pictured wear popular steampunk elements like leather aprons, top-hats and goggles.

The interior design was dreamed up together with interior designer Haldane Martin, who was approached by Truth Coffee to design a cafe in keeping with their re-branding efforts. With cafes that look this much fun, I‘d say they‘re doing a good job!

Source: Truth Coffee | Haldane Martin (via colossal)

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Best Interior Design Posts of 2019

Every week, we go all over the world to peek inside houses, apartments, restaurants, and more to see where other people live, work, and eat. The world of interiors never disappoints, which is a good thing as we all crave an endless supply of visual eye candy to keep us inspired. Plus, isn’t it fun to be nosy for a bit? Now that the year is ending, we’re revisiting the most popular interior design posts from 2019. Sit back and dive back in.

10. A Parisian Apartment Renovated for a Young Family and Their Cat
When designing the Sacha apartment in Paris, SABO project used simple materials, like plywood, resin, and concrete, for a clean, family-friendly space.

9. A Hong Kong Home for Two Generations and Their Beloved Pets
For a young couple and one of their mothers, Sim-Plex Design Studio designed a clever co-living situation to accommodate them and their beloved pets.

8. A New Trend in Kitchen Design: Wilsonart Introducing THINSCAPE™ Performance Tops at KBIS
THINSCAPE Performance Tops are glamorous and elegantly designed – an affordable luxury that Wilsonart launched last spring.

7. A Compact Taipei Apartment Full of Curvy Details
Designed by PENY HSIEH INTERIORS, the Flowing Vector apartment in Taipei features bold curvy details paired with angular elements.

6. Google’s Installation Tells You What Spaces Make You Feel Better than Others
Minimalist shapes? Muted tones? Rounded corners? Google’s Milan Design Week installation will reveal the interior style that makes your heart flutter.

5. Pure Atmospheres: 7 Interior Design Trends Spotted at Imm Cologne
Developed by Dick Spierenburg with Floor Knaapen, Trend Atmospheres explored 7 different stages, each visualizing a different interior trend at IMM Cologne.

4. BLANCO Recreates the Classic Farmhouse Sink for Today’s Kitchen
BLANCO’s designers and artisans have been channeling their passion for innovation through their stainless steel sinks, including a new farmhouse sink.

3. Do It Yurtself: A Modern Yurt You Can Build Yourself
Zach Both and Nicole Lopez spent 6 months designing and building a modern yurt to share how they did it with a step-by-step guide for you to Do It Yurtself.

2. Brizo’s Invari Bath Collection Integrates Edwardian Elegance with Machine Age Sensibility
The Invari™ Bath Collection, by luxury fittings brand Brizo, combines stately elegance and traditional design to create a fresh style.

And the most popular interior design post of 2019 is…

1. Bobby Berk Teams up with Corian® Design to Create Kitchens for the Fab Five
Bobby Berk teamed up with Corian® Design to explore their new product releases and design kitchens for each of his Queer Eye cast mates!

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31 Adorable Illustrations By Luong Thuy Depicting Her Relationship With Her Boyfriend

Luong Thuy, going by beisme08 on social media, is an artist who creates adorable illustrations depicting her beautiful relationship with her boyfriend. Even though the artist only started creating her illustrations six months ago, she has already gathered over 56k fans on Instagram and once you see her illustrations, you’ll quickly see why.

“My inspiration lies in everyday life with my boyfriend. The stories I illustrate are also stories about myself,” said Luong in an interview with Bored Panda. The artist says she tried drawing in a lot of different styles before but eventually found that she liked the simpler styles more. “I always try to draw with the simplest content so that anyone who looks at it can easily understand the story,” says the artist.

“Through the pictures that I draw, most importantly, I want to portray the good memories I have with my boyfriend. I also want people to feel happy and optimistic when they see my paintings,” says Luong. “Sometimes, a few of my followers text me about their love stories or share their problems with me.” Even though she is not always able to give people the right advice, she tries sharing her own experiences and says it makes her happy to know she helped people at least a little bit. “Life is so much better with love in it,” added Luong.

Check out the artist’s adorable relationship illustrations in the gallery below!

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Is Contemporary Industrial Architecture Taking Over In Housing?

What Is Industrial Housing?

For those of you who are not quite sure what it means when someone uses the term “industrial architecture,” the term refers to a style of architecture that features, minimal surface decoration, industrial materials, clean lines, flat roofs, jutting edges, and polished surfaces. The style has increased in popularity over the last several decades. Today, the minimal style is embraced by those who choose to live life in busy industrial centers and away from suburban communities. For many, the style’s tendency to use greener materials and modern designs are its many attractors. Because of these reasons and many more, Industrial Architecture is “in” and in a big way.

Industrial Design Is Good For Communities

With the decline in manufacturing, cities and urban areas are ripe with opportunities for new development. Using existing industrial infrastructures, many imaginative architects have been able to transform and preserve the existing industrials spaces. Once an area’s industrial buildings and spaces of old have been transformed into new housing, businesses, and other rich spaces, the community is given a new life. What was once a blighted area with abandoned manufacturing spaces can now be turned into sites that benefit and regenerate the community. This urban revitalization is becoming more and more common in cities everywhere.

Industrials spaces can easily be converted into cost-effective residential housing. Leaving exposed I-beams, ventilation, pipes, bricks, and concrete is less costly than covering the features with drywall. The utilitarian and minimal look is attractive in its own way and is especially popular with a younger generation.

Features And Innovation In Industrial Design

Open Spaces – Industrial architecture and design are increasing in popularity in private residential homes. Industrial spaces are sought after for their open interiors, high ceilings, and access to natural light. Skylights and large windows provide the interiors with abundant light as the high ceilings and open rooms further push the style’s expansive nature. Often, industrial interiors have fewer walls. The large, open rooms allow inhabitants to more flexibly, creatively, and effectively use the space.

Dividers – Large industrial spaces are able to be easily portioned into smaller areas with the use of dividers. The simple, cost-effective solution reduces the expense of a costly remodel and allows a large space to accommodate multiple functions. The use of dividers or movable walls allows the home to organically accommodate the growing and changing needs of the residents who live within its walls.

Garage Doors – Large industrial doors and garage doors can be easily integrated features within an industrial design. Large automatic doors open up the interior of a home and allow it to extend into an outer space. Indoor/ outdoor living areas are popular features of homes with industrial, minimal, and modern designs.

Green Housing – One industrial architectures most apparent benefits is its reduction in waste and easy conversion to green housing. Many of the industrial spaces used for the basis of these homes are located in urban centers and offer great walk-ability, public transportation, or bike access. Additionally, many of the building materials used in the development are recycled or up-cycled from the previous space, making this one of the greenest architectural styles.

Not Just For the City Any More

Industrial architecture is one of the most popular residential styles in the cities throughout the world. However, the style has become so popular that it is infiltrating other interior design as well as residential suburban architecture.

If you’re interested in living in space with a distinctive industrial style, but do not like city life, then you still may be able to find your perfect industrial style loft in a less urban space. Many buildings and homes in smaller towns and suburbs boast industrial style spaces. These spaces are often old factories and manufacturing plants. However, the historic charm can add to the beauty of the home’s interior. However, industrial style spaces in smaller cities, towns, and suburbs do need to take care that their space remains anchored in the character of the region where it is located.

Source: rjgaragedoors.com.au

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Top 5 Most Impressive Vertical Gardens of the World

In an era where major cities are becoming increasingly packed with residential and commercial development in an effort to accommodate a rapidly increasingly population, innovation and creativity is more necessary than ever to introduce greenery in limited space. An ever popular application for introducing greenery into urban environments is the vertical garden.

Benefits

The benefits of vertical garden greenery include cleaner air, greater happiness and more beautiful urban landscapes. Research suggests that due to our longing for nature, the ability to enjoy natural beauty in an urban environment can increase productivity, lower mental distress and aid residents in achieving higher success in exercise activity.

Top 5 Impressive Vertical Gardens

There are some great examples of innovative vertical gardens developed to introduce natural beauty in limited space. We have listed 5 of our favourite examples of impressive and innovative vertical gardens around the world.

Tree House (Singapore)

Tree House (Singapore)

A 24-storey skyscraper in Singapore’s district 23 is home to 2,289 square metres of vertical garden. This development also features heat reducing windows and has been classified as the largest vertical garden in the world. This vertical garden was designed to reduce the district’s carbon footprint and is expected to reduce energy spend by 15-30%. (Source: Inhabitat)

Central Park (Sydney)

Central Park (Sydney)

Comprised of 120,000 native Australian plants and spread over 1,200 square metres, the Central Park building vertical garden in Sydney, Australia was designed to be a beautiful addition to the city and park below. (Source: The Urban Developer)

Rubens Hotel (London)

Rubens Hotel (London)

In the middle of the bustling London streetscape is 350 square metre vertical garden that sits proudly on the Rubens Hotel building. The purpose of this design was both a self-watering aesthetic addition to the city and an air-cleaning and flood mitigation initiative. (Source: Rubens Hotel)

The Currents (Quebec)

The Currents (Quebec)

The vertical garden on the interior of The Currents building in Quebec covers 200 square metres over 15 storeys and is entirely hydroponic, filtering the air for the entire skyscraper. The garden took 5 months to build and is classified as the largest indoor vertical garden in the world. The panelling system the garden is mounted on is also comprised of recycled materials. (Source: Inhabitat)

CaixaForum (Madrid)

CaixaForum (Madrid)

CaixaForum is an 1899 power station refurbished and turned into an art gallery with a 600 square metre vertical garden art installation designed by Patrick Blanc. This piece is comprised of 15,000 hearty, heat and cold resistant plants and is open for the public to touch and feel in the heart of Madrid’s cultural district. (Source: Greenroofs)

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Moving Origami Lamps by Umut Yamac

It’s pretty hard to surprise someone with a lampshade these days, but London-based architect and designer Umut Yamac managed to pull it off with this intricate origami bird light.

The installation you’ll see below is called the Perch Light Family. It’s a continuation of designer’s project from 2014 when he made 20 of these birds. Now he has put them in this chandelier-like installation for Moori that launched at Salone del Mobile in Milan.

Besides spelling C-L-A-S-S-Y in capital letters, these birds also do a neat trick – they swing in the wind. And thanks to some clever engineering it’s achieved with no disruptions to the light.

More info: umut yamac | twitter (h/t: colossal)

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Should Your Office Interior Design Include Sleeping Pods?

One of the most fascinating office interior design trends of recent times has been the inclusion of designated sleeping areas in the workplace. In the past, sleeping on the job might be considered an offence worthy of dismissal, but research has demonstrated the significant benefits associated with allowing employees to take short naps.

Indeed, some of the most successful companies around, including Ben & Jerry’s and Uber, have installed ‘nap rooms’ in their offices, while the likes of Procter & Gamble and Google have gone a step further, introducing sleeping pods to the workplace. So is this something you should consider for your interior design project?

The Benefits of Sleep

The importance of sleep has long been established, yet research over the last few years has paid particular attention to the benefits of having short naps. According to ASAP Science, short naps can increase cognitive function, ultimately boosting creativity and productivity in the workplace. Meanwhile, other studies have found they:

• Reduce levels of stress and anxiety among employees

• Improve information retention and memory by up to five times

• Significantly enhance concentration and attention to detail

• Boost tolerance levels and reduce frustration in the workplace

• Help to regulate impulsive or emotional responses

Furthermore, a 2011 study published in the Journal of Sleep goes some way towards explaining the impact a lack of sleep has on the business world. In fact, according to the study, insufficient sleep costs U.S companies alone as much as $63 billion in lost productivity – and that’s before getting into the other associated problems.

The Case for Sleep at Work

Clearly, the best possible solution would be for every employee to get an appropriate amount of sleep every night and scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles have found that six to eight hours is optimum. However, in the modern world, this is simply impossible to achieve.

Whether employees have to travel frequently on business trips, whether they have young children who keep them awake at night, or whether they suffer from sleep disorders, every workplace will inevitably have its fair share of under-rested employees, costing them in terms of lost productivity, absenteeism and errors.

“Most employers do not allow sleeping – there is still that prejudice,” says William Anthony, a Boston University professor in rehabilitation sciences. “It is thought of as lazy and unproductive, when often it is exactly the opposite.”

The Sleep Pod Revolution

The sheer amount of research on the subject has forced office designers to take action, with some choosing low-tech options. For instance, businesses like Uber and Ben & Jerry’s have installed dedicated ‘nap rooms’ in their offices and have simply given staff permission to take short naps during their breaks, without fear of repercussions.

Yet, others have opted for more advanced solutions. Google, Procter & Gamble and PwC have all installed so-called ‘sleeping pods’ – futuristic pods where employees can sit and take a nap in complete silence, away from workplace background noise.

“A lot of businesses, especially in the US, have shown interest in [sleeping pods] as a relaxation area around the concept of well-being,” says Lee McCormack, designer of the Oculas OV2 sleep pod. “It’s not just sleep, it can be light therapy, relaxation, or time for reflection or meditation.”

It may seem counter-intuitive to pay employees to sleep on the job, but the time under-rested employees spend at work is largely wasted anyway. For the sake of 15 minutes out of the day, evidence suggests workplace napping should be embraced, regardless of whether you opt for a low-tech or high-tech solution.

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Sofa Sets – Creating Magic in Your Living Room

Think of a living room without a sofa set, how does that look? Empty, right? This is enough to make you realise that the sofa sets are not just ordinary furniture units, these units are proven to create a different aura when placed in your area.

Since earlier days the elegant sofa sets are the inevitable part of the interiors. The country folks have been preferring the wooden sofa set from a very long time. The reason behind is the spell created by the modern sofa sets designs is quite alluring. The beauty is automatically amplified as soon as you deploy a wooden sofa set.
With passing years there are many developments in the field of furniture as well. The pure wood along with some accessories are taken into use these days so that an even more impeccable sofa set is manufactured. Moreover, few of myths that were being prevalent in the society are eradicated as well.

You got over with those myths related to sofa sets, didn’t you? If not read further to find out about the most prevalent myths regarding the sofa sets:

The small sofa sets are ideal for the small area

This is the most common misconception. There are a lot of patterns and designs available that are helpful in making the area look spacious. Some experts even suggest that instead of deploying too many furniture units in the small area, you can place only a few units(space efficient) which will make the abode look less congested.

L-shaped sofa sets are for corners

The L-shaped sofa sets are known by the alias of the corner sets, it’s not necessary to put them in corner. They can be placed at the centre as well, or in the area that you feel optimal for your set.

Leather sofa sets are not ideal for kids or pets

This is the most silliest of all, the leather ones are optimal for the kids as they can be easily cleaned; even the upkeep is not a headache. Yes, the facts have suggested that some of the kids feel uneasiness on the leather couch during summers, but this is not the case with everyone.

You must follow all the rules while refurbishing

This is not at all necessary; you can add a touch of creativity as well. The decor should be a reflection of yours, not of anyone else. Thus, following all the rules, or not is in your hands.

Fabrics of sofa lead to respiratory diseases

This is just a misunderstanding that got widespread. The fabric of sofa sometimes attracts the dust particles which create problems to the dust allergic and asthma patients. No such fabric sofa sets exists that is capable of causing any respiratory disease.

Hope this write-up made you well aware of the most common misconceptions related to the sofa sets.

Be aware and have a nice refurbishing time!

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