The bookshelf integrating seating nooks makes this renovated basement the ideal summer escape!

As a kid, you either wanna be the one with the coolest basement in school or be friends with the person who has the coolest basement. Manhattan-based architecture and design studio Eisner Design renovated a family’s basement into a private miniature theme park for their kids, complete with adult-only theme parks in the form of a wine bar. The basement in Water Mill, New York is the ideal summertime destination for kids and adults alike, equipped with everything from a wine bar to a rock climbing wall and foam pit.

Eisner Design’s renovation pads the children’s basement playscape with cushioning from the floor to the ceiling to ensure rowdy and safe play. From the bookshelf to the tree swings, the designers at Eisner envisioned kids’ imagination and brought it to life. Stenciled between cubbies and bookshelves, Eisner Design lodged cushioned seats that work as hideouts tucked away from the action for when playtime gets too tiring. One shaped into a perfect circle and the other forming the shape of a lima bean, the new seating nooks offer kids their own midday nap destination, à la mom and dad. Rooted just in front of the seating nooks, a modular, cushioned playground is stationed next to an indoor tree trunk that can be used for climbing or as a base during games of tag.

Beyond the colorful resting nooks and modular playground, the basement once again assumes its minimalist optic white color scheme and introduces the basement’s hammock tree, constructed from a steel, columnar base and cloth seated hammock beds. Then, tucked away in the basement’s corners, an upholstered low-rise wall forms the pool of a foam pit where kids can plummet into after climbing to the top of the basement’s rock climbing wall or hanging from its monkey bars.

Since basements are the spot for sleepovers, Eisner Design equipped it with PlayPlace-approved sleeping accommodations, providing netted bunk beds located next to the basement’s indoor basketball net. Of course, while the kids are playing, adults can enjoy the basement’s integrated wine bar, complete with white Caesarstone countertops where you can enjoy a beverage you couldn’t get at McDonald’s PlayPlace.

Designer: Eisner Design

A modular cushioned playground gives the newly renovated a safe place for kids to get rowdy and escape the heat of the summertime.

Integrated seated nooks provide kids with their own naptime escapes just like mom and dad.

Cushioned window seating create nooks with outdoor views throughout the basement.

A basketball net stationed next to the basement’s netted bunk beds gives the sleeping area a playful touch.

Just beyond the modular playground, a hammock tree, and foam pit bring this basement to the next level.

An integrated wine bar for mom and dad provides the adults with entertainment that McDonald’s can’t.

The rock climbing wall is stationed atop a foam pit for kids to fall into after falling either from the climbing wall or overhead monkey bars.

UX Design for Pets? This company is creating minimally-designed functional gear for your furry friends

Your pet probably couldn’t tell a regular chair from a Herman Miller, but there’s a case to be made around designing better pet products. There’s a long-standing adage that form follows function, but good design is all about emotion too. A well-designed pet product doesn’t just functionally serve the pet’s needs, its aesthetics also keep the owner happy, creating a user experience that takes everyone into account. As they say, good design benefits everybody. Consider that the ethos of TOMO, an up-and-coming pet-gear brand fueled by great design.

TOMO gives pet-gear the upgrade it’s always needed, with minimalist aesthetics and beautifully engineered designs backed by high-quality materials. Putting basic plaid collars and harnesses with those fiddly carabiner clips in the rear-view mirror, TOMO’s pet gear comes in beautiful matte black, from leash to collar to harness, and features a unique, robust metal clasp that’s minimal, durable, and easy to secure in a matter of seconds. All the products look like they’re a part of a wonderful ecosystem (unlike current pet-gear where the leash, collar, and dog-tag look different because they were all bought separately. The entire ecosystem of products draws a balance between functionality, comfort, and aesthetics, giving pet-gear a modern upgrade and making them complement each other when worn together, like a well-designed suit.

The leash attaches to either the dog collar or the harness using a specially-designed patent-pending latch. Designed to be quick, easy, and secure, the metal latch locks/unlocks intuitively and is designed to withstand immense force, allowing it to easily take on heavy tugs and pulls from “rambunctious” dogs. The human-end of the leash sports a circular latch too, allowing you to easily tether your pet to a pole or fence when needed. TOMO’s collars come with an adjustable design and in 4 sizes, while the harnesses come in 6 sizes to suit all breeds of dogs. Aside from making your pooch look dapper, they’re designed to be comfortable too, making both pet and owner happy.

Thoughtfully designed to encompass the entire pet-walking experience, TOMO’s product ecosystem also includes a ‘silent dog tag’ and a dispenser for waste-bags. The silent dog tag sits on the dog-collar like a badge instead of hanging from it, and comes with a minimal design that features the dog’s name and a contact number. The waste-bag dispenser comes with a matching minimal design too, and can attach to the leash, allowing you to pull out the plastic bags after your dog’s done its business. The products are designed to complement each other, looking like they belong together… and they even come coated with a washable, waterproof, scuff-resistant, and odor-resistant BioThane© coating, so even if your dog’s the mud-loving kind, their gear remains looking stylish no matter what!

Designers: Brandon Lopez & Eric Renard

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TOMO – Easy Connect Dog Gear

TOMO is a minimally designed, easy-to-connect, leash, collar, and harness set that will make your life easier and your dog more stylish.

Features & Benefits

Complete Ecosystem – TOMO includes a harness, leash and collar that function in a very systematic way. The signature latch system is unique and secures your pet across TOMO products.

Collar – The cleverly designed Collar removes the need of struggling with buckles or plastic clips. The TOMO Collar clips in swiftly around the neck and is easy to remove as well.

Even the leash attaches to the collar in one swift motion. The leash clip is specifically designed to stay at the back of the body, making it accessible.

Name tag is designed to fit perfectly flush against your dog’s collar without making a sound.

Leash to Harness – The harness sports the TOMO clip, allowing you to easily move the leash from the collar to the harness.

Leash is tangle-resistant, washable, and soft to the touch. Minimal design, maximum convenience.

Handle – Designed in a way that won’t you have to unclip it, in case you need to tie your pet up to a tree or chair. Simply unlatch your handle to tether your dog.

Integrated Dispenser – Mounted flush and easily clips onto the leash. No more forgotten bags.

Easy On Harness – Simply attach the velcro strap and you are ready to connect your leash.

Material – Washable, waterproof, scuff and odor resistant BioThane© coated webbing throughout that can be easily wiped down to look and smell brand new.

Safety – Rated for dogs up to 70lb in weight.

How it Works

The video above highlights the steps given below:

– Press the two buttons to unlock the latch and make a connection.
– Once the buttons are released, the latch is securely locked.
– The only way to remove the latch is to press the buttons and pull apart

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These sci-fi-inspired detailed sculptures with LED lights + moveable parts are made from cardboard!

Based in Melbourne, Greg Olijnyk (@gregolijnyk) creates detailed cardboard sculptures inspired by sci-fi and fantasy! From a sci-fi-inspired retelling of David and Goliath to a quirky robot riding a Vespa, all of Olijnyk’s works display intricate detailing, exquisite craftsmanship, and almost realistic technicality. Besides cardboard, he also amps up his sculptures with LED lights, glass, springs, and even toothpicks when needed! It’s hard to believe that these intriguing futuristic pieces are actually carved from cardboard! But one thing is for sure, Olijnyk’s work will leave you completely mesmerized and wanting more!

This sci-fi-inspired retelling of the tale of David and Goliath is one of Olijnyk’s most famous works! It features an oversized robot being struck down by a samurai.

Titled The New Neighbours, this piece features a pair of eerie and almost ominous-looking buildings. Flickering lights add on to the creepy-ish vibe of the cardboard sculptures.

The Dragonfly as its name suggests is a robotic jet-powered dragonfly! The beautiful hexagon pattern on the wings is a specimen of amazing craftmanship…and that too on cardboard!

This is the first robot Olijnyk created, and he aptly named it #1! The sharp edges and intricate detailing are excellent, especially for a first project. Did you notice the clock encased in his chest?

Named The Caption, this sculpture features an impressive ship out at sea, with a legendary captain on board! Olijnyk intended the sails to double up as solar panels which in turn power the fan that blows the panel when there is no wind! Quite interesting, no?

Titled #9, the upper spherical section of this sculpture actually rotates and tilts the way a telescope would, while the lower reactor section pulses!

The Vesbot features a robot riding a Vespa! Tire treads, curves on the body panel and spinning wheels make the Vespa look super realistic and technical. This has to be one of my favorite sculptures!

This futuristic piece represents an assembly line. A retro robot is being assembled and put together by modern robots! Quite ironic, no?

This quirky one-eyed robot has been amped with little wheels and plenty of technical detailing! It’s hard to believe this is all cardboard.

This mecha-inspired robot was built by Olijnyk, based on a design by Dmitriev Vasiliy. The weapon work is incredible!

This Apple Watch dock comes with a massive magnifying-glass, turning the watch screen into a time-telling crystal orb

The Apple Watch might just be the world’s tiniest bedside clock. That screen was designed to tell the time from a maximum of 2 feet away, so keeping it on your bedside table at night just really makes little sense when you need to lift it up and hold it against your face to read the time (a problem that gets compounded when you have poor eyesight as I do). It isn’t a really complicated problem, which is what makes the NightWatch dock so great, because it employs a really simple solution. The NightWatch is an Apple Watch dock that comes with a massive curved glass element on the front that magnifies its screen. Dock your watch behind the massive lens and it makes your watch-screen larger, enhancing its visibility manifold. Designed to turn your charging smartwatch into a much more efficient bedside clock, the NightWatch does more than just increase visibility… it enhances your watch’s audio too, amplifying it to make your alarm much more audible.

The NightWatch is a pretty simple accessory that enhances your Apple Watch’s abilities. It doesn’t come with its own charger, but will let you hook your watch’s charger into it. Once assembled, you can easily slide your Apple Watch into its unique design, and that calibrated glass lens on the front enlarges the screen like a magnifying glass would, making numbers much more visible when your watch is in Nightstand mode. It comes with a patented system that even lets you tap the glass surface to ‘wake’ up your Apple Watch’s display, so you can read the time clearly… and when your watch’s alarm begins ringing, special acoustic channels designed in the NightWatch dock’s base help amplify your watch’s audio, making that alarm much louder. The NightWatch, unfortunately, doesn’t have a snooze button, so you’ll need to pull the smartwatch out of its dock to stop or snooze your alarm!

Designer: NightWatch

This washer dryer comes with a sliding drum to reduce human effort!

I can’t wait for the laundry doing experience to get completely automated, especially when one has to toil between the washer and dryer. A range of innovations has happened in washing machines making them more portable and improved efficiency. Yet, the washer/dryer set remains the most effective solution for people who do a lot of laundry and want it back clean and fresh quickly.

The downside is the amount of manual labor involved, right from putting the clothes into the washer and then transferring them into the dryer. Pointing out a valuable solution through intuitive design, eminent designer Youjin Syn has come up with “Do it” – a Dryer Washing Machine combination that works by sliding the clothes holding drum from the washer to the dryer. Poetically, the sliding mechanism is influenced by the shape of water droplets falling down. 

Aptly named “Do it”, the Dryer Washing Machine does all the work without human intervention. The washer and dryer are placed in an upright position so the drum can easily be moved to the dryer downstairs. From how the renderings appear, this appliance will occupy vertical real estate. But with its geometric design and touch intuitive controls, “Do it” is going to fit very amicably in any setting.

Amid other operative controls, the machine has a push-open door to let the user fill the drum with laundry. When the washing is done – the barrel (drum) automatically travels down to the dryer position through the built-in tunnel mechanism and provides the user with clean and fresh smelling clothes a while later. I think the design has the potential to make a difference in a public laundry and bring me one step closer to having ironed clothes hanging in my closets directly!

Designer: Youjin Syn


Historic Palacio Pereira in Santiago turned into Chile's Ministry of Culture

Chile's Ministry of Culture

Architects Cecilia Puga, Paula Velasco and Alberto Moletto have restored Santiago‘s Palacio Pereira, an abandoned 19th-century neoclassical mansion, turning it into offices where Chile‘s new constitution will be written.

The building, which was designed in the mid 1800s by French architect Lucien Hénault is now the headquarters for the country’s Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage.

Abandoned mansion in Santiago restored and turned into government offices
The mansion was built in the neoclassical style by French architect Lucien Hénault

Cecilia Puga and Paula Velasco, who collaborate in a partnership, worked with Moletto Arquitectos founder Alberto Moletto on the project.

The trio of Santiago-based architects, led by Puga, won the competition to renovate the building in 2012.

Interiors of Palacio Pereira by Cecilia Puga, Paula Velasco and Alberto Moletto
The building is now offices for Chile’s government

Instead of restoring the building to an exact copy of its original state, the architects added contemporary additions to places where the historic building had crumbled away .

“The project’s material strategy sought to draw attention to the complexity of inhabiting such a structure,” said the architects.

“Prioritizing neither the new intervention nor the character of the elegant wreckage of the Palacio Pereira.”

Bronze helical staircase in Interiors of Palacio Pereira by Cecilia Puga, Paula Velasco and Alberto Moletto
A bronze helical staircase connects floors where the original mezzanine level collapsed

A complex grid of concrete pillars restores the shape of the original courtyard where the building had been partially demolished.

The courtyard originally separated the family rooms from the services areas when the building was a grand house. Now levels of offices with floor-to-ceiling glazing look out through the concrete pillars onto the courtyard.

Courtyard of Interiors of Palacio Pereira in Santiago with concrete columns
Contemporary additions have restored the form of the original courtyard

“Given the collapse of original mezzanines in many areas of the building, such as the ones destinated to be a public cafeteria and book store, we let the fabric of the building exposed and in full height without rebuilding ceilings or covering surfaces,” added the architects.

In these areas, the 15-metre-high ceilings have been accentuated by a pair of helical staircases clad in bronze.

Throughout its lifetime the building suffered damage in earthquakes and after the 1973 coup d’état.

When it was designated a national monument in 1981 it was already in a state of disrepair that worsened over decades of abandonment

Exterior of courtyard with concrete pillars
Pillars replace walls that had crumbled or been demolished

Palacio Pereira was bought by the government in 2011 and it launched a competition to restore and convert the mansion into offices for the culture ministry.

The offices will be one of the venues for Chile’s Constitutional Convention, where a new constitution will be written for the country following protests and riots that began in October 2019.

1800s mansion with concrete columns in Chile restoration project
Chile’s new convention will be written in the Palacio Pereira

Local photographer Cristobal Palma documented the city’s boarded-up streets during this period of unrest in a photo essay for Dezeen.

More historic buildings given a new lease of life in the city include a 1930s mansion that’s now a fintech startup’s offices and an abandoned public education building that’s been turned into a family health centre.

Photography is by Cristobal Palma.

Project credits:

Team leader: Cecilia Puga
: Cecilia Puga, Paula Velasco, Alberto Moletto
Restauration consultants
: Alan Chandler, Fernando Pérez, Luis Cercós
Structural engineer: Pedro Bartolomé, Cristian Sandoval
Collaborating architects
: Sebastián Paredes, Osvaldo Larrain, Emile Straub, Danilo Lazcano
Video and images
: Gabriela Villalobos, Rebecca Emmons
Physical models
: Alejandro Luer, Francisca Navarro
Signage project: Gonzalo Puga, Claudio Cornejo
Interior design: Alexandra Edwards, Carolina Delpiano
Light project
: Neftali Garrido, Alejandra Jobet, Silk-screened Ceilings, 
Pascal Chautard
Photographic register: Felipe Fontecilla

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"Hyperloop is all hype" says commenter

The system is comprised of two tubes

In this week’s comments update, readers are debating the development of a Hyperloop high-speed transport system in Italy.

Zaha Hadid Architects has signed an agreement to develop the near-supersonic network, collaborating with Hyperloop Italia to design the “next phase of works”.

“This is not going to be built” 

Readers are divided. “This is not going to be built,” said Mr G. “And that’s for the best.”

“I like the sound of the Milan Hyperloop,” replied Mr J. “I have used the Centro-Malpensa bus many times, and it’s a pleasant enough ride, but a smooth and quick replacement would do both city and airport a big favour.”

Corporate Overlords disagreed: “Hyperloop is all hype! Please stop promoting inventions like this.”

“Italy is going bankrupt due to Covid fallout,” concluded Xena the Warrior Mastiff. “Feeding the poor pensioners or building a new train?”

Is building a Hyperloop in Italy a good idea? Join the discussion ›

The Nolistra development in Strasbourg
LAN Architecture designs pastel-coloured housing in Strasbourg

Commenter calls ice cream-coloured buildings “pastel dystopia”

Readers are intrigued by a collection of ice cream-coloured buildings, which Paris studio LAN Architecture has built in Strasbourg, France. They are set around a communal garden.

“Pastel dystopian,” said Heywood Floyd. “Pastopian? Dystopastel? Someone help me out here…”

“The colours and simple forms are lovely,” continued Chris, “but boy is it soulless at ground level.”

“Very interesting to see how you can create a sense of variety,” added Yup Yup Yup. “Same facade, same rhythm, same everything, except color and height.”

Are the Nolistra buildings good enough to eat? Join the discussion ›

Serpentine Pavilion
Counterspace combines abstracted fragments of London for carbon-negative Serpentine Pavilion

Reader says Serpentine Pavilion is “clichétecture”

This year’s Serpentine Pavilion, designed by South African studio Counterspace, has attracted a lot of attention from commenters. It was intended to reference meeting spaces in areas of London that have large migrant populations.

“This isn’t architecture, it’s set design at best,” said JPJ. “The idea is mildly interesting but could easily be interpreted as empty woke posturing and the resultant manifestation is an incoherent jumble of shapes seemingly thrown together.”

Masus Trillo agreed: “This isn’t architecture, this is ‘clichétecture’. Completely banal, one-liner, trite, done already decades ago.”

“This design was canceled last year, which should have been seen as an omen,” concluded Sim. “It is a chaotic confusing design and it makes no sense, no matter what story you attach to it. It lacks clarity and a moment in the design where everything comes together.”

Are readers being harsh? Join the discussion ›

Plants line the walls of the building
Jean Nouvel bisects city block with “street of 1,000 red jars” in Shanghai

Chinese shopping street has “a bit of a Frank Lloyd Wright interpretation”

Readers are discussing a shortcut through Shanghai’s Huangpu district, in which Jean Nouvel has inserted a covered shopping street into a mixed-use building and brightened office facades with rows of potted plants.

“Has a bit of a Frank Lloyd Wright interpretation with the Cherokee Red and complementary color green vegetation,” said Puzzello.

“Communist red and capitalist consumerism,” replied Mann Amaz.

“I think the concept is strikingly beautiful,” concluded John Roz. “It manages to capture an essence of traditional Chinese design somehow without using any of the traditional shapes or materials. I would certainly appreciate this if it were in my city.”

What do you think of the “street of 1,000 red jars”? Join the discussion ›

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This clever set of modular poufs can transform into any kind of furniture for your small apartment

Tango Modular Multifunctional Pouf Furniture

Designed as a response to an increasing need for modular furniture for smaller apartments, the Tango Multifunctional Pouf transforms into practically anything you need, from a set of benches to a couch, a lounging sofa, and even a mattress. The award-winning poufs are shaped like triangular extrusions that are attached together by a layer of fabric (sort of like a cushion-version of a Toblerone bar). This connecting fabric acts as a hinge, allowing the triangular poufs to be folded and rearranged. Together, two sets/strips of these triangular pouf modules make up a wide range of furniture-types, giving you a design solution that’s versatile, interactive, and incredibly fun to look at!

Tango Modular Multifunctional Pouf Furniture

The Tango Multifunctional Poufs were designed by Polish designer Ryszard Manczak and were even presented in prototype form at an exhibition at the Temporary Museum for New Design in Milan, as well as the NYCxDESIGN event in New York. The name Tango stems from the phrase ‘it takes two to tango’, hinting at how two pouf sets can come together in a variety of ways. The poufs are made using soft recycled foam on the inside covered with a layer of coconut fibers. Finally, they’re clad in a layer of wool fabric, giving them their soft, fuzzy, and warm exterior. Their foldable nature makes them easy to store and transport (thanks to their smaller footprint), however, once they’re in their desired location, they fold out into a variety of fun possibilities, helping turn your small apartment into an a-party-ment!

The Tango Multifunctional Poufs are a Silver Winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2021.

Designer: Ryszard Manczak

Tango Modular Multifunctional Pouf Furniture

Tango Modular Multifunctional Pouf Furniture

Tango Modular Multifunctional Pouf Furniture

Tango Modular Multifunctional Pouf Furniture

This electric Jeep Hexagon is built for extreme polar expeditions

MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) expedition on-board the modern research icebreaker went on for a year from September 2019 to October 2020 – operating in the North pole. The motive was to deploy sensors and monitoring stations in an area spanning 30 miles – with the idea of getting a deeper insight into the Arctic climate system. Just picture a scenario where the researchers have to reach one of the remote servers for repair, and the inclement climatic conditions don’t allow air commute via a helicopter. In such a situation, a reliable, electric four-wheeler will be the way to go.

The Hexagon Jeep by Gwi Design is created for such future expeditions, where the highly hostile conditions demand a stellar off-roader. The electric Jeep adopts a hexagon design geometry since it is proven to be one of the most robust known shapes. The vehicle’s namesake, a jeep, is justified by the colossal ground clearance for the hostile terrain of the region. The approach and departure angles of the Hexagon Jeep make complete sense too. To make the ride as smooth as possible for the researchers, it has independent shock absorbers. The vehicle comes with removable battery packs on the back, which can be swapped for charged ones in an instant.

The most intriguing feature of the Hexagon Jeep expedition vehicle is the removable headlights that double as torchlight when needed. I can’t resist but mention; the car looks like a cross between the Warthog light utility vehicle showcased in Halo and the GMC Hummer EV. Although Gwi has designed the concept for MOSAiC expeditions, it will make for a very cool off-road vehicle on the trails for adventure enthusiasts!

Designer: Gwi Design

Valborg Ólafs: Holiday

Icelandic indie four-piece Valborg Ólafs returns with “Holiday,” a bright and melodic track, driven by the thoughtful vocals of Valborg Ólafsdóttir and underscored by majestic harmonies. The upbeat, beautiful ode to vacations will appear on their forthcoming album, Silhouette, which they self-produced inside a church under the Eyjafjallajökull volcano on the southern coast of Iceland.