Bold & Bulky Seating Collection Is Designed To Mimic The Horns Of A Buffalo

When it comes to seating arrangements, one must be super picky and wise. The right seating decision holds immense value to it since your seating arrangement must be comfortable, ergonomic, and aesthetically pleasing too – if possible. It should not only comfortably accommodate you but also your guests if you’re someone who is fond of hosting. A smart and well-designed seating collection I recently came across, that ticks all these boxes is the Buffo seating collection.

Designer: Mobella

Based in Thailand, the design brand Mobella created the Buffo seating collection, which as its name signifies is inspired by a buffalo! The seating collection includes a sofa and an armchair – both of which replicate the physical traits of a buffalo. The seating designs are equipped with an arching backrest that commands attention and goes on to form sweeping armrests. The focal design of the pieces mimics the shape of a buffalo’s horns. The linear stitching detailing on the pieces further creates the impression of the horns, by imitating their texture.

The Buffo sofa and the armchair both feature firm upholstery which captures the sensation of riding on the back of a buffalo. The spacious sofa can accommodate three people, while the armchair has an interesting swiveling base to facilitate movement. The Buffo collection is also customizable as users can select from a range of upholstery materials that are available in neutral and bold shades. So, you can personalize the pieces according to your personal taste and preference!

However, much like a buffalo, both the Buffo furniture pieces do seem a bit large and bulky. They’re definitely not the most portable designs, and in fact, moving them from one room to another may prove to be a hassle. They’re not well-suited for homes with space constraints, as they will occupy a substantial amount of space, leaving almost no room for other furniture designs and home essentials. But, if you’re someone who enjoys eclectic pieces with a unique and bold personality, and if your home allows the presence of space-consuming designs, then the Buffo collection would be an ideal fit for your living space!

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Pascali Semerdjian creates Aurora Apartment to hold "two universes" in Brazil

Gut-renovating this São Paulo apartment has allowed Brazilian studio Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos to incorporate the personalities of it occupants, particularly in the bedrooms of the family’s two children.

The Aurora Apartment is home to a family of four, and sits on a private street in the Alto de Pinheiros neighbourhood to the west of the city.

Open living room with a variety of midcentury and contemporary furniture
Renovating the Aurora Apartment involved opening up the living spaces

A total overhaul of the residence was needed to open up its spaces, bring in more light, and incorporate new materials and decor that reflect the owners’ tastes.

Without complete structural plans of the apartment or building, the demolition process revealed multiple hidden elements.

Dining room with oval table, Jean Prouvé chairs and dark wood panelling
The dining room is sometimes used for business meetings and dinners

Only when the apartment had been fully stripped back to its bare bones was Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos able to design the floor plan to work around the structure.

“When we saw the remaining columns and slabs, we were able to continue sketching the client’s necessities as well as our ideas onto paper,” said the studio.

Wood door opened to reveal a hidden bar
A wall panel opens to reveal a hidden home bar

Once the layout was “settled”, the architects began to examine the walls and space volumetrically to discover ways to add interesting design moments that would reveal more about the family.

“One of the most important things about this project is how every single space, both social and private, has the family personality, with a unique design that results in harmony with the whole,” said Pascali Semerdjian Architects.

Floor-to-ceiling wood panelling and a gridded cabinet
Close to the entrance, a gridded cabinet houses a coat closet

The apartment is divided into a large, open social space that’s occasionally used for hosting business meeting and dinners, and a private area that contains the bedrooms and bathrooms.

“We wanted to create two universes in the same apartment: an intimate and cozy one, and another minimalist and social,” the studio said.

Room wrapped with thin fibrous curtains
Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos has played with volumes and materials throughout the apartment

Dark wood panelling lines the entryway, concealing a storage area for keys and shoes, and the same floor-to-ceiling wood panels are used in the corner of the dining room. Here, a hidden door swings open to reveal a bar, and a brass container built into a plastered counter serves as a cooler for bottles.

Stone flooring in the living area is laid in thin planks to match the pattern of the wooden boards that run through the private spaces.

Home office with wood panelling and matching desk
Designed during the pandemic, the apartment contains several multifunctional spaces

Several classic midcentury designs were chosen for the living space, including Jean Prouvé dining chairs and a pair of salmon-coloured Ondine armchairs by Jorge Zalszupin.

These are mixed in with contemporary furnishings like the Thin Black side tables by Nendo and a leather chaise by Studiopepe.

A variety of furniture and lighting pieces custom-designed by Pascali Semerdjian also feature in the apartment, such as the main sofa, the office chairs, and the bar sconces.

There’s also a coat closet housed within a gridded cabinet, which is affixed to a mirror and features a cluster of square lights in its top right corner.

Minimal bedroom with wood and white surfaces
In the home’s private section, the primary bedroom is minimally decorated

In the private quarters, the primary suite is minimally finished in white and wood surfaces, while the children’s rooms are much more expressive.

For example, the younger son’s room is designed to resemble a small house, formed from wood panelling that covers the walls and is pitched on the ceiling.

View from bedroom through sliding doors to a planted area
Natural light floods the primary bedroom when its sliding wooden doors are opened

His bed and a sofa are raised to create space for a “hide-and-seek” tunnel underneath, while the older daughter’s room includes arched white closets.

“We seek to bring originality to all rooms, with special attention to the children’s room, where we’ve pursued solutions that are close to playful, without exaggeration,” Pascali Semerdjian said.

Bedroom shaped like a house using wood panelling
The bedroom of the family’s younger son is designed like a house

The renovation work began during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, so special attention was paid to creating multifunctional spaces.

“The project seeks to balance and bring fluidity between the different possible uses of a house, allowing residents to experience moments together as well as the possibility of having privacy, including the couple,” said the architects.

House-shaped wood volume with bed and sofa inside
The son’s bed and a sofa are raised to accommodate a hide-and-seek tunnel underneath

Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos was founded by Domingos Pascali and Sarkis Semerdjian in 2010, and the studio has renovated many apartments across São Paulo.

They include a residence imbued with a “deeply Brazilian and vividly cosmopolitan” flavour and a home organised around a semi-circular wooden library.

The photography is by Fran Parente.

Project credits:

Project and interiors: Pascali Semerdjian Architects
Team: Sarkis Semerdjian, Domingos Pascali, Ana Luisa Cunha, Fernando Spnola
Production: VC Artwork
Execution: S Macedo Engenharia

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This mini washing machine is perfect for avid travelers and house on wheels fanatics

The nomadic lifestyle made popular by trending RVs, tiny house on wheels and trailers has prompted travelers to fancy accessories and appliances that are portable. The same goes for people who have to travel frequently for business meetings or family vacations.

Having a portable washing machine comes in very handy on such trips and there are plenty out there to choose from. However, finding the one that is practical, safe for the environment and does the task of cleaning as intended is hard to find. That’s where this concept piques my interest profoundly.

Designer: PQP Design

The convenient little washing machine is a perfect washer for apartments, condos, motor homes, RVs, camping and any other place that doesn’t particularly permit the use of a full-sized washing machine. The freedom of washing clothes whenever and wherever you want is of value especially when you cannot afford to use a limitless amount of water for the task.

The foldable and lightweight form factor of the appliance makes it well-suited to carry in your suitcase or even a backpack. The Mini Foldable Washing Machine uses the unique technology of sending out vibrations to remove dirt effectively without wasting water or using much electricity. It works on stored electricity in the on-board battery that can be charged via the USB-C connector.

Since the waster tub size is smaller than conventional washing machines, this one is suited for light clothes, towels, and undergarments. Don’t expect to wash any bulky clothing items like down jackets or heavy sweaters in this portable washer. Apart from this limitation, the mini washing machine is perfect for bachelors, travelers and people who live a minimalistic lifestyle.

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Top 5 Travel Gadgets To Accompany You On Your Next Vacation

Traveling has now become a full-fledged affair, since the terror of the pandemic has waned away a little, and we’re able to jet-set about more freely. My travel bucket is currently brimming with places I need to visit and make up for the pandemic-inflicted hiatus I had to take from traveling. But as any experienced traveler will definitely tell you, before you set off on your next adventure, you need to put together a collection of handy, reliable, and well-designed travel gadgets. Great travel gadgets are essential, they have your back in the most sudden and spontaneous of situations, providing you with aid and relief when you least expect it. And, we’ve put together a bunch of innovative and functional travel-friendly products that you need to pack in your suitcase for your next trip! From a tiny all-in-one travel adapter to a travel bottle with a MagSafe iPhone stand – these products are the must-haves you need for your next holiday.

1. Nothing Power Bank

The Nothing power bank features transparent aesthetics that showcase the innards’ glory and beauty. They are illuminated by a range of small warm-toned LEDs, which provide the accessory with a Cyberpunkish look inside and out.

Why is it noteworthy?

A power bank is an ideal match for Nothing considering its usability and no-frills nature. With an impressive amount of options on the market, a transparent power bank in Nothing’s product line would be an excellent addition to their ever-growing ecosystem.

What we like

  • Perfectly complements the Nothing Phone (2)
  • Sleek transparent aesthetics

What we dislike

  • It’s a concept, so we’re not sure how well it would translate into a real-time product

2. Ringo Bottle

The Ringo Bottle merges the practicality of a water bottle with the convenience of a MagSafe-compatible iPhone stand. It transforms your smartphone into a tripod on the fly.

Why is it noteworthy?

No more shaky videos or propping your phone against precarious objects—now you can FaceTime, create TikTok videos, and shoot IG Reels like a pro, along with the benefit of having glowing skin because you’re constantly hydrated!

What we like

  • It works rather intuitively without any adjustable clamps or grips
  • It is a handy little instrument to keep your phone propped up while you watch videos, take calls, or film viral content

What we dislike

  • Unsure whether you can use the lid as a standalone tripod

3. TA-205

Meet the TA-205, a compact universal travel adapter that can support plug points in more than 200 countries. It features multiple plug-inlets to charge all your precious gadgets in one go!

Why is it noteworthy?

It includes a fast-charge USB-C port that outputs 35.5W for rapidly charging your smartphone so you can step out instead of being trapped in your hotel room. It offers dual AC sockets – a universal one and a US socket.

What we like

  • The TA-205 can deal with 1000W at 100V~ and a whopping 2400W at 240V~

What we dislike

4. The Taco Device

This adorable concept took the metaphor “let’s taco ’bout it” quite seriously! It is designed into something that utilizes the idea of the shape of the taco.

Why is it noteworthy?

The translation device is shaped like a taco and will be used by both the speaker and the listener. It’s actually like one of those two-way cup devices that you may have used when you were young (or at least those of a certain age) but now using digital technology.

What we like

  • The Taco device makes communicating more fun and functional

What we dislike

  • The shape, while good for holding, is not designed to catch sound correctly

5. Swift

Say hello to Swift – the world’s first 120W travel adapter built with 3rd GaN technology. The Swift can support sockets in over 15 countries, but it has a unique feature, unlike other adapters!

Why is it noteworthy?

Unlike any other travel adapter, it also lets you plug in as many as 6 devices at the same time and fast-charge all of them simultaneously. You’ll never travel the same way ever again.

What we like

  • Let’s you fast-charge every conceivable gadget from your phone to your tablet, laptop, power bank, camera, drone, or any other gadget

What we dislike

  • There are similar designs on the market

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Olgoo critiques overdevelopment in Iran with The Inside Home

The Inside Home by Olgoo

Iranian architecture studio Olgoo has completed a subterranean holiday home near Tehran, topped by a green roof that merges with the surrounding landscape.

Named The Inside Home, the residence near the village of Ammameh is designed in response to rapid development in the area, which has seen many of its green spaces replaced by construction.

Olgoo set the home into its sloping site and organised it around a central courtyard to “send a message” about how new construction projects should consider the natural landscape rather than profit from it.

Aerial view of houses in the village of Ammameh
Olgoo has completed a subterranean home in the village of Ammameh

“The village is famous for its extensive gardens, but in recent years it has been attacked by land traders so much that the weak local law is unable to stand against the rapid conversion of gardens into small, saleable plots and the construction of dense buildings in them,” explained the studio.

“Inflation and economic problems have turned living spaces into a capital commodity and made it profitable to build more under any circumstances,” it continued.

“By sheltering deep in the ground and building less than the permitted limit, [The Inside Home] can be a critical reaction, and at the same time proposes a way of adaptive living in close proximity to nature,” it continued.

Iranian house with a green roof
It is topped by a green roof

Intended to be used by multiple families, the pentagonal plan of The Inside Home is split into three exposed concrete blocks. There is one for public living spaces, one for private bedrooms and another containing utility spaces and a small pool.

A courtyard sits at the centre of these blocks, overlooked by large sliding glass doors in the living, dining and kitchen space and swimming pool.

“The public building benefits from maximum light and view, [while] on the contrary, the bedroom building located on the other side of the yard has a minimum light to underscore a big difference between social and private life,” said Olgoo.

“One will feel nature while moving between buildings, which makes the experience of each space independent and unique,” it continued.

Rooftop of The Inside Home by Olgoo
The house is arranged around a courtyard

To the west, the central courtyard opens out into a large terrace. Here, a seating area overlooks the surrounding village, sheltered by a section of concrete roof that is topped by planting.

The Inside Home has recently been longlisted in the rural house category of Dezeen Awards 2023.

Terrace outside of The Inside Home by Olgoo
The courtyard opens out into a large terrace

Other homes on Dezeen that are dug into the landscape and topped by green roofs include The House Under the Ground by Dutch studio WillemsenU, which is intended to blend in with its rural surroundings.

In Belgium, Studio Okami Architecten embedded Sloped Villa into a hill to avoid having to conform with the area’s strict building regulations.

The photography is courtesy of Olgoo.

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Eight kitchens islands that have sleek waterfall edges

Kitchen island with waterfall edge

For our latest lookbook, we spotlight eight contemporary kitchens that centre on islands with waterfall countertops made from concrete, stone and chunky terrazzo.

As its name suggests, a waterfall edge is a style of kitchen island or cabinet where the countertop appears to flow seamlessly from the surface to the ground.

The feature, also known as a mitred end, is popular in contemporary kitchens as it is an easy way to create a focal point while retaining a sleek, pared-back aesthetic.

As revealed by this lookbook, they are particularly impactful when made from materials such as marble and concrete, which give rise to sculptural, monolithic centrepieces.

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring living rooms with striking art pieces, colourful bedrooms and living rooms with cowhide rugs.

Oak and marble kitchen of Botaniczna Apartment by Agnieszka Owsiany Studio
Photo is by Pion Studio

Botaniczna Apartment, Poland, by Agnieszka Owsiany Studio

Agnieszka Owsiany Studio draped travertine over a series of oak cupboards to form this kitchen island. The wood helps accentuate the warm tones of the stone, which the studio chose because of its soothing and timeless qualities.

“I really wanted to create something timeless, hence the idea to use materials such as wood and travertine which age beautifully and hopefully won’t be replaced within many years,” said the studio’s founder Agnieszka Owsiany.

Find out more about Botaniczna Apartment

Kitchen island with a waterfall countertop
Photo by Megan Taylor

Sunderland Road, UK, by 2LG Studio

Sky-blue cabinetry offers a calm backdrop to the bold waterfall countertop in this kitchen, designed by 2LG Studio.

Made of white marble with grey veins, it extends over both ends of a wood-clad kitchen island and incorporates a hob for cooking. The countertop was paired with pink bar stools and is illuminated by a Cherry Pendant light by designer duo Daniel-Emma.

Find out more about Sunderland Road

Kitchen of Lake Geneva Residence by Collective Office
Photo by Mike Schwartz

Lake Geneva Residence, USA, by Collective Office

Concrete was used to form the mitred end of this kitchen island, creating a centrepiece that juxtaposes the light and natural look of its wood-lined surroundings.

It is complemented by matching concrete countertops on the adjacent wooden cabinets and incorporates a sink within its surface.

Find out more about Lake Geneva Residence

Kitchen island with mitred end in Montauk house by Desciencelab
Photo by Danny Bright

Montauk House, USA, by Desciencelab

A black countertop overrides the wood-lined base of this central unit, found in the kitchen of a gabled house in Montauk, recently overhauled by Desciencelab.

Standing out against the surrounding wooden cupboards, it helps to demarcate the food preparation area within the open-plan room, which also contains the dining and living areas.

Find out more about Montauk House

Kitchen with a stone island and timber ceilings and floors
Photo by José Hevia

Paseo Mallorca 15 Apartments, Spain, by OHLAB

This clean-cut stone island is located in the light and airy interior of an apartment in a housing block in Mallorca.

Its minimalist aesthetic was paired with a more tactile material palette of rough plaster, dark wood and rustic fittings in the rest of the home, which OHLAB chose as a reflection of its Mediterranean setting.

Find out more about Paseo Mallorca 15 Apartments

Wooden kitchen with waterfall countertops
Photo by Daniëlle Siobhán

Family Home Zwaag, Netherlands, by DAB Studio

The sculptural waterfall countertops in this kitchen are formed from striking Arebescato Orobico marble.

Its earthy brown and grey tones are enhanced by the warm colours of the surrounding Afromosia wood joinery and oak ceilings and floors, which form part of DAB Studio’s wider “calm yet soulful” material palette.

Find out more about Family Home Zwaag

Terrazzo island in Glyn House extension designed by Yellow Cloud Studio
Photo courtesy of Yellow Cloud Studio

Glyn House, UK, by Yellow Cloud Studio

Oversized chunks of colourful aggregate were used to create the terrazzo finish of this statement kitchen unit, which is located in Glyn House by Yellow Cloud Studio in London.

Its waterfall edge conceals a series of black-painted drawers with silver handles and helps to “intensify the experience of raw, handmade surfaces” throughout the interior, the studio said.

Find out more about Glyn House

Kitchen with granite island
Photo by Fabián Martinez

Loma Residence, Mexico, by Esrawe Studio

Curved sides and mitred ends soften the look of this monolithic kitchen island, which Esrawe Studio created as part of its remodelling of an apartment in Mexico City.

The unit sits in the centre of the home’s kitchen and was formed from a striking green-toned granite that pops out against its neutral surroundings.

Find out more about Loma Residence

This is the latest in our lookbooks series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks featuring living rooms with striking art pieces, colourful bedrooms and living rooms with cowhide rugs.

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Dezeen In Depth reports on Chinese architects working through the night as pay plummets

Shenzhen skyline

This month’s Dezeen In Depth newsletter looks at Chinese architects’ nightmare working conditions and features an interview with the first Black president of the RIBA. Subscribe to Dezeen in Depth now.

Chinese architects told Dezeen they are regularly working through the night while their pay plummets as the country‘s property industry deals with a severe crisis.

Dezeen spoke to more than 10 architects based in Beijing, ShanghaiGuangzhou and Shenzhen who reported widespread layoffs, pay cuts and wage arrears in the industry in the past year.

“You are having a good day if you leave work before 10:00pm,” said Shuchun Yi (not her real name), a young architect and a former employee of state-owned firm Shenzhen General Institute of Architecture Design & Research (SZAD).

RIBA president Muyiwa Oki
Grassroots organisations will “be holding me to account” says RIBA president Muyiwa Oki

September’s Dezeen in Depth also features an exclusive interview with RIBA president Muyiwa Oki and an opinion piece from Reinier de Graaf, who takes aim at so-called “placemaking”.

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This week we revealed Shrek's Swamp in the Scottish Highlands

Shrek's Swamp Airbnb

This week on Dezeen, rental website Airbnb unveiled its latest themed holiday home, a grass-and-mud-covered hut underneath a tree hosted by Donkey from the movie series Shrek.

Named Shrek’s Swamp, the small house, which is being hosted by Donkey while Shrek is away for Halloween, was described as “a stumpy, secluded haven fit for a solitude-seeking ogre”.

Paper Log House by Shigeru Ban and VAN
Shigeru Ban created a prototype house in Morocco

In architecture news, Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban created a prototype house that will be built in Morocco following a devastating earthquake earlier this month.

The latest iteration of Ban’s Paper Log House model, the structure has columns made from cardboard tubes with walls and a roof made from prefabricated wooden panels.

Recycled PET lego bricks
Lego abandoned its plans to make bricks from recycled plastic

In design news, Lego abandoned its plans to use recycled plastic bottles to make its bricks as an alternative to using virgin plastic.

The Danish toymaker dropped the plans after its pilot programme showed that adopting the recycled material at scale would ultimately increase the company’s carbon footprint due to the manufacturing process and equipment needed.

Mass-timber McDonald's
A mass-timber McDonald’s was unveiled in Brazil

This week saw a mass-timber McDonald’s restaurant in São Paulo revealed. Designed by local architecture office Superlimão Studio, the building is supported by a tree-like timber structure.

The 2,150-square foot (220-square metre) building was built as part of the fast food chain’s “Recipe for the Future” initiative.

Mass timber interior
Mexico’s largest mass-timber structure was completed

In Mexico, the largest and tallest mass-timber structure in the country was completed. Designed by Dellekamp Schleich to “set an example for innovative construction methods”, the 940-square-metre office building was built in Mexico City.

Also this week, in other mass-timber news, the New York City Economic Development Corporation launched an assistance program to encourage the adoption of mass-timber in New York City.

Long Island social housing by studio Libeskind
Studio Libeskind unveiled a social housing block in New York

In other architecture news, a pair of social housing blocks were revealed. In New York, architecture firm Studio Libeskind unveiled a housing block with sculptural facades that contains 44 apartments for low-income senior citizens .

In Paris, Christ & Gantenbein created a 124-metre-long block containing 104 apartments, which was clad in steel.

Garden Tower House by Studio Bright
An extension wrapped in pink breeze blocks was one of the most popular stories this week

Popular projects this week included an extension in Australia wrapped in pale pink breeze blocks, a house under the ground in the Netherlands and a cliffside hotel on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

Our latest lookbooks featured living rooms enhanced by decorative and striking art pieces and colourful bedrooms.

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This adorable miniature Macintosh is actually an innovative multi-functional docking station

Laptops have become so powerful that they’ve started to rival some desktops, except for the part that they’re forever limited in how many devices you can attach to them. At most, you’ll probably have five to seven, depending on how thin the laptop tries to be. It’s not really unusual for many owners to expand their portable computer’s capabilities using hubs and docks, especially now with the use of USB-C and the related Thunderbolt technologies almost everywhere. These accessories, small as they may be, still take up space on your desk and can be a source of distraction. So why not put an eye-catching and enviable design on that dock, turning it into a unique homage to the original Apple Macintosh, one of if not the first to blaze a trail for personal computing.

Designer: RayCue

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You’d be forgiven for mistaking this docking station as a fancy desktop toy, given how cute and attractive it is. The RayCue 128K is basically inspired by the design of the pioneering Macintosh from 1984, from its chunky and boxy design to its off-white paint job. There’s even a keyboard-like partner that uses the same motif to complete the faithful recreation. That design alone already makes it a worthy addition to your desk, bringing life and fun to your work, but it’s more than just a piece of eye candy. It is, after all, a docking station, but it goes above and beyond the call of duty compared to your standard docks.

The RayCue 128K Pro, for example, boasts 14 ports of different kinds, including three different types of USB ports, SD/TF card readers, an Ethernet port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and not one, not even two, but three 4K 60Hz HDMI ports. As if that number wasn’t already impressive, these video out ports support DisplayLink Apple MST (multi-stream transport), making it possible to connect that many extra monitors to your MacBook. With a powerful DC-in capable of accepting up to 130W of power, the RayCue 128K can charge not only your laptop but also other devices for a total of 100W of output.

But as they say on TV, “there’s more!” The screen on the RayCue 128K isn’t just for show and is, in fact, a 3.5-inch IPS color screen that can display the time, calendar, media information, and even photos, turning the dock into a true decorative accessory to enhance your working experience. It doesn’t end there either, since the box also hides a Bluetooth Speaker, making it a jukebox to help keep your focus. It’s going to keep you entertained and productive and might even turn you into the envy of your friends.

Given how it works, you can’t really take the RayCue 128K with you wherever you go. That’s where the RayCue 128K Pocket comes in, a portable 7-in-1 hub that comes in the form of a miniature Macintosh keyboard. It might not have all the bells and whistles of the Pro dock, but it still has plenty to offer, including a 4K 60Hz HDMI port and card readers. If you’re going to put a docking station on your desk, you might as well put something that offers the best impact and experience. With the RayCue 128K Pro and Pocket, not only are you getting a powerful dock and hub, you’re also getting an adorable yet functional decoration that gives a nod to the personal computer that started it all.

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Shigeru Ban Offers The Paper Log House To Morocco For Disaster Relief Following The Earthquake

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed the Paper Log House with his non-governmental organization, Voluntary Architects’ Network, which he founded in 1995. The Log House was created as a shelter for victims of natural disasters in response to the Great Hanshin earthquake in Kobe, Japan. The model was also installed in Antalya as a school building after the 2023 Turkey-Syria earthquake. It is intended to be easy and quick to construct, and also quite economical. The Pritzker Architecture-prize winning architect has now designed the latest prototype of the Paper Log House for Morocco since it was devastatingly hit by the earthquake on September 8th, 2023.

Designer: Shigeru Ban

The 6.8 magnitude earthquake caused innumerable damage to buildings and claimed over 3000 lives. The prototype is constructed using cardboard tubes, which gives the structure its name. The cardboard tubes function as the columns of the house, and are used to accommodate prefab wood panels. These wood panels form the walls, floor, and roof. The various components are elevated above the ground using a base created from plastic beer crates filled with sandbags. The temporary shelter has been constructed at the National School of Architecture of Marrakech as a symbol of hope, resilience, and support in an extremely difficult time.

Besides providing support through structures and architecture, Shigeru Ban also held a lecture on September 27 where he introduced the Paper Log House and his knowledge and experience in post-disaster support. He also stayed back in Marrakech to visit the affected areas and find potential locations for the Paper Log House.

Shigeru Ban’s humanitarian effort is truly commendable. He is providing valuable support and shelter to victims. In fact, his involvement in disaster relief is spread over three decades, taking into account his work across the globe over the years, from Kobe to L’Aquila, Turkey to Haiti!

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