Kinneymorrow clads Berkshires Farmhouse in wood and weathering steel

Berkshires Farmhouse Massachusetts by Kinneymorrow

US studio Kinneymorrow Architecture has completed a pitched-roof house on a family farm in western Massachusetts that is designed to “sit well with the existing utilitarian buildings”.

Located in the village of New Marlborough, the Berkshires Farmhouse was designed for a family of four whose prior residence, dating to the 19th century, was destroyed in a fire.

Berkshires Farmhouse Massachusetts by Kinneymorrow
Kinneymorrow clads Berkshires Farmhouse in wood and weathering steel

The family decided to build a new house on their small farm nearby, and they worked with Austin-based Kinneymorrow Architecture to design the project.

“From a single-wide trailer, the family set to designing a farmhouse that would sit well with the existing utilitarian buildings,” the team said.

Exterior view of Berkshires Farmhouse Massachusetts by Kinneymorrow
The house is topped with a pitched roof enclosing a rectangular plan

The parents are Emily, a veterinarian, and Jeremy, a butcher and chef. The house was constructed by Jeremy with the help of his brother and a friend.

The chosen site was a hill near a barnyard, which offers panoramic views of the landscape and the changing seasons.

The team conceived a 2,511 square-foot (233-square-metre) house that is rectangular in plan and topped with a pitched roof.

Dusk view of Berkshires Farmhouse Massachusetts by Kinneymorrow
Kinneymorrow wrapped the home in panels of weathering steel and ash wood

Walls are wrapped in ash wood and standing-seam panels made of weathering steel. The cladding was informed by the area’s iron-rich soil, along with the surrounding farm buildings.

“The pre-existing worn and patinaed agricultural structures on the site were a key inspiration,” the team said.

“Materials for the new house were chosen with the conviction that they would be uncoated and exposed and should improve with age.”

A portion of the house bridges a small saddle in the earth. The open space below is occupied by a carport and a sheltered entryway.

The basement level of the home contains a utility room, while the top level holds a flexible studio space. Both public and private areas are found on the central level.

Berkshires Farmhouse Massachusetts by Kinneymorrow
Five box-shaped oriel windows offer panoramic views of the landscape

“The house is split lengthwise, with private spaces – three bedrooms and a den – aligned to the back of the building, facing the forest and eastern morning light,” the team said.

“The communal spaces are arrayed in an open plan along the opposite length, looking southwest.”

Berkshires Farmhouse Massachusetts by Kinneymorrow
The communal spaces line one length of the home in an open-plan layout

The great room is bookended by screened porches. The room also features five box-shaped oriel windows, which frame views of the farm and the countryside beyond.

Interior finishes include hemlock and schist, which came from a local quarry. The wood used in the house was felled by the clients in a nearby forest and was then milled and seasoned on-site.

The great room and mezzanine in Berkshires Farmhouse Massachusetts by Kinneymorrow
Interior finishes include local hemlock, schist and wood felled in a nearby forest

While the process of designing and building the house was exhausting for the family, it also was healing, as it allowed them to work through the loss of their former home.

“The four are happy to be together with their dogs, cats, chickens, geese, donkeys and horses,” the team said.

“The family is currently designing a small cottage on the farm for Emily’s father, Tim, who looks forward to joining the menagerie.”

Screened porches and interior at Berkshires Farmhouse Massachusetts by Kinneymorrow
Screened porches bookend the great room and frame views out to the farm

Other homes in the Berkshires include an austere glass house with deep roof overhangs by Specht Architects and a family retreat by No Architecture that consists of pavilions arranged around a hexagonal courtyard.

The photography is by Luis Ayala.

Project credits:

Architect: Kinneymorrow Architecture
Clients: Emily Newman and Jeremy Stanton

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LIN Architecture Upscales A Pumping Station Into A Panoramic Observatory In The Countryside Of China

In the heart of Yunnan’s picturesque countryside, just outside Eryuan Botou Village, LIN Architecture has transformed a once-humble pumping station into a breathtaking observatory. The Concrete Pavilion, completed in November 2023, pays homage to its historical roots while embracing a contemporary design that seamlessly integrates with the surrounding natural beauty.

Designers: LIN Architecture and RAC studio

Originally serving as a vital pump house for water and electricity, the structure now stands as a symbol of transformation and resilience. The architects carefully examined the multifaceted roles of the pump house, extracting cultural elements from its surroundings and skillfully weaving them into the architectural fabric. The result is a harmonious dialogue between the pavilion and its natural setting, where sloping roofs, shadow walls, and diverse windows embody vernacular elements that resonate with the region’s heritage.

With a modest building area of 50 square meters on a 100 square meter site, the Concrete Pavilion offers a variety of observation experiences. The external facade serves as a static guide for villagers, evolving in different states as one travels through the landscape. Internally, the space is intentionally divided and centered around a large staircase. Suspended platforms, sloping sidewalls, half-arched ceilings, and low side windows provide distinct perspectives of the landscape, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the ever-changing surroundings.

The design acknowledges the unpredictable weather of Yunnan, allowing natural elements to play a significant role in the building’s appearance. The choice of materials, including concrete, steel, and wooden planks, was deliberate, considering both functionality and the structure’s interaction with the environment. Thick clouds reflecting on the walls, radiant sunlight illuminating the material, and rain turning the skin of the structure into a canvas for the sky all contribute to the ever-evolving aesthetic of the Concrete Pavilion.

Symbolism played a key role in the synthesis of this architectural masterpiece. The angular design invites visitors to enjoy the surrounding landscapes, while suspended platforms bring them closer to nature. The carefully chosen materials ensure the structure’s resilience, allowing it to evolve with the weather conditions. The narrow skylights and geometrical openings provide captivating views of the sky and the surrounding countryside, making the Concrete Pavilion not only a physical structure but also a window to the region’s rich heritage.

LIN Architecture’s Concrete Pavilion in Yunnan’s countryside is a testament to the transformative power of architecture. By honoring the past while embracing modern design principles, the pumping station turned observatory stands as a symbol of harmony between human ingenuity and the beauty of the natural world. As visitors traverse its spaces, they are not only treated to breathtaking views but also to a profound connection with the heritage and landscape of this enchanting region.

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Dezeen's top five houses of December 2023

Building Frame of the House, Japan, by IGArchitects

Dezeen’s top five houses of the month for December feature a home in Japan designed as “one big room” and a “floating treehouse” on a Norwegian hillside.

Also featured in the roundup is a wooden house that steps down a hillside in Chile and the renovation of a brutalist townhouse in London.

This is the latest in our houses of the month series, where we showcase the five most popular residences featured on Dezeen in the past month from all around the world.

Read on to find out more about Dezeen readers’ favourite houses this month:

Building Frame of the House, Japan, by IGArchitects
Photo by Ooki Jingu

Building Frame of the House, Japan, by IGArchitects

Designed by Japanese studio IGArchitects as an adaptable space for both living and working, this house was envisioned as “one big room”.

“[The clients] have a vague boundary between their private and work life, therefore they were imagining a house where they can work anywhere and where they can sense the presence of each other wherever in the house,” IGArchitects founder Masato Igarashi told Dezeen.

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Snohetta and Tor Helge Dokka design Norwegian residence
Photo by Robin Hayes

House Dokka, Norway, by Snøhetta

Architecture studio Snøhetta and engineer Tor Helge Dokka created a mass-timber home that is supported on large wooden stilts above a hillside in Kongsberg, Norway.

Named House Dokka, the home was designed to resemble a “floating treehouse”.

Find out more about House Dokka ›

Brutalist Chelsea townhouse by Pricegore
Photo by Johan Dehlin

Brutalist townhouse, UK, by Pricegore 

In Chelsea, London, architecture studio Pricegore renovated a four-storey modernist townhouse to create a three-bedroom home. The studio embraced the 1960 building’s existing brutalist design focusing on concrete elements and exposing material finishes.

“The new works take their momentum from the existing building,” Pricegore co-founder Dingle Price said. “There is no contrast, either internally or externally, between the old and the new.”

Find out more about Brutalist townhouse ›

White Dates by The Ranch Mine
Photo by Dan Ryan Studio

Arizona house, USA, by The Ranch Mine

Phoenix-based architecture studio The Ranch Mine was informed by a nearby 1950s, mid-century modern house called White Gates for the design of this desert house in Arizona. The house has breeze-block walls and a roof cutout for a palm tree.

“Knowing the history of this home, the architects knew immediately that they had the challenging task of creating a new neighbour that should honour the legacy of the mid-century modern icon, while adding a distinctly new chapter to the story of this unique neighbourhood,” said the studio.

Find out more about Arizona house ›

Casa Ladera
Photo by Cristóbal Palma

 Casa Ladera, Japan, by WMR Arquitectos

In Chile, WMR Arquitectos balanced a slanted wooden house named Casa Ladera on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the village of Matanzas

The 2,130-square foot (198-square metre) house was designed to hang onto a 45-degree slope so that it has an unobstructed view of the ocean.

Find out more about Casa Ladera ›

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X11 Design Studio "connects nature with daily activities" at De Chill House in Vietnam

De Chill House in Vietnam by X11

Balconies shaded by trailing plants front this slender concrete home in Vietnam, which has been designed by local architecture practice X11 Design Studio to “promote a connection between nature and people”.

Designed for a three-generation family in Quang Ninh the home is called De Chill House. It features planted yards at either end, a central courtyard with a tree and a rooftop garden that shelter its interiors while creating “peaceful” spaces for its inhabitants.

Exterior of De Chill House in Vietnam by X11
X11 Design Studio “connects nature with daily activities” at De Chill House in Vietnam

“Three ‘breathing’ spaces in the front, back and middle of the house and a void through the vertical axis makes spaces that are in direct contact with natural light and ventilation,” explained the studio.

“The atmosphere in the house is gentle, relaxing and pleasant so that people can regain energy after returning from work.”

Exterior and garden at night in De Chill House in Vietnam by X11
A set back entry leads into the ground floor living, dining and kitchen space

Set back from the street with a paved patio and parking area creating a “buffer zone”, wide concrete steps lead through a door alongside a window into the ground floor, where a large living, dining and kitchen space stretches almost the entire length of the plan.

The skylit central courtyard separates the lounge at the front from the kitchen diner to the rear, and at the back of the home a single bedroom looks out onto a private patio space.

On the first floor, two larger bedrooms sit either side of a communal space, and above the second floor landing is flanked by an additional bedroom, worship room and rooftop garden at the rear of the home.

“The skylight in the middle connects the common spaces with the living spaces above…in addition to providing natural light and air convection,” explained the studio.

“Green spaces are seamlessly combined with other functions, creating a connection between nature and daily activities.”

Interior courtyard at De Chill House in Vietnam by X11
A skylit courtyard separates the lounge from the kitchen

A spiral staircase of black steel leads from the third floor garden up onto the roof, where an area of planting at the front of the home is sheltered by a slatted metal canopy, intended as a space for the residents to gather together.

Despite not being bordered directly above the ground floor on either side, the home was designed in the style of a typical Vietnamese townhouse, with sheer, windowless walls of rendered concrete forming its side elevations with cut-outs for the rooftop gardens.

First floor interior at De Chill House in Vietnam by X11
Two larger bedrooms sit either side of the open communal space at the first floor.

Elsewhere in Vietnam, local studio Nguyen Khai Architects & Associates also celebrated a connection to nature in Labri House, a glass home next to a pond that is immersed in lush planting.

The photography is by Hoang Le.

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Vorkoster smart lid detects when food has gone off

Vorkoster smart lid

Berlin-based designer Kimia Amir-Moazami hopes to tackle the issue of food waste with a container system that reveals if something is safe to eat or not.

Vorkoster is a smart lid that uses PH-sensitive film to detect if a food product has expired. The film gradually changes colour as the food product begins to spoil, making it easy to see whether it’s still edible.

This can provide an accurate indication of food freshness so that people don’t have to rely on generic expiry dates, which can lead to food being thrown out unnecessarily.

Vorkoster smart lid
It works with protein-based food like meat and fish

Amir-Moazami presented the project at Dutch Design Week as part of the Secrid Talent Podium, a showcase of projects championing design as a force for good.

“Over 60 per cent of food waste happens in households. That is not just food, but also money wasted,” said Amir-Moazami, speaking to the exhibition organisers.

“I wanted to create something that can help people to save food, either for sustainability or financial reasons.”

Vorkoster smart lid
PH-sensitive film changes colour to indicate when food is expiring. Photo is by Anouk Moerman

The lid was designed for use with any food containing protein, such as meat or fish. As these items expire, they release ammonia gas.

The film, which is made from algae coated in a specially developed indicator dye, reacts to this gas by changing colour from pale green to bright purple.

The lid was designed to fit over any type of tub or bowl, to make it as easy to use as possible.

“By designing a lid, the use of my product stays flexible and is not limited to one type of container,” said Amir-Moazami.

Kimia Amir-Moazami in the kitchen
Kimia Amir-Moazami first developed the design as a student at UdK Berlin. Photo is by Anouk Moerman

The designer produced her first working prototype of Vorkoster in 2021, as her graduation project from the design degree programme at UdK Berlin.

This was developed with the help of Sany Chea, a chemistry scientist she met during a residency at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research.

Since then, the pair have been developing the concept with a view to launching Vorkoster as a commercial product.

Kimia Amir-Moazami with PH-sensitive film
The film used in the lid is made from algae. Photo is by Anouk Moerman

They believe the product could hit the shelves in the next two years.

“The challenge with Vorkoster is that it is a product that deals with food quality and expiry dates,” said Amir-Moazami.

“This is a sensitive topic, so the technology needs to be developed to a point that it’s truly consumer-friendly, safe and clear. Before we can go to market, it needs to function flawlessly.”

Indicator dye to detect ammonia
A coating applied to the film causes it to change colour when it comes into contact with ammonia. Photo is by Anouk Moerman

In the past two years, Amir-Moazami and Chea have participated in a series of entrepreneur and scholarship programmes to help them fund the project’s development.

As part of the Secrid Talent Podium, which was supported by the Dutch Design Foundation and What Design Can Do, they received a cash prize of €7,777.

There were seven participants in total, with others including brick innovator Emy Bensdorp and Luc van Hoeckel of Super Local, with his affordable hospital equipment.

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Best of EveryDay Carry – Yanko Design Awards 2023

New Year New Gear, they say… but before we explore what 2024 has in store for us, here’s a look at our top EDC gear from the year gone by. Our love for EDC only grew in 2023 as we began venturing outdoors again (you know, after the entire 2-year house arrest), and we honestly believe 2023’s been a golden year for the category. Titanium finally went mainstream, with Apple adopting it for their flagship 2023 iPhones, and we saw multiple independent creators taking to platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to bring their EDC visions to life!

So what really constitutes this list and how did we arrive at our top ten? It’s simple, really. All the EDC have a few things in common. They’re built to be compact, robust, highly utilitarian, and have a wow-factor, whether it’s a unique feature, or just stellar craftsmanship. We’ve even awarded a Best EDC Design of 2023 to a certain multitool so scroll ahead to know more about why we loved it so much!

1. Prytium Titanium Multitool by G.S.G (Best EDC Design of 2023)

With a staggering 14 features built into its compact, lightweight, machined titanium design, the Prytium Multitool wins our award for just being the most versatile, capable, and handy piece of EDC money could buy. Perfect for pretty much any situation life throws at you, the Prytium is the kind of EDC you wish you’d have if you were stranded on a desert island. It’s got possibly every conceivable tool from a folding knife to a bottle opener, pry tool, nail file, glass breaker, and even a few wrenches and screwdrivers to get you through a whole gamut of worldly situations, whether they’re mildly frustrating like a hangnail or actual emergencies that require tactical tools.

Why is it noteworthy?

Aside from being made from Grade-5 that is well known for its sheer durability, the Prytium really surprises with exactly how much it manages to pack into its pocket-friendly design. It does so rather cleverly too, offering tritium slots so that your EDC is visible even at night, a deep pocket clip so you can attach your multitool to your clothing for convenience, and my favorite bit, a removable replaceable blade that you can change whenever the old one gets dull… so you spend less time sharpening your blade and more time using it instead.

2. Septimo Multi-tool by Jeremy Valdez for CRKT

The CRKT Septimo Multi-Tool may appear to be your typical pocket knife, but it’s ingeniously designed to offer far more than just a flipper blade. Crafted to combine compactness, ergonomic comfort, and a rich array of features, this versatile tool was conceived by Jeremy Valdez, a seasoned member of the 7th Special Forces Group. Inspired by his vision of the perfect everyday carry multitool, the Septimo (which translates to ‘Seventh’ in Spanish) boasts a 2.86-inch fold-out American Tanto blade with a secure liner-lock mechanism. It also includes a built-in bottle opener, a dual-purpose flathead and Phillips head screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, and a handy glass-breaker tip for those tricky situations. Plus, with its convenient pocket clip, you can keep your Septimo Multi-Tool easily accessible, ensuring you’re always prepared for a wide range of everyday situations.

Why is it noteworthy?

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but for the Septimo Multitool, it was more like a strong survival instinct. The origin story of the Septimo is probably the wildest thing you’ll ever hear. A member of the 7th Special Forces, Jeremy Valdez was posted in Afghanistan in 2009 when his helicopter crashed during a combat operation. In the heat of the moment, Valdez realized that the tools he had at the time failed miserably at real-world applications when it came to prying open fuselage, cutting harnesses, and freeing his fellow soldiers from the blazing, mangled chopper wreckage. Some people live in the trauma of such incidents, but not Valdez. He went to the drawing board and came up with the Septimo – a tribute to his fallen brothers and sisters, and an EDC so capable it has literal military experience.

3. Rike Knife S05 by Rike Knife

This knife almost won Best EDC of the Year for just how bonkers-beautiful it is. Intricate to the point of being absolutely impossible to counterfeit, the Rike Knife S05 has one of the most unique Damascus blades we’ve ever seen. In fact, I can say with a degree of confidence that I’ve never seen a blade this beautiful. With a dizzyingly detailed pattern that’s brought about by using different grades of metal that are hammered, forged, and acid-etched to reveal the marbled texture, the S05’s blade is a literal work of art. It sports a clip-point design that folds into a titanium handle that has a marbled pocket clip too. The price of such beauty? Well, given that you’re paying for top-tier craftsmanship, the $550 price tag doesn’t really hurt as much.

Why is it noteworthy?

I’m going to sound like an absolute broken record at this point, but that Damascus blade has my heart. Almost like a piece of psychedelic art, it has something hidden in every corner, from checkers and strips to even Japanese symbols. Oh, and as far as the blade’s sharpness goes, it has a viciously sharp edge that cuts through materials like they’re made of butter.

4. KeyMaster by EDC Monster

I’d like to think that the KeyMaster is key-shaped because of its sheer ability to ‘unlock’ any kind of real or metaphorical door that holds you back. Sure, the key-shaped design means it’s the ideal size to fit on your keychain, but let’s also acknowledge the fact that this key-sized EDC has 14 different tools built in, including multiple wrenches for bicycle spokes as well as hex nuts, a few popular screwdrivers, a fold-out scalpel blade, a bottle opener, and even a miniature scale that has BOTH metric as well as imperial measurements.

Why is it noteworthy?

It’s small enough to sit on your keychain, weighs a paltry 29 grams (1 ounce), and is made from the most durable metal known to mankind. What’s not to love?! The KeyMaster is a handy-dandy EDC for when you need to perform minor repairs or when you need a small knife to cut open boxes, slice paracord, whittle wood, or defend yourself. And when you’re done, crack open a brewski with the built-in bottle opener!

5. Folding Travel Cutlery Kit by Uphold Living

The problem with travel cutlery is that in the interest of portability, it often makes a few unfortunate trade-offs. Take the spork, for instance… a two-in-one piece of cutlery that saves material/space, but is just an odd contraption that nobody loves to use. The Uphold Travel Cutlery Kit possesses the unique distinction of being a rather no-compromise solution. Designed to be as small as a bunch of credit cards, this kit contains not one, not two, but three cutlery sets that you can use just as you would the ones at home. The Uphold kit features a working spoon, fork, and knife that sit flat when not in use, but curve to assume their ergonomic shape when you need them, thanks to clever design and the use of flexible materials at exactly the right points, while relying on food-grade titanium alloy and aluminum alloy for the rest.

Why is it noteworthy?

Single-use plastic spoons and forks are a menace. Not just for the environment, which they pollute by thousands of tonnes every year, but also for humans. Why? Because flimsy plastic spoons and forks don’t offer any robust functionality at all. They bend and flex when you try to cut through food, and they’ll melt if your gravies are too hot. Uphold’s alternative is vastly better. Not only is it made from durable metals like titanium, but it’s also designed to be compact when tucked away, and incredibly functional when you need to dig into your food. The full-length design gives you all the convenience you need while you eat, and the fact that you’ve got a separate knife, fork, and spoon means no more dealing with that spork nonsense.

6. Typhoeus Morphing Knife by CIVIVI

We’re big fans of CIVIVI’s knives in general, but when I laid our eyes on the Typhoeus for the first time, I honestly felt my jaw drop a little. The Typhoeus isn’t your conventional folding knife, because it has a handle that folds too. Once you flip the blade out, you can either use it as a conventional clip-point knife, or fold the handle further to turn it into a push-dagger. This unique format gives you two knives, a conventional one and a hardcore tactical one, so you can cut open boxes and defend yourself with equal effectiveness. The Typhoeus features a 14C28N steel blade sitting within a G10 handle, but our eyes are on the Damascus steel variant that gets an upgraded aluminum handle for a more robust experience.

Why is it noteworthy?

The novel format is exciting and really reinvents a category (knives) that doesn’t see too much out-of-the-box thinking as far as mechanisms are concerned. Plus, with the Typhoeus you really get two knives for the price of one, and that itself should be enough to convince the moderate skeptic!

7. A2 Badger OTF Knife by Tekto Knives

Another one of our favorites remains Tekto’s OTF range. In a world where most portable knives have blades that swivel inwards and outwards, Tekto’s OTF (or Out The Front) knives shoot outwards when you hit the switch on top. The A2 Badger grabbed our eye this year for how compact yet capable it was. It eschewed the spear-point edge seen on most OTF blades for an American Tanto-style blade, crafted from titanium-coated D2 steel, and features a glass-breaker tip on the reverse end of the handle, giving you a knife that’s dangerous from head to toe!

Why is it noteworthy?

We firmly believe that if you’re an EDC enthusiast or even an amateur collector, you NEED to have an OTF knife in your arsenal. The A2 Badger, to that degree, is perfectly compact, well-built, and designed to be reliable and last long. The titanium-coated blade holds its edge remarkably well, and that aluminum handle feels great in your grasp, whether it’s for cutting or for shattering even laminated glass. When all’s said and done, that pocket clip lets you slide your OTF knife right into your jacket or pants, for another day.

8. M-Stand Titanium Multitool by ActMax

The M-Stand proves that there’s always room for more features in an EDC. It might look like your conventional push-dagger, but the M-Stand, as its name suggests, also doubles as a stand for your smartphone or tablet simply by splitting it apart into its two halves. Neodymium magnets hold the two titanium halves together, giving you an EDC you can wear around your neck simply by sandwiching a chain between the left and right elements of the M-Stand. However, when you need to use its vast catalog of features, split it apart and you’ve got two knives that also have built-in features like hex wrenches, a bottle opener, a paracord cutter, pry-bar, fire starter, and the phone stand, as I mentioned earlier. Snap them back together and you’re armed with a rather capable spear-point push dagger that you can wear between your knuckles and use for everything from self-defense to shotgunning a beer-can!

Why is it noteworthy?

The beauty of the EDC industry is its rather low barrier to entry. Sure, you’ve got a few big-name brands that dominate the category, but then an independent small-time creator shows up with a novel design and a Kickstarter campaign, getting the entire EDC community excited to see something new. The M-Stand is that novel design. It’s unlike any multitool we’ve seen. It does its job well, and has a fidget-like quality that’ll have your hands and eyes falling in love with it every single day!

9. Batch #003 Knife by Leatherman

When it comes to multi-tools, Leatherman is practically a household name. Back in 1975, during a European holiday, Tim Leatherman and his wife Chau found themselves encountering leaky hotel plumbing and making roadside repairs to their temperamental Fiat. This experience sparked a brilliant idea that gave birth to the plier-based multitool – a remarkable innovation that Leatherman is renowned for pioneering. Based out of Portland, Oregon, the Leatherman company still champions this category as one of the most functional tools in their catalog, but earlier this year, the company developed a new kind of EDC that caught our fancy. The Batch #003 isn’t your everyday EDC knife. It comes with Leatherman’s proprietary interchangeable blade system. Press a button and you can pop out the old blade for a new one. Unlike most knives with replaceable standardized blades, Leatherman actually makes their own blades in-house, offering you a choice between a drop-point and a sheepsfoot blade, both made from 420HC stainless steel and completed with a stone-washed finish.

Why is it noteworthy?

Aside from being a gorgeous folding knife, the Batch #003’s proprietary blade-changing system sets a standard that I really hope more knives follow in the future. It’s difficult to sharpen some types of blades (especially serrated ones), and discarding a knife for just that fact seems like a truly wasted potential. Swapping blades is a great way to prolong a knife’s overall lifespan. Did I also mention that the Batch #003 comes with its own torx and bit drivers too? Just as a nifty cherry on the cake!

10. 8-in-1 EDC Multitool Scissors by Eiger Design

The world of EDC goes well beyond just knives. It also includes tools, fidget toys, stationery, wallets even… but you’ll be hard-pressed to find an EDC scissor, yet here we are. Perfect for indoor and outdoor culinary adventures, this 8-in-1 EDC Scissor comes apart to double as a set of knives… but what’s more interesting is the fact that it also has a built-in bottle opener, can opener, nut-cracker, and even a fire-starter, all in one handy package. Quite like the M-Stand from before that splits into two, this pair of scissors can separate into its individual halves, giving you two knives, and a variety of multitools on demand. Put them back together and the hefty scissors can cut through hard materials like cured meats too, while also relying on a serrated mid-section to crack through walnuts.

Why is it noteworthy?

This gizmo is the kind your kitchen couldn’t live without, but it’s also perfect for outdoor cooking on a camping trip. Use it as a single scissor, two handheld knives, or by its whole gamut of features… the 8-in-1 EDC Scissors get points for being clever, practical, and reinventing an aspect of life that isn’t just outdoor/lifestyle. Pair it with Uphold’s travel cutlery for the ultimate cooking experience outdoors! Oh, and if you’re looking to buy your own pair of scissors, we recommend checking out the YD Store.

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A Unique Pet Toy Inspired By Nature To Keep Your Pets Engaged

Pet toys come in various shapes and sizes, but The Triangle Toy stands out as a unique creation that not only entertains your furry friends but also doubles as a work of art. This innovative pet toy is not just about play; it’s a visual experience inspired by the beauty of nature.

Designers: Second White, Ethan J Choi, Jihun Yoo, DK (Dukkeun An), Junha Kam, Ikhyeon Kim<, Maini Kwon

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Triangle’s design is a testament to the creativity that can be infused into pet products. The triangular shape serves as a canvas for the motifs of clouds, mountains, and the sun. The towering mountains are represented by the overall triangular structure, while the rolling ball symbolizes the gentle flow of clouds. The transparent ball, a central element of the toy, represents the shining sun. Together, these elements create a harmonious scene reminiscent of a sunrise or sunset over a cloud-covered mountain.

The design language of Triangle is a careful blend of curved and angular lines. This combination imparts a sense of softness and brilliance to the toy, making it visually appealing. Crafted from high-quality materials and featuring a seamless harmony between its components, Triangle transcends the typical notion of a pet toy, resembling more of an objet d’art that seamlessly integrates into any space.

What sets Triangle apart is its interactive nature. The toy is designed to maintain your pet’s continuous interest through an ingenious treat-dispensing mechanism. By placing treats inside the transparent ball, your pet is enticed to engage with the toy. When the cloud-shaped plate is touched, the ball rolls along rails, dispensing treats as it moves. This not only provides mental stimulation but also turns playtime into a rewarding experience for your furry companion.



Adding to its innovative features, Triangle allows for difficulty adjustment. The three holes in the transparent ball can be resized by turning its top part. This feature enables pet owners to customize the level of challenge, ensuring that the toy remains engaging for pets of varying activity levels. It’s a thoughtful addition that caters to the diverse needs of pets, keeping them entertained and mentally stimulated.




Practicality meets design in Triangle, as it is not only an engaging toy but also easy to maintain. All parts, including the transparent ball, are detachable, allowing for convenient cleaning. This feature ensures that Triangle remains a hygienic and safe plaything for your pet. The ease of disassembly and reassembly makes the cleaning process a breeze, enhancing the overall user experience.

At its core, Triangle is a simple yet ingenious mechanism toy that harnesses the beauty of nature. The ball within the toy moves by tilting around a central axis based on the principles of gravity. This design, inspired by the natural world, incorporates inclined surfaces and curved shapes. By subtly tilting the toy, users can manipulate the ball, creating an interactive and enjoyable experience for both pets and their owners.

In conclusion, Triangle is more than just a pet toy; it’s a thoughtful creation that brings together design, functionality, and the essence of nature. Its ability to engage pets, adjustable difficulty levels, and easy maintenance make it a standout product in the world of pet accessories. Triangle not only adds joy to your pet’s playtime but also elevates your living space with its aesthetic appeal—a true testament to the potential for creativity in the world of pet products.

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A Plant Companion That Moves With The Sun Fitting Perfectly Into The Korean Culture

In a world where the sun plays a significant role in shaping preferences for living spaces, a unique product has emerged to bridge the gap between lifestyle and the desire for a sun-soaked environment. The innovative SPOT, a pet plant inspired by the beloved Toy Story, brings a touch of whimsy and practicality to the lives of those who are away from home during the day.

Designer: Dami Seo


Koreans have a cultural inclination towards south-facing directions for their homes, favoring abundant sunlight throughout the day. However, modern lifestyles often lead people away from home during peak daylight hours, creating a paradox between their preference for sunlit spaces and their absence during the sunniest times.

Drawing inspiration from Toy Story, SPOT takes on a personality of its own when the owner is away. Just like Woody and his adventures, SPOT enjoys the warm sunlight in the south-facing direction, making the most of the daylight hours that the owner might miss.

The creators of SPOT have ingeniously crafted its form based on Woody’s rhythmic hat line, adding an extra layer of charm and nostalgia for fans of the iconic movie series. This attention to detail enhances the emotional connection users may feel with their sun-loving companion.

SPOT’s design mimics a sunflower’s ability to move towards the sun. Equipped with sensors, SPOT can adjust its position to capture the optimal amount of sunlight, ensuring that users can enjoy the warmth without the need to move the plant manually. This dynamic feature aligns with the varying sunlight patterns throughout the day.

For users returning home, SPOT adds an element of surprise and delight. By detecting the SPOT’s location, users can playfully interact with their sun-loving companion, creating a unique and entertaining experience. The wheels at the bottom of the product enable SPOT to move towards the sunlight source, making it a dynamic and engaging addition to any home.

SPOT’s ability to move is not only entertaining but also practical. Equipped with sensors on both sides, SPOT can navigate around objects in the house, ensuring a seamless and safe journey towards the sunlight. The autonomy of movement enhances user convenience, aligning with the modern desire for smart and responsive home devices.


To keep SPOT energized and ready for its sun-seeking adventures, a user-friendly charging unit is provided. SPOT can effortlessly navigate to the charging station, making the recharging process a hassle-free experience. Additionally, SPOT’s easy-to-clean and disassemble design ensures that maintenance is a breeze.

SPOT not only adds a touch of magic inspired by Toy Story to your home but also addresses the practical challenge of aligning sunlight preferences with a dynamic lifestyle. With its adaptability, autonomy, and entertaining features, SPOT is more than just a pet plant; it’s a delightful companion that brings joy and sunshine into the lives of its users.

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Puerto Rico guesthouse by Dreamers Welcome features retro-modern interiors

Four vacation rental apartments within a green-painted building in San Juan, Puerto Rico, are each designed with a slightly different take on “minimalism meets retro-chic”.

Verde contains four minimalist apartments: two studios and two one-bedroom apartments, all a 10-minute walk to Ocean Park Beach.

Studio apartment with vintage floor tiles, central bed and blue-beige walls
Each of the four apartments in Verde has a different interior, including the cool-toned Verde 1

The units were designed and are operated by LGBTQIA-owned hospitality group Dreamers Welcome, which manages over 60 rentable rooms across hotels, multi-unit properties and single-family dwellings in Puerto Rico and North Carolina.

All of the spaces at Verde are designed to create a “cohesive contrast where minimalism meets retro-chic charm”, according to the owners.

Studio apartment with giant keyhole that leads to an outdoor shower
Verde 1 studio features concrete furniture and a giant keyhole that leads to an outdoor shower

The loft-like Verde 1 studio boasts 12-foot (3.7-metre) ceilings and opens onto a private terrace, complete with a water feature and hammock.

Inside, antique checkerboard tiles cover the floor and polished concrete furniture elements including a table-cum-counter and a centrally positioned headboard add Brutalist touches.

Apartment with honey-toned floors and colourful accents
Verde 2 has a warmer palette, with honey-toned floors and colourful accents

Walls are painted pale blue until halfway up, then replaced with beige that continues across the ceiling.

A giant keyhole behind folding glass doors provides access to a small outdoor pool with a shower.

Outdoor pink concrete tub and rain shower
Verde 2 has access to two outdoor spaces, including one with a pink concrete tub and rain shower

Verde 2 features a warmer palette, with honey-toned floor tiles and pink concrete surfaces including the outdoor shower and soaking tub.

This one-bedroom apartment has access to an additional terrace, wrapped with wood slats for privacy, and has colourful accents throughout.

Tinted glass creating an amber glow in a bedroom
In Verde 3, tinted glass gives the room an amber glow

“The oversized windows overlook a verdant plant enclosure allowing for plenty of natural light to pour in,” said Dreamers Welcome.

Upstairs, Verde 3 is another studio unit, where retro-tinted glass gives the whole space an amber glow.

Neutral-hued bedroom with a hammock
Neutral hues are used through the majority of one-bed Verde 4

A compact kitchenette opens onto a balcony enclosed by concrete blocks and more tinted glass.

“Midcentury modern pieces like lamp fixtures, peacock chairs, and wood panelling create a unique contemporary vibe rooted in the past,” Dreamers Welcome said.

Bathroom featuring olive green walls and a pink vanity and shower
In contrast, Verde 4’s bathroom features olive green walls and a pink double vanity and shower

The final one-bedroom apartment, Verde 4, is decorated in neutral tones apart from the bathroom, which has olive green walls and pink concrete double vanity and shower.

A hammock is installed in the bedroom and a corduroy sofa in the living area can sleep a third guest.

There’s a full kitchen for those who wish to cook for themselves, and a balcony for eating and relaxing outside.

Two of the four apartments also have access to a secret room, which is lined entirely with silver foil as an homage to Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York City.

Warhol-themed secret room lined with silver foil
Two of the units have access to a Warhol-themed secret room

Guests won’t know if the space they’ve booked is one of those with access until they arrive and discover the room by exploring for themselves.

Dreamers Welcome was founded by entrepreneur Stephan Watts and artist Roy Delgado, and the duo design the interiors for each of their properties themselves.

Green building in San Juan
The apartments are housed within a green-painted building 10 minute’s walk from Ocean Park Beach

Puerto Rico’s Caribbean climate makes it a popular tourist destination, particularly for American tourists, and the island has a wealth of accommodation options to cater to them.

A 1920s residence that was destroyed by Hurricane Maria and then converted into a luxury holiday home in Dorado, and pairs of apartments stacked in rectangular concrete blocks to form a self-sufficient guesthouse are among other choices for holiday makers.

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How to Create a Dust-Free Home

Dust particles originate from various sources like dirt, pollen, mold spores, dead skin cells, pet dander, hair, and fabric fibers alongside airborne pollutants from the outdoors. For those dealing with asthma, allergies, or respiratory issues, knowing how to eliminate airborne dust is crucial, as it can significantly enhance their health and overall well-being. Hence, if you are finding your home dusty, here are some tips that will save you from hours of cleaning and help you reduce the dust levels in your home.

1. Clean with a Microfiber Cloth

Designer: Sobby

Microfiber cloth is one of the best options because it has both positively and negatively charged fibers on its surface which attracts dust and dirt as you wipe. Note that microfiber cloth can remove nearly 99% of surface bacteria and is safe to use because you only need water and chemicals to clean with it. Opt for premium quality microfiber cloths, make sure they are damp after use, and rinse them after each use.

2. Close the Windows

Designer: Universal Windows Direct

Opening windows briefly for fresh air can lead to increased dust indoors. Dust, carried in through doors and windows via pollen, mold spores, and airborne pollutants, accumulates visibly on windowsills. To reduce this issue, keep windows closed, especially during windy days.

3. Invest in an Air Purifier

Designer: Instant Home (Image courtesy of Jar of Lemons)

Air purifiers work by purifying the surrounding air through air filtration and capture particles like dust, pollen, and toxins. Most of the air purifiers incorporate a fan for air circulation and are available in various shapes and sizes. Install an air purifying unit for the entire home or go for a portable unit for a single room.

Designer: Yoonsang Kim of Mosslab

At a glance, Moss Air resembles a miniature terrarium, yet it distinguishes itself effortlessly. With its predominantly white body, transparent front, and sleek, slender design, it effortlessly complements any desk, coffee table, or bedside drawer—essentially anywhere you desire a breath of fresh air and an aesthetically pleasing view. The visible moss filter introduces a welcome touch of green to contemporary living spaces, while its invigorating scent transports you to the tranquil ambiance of a fresh forest during the early morning hours.

4. Use A Vacuum Cleaner

Designer: Shark

For a home free from dust, opt for a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter, as it effectively traps dirt, allergens, dust mites, pollen, and mold within the filter bag instead of releasing them back into the air. Vacuuming at least once a week is recommended, and consider more frequent vacuuming in high-traffic areas. Make sure to vacuum the furniture, drapes, mattress, and blinds to achieve the most comprehensive dust removal.

Designer: Roman Riazantsev

This vertical vacuum cleaner concept seamlessly blends a traditional silhouette with modern, futuristic touches. While resembling a classic vacuum with its wide head and robust midsection, its sleek, modular design features smooth surfaces. Specific elements, like the spacecraft-inspired head with three LED lights for improved visibility in dark spaces, contribute to its sci-fi vibe. Its transparent section and white-and-black color scheme enhance the futuristic aesthetic.

Designers: Ivo Erichsen and Tobbias Bihlmeyer

Standing at approximately 45cm in height, this versatile device serves as a functional piece of furniture in the home, doubling as a side table or even a stool. Internally, aside from the vacuum cleaner’s motor, all components are crafted from biodegradable plastic. The cork storage container features interchangeable lids made from darkened ash, allowing it to transform into a chair. The vacuum itself is a cylindrical bagless model, suitable for thorough cleaning sessions, and can be easily repurposed for different uses.

Designer: SwitchBot

The K10+ robot vacuum rivals flagship models, featuring high suction, wet/dry cleaning, smart functions, auto navigation, customizable no-go zones, a quiet motor, and a 4L dustbin doubling as a charging station. Its compact design ensures efficient navigation in tight spaces. With a potent 2500Pa vacuum and SwitchBot’s SilenTech tech, it operates at a quiet 48 decibels, significantly quieter than conventional vacuums.

5. Wash the Bed Sheets

Designer: Sheet Society

Periodically wash your sheets as they contribute to a dusty home, as bedding has the tendency to accumulate dead skin cells and creates an ideal environment for dust mites. Wash bedsheets and pillowcases at least once a month. In case there are pets, the sheets should be washed every 3 or 4 days. Blankets, comforters, and mattress pads should be washed every month, while the pillows and mattresses should be cleaned every season.

6. Remove the Carpet

Designer: Couture Luxury

Consider switching to hard-surface flooring like wood, tile, stone, or vinyl during redecoration, as carpets harbor and release dust with each step, making maintenance easier.

7. Damp Wipe the Floor

Designer: Rubbermaid

A thorough damp mopping and dusting can eliminate around 90 percent of the dust in your home, and plain water is one of the most environmentally friendly cleaning agents available. A damp rag or mop captures and retains dust, easily rinsed down the drain.

8. Install a Humidifier

Designer: Blackbrdstore

Static electricity accumulates in dry indoor environments, attracting and stubbornly clinging dust to surfaces. The remedy involves installing a humidifier, whether it’s a whole-house system or a smaller version for individual rooms. Maintaining relative humidity levels between 40 to 50 percent throughout your home is ideal to reduce static and minimize dust accumulation.

Designer: Gahyun Kim

SOT is a unique humidifier that employs a distinctive and almost whimsical approach to directional spray. Essentially, it dispenses humidity upward, but the nozzle is designed to be rotated and adjusted in a specific direction, allowing the steam to be released at a chosen angle. Unlike automatic rotation, the user has the freedom to manually direct the output wherever desired.

9. Eliminate Clutter

Designer: Avenue Interior Design

One of the easiest ways to prevent the accumulation of dust is by reducing the number of surfaces that can get dusty as different display items can function as dust magnets. Declutter the home once in a while and primarily focus on de-cluttering tabletops, bookshelves, and desks. Periodically deep clean the home and eliminate items that are not required.

10. Remove Shoes

Designer: Damn Good Doormats

Various debris clings to the bottoms of your shoes. To prevent bringing outside dust and dirt into your home, consider having yourself and guests leave shoes at the door. Keep a separate pair of slippers for the indoors.

11. Keep a Doormat

Designer: Wayfair

One of the major contributors of dust is the dirt on the soles of people’s shoes when entering the house. Hence it is important to have a doormat with bristles at the entrance of the house and periodically vacuum clean it. Make sure everyone wipes their shoes before entering the house to prevent the entry of dirt.

12. Pet Grooming

Designer: HappyDogz

Dead skin cells and shed hair constitute a significant origin of dust, and regrettably, our beloved furry companions tend to generate a substantial amount of hair. Maintain a regular grooming routine for your pets to prevent the accumulation of dead skin and hair in your living space. As a positive outcome, both you and your pets will experience an improved sense of well-being.

13. Clean the Plants

Designer: Delineate Your Dwelling

Houseplants accumulate a significant amount of dust, which is detrimental to both health and their ability to absorb sunlight through leaf surfaces. Employ a microfiber cloth to remove dust from the large leaves.

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