Revel in a machine aesthetic, prefab holiday apartment aboard a cruise ship

If you had to spend a sufficient amount of time on a ship, you would want to have pretty comfortable lodgings. Alas, not all of us could afford to go on luxurious cruises let alone go on a private cruise aboard a luxury line. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream or marvel at what glorious living conditions are out there for those who can afford to do so. This pre-fabricated holiday apartment is one such thing we can only wonder about unless you can someday go aboard the largest private cruise ship in the world.

Designer: Michael K. Chen

Inspired by the Unite D’Habitation housing typology by Swiss-French architect and designer Le Corbusier, the Pied-à-Mer is a 600-square foot luxury holiday apartment on a private cruise ship. As expected of course, it has a nautical theme but with midcentury, modernist influences. It starts out as a one-bedroom living space but can morph into a two-bedroom space for when they get visits from friends or family members.

The entire space can turn into a two-bedroom space with two bathrooms, a kitchen, a sitting area, a dressing room, and a trunk room. There’s also space for an entry hall and storage space which you’d need if you’re staying for a longer period than just a weekend. The foyer has the storage on one side and then a coat closet on the other side. The entryway has the guest closet on the left and the guest bathroom on the right, leading to the kitchen, living space, and a sliding door that opens up to a terrace with a view of the open seas.

The apartment is made up of prefab pod-like volumes which were created in Austria, and then they were installed on the ship in Spain for five weeks while the ship was undergoing its dry-dock maintenance. The pods, cladding, cabinets, and all the functional elements were all pre-fabricated, and some, like the folding table were created in New York before being shipped and installed in the apartment.

Speaking of the dining table, when it’s not being used for eating, it can be tucked away, and then the space is converted into a guest bedroom by lowering the guest bed. That bed as well as the main one comes with integrated nightstands, lighting, and even shelving. There is also a sliding door to give some sense of privacy between the two bedrooms. The fabricated pieces come in a blue and gray colored ribbed aluminum finish to give it a “slightly machine aesthetic” in keeping with the “machine for living” concept from Le Corbusier.

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This urban van designed for all-night gaming has the ideal setup for fun and leisure

The rapid expansion of the future of transportation into the more entertaining and socializing spaces is promoting concept designers to create vehicle interiors tailored for pure relaxation. Even some of the concept prototypes developed by progressive automakers are hinting at this metamorphosis.

Meet the Allo van developed by MJ Park in cooperation between BMW Designworks Munich and Korea Design Membership+. This urban commuter is more than just a means of transportation and inclines more towards an entertainment space. To be precise, it’s a car for social gamers who want a quaint, personal cocoon for getting into the zone. The core idea of the design is inspired by the socialized gaming culture in Korea, and other elements are also prompted by their living style. Take for instance the floor-sitting culture (for eating, sleeping and hanging out) and the 24/7 delivery services in the region. All this reflects in the unique hybrid seating for a flexible environment in the Allo.

Designer: MJ Park

Given the concept van is primarily targeted at avid gamers or ones who like to wind off after a hard day’s work by shooting the enemies in smooth style or binge-watching favorite sitcoms and movies. The interior is flush with built-in screens (with swivel arms and rollable ones too), controllers, and all the tech gamers demand in their personal space. To give the interior feel of airiness, fresh light-hued colors including mint green and sky blue are used.

Since the adaptation of 24/7 delivery services is one of its USPs, the van comes with its own detachable robot for pick-up and delivery. The robot is a part of the interior space on the rear, and once it attaches back to the vehicle with all the eatables and drinks, the in-car gamers can take a little break from all the action to enjoy the munching. In fact, the in-car entertainment software comes with three modes – Game, Rest and Delivery – to help users enjoy gaming and then spend quality time relaxing with friends and family. The designer imagines the Allo to have its own cloud gaming service wherein the users can explore and purchase games from any platform without any strings attached.

The concept is not a mere run-of-the-mill creation, rather it’s based on intensive behavior research and insights into the user experience and industrial design. Allo in a crux is the journey that pulls the passenger into the imagination of the future of mobility which will have gaming and entertainment as an integral part of it. The interior of which creates an ambiance, connecting people with technology, in a harmonious way.

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Totem Rollable OLED display offers enhanced viewing and doubles as a soundbar

Totem Rollable Display with Soundbar

Display technology has come a long way, and we believe it will continue to improve. Gadget screens have advanced, and now flexible and rollable displays are available.

The rollable display technology is relatively new, but it is now used on smartphones. Soon, we’ll see foldable tablets and rollable TVs or touchscreen windows or walls in the future. The possibilities are endless with rollable OLED displays, especially tech giants like LG are at the forefront.

Designers: Richard Bone and Jisu Yun (Studio BooBoon)

Totem Flexible Display with Soundbar

The LG Display team has launched a competition that aimed to imagine and design products and experiences that would present the use of LG digital displays. The designs should be able to enhance users’ lives and offer new experiences.

The competition now has 20 shortlisted designs. Some of the designs include cabinet doors with digital displays or foldable televisions that transform into lamps. One notable project was the Totem by Studio BooBoon, led by designers Richard Bone and Jisu Yun. The Tokyo-based team came up with the Totem, a rollable display and soundbar in one.

Totem Rollable Display Demo

The name Totem is used because of the upright position. It can also be used horizontally or as a soundbar only. It was presented in different colors: Charcoal, White, Blue Grey, and Salmon. The device is also said to offer a minimal footprint.

Totem Rollable Display with Soundbar

The flexible OLED technology is being used here. It allows a customizable display that can be adjusted to different heights. This reminds us of a portable and retractable projector screen.

The LG Display’s rollable OLED technology is used and then integrated with a soundbar. Studio Booboon’s Totem can be used as a soundbar only. It may also be used for digital graphics with music. We can imagine this being used in different establishments for promotion, education, or information.

Totem Rollable Display Soundbar

The Totem can also be used at home as you can use it in different ways. It can be an intelligent display for screen mirroring or a freestanding speaker. It offers enhanced viewing of videos or movies when you want a more prominent display. The designers shared they “wanted to create something characterful and sculptural that blends into the user’s home seamlessly.” The result is the Totem which is very versatile.

Totem Rollable Display Details

The screen-soundbar concept appears like an art piece by itself. It’s minimalist, and its aesthetics can fit most interiors. It’s part of the shortlist for a competition where only five will be recognized as top designers. The overall winner will get €35,000 in June. The second placer will get €20,000; the third place will receive €15,000, while the fourth placer will get €10,000, and the last one will get €8,000.

Totem Flexible Display

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Link About It: This Week’s Picks

NYC’s new triennial, condoms for gender-free genitals, a portable wind turbine and more

Artsy’s Guide to New York Art Week

From 5 to 12 May, over 20 international galleries, museums and art organizations will come together to present contemporary art programming across the city for the inaugural New York Art Week. With over 350 global galleries showing new and exciting works, planning an itinerary to cover everything the week has to offer can be overwhelming. That’s why Artsy has compiled three different focused plans to enjoy the fairs. Each guide is crafted for different kinds of art lovers: The Art Traditionalist itinerary features Charles Ray’s sculptures, David Zwirner, White Cube, Gagosian and more; The Art Curious schedule sees Egyptian, Asian and Assyrian art as well as Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party; and The Art Insider plan includes Dominick Di Meo, Charline von Heyl, Lui Shtini and a new multidisciplinary opera by Colin Self. View the lists at Artsy.

Image of guests at Future Fair 2021 by Ryan Neeven for DoThings, courtesy of Future Fair

How Curve Magazine Fostered The Past and Future of Lesbian Culture

In 1990, Franco Stevens used the money she made from betting on horse races to found Curve Magazine (previously titled Deneuve), a publication intended to help queer women feel less alone. The publication would go on to become one of the most successful lesbian magazines in the world with its first issue selling out in six days. Since then Curve has expanded into a foundation that empowers women, transgender people and non-binary individuals, and released a documentary called Ahead of the Curve, which documents the journal’s impact in shaping lesbian culture—including the rising awareness of marginalization of queer women of color. From how difficult it was to find and connect with queer women before the internet to laws banning queer education in schools today, Stevens reflects on the past, present and future of lesbian culture in an interview published by them. Read more there.

Image courtesy of Barak Shrama

Applications Open For Photography and Video Triennial Coming to NYC in 2023

The Museum of the City of New York will open New York Nowthe city’s only triennial focused on photography, video and other lens-based mediums—in March 2023. Currently, they are inviting amateur and professional artists to submit work until 17 June for next year’s inaugural exhibition, which will engage the theme of home. Any work from the past six years can be considered and applicants can submit up to eight photographs or one video. According to the triennial’s organizers, they are looking for work that “creatively documents and interprets this changing cityscape and the disparate responses and experiences of New Yorkers, straddling the stories of the city before, during, and after the pandemic.” Learn more about the open call as well as the upcoming exhibit at Hyperallergic.

Image of Bob Lerner for LOOK magazine, “Hungarian Refugee [Man with a camera standing with his back to the United Nations Building];” courtesy of Museum of the City of New York

Artist RTiiiKA’s Queer Condoms for Gender-Free Genitals

At Bristol-based artist RTiiiKA’s recent exhibition, Between the Lines, the artist handed out queer condoms to accompany her work on display. The condoms came emblazoned with different labels like “FOR VERY BIG CLiTS,” “FOR DYKES WHO SLEEP WiTH DiCKS,” “FOR MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN” and more. The condoms and the exhibition sought to remove the gender binary, and center queer sexuality, group pleasure and, as RTiiiKA (aka Rosa ter Kuile) says, “the many ways to enjoy sex outside of the hetero (or even homo) norm.” When it comes to art, RTiiiKA does this through minimalist lines and genderless figures which put a playful spin on ambiguity. Between her illustrations, paintings, street art, zines and other creative ventures, the self-taught artist intends to make more queer condoms to continue championing pleasure as a form of resistance. Read more about RTiiika and her radical art at It’s Nice That.

Image of RTiiiKA: Queer Condoms—Gender-free Genitals; courtesy of the artist

Vietnam’s 2,073-Foot Glass-Bottom Bridge Opens

Said to be the longest glass-bottom bridge in the world, a new 2,073-foot-long suspended thoroughfare has opened in Vietnam. Known as Bach Long (which means “white dragon” in Vietnamese), the pedestrian pathway stretches 500 feet above a verdant ravine in the Moc Chau district of Vietnam’s Son La province. The bridge is composed of three layers of tempered glass (each measuring 40mm), which allow for a breathtaking look at the landscape below. Read more at Business Insider.

Image courtesy of Nhac Nguyen/AFP via Getty Images

Microbial Protein Could Halve The Planet’s Deforestation

In a study recently published in Nature, scientists have claimed that swapping “20% of the world’s beef consumption with microbial protein” would lead to a massive reduction in deforestation—half the current level—over the next 30 years. Meat alternatives have drastically smaller carbon footprints than that of cattle; not only does livestock lead to cutting down trees, but also increased methane emissions from cows. The demand for beef has increased by more than double since 1961, and it’s crucial to decrease our consumption. “The food system is at the root of a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, with ruminant meat production being the single largest source,” says Dr Florian Humpenöder, who led the study. “The best meat alternative is to eat less, but [microbial protein products] can make it easier for people to switch away from meat.” Read more at The Guardian.

Image courtesy of Raúl Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

Aurea Technologies’ Portable Wind Turbine for Campers, Shine

Roughly the size of a one-liter water bottle and weighing three pounds, Shine is a portable wind turbine capable of charging devices or storing energy for campers. Developed by a women-led team within Canada’s Aurea Technologies, the device incorporates a 40-watt turbine (with efficient patent-pending blades) that sends power to a 12,000 mAh internal lithium-ion battery. It can also be pre-charged before heading out. “Shine generates power in wind speeds from eight to 28mph and temperatures between 32 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit,” designboom reports. Read more there about the turbine, which successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2021 and can be now purchased online.

Image courtesy of Shine

A New Zine on Consent Created By Four Skateboarding Collectives

Ask Campaign Collective is a group comprised of four women and non-binary skate groups: Doyenne, Consent is Rad, Consent for Breakfast and Hera Skate. Together they produced Ask, an educational zine (whose profits go to Consent is Rad) that seeks to make the skating community safer and more inclusive. The zine, launched in April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, tackles challenging and uncomfortable topics—like how to call out friends for questionable behavior, navigating pronouns and more—with real experiences from those in the scene. Ask’s elegant design, helmed by Glasgow-based Giulia Saporito, makes the conversations more accessible, as the minimalist, soft visuals are inviting rather than clinical. “Interacting with and speaking openly about campaigns like ours will help us form better habits with a better understanding of respecting each individual’s boundaries as unique and wholly important,” says the collective. Learn more about them and the zine at It’s Nice That.

Image courtesy of Giulia Saporito: Ask. Copyright © Ask Campaign Collective: Doyenne/Consent is Rad/Consent for Breakfast/Hera Skate (2022)

The Bird-Shaped Canairi Monitor Tracks CO2 Levels at Home

Alluding to the canaries that were taken into coal mines to detect air quality, Canairi is a bird-shaped fresh air monitor that keels over if CO2 levels rise too high inside a home. The whimsical mechanism, funding on Kickstarter now, is the vision of two Copenhagen-based designers and a simple reminder to ventilate. If air quality does initiate the bird’s downward droop, it takes roughly 10 minutes for it to rotate back up after a window is opened—further, if the battery needs to be charged, the canary will drop to 90 degrees. Read more at Fast Company.

Image courtesy of Canairi

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Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 offers a massive 27-inch screen for casting and other productivity needs

Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 Where to Buy

Lenovo continues to deliver modern gadgets that prove to be really useful. The brand remains one of the more prolific mobile device makers with its phones, tablets, and laptops.

The latest from the company is the Yoga AIO 7. This 27-inch display offers 4K IPS display resolution. It provides 95 percent DCI-P3 and different viewing angles. The narrow-bezel display allows more extensive viewing. It’s adaptive to however you want to use the display, whether for entertainment, work, or creating.

Designer: Lenovo

Yoga AIO 7 Home Office

The Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 is easy to adjust with a simple push of a finger. It boasts a flexible hinge design so that the device can rotate 90 degrees. It can work as a secondary screen for your smartphone when you want a larger view.

The computer system is powered by AMD Ryzen 6000 Series. The AMD Radeon RX 6600M graphics with AMD RDNA 2 architecture are optional. For audio, the dual JBL 5W speakers are powerful enough. It’s not just a secondary display because it’s an all-in-one desktop computer.

Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 Design

The packaging of the computer allows for a smaller footprint. There is no need to get or build a more powerful CPU because this one from Lenovo can offer the decent computing performance you need. It’s ideal for the modern home and is good enough for a hybrid work-home-school lifestyle.

The Yoga AIO 7 is suitable for wireless casting via these standards: AirPlay, LElink, Miracast, and DLNA. As smartphones become more powerful enough for work, your phone may need a more prominent display when you need to finish a task or a project. Feel free to check your social media networks on a larger display, watch your favorite TV series or movies, or view photos.

Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 Specs

The 27-inch screen may be used vertically or horizontally. The computer has a Type-C port so that you can use a keyboard and mouse. This 4K all-in-one PC follows a previous model priced at $1,599, so the price range could be the same. Unfortunately, it will be available in select markets, not including North America.

Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 Product

This Yoga AIO 7 is ideal for sharing and collaboration. It can be used for work or school or simply for entertainment. In addition, the display is massive, which makes it great for creatives and designers.

There are other impressive Lenovo products we’ve featured before. The Lenovo Y90 gaming phone left a durability question unanswered. The Lenovo ThinkBook Gen 3 also arrived with a secondary screen to keep users productive and creative in a strange way. We also won’t forget that Lenovo Yoga Pad Pro tablet with its own stand. We also enjoyed looking at the Lenovo Lavie Mini.

Lenovo Yoga AIO 7 Details

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All-black architectural structures designed for lovers of minimal + bold architecture

Black is a really strong and powerful color, that most of us often run away from! Especially when it comes to using it in our homes. However, when implemented correctly, black can radiate a very modern and minimal feel, creating an aesthetic that instantly leaves you feeling calm and balanced. From a black timber cabin that takes cues from traditional building methods to a tiny black cabin built from felled oak trees  – this collection of all-black architectural structures is proof that when used boldly but smartly, black aesthetics can be a delight! I love these clean and minimal designs. What about you? Are you team all-black architecture too?!

1. Le Refuge KE01

Le Refuge KE01 is a black timber cabin near the coastline of Keremma, France, built by Gayet Roger Architects to function as the firm’s co-founders’ family vacation home.

Why is it noteworthy?

Designed to be the ultimate retreat for relaxation and rest, Le Refuge KE01 is a small black timber cabin with warm interiors by Gayet Roger Architects. Spearheaded by the firm’s co-founders, Anne and Aldric Gayet, the project was initially conceived to be an idyllic vacation home for the architects’ family. Measuring 850-square-feet, the black timber cabin was built in harmony with the surrounding landscape to brace weather conditions of all kinds.

What we like

  • A spacious, wraparound deck provides some lounge area on days when the weather permits
  • The home’s interior exudes a nest-like quality with warm, unfinished spruce cladding

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

2. Buster

Buster is located in Matamata, just a couple of hours away from Auckland, New Zealand. You will be able to hear the sound of spring river water flowing around you as you’re surrounded by trees, stones, valleys, and basically the joys of nature. It’s located below the Kaimai Range “amongst ancient native bush and farmland”. It is a tiny home perfect for one person or a couple who wants to temporarily or even permanently live in such an area and to have something that is built sustainably and with the environment and your comfort in mind.

Why is it noteworthy?

Instead of being made from timber, it uses black corrugate as it will last longer and can survive all the different kinds of weather that the area experiences. They also used plywood to bring “a sense of warmth” to the house and is in fact what is also used in the traditional kiwi trampers huts, giving you even more of a local feel but with modern conveniences. It’s a pretty good combination, having a more natural lodging but using sustainable technology and devices to give you comfort and function.

What we like

  • Buster is powered by GridFree solar panels
  • The house is oriented to the north so that it will be able to maximize the light during the summer and even during the winter

What we dislike

  • The solar energy is only enough to power a small fridge, lights, and to charge your smartphones

3. Casa ZGZ

Montevideo-based architecture firm iHouse constructs prefabricated homes using the latest dry construction methods currently trending on the international stage. With only 70 days to build a home for Conrado, an Uruguayan living in London, on his family’s property in Colonia, iHouse was well-equipped to take on the project. Formed by the merging of two modules, Casa ZGZ was constructed offsite and then installed on the family’s property in just five days.

Why is it noteworthy?

As Colonia is one of Uruguay’s oldest towns, the team behind Casa ZGZ hoped to maintain the spirit of the region’s historical architecture while contemporizing the cabin to accommodate modern needs. The single-level residence is clad in black in an effort to present hide the home in plain sight amongst the many elements of nature that surround it. The black exterior also warms up the home’s wooden interior, which is paneled with wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

What we like

  • Minimizing the home’s impact on the region’s environment and land, Casa ZGZ was constructed offsite in two modules
  • Coexists in harmony with a space alien to its language

What we dislike

  • It could have been equipped with another story

4. The Wood Pavilion #1

Lin Architecture constructed the Wood Pavilion #1 to create an ergonomic and meditative space where humans can indulge in their most instinctual and natural behavior.

Why is it noteworthy?

Human behavior is at the core of architecture and design. To build functional and meaningful structures and buildings, architects must first look towards the ways people naturally interact with interior spaces, the outdoors, and infrastructure. This marked the starting place for China-based architecture firm Lin Architecture when they developed plans for their Wood Pavilion #1, a prototypical experiment on space that redefines what living quarters could look like humans.

What we like

  • Designed to cater to the bare essentials of human behavior
  • Vista points are located in the most appropriate spots to capture the rising of the sun

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. Matt and Lisa’s tiny home

Nestled high above an Australian forest, Matt and Lisa’s jet-black, two-floor tiny home was constructed by the couple with help from a few friends.

Why is it noteworthy?

The tiny home’s black metal siding surely stands out, but amidst high eucalyptus treetops, it offers a more inconspicuous appeal, tying it up artfully with recycled hardwood trimming for the home’s protruding gables. Matt and Lisa’s home-on-wheels measures almost 30 feet in length and just about eight feet in width – the ceiling reaches sweeping heights of 14 feet, slightly above average for the conventional tiny home. But then tiny homes are anything but conventional. Coming from a builder’s background, the couple brought modern amenities to their tiny home such as cable, electricity, and running water, as well as a few playful outdoor features like an attached cat’s run.

What we like

  • Impressive high ceilings
  • Full-sized kitchen

What we dislike

  • People may prefer a more compact tiny home

6. Lola

Lola is a tiny home on wheels that’s part of designer Mariah Hoffman’s larger multi-disciplinary design studio and brand Micro Modula, one that explores “home, place, and the self.”

Why is it noteworthy?

Joining the movement, self-taught spatial designer and overall creative, Mariah Hoffman planned and constructed her own tiny home on wheels called Lola. Over the span of five years, Hoffman gradually transformed an old utility trailer into a 156-square-foot mobile tiny home. Born out of a daydream to build her own home, Hoffman built Lola to “learn all the necessary skills for [her] personal and creative survival.”

What we like

  • Built from construction materials that aesthetically met the bill and also provided some functional elements for the home to brace the seasons as well as the local critters
  • The interior was planned in honor of the midcentury design

What we dislike

  • The aesthetics may not appeal to everyone

7. Topol 27

Built entirely offsite, Bio Architect’s prefabricated construction process cut down on the energy otherwise required for the shipping and handling of building material. Once transported to its final location, the home was positioned atop an aboveground metal frame that gives the home a lofty appeal. Walking through the front door, the home’s residents are greeted by the kitchen and dining area that merges seamlessly with the single sleeping space. Then, on the other end of the home, a bathroom and dressing room host all of the amenities needed for comfortable living.

Why is it noteworthy?

Joining the tiny house movement, Moscow-based Bio Architects has finished work on Topol-27, a prefabricated, modular tiny home designed to “be picked up from the warehouse by the client, installed the same day, and be ready to live.” Comprised of five functional areas, Topol-27 is named after the square meterage it covers. With the aim of maximizing the available living space, Bio Architects fills Topol-27 out with a bedroom, kitchen, living room, bathroom, and dressing room.

What we like

  • Built entirely offsite
  • Built from environmentally friendly and durable materials

What we dislike

  • The black metal overcoat may give the tiny home a bit of an obscure profile from the outside

8. Riverside Cabin

On the banks of the Calle-Calle River in Valdivia, Región de Los Ríos, architects with Arce & Westermeier were commissioned to design and construct a shelter to function as a local professor’s riverside retreat. Located close to the Universidad Austral de Chile, the tiny home is called Riverside Cabin after its harmonic relationship with the Calle-Calle River. Brimming from the natural treeline that extends along the river’s edge, Riverside Cabin takes on an unconventional shape that embraces the home’s surrounding landscape and ecosystems.

Why is it noteworthy?

In the initial stages of designing Riverside Cabin, the architects with Arce & Westermeier asked, “What kind of relationship with the river do we want: a traditional one, which seeks that each program enclosure manages to please itself with this unique geographical element? Or rather, one that selects where and how this visual pleasure is obtained?” Upon realizing they’d like to explore the latter, Arce & Westermeier found Riverside Cabin’s unique look. Tilting one end of the cabin towards the sky elongated the internal volume and gave the ceiling lofty heights to accommodate the bi-level interior.

What we like

  • Blends in with the surrounding architecture, without taking away from the available views of the river
  • Built using prefabricated metal plates that brace Chile’s rainy climate

What we dislike

  • Not everyone may find the home’s unique shape and tilt appealing

9. Ohariu

First Light Studio, a New Zealand-based architecture group built their own tiny home with help from a local company Build Tiny, Ohariu, checking all of the above boxes. Built to be net-zero through several sustainable features and compact enough to meet all NZTA regulations for mobile homes.

Why is it noteworthy?

Ohariu was built by First Light Studio and Build Tiny from a client’s brief calling for, “a refined tramping lodge on wheels.” That’s code for hiking, for all us Americans. Since the tiny home would primarily be used for hiking trips and traveling throughout the outdoors, Ohariu was built to be adaptable and versatile above all else. Inside, the living spaces are described by the architects at First Light Studio as being, “more a large and very detailed piece of furniture than a traditional house build, the fit-out [focusing] on the things that are important and necessary.”

What we like

  • Each furniture piece inside Ohariu doubles as storage to maintain an open, clutter-free interior
  • Entirely powered by the solar panels that make a grid on the roof, Ohariu is net-zero

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

10. Hemmelig Room

Calling the bookworm’s oasis Hemmelig Room, or ‘secret room’ in Norwegian, Studio Padron built the entire tiny cabin from disused mature oak trees that were felled during the main home’s construction. From the outside, Hemmelig Room finds a geometric structure clad in blackened timber. Following the main home’s construction process, the felled oak trees were cut into large, rectangular log sections that were left to dry over several years before building Hemmelig Room.

Why is it noteworthy?

Studio Padron designed and built a tiny cabin entirely from mature felled oak trees acquired from another home’s construction waste. As the old saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” When it comes to home construction, waste produced during the building process opens the door for more opportunities. While many home builders and architects plan homes around the site’s preexisting trees and landscape, sometimes felling trees can’t be avoided. After finishing work on a new home, Studio Padron, a US-based architecture firm, utilized the felled trees collected during the home’s construction and built a tiny black cabin to function as the home’s standalone library.

What we like

  • Built from felled oak trees
  • Nonuniform timber panels merge with cavities to create bookshelves

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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There’s something weirdly appealing about this e-bike’s design… and it’s thanks to the Cybertruck

[The designers of this product is of Ukrainian origin. YD is sharing work from Ukrainian designers/students in the hopes of amplifying their talent and giving them a global platform.]

Meet Reverso, an e-bike that reverses every single automotive design instinct ever. I guess we could attribute its design direction to the Cybertruck, which sort to challenge the norms too with a design that was strikingly different from anything that came before it. The Reverso sits firmly in that class too, with an aesthetic that I’m struggling to put together in words, only because I can’t really find a frame of reference.

Designers: Miller Shapes Design & Denys Silich

Analyzing the Reverso’s strange design turned out to be much more fun and insightful than I expected. It started with asking myself exactly what I found ‘wrong’ with the motorcycle’s design… then asking if those attributes were actually important in making something a ‘motorcycle’. After all, a motorcycle is exactly that – a motor attached to a cycle.

My first response to the analysis on what I found odd about Reverso was its rejection of standard proportions. Motorcycles are shaped almost like animals. They have a torso, a head, a spine, and when viewed from the side, they have an almost feline or greyhound-like appearance. Reverso, on the other hand, doesn’t. That’s also due to the fact that Reverso shatters the second weird myth I had about motorcycles and automobiles in general – that curved bodies made for greater aesthetics and aerodynamics. The Cybertruck, at least if its performance specs are accurate, is nothing short of a fast beast – and I assume that the same stands for Reverso. Its chunky body with cuboidal forms definitely doesn’t epitomize elegance and speed – if nothing it looks robotic and has an impression of an almost mechanical agility to it.

None of Reverso’s details or parts look ‘standard’ and that’s what makes the e-bike look so alluring. Aside from its wheels (which thankfully look like wheels and not hex-bolts), Reverso’s entire design looks odd. It has weirdly recessed headlights, a strange pair of perfectly rectangular side mirrors, a seat that definitely doesn’t look like your average ergonomic butt-rest, and a chunky torso that makes you really wonder what’s under the hood. Is there a fuel tank underneath there? Well, there jolly well could be, although the lack of a tailpipe makes me think otherwise. Where’s the battery located? Is it detachable? Is there extra storage? It’s normal to have these doubts – but that doesn’t necessarily make an e-bike’s design ‘bad’, does it?

Well, to be frank, I’m still processing Reverso’s design and learning to stop myself when I find my brain hating something it doesn’t understand. It comes a lot easier knowing that Reverso is just a concept and not an actual e-bike. The Cybertruck, on the other hand, well, I’m still on the fence there.

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The Beats Tour Pro TWS earbuds revive the dormant audio brand, bringing studio-grade music to the forefront

It’s no secret that Apple bought Beats by Dre just to throttle it. The company wanted to rapidly scale its own music streaming service and launch its own wireless earphones, so it made sense to gut the iconic hardware and software company, effectively absorbing its tech and talent to create Apple Music and the AirPods. However, Beats by Dre didn’t just die out… it became an Apple afterthought. While AirPods got their own limelight spot at Apple’s keynotes, new Beats products came fewer and farther apart, and they were announced not with fanfare, but with press releases. The Beats Tour Pro, however, is one designer’s attempt at revitalizing the brand. Designed as a pair of high-end TWS earbuds to rival the AirPods Pro, the Beats Tour Pro come with a slicker design, snug-fitting silicone tips, active noise canceling, a transparency mode, and rapid connectivity with Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems.

Designer: Junwoo Kim

Like most Beats products, the Tour Pro boasts a design that stands out as something eye-catchingly different. Unlike Apple products that have somewhat become homogenous in the way they look, the Beats Tour Pro play well with proportions. Sure, they stick to the basics with the massive Beats logo on the outer surface of the earbuds, but there’s also a hollow stem right below, making it easier to grip the earphones without accidentally hitting the capacitive touch surface. The stem also creates a more snug fit by tucking itself into the ear’s natural shape, allowing you to go about your day without worrying about them falling out.

The Beats Tour Pro earbuds sit in a rather nifty pebble-shaped case reminiscent of the Studio Buds. Unlike the Studio Buds and the AirPods, however, the Tour Pro’s case opens in a clamshell fashion, revealing the entire earbud within (somewhat like Samsung’s own Galaxy Buds). They do, however, sport USB-C charging just like the Studio Buds.

Designer Junwoo Kim also envisioned the Tour Pro earbuds to have ANC and a transparency mode, similar to the AirPods Pro and the Studio Buds. The conceptual pair of headphones are also designed to pair seamlessly and instantly with Mac and iOS devices, fitting well within Apple’s walled garden ecosystem.

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Capri Regenerative Sneakers

KOIO’s Capri Regenerative sneakers are elevated and elegant, with an environmentally conscious ethos. Handcrafted in Italy, they’re made with vegetable-tanned leather from cows raised on regenerative farms in the Swiss Alps that play a crucial role in restoring the Alpine ecosystem. An LWG Silver-certified leather lining and 40% recycled rubber sole complete the shoes, which are available in a rage of classic, neutral and vivid colors.

A jigsaw puzzle table lets you take your food or work away with you

This table concept looks like a game, but it’s serious business that just happens to have a playful twist.

There is no shortage of ideas and designs for modular tables and desks, offering the ability to expand or cut back on their features as needed. In most cases, you actually lose a part of the table when you remove those modular parts, ending up with something like an incomplete puzzle. That’s definitely the case with this intriguing concept for a semi-modular table, one that is almost literally an oversized puzzle. But while most modular tables lose a bit of themselves in the process, this one actually lets you take a piece of it with you, hopefully, to bring it back some other time.

Designer: Siyu Lou

The Puzzle Table is both fascinating and admittedly a tad confusing. On the one hand, you can consider it to be a modular table because you can remove its parts without drastically changing the nature of the table. On the other hand, you probably wouldn’t want to use a table with an even surface left by missing jigsaw pieces either. At its most basic, this is a table that happens to have removable trays built into its surface, with each tray designed in the shape of a puzzle piece.

There’s a bit of frivolity and playfulness involved in this otherwise plain white minimalist tray. When you remove a piece of that puzzle, you leave a gaping hole that’s impossible to ignore. Why you would take out a piece, however, is part of the narrative of the table, and it revolves around the kind of life you have at home or even in the office.

You can, for example, assign a different theme or purpose to each piece. One can be where you put your mug on, while a different and larger piece is for your laptop. Not all pieces are interchangeable, and it might be easier to just move the items on top around rather than carrying each puzzle piece. At the same time, it might be fun to color-code each tile and mix them up on different days.

Those tiles can also serve as something like food trays, where you can bring or take your meal in a cafeteria where empty base tables are laid out. A puzzle piece can also be a part of a meeting room table, where each participant conveniently brings in their notes and tools on a tray and then just slot them into the table. In less formal meetings, it could even become a sort of game or icebreaker.

The Puzzle Table does have provisions for different table sizes, though those will have fixed sizes determined by the puzzle pieces available. It’s a rather lighthearted way of looking at the idea of modularity that may be sending an indirect and completely unintended message about remembering to have a bit of fun anywhere you can take. Sometimes, that “anywhere” just happens to be the very table you work at, and this concept tries to make the best out of that situation.

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