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Ancient Marble Wall Panels in the Hagia Sophia

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

 
The Hagia Sophia is a 1500 year old museum Istanbul that had been a basilica and a mosque throughout history. Do any research on the Hagia Sophia and you will see photos of impressive domed ceilings and ancient art. Meanwhile Jason Lees is making sure you don’t overlook the marble panels on the walls closer to eye level. Wall paneling like this not only beautifies an architectural wonder, it inspires interior design for a greater variety of purposes than a dome.
 
Stone is beautiful.
 




Design Is Fun When You Get to Punch Holes in the Walls

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

 

How do you maintain a gorgeous 1950s interior while building an open and collaborative working space? Tearing down whole walls to create a true open concept will ruin your ’50s vibe. To solve this problem, Madrid firm ch+qs opened up a 1950s apartment by cutting indoor windows in the walls. The HUB Flat is now both an open and vintage working space.
 
See how it works at Flodeau
 




Environmentally Considering a Motoped Survival Bike

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

 
By Tobin Dimmitt
 
Lloyd Alter wants a Motoped Survival Bike. He wants it even though, apparently, it is not TreeHugger correct enough. The bike is big for a moped and uses gasoline. But it runs at 160 MPG. Surely that’s not too bad, right?
 
Personally, I think it isn’t. Sometimes when you want to reach people with an environmental message, it is more effective to meet them halfway. People who want to really travel won’t appreciate an all-or-nothing message, but they might appreciate this kind of efficiency. And there’s more.
 
It’s the most beautiful moped ever created.
 




Trying On White Paints

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

 
Who would have thought there were so many ways to paint a house white? In the world of paint, “white” is really a spectrum of colors close to pure white. Lesli DeVito is on it. In the following post she discusses nine whites with examples of rooms and exteriors that use them.
 
She does tons of these color blogs.
 




The “Routine” Walk as an Art Form

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

 
By Tobin Dimmitt
 
The animated GIF has entered the realm of fine art, and Julien Douvier is responsible. In collections on a variety of themes, Douvier combines photography and film to create photos with both still and moving elements. In the collection “Routine,” several instances of the same person pass before vintage urban architecture in Strasbourg, France, expressing the apparent repetition of time.
 
View “Routine” in Douvier’s gallery
 




The Jellyfish Barge Floating Greenhouse

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

 

The Jellyfish Barge is a floating hydroponic greenhouse similar to floating schools. The greenhouse plants always have a water source. Studiomobile built the greenhouse to address population growth. If your waterfront neighborhood is running out of community garden space, consider adding a floating garden. Here is a video of part of the barge’s building process.
 
More on Gessato
 




Holiday Decor DIYs Can Be Easy

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

 
These StoneGable holiday decor projects may be easy, but they produce quality results. Yvonne’s five DIYs include a no-sew applique on a cushion and a fluffy neutral colored tree. You can make them out of cheap materials, too. These crafts can decorate your holiday home in less time this season.
 
Have fun.
 




Kendal Murray’s Miniature Memories on Handheld Objects

Monday, December 8th, 2014

 
Kendal Murray is an Australian artist who turns small items into the foundations for miniature scenes. Often he leaves part of the item bare to emphasize its role in the sculpture. For example, he uses an open makeup compact to build a scene on one side while leaving the mirror blank. Murray’s scenes include nature motifs and people enjoying the landscape together. He hopes to remind viewers of their cherished memories.
 
See pictures of Murray’s sculptures on Fubiz
 




Bright Colors on Woody Neutrals in a Carefully Planned Tennessee Home

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

 
You will adore the built in storage in this Tennessee home designed by Austin Bryant Moore. Moore uses hardwood surfaces to to fit cupboards, closets and built-in furniture around the house. The remaining elegant neutrals and splashes of daring color will win your heart.
 
Get the tour at HomeAdore
 




Gem-Like Skyscraper in Chengdu, China

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

 
The Greenland Tower Chengdu designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill is beginning construction. The skyscraper will be located in Chengdu, China. Most noticeable about the tower is its complex outer surface, composed of many glass facets. Gill and Smith say the mountains around Chengdu inspired them to design this icy jewel of a skyscraper.
 
See the design at Dezeen