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SYMBIOZ: Renault’s Autonomous Car Integrates Into a Matching Residence

[ By SA Rogers in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ]

In the future, will our autonomous vehicles simply sit within our homes like a part of the living space, eliminating the need for garages and parking spots? Probably not. At least, not for most of us. Concepts like the new SYMBIOZ car and house combo are clearly made for the richest among us, and it’s not likely that most existing housing will be retrofitted to accommodate our driverless cars, especially since many people will likely use car services instead of owning their own vehicles. But Renault’s concept shows off one vision of how some of us might integrate autonomous cars into our lives in the decades to come.

A Few Steps Higher: 14 Unusually Artistic Modern Staircase Designs

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ]

Stairs are inherently utilitarian, but some architects choose to really step up their interiors with highly sculptural designs that make you want to walk up and down a bunch of times. Cantilevered creations, floating stairs, spirals made of stone and zig-zagging graphic designs add both literal and figurative movement to these apartments, museums, offices and shops.

Stone and Wire in London by Groupwork + Amin Taha

A New Practical Treatise on the Three Primitive Colours. 1826

A new practical treatise on the three primitive colours, assumed as a perfect system of rudimental information … With some practical rules for reflections; and Sir Isaac Newton’s distribution of the colours in the rainbow. Hayter, Charles, 1761-1835
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Un libro sobre el color realizado por Charles Hayter en el año 1826.

A Silver Lining: 14 Cloud-Shaped Homes, Furnishings & Decor Designs

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Furniture & Decor. ]

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Floating on air, flickering with lightning, providing a pillowy soft surface or gently raining water down on plants, these cloud-shaped home accents and architectural designs are downright heavenly. A bluetooth speaker magically levitates above its base, a lamp provides motion-activated thunderstorm shows, a concrete display base makes toilet paper commercials literal in their comparisons and a house in Australia takes on a highly unusual silhouette.

Levitating Cloud Speaker by Richard Clarkson Studio + Crealev

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Ferrari unveils "aggressive-looking" Formula One concept car

News: Ferrari has released images of a concept racing car that the Italian manufacturer envisions as a possible future for Formula One. (more…)

Tractor-Cycle

La motocicleta inventada por J. Lehaitre en 1938, fue bautizada con el nombre de “Tractor-Cycle”. Se trata de un vehículo pensado para atravesar caminos complejos y grandes pendientes. A pesar de la rigidez del vehículo podía alcanzar velocidades relativamente altas y podía rotar fácilmente con un manillar sencillo.
La particularidad de esta motocicleta, que podía alcanzar 40km/h, es que incorporaba orugas en lugar de ruedas. Diseñada con vocación militar, la motocicleta, terminaría por equiparse con armas de disparo que se podía utilizar con facilidad desde el propio manillar.

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Wall Beds for Tiny Home Living

  Tiny homes are growing in popularity among people who want to reduce their environmental impact. These homes can be as small as a couple hundred square feet, and they use far less energy, water and materials than the common house.Wall Beds 600x645 Wall Beds for Tiny Home Living

Tiny homes are also popular among those who want to minimize their financial obligations to have more freedom in their lifestyle choices. Tiny homes can cost as little as $20,000, which means that owners don’t have a mortgage payment. With the downsized utility system, most don’t have electric or water bills either. That opens up a lot of money so owners can quit their jobs or work only part time so they pursue other interests like creating art or traveling.

While living in a tiny home has many benefits, some are turned off by the idea because of the very small space. After all, our modern society focuses on having more and making things bigger, not the opposite. Fortunately, you can use space-saving furniture such as wall beds to create more space without actually having to expand your tiny home.Wall Beds 1 600x536 Wall Beds for Tiny Home Living

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Cheap Seats: Sculptural Furniture Showroom Facade Made of 900 Black Chairs

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ]

Using cheap and repetitive materials sounds like a recipe for kitsch, but this furniture-oriented facade clad in generic black chairs (at around $5.00 USD a piece) manages to pull off an elegant and refined look.

The clients, MY DVA (a furniture company), were looking for something additive, layered onto the existing bland building, but also reflecting their function (to showcase office and school furniture). The ideal solution would promote their wares while also entertaining visitors. It also had to be inexpensive.

Meal of Worms: Kitchen Farm for Growing Edible Insects at Home

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ]

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Helping you grow and harvest edible mealworms right on your kitchen counter, the world’s first desktop-sized insect hive aims to aid a rebranding of an unpopular but nutrient-rich source of protein.

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The Livin Farm by Katharina Unger and Julia Kaisinger is just a few two feet tall and contains eight shelves for housing mealworms at various stages of growth, from egg and pupae to beetle.

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