Berlin-based start-up Pentatonic are doing mad things. Crazy things. Inventive things. They’re taking upcycling to a whole new level, turning old cell phones into glassware; plastic bottles into chairs; and cigarette buts into smoke rings. This article outlines how they do it.
Anyone with an eye for the aesthetic would agree that ‘saying no to ugliness’ is a decent strategy when it comes to designing buildings. Well, that’s precisely what the Builder Better Building Beautiful Commission (try saying that after five pints) is advocating. This article from Dezeen details what the commission is forwarding. Read here.
When it comes to architecture, the great American Frank Lloyd Wright sits apart. His oeuvre, which encompassed over 1000 structural designs, was all about creating a harmony with humanity and its environment. 8 of his buildings have just been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list and that’s goddamn exciting. More this way.
The tiny home movement is one of our absolute favourite movements, and not much gets us going like a treehouse. So this article, focusing on tubular treehouse structures from the startup Baumbau, is right up our street. They can even extend like branches if more space is needed, which is, frankly, pretty cool. Read more […]
Just when you thought Uber Pool was the final frontier in transportation, an electric jet comes along and changes everything. Lilium are a German start up looking to revolutionise the way we travel with their new five-seater jet-powered electric air taxi. Yes that does sound pretty nuts. Read on for the lowdown from Dezeen.
Once upon a time, people wouldn’t dare to even cross big bad London Fields unless travelling in a mob. But times have gone and changed and now it seems like people never actually leave London Fields. In artisan bakeries beneath railway arches, upscale bars on rooftops and cosy pubs on street corners you’ll find plenty […]
The Italians are renowned for rustling up some of the most delicious dishes the world has the pleasure of experiencing – and no city does it better than Bologna. This gorgeous little city, lined with covered walkways and decorated with spiralling medieval towers, serves as both a historic landmark and the food capital of Italy. […]
Tanna is one of the many islands of Vanuatu: a country in the South Pacific. With a population of just over 6000 and three spoken languages on the island, Tanna is a varied and mysterious place – steeped in culture and rife with exotic rainforests, beautiful black beaches and underwater blue caves. On its south […]
On Obonjan, a 136-acre private island conveniently located off the coast of Northern Dalmatia in Croatia, a summer-long knees-up is about to commence. From June 20th to September 2nd, Obonjan becomes a sanctuary for yogis, glampers and clubbers alike, with daily wellness workshops, endless yoga, and resident DJs. Check their promo video for more details.
When, in 2011, Apparat left the cold Berlin winter and headed to Mexico to write and record what became ‘The Devils Walk’, they filmed the entire process. The result was a mini-documentary as inspiring and refreshing as the album that followed. Revisit it below and listen to the album here. See our Mexican retreats here. […]
August brings heart-shaped sunglasses, community, carnage, and a whole lotta beer to the Danish capital with a week-long skate jam all across the city. Much like your classic fringe festival, you experience the city while crossing it to reach the next venue. However, at the CPH open you’re not rushing to the next place to […]
Following coffee-cup-gate on the set of Game of Thrones, fans were also surprised this week to see a ‘For Sale’ sign on one of the Kings Landing buildings (aka Dubrovnik). Okay, that’s not actually true – there was no sign – but if you have a spare 1.8 million euros burning a hole in your […]
Dubbed, “like no other festival on earth”, Meadows in the Mountains is a weekend-long celebration of wellness, tradition and nature in the dreamy and ethereal Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria. Bulgarian folk culture and music is woven into the fabric of all things weird and wonderful here. A place of freedom and exceptional natural beauty, fringed […]
The authors of ‘Fantastic Voyage: How to live long enough to live forever’ claim that we are a mere fifty years away from the kind of science that really will change the world and ageing forever (assuming the world still exists). That’s all well and good, but what about now? We’ve delved deep into the […]
Tulum is found nearly halfway down the Caribbean Riviera of Mexico. Surrounded by Yucatan jungle and bordering the huge Sian Ka’an nature reserve, this ultra laid-back town boasts perfect blue ocean and soft fine sand. Despite the increase in tourism over the past 30 years (it’s rivalling nearby Cancun with tourism revenue only without the […]
In a past life, she was a slum baby, a seamstress, an industrial fire survivor. But in this life, she is Jay Fai, a 70 something-year-old Michelin star winner and reigning queen of Bangkok’s street food scene. She makes rich, satisfying, decadent grub that people travel far and wide for. This piece of videography from […]
The concrete facade of UMI simultaneously blends with the mountain face that looms behind and stands apart from it. A clever juxtaposition of the man-made and the natural. Which typifies UMI really. The entire design, inside and out, takes inspiration from its surroundings while maintaining that luxury feel you need after a day of exploring […]
Greta Thunberg has a message for EU leaders in Strasbourg and manages to make you choke up at the same time. With the extinction revolution wreaking havoc among commuters and the recent student strikes, the atmosphere around climate change is heating up, literally.
From her North London studio, Alexi Marshall readies herself for her debut solo exhibition by finishing her impressive body of work: a collection composed of print, fabric, drawings and embroidery. Alexi draws on symbolism and references from biblical texts, mysticism and Mexican and Trinidadian folklore to challenge female archetypes. She seeks to re-define – and […]
In the rise of conscious consumerism, we’re finding ourselves faced with problematic dilemmas left, right and centre. Whether it be packaging, airmiles or simply being utterly unaware of what goes into the stuff we’re spraying onto our skin, rubbing on our teeth or massaging into our hair, choices are tough. Consequently the demand for cruelty-free […]
In a period spanning nearly five years, the European refugee crisis has claimed the lives of millions of civilians fleeing danger and persecution from the Middle East and the African continent. More often than not, those who remain have had their rights and privileges stripped along with their humanity. However, where there is rain, there […]
From a yogic sleep Yoga Nidra session led by Rob da Bank, to breathwork coaching and Yin Yoga. Retreat into a gong bath and be led on a walking meditation, all set to a somnambulist soundtrack. Yes this is Sleep Retreat, a cocoon of calm thats gently popping up at a host of festivals and […]
Valencia, an architectural juxtaposition of tradition and the ultra-modern, could have jumped straight out of a sci-fi novel. Put the labyrinth of meandering streets and cathedrals next to space-age structures, like the Ciudad de les Artes y las Ciencias, and it’s easy to where the city gets its ‘whatever goes’ vibe. It might not get […]
Purity. Clarity. Calmness. Abundance. New beginnings. Water has its own special significance in every culture worldwide. It’s long been used in the design and architecture of homes, offices and public spaces across Asia to promote the flow of Ch’i (nature’s natural energy). Whatever your beliefs, that ethereal feeling of staring out to sea or meandering […]
The classic transit destination, Singapore is a common stopover for those travelling from Europe and America to ‘The East’. But it’s rarely seen as a destination in its own right. A new generation of foodies, designers, architects and artists are starting to change that reputation. Not only that, but it also has an outstanding public transport […]
New York to London in 3 hours and 15 minutes. This is the kind of speed Boom’s Supersonic airliner promises. It’s a prospect that’s got the industry hyped up: Virgin and Japan Airlines have already got their pre-orders in and the demonstrator model hasn’t even been built yet. Is it worth it? We think so. […]
Is it the freedom of being closer to nature which draws us to cabin life? Or perhaps that we find joy in non-conformity? Whatever your motive, prepare to have your adventure buds truly whetted with this beautiful, coffee-table-worthy tome. View here. NEST
There’s a square by the fish market in Ghent called Sint-Veerleplein, which is also known to locals as Death Square. It is where the executions used to take place. Now, each time a baby is born in one of Ghent’s three maternity wards, the streetlights in the square flicker to welcome new life into the […]
Scents evoke memories, transport you to another time, another environment, another feeling that you can’t quite place. You live and engage through smell and natural essences can even balance the body. Candles are one of the best ways to bring essential oils into your home, whether to energise or to calm. These UK businesses are […]
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