Designed by Ulf Nelson, this beautiful penthouse is located in the heart of Vasastan, a district in central Stockholm. The apartment has an area of 118 square meters and a total of four rooms. Built in a tasteful and minimalist manner, the home is opened towards a charming terrace, perfect for relaxation and having friends over. An open fireplace, custom designed lighting and built-in speakers are just a few of the “treats” this loft offers. The design is clean and stylish, ideally combining function and aesthetics. The bathroom happens to be quite appealing due to the decorative stairs that can be used for storing several small objects. Enjoy the photos and give us your feedback!
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No frogs transformed into princes and no wicked stepmothers were vanquished — not on camera, at least — but today’s royal wedding managed to capture the world’s imagination. Thanks to partnerships with CBS, the Associated Press, UK Press Association, and Entertainment Tonight, the marriage between Prince William and Kate Middleton broke viewing records on Livestream.com, maxing out at 300,000 simultaneous viewers and a total of “at least 2 million” unique users, according to Max Haot, the site’s CEO. We reached out to YouTube and Facebook to see how they did on the streaming front, but neither site has a finally tally — though a Facebook spokesperson did tell us that 6,819,072 people have commented on the wedding in the past 24 hours. We don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but we hear News Corp. has secured the rights to the Royal Divorce — just in case.
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MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects have designed the Bridge House in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Description from the architects:
The house is for a former student of Brian MacKay-Lyons. The house is situated between two gigantic boulders and a ravine. The composition of the house, boulders and ravine sit amidst a heavily wooded area in Nova Scotia. The Bridge House connects the two boulders. A granny suite exists on the underside of the bridge. The house is heavily inspired by earlier works of the firm, including House # 22 and experiments at the Ghost Lab. The light rustic boxes which become evening lanterns are a MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects trademark. Two porches form the entry spaces on the two ends of the house adding a very generous portion of outdoor space. The grand double storey outdoor space acts as the social hub of the house. The primary elements of the house are view, permanence and materiality.
Visit the MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects website – here.
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Ah, the all too familiar WiFi troubleshooting dance: the network goes down, you dig through the closet for an Ethernet cable, saunter over to the router, jack yourself in, type in the IP address, and start poking around at your settings. Cisco’s REN301 Residential Gateway (a fancy way of saying “router”), which just passed through the FCC, could make things at least a little bit easier thanks to its built-in LCD screen and capacitive touch controls. Wave your hand over the display to bring it to life and you can check the status of your connections, modify some basic settings, and peruse a log of calls that have come in over the SIP VoIP phone jacks. The REN301, which has a single band 802.11b/g/n radio, can also turn USB drives and SD cards into NAS storage — the company even throws in a 32GB card to get you started. We don’t have a price or release date, but since it’s been splayed open for federal regulators we probably won’t have to wait long. There’s a couple of pics of the router’s UI after the break.
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In December of 2009 we reported on the logo and look, created by the Moscow office of Interbrand, of the XXII Olympic Winter Games that will take place in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. This week the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee unveiled the concept of the Look of the Games which was designed by BOSCO Sports, a sponsor of the Olympics, as well as the official uniform provider for the Russian Olympic team since 2002. They donated the work to the committee. The look revolves around “the principle of the ‘patchwork quilt’ — a combination of 16 designs representing the most famous traditional Russian arts and crafts, ranging from Gzhel to Khokhloma.”
The VISUAL LOOK OF THE SOCHI GAMES developed by the BOSCO creative team and donated to the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee is a natural active citizenship of the whole BOSCO family and a conscious wish multiplied by a capability to provide all the best and real to the Sochi Olympic Games in order to achieve the general success of the Games.
The design was created from the motifs of ornaments of the most famous Russian national crafts. Here we can see Uftyuzhskaya painting and Vologda lace, Gzhel and Zhostovo painting, Kubachi patterns and Pavlov Posad shawls, Mezenskaya painting and Khokhloma, Yakutsk patterns and Ivanovo chintz. A new modern approach to the folk motifs, a thorough work on the common algorithm for construction of the patchwork quilt – “an individual net”, and on each of the 28 constituent fragments, and an unconditional work of authorship of the BOSCO creative team add an exclusive urgency to the LOOK OF THE GAMES.
— BOSCO Sport Press Release
While Interbrand’s logo remains, its previously proposed look of “Snow Crystals” is gone. And that’s a good thing because it wasn’t too exciting. In contrast, this work is quite arresting. First, I appreciate that the color palette is not “cold”, with blue and green hues reminding everyone that they are watching the Winter Olympics. Then, the resulting textures of all these native crafts are vibrant and rich. Framing all of the different elements in diamond shapes makes for a very dynamic appearance and the more loose tapering at the edges makes it very expressive. From the photos of the event and some of the prototypes the only thing I worry about is that it might be just a tad much in heavily branded environments… perhaps some more generous white space would be welcome and allow the areas with the patchwork quilt to really stand out. Otherwise it’s like having Metallica, Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, and Slayer all turned up to 11 at the same time. Other than that, this holds great promise.
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