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I have always had a fascination with homes that have been built underground or along side a hillside, and this home in Vals, a small Swiss village, sure does provide amazing views as well as architecture and decor that makes me giddy.  Subterranean houses have always had my attention, they stay cold durning the summer, warm in the winter and some even have rooftop gardens, a total dream of mine.  Designed by Christian Muller Architects and SeARCH, this home is a daydreamers paradise.  With an elliptical opening along the hillside to provide ample sightseeing of the Swiss Alps this home has it all, including  a “secret” entrance through a small barn with an underground tunnel.  And all that concrete and dark walls, gorgeous!

Via hipster collective via trendir photos by Iwan Baan

Even their patio is grand and tidy!

Just to get the gist of the size, check out how large the elliptical is next to who I would assume is the lucky owner.  This thing is huge!

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I just discovered the loveliness of Laduree and wow, yet another reason I must go to Europe!  Each salon takes on a very whimsical yet sophisticated look thanks to owner Francis Holder.  The goal was to create a space that was reminiscent of the historic Persian parlors of the late 1800s.  The deep woods and lush colors really make it an experience and lets not forget the macaroons!  Amazing.  The displays are simply gorgeous and incredibly inviting… oh how I wish I was a girl in Paris.

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For most of the world, a corporate office is where you spend most of your waking hours yet the design is almost always the same; white/beige walls, dark carpet and a few “art” pieces on the wall.  Art being used loosely.  And its everywhere, even the art college I went to, grey carpet, beige walls and white boards… the perfect environment to be creative.  Yeah right.  So when I stumbled upon architects Selgas Cano from Madrid, my mouth literally dropped.  Located in what seems to be a wooded area, the office is actually submerged into the ground with floor to ceiling windows along the entire side.  Creating a tube like working environment, workers were given amazing views as well as an amazingly creative design.  And the colors!  I love how they broke up the “working” area into a white minimalist area while all the storage areas are brightly colored, making it perfect for getting your inspiration while still having the blank slate to create.  And with views like they have, Im sure this firm is constantly coming up with amazing spaces!  To see more photos of the Selgas Cano office, check out photographer Iwan Baan’s portfolio.  What I would do to work in a place like this!!

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Selgas Cano Office Madrid

Selgas Cano office Madrid

Selgas Cano office Madrid

Selgas Cano office Madrid

Selgas Cano Office Madrid

Selgas Cano Office Madrid

Selgas Cano Office Madrid

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Have you seen the new Facebook Headquarters?  All I can say is wow.  I just love seeing when commercial design is done creatively, add in the fact that it is a refurbished old laboratory and the first commercial project completed under the Palo Alto’s 2008 Green Building Ordinance and this is one heck of a building.  Designed by Studio O+A out of San Francisco, this office has it all.  Bright light, colored walls, an open floor plan and centrally located execs, Facebook really made an office an environment.

Team areas were color coordinated (a crucial element in any office, I am constantly asking the hubby what color floor he is on instead of a number!), and anything that could be salvaged was encouraged in the design.  Just check out that mini crane holding up a movable tabletop below!  Genius!  To see more amazing renderings, be sure to check out Studio O+A‘s portfolio!

(via dezeen)

Facebook headquarters

Facebook headquarters

Facebook headquarters

Facebook headquarters

Facebook headquarters

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When I think back to school projects, a blur of color boards, fabrics and drawings all come to mind. Our final projects were left up to us to determine what we would like to design, although it never went past the whole, this would be so cool in real life point. Malin Kallman, a product design student from Edinburgh College of Art has developed an amazing final project that just needs to be shared!  Kallman, the brain behind Darwin not only created a fun product, she also encouraged blog readers to interact on big decisions at her blog, Design by Darwinism.  When I was in college, I didn’t even know what a blog was (whoa, did I just date myself here?) but allowing others to comment on the process is such a great idea!  You can see some of the evolution process here where she discusses her ideas with readers and encouraged people to vote for details of the design. The result?  A way cool bookcase/seating/shelving situation that just begs to be placed into tight spaces.

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The Idea:

Darwin

The final result!

Darwin

Darwin detail

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I find that when most people take on the task of redoing their houses or apartments, in the end, the places always look great, except there seems to always be one area that is forgotten, the entryway/hallway.  It is the first thing visitors are greeted with, yet we always pay the least attention in that area!  So with that in mind, I was off and searching for some inspiring photos to share and found so many it made be giddy.  What can I say, I love interior design.  So, take a look at your entry and get inspired already!

Adding mirrors can really open up a room and bring in light.  Loving the mix of sizes and shapes.

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Everyone could always use more storage by their door for everything we constantly lug around with us.  Hooks grouped together are not only functional, but also act as art.

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It may not be an entryway, but this quirky little furniture piece was too cute to pass up.  Taking a traditional console table and adding some fun with color and design, its the perfect conversation starter.

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Lime green+black walls, do I really need to say more?  I heart color.

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But I also love love love all white interiors with just a small pop of color.  It really gives of a clean and calming feeling, and that mirror! Wow.

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Leaving exposed brick has always been a favorite of mine, in fact in school you could bet I incorporated brick in almost every project!

(above photos via living etc.)

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(photo via dwell)

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Ah, yet another site with great photos and text in a language I can’t understand!  But this time, I’ve got my trusty translator!  In case you don’t have a translater, or lets face it, just a little too lazy to look it up, here is the information from their site.  Overall, a pretty neat concept and nice design for a modular unit, and the fact that it is a possibility for low income families and emergencies, this could be huge!

Text taken straight from their site, and if you still have time, check out their blog for some amazing modern architecture throughout Mexico. 

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“The project seeks to develop a prototype construction system by exploring alternative materials and construction methods based economic re-use of panels of fiberglass that left jobs in other works. These panels were processed in a flexible modular system for a spatial configuration to the needs of each user, designed to meet the housing needs of low-income families and also for emergency disaster or other situations in Mexico.

Located in an area of high temperatures were developed design techniques to create insulation and cooling in order to optimize the environmental comfort of the interior space. We designed a cover vented through holes created between the structure of wood, reeds and sky false bottom of the cover foil and the heat is not transmitted directly to the interior, which also implemented a cross-ventilating gratings generated by placed in a reverse direction according to the most appropriate according to the natural air currents.

For the interior was tested with various coating materials and concrete was made with used tires filled with cement, where the pile anchors that hold the building, which rises from the ground to get a stream of air from the bottom. This work is part of a study that seeks to investigate the feasibility and economics of constructibilidad such solutions, with the aim of responding to problems such as poverty and homelessness.”

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