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Plús Hús Is a 320-Square-Foot Flat-Packed Home by Minarc

Plús Hús Is a 320-Square-Foot Flat-Packed Home by Minarc

Minarc has thrown their hat into the ring with their answer to California’s housing crisis – the Plús Hús, which is Icelandic for “plus house”. State regulations on ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units), or “Granny flats”, have been loosened, meaning tiny houses can exist, which sent LA architectural firm Minarc to the drawing board. Their 16′ x 20′ structures are detached private units that are completely customizable allowing the buyer to use them for personal use or to turn into a rental. The Icelandic-inspired homes come flat-packed helping to reduce the cost of your future home office, guest house, rental apartment, yoga studio, or artist space.

The designers behind Minarc are Icelandic who bring their native country’s minimalist ideals to the forefront of their designs. The efficient structures are built using mnmMOD, a sustainable no-wood prefab panel system that’s built with 30% recycled material and are energy efficient. Each Plús Hús is made in downtown Los Angeles and is easily assembled on-site after being shipped flat-packed, which helps reduce construction and delivery costs. The units start at $37,000, not including site work, delivery, or installation, which could be made back if you choose to rent it out.

The Plús Hús comes in three models: the Plús Hús Open with three walls and a sliding glass door, the Plús Hús Open+ with adds on a bathroom, and the Plús Hús Full with an additional kitchen.

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TheUrbanative’s 2018 Collection Is Inspired by Traditional African Hairstyles

TheUrbanative’s 2018 Collection Is Inspired by Traditional African Hairstyles

South African design company TheUrbanative, founded by Mpho Vackier, just released their 2018 collection which takes inspiration from traditional African hairstyles. The African Crowns Collection comprises furniture, lighting, and accessories that explore the sculptural lines, forms, and textures of the majestic hairstyles.

The collection includes seating, tables, planters, storage, lighting and decorative objects, featuring woven and braided elements that pay homage to those artistic hair crowns, along with geometric shapes and a modern color palette. Wanting to celebrate the importance of hair in ancient African civilizations and how it becomes such a part of who the person is, the brand aims to share functional products that are not only fun, but tell a cultural story that someone from modern times can relate to and appreciate.

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ 3D Printed Hat Tops the Crowd

Zaha Hadid Architects’ 3D Printed Hat Tops the Crowd

Last week’s High Line Hat Party gleefully advertised itself as a “clothing optional, hats required” fashion-forward soiree – the sort of fashionably festive Gotham social event where participants feel compelled to put on a show. Though we didn’t attend, we’re crowning the sweeping fluidity of Zaha Hadid Architects‘ 3D-printed H-Line Hat as “best in show”.

Mirroring the undulating interlocking chevrons of Zaha Hadid Architects’ 520 West 28th’s steel facade, the H-Line looks particularly inspired by the architecture when placed upon a surface.

The complex computer-aided weaves and waves characteristic of the late architect Zaha Hadid’s work is on full display in hat form, a fashionable reference to the sweeping steel facade of the firm’s recently completed 11-story 520 West 28th luxury condo development – the lone NYC project attributed to the late architect, Zaha Hadid. ZHA director Patrik Schumacher’s 3D-printed nylon hat takes on some of the same curvature of the inspiring architecture, swept up dramatically and flourished with an electric blue across its brim.

The H-Line Hat joins a handful of other hat designs (one nearly as architecturally aspirational), each special edition inspired by New York’s 1.45-mile-long elevated greenway and auctioned by the non-profit Friends of the High Line for fundraising purposes, though none as majestically impressive as the blue and white 3D spectacle of Zaha Hadid Architects.

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MATTER High Performing Textiles by Mae Engelgeer for Wolf-Gordon

MATTER High Performing Textiles by Mae Engelgeer for Wolf-Gordon

During NeoCon 2018, Wolf-Gordon debuted a collection of high performing textiles by Dutch designer Mae Engelgeer. MATTER is an upholstery series of luxury commercial fabrics that combine wool blend and metallic yarns with bold patterns for richly textured surfaces and added dimensionality.

MATTER includes three patterns – Mass, Merge, and Points – which defy typical commercial textiles with their visually popping patterns and tactile appeal. The colors in the collection span the gamut to work within any commercial setting, from neutrals to blues and reds that go from light to dark and everything in between.

Engelgeer developed the collection in The Netherlands at the TextielLab, which allowed her to oversee the process as the patterns were being worked out on the weaving machines. If any issues related to color or scale came up, she was able to adjust it as it was happening. It also allowed her to freely make any design changes she wanted.

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If James Bond Designed a Bathroom, It Just Might Look like This

The following post is brought to you by Brizo. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.

If James Bond Designed a Bathroom, It Just Might Look like This

We’ve long been in awe of Brizo’s ability to bring a sense of history to the bathroom (and kitchen!). Their latest collection, Levoir™, is no exception. The team wanted to capture the perfect contours and elegance inspired by classic British automobile design. (Think James Bond sliding into a 1960s ‘MGB’) And like James Bond moving between the French Riviera to the streets of Istanbul, the resulting collection fits right into any style from ultra contemporary to transitional.

The collection is grounded in the sleek style and architecture of the 1960s. Brizo paired those classic mid-century rounded shapes and slender forms with ultra modern bath features like H2Okinetic® Technology, which provides the ultimate luxurious shower experience by controlling water’s shape, velocity and thermal dynamics. (James Bond could get behind that!) The collection includes a full suite of products, including faucets, tub fillers, handshowers, valves, showerheads, body sprays and accessories.

Design in the details: note the wow-factor black crystal on the faucet handles.

Like all Brizo collections nailing the aesthetics was critical. “This collection feels at home in the modern world, yet it carries a sense of history,” said Celine Garland, Brizo products lead industrial designer. “I selected each component to convey timeless sophistication. Finishing details like the Black Crystal on the lever handles add a sense of je ne sais quoi, the little extra touch that distinguishes true luxury.”

The collection features Brizo’s new Brilliance® Luxe Steel™ finish. The Luxe Steel finish was developed to balance the tailored elegance of the collection. Its cool tones bring to life the interplay of shadow and light against each faceted surface. To further play up the interplay of the faceted silhouette and the finish, designers created a cross handle option. Garland explained, “From the curves of the chamfered edges to the intersecting planes of the cross handles, the lines form a simple, yet elegant silhouette.”

There are limitless lavatory configurations and a vast array of widespread spout and handle options. You can pair a high or low spout with high or low lever or cross handles on the widespread lavatory faucet. The focus on simple, yet elegant silhouettes creates a streamlined harmony and unparalleled luxury customizable for any space. It’s daring, distinguished and debonair. James Bond would certainly approve.

So whether you’re searching for bathroom fixtures for your beach cottage, city pied-à-terre or mountain cabin, we think the hunt just might be over.

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An 11-Foot-Wide Row House in Brooklyn by Office of Architecture

An 11-Foot-Wide Row House in Brooklyn by Office of Architecture

Little House. Big City. is a renovation project by Office of Architecture that’s located in Brooklyn, New York, for a young couple – an architect and jewelry designer – and their two children. The row house spans a mere 11-feet-wide and after eight years of living with it the way it was, the owners decided to renovate and expand it so they could stay in the neighborhood they’ve grown to love. The original home, a two-story, 1,000-square-foot residence, was gutted to make way for the new four-story, which now includes a bedroom suite on the top floor and an urban mudroom in the freshly dug out basement.

The home’s narrow footprint meant creative uses of space to ensure every inch was used and that every bit of it was as functional as possible. Every wall, window, and door was thoughtfully positioned to maximize each floor’s layout.

The new basement level became the entryway, storage, laundry, and mechanical area; the first floor is an open living space with the living rom, dining room, kitchen, and library opening up to the outside at the front and back; the second floor features two bedrooms for the children with a bathroom; and lastly, the top floor houses the master bedroom with bathroom, a balcony, and a terrace.

They chose modest materials throughout, like unfinished steel and character-grade walnut, and paired it with clean, refined materials, such as honed Carrara marble and matte ceramic hex tiles.

Photography by Matthew Williams (Interiors) and Rafael Gamo (Exteriors).

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We+ Makes the Swarm Collection Using Magnetic Forces

We+ Makes the Swarm Collection Using Magnetic Forces

Tokyo-based design duo we+ created a series that includes a chair and four vases that come together with the magic of magnets. The Swarm pieces begin with a structure that fills out organically with short steel wires that are drawn to it by magnetic force.

The steel wires span 15mm long and 1.2mm in diameter and while they’re all the same shape and size, they interact with each other differently depending on the magnetic force, thereby creating a haphazard surface pattern. We+ likes to think of it as letting the magnetic force do its thing to form shapes instead of designing the shapes themselves. The finished results make you want to touch it as it almost looks like a soft furry surface.

Photography by Masayuki Hayashi.

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