Friday, July 23, 2010

The Fish House by Guz Architects

This modern tropical bungalow encapsulates the essence of living in the hot and humid climate of Singapore by creating open spaces which encourage natural ventilation and offer residents views to the ocean.The main design concept is to create a house which has close relationship with nature and this is achieved by having a swimming-pool linking the house with the landscape and ultimately visual connections with the sea.
The idea of connection is reinforced by having the basement level media-room with a u-shaped acrylic window which allows diffuse natural light in and also views out into the pool. The curved roofs, which symbolizing the sea waves, also emphasize the idea of the nearby sea. These are almost totally covered with thin bendable photovoltaic panels supplying enough energy to the house, while the remaining area is used as a green roof giving residents some outdoor leisure spaces.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Roman Pool at Hearst Castle

The indoor pool at Hearst Castle in
San Simeon, California.

This is one of the gems in USA!
Hearst Castle is a mansion located in California,
now a National Historic Landmark.
It was designed by Julia Morgan for
William Randolph Hearst.

Look at this indoor Roman Pool!
It is decorated with eight statues of Roman gods, goddesses and heroes.
The pool and surrounding room were styled after an ancient Roman bath such as the Baths of Caracalla in Rome; the blue and gold mosaics were inspired by on the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy.
intense colors and shimmering gold of the tiles combine
to create a breathtaking effect

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Van Cleef & Arpels - " Les Voyage Extraordinaires "

Van Cleef & Arpels unveiled their latest collection, Les Voyage Extraordinaire, at the Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2010/2011.

This high jewelry collection is inspired by the work of the legendary author, Jules Verne. Also, this presentation is a new collaboration with charity program Peace Park Foundation; the Maison wishes to support the protection and surveillance of Loggerhead and Leatherback sea turtles, species particularly in danger of extinction due to human threats.

Not just a piece of jewelry, this is art.
Click on image to enlarge

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Monday, July 12, 2010

" Branches " for your Living Space

I love branches.
I love taking pictures of branches.
Why not bring outdoor into indoor?
One can achieve that by using wallpaper, mural painting
or actual branches
to decorate your living space. Showing
here is how to achieve that by wall covering.
One of my favorite wallpaper showrooms is Fromental.
It is an English company offering couture wallpaper,
has been known for hand-painted and embroidered design.

This showroom is open to trade only.


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