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21.4.15

1 FLYTE | A Levitating Light


Check out this handy dandy new handcrafted invention. FLYTE is a levitating light design for your home or office. The creator and artist behind the product, Simon Morris (previously known for levitating anything from skateboards to Nike shoes) has used magnetic levitation to allow a light bulb to hover in the air while simultaneously being powered through wireless induction.

The magical creation is set to launch on Kickstarter today, check it out here!




2 Take Your Speakers to the Beach!

instagram.com/thevampaudio/

London-based designer Paul Cocksedge came up with a really clever idea after learning that more than 10,000 discarded speakers were sent to U.K. recycling centres every month.  He created the Vamp, a super-cool gadget that saves old speakers by connecting them via bluetooth to your phone or tablet then transforming the speakers into portable sound systems. Old speakers are given new life, no longer dependent on power or hi-fi systems. Hello picnic, seaside or just out in your backyard! And what's even cooler is he's giving away a free speaker with every Vamp purchase (part of his #SaveaSpeaker campaign). The type of speaker is a surprise, it may have a nick or dent in it, but "that's what makes it cool", he says.

Via and available in N. America at Urban Outfitters.

photo by Joe Woodhouse



instagram.com/thevampaudio/

instagram.com/thevampaudio/

All photo's via Paul Cocksedge and The Vamp's IG feed.)

20.4.15

0 Sneak Peek | May's Inside Out Magazine!

Simon Howard of Secret Gardens | Photography by Nicholas Watt

Lee Tran Lam, Managing Editor of Inside Out Magazine dropped by our inbox today with a sweet little sneak peek of their latest issue (May) coming out this Thursday! A big shout out to Magazine for hosting us on their IG feed last week, we were super honoured!

The theme for May is Family Spaces, and "how to create a home that keeps everyone happy"! If we had that lovely pool (above) we know we'd always be happy!  Let's check in with Lee Tran to explain the photo's she sent over (note they are cooling down in Australia as we warm up here):


"So given the drop in mercury, we've got a 'Best Buys' story on rugs – perfect for softening footsteps on cold days and also strengthening the conspiracy that makes it hard to leave the house! A rug adds a nice toasty element to a cool room and can be a vivid addition to a place, too, as you can see from these picks, styled by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall.

Styled by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall
 (Top photo): Simon Howard of Secret Gardens also eliminates any need to even go outside, with his amazing indoor oasis. He's brought a pool and a lush garden indoors – a genius move given how bone-chilling the days can be! A warm dip inside is very hard to say no to. Photography by Nicholas Watt.


And you can even bring the jungle into a kid's room – as stylist Jessica Hanson has – so unpredictable adventures can happen right at home. Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper. 



Stylist Jessica Hanson | Photography by Sam McAdam-Cooper

To prove that we're not total homebodies, we did invite some guests to leave the house and head to our latest 'Open For Inspection' tour, thanks to Bugaboo. We opened up this child-friendly residence for people to wander through. One of my favourite aspects is the kid-compatible Bolon carpet tiles in the playroom – these colourful Tetris blocks of vinyl are so child-proof that even food spills are no big deal and do not cause the screams that are spurred by someone accidentally tipping a drink onto carpet. I also love the nook and the generous stream of light that appears in the bedroom instead of a standard bedhead. We'll have a video tour of the home soon, for anyone who wants to take a look at insideout.com.au. Styling by Emma O'Meara. Photography by Nikole Ramsay.


Styling by Emma O'Meara. Photography by Nikole Ramsay

Styling by Emma O'Meara. Photography by Nikole Ramsay
Two of my favourite homes in the magazine are overseas dwellings. First up is a 19-century French apartment in Bordeaux, with lots of beautiful detailing and a few modern touches (like the Ikea sheepskins that the owner found for a bargain). Photography by Julien Fernandez/Gap Interiors.

Photography by Julien Fernandez/Gap Interiors


And while living in a garage might sound like an uncomfortable stopgap before finding a proper home, interior architect James van der Velden saw beyond the original car space and turned the site into an amazing, space-savvy home (without a petrol stain in sight)! Styling by Marc Heldens. Photography by Alan Jensen. "





Thank you Lee Tran! The May issue of Inside Out Magazine is out Thursday and is available at newsagents or digitally via Zinio, Google Play, iTunes & Nook.





1 Dispatch from Italy | Day 5 Salone Satellite


Guest post by Alessandra Barlassina of Gucki

The Salone Satellite is the part of the Salone del Mobile fair dedicated to young designer. This is what I liked most this year:


18.4.15

0 Dispatch from Italy | Day 4 SALONE DEL MOBILE 2015

A pink swing from SoftLine

Guest post by Alessandra Barlassina of Gucki

This was my first time at Salone del Mobile and let’s say that the fair is huge: 21 halls. Today and tomorrow it is open to the public.First thing: you have to decide what to see. These are the categories: classic, modern, design, Euroluce, Workplace, Salone Satellite. I’ve seen “just” design halls (8!), a quick tour in Workplace (2) and Salone Satellite, I will tell tomorrow about the last one.