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This sweet & tiny forest pad belongs to lucky ducks Mariah Morrow & Ryan Lingard.  It measures in at a miniscule 130 square feet and yet seems to provide room enough for all things necessary for a cozy, marshmallow toasting getaway.

To see more photos and get the full story on how this little nesting nugget came to be, click here.  The story was photographed for Sunset Magazine by the talented Tom Story and written by Laura Dye Lang &  the very sweet Miranda Jones.

I had the pleasure of meeting Tom, Miranda, and 3 other talented Sunset folks (Jess, Ebby, & Sue) when they came up to photograph a story with me a couple of weeks ago.  More to come on that sooooon…  for now, I’m shouting out a big ‘Gimme!’ to THIS story’s star!

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This is one sexy abode.  And I think it’s a perfect post with which to kick off my new category entitled, “Gimme”.  This heading will go before things/places that I reeeeally want (like, a lot):  to have, live in, taste, pet, horde, or experience.  Things that, upon seeing them, fill me with a strong desire to own ’em.  Very materialistic of me I know (though, note that I included ‘experience’ in my list above.  Sometimes I just want to feel the weight of something in my hand or know what it smells like…) but I became a product designer for a reason;  I love things.  Good things.  Well designed things.  Things that are the representation of smart & thoughtful, well crafted ideas.   And this particular category is for the things that I would want to have and share space with.

Things that I appreciate and admire, but maybe wouldn’t offer up shelf space to, will just get another heading that’s all.  So let’s get back to my morning ‘gimme!’ designed by Maxwan Architects

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Design : Ryuji Nakamura Architects, charge/Ryuji Nakamura, Makiko Wakaki
Photo : Ryuji Nakamura Architects

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Launched at the Stockholm Furniture Fair this past February, Swedish company Bolon‘s new Botanic woven vinyl flooring collection has my nesting knickers in an excited knot.

Marketed as a revolutionary environmental breakthrough, it’s made with a plant based plasticiser instead of using the industry standard of phthalates (Diisodecyl-phthalate (DIDP) and Diisononyl-phthalate (DINP)), which have potentially devestating adverse affects on the environment and on us.  Most building materials involve some kind of sticky eco business, whether it’s the adhesive used or the harvesting practices,  and there are so many factors to consider; durability, longevity, sensitivity, sustainability, etc…, so it’s really a matter of doing the best we can.  (A mud or underground hut with no electricity or utilities of any kind would be the best of course, but.. tough to pull off in the Northern climates…)   Barring everyone moving underground, I give Bolon an ‘A’ for effort and a high five for color choices and delicious textures!

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Since this tis the season for coziness, visions of warm fires dance in my head.  This one’s a beauty.  Designed for a municipal playground in Trondheim, Norway by architecture firm Haugen/Zohar, this enclosed fire, storytelling, and playing space is the ultimate in community health.  I think if we here in Canada spent more money on this kind of well being (community & family) instead of on, say, fear mongering media campaigns and medical administration for faux pandemics,  that would be a far greater public health benefit.  Not to mention how much cooler our parks would look…

ps.  There are doors that slide into place and lock to keep the space from becoming a nighttime den for the devious…

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This Swiss delight was a collaboration between Dutch architects at SeARCH and Christian Muller Architects.  Located in the village of Vals, and surrounded by other underground hobbit style homes, it would only take a quick blink to miss this buried treasure.  The elliptical arch of the opening frames a stunning view of the mountains and surrounding valley, while it also allows enough natural light in to flood the interior rooms with warm sunshine.  I would also guess that the energy used to heat this beauty would be substantially less than an above ground dwelling, with all that soil for insulation, so not only is this choice to go underground preserving the natural beauty of the valley by not adding another man made structure, it’s also reducing it’s other footprints.  Big ups to their going under and to all stealth architecture!

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Happy Wednesday!  Today, I am in a rush to get up to my studio and am therefore going to lean on my favorite go-to graphic gurus, grain edit, for the book pic of the week.  Second Homes For Leisure Living presented by the Douglas Fir Plywood Association is a booklet that I sadly don’t own and deeply covet.  It is going to get added to my hunter’s list for sure.  Just as many details from these awesome Mid Century (re)treats are going on my dream house list (like the deer for instance…).     

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I’m afraid I have to be super lazy today and just post pictures.  (This will not become a habit I promise!) For all the publisher, architect, & illustrator info, please head over to grain edit’s post.  While you’re there look around awhile.  I guarantee you’ll like what you see!  Dave Cuzner runs a tight ship loaded up with oodles of loveliness.  (He is going to be sharing a bit of himself with us soon for my ‘Meet the Maker’ interview series. Can’t wait!) 

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