KRISTINA ALVAREZ

WE'VE been hitting a rich vein of green architecture lately  –  and The Growroom by Space10 in conjunction with architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm keeps the interface between built-form/veggie-patch coming.

Stacked with vegetab[...]

SO THE AFTERNOON is dragging slowly. You need a treat, some refreshment, something to inject a bit of colour in your day. Trouble is there's no stores nearby.  Ah look, perfect, there's a vending machine to come to your aid. Might just saunter[...]

A WHILE AGO we ran a feature waxing lyrical about the charm of a particularly well-designed new chair. An instant classic. It was just the sort of piece to anchor a space for the long term. Here's a space where another armchair is the star turn [...]

MARYLOU SOBEL DEVOTED 10 intense months of her private and professional life to the revamp of the family home in Sydney’s harbourside suburb of Bellevue Hill. It became her all-enveloping passion. “I ceased all other work,” admits the expa[...]

HERE'S AN IDEA which crosses the boundaries between art and design -- a vase that wilts. Ashes by Birgit Severin is a series of rubber vases which explore "associations between beauty and death". It's impermanence by design.

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THERE'S FEW THINGS more relaxing or restorative than having a good soak in the bath. But then there's the perennial problem of where you put things while you're doing it so they don't get wet. Having a dry place as attractive and thought-through [...]

THIS NEW LIGHT by  London-based design company Minimalux might be called NEON, but it isn't really a neon.  It's so called because it gives off the similarly bright glow of the familiar strip lights.

NEON comes in a range of colours -- and l[...]

NORWEGIAN DESIGN LABEL Permafrost released the Giant Leap rug for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing in 2009. The rug is 160cm in diameter and made from New Zealand wool. For those more impressed with earthly-inspired designs, there's also [...]

BRITISH LAMP MANUFACTURERS Anglepoise® have collaborated with fashion designer Paul Smith to re-interpret the classic Type 75™  table lamp.

Designer of the Anglepoise Type 75 lamp, Sir Kenneth Grange, says that Paul Smith has given "a spec[...]

THE BLOEMI PENDANT lamp, designed by Mario Alessiani, was inspired by the petals of a tulip. Light is designed to pass through the soft, padded petals and throw a soft, calming glow.

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THE ALFRED MAGAZINE Rack, has been designed by Sean Mckeon and released by DesignByThem in powder-coated aluminium for strength and durability. Alfred is available in black, white, blue and yellow.

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PLUMEN, THE CREATORS of the sensuously-shaped, low energy, award-winning light bulbs with a warm glow (an alternative to the often-dull generic versions) has announced the birth of  Plumen 002 on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter.

The Pl[...]