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THE SYDNEY BEACHSIDE suburb of Avalon has a new eco-friendly living green-roofed home – and it was built in a remarkable six weeks.

Designed by Archiblox, prefabricated offsite and then trucked in, the home is a cosy 106sqm in size, has tw[...]

NOW AND THEN a piece of simple genius comes along with the potential to save and improve countless lives.  Waterseer™ is just the sort of brainwave that makes you want to ask: "how-is-it-that-someone-didn't think-of this-before?".

Wate[...]

THERE'S LOT OF us who nurture the building-a-retreat-in-the-country-someday fantasy. We're the ones staring wistfully out of the bus or train window on the way to work with thoughts of exposed beams, dry stone walls and kitchen gardens.

Or –[...]

AT COPENHAGEN'S ICONIC SAS Royal Hotel (or the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel as it's now known) room 606 has been famously preserved exactly how designer Arne Jacobsen intended it to be when it opened in July 1960. The most famous by-products of th[...]

THIS IS A collection, says its creator George Dubinsky, that's inspired by the "intersection of nature and manufacturing". That is to say that George and his US-based company Edgewood Made understands timber and how to make furniture that's beau[...]

BRITISH DESIGNER PAUL Smith is, it seems, the go-to man when a design company is looking to freshen their look. Accordingly Carl Hansen & Søn have teamed up with Smith and US textile company Maharam to celebrate the 100th anniversary of fur[...]

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[...]

MATTHIEU RICARD IS an extraordinary individual. Although, in truth, "individual" is probably not the best handle for a man who's reason-to-be stands at the very opposite of selfishness in our ego-driven and individualistic age.

And he wro[...]

FINDING AN ELEGANT and well-priced place to stay in Paris overlooking one of its main icons is one thing. But then to discover it was home to a French filmmaking legend for nearly a decade -- and precisely during the period he wrote and di[...]

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[...]

JAPANESE DESIGNERS AND architects Setsu and Shinobu's Wabi sideboard for Riva 1920 artfully combines wood and iron. After graduation in Japan in the 1980s, the pair moved to Milan and haven't looked back since -- having long been accepted as par[...]

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 [...]