We’ve all seen them before–peculiar, yet charming triangle-shaped houses–as we ventured farther into the mountains or took that scenic car ride around Lake Tahoe. These pleasant little oddities of the architectural world are known as A-frame houses, and they have been seeing a resurgence from their heyday of the mid-1950s through the 1970s.
Is it a blob, or is it a building? Technically, it is both! Technology has allowed for advancement in all aspects of life, and it has had a major impact on the design world. Over the past couple of decades, architects have been using technology to design unique, jaw-dropping buildings that push the boundaries of what the conventional building is. This new style of architecture is called blobitecture.
Have you ever walked by a new building in your neighborhood or a historic area of town and thought to yourself, “Wow, that is one ugly building?” While design is subjective, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder, sometimes you can’t deny that a building is just a plain eyesore.
One of the greatest things about modern design is the concept of taking old, traditional designs and re-imagining them in new and exciting ways. There are table lamps that can charge your phone, console tables that can extend to the length of a full dining table and even mirrors that double as a television. However, the reinventing of designs isn’t limited to furniture, lighting or decor. It even extends to where you call home.
In the past, when you heard the term “backyard studio,” you’d immediately think of a tiny and rather uncomfortable converted garden shed. But these days, the backyard studio is being seen more as an opportunity to get really creative design-wise.
Gone are the days of boring office spaces, where bland color schemes reigned supreme and segregating grey cubicles stretched as far as the eye could see. Harsh artificial lighting, worn out, shapeless office chairs and clunky dining chairs in the gloomy breakroom are out. Well, perhaps they’re not gone entirely. But many modern companies have started to recognize the importance of up-to-date and improved office spaces.
Nestled into the coastal hills of California, you’ll find a stunning residence conceived as a sheltering nest with wings to lift and water to anchor and reflect the earth and sky. The Yorkville Residence, designed by architect Alan Nicholson, is now the home of two retired geo-physicists. Here’s a closer look:
When you think of staying in Paris, most likely you’ll dream of having views of the Eiffel Tower, but could you ever imagine having views from the Eiffel Tower? Probably not, but vacation rental company HomeAway made it happen when they converted an empty conference room into an apartment about 18 stories up in the Eiffel Tower.
We love getting feedback from our customers, especially when it’s to rave about a particular product. We can’t help but fall in love with this modern coffee house in Montréal. The OSMO Café has been buzzing with attention since they incorporated groupings of Innit Chairs into the Café. Free Wifi and fresh coffee aside, this is one coffee house we’re dying to take a trip to.
We’re kicking off our house tours here on the YLiving blog with a peek into this 1895 Neo-Victorian home in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood. What you see is not what you get once you step inside. I guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Check it out this modern house tour of a New Day: