November, 2014

Osram lights up the Sistine Chapel

Shedding light on history

The Sistine Chapel in Rome has been illuminated by a novel lighting solution from OSRAM. After 500 years, this extraordinary piece of art history can now be experienced bathed in the light of more than 7,000 LEDs. The installation that has been put in place over the last few months is designed to protect the […]

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Water Game Changer

Every now and then, a product or design comes along that looks set to change the way we live forever. We’ve seen “water bars” in offices; now there’s one for the home or small office kitchen that could alter how we design and use our kitchens and taps. It’s energy efficient, convenient, healthy and great-looking […]

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The All I Own House

What makes a home? In many instances it’s the things we own, the things that make us happy and the things that we’ve collected over time. If you’re prone to hoarding, the activity of homemaking can become a bit problematic, especially if you live in a small space. Madrid-based PKMN Architectures set about solving this problem […]

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Planting the Seed

  When it comes to pots for outdoor plants, the South African market has long since been limited to only two choices: faux-Italian terracotta style or the glazed traditional Oriental option. Design entrepreneur Peter van der Post spotted this gap and has very quickly filled it with a vast array of stylish and contemporary designer […]

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Better living Challenge Exhib large.

Butterfly wings for low cost housing

The Butterfly Housing Project is a systems approach to affordable housing that provides a generic load bearing product allowing for a range of different finishes and spatial configurations. The initiative, which was the joint venture of Dutch, Nigerian and South African architects and construction professionals, recently exhibited – together with USE-IT – at the Better […]

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