Summer is in full swing in NYC, and what better way to celebrate than by sipping a cocktail al fresco? Whether it’s poolside on a roof or in an easy chair along the Hudson, there’s nothing like breathing in the Big Apple from an outdoor perspective - especially with your favorite drink in hand! We’ve rounded up six of our favorite outdoor bars in NYC for your imbibing pleasure - click through our gallery to see them all.
No wrench, confusing screws, or undecipherable instructions – this Lander side table from design duo Parsons & Charlesworth is as easy to assemble as it is stylish. The clever design offers a new way to look at flat pack furniture – and it cuts emissions thanks to its light shipping footprint.
There’s a reason that NYC subways have that oh-so-distinctive “eau de toilet” scent. Sometimes finding an open bathroom in the city without having to make a purchase can be close to impossible. But Stefan George thinks he has a solution that will be a win-win for both bladder-strained New Yorkers and local establishments looking to drum up business. Called WeeWeeFree, Stefan’s site is a directory of free and open public bathrooms around the city, but it’s a drop different from other similar services.
If you have ever dreamed of living on the moon, start zipping up your spacesuit because your new moon residence is already waiting for you – sort of. According to NASA, future moon dwellers could live in the hundreds of caves that dot the surface of the moon. These caves, formed when the moon surface collapses over an underground void, could provide protection from the lunar surface’s hostile environment, giving humans a safe base on the moon.
Most of Antony Gibbon's gorgeous designs rely on natural material such as wood, which he also used for his latest rustic cabin project inspired by elements of Teepee structures. This alternative retreat can be also be used as an office, home studio, hotel or even a workshop. With its angled wooden walls and double slatted glass doors and windows, the Nook brings back ancient building techniques in a big way.
The 3D printing revolution is almost at the point where there can be a printer in any home. But what about using a printer to build the house itself? The Dutch company DUS Architects is working on doing just that. They've developed a 3D printer 10 times the size of ordinary ones. It's called the KamerMaker, which means Room Builder, and they've built it out of a shipping container, with the goal to 3D print an entire house! Using bio-plastics, the on-site printer can create the pieces of a canal home that the firm is currently building as an experiment over the next few years.
For most, a trip to the beach is all about relaxing and soaking up the sun, but for others it’s an opportunity to unleash their inner starchitect. From the classic castle fit for a fairytale princess to gigantic teddy bears, we’ve rounded up over a dozen stunning sand art masterpieces guaranteed to make your jaw drop. Click through the link to see some truly amazing artworks to fuel the inspiration for your next beach creation.
Design consultancy Bread Studio recently completed their proposal for Super Star, a 165-foot-high lantern pavilion to be installed in Hong Kong for the Mid-Autumn Festival, the annual festival held on the day when the moon is at its fullest. Since stars are often difficult to see under the brightness of the full moon, Bread Studio designed a giant illuminated five-pointed star. The structure is constructed from 60 truss modules that create a rainbow gradient when they are put together. The lantern pavilion can be assembled and deconstructed within one week.
When the owners of this Brooklyn duplex decided to add an additional children’s room to accommodate their growing family, it seemed inevitable that they would have to sacrifice the spacious feel of their loft-like apartment. But thanks to the creative ingenuity of the designers at Barker Freeman, no such trade-off was necessary. Barker Freeman’s solution was to create a “Floating Room Loft” – a partially glazed cube with sliding doors that creates a sectioned off space for the kids without breaking the visual connection between the two floors.
Waterfalls are some of the most majestic and mysterious sites in the world, but getting close can not only be difficult, but also dangerous. The Villa Escudero Resort of San Pablo City in the Philippines offers a one of a kind experience for guests to get up close and personal with a roaring waterfall while enjoying their lunch! Their waterfall restaurant sits at the foot of the Labasin Falls where guests can enjoy local cuisine at handmade bamboo tables while clear spring water runs over their feet. The falls are so people friendly, guests can even lie against the rushing water covered wall for quick massage or post-lunch rinse off. This is one resort where no shirt and no shoes are no problem!
You may have heard the riddle about mushrooms being the only rooms with no walls, but David Benjamin is flipping the script on the old joke with some incredible mycotecture built from mushroom bricks! The architect and his firm, The Living, are pushing the boundaries of design by experimenting with biotecture, blurring the lines between biology and built environments. Their latest efforts have culminated in the world’s first tower made from fungus, which debuted at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York last week. We recently had the chance to pick Benjamin’s brain about the future of mycotecture (mushroom architecture), the benefits of biological buildings and what inspired this innovative new Hy-Fi tower in Queens. Read on to see what the biotect, innovator and director of the “Living Architecture Lab” at GSAPP has to say.
The new “Human Waste & Earth’s Future” exhibition at Miraikan in Japan lets visitors experience what it’s like when their lives are going down the toilet. The creative exhibition invites kids to get flushed, by climbing a flight of stairs to the porcelain throne and sliding down the tubes to enter. To top it all off, each kid is given a poop hat, to crown them on their journey to learn about what happens to human waste.
Here at Inhabitat, we’ve written about the devastating true costs of fast fashion, but what about the cost of fast food? Recently, Mark Bittman wrote a piece at the New York Times calculating the true cost of a cheeseburger. By looking at carbon footprint, disease costs and even injury rates at slaughterhouses, Bittman shows just how much America’s love affair with fast food costs - and the numbers may make you rethink your next meal choice.
Mobile phones give us a tremendous sense of security: we’ve got access to the internet and our entire contact list if we need it. But what about when something unplanned happens? Like being attacked in a parking garage or a biking accident? In situations like these, phones have a tendency to go flying or frustrate us with lock screens. Safelet is a piece of GPS-equipped, wearable technology that’s designed to summon help when you need it most–with just a single touch to your wrist. Follow the link below to learn how it works.
While we've got nothing personal against shoji screens, there's just something about them that screams, "I really couldn't think of any other way to separate my space". If you're looking for some more imaginative room divider ideas to create different living areas in a studio apartment or to section off a large room, we've compiled a list of options that are as useful as they are unique. Flip through our round-up for 8 interesting partitioning solutions that will help you divide and conquer.