The De Beauvoir House is a marvel. A timber and glass addition created by Cousins & Cousins Architects serves a semi-detached structure for a growing family. The geometric structure is does not attempt to match home and instead aims to contrast. The staircase bridges the original structure to the new via the living area on the garden level, the main entrance, and the master bedroom suite above. The combination of the new and old is nothing short of amazing.
The Last Days of Café Leila // Noor and her daughter Lily move from San Francisco to Iran. Noor grew up in Iran and they move back to take over the restaurant her family has run for three generations. Food and family, this book is on the top of my to read list.
The Thousandth Floor // Set in 22nd century Manhattan this teen read is a page turner I could not put down. The book is the first in a series (thank goodness) and focuses on five teens and their lives in “The Tower”.
The Circle // Mae Holland is hired to work at the world’s foremost internet company (picture something like Facebook combined with Google) and it seems like a dream come true. The movie comes out this week and looks SO good.
Spring is making it’s much-anticipated arrival in the Tundra and Bembien has the perfect warm weather accessory! Lucy Laucht (if you don’t follow her on Instagram get on it) was sporting one of these bags and the texture and shapes are amazing. The small collection of woven bags are made around the world and support local artisans. I’ll take one of each please, my personal favorite is the Rose Bag.
Mirages in the desert are not a new concept, but Doug Aitken’s project takes the idea to a whole different level. The project aptly titled “Mirage” is located in Palm Springs and the entire structure is wrapped in mirrors. The cabin is modeled on a typical ranch style home and it’s mirrored finish reflects the great desert expanse that surrounds it. This video shows the project as it transforms throughout the day. Aitken created the project as a part of Desert X festival in the Coachella Valley. The exhibit opened last month and will remain until October 21, 2017.
An exterior shaped by steam-bent wood is the defining feature of this Cornwall abode. Designers Tom and Danielle Raffield set their home on the on the same plot as their furniture company (they specialize in steam-bent furniture) and connected it to an old gamekeepers lodge on the property.
The home is covered in in lengths of curving beech, larch, sweet chestnut and oak collected from the surrounding woodland. The couple focused on trying to take as much wood as possible that had already fallen in the forests. The home serves as a showcase for the couples vision and their work. Each room features their creations lighting, furniture, and decorative pieces.
A Separation // A a couple decides to part ways, then Grace then hears that her unfaithful husband has gone missing. Not even sure if she wants to find him, she travels to Greece to hunt for her ex.
The Wonder // I have yet to read this one, but have heard rave reviews. The story centers on an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months. The nurse soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life…
Today Will Be Different // The latest by Maria Semple (Where’d You Go, Bernadette) takes place over one day in the life of Eleanor Flood. The book unfolds as you gather an in-depth look in to Eleanor’s life, funny, interesting, and a page turner.
*Quick plug… my book club recently read You’ll Grow Out of It and it is the perfect beach book, in case you are in need of a recommendation.
Italian architect Stefano Boeri has just announced a new design for vertical forests in China. The city of Nanjing unveiled the ‘Nanjing Vertical Forest’ this week, a mixed-use development commissioned by the National Investment Group. The project will provide high density housing and office space while contributing to the environment in a positive manner.
Boeri describes the project as “a real vertical forest that will help to regenerate local biodiversity, will provide a 25 tons of CO2 absorption each year and will produce about 60 kilograms of oxygen per day”. The two towers will be covered with 600 tall trees and 500 medium-sized trees among a total of 1,110 trees coming from local species. 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs will also trail down the buildings. Boeri has also designed similar projects in Switzerland and Milan.