20140829

Saturday 8/30 Edition: 12 Of The World’s Most Amazing Remote Hideaways

12 Of The World’s Most Amazing Remote Hideaways
When you live in a constantly connected (but spiritually disconnected) urban environment, it’s natural to dream about escaping to some wilderness shack and never coming back. Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs, a new book from Gestalten, lets you indulge that fantasy without having to go all Grizzly Man. It presents some of the world’s most stunning cabins, shelters, hideouts, and sanctuaries that answer to the longing for retreat in nature.

Similar to the way 19th-century Romantics reacted to the Industrial Revolution with a more emotional, worshipful approach to the natural world, contemporary architects are building structures that incorporate the wilderness into their designs, inviting it in rather than shutting it out. “Direct connections to water, earth, air, and even fire enhance the power and sense of discovery present within the rural refuge,” writes Sofia Borges in Hide and Seek‘s introduction. Among these are a mirrored lake cottage that reflects the surrounding forest on its facade and the nook-like Cocoon shelter, made of strips of cedar, which snakes around a series of tree trunks. Here, 12 of the most jaw-dropping contemporary hideaways in the world’s many middles of nowhere.

Bivacco Luca Vuerich, by Giovanni Pesamosca Architetto in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

By Giovanni Pesamosca Architetto
This tiny, stoic A-frame cabin perches atop a rugged landscape in the Julian Alps, 8,303 feet above sea level. It’s situated along a summit trail, so hikers and climbers can catch up on rest in the hideout, which sleeps up to nine guests.

Sledge-Project, by Rob Sweere, Qaasuitsup, Greenland

By Rob Sweere
These futuristic mobile dwellings on sleds were built for an organization that helps rehabilitate troubled children by pairing them with local hunters, who teach them the ways of the wild. They can be towed with dogs or snowmobiles over sea or ice, and each sleeps up to six guests.

The Pump House, by Branch Studio Architects, Victoria, Australia

By Branch Studio Architects
This re-locatable lakeside cabin perches on stilts. Floor-to-ceiling windows let sunlight pour through.

Fire Shelter, by Simon Hjermind Jensen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark

by Simon Hjermind Jensen
Inspired by the architecture of nomadic people, this egg-like plywood hut has a simple circular bench around a central fireplace. Open to the public, and meant to stand only for a year, the Fire Shelter is ventilated by a hole in the top and two towards the bottom.

Steve’s Thailand Dome Home, by Steve Areen, in Isan, Thailand

by Steve Areen
This Dr. Seussian orange refuge sits amid a large organic mango farm. Completed by a small community of builders in just six weeks for under $6,000, the dome-shaped hut includes a handmade staircase that winds up to a rooftop patio shaded by a shaggy palapa.

Vega Cottage, by Kolman Boye Architects, in Trondelag, Norway

by Kolman Boye Architects
Close to the polar circle, this simple house borrows the gunmetal-gray color scheme of the surrounding bedrock in its harsh northern landscape, and its roof reflects the silver-white of the perpetually overcast sky. Large windows offer vistas of the ocean and mountain range.

Cocoon, by AA Design & Make, South West England, U.K.

by AA Design & Make
This cocoon, made of cedar strips in a whimsical monocoque structure, weaves through the trees of a forest park. Visitors can curl up inside its undulating form.

Kekkila Garden Shed, by Avanto Architects, Uusimaa, Finland



by Avanto Architects

This garden shed-greenhouse hybrid lets you feel about as close to nature as possible while still technically being inside.

Le Tronc Creux by Bruit du frigo, Bordeaux, France

by Bruit du frigo
This cylindrical nature hut, resembling a giant log, can sleep up to nine people.

Tree Snake House by Rebelo de Andrade, Pedras Salgadas Park, Portugal

by Rebelo de Andrade
The long, skinny bodies of snakes gliding between trees inspired these designs, in a Portuguese resort park, which can sleep one to two guests.

Lake Cottage by UUfie, Ontario, Canada

by UUfie
This cottage in an Ontario forest has a mirrored entrance that lets it blend magically into the surrounding wilderness.

Studio for a Composer by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Wisconsin, United States

by Johnsen Schmaling Architects
A country western musician uses this retreat, made of exposed concrete and steel, glass, and wood, as a studio for writing and recording his music.

Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs is available from Gestalten for $60 here.
Via Informant Daily

20140828

Out and About - Friday 8/29 Edition - Wear It Like: Aaron Paul


Aaron Paul arrives at Chateau Marmont on Thursday | Image: Pacific Coast News   

1. Etro Slim Fit Check Blazer @ Mr Porter
2. Etro Slim Fit Check Pants @ Mr Porter
3. Perry Gargano Anatomical Heart Necklace @ InforMANt
4. Karma Mantra Tiger's Eye Bracelet @ InforMANt
5. Silvano Sassetti Desert Boots @ farfetch
6. Gents V-Neck Tee @ InforMANt
Sounds: Sign Me Out by Lulu Rouge @ Amazon
                 

20140827

Wear It Like: Pierce Brosnan - Thursday 8/28 Edition


1. Number:Lab Piped Jersey Pant @ InforMANt
2. Burberry Tech-Canvas Jacket @ Mr Porter
3. L. G. R. Nairobi D Frame Acetate Sunglasses @ Mr Porter
4. Nike Air Max 97 HYP  @ Nike
5. Burberry Check Print Scarf @ farfetch
Sounds: Boiling by Disclosure @ Amazon

20140826

Wear It Like: Pierce Brosnan - Wednesday 8/27 Edition


1. Saint Laurent Slim Fit Cotton Shirt @ Mr Porter
2. Raf Simmons Tailored trousers @ Matches
3. Cesar Paciotti Derby Shoes @ farfetch
4. Miason Martin Margiela Ribbed Square Ring @ SSENSE
5. Junghans max Bill Chronoscope @ InforMANt
Sounds: Let You Go by Hermitude @ Amazon


20140825

Wear It Like: Pierce Brosnan - Tuesday 8/26 Edition


1. Dior Homme Pinstripe Suit @ farfetch
2. Brioni White Cotton Shirt @ Mr Porter
3. Marni Solid Necktie @ Barneys
4. Blake Green Macapa Cufflinks @ InforMANt
5. 12oz Coke Glass Set @ The Curated Crave
6. Turnbull & Asser Silk Pocket Square @ Mr Porter
7. Sailormade Journey Double Bracelet @ InforMANt
Sounds: What You Need by Flume @ Amazon

Wear It Like: Pierce Brosnan - Monday 8/25 Edition


1. Boglioli Unstructured Slim-Fit Jacket @ Mr Porter
2. Gents Crew Neck T-Shirt @ InforMANt
3. White Oak Trenton Taper Jean @ Lumina
4. Avallone Executive Leather and Suede Belt @ InforMANt
5. Gallant & Beau Hyde Socks @ InforMANt
6. ACL Mushroon Ox Shoe @ InforMANt
Sounds: Thank You by Led Zeppelin @ Amazon

20140824

Sunday 8/24 Edition: Backpack'n It - Ain't No Jansports Here...

Back to school, the gym, or around town, here are our favorite backpacks. Click on the image for more details. 

The Avallone Antique Backpack - handmade antique leather and lamb suede. Sophisticated, elegant and gorgeous. 

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Want les Essentials Kastrup clean checker/cognac color. The sophisticated pack is the go to day-to-day accessory constructed from an organic cotton canvas with contrasting leather trim and base.
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Duluth Wanderer - Guearanteed for life. Need we say more? We will: Need easy access to your binoculars, point-and-shoot camera, wallet, keys, sunscreen or bug dope? Simply unbuckle the handy front pocket. (All this stuff actually fits in the front pocket) Web shoulder straps.  An ideal medium-sized pack for any day trip, whether its hiking, biking, canoeing, or wandering the streets of Europe. 
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Artphere Executive Luxe Case - This baby is our favorite. Good for work and play - unique as hell and sure to turn heads. Check it...

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20140821

Friday 8/22 Edition: Hang Your Hat: Stunning Monaco Penthouse Listed For Staggering $318 Million

Hang Your Hat: Stunning Monaco Penthouse Listed For Staggering $318 Million

A luxurious five-floor penthouse due on the market next year is a certified billionaire’s playground guaranteed to have the world’s wealthiest home buyers picking their jaws up off the floor.

TOUR ODEON PENTHOUSE

The lavish Monaco apartment is going for a staggering $318 million and has breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and its very own water slide that spills into a rooftop infinity pool, the Daily Mail reports.
The posh pad is located in Tour Odeon, a 560 ft tower, that will be the coastline’s second tallest skyscraper when construction is completed next year.

TOUR ODEON PENTHOUSE

Ritzy residents are guaranteed to live in the lap of luxury with a 24/7 concierge service, a private chauffeur, in-house caterer, health center and numerous swimming pools, according to the Daily Mail.

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Tour Odeon will have 70 apartments and duplexes that will be fit for even the highest maintenance divas.
“These duplexes and the penthouse are set to catch the eye of those looking for the very best properties across the world’s leading markets,” said James Price from Knight Frank, the real estate company hired to sell the apartments.

TOUR ODEON PENTHOUSE

Despite the excitement coming from the world’s rich and famous, locals in the neighboring town of Beausoleil view the swanky skyscraper as an eye sore, adding that the behemoth has ruined their spectacular views.

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TOUR ODEON PENTHOUSE

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Wear It Like: Ryan Kwanten - Thursday 8/21 Edition


1. Charvet Silk Pocket Square @ Mr Porter
2. J. Crew Linen and Cotton Blend Suit Jacket @ Mr Porter
3. J. Crew Linen and Cotton Blend Trousers @ Mr Porter
4. Avallone Executive Belt @ InforMANt
5. Christophe Lemaire Cotton Shirt @ Matches
Sounds: Ridin Solo by Hippie Sabotage @ Amazon

20140819

Wear It Like: Ryan Kwanten - Wednesday 8/20 Edition


1. Jacob Cohen Denim Jeans @ Matches
2. Members Only Leather iconic Racer Jacket @ InforMANt
3. Diesel Charcoal Grey Sonora Shirt @ SSENSE
4. Hydrogen Leather Sneakers @ InforMANt
5. Gents B Luxe Wool Cap @ InforMANt
Sounds: Since I Been Loving You by Led Zeppelin @ Amazon