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Maralah Cliff House
The name translates to "person who was born during an earthquake" and we can see why. The Maralah is a cabin crafted into the side of a hill Calgary, Canada that is meant to help get its inhabitants away from the city. Overlooking the Bow river, this small getaway is 45 square meters and constructed entirely from matte black steel, glass and raw concrete. The architects incorporated the local surroundings and elements into their design - for example, the bedroom is tucked under the reading area and kitchen and sits next to raw exposed limestone. The roof tucks partially under the ground and helps the home blend even further into the cliffs side. All in all this is the perfect isolated cabin for those looking to take a breath from the busyness of the modern world.
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Pohutukawa Six Person Tiny House
The Pohutukawa perfectly captures the essense of living large in a small space. This tiny home on wheels is capable of fitting up to six people, features a double mezzanine and includes other rich additions including 11.5 feet tall ceilings, aluminum-framed French doors and a full kitchen, washer and dryer and queen bed. An entertainment lounge is accessible via ladder as the living space feels extra roomy because of the Pohutukawa's efficient use of indoor-outdoor living. The home sits on a custom made house trailer for easy transport and anchoring. Prices start at $55,000 for the base configuration and are being assembled today.
Buy From Tiny House Builders / $55,000
Casper Dreamery Sleeping Lounge
Have you ever been traveling, in the city or otherwise away from your home and just needed an hour or two to grab a quick nap? Well Casper, the innovative bed-in-a-box mattress company, has created a refuge in New York City for tired commuters and travelers looking for just this. Called the Dreamer, this sleeping lounge is home to a handful of private pods stocked with the brand's namesake signature mattresses and bedding. Custom pajamas and lullabies from Headspace (the mobile meditation app) are provided as are post-nap amenities such as toothbrushes, face wash and free drinks. Sessions run for 45 minutes and can either be booked ahead of time or as walk ins.
Buy From Casper / $25
The Space Smart Home - Iohouse
The Space Smart Home by design firm iOhouse aims to be an image of what a home of the future may look like. Every aspect of this house was designed to be 'smart' from the 220v generator and solar panels that power the entire home, to the fully integrated networking systems, cameras, connected devices and intelligent appliances. The home is designed to run completely 'off the grid' and the clean, modern and sleek aesthetics truly look like something out of a sci-fi movie. In addition to the smart interior, the house is completely modular and able to be moved and situated in any urban, rural or off the grid locale. Additional points of note from the company:
  • connected to your mobile phone or tablet 24/7, wherever you are
  • environmentally friendly; made with empathy and care
  • freedom to live and move wherever you like, whenever you like.
  • Architecture and design
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Keemala Rainforest Hotel
Nestled into a hidden rainforest in the depths of Thailand, the Keemala Hotel provides everything you need to live and relax like a native in luxury level accommodations. 38 unique villas were crafted and inspired by traditional Thai heritage and feature styles reminiscent of different indigenous clans. Each cottage includes king size beds, large tubs, monsoon showers, private pools and terraces overlooking Kamala Village and the Andaman Sea. The Keemala Hotel also features an exclusive on-site spa that specializes in traditional Thai body work and healing. Whether you're planning a romantic getaway or a special occasion with friends and family, whether you fancy never leaving the sanctuary of your private pool villa or you'd prefer to get out and experience the Thai social life, Keemala offers you a magical and memorable stay in Phuket.
Buy From Keemala / $500
Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge
Namibia's Skeleton Coast's name comes from the dozens of shipwrecks and bones that litter its shores, the results of seal hunts and whaling operations. The Shipwreck Lodge is inspired by these ships and a destination spot for adventuring travelers looking for one of the most unique places to stay on Earth. There are 10 ensuite shipwreck rooms that feature wood burning stoves, solar-powered electronics, an impressive lounge and restaurant with a large wraparound deck offering breathtaking views of the stretches of sand and Atlantic Ocean. An architectural team led by Nina Maritz has made the lodgings as environmentally friendly as possible going to such extreme lengths as using only wooden nails to build each cabin. Bookings for this once in a lifetime experience are open now with rates starting at $750, all-inclusive.
Buy From Natural Selection / $750
Sentient Long Wool Sofa
Now this is a cool couch. The Sentient sofa is an original design that combines long wool Icelandic sheepskin and reclaimed American oak boards to produce an incredibly comfortable, and highly unique, piece. The sheepskin wool is a bit chaotic and not for the faint of heart, but if you're looking for a true conversation starter in your living room, then the Sentient is definitely worth a look. Sizes range from 6" to 8" and is a mix of warm beige, brown and golden colors.
Buy From Sentient / $19,500
Parkipelago - Artificial Island Chain
This is a pretty neat find for 'real estate' fans. Fokstrot - a Danish design studio - has started a project called the Copenhagen Islands. The islands are actually man-made platforms that will be daisy-chained throughout Copenhagen's southern harbor to resemble a sort of 'parkipelago.' Each platform will serve a unique purpose: a cafe, a sauna, a diving board, a mussel farm - and as a chain they can support full-featured event space for concerts gatherings and festivals. Using clean design and simple aesthetic, these islands are a smart way to take advantage of the beautiful and abundant Copenhagen waters and attract tourists and locals alike.
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Sand One - Street Art
Hailing from the streets of East Los Angeles, Sand is - in her own words - 'the most notorious and influential female artist'. While this may be a stretch, the street art that she creates is a feast to behold and truly unique. Her distinct style incorporates anime-inspired huge eyes, long eyelashes, sassy smiles and exaggerated features. She's been commissioned by Levis and Red Bull and has worked in Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Las Vegas, Mexico and New York. Now, shes opened up her books to the public and is commissioning custom watercolors through her site. Prices start at $800 for a one of a kind collectible.
Buy From Sandone / $800
Montana Treehouse Retreat at Glacier National Park
As kids, we dreamed of building tree houses big enough to live and play in. Today, thanks to Airbnb, such a tree house exists. Located in Glacier National Park is this 500 square foot tree house. A spiral staircase wraps around a giant Douglas fir tree and leads you into the main living area. There are 2 outside deck areas featuring gorgeous views of the surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. There is a full kitchen, dishwasher and stove as well as a bathroom with full sized shower and toilets. The master suite has a comfortable queen mattress and additional sleeping quarters in the common room accommodate up to 4 guests. For activities, there is Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, Flathead Lake, and plenty of fishing, rafting, boating, hiking and more Montanan adventures.
Buy From Airbnb / $325
Avrame A-Frame Kit Homes
Tiny homes. Yurts. Cabins. Earth domes. In 2018, small dwellings are all the rage and offer more sustainable and affordable options for the conscientious citizen. The A-frame cabin from Estonian company Avrame is the latest take on this growing trend of housing. The cabin consists of eco-friendly materials, energy efficient design, modern and space maximizing interiors, and several special add-ons including terraces roof gables and flooring upgrades. If you’re looking for a highly-efficient, portable home that redusces your footprint and maximizes your quality of life, the A-frame is for you. Complete kits and plans start at $12,000 and are shipping now.
Buy From Avrame / $12,000