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.
Sand One - Street Art
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.
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.