Paris is my favorite city in the world (so original, right?), and before today I didn’t think there was anything that could make it better. But after seeing this conceptual photo of a giant trampoline bridge across the Seine, well, I stand corrected. Dreamed up by architects at Atelier Zündel Cristea, the idea took third place in the “Bridge In Paris” design competition, so unfortunately we won’t be able to bounce over it anytime soon, but maybe someday. Check out another ridiculously awesome photo after the jump! Keep reading »
Claustrophobes, hoarders, and people who enjoy stretching their arms without ramming their knuckles into the wall, meet the house of your nightmares. This is the Keret House in Warsaw, Poland; situated between two buildings, it’s only 4-feet across at its widest point, and a panic attack-inducing 28-inches at its narrowest. The terrifying marvel of engineering came to be after Polish architect Jakub Szczesny walked by what he calls an “appealing cushion of air” between two buildings and decided it would be the perfect spot for a home. The building process was plagued by logistical nightmares, but now that’s it’s finally finished, Szczesny says he’s ready to celebrate: “I’m going to get drunk for the first time in my life.” After looking at this photo, I think I’m going to join him.
What about you guys? Does the Keret House freak you out? Would you rather spend the night here or in a spacious haunted mansion? [NYT]
I have to say, the first time I set eyes on the Sleep Suit, I knew I had to have it. A Snuggie-like suit that enabled me to fall asleep anywhere? Yes, please! Usually, if you go to sleep, you do it at home, at night, in your bed. Not so with the Sleep Suit! It’s made of stiff, pleated, shock-absorbent EVA foam, which means you can abruptly pass out just about anywhere — at your desk, on a hillside, in a stairwell — and, voilà, you are your own bed! It’s like a cocoon for the nap-happy. I want one stat, dammit. I’ve got some sleeping-in-public to do. [Blogitecture] Keep reading »
Tired of walking past buildings when you’d rather wear one? Joshua DeMonte steals architectural elements to create totally out-there accessories. A banister winds around a wrist. A staircase adorns a neck. A curtain-billowing window becomes a bracelet. Surely not for the fashionably shy, one imagines how long it’ll be before we see Lady Gaga wearing one of these creations. [NOTCOT] Keep reading »
Have I seen too many vaginas, or does this pink-hued escalator in the world’s first ever Barbie flagship store in Shanghai look a hell of a lot like a hooha? I mean, really. The recently completed Barbie-themed Mattel store in Shanghai, China, was designed by Slade Architecture. At a whopping 35,000 square feet, the Barbie palace “holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Barbie dolls and licensed Barbie products, as well as a range of services and activities for Barbie fans and their families,” in which, per Mattel’s request, “Barbie is hero.” Um, you go, girl? The exterior is minimalist futurist, and the interior is slick pop with its Barbie-embedded walls, spaceship cosmetics counter, and a high-tech area where you can design your own Barbie doll. Still, that escalator is its most striking feature, IMO. What do you think of it: pretty people mover or totes cooter? [ArchDaily] Keep reading »
Nothing says, “Hey, let’s write a sex story,” like a slow economy. The New York Times weighs in with a report on adult shops that indicates sex toy sales are on the rise. Adult toy retailers say vibrator sales are up as much as 50 percent. Why? According to Babeland founder Claire Cavanah, “People are looking for stress relief and a little connection.” Over at the Huffington Post, Mike Alvear, host of HBO’s “The Sex Inspectors,” predicts 2009 sex trends: 1) more sex, 2) more porn, 3) cheaper sex, 4) more high-tech sex, and 5) more online sex. And having listed the world’s most phallic monuments, Listicles lists the world’s most yonic monuments, from the womb-like to the architecturally vaginal. [New York Times, HuffPo, Listicles] Keep reading »