If you have ever shipped mass quantities of products worldwide, it’s likely that you’ve worked with a packing solutions company. Experts in cardboard, foam and other packing products, these companies work with clients to make sure your beautifully designed product reaches the hands of consumers in one piece. “It’s like the walls of a house in a tornado,” explains Mike Martinez, Director of Consulting Services at Ernest Packaging Solutions, based near Los Angeles. “We protect your contents from the outside elements.”
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Lebanon-based BLANKPAGE is a collaborative design studio whose works seeks just that – the blooming of each project from a blank page. Jutting westward into the Mediterranean like the gnomon of a sundial, the Amchit Residence cuts an imaginative, dramatic stance amidst the olive and juniper scrub of the Lebanese coastline.
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The latest project from São Paolo based design studio Arthur Casas, Casa (house) AL is another perfect example of the team’s intimate connection to horizontal scale. Built in Joa, in the hills outside of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the three-floor home is fully integrated with its natural surroundings due to the choice of materials. But best of all, it has a very unexpected ocean view that is second to none.
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The view of the Pacific terrain is preserved, even facilitated, throughout Studio MK27’s and 57STUDIO’s collaborative, modern house Casa Rocas in Chile’s Valparaíso Region. Sitting on a stony hillside that gently slopes into the sea, the house has been fashioned by lead architect Marcio Kogan into a drawer-like design that renders it into horizontal boxes and trays that “slide” into the hillside, creating multiple levels from which the magnificent view can be taken in.
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With hotel conversions in historic sites often ending up being rather soulless, the balance struck between modern-day tastes and needs, as well as history, is just right at the Fontevraud Abbey’s new hotel. Designed by architect duo Jouin Manku, aka Patrick Jouin & Sanjit Manku, the soothing and sleek design leaves room for the historically charged interiors of one of the vastest monastic sites from the Middle Ages, to continue be the focal point of every space.
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Collaborateur régulier de Vogue Paris, le photographe Glen Luchford vient d’ouvrir les portes de son tout premier hôtel, The Rose Hotel. A mi-chemin entre la guest house de luxe et la planque de surfeurs design, les yeux regardant l’Océan, le lieu donne simplement envie d’y traîner ses espadrilles. Revue en images et rencontre avec ce propriétaire par comme les autres.
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US clothing and footwear brand Vans has transformed the Old Vic Tunnels at London Waterloo into an indoor skate park and arts venue with gallery, cinema, café and artist studios. We paid a visit ahead of the opening to take a look…
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On a marvelous place like a piece of earthly paradise, at Cádiz, we have built an infinite plane facing the infinite sea, the most radical house we have ever made. At the very edge of the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where the sea unites the new and the old continent, emerges a stone platform. At the place where all the ships from the Mediterranean used to pass and still pass by as they head off into the Atlantic.
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A grand, contemporary home has been built into a long, narrow plot in Madrid, Spain. The Green Roofed Labyrinth House by Estudio Entresitio, known officially as “# House # 1.130″, spans over 5,400 square feet of living space throughout stacked, terraced and green-roofed spaces. Its language is one of variance, where each space has its own unique appeal and constructive layout. It is a home created for a large family and their guests, one that stands out as a modern masterwork in urban environment of Madrid.
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Located in the northern side of the Cyclades, Tinos is the third largest island of island group. Well known as the “Island of Madonna”, Tinos is the greatest center of pilgrimage in Greece. Within its landscape of rugged, rocky hills lay more than 40 villages, like marble fragments of an ancient statue scattered across the hills. The island is famous for its unspoiled architecture, its picturesque villages and beautiful scenery.
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