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Hydro Floors

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Personal indoor pools will always be at the lap of luxury, but Hydrofloors will take it to the next level.

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The pool pimps at Hydrofloor designed a ‘walk on pool.’ Not like walk on water, but a the floor actually sinks down and fills with water at the touch of a button.  Hello future, technology, you are so nice to us sometimes… In effect you can go from dance party to pool party in less than an hour. Not too shabby.

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And the nice thing is, when you aren’t using the pool it blends in with the rest of the floor, making it virtually unnoticeable.

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The “nearly invisible” system can be adjustable to whatever water level you like, you want a wading pool, done. A swimming pool, done. You can even adjust different parts of the pool to different heights, shallow end for the kiddies and deep end for the adults. Just be sure that after you elevate it, you give it some time to dry out before you break out your dancing shoes…

-Tim Morse

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Banksy releases Film, opens Gallery

International renegade and guerilla graffiti artist, Banksy is back, and in his prime.

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To help promote his new film ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop,’ originally titled ‘How To Sell Sh*t to C**ts,’ Banksy created a gritty, underground Pop-Up Cinema, where he can not only display his famous stencil art, but also his physical art and the film.

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The film, shot by French filmmaker Thierry Guetta, documents Banksy going about the world as he does his art.

It received mixed reviews at Sundance, some critics described it as a mockumentary, believing none of it to be real, while others said it was a real and honest film.

In keeping with being real and honest, Bansky’s theatre is a filthy, underground shrine is a 150-seat theatre located under the Waterloo train station in London, that has been dubbed ‘The Lambeth Palace.’ Now, Banksy is back on the streets and now underneath them as well.

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Despite being rather eerie the dwelling being almost decrepit, the film sold out immediately after tickets were released. Shows are scheduled only until March 4, 2010, talk about a limited release!

To promote the film even further Banksy shot a video that will appear on various websites showing him doing a classic stencil piece: spray painting a monkey holding a movie clapper in front of a back alley security camera.

Banksy has been a staple in the art world for not only his work, but the political statements that go along with it: everything from painting KKK members being hung in Birmingham to painting ladders on the separation wall at West Bank.

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So, Banksy has a new film, new theatre/gallery, what’s next?

“I was planning on making some huge paintings about sleepwalking our way towards the apocalypse, but I ended up going to the pub and getting some crisps,” said Banksy to London’s Times Online.

Here’s the trailer
– Tim Morse

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Function vs. Desgin in shoes

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Ladies love them. Men invented them. It’s the high heel. Usually when we talk about shoes we talk about colour, material and height but this time its all about structure. Tea Petrovic has designed a collection shoes based on the sculptor Russian Naum Gabo and Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
 

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The proof is definitely in the pudding, as her designs have the essence of each shoe being a sculptural- architectural form.
 

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Each shoe was based strictly on the high heel. The design of the heel determined the form of the shoe.

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Petrovic see’s the empty space between the woman’s heel and floor and she is determined to fill it…creatively of course.

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Now don’t go getting your hopes up ladies the idea of function is second to design so they are not to be worn.
 

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These puppies are absolutely breathtaking. Either way function or just design these shoes are tantalizing for all eyes to witness.

-Melissa S. Robinson

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Spaghetti Building

It looks as though someone spilt a box of spaghetti onto this building. You’ve even got your veggies thanks to the rooftop garden. Luckily, the building’s frame is actually made out of aluminum, so no amount of boiling water will turn this into mush.

Image from: archdaily.com

Apparently, the reason for the mesh exterior is to hide office clutter from being seen from the outside. It’s also a nifty way to diffuse natural light without having to tint the windows or use ugly plastic blinds.

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The building, named “Manny”, was designed by Tétrarc and can be found behind the courthouse in Nantes, France. It will host conferences, exhibits, and other arty events, and will also provide office space for architecture and creative arts businesses.

Working here, you might start craving Nonna’s Pasta Bolognese.

-Otiena Ellwand

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Phoenix Island

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Introducing Phoenix Island— a man-made, luxury island to be created by MAD Architects. The site will be home to some and a coveted vacation destination for many.

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Located in the centre of Sanya City, Hainan province, China, the exclusive island will have a seven-star hotel, five-boutique apartments, a yacht club house, shopping high streets and a harbour for international passenger boats. Sounds a little Dubai to us.

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Don’t try to make reservations yet— construction is due to finish in 2014. But from what we can tell, it looks like it’ll be worth the wait.

-Melissa S. Robinson

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Spa of the sea

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Spa getaways are usually connected to buildings filed with aroma therapy, hot stone messages and facial. They are a woman’s oasis. Imagine getting that spa treatment in a more interesting place…like, say, a boat.

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Architect Sami Rintala has introduced the spa boat in Norway. The boat contains wood clad interior featuring a Turkish Hammam, Zen lounge with fireplace and a sauna with panoramic views of the sea, not too bad, not too bad at all.

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The Scandinavian vessel attributes don’t stop there, there is a hot tub is designed for mid winter lounging on deck and  for the more adventurous a high dive board

Can it get any better? Yes! Lastly, when spa-ing on this boat you have access to myriad of professional chefs ready to make you taste buds dance with delight.

This luxury spa located in the city of Tromso and has only been around for a year. The only question is why didn’t this brilliant idea come any sooner?

-Melissa S. Robinson

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