The Dragon House By GilBartolome Architects ($NFS) shows what can be done with a little ingenuity. The home was commissioned by a young couple who had a difficult plot with amazing views. They wanted the home built on the side of a hill with a 42-degree incline with all of the living areas facing the sea. Add a tight budget to the mix and the Architects have their hands full.The form of the house combined with the metallic roof produces the feel of dragon skin when seen from below and waves when seen from above.The house features two floors: a terraced living area with an outdoor swimming pool and a second floor which contains the main sleeping areas.Because of the high unemployment rate in Spain, the owners wanted to use craftsmanship and local labor instead of using machine-made construction systems. The most complex systems in the house, which include the metal formwork, the concrete structure, the tiles, and the interior furniture all used manual labor.Because the house is set into the ground, it maintains a constant 67-degrees year round. Additional building features and construction methods enable the house to operate without any form of heating or cooling during the year.[gallery type="rectangular" ids="22833,22832,22831,22830,22829,22828,22827,22835,22834"]
An updated Google Nexus 7 ($229) will be released on July 30th and based on the specs it looks like the decision on what tablet to get just got a little bit harder. The updated Nexus 7 comes with a 7" screen, a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, 2GB or RAM, Android 4.3, and storage options of 16 and 32GB. Outside of giving an inch away in screen size to the iPad Mini, the Nexus bests the Mini in almost every other category. Its two major advantages are screen resolution and $100 savings on base models. Expect the Nexus to give the Mini and the Galaxy Tab 3 a run for their money.
If I could use one word to describe the Nike Air Max 95 (Black & Dark Citron) ($192), it would be 'TIGHT'. These new Air Max 95 trainers are being offered exclusively by JD out of the UK and feature the classic wavy side wall. The uppers are made from mesh and synthetic materials. The colorway starts of black and gradually steps down to a light grey. While the dark Citron perfectly accents the swoosh, the lace loops, and the air cell in the heel.
The Filson Large Leather Tote ($985) is a beautifully designed U.S.A. made tote. The bag is made from Chicago-tanned leather and is versatile enough (19"W x 17.5"H x 7"D) to handle the office or a long weekend. Features include a tin cloth flap with three closure snaps, bridle leather shoulder strap and handles with a 2-snap handle grip.
Ever get mad because you missed a shot that was just off frame? Or shot a panorama with your phone that ended up distorted? The Bublcam 360-Degree Camera ($430) allows you to capture clean 360-degree 14 megapixel photos and shoot beautiful HD 1080P video at 15fps and 720p at 30fps. Bubl's tetrahedral design makes sure there are no blind spots so you can capture amazing images every time. It also features wireless streaming, a MicroSD slot, and MP3 audio. Check out this [video_lightbox_vimeo5 video_id= 78130259# width=640 height=480 anchor=video] of the Bublcam in action.
Trickers and End Hunting Co. have come together to create some beautifully crafted Stow Brogue boots. The Tricker's x End Hunting Co Stow Brogue Boots ($500) are handmade in England and are available in extremely limited quantities. The boots have premium Cavalier leather uppers, contrasting Dainite soles,good year welted soles and brass eyelets. Three colorways are available; Nastor & Vermillion Orange, Navy Aniline & Empire Yellow (pictured), and Acorn Antique & Methyl Blue.