I saw this on Inhabitat recently and thought this was brilliantly innovative. These Solar Lily Pads, inspired by nature, involve placing large solar panel discs on the surface of the River Clyde. The “lily pad” discs were created by ZM Architecture to aesthetically blend into the river ecology in Glasgow, Scotland.
The solar lily pads are equipped with an integrated motor and sensor which allows the discs to rotate toward the sun. The solar lily pads would therefore receive maximum exposure to the sun’s rays.
The energy generated from the solar lily pads would be transferred to the city’s main grid. Additionally, the plan could potentially be a catalyst for increased urban development and tourism. The proposal has been submitted to the Glasgow City Council for a trial project.
I just flipped through the June issue of Metropolitan Home, when I landed on this page stopper. Number 49 on the Design 100 list was none other than Hotel Le BelleChasse. This immaculate hotel is located blocks from the Musee d’Orsay. The decor is seemlingly straight out of a Tim Burton movie. Fashion designer, Christian LaCroix, has created such a striking and diverse palette of imagery with antiques, contemporary art, playing cards, and Renaissance architecture. The colors, angles, textures, and styles are blended seamlessly to form a visual tour de force.
Who really thinks of incorporating insects and geometric shapes on wall paper? It works.
Beautiful pinks, blacks, and whites are taken straight from Lacroix’s apparel fashion world.
There are so many rich visuals going on, yet there is an underlying calm to the room.
Clean, modern aesthetics combined with a Bohemian feel.
Gorgeous, velvet tufted chairs in the lobby.
I had to look twice to make sure the lush visuals were actually real! The mix and match dining chairs should be more utilized in the home decor world.
The illustrations do a wonderful job in capturing the exaggerated beauty of the hotel.
I’m pretty happy driving my Toyota Prius. Of course, my perspective is not of one that is a “car aficionado.” Hybrid cars are becoming a much more relevant topic, especially due to higher gas prices and greater concerns for the environment. I tell people all the time that they should consider going with a hybrid, but the main objection I usually get is either price, style, and/or driving muscle. Well, Inhabitat has posted their “Top 5 Sexiest Sustainable Sports Cars”. I can’t say that these green machines address the price issue. But the cars are definitely stylish, and they’ll be able to get you some speeding tickets.
Julianne Moore is a pretty good actor! Her body of work is quite diverse and highly acclaimed with four Oscar nominations to prove it. But her most unexpected role might just be “Interior Decorator”. She’s been featured in this month’s Domino magazine. It highlights her working with a very modest $15,000 budget (at least for celebrity).
Before and After: Adding punches of color transforms the room from boring to chic.
Amazing what blue flooring can do for a space. Adding books always helps.
For some reason, everything becomes a little more glamorous with fur.
When your acting career consists of over 50 movie roles, you’d be smiling too!