Philip Jodidio, one of the world’s most popular writers on the subject of architecture, has written a fantastic new book, Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air. Preview it… Read More
There’s been a lot of virtual chatter about the the hidden rooftop houses of New York City, a fascinating brand of creative resourcefulness that would make great fodder for a sequel to The World Beneath the City, a 1959 book that contains passages describing the alligators and other discarded pets rumored to roam the dark labyrinth of sewers and tunnels on which our city is built.
Rooftop architecture is the enchanting, dreamy counterpart to the world below and it’s a design solution that is as practical as it is delightful. After all, in today’s increasingly crowded and overbuilt cities, there is nowhere to go but up. Proof that topping up doesn’t have to be in the form of an obscenely tall, terrifyingly austere skyscraper, click through to check out our favorite rooftop projects from around the world, including some of New York’s high up hidden houses. Let us know in the comments what you think about building on top of other buildings. Is it the way of the future? … Read More
We here at Flavorpill have spent a ton of time looking at tiny houses, cabin porn, bunkie retreats, and gypsy wagons. What can we say, understanding how to live simply in small spaces is the glorious plight of the creative young professional trying to make a home in the modern world. Enter our latest obsession: bubbletecture.
First introduced back in the sixties by Ant Farm, the wonderfully wacky experimental design collective most known for the ten Cadillacs that they buried nose down in a wheat field in Texas, their early explorations of air and plastic culminated in a seminal DIY manual, Inflatocookbook, that offered instructions for making cheap inflatables at home using recycled polyethylene, tape, and used fans from Goodwill. Incorporating some of their homegrown recipes for making a blow-up building of your very own, click through to check out our look at bubbletecture past and present. We want know — could you live in a bubble? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below! … Read More
Our ears are still buzzing from last night’s fireworks spectacular, and we can’t help but feel a little sentimental about our great nation’s reverence for picnics, parades and Ball Park® Franks all in the name of hard-earned freedom and independence. Nothing says freedom like a floating, seafaring lifestyle, so in honor of the ten best things ever added to the United States Constitution, we’ve rounded up houseboats for every style. Whether you’re a diehard modern minimalist or a bohemian thrift store bargain hunter, click through to find your ticket to free living. Then, let us know in the comments what you’d want in a houseboat. … Read More
We know no man is an island, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t love to live on one. After spotting these adorable tiny houses on tiny islands over on one of our favorite niche design blogs, we got to thinking. These humble little houses make our far-fetched dream of having an island of our very own decidedly more conceivable. With that, we’ve decided to champion the island house for every man now that we know you don’t have to be Johnny Depp to live on your own private island.
From the tiny bunkie retreats of the Thousand Islands to a stunning remote artist’s studio reachable only by boat to an island house with its own suspension bridge, click through to check out our roundup of island dwellings that have us dreaming of simple living, Gilligan’s Island-style. Then, tell us about your own private island fantasy in the comments below. … Read More
Scotland has produced some of the most enduring cultural wonders of the last century including Sir Sean Connery, Annie Lennox, David Byrne, the television and a fictional media darling of a monster that was supposedly seen fourteen years ago. To honor our favorite skirt-wearing nation, we thought we’d shed some light on another fabulous Scottish endowment: the quaint and exceedingly cozy guest house.
Not to be confused with it’s wealthier cousin, the country house, the guest house is to Scotland what the Bed & Breakfast is to New England. Much less awkwardly intimate, Scottish guest houses are often separate and self-sufficient. And, exceptionally charming. After spotting a restored 1956 fire truck turned guest house complete with wood-burning stove and fully equipped kitchen, we couldn’t help but wonder what other unlikely and enchanting guest houses sit nestled in the Scottish Highlands and beyond.
From a modern shipping container retreat to a spare room you can hang from a tree to a canvas yurt with a grand Victorian bed and your very own truck wheel barbecue, click through to check out our offbeat roundup of the most beguiling freestanding abodes perfectly suited to receiving nosy house guests and meddlesome in-laws. … Read More
The travel trailer has come a long way since Wally Byam began making them out of masonite in his backyard in Los Angeles during the late 1920s. Inspired by his time spent working as a shepherd and living out of a “two-wheeled cart outfitted with a kerosene cook stove, a sleeping bag, and wash pail,” Wally – a man way ahead of his time – went from self-publishing a DIY magazine with articles on building a modern travel trailer to owning the Airstream Trailer Co.
Wally’s last trailer was his most extraordinary: a trailer sheathed in gold anodized aluminum “outfitted for high adventure in Africa and beyond.” We think he’d be proud to know that passionate nomads continue to push the limits of his iconic design. From Ralph Lauren’s stunningly appointed Adirondack-inspired version in Telluride, Colorado to El Cosmico, Liz Lambert’s modern collection of travel trailers in Marfa, Texas celebrating an “exodus from a world of urgency”, to the Magnolia Pearl, a luxe bohemian mobile shop complete with a freestanding salvaged galvanized bathtub, click through to check out our roundup of the most inspired travel trailer renovations out there today. … Read More
Sometimes we just need to get away from it all. Away from the computer. Away from the city. Away from modern life as we know it. Enter our newest tiny house obsession: the gypsy caravan. Like so many things that originated in the French countryside, it’s the perfect design solution for the urban doldrums. Complete with birdcages, crocheted curtains, wood-fired stoves and Art Nouveau details, these tiny homes on wheels will have you contemplating trading in your skinny jeans for a prairie skirt and a violin.
Researching exactly how we’re going to work one of these colorful conduits to a more romantic life into our postmodern existence, we came across the Gypsy Caravan Company headquartered in rural England. The founders explain that these enchanting mobile dwellings “can be used as a spare bedroom, a garden study, a hobby room, an artist’s studio, a writer’s retreat, a wildlife hide, a child’s gypsy caravan playhouse, a focal point for camp fires or barbecues, a romantic hideaway or simply somewhere to take a glass of wine and a good book.” Fun fact: Roald Dahl, Madonna, Billy Connolly and the Duchess of Bedfordshire have all been proud owners of one of these inspiring little hide-aways.
Click through to see some of the most whimsical and inspiring bohemian wagons out there today. Let us know in the comments if you could trade in your urban existence for a meadow hopping life in one of these romantic gems. … Read More