Studio Rope Turns Dust From Stone Processing Into Pottery Glazes

Hiroyuki Morita established Studio Rope in 2017, while studying for his Master’s Degree at ECAL Switzerland. “Design connects many relationships in our own life, in the same way as rope makes a knot,” he says, explaining the studio’s core philosophy. He believes that design is as much about forming strong bonds and flexible partnerships with clients, craftsmen, makers and users as it is about creating objects. His Stone Pottery collection is just one example of this. By working in close collaboration with stone factories, he was able to turn their waste dust into a unique glaze that provides thermo-insulating and tactile properties to a porcelain coffee set.

Tell me a little bit about your childhood, education and background in terms of how you first became interested in creativity, design and sustainability.

I was born in Shizuoka, Japan. My hometown was rich in nature and I spent a lot of time … Read the rest

How to Prevent Asphalt Destruction

Whether you are a commercial and residential property owner, keeping it in a good condition is very essential. And, one of the best ways to keep your property in a good condition, and also improve its value is by installing an asphalt driveway or parking lot.

Asphalt, as a paving option, comes with numerous benefits, when compared to other paving options. Thus, if you are searching for a paving option, consider choosing asphalt—thanks to its durability and pocket-friendly installation costs. Other benefits of using asphalt as a paving option include:

  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Lasts long under different weather conditions
  • Durable and easy to repair
  • Faster installation time
  • Suitable for different traffic

Driveways and parking lots handle a lot of vehicle and foot traffic, heavyweight loads, as well as extreme weather conditions. Thus, quality asphalt installation is essential for the durability and longevity of these surfaces.

There are other reasons … Read the rest

A Hotel-Like Apartment in Tel Aviv for the New Urban Lifestyle

With so many working from home and vacations out of reach for the time being, our residences are becoming a place we spend much of our time and because of that, our relationship with our spaces is evolving and requiring more flexibility and creativity. With that in mind, K.O.T Architects designed this apartment in Tel Aviv to be the “perfect home-base for the new urban lifestyle.”

The firm’s architect and interior designer, Kfir Galatia Azulay, chose to create a hotel-like apartment that perfectly balances “public and private, illuminated and shaded, transparent and concealed.” Inspired by poet Rupi Kaur’s quote, “I am not a hotel room. I am home”, Galatia Azulay designed the apartment, which is located in the Florentine neighborhood in a modernist residential building, to feel like a never-ending vacation for the young bachelor owner.

The original layout offered minimal natural light thanks to a series of enclosed rooms. … Read the rest

Best Plant Plans for Indoor Apartment

Your home can be outstanding when you incorporate a few things into your house. It is just an effective way of adding taste to nature around. As you drive through the area about, you’ll spot some of the plants useful for a home. But you don’t have to choose any other plant. Your apartment needs to be unique with the area around fresher than ever before. While the choice of items like bar carts, bookshelves is essential for your residence, it is vital to realize that plants, too, have a role to play in your apartment. Surprisingly, most people are not experts in the choice of plants for an apartment. This article explores some of the best indoor plants you can get for your residence.  You can always add the following indoor plants to your apartment and start reaping the benefits as soon as possible.

Snake Plant

The name comes … Read the rest

Natuzzi Furniture Reviews

Natuzzi Price, Durability, Delivery, Pros and Cons

Natuzzi Group is an Italian furniture company founded in 1959 by Pasquale Natuzzi, the group’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Group Stylist. Natuzzi is a manufacturer that creates sofas, armchairs, and living room accessories.  In addition to using third-party retailers, Natuzzi also has a number of showrooms around the globe. They are headquartered in Santeramo in Colle, Apulia, Italy.

Natuzzi Pros & Cons


  • Wide range of price points
  • Custom options
  • High-quality components
  • Warranty available


  • Extremely long shipping window
  • Higher price tag
  • Limited selection

How much are sofas and couches from Natuzzi?

Natuzzi Furniture offers a moderate selection of sofas, sectionals, loveseats, armchairs, and other living room accessories. Overall, the price for a Natuzzi sofa ranges from $1,300 to $15,000. On the lower end of the price range are smaller loveseat sofas, and on the higher end are over-sized and leather sectionals.… Read the rest

Friday Five with Alice Grandoit

With a practice centered around developing engaging community platforms, cultural researcher and designer Alice Grandoit works at the intersections of community engagement, education and urbanism. Over the past 12 years, she’s worked with organizations to build awareness through strategic community partnerships, then reinforced these relationships through the creation and execution of memorable, physical touchpoints that serve as sites of mutual inspiration and exchange. Alice is the co-founder of Room for Magic, a collaborative design studio that works to bridge brands and communities, and Deem Journal, a new bi-annual print publication focused on design as a social practice.

Room for Magic is a collaborative design studio that works to bridge brands and communities to ensure the needs of all parties are prioritized, while conceptualizing and developing brand strategy, marketing and programming. It’s through this work that Deem Journal was created as a publication that uses dialogue as a tool … Read the rest

What Are Some Fast-Growing Trees For Your Backyard?

All of us are aware of the benefits of planting trees. But it can be difficult to choose the right trees for your backyard if you don’t possess the knowledge of their requirements and benefits. In a residential space, it’s best to opt for fast-growing, all-season trees that provide you with more than just cool shades. Let’s give you a deeper insight into the various kinds of trees you can plant in your backyard to enjoy their benefits throughout the year.

Dogwood trees

Although these trees attain a full bloom during spring with their red, pink, and white blossoms, they remain beautiful all year round displaying red foliage in the fall before shedding it off in winter. The decorative branches offer a majestic appearance during the cold season before making way for the spring flowers to cover it again completely. 

The blend of colors offered by these trees in spring … Read the rest

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Furniture Reviews

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Price, Durability, Delivery, Pros and Cons

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (a.k.a. MGBW) was created in 1989 by its namesake and a group of 23 other team members with a vision to make the world a more comfortable and stylish place. The company is headquartered in Taylorsville, North Carolina and today has a team of over 700 and retail locations in both the US and overseas.

MGBW Pros & Cons


  • Wide range of prices
  • Made the USA
  • In-store and online
  • Warranty available


  • Higher price point
  • Limited color options
  • Extremely long shipping window
  • No free shipping
  • Limited return window

How much are sofas and couches from MGBW?

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams offers a wide range of sofas, sectionals, loveseats, armchairs, and matching sets. They also offer a full selection of household furniture and home decor. Overall, the price for an MGBW sofa ranges … Read the rest

How To Design a Home with Your Health, Fitness + Happiness in Mind

There are lots of design books on the market that are great for serving up inspiration for creating beautiful, modern spaces in your own home but sometimes, they’re not very realistic, attainable, or even relatable. Finding the perfect antique dresser or just the right shade of white paint can be important but style and aesthetics alone won’t bring happiness into your home. Instead, it’ll be the behind-the-scenes elements that really matter, like the flow of a room, organization and storage, optimal lighting and incorporating smart technology. Thankfully a new book is coming to town that addresses all the above and more. Written by author Jamie Gold, a professional kitchen and bath designer and Mayo Clinic-certified wellness coach, Wellness By Design: A Room-By-Room Guide To Optimizing Your Home For Health, Fitness and Happiness will help you change how you feel in and about your home with functional, implementable tips that go … Read the rest

How to Choose the Best Flowers for Window Boxes

In addition to the decorative potted plants that grow inside the house, people like their home to be decorated with flowers on the outside as well. This primarily refers to windows and terraces, which should complement the look of the house or apartment.

The choice of flowers for window boxes is vast, but you should pay attention to several things before buying some.

Before you head to the florist or decide to buy flowers online in Dubai, make sure you know exactly how you wish your window boxes to look.

Now, let’s see what you should consider when choosing flowers for your window boxes.

Essential Factors to Consider When Buying Flowers for Window Boxes

Start by considering the following things:

1. Is your window or balcony on a sunny or shady side of the house/apartment?

2. What are the climate conditions you live in?

3. What is the window/balcony … Read the rest