about stepping aboard a completely bonkers, $4.6 million floating home/private island concept that "combine all the positive aspects of mainland real estate and luxury yachts." Due for an official unveiling next year, self-sustaining Orsos Islands
come equipped with extensive solar paneling, wind turbines, a seawater filtration system, and enough super-luxurious interior space to sleep 12 well-heeled seafarers. No word on any sort of pirate defense system. That's a rendering of an Orsos Island pictured above.
The Los Angeles Times gets an eyeful
of Vision House Los Angeles
, a swank and sustainable demonstration home in Pacific Palisades. Says designer of Jill Wolff
of the eco-luxurious abode: "I want people who view this house to come away with a feeling of surprise about its comfort, coziness and warmth. I want them to see that sustainable design really can be comfortable, and that if they’re clever, they can use their creativity to make their own home more sustainable."
sage pun-master Umbra Fisk to answer a burning question: "What’s up with those ‘DO NOT EAT’ packets in shoeboxes and pill bottles?"
Design Milk admires
the indoor greenery with a roundup the best outdoor living goodies — garden boxes galore! — spotted at last weekend's Dwell on Design show at the LA Convention Center.
The New York Times devotes
three (online) pages to the luxury doghouse trend. A choice quote comes from Glenna Hall a retired interior designer, who along with her husband, bought their whippet-borzoi mix a $300 Palladian-style retreat complete with Jeffersonian columns: "We bought the house because it looks a lot like our house. Maggie’s never been in it. She’s a house dog.”
into the deeper meaning behind Mattel's Architect Barbie
in a great piece from Alexandra Lange. Writes Lange: "Architect Barbie and other gender-specific toys — pastel LEGOs, Lincoln Logs’ pink-accented Little Prairie Farmhouse — narrow girls’ play to what manufacturers think they already like: playing house, not building one. To become an architect after playing with the Barbie, I thought, would be like choosing the profession because you like the glasses."
the lovely, recently completed LEED Platinum abode of journalist and erstwhile "The View" co-host Lisa Ling and her husband, Dr. Paul Song. Dubbed PUNCHouse 234
, the home is the first zero-emissions residence in Santa Monica. Remarks architect Marco DiMaccio of the building process: "To deal with contractors to get this to happen a certain way is the most challenging. It takes an extra level of energy to monitor [contractors], especially those drawn to the glamour of constructing a celebrity home. The details are always a challenge."