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November 29 2014

Staircase in Hotel de Seze in Paris

Sales Pavilion in Ningbo, China by the One House.

Mirrored Cafe in Gifu, Japan by Band Design

Grotto Private Sauna in Toronto, Canada

Château de la Resle is a hotel is located in Montigny-la-Resle, France
 

Hotel Villa in Honegg in Switzerland

Pocket Watches


 

 

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July 21 2014

Finally, an ideal case for your iPhone 5. Not just stylish, but cool and practical as well! These cases are meticulously finished and made of durable leather look-alike material in crisp, solid colors.

The unbeatable practicality comes from the solid clip that locks the phone onto the case safely, the removable strap that keeps your hands free when not using the phone yet assures the phone is immediately handy at all times, the card slots for credit or hotel key cards, and the best part: you can take pictures and talk on the phone while the case is closed!


 
Just this case, your credit cards and you are ready for shopping and sight-seeing, theatre or movies.


 
The passport, credit-card, boarding pass and pen case in the same materials and styles is the perfect, cool accompaniment of the iPhone case. In fact, this will be your favourite globetrotting set from here on!

Happy travels from TCH! Buy here

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June 3 2014

Photographer - Eric Johansson

This is not a photograph - It's hand drawn with a pen by CJ Hendry for her upcoming IT Bag exhibition.

Flower paintings by Thomas Darnell

Marcel Marongiu designed pool - Mexico

Mirage House with an infinity pool forms the roof of this house designed as a concept by Athens studio Kois Associated Architects for the Greek island of Tinos.

Trou Normand Opens in San Francisco

Aman Canal Grande Hotel, Venice

Road to Como, Italy

Floral Installations by Rebecca Louise Law

Tree Trunk Kitchen by Werkhaus

A House in the Trees

Giusti Gardens, Verona, Italy

HALL Winery's new Winery & Tasting Room in Napa Valley designed by Signum Architecture.

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July 3 2013

Now that nobody prints hard-copy photos any more, Hamburg-based Twinkind would like to create a Little 3D You instead. A realistic, little you. Or your pet, or Mom.


 
A visit to their pop-up studio for a quick scan and then, after some technological wizardry that involves 3D printing and other newly developed techniques, you will be the owner of a little photorealistic sculpture anywhere from 15 to 35 centimeters (6 to 14 inches) tall and made of polymer plaster powder.
 
What makes Twinkind’s offering different from the other 3D printed sculptures currently available, is the speed of the initial scanning.


 
It used to take a long time (20 minutes in some cases) of standing (or sitting or whatever) very still to produce the detailed data needed for a realistic sculpture.
 
With Twinkind’s process, the scanning will take only a split second. And therefore, they can alter the results and rescan till you are happy with the image, and they can scan pets and kids and other objects that are not going to sit still for long. Prices, apparently, start from 225€ for the tiniest figurines.


 
Twinkind’s founders, Kristina Neurohr and Timo Schaedel, are experienced creatives. Neurohr is the co-owner of creative agency Lux von Morgen whereas Schaedel’s has developed commercials for international clients including Audi, Fiat and Panasonic. - Tuija Seipell.


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August 13 2012

When was the last time you did something for the first time?
 
When did you actually do what your first impulse, or that nagging, persistent feeling is asking you to do?
 
It is easier to stay where you are, do what you know about, be safe, not push. Take the same route, order the same meal, hang out with the same people, do the same job.
 
But if you do not constantly test your boundaries, you will never find out what you are capable of.
 
If you always go over where the bar is the lowest, you will never know how high you can jump.


                                                                                                                                   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
We say: Jump now!
 
NOW is the absolutely most perfect time to try those new things, to explore new cities, to taste new foods, to start a business, to write a book, to enter a marathon, to go skinny dipping, to start playing squash, to start a blog, to give that dinner party, to propose.
 
Now is the time to find out what you are here to do. How much can you do? What can you achieve?. How much fun can you have? How much can you give?
 
Now is the ideal time to experience your life. To LIVE your life. We all know this is not a rehearsal, yet we live as if it were.


 
And we are not talking about pushing so that you’d be approved by others. Or achieve their goals or what they think you should be achieving. Or pushing beyond your healthy or safe limits.
 
But we are talking about using all of your talents, skills and abilities now. Because now is all any one of us has. And because that is why we are on this earth. To live our own lives fully.


                                                                                                                                       (Pic/Thomas Hawk)

And when we do, we will find millions of new reasons to be grateful. We will find hundreds of ways to give more. We will find out how wonderful life is.

Pursue what you love. Passion is an incredible motivator. It fuels focus, resilience, and perseverance. - TCH Team

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April 19 2012

We will never tire of the positive effects of nature. Its calming, soothing and inspiring influence will never go out of style.

The more we rush, the more time we spend indoors staring at our screens and devices, the more urban our lifestyles become, the more we crave and need time away from it all.



It has been amazing to follow the newest solutions to the old dilemmas: How to bring more green space to cities; how to reclaim underused urban land for recreational and other "green" uses; how to provide more and more people the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of spending time in nature.



Lately, we have seen fantastic examples of how designers and architects, urban planners and citizens' organizations have accomplished both large and small-scale projects, from bringing a bit of greenery, and open space to otherwise bleak surroundings, to large-scale neighborhood-changing undertakings.



The most prominent of these large-scale projects in the past few years has probably been New York's Highline, the "park in the sky" that reclaimed a deemed-to-be-demolished industrial transportation structure for recreational and other uses.



It has been a massive project in all aspects of the word, and it has also become a poster-project whose publicity is helping other projects get off the ground. We hope it will continue to give citizens' organizations, city officials, designers and architects encouragement and inspiration as they tackle smaller projects, or even ones bigger than Highline.



We expect much more reclaiming of industrial and transportation lands, more green roofs, more natural features replacing concrete and asphalt, more walking and hiking paths, more waterways for recreational use, more spectacular viewing areas, more urban sanctuaries, more trees.



Getting back to nature is not a new phenomenon. For hundreds of years, wealthy city dwellers have travelled to summer residences and summer resorts, and withdrawn to their cottages and lakeside retreats. They've enjoyed fresh air in their gardens and hunting estates.



Of course, the need for recreational options has escalated since the industrial revolution. People, even ordinary citizens, now needed a place to catch their breath. They lived in more and more urban environments and also had the previously unknown luxury of a few days off per month.

Children went to summer camps, adults went hiking and camping, entire families went on long drives in recreational vehicles. Tourism boomed and being in nature became the vogue thing to do. And it has remained so ever since.

As we seek balance in our hectic lives today, we see solutions outdoors. "Green space" in the widest sense of the word in cities and surrounding areas is beneficial from recreational, ecological, economical, social and health purposes, but mostly we love it because it is just plain beautiful.

We love gardens and parks, ponds and water features, playgrounds and sports fields, open plazas, avenues and boulevards. We want more of it because even the smallest green feature lifts our spirits, while the wide open spaces can change our lives. - Tuija Seipell



 

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April 10 2011

This is a promo video for Tempest Freerunning Academy in California. It is dedicated to the growth and spread of freerunning and parkour and has a special Super Mario Bros area so gym-goers can feel like they are in the game.

The song's called "Lights" by Ellie Goulding, it's the Bassnectar remix.

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April 4 2011

You'd think that imaginative packaging would be the norm in the beer category but we all know it's not. For some reason, it seems that breweries, beer marketers and their design agencies run completely out of creativity and courage when it comes to store-level, street-level packaging. Boring. Boring. Boring.



Putting a black boombox graphic on a white beer box may not be such a creative stretch for the Australian beer brand Lovell's Lager - or their agency Landor associates, Sydney, but it sure stands out in a delightful way! We love the retro wink to bygone times when having your music with you meant lugging a massive boombox. There's something decidedly macho, too, about carrying this thing. And it got us talking - and we haven't even tasted the beer yet! - Bill Tikos

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March 28 2011

Some people dream of success, others make it happen. Of course, you can dream as much as you like but waiting for things to happen gets you nowhere. Get active and start making things happen.
 
Whatever journey your path takes you on, the most important thing is to have passion in what you do.
 
How many of you went to college, got your degree, and ended up doing something totally unrelated to your major? Studying it did not make you passionate about it. It wasn’t your path.
 
Education or even talent aren’t worth much without passion. So do the stuff that you love and you've always wanted to do because without it, you'll feel stuck and unfulfilled. If you work in a bank but your dream is to be a naturopath, then make those changes now. Make this year the turning point in your life. When you do what you love you will be rewarded — it will just flow naturally.
 
Look at those around you who just make things happen. They have a clear goal in mind and they know where they want to go. They don't always have a plan but they have the passion and the tenacity to make it work, and they achieve their goals as the end result.
 
Trust us when we tell you this. If something important to you, you WILL find a way. If it isn't, you'll find an excuse. It’s that simple. Find your way. Make it work, whatever it takes. Are you 10 kilos heavier than you should be? It is simple: Commit, go to that gym every day, no excuses, and train until you lose those 10  kilos. When you accomplish this, you'll have the confidence to do more. Set a goal and make it happen.
 
Want to stop smoking? Stop making excuses, take control of your circumstances before they take control of you.
 
Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life, it's about what you inspire others to do and when you do accomplish something as simple as quitting smoking or losing weight, you'll inspire others to do the same. Anyone can change the world, and everybody should try. And it all starts with your own life.
 
Stop waiting for the perfect time to do what you want to do. Do it now.
 
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so get used to being uncomfortable. It won’t kill you. Do you need a sign? Here it is: - Bill Tikos


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