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Opposing magnates allow the speaker to levitate above its base.

Wireless Speaker That Levitates

In a marketplace crowded with wireless speakers, the Om/One has a design edge that makes it stand out. The latest product from Oakland-based Om Audio is a Bluetooth-enabled speaker built into a lightweight levitating orb. Opposing magnets allow the speaker to hover gently over a discrete base while it plays audio. And although presentation is the Om/One's main appeal, its 1100-decibal output makes it more powerful than many of its competitors Available for pre-order for $199. (Read about more modern speakers here.)
October 23, 2014
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Ceramics Artist to Know: Matthias Kaiser

Vienna-based potter Matthias Kaiser blends Japanese ceramics technique with quirky modernism.
October 23, 2014
Concrete facade of three level, one-man sauna.

Inside This Modern Tower Is an Idyllic One-Man Sauna

Münster-based firm Modulorbeat recently built a one-man sauna on an abandoned steel factory site as part of a year-long festival exploring the economic uncertainty of the region surrounding Bochum, Germany, a former industrial hotbed. The 25-foot-high tower is made from stacked precast concrete units. With three floors and a lounge deck, the compact unit includes a plunge pool, a sauna, and what the firm calls a relaxation room on the top, offering a stunning view of the sky.
October 23, 2014

Minimal Home Recreates Nature in the Heart of Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s de Pijp neighborhood, which means “the pipe,” gets its name from the low, narrow homes that dot the area. When architect Jaspar Jansen and his colleagues at i29 Interior Architects were commissioned to renovate a former garage in the central part of town, he sought to bring the outdoors in with natural finishes and colors.
October 23, 2014
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Pitched-Roof Family Home on an Amsterdam Canal

A family’s house outside the hustle of Amsterdam makes the most of local materials and forms.
October 23, 2014
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A Modern Show House in Lima, Peru

Tom Dixon helps transform an aging mansion as part of the Casa Cor Peru design event.
October 22, 2014
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A Look Inside the United Nations' Restored Security Council Chamber

The chamber, originally a gift of Norway, is revived as part of a $2.1 billion overhaul of the U.N. complex.
October 22, 2014

Modern Designs from the Philippines

Twice a year, the Manila FAME design show highlights locally produced furniture, lighting, and products. In the Philippines, wood and rattan or textile weaving are prevalent, and many local designers use those materials to offer updated takes on modern silhouettes. Click through the slideshow for a few of our favorite picks from the show and beyond.
October 22, 2014
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Victorian Home in London Gets a Modern Office Addition

Inspired by the aperture of a camera, an angular home expansion brings focus to a new live/work space.
October 22, 2014
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