For those with perpetual wanderlust, a new SF-based website, StyleVISA, can provide a temporary travel fix. The site features finds from France, Sweden, New Zealand, Japan, Africa, Mexico, Tunisia, Canada and across the US, ranging from home goods to skincare to accessories. Each product has a story and a complimentary Tumblr blog extends the StyleVISA trip via inspirational world photography.
Beautiful. Affordable. Sustainable. That was Laurie Furber's checklist when she sought to create a web company centered around interior design. Done, done, and done. Berkeley-based Greenhouse Design Studio is dedicated to shopping, learning, and organizing your green home. It's also a resource center and inspiration hub. All the while, a charming user experience makes you want to clean out your home and fill it back up with earth-friendly finds.
The editors behind 48 Hour Magazine, which launches its whirwind of a publishing experiment tomorrow, must have nerves of steel. The concept is this: the editors announce a theme for the issue and contributors (you can sign up to be one on their homeage) rev their engines and crank out content within a 24 hour window. The subsequent 24 hours are devoted to selecting pieces, editing, designing, printing and shipping the issue (in both online and print form). 48 Hour Magazine takes it one step further and aims to pay their contributors.
There's lots to "ooh" and "ahh" over in design magazines, but when you're not zoning in on potential DiY projects or stellar architectural details, the bigger picture can be a bit perplexing. How come everyone looks as angsty as an old rerun of the O.C.? Is life really so bleak inside those haute modern walls? Take a moment to dwell on the obsurdity of it all with new website Unhappy Hipsters.