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We are once again at the end of one year and on the cusp of a new one. While this is a time for friends, family, and fun, we also find ourselves seeking peace, reflection, and renewal. And we can’t think of a place we’d rather pass that introspective time than in this exquisite sauna overlooking Canada’s Georgian Bay. The 800 square foot Grotto Sauna is a marvel of both natural beauty and interior design, and blends in perfectly with the rocky cliffs that surround it. It was thoughtfully designed by PARTISANS as a commission for an Ontario private residence.

While we certainly can’t all be so fortunate to have a place like this of our own, we hope that at some point during this hectic time of year you are able to find a peaceful place, and take a moment for yourself.

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Source: Freshome

 

It’s no secret that we love little things. But baby bonsai? Too cute, too tiny, too perfect.

Colossal introduced us to a new trend in the Japanese art form known as bonsai—cho-mini bonsai, or ultra-small bonsai. Each cho-mini plant measures less than an inch.

Is it summer yet? If Poppytalk is any indication, yes. (Or close enough.)

She recently featured Australian design firm Lumiere Art + Co. Lush, saturated hues are splashed across “Terrazzo” their latest collection of table linens.

Of course, being in Australia, it’s their autumn/winter collection. If only all the seasons were as sunny.

Images: © Lumiere Art + Co

Swiss artist Zimoun recently debuted a kinetic artwork installation at the Museo de’Arte Lugano. The mesmerizing display features large fans that blow packaging peanuts across the room in gusts and waves. 

Bookmark for your next mid-day meditation.

Source: Colossal

Video and images: © Zimoun

Designed by London-based Simon Stevens for Finnish company Magisso, this collection of ceramic drinkware keeps beverages chilled for hours using the natural power of evaporation.

All you have to do is soak the vessels in water for a few minutes. You can also use the surface like a chalkboard, and write a personal message. All in all, pretty cool.

(Watch a video showing the process here.)

Photos: Magisso

The simple act of removing our shoes has reshaped the consideration for our space.”

Katherine Sacks, an American expat living in Germany, quickly discovered a unique custom in her adopted city of Berlin. When returning home, most people open their windows for a few moments to let in the frischluft (a stream of fresh air) and remove their shoes to slip on their hausschuhe (house shoes).

Over time, Katherine realized that by wearing her hausschuhe, she not only took better care of her space, but that she felt a significant and meaningful separation between “home” and the outside world.

In the end, a shoeless house became a happier home.

Read more from Katherine’s essay for Kinfolk magazine here.

Photo: Maja Norrman for Kinfolk 

If the world was a popularity contest, France would be winning! According to this infographic created by MoveHub, France has surpassed the United States as the most visited country in the world with 81,400,000 annual visitors. Rounding out the top 10 is, in order, China, Spain, Italy, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Russian Federation, and Malaysia.

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Source: MoveHub