Summer Vacation: Links For Lazy, Hazy Days

Summer Vacation: Links For Lazy, Hazy Days
Design

Summer living by design, from around the world and web

Isabella Alimonti
  • 15 june 2017

Summer, now very officially in the air, never ceases to lift our spirits. We chose a few products, projects and stories to help you make the most of it—even if today’s excursion is just your mind wandering from your desk.

MUJI HUT

MUJI, that ever-enchanting purveyor of Japanese design, is now making pre-fab tiny houses to serve as the quintessential minimalist vacation home. The MUJI Hut boasts elegant features including a slanted roof, stained black cedar exterior and large sliding glass door. The cabins will be available later this summer only in Japan for ¥3,000,000 ($27,320), which covers the cost of materials and a construction contractor’s service. The rest of us will be left to dream of settling our own on a beachside plateau.

ATLAS OBSCURA GEOLOCATION

Atlas Obscura amassed a large following as the definitive online guide to the weird wonders of the world. In addition to its articles on little-known histories and oddity-filled daily newsletters, the mobile site offers easy access to adventure: one tap of the green location button at the top of the homepage will point you to nearby attractions, ranked by their distance from you. For example, one block away from PSFK HQ, you can see the Jean-Michel Basquiat Commemorative Plaque, which marks the loft where the iconic artist lived and worked in the 80s (Andy Warhol was his landlord). It’s an endlessly fun and fascinating tool to enrich your travels, whether you’re wandering through Paris or small-town New Hampshire. Highlights around the world include a palace-like structure built of living trees in Auerstedt, Germany and the wacky ‘Dr. Seuss’ house in Wasilla, Alaska.

POLLUTED WATER POPSICLES

Art students in Taiwan made the least appetizing popsicles ever, using water—and the junk humans have dumped in it—from 100 nearby sources. We covered the project on PSFK earlier this week. While we enjoy some time by oceans, lakes and rivers this summer, these images are sure to stick with us, a reminder to be appreciative and protective of our planet. The polluted popsicle concept shows just how effective visual design can be in making large-scale problems like water pollution and climate change easy to grasp.

MORE LINKS WE LIKE

EFFEKT architecture studio unveiled plans for a spiraling treetop walkway in Denmark (via Dezeen)

TED made a playlist of talks to watch “When school’s out for the summer”

Ceros posted a 360 guide to the secret gardens of Manhattan (best on mobile)

Summer, now very officially in the air, never ceases to lift our spirits. We chose a few products, projects and stories to help you make the most of it—even if today’s excursion is just your mind wandering from your desk.

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