Ecological Hotel: Bird Nest Cabin Perched in French Forest

In the middle of a 5,000 hectares forest in Lorraine, France, designer Matali Crasset has built four wild houses – including the Nichoir, or Bird Nest house. Billed as an “ecological hotel room” offering basic comforts – it is made from Acacia wood, Douglas Pine and galvanized steel. The surrounding area is called “Le Vent des Forets” (The Wind Forest) and consists of six small village communities, the designer’s group of four of these houses making up one village. Indoor and outdoor living merge together – the Bird … (read more)

What the purchase of Nest by Google means to you

What the purchase of Nest by Google means to you

Google is buying Nest Labs, a company that makes Internet-connected products for the home—combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms and thermostats that take note of your schedule and preferences and fine-tune your home’s climate accordingly. So Google gets a company that makes smart devices for the home; Nest receives a reported $ 3.2 billion in cash. But what does it mean for consumers?
 
“Nest’s privacy policy, so far, has been pretty good, but it’s something that definitely should be … (read more)

High-tech home gear for gadget gurus

High-tech home gear for gadget gurus

Pretty soon we’ll all be monitoring our homes from smart devices that enable us to turn lights on and off, adjust the heat, and start the washing machine or dryer. And then we can put up our feet and watch robots vacuum the floor and clean the windows. Robots and Wi-Fi enabled thermostats, lights, and light switches are just some of the smart appliances that Consumer Reports tested this year. And we have to admit, most of them were pretty cool. Perhaps just the … (read more)

High Back Lounge Chair by Autoban – Nest

Inspired by a decorative bird cage, the aptly named Nest Chair by Autoban is a little bit exotic, a little bit outdoors, and a lot contemporary comfort, inviting you to sit and stay a while. The high back and sides culminate with a rounded dome top, offering privacy but letting light permeate its vertical slats. This cozy cocoon comes padded with pillows, perfect for peaceful lounging in the living room, on the porch or on the deck. The chair comes in American black walnut, American white oak and lacquered finish, and measures 25 … (read more)