Steampunk aficionados and those looking to try something different can now enjoy a tipple at what's probably the world's first kinetic steampunk bar. Based in Transylvania, the Enigma Cafe is an impressively intricate work of interior design chock full of moving clocks, cogs, and whirring machinery.
Parisian purveyor of luxury feline furniture Meyou takes the view that if you bother outfitting your house with nice furniture, the effect shouldn't be ruined by tacky cat toys. With this in mind, the firm recently unveiled its plush beds for discerning cats and their indulgent owners.
Living space in Hong Kong can be expensive, which isn't really
compatible with a student lifestyle. Campus Hong Kong, however, provides
affordable student accommodation by way of Tetris-like planning. Its
rooms squeeze in four students, with beds, desks and communal
Pressures on space and money are making space-saving apartments increasingly popular. New Convertible Spaces apartments in Melbourne, Australia, are one such example. Movable walls can be used to open up a living space or cut it in two to create a bedroom area with a pull down bed and storage units.
Furnishing a new home can be a time consuming experience. For residents of the planned Vijayawada Garden Estate in India, however, this won't be a problem. Its modular design means that everything needed for each apartment can be picked from an accompanying catalog brochure and simply slotted into place.
Jono Williams has taken the concept of the man-cave to new heights. Looking something like a giant steel lollipop, Williams' Skysphere is a solar-powered, Android-controlled hideaway perched high above the New Zealand countryside that would put even the most painstakingly decked-out shed to shame.
Creating homes in cities where space is increasingly at a premium requires original thinking and Yo! Company prides itself on just that. The firm has unveiled an innovative apartment dubbed the Yo! Home that makes the most of its limited space.
Drilling multiple holes to hang cabinets, shelves, and the like can be a real hassle – doubly so if you decide the mirror looks better on the other wall after all. Italy's Ronda Design has developed a range of magnetic interior design accessories that can be moved around as you wish, by simply snapping them into place.
When we're looking for somewhere to stay, sometimes it needs to cater for both leisure and work. The Zoku Loft does just this. The rentable 25 sq m (269 sq ft) micro-apartment is a home-office hybrid that uses clever design to squeeze a host of features into its limited space, including a small kitchen, a recessed working area and slide in/out stairs to a screened loft.
Whoever said "size doesn't matter" clearly wasn't an architect, because trying to fit an apartment into a 21 sq m (226 sq ft) room is no mean feat. That's exactly what Berlin-based architecture and design studio Spamroom has done through clever use of available vertical space and a multi-purpose central unit.