Cape Town
New York


In summertime, Sharifi-ha House offers an open /transparent /perforated volume with wide, large terraces. In contrast, during Tehran’s cold, snowy winters the volume closes down, offering minimal openings and a total absence of those wide summer terraces. In this project, the challenges to the concepts of introverted/extroverted typology led to an exciting spatial transformation of an ever-changing residential building.

From the architect:

Uncertainty and flexibility lie at the heart of this project’s design concept. The sensational, spatial qualities of the interiors, as well as the formal configuration of its exterior, directly respond to the displacement of turning boxes that lead the building’s volume to become open or closed, introverted or extroverted. These changes may occur according to changing seasons or functional scenarios.

Reported by Tijn Benedek (2014-08-28 16:33:04)

After many years of consistently producing one of the more interesting monthly publications out there among many other things, it was a natural step for the magazine’s team to create ‘The Monocle Guide to Good Business’. As the guide is not a traditional business book, but rather gives advice on how to go from clever fledgling idea to success story and introduces people with inspiring stories; with the high quality of products Monocle puts out, they seem to have to perfect fit to share some valuable insights what works best. At this point Monocle delivers an unique global briefing on global affairs, business, culture and design. Alongside the magazine, Monocle has created a 24-hour radio station, a film-rich website, retail ventures around the globe, and cafés in Tokyo and London, with very likely more to come in the future.

Reported by Tijn Benedek (2014-08-28 16:29:53)

For those fascinated with the often mishandled craft of home brewing, Norse Hutchens provides the correct kits needed to explore the ancient art and science. Alongside wine, moonshine and gin making kits, the label’s latest kit allows you to explore the production of Japanese sake. Equipped with a manual, all the necessary ingredients (rice, yeast, sake additives) and utensils — jugs, plastic tubing, rubber stoppers and muslin bag — you can now bring a piece of traditional craft to your kitchen without venturing to Kobe’s breweries. Priced at $60 USD, head to uncommongoods for more information on the kit.

Source: Hypebeast

Reported by Tijn Benedek (2014-08-26 14:23:42)

Canadian firm Christopher Simmonds Architect have  helped realise this contemporary residence in the suburbs of the country’s capital, Ottawa. While the exterior bares many of the cubist hallmarks that have come to be associated with modern architecture since the advent of Le Corbusier, it’s the interior that really offers something special. The floor-to-ceiling windows on both walls of the top deck create an exceptionally light living area in which the sitting room, dining area and kitchen all flow into one another; meanwhile, the use of rich, caramel-esque woods for the dining table, kitchen counter, stairs and bannisters breaks up the grey tones of the furniture perfectly. This theme is extended throughout the property, from the bathroom to the bedroom, creating a harmonious space with a clearly defined aesthetic across all areas.

Reported by Tijn Benedek (2014-08-21 16:28:20)

Meet Tijn. He is our technology and online branding guru here at Travelteq. We had a look inside his Trash Laptop Bag to see the items he can’t travel without! As a tech buff, you won’t see him anywhere without his laptop, ipad, headphones and vintage camera. He can also usually be found wheeling around town on his motorcycle, so he never leaves the house without his sunnies and Honda book either. Thanks Tijn!

The Savvy Traveler

Best tip for traveling on a budget?

I love the outdoors. For this reason the best tip for traveling on a budget is going to beautiful places, on my motorcycle, with my awesome tent. For instance Scotland, when it’s not raining too much, or the beautiful outdoors of Norway. Take your time, because the journey is more important then its destination.

Favorite beach destination? Favorite cold weather destination?

Costa Rica, the surf is awesome there. The nature is breathtaking. Favourite cold weather destination is Chamonix, France. I've been visiting it twice a year for the last 5 years in a row. The Mont Blanc/The Valle Blanch is an awesome adventures skiing route. There are countless feeride possibilities in the whole area.

Top tips for getting through a long haul flight?

Get drunk asap. A good book. A lot of movies or series on my iPad.

Treat Yourself

What items do you splurge on?

Going out for dinner with my girlfriend and drinking an bottle of very good red wine.

How do you unwind after a long day?

Going for a run and then diving into my vinyl collection and playing some records. Or forget the run and go out for dinner with friends.

Favorite shopping spot in Amsterdam? Eating spot?

I’m more of a online shopper but love 290squaremeters and Tenue de Nîmes. Eating spot; Fa. Speijkervet and Rijsel.

What's inside Tijn's bag:

Reported by Suzanna Heldring (2014-08-20 10:58:45)