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Minimalist Subtonic Monitor Headphones

Phonon’s SMB-02 subtonic monitor headphones are a minimalist design cloaked in black. Made in Japan, the over-ear headphones are intended for home or studio use and promise clear sound, even at low volume. Priced at $350, the mid-range choice is available from Mohawk General Store in the USA and from additional dealers internationally. Photography by Thomas Welch

Wicker Nests Hang from the Trees

This hanging nest is part of an installation by architect and designer Ana Rascovsky. Called Nido, or Nest in English, the project suspends wicker cocoons in trees in Tigre, a rather secluded part of northern Buenos Aires, Argentina. Woven from wicker strands and hung with rope, the hideaways are lightweight yet strong. They welcome passersby to come inside and relax, enjoying the space between earth and sky.

Upgrade Your Music Listening Experience

GBlog picked out five music technology products to help inspire your search for the perfect audio upgrade. These minimalist designs are our favorite speakers, amplifiers, and headphones of 2014 (so far). With one notable exception, they are currently available online and in select stores, so you can invest in sound this holiday season. A conceptual design by Dan Salisbury, Cyprium reimagines Sennheiser HD25-1 headphones in white and copper. The prototype ...

Functional Concrete Home Decor

These cool objects are part of the first collection of solid concrete designs by Frenchmen Bertrand Jayr and Lyon Béton. The Pipeline vase seemingly flows into the architecture of the home. It mounts to the wall and holds a single stem within the accompanying test tube insert. The strength of the concrete contrasts with the delicacy of the flowers, creating a display that’s as contradictory as any urban nature found ...

Tailfeather Camo Canvas Bags

This satchel and laptop sleeve are two of the latest designs from the Australian accessories brand Tailfeather. Called the Treecreeper backpack and Snipe pouch, the two bags feature Tailfeather’s special AUSCAM camo print. Both designs fit a 15” MacBook. The backpack is distinguished by its flat shape and black straps with full-grain leather trim. The sleeve keeps it simple with just a padded compartment and three pen pockets. Available online ...

Architectural Cat Houses for a Cause

These stunning cat houses were created for Architects for Animals’ “Giving Shelter” fundraiser in Los Angeles. The designs drew a crowd of not-so-crazy cat people, and all proceeds went to FixNation, a Californian spay-neuter nonprofit. Kind and contemporary, the designs please feline friends and design-conscious guardians alike with their geometry, texture, and clean look. The cat houses were designed by various architects: Formation Association, HOK, Perkins + Will, DSH architecture, ...

Ceramic Coffee Mug with R-Shaped Wooden Handle

HMM’s Mugr is a simple mug for holding coffee or tea. Made in Taiwan, the mug is composed of a Japanese ceramic cup and a walnut handle, each crafted by specialized artisans. The “r” shape of Mugr’s handle gives the design a distinct look and helps it stack neatly in storage. Additionally, the black glaze of the ceramic imbues the mug with visual interest by making the material look a ...

Woven Willow Fiber Tree Sculpture

The “Cherry Tree House” is a bright outdoor design by UK sculptor Tom Hare. Woven from willow fiber, the basket nests in the branches of a tree and, lit from inside the frame, illuminates the surrounding natural figures. The sculpture was made for the client’s private backyard, where it serves as surreal outdoor decor. Photography by Daniel Castledine

Our Top 10 Recent Lighting Designs

Lighting is too vast a category on GBlog for us to choose just ten favorites. So we limited our selection to lamps from the recent past. Many of these brilliant designs were released in the last year. They’re fresh, contemporary, and, in more than a few cases, still available for sale. Take a look through our list; just maybe you’ll find the perfect torch for you. 1 Tull Lamp by ...

Concrete Light Fixtures by Stefan Gant

Bavarian designer Stefan Gant creates distinctly unique light fixtures from rough concrete. Coming in various shapes and sizes—ranging from cubic to bell-shaped—these pendent lamps are made complete by what is possibly an even more surprising feature than their material: A splash of gold. The interior of each lamp is plated in gold which contrasts with the stark neutral exterior while ensuring the fixtures produce a pleasant warm glow. Any of ...