White Mountain Office
Mihai Eminescu, Onesti, Romania
Les Voyageurs, Marseilles, France
1. Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – New Haven, Connecticut
They say every dark cloud has a silver lining and these lamps will light your room up with proof. The imitation cloudsÂ produce the effect of a thunderstorm without having to actuallyÂ deal with the crummy weather.
Called simply “The Cloud” by itsÂ creators over at theÂ , the interactive lamp and speaker system recreate the sounds and sights of a thundercloud while you stay dry. Using motion detectors, the cloud detects your presence and creates a special light show based on your movement. You can also sync the speakers with Bluetooth to enjoy some tunes while you watch.
The Cloud features alternate nightlight and music reactive modes. It is created using felted hypoallergenic fiberfill formed into a sponge casing.
Bryan Cranston, aka Walter White in the cult TV drama Breaking Bad-and Hal in the long running comedy series Malcolm in the Middle, has proudly directed the building of his family’s ‘green’ beach house that has been Platinum LEED certified. The Passive House design, the very first of its kind in Ventura County, California, is the result of a team of professionals in architecture, engineering, construction and design that were to fulfil their clients desire not only for superb eco-friendly function, but for beautiful form too. Photovoltaic and water heating solar panels, radiant heated Ã¯Â¬â€šoors, SIPs wall systems, rain water collection, recycled materials, LED lighting, no VOC paints and stains and Energy Star appliances, are just a few of the ecologically responsible elements that make up this amazing home.