Could Flying Cars Actually Happen?

A new plan could make our favorite sci-fi films a reality. Netherlands-based architecture and urban design practice MVRDV — in collaboration with Airbus, Bauhaus Luftfahrt, ETH Zurich and Systra — have formulated a plan for the future of “urban air mobility.” 

The project envisions how humans might integrate flying vehicles into our urban environments as a holistic mobility concept. It’s all centered around what MVRDV calls “vertiports” — fancy landing hubs that connect the new aerial network with existing ground-based transportations systems, such as trains, subways and buses. 

“As cities become denser and technologies improve, it becomes increasingly clear that the truly three-dimensional city—one that includes flying vehicles—is surely one of the city models of the future,” said Winy Maas, founding partner of MVRDV. 

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A First Look at the Newly Completed Residences at 130 William, One of NYC’s Newest Skyscrapers

While the entire development is set to be completed in the fall, the 66-story luxury high-rise soaring above Lower Manhattan at 130 William has already started welcoming its first residents.

This means we get a chance to peek inside the first completed residences at the architecturally distinct tower whose exteriors and interiors were both designed by acclaimed architect David Adjaye.

Upon completion, 130 William will feature 242 residences ranging in size from studios to four-bedroom condos. With prices going from $1.6 million to $6.9 million, the condos have a unique and upscale design, framed by oversized arched windows and fitted with luxurious interior finishes, each showcasing a painstaking attention to detail.

Adjaye himself designed all the fixtures and hardware throughout the residences in a beautiful, burnished bronze finish — to complement the architecture of the building in a most flattering way.

Luxury interiors with designer furnishings and dramatic city views

The recently-unveiled model residences give us a good idea of what 130 William offers its residents: open, bright floorplans, dramatic views of the city, and designer furnishings coupled with a painstaking attention to detail. In fact, Adjaye custom designed all the finishing touches, including faucets, showerheads, accessories, and door handles.

Select living rooms features a Pierre Frey custom-curved armless sofa with a brass base to offer elegant sitting along with two round “pumpkin” lounge chairs by Pierre Paulin in the same neutral cream color — where residents can lounge comfortably while enjoying the sweeping city views.

The kitchens are no less impressive, having been fitted with custom Pedini Italian millwork cabinetry, state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances, and hand-selected Italian Pietra Cardosa stone countertops sourced directly from Tuscany, Italy. Other unique design details include Spanish Nero Marquina marble cantilevers which offer additional counter seating.

The bedrooms and bathrooms pair comfort and style, with select bedrooms featuring a luxurious upholstered platform king-size bed with a 96” headboard — that faces a wall mounted console with gold leaf sliding doors. A curved low lounge chair by Pierre Frey, upholstered in Holly Hunt royal alpaca and walnut legs, ties the room together.

The bathrooms are dressed in textured Italian marble and come with spacious walk-in showers, soaking tubs, custom vanities and specially designed (by Adjaye himself) illuminated medicine cabinets. Just like the kitchen counters, the bathroom marble is hand selected from the Apuan Alps in Tuscany, Italy. 

The building pays tribute to the city’s history

130 William’s design is a refreshing change from the typical glass-clad towers that line the Manhattan skyline, and instead embraces New York’s history of masonry architecture. 

Designed by Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Hill West, and developed by the Lightstone Group, the skyscraper’s façade evokes old New York City’s urban fabric. The 66-story condo tower has large, dramatic arched windows and textured hand-crafted concrete panels reminiscent of the beloved lofts that once populated the area.

“In defining the design for 130 William I not only sought to celebrate New York City’s heritage of masonry architecture, referencing the historical architecture once pervasive upon one of the city’s earliest streets.  However, and more importantly, 130 William has been crafted to focus on the new possibilities of urban, vertical living,” says Sir David Adjaye, who founded Adjaye Associates in 2000. Since then, the visionary architect put his stamp on many iconic buildings, including the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

new luxury condo tower in lower manhattan at 150 william

Residents who enter 130 William will pass through a beautiful new plaza park, which will provide a transition between the bustle of urban life to the respite of the residences. Inside, they will find over 20,000 square feet worth of amenities including a health club with full spa, infinity-edge spa pool, cold and hot plunge pools, dry sauna and massage rooms, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center with cool-down terrace, yoga studio and basketball court.

There’s also a private IMAX movie theater, golf simulator, resident lounge, club and game room, chef’s catering kitchen with a private dining area, children’s activity center, pet spa, outdoor terraces, and private rooftop observation deck located at the top of the building — nearly 800 feet in the air.  

Credit for images: Michael Kleinberg courtesy of Optimist Consulting

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New to Market: Matt Damon’s Zen Los Angeles Home Asks $21 Million

As part of his plan of leaving Los Angeles and moving his family to the Big Apple, Matt Damon has now listed his Pacific Palisades home for sale. And he’s hoping to cash in big from the sale, asking $21 million for the Zen-inspired contemporary home set in one of LA’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Recently listed with Eric Haskell, an agent with celebrity real estate brokerage The Agency, Matt Damon’s house is an architectural masterpiece with 7 bedrooms, 10 baths, tons of distinct design features and some pretty extraordinary amenities. The Academy Award-winning actor will be trading all this for a 6,000-square-foot penthouse in Brooklyn, New York, having broken records last year by paying $16.745 million for the top floor unit of a famous former hotel, The Standish.

inside matt damon's beautiful house in los angeles
Inside Matt Damon’s house in Los Angeles, now on the market for $21 million. Image credit: Alexis Adams

An architectural gem with striking features & Instagram-worthy interiors

Designed by award-winning architect Grant Kirkpatrick, founding partner of leading-edge design studio KAA Design Group, Matt Damon’s house is an extraordinary contemporary home that showcases masterful craftmanship throughout its 13,508-square-foot interiors.

With a modern-yet-timeless design, the house is anchored by a breathtaking atrium with 35-foot mahogany vaulted ceilings. The interiors are bathed in natural light and mix warm wood elements with natural stone, giving the whole space an inviting, relaxing vibe. Other striking features that deserve a shout-out: clerestory windows and glass walls that fuse the indoors with the outdoor areas.

Inside Matt Damon’s house in Los Angeles, now on the market for $21 million. Image credit: Alexis Adams
inside matt damon's house, living room
Inside Matt Damon’s house in Los Angeles, now on the market for $21 million. Image credit: Alexis Adams
inside matt damon's house, living room and dining room
Inside Matt Damon’s house in Los Angeles, now on the market for $21 million. Image credit: Alexis Adams

The family room opens to the magnificent chef’s kitchen with custom mahogany cabinetry, Bluestone countertops and stainless steel Viking, Wolf and Miele appliances. The kitchen then opens to the expansive backyard retreat (but more on that in a minute).

All in all, Matt Damon’s soon-to-be former Los Angeles abode packs 7 bedrooms and 10 baths across 13,508 square feet of space. The primary suite comes with its own private terrace, dual dressing rooms, massage room and a spa-style bath with soaking tub and expansive shower. Pretty much every room offers leafy property and treetop views, adding an extra note of serenity to this wonderfully Zen-inspired home.

kitchen in Matt Damon's house in Los Angeles, now on the market for $21 million.
Inside Matt Damon’s house in Los Angeles, now on the market for $21 million. Image credit: Alexis Adams
Inside Matt Damon's house in Los Angeles, now on the market for $21 million.
Inside Matt Damon’s house in Los Angeles, now on the market for $21 million. Image credit: Alexis Adams
primary suite in matt damon's los angeles house
Inside Matt Damon’s house in Los Angeles, now on the market for $21 million. Image credit: Alexis Adams
massage room in matt damon's house
Inside Matt Damon’s house in Los Angeles, now on the market for $21 million. Image credit: Alexis Adams
beautiful bedroom in matt damon's house in Los Angeles
Inside Matt Damon’s house in Los Angeles, now on the market for $21 million. Image credit: Alexis Adams

Amenities galore and a wonderful backyard retreat

Most celebrity homes tend to outdo themselves when it comes to amenities and bonus rooms and Matt Damon’s house is no exception. Interior amenities include a game room, bar, office, gym, plush media room, staff quarters and wine storage and tasting room. And that’s just what you’ll find inside the house.

Outside, the modern home has quite a few amenities that invite calm and relaxation (perfectly in tune with the rest of the house), including an expansive pool, spa, a cascading waterfall, koi pond and Hawaiian-inspired Lanai with a covered lounge and alfresco dining terrace. To appeal to the little ones — Damon is a father of four — there’s also a nice children’s play area.

Pool and outdoor area of Matt Damon's Los Angeles home in Pacific Palisades.
Pool and outdoor area of Matt Damon’s Los Angeles home in Pacific Palisades. Image credit: Alexis Adams
outdoor lounge and alfresco dining area in matt damon's $21 million house
Pool and outdoor area of Matt Damon’s Los Angeles home in Pacific Palisades. Image credit: Alexis Adams
kids playground in matt damon's house
Playground outside Matt Damon’s Los Angeles home in Pacific Palisades. Image credit: Alexis Adams

Matt Damon’s next home is vastly different from his Los Angeles digs

The Academy Award-winning actor, who is starring in the highly anticipated Ridley Scott-directed The Last Duel (to be released this year), will soon be leaving Los Angeles behind. The move has long been planned, with Damon and wife Luciana Bozán Barroso having purchased a Brooklyn Heights penthouse two years ago for a record-breaking price.

The couple paid $16.745 million for a 6-bedroom, 6,201-square-foot penthouse at The Standish — a historically significant converted building that was originally built in 1903 as a Beaux Arts hotel. At the time, Damon’s purchase set a new record for the borough, making him the owner of the most expensive property ever sold in Brooklyn.

Despite the fact that the penthouse consists of several units merged for extra space, the actor will be downsizing considerably. And the loss in square footage is matched by a significant downgrade in outdoor space — though it’s worth noting that Matt Damon’s new home does have an expansive terrace, a rarity for New York City. There’s no Zen backyard pool though, so we’re pretty sure the Good Will Hunting actor will, at times, miss his Pacific Palisades retreat.

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Indoor Wellness: How to Recreate the Ultimate Interior Design Trend of 2020

Within the past few years, we’ve seen a growing interest in everything wellness. With a more mindful approach on how we approach our day-to-day lives, the emphasis is now placed on maintaining our mental and emotional health, as we are actively working to ensure that all aspects of our lives remain balanced — our homes included. This is why the real estate wellness market soared in 2017 to one billion dollars. But what about us regular homeowners, who weren’t lucky enough to buy homes designed in such a fashion? Well, this is where interior design comes in to lend a


How to Turn Your Kitchen Into Every Coffee Lover’s Dream

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If you’re a coffee lover, you know that drinking coffee is a complex and nuanced experience, from the rich aroma, comforting warmth, to the actual ritual of sitting down with a fresh cup in the morning, getting ready for the day that lies ahead.

So why not make your kitchen accommodate for the best possible coffee experience? Having a dedicated area in your home where you, your family, and guests can savor some good cups of espresso together will surely make your household the neighborhood’s favorite.

Whether you opt to make it a formal or an informal space, it makes your home warm and welcoming. It also adds a note of flair to your kitchen, setting it apart from the rest — if not by much added visual appeal, certainly by the irresistible smell.  

Having a dedicated coffee corner in your kitchen is one of the latest trends in modern kitchen design, and it’s no longer restricted to luxury homes and hotels.

In fact, setting up a coffee corner is quite easy, and starts with something as simple as selecting a special space in your kitchen where you can place all your coffee-making essentials. You can then up the stakes by having a custom-built coffee bar to suit your style. You can also DIY create a coffee station with a cabinet, carts, and side tables. Or a very simple coffee bar right next to your coffee maker. Don’t overthink it, you can always built on the idea later on, as you go.

Read on to learn how to turn your kitchen into every coffee lover’s dream.

#1 Find the perfect spot in your kitchen

Identify the exact location in your kitchen where you want to set up your coffee bar. Keep in mind that you’re going to use it on a daily basis, so, ideally, it has to be easily accessible and should have enough space for entertaining guests.

If you use a portable cart as your counter coffee station, however, an added bonus is that you can roll it anywhere — your dining room, living room, or even outdoors.

coffee corner in the kitchen

#2 Find a kitchen cart

As previously mentioned, getting your hands on a portable kitchen cart is the easiest way to start creating your own coffee bar at home.

Make sure to choose one with sturdy construction and a compact size as it will house some of your heaviest coffee-brewing essentials, such as your espresso machine, and some of the easiest ones to break, your coffee cups.

mobile coffee cart

#3 Invest in a good coffee maker

Whether you decide to set it up on the coffee cart or to give it prime placement on your kitchen counter, a good coffee maker is the most essential element.

Investing in a good espresso machine will make all the difference, and will set the tone to your mornings with the best coffee smell (and taste, for that matter). Getting a good espresso machine shows that you mean business. To narrow down your search, see list of best espresso machines on the market this year, to find the right one for you.

espresso machine

#4 Arrange your counter coffee station

After getting a kitchen cart for your counter coffee station, it’s time to decide what it should look like. If your kitchen cart is large, you can simply arrange it in a way that allows you to express your individuality.

Consider adding unique cups, a coffee pot, and basically whatever you like. If it’s small, you can use a base where you can put all coffee essentials in a group. Doing so helps to decrease clutter. Adding a shelf above its location where you can place coffee, cups, and other essentials is also a good idea.

#5 Customize your coffee station

A customized coffee station will always be a great idea. As already mentioned, you can create a special cabinet where you can place all coffee necessities. The good thing about cabinets is that you can close them when your station isn’t in use; as a result, your kitchen will appear less cluttered. Therefore, less kitchen cleanup will be required.

Another way of customizing your coffee space is by placing a lamp or adding lights that you can fit at the top of your nook. If you prefer an opaque roller blind or swing doors for your shelves and cabinets, either of the two can also work.

#6 Add the ‘coffee shop’ vibe

Thanks to those special design touches and aroma of freshly brewed coffee adding to the coffee shop atmosphere, you’ll instantly feel a warm vibe as if you’re stepping into a real coffee shop.

You can also get that at home now, especially if you pair the above advice with some specific coffee shop elements. Think of adding a chalkboard menu directly above your counter to jot down each day’s brew, like a real coffee shop does. You can also add some kitschy coffee-themed artwork or mount hooks and display your pretty collection of mugs for more aesthetic appeal.

coffee station at home

Combine the new with old by scattering some vintage pieces around your coffee bar at home. The coffee shop ambiance will further come out with the help of old-fashioned items. These, of course, can be a great conversation starter every time a guest comes over and appreciates your setup.

#7 Accentuate with coffee-themed wall art

Your home coffee station won’t be quite complete without some coffee-themed wall art. Add coffee-themed pictures and canvas prints, as well as vinyl wall art, hanging plaques, metal tin signs, primitive coffee stencils, and rustic wooden signs. You can visit a real coffee shop to gather inspirations for this.

#8 Choose your furniture

If what you have is an eat-in kitchen that can only accommodate two persons, get a pair of bentwood or opt for French folding garden chairs. Pair your chairs with a square or round bistro table. Position a banquette against the wall if you need to add more seats. Line up small square pedestal tables, around two or three, in front of the banquette, and make sure to leave one or two inches of space between them.

Then, add vintage-inspired or real vintage chairs to the table’s sides, opposite the banquette. For a kitchen that has cabinetry featuring a built-in bar counter, you should opt for contemporary or industrial-inspired, backless, pub-style stools. Make sure to avoid spindle-, splat-, and ladder-back stools that look like tall versions of the traditional dining chairs.

To finish your kitchen coffee bar, display a covered cake plate or a tiered dessert stand, and fill it with typical tasty treats available in most coffee shops, like a glazed cake, pastries, and muffins.

Also, don’t forget to fill glass-fronted cabinets or open shelves with oversized cups and saucers, stacks of dessert plates, as well as big coffee bean glass jars, to complete the look. Choose mugs in solid colors or heavy ceramic cups. In addition, make sure to keep the treatments of your kitchen window simple. Opt for roman shades. Cafe curtains that are made from solid-colored burlap, linen, or cotton do the job well.

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