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Houses Built on Cliffs

Saturday January 27, 2018

Some Swedish architects are designing homes set against cliff faces, and they’re using birds’ nests as inspiration. 

The brainchild of an inventive disability advocate, this handsome globe – containing raised continents and braille – is getting digitised for a new generation. 

An Italian widow decided that one grave just didn’t cut it for her dearly departed. So she got a whole complex built, complete with concrete, bronze, glass, ebony and ivory, granite, brass, copper and marble.

When post-war US car designers were given free rein to create their dream automobiles, they came up with jaw-droppers like these. (And one of them contains a 30-coat paint job, which owes its sparkle to real crushed diamonds.)

Melbourne-based digital inventor Mond Qu once made a model island so lifelike, it tricked Google Earth and National Geographic into thinking it was real.

Gilded arches, slabs of marble, glittering chandeliers… Moscow’s subway stations? No, we’re not jealous at all.

The housing crisis has hit some harder than others. Poor old Pierre Cardin just can’t seem to shift his digs.

Smith Journal is Hiring

Friday October 13, 2017

Great news! We’re looking for a senior designer to join us at Smith Journal. Come help us make magazines.

Ultimate Glamping

Thursday October 12, 2017

For those who love the idea of camping, but who’d rather not actually do it.

Paper Trailblazer

Thursday October 05, 2017

Benja Harney is a world-famous paper engineer. He talks with Smith Journal about his love of fusing maths with art, and the joys of designing without a computer.