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Upstate NY Home Spins at the Push of a Button

About 90 minutes north of New York City in New Paltz, NY, sits a spectacular wooden UFO-like dome dwelling in the middle of a 28-acre forest at the foot of the Mohonk Nature Preserve. Built in 1999, the 2,300-square-foot prefab was created by French kit home company Domespace. Of some 200 "Domespaces" built worldwide, this may still be the only one realized in the U.S so far—and its site seems to be perfect. The three-bedroom home, designed to be eco-friendly and engaged with nature, can rotate 360 degrees by the touch of a remote, ensuring it's always taking advantage of the sun for controlling indoor temperature, as well as providing a change of scenery. 

Inside, a very open floor plan, soaring 40 ft ceilings, and huge curved windows. The two-level space, includes a custom-built spiral staircase that leads to the upper level library, office, guest bedroom, and bath. This unique property is currently on the market for $950,000.

The Future of the Kitchen, According to IKEA

"Food as design" was one of the big trends spotted at Milan Design Week  and furniture retailer Ikea dedicated a whole exhibit to Concept Kitchen 2025, a deep exploration of how the kitchen will change in the next decade. The project, a collaboration with design innovation firm Ideo and students from Lund University and the Eindhoven University of Technology, stems from a set of basic assumptions about the world in 2025.  "Our homes will become physically smaller, 'Shopping' will mean 'home delivery'." Unlike "kitchen of the future" predictions from, say, the '50s, these prototypes are less about a magical convenience and more about practicality and the environment. Think a sink that conserves water, built-in waste and composting system, and a stove that also doubles as a prep table. The future is looking bright!