Ecological Life, Etc.

A few weeks ago we celebrated Earth Day by giving away this book.

teNeues publishes a plethora of books featuring ecological design and architecture; of both houses as well as hotels.

A very green home. From our book, "Ecological Houses."

Ecological Living showcases 33 different ecological houses across the globe.

The book opens with a forward by Elkie Weiler:

“To an architect, every environment presents a new challenge, but also creates methods and resources. Utilizing the sites natural potential is often the first step in ecological design, as well as applying the local traditional building methods, rich in knowledgeable experience to overcome local climactic conditions, and resourcing material locally; thereby, eliminating the energy wasted for transporting goods.”

Of the many houses displayed in the book, we’re particularly fond of architect Collett Zarzyck  Ltd and Robert Dallas’s “Yasinia,” a very comely abode with rubble-stone walls.

Located in Grasse, France, Yasinia comes complete with solid walls (serves as a substitute for A/C) as well as this very dreamy pool. Evaporation aids to cool the place down as well.

If you don’t already want to move in to this green scene, then just take a peek at its interior:

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Yasinia. Just one of many beautiful aspects of Ecological Living.

Let’s Play…Would You Rather?!

The LA Times just released this article earlier this week which showcases the Dear Leader’s luxurious train, which not only luxurious, as we learn, but safe and green too. (By “green” we mean the color, not the movement.)

The Times reports: “On train trips within North Korea, Kim Jung Il often travels by night to avoid U.S. and South Korean surveillance. The train moves slowly to make sure the tracks are safe.”

We don’t believe that Kim’s train ride experience would be anything like riding on one of these luxurious choo-choos.

So, here’s where the game comes into play…

Would you rather ride this or that?

Rankin: From Cheeky to South Africa

We all know and love photographer Rankin. Whether we love him for this or that may just be one or two reasons. Well, you’re about to be introduced to reason # 3.

Like Micheal Poliza, Rankin has recently traveled to South Africa to do what he does best.

And look what he brought us back:

It’s certainly impressive when an artist can immerse himself across different realms of photography. Can you believe the same man who captured the images above is capable of this:

But if  you prefer wonderful wildlife and landscape photography, check out Michael Poliza’s South Africa.

Gisele is Back!

Huffington Post just spread the word that this bombshell is back in shape! Check her out!

The photo above is the ever-so-beautiful work of Russell James. More photos from his new self-titled book can be found here. Enjoy! (We know you will…)

About Russell James:

“One of the world’s top photographers, Russell James hails from Western Australia. Strongly idiosyncratic, his work is heavily influenced by his homeland’s open landscapes and extraordinary light. Dream-like images combine the natural elements of air, sun, earth and water. Applauded for his sexy nudes, exuberant fashion spreads, as well as distinctive portraiture, his trademark style is instantly recognizable. Whether capturing the daily lives of Australia’s aboriginal peoples, or crafting a luxury advertising campaign, this consummate professional leaves nothing to chance…

Russell James’s work has appeared in many influential magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire and GQ.  In particular, his images in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition have drawn great acclaim. He has also created advertising campaigns for world-class clients such as Victoria’s Secret.”

Elliott Erwitt + Free Art Exhibit in Wausau, Wisconsin!

“Imagine Erwitt with an impish wink and a grin as he sought out hounds from all walks of life for his freeze-frame shots.”

Well, if you’re in Wisconsin any time before June 20th, take time to check out Elliott Erwitt’s doggie photography at the Woodson Art Museum. It’s free!


Be sure to enter the teNeues Erwitt Twitter contest so that you can win a copy of one of his books!

The Trump Soho: Luxury in NYC!

“It is gospel in the hospitality industry that the small stuff matters. The curve of the door knob, the heft of a closet hanger and a coffee mug that’s just the right size can go a long way in convincing a hotel guest to become a regular customer.”

The National Post outlines a few plushy hotels of NYC and gives us a new definition of luxury in this article.

Of the hotels mentioned, one struck us as particularly appealing– the new Trump Soho of NYC:

With its beds adorned with Bellino Italian linens and Italian marble 5-fixture baths, the Trump is said to be quite a precious place…

And if you’re into luxury nightlife, check out the “masculine, warm and ultra sexy” bar/lounge– Kastel — a new addition to the Trump:

Since we’re so keen on luxury, we also wanted to share with you one of our favorite books:

Russell James Makes Everyone Smile :)

Hollywood Life tells us that Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson apparently have trouble smiling in photographs.

Who better to solve this problem than the talented photog Russell James?

“We know it’s hard for Twilight couple Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson to smile in photographs, but we’ve found a way to break their serious streak — send expert fashion and celebrity photographer Russell James after them!”