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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?

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: