Category - Design

Muista Active Chair: Freedom To Rock and Fidget At Work

Sitting is an inevitable part of any traditional office job. Although this may be the case, a multitude of studies show that prolonged inactivity is horrendous for our health. A Mayo Clinic article even suggests that prolonged sitting can increase the risk of heart disease. In recent years, standing desks have become popular – but if you are not ready to take that step, an innovative design from Aurimas Lazinskas and his team may be the right move, quite literally, for you.64d58d95aeebef20483b7b42637e9ca5_original Enter the Muista active chair, which gives you the ability to rock back and forth and fidget at work. The chair, which has currently raised over $8,000 on Kickstarter, boasts a number of health benefits for the user. Its Kickstarter page states that because the chair is on a continuous pivot, it better circulates your internal body fluids, promotes a better posture, and can even lead to a better mood and a sense of relieved stress.

muista-1-600x460 The chair is available in two sizes, Muista Fit and Muista Big. It has a handsome wood finish, and a variety of colored cushions to choose from. The cushions themselves are filled with buckwheat hulls, a material that provides ventilation and zero carbon footprint. The material gives your backside a balance between comfort and exercise – allowing you to work muscles you normally wouldn’t in a traditional desk chair. Is the Muista active chair the solution we need to save our generation from the dangers of prolonged sitting?

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Dallas’ latest Nature District will turn an undeveloped flood plain into a vibrant riverfront park

Access to green space is imperative to a city resident’s survival; one only needs to venture to some corner of Central Park any day of the week to see the city’s inhabitants recharging amidst the grass, trees and ponds. That’s why Dallas’ latest project, turning the currently underdeveloped Trinity River Corridor into a full-fledged Nature District, is so important and monumental for the surrounding area’s inhabitants. dallas-trinity-river-park-6 The park, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, is set to be 10 times larger than Central Park, clocking in at over 10,000 acres of green space. The Trinity River cuts through the major metropolis though it’s currently isolated from the city; this plan aims to change that by transforming the surrounding flood plain into a vibrant, family-friendly and activity-filled nature park. Playgrounds, walking trails, bike paths and other public spaces are all set to open by October 2017, though a golf course, horse park and Audubon Center are already accessible. Plus, the build out will help protect the river from flooding— an extra environmental bonus. [] dallas-trinity-river-park-5 dallas-trinity-river-park-4 dallas-trinity-river-park-3 dallas-trinity-river-park-2 dallas-trinity-river-park-1

Japanese hostel chain Book & Bed has just made that other B&B obsolete.

The thing about charming little bed and breakfasts is that while the bed part may be charming (and is almost always little), we find the breakfast part to be awkward, too rich and way too early. Thankfully, the Japanese hostel chain Book & Bed have answered our b&b dreams. Here, guests get to literally sleep among books as the beds are built right into the bookshelves. Book & Bed may call itself an “accommodation bookshop” but we prefer to call it what it is: heaven on earth. bookstore-hostel-book-and-bed-tokyo-kyoto-2 Book & Bed recently opened its second location in the heart of Kyoto (its first is in Tokyo, natch), offers semi-private overnight “rooms,” a plethora of books written in both Japanese and English and convenient access to popular local attractions like the Yasaka Shrine and Nanzenji Temple. The boutique hotel’s rates start around $40 a night which gets you a compact bed, shared bathroom and 24 hour access to the massive library. While the concept may not work for those travelers who prefer a bit more privacy, adventurous bibliophiles can rejoice. [] bookstore-hostel-book-and-bed-tokyo-kyoto-3 bookstore-hostel-book-and-bed-tokyo-kyoto-5 bookstore-hostel-book-and-bed-tokyo-kyoto-6 bookstore-hostel-book-and-bed-tokyo-kyoto-8 bookstore-hostel-book-and-bed-tokyo-kyoto-9 bookstore-hostel-book-and-bed-tokyo-kyoto-11