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Security Planner: a peer-reviewed tool to help you figure out your personal digital security plan

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The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab (previously) is one of the most effective, most trustworthy expert groups when it comes to investigating the abuse of computers to effect surveillance and sabotage, so the launch of Security Planner, the Lab's peer-reviewed tool that guides you through the creation of a personal security plan, is a game-changing event. (more…)

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7 Surprising Shelving Ideas For the Creative Organizer

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These unusual examples of unique shelving treatments prove that you can successfully marry functional storage with artful design.

Bishop is an avid record collector—Rolling Stones albums are a sought-after favorite—and he keeps his vinyl in the shelving unit ”1.1,” a reproduction of Arbel’s first completed work. The kids can often be found playing video games at the desk in the great room.

While most people see furniture as the strongest way to express style, interests, and aesthetics in a space, it's often what you put on the walls—shelving and the objects placed on them—that equally convey a sense of home and style. Let’s take a look at some interesting and modern types of shelving storage that you may not have considered before.

Under-Stair Open Shelving in Southwest England

A closer look at the shelving built into the staircase in the kitchen.

In interior designer Kathryn Tyler's home, this custom-built shelving is located under the run of a staircase, providing additional storage space to the adjacent kitchen. The wood of the shelves is seamlessly aligned with the treads of the stairs, and the back of the shelves is painted white to match the walls for a crisp look.

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The open, pull-out shelves allow for easy reaching and the gap at the bottom of the drawers makes room for the feet of someone in a wheelchair so they can be closer to the counter.

Made for easy reaching, these open pull-out shelves are in an ADA-compliant kitchen in a guesthouse designed by architecture firm Best & Associates. Although the shelves were designed without doors, they were painted inside and out with a turquoise paint for a uniform, finished look, and the sliding shelves mean that every inch can be accessed, even the very back of the shelves. 

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The sliding door and open shelves are by Matt Eastvold and are made of solid walnut. The ceiling features prefinished white oak and the floor is a thin cementitous product Ardex. this space serves as the main core of the home and connection between the living areas, entry, and bedroom areas.

The solid walnut open shelves by furniture designer Matt Eastvold have a dual function: they act as a bannister around the second-floor stairwell and as a means for displaying personal items at this house by Knock Architecture + Design. Backed by glass, the shelf maintains visibility and lets in light while providing a safety barrier around the stair.  

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Wylie’s bedroom features a rug from the Land of Nod and a sign from a local shop. “I put the shelves up myself on my seventh attempt,” Lena says. “If I move them, I guarantee you’ll see nineteen holes.”

In an easy-going home in Los Angeles, a set of differently shaped wood shelves float on the walls, defying gravity and keeping the floor clean and open. The rustic wood means that they pop off the all-white walls with white window shades, and their distinct proportions give them an artful appearance.

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Bishop is an avid record collector—Rolling Stones albums are a sought-after favorite—and he keeps his vinyl in the shelving unit ”1.1,” a reproduction of Arbel’s first completed work. The kids can often be found playing video games at the desk in the great room.

This multifunctional shelving unit designed by Omer Arbel works well for an avid record collector, who uses the unit's many shelves to host a variety of objects, ranging from plants to speakers and vinyls. The desk component follows the same geometric logic as the rest of the piece, and the regular angles of the unit are in contrast to the home's unusual angular shape.

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"The ceiling in the bedroom adorned with a crystal chandelier, which (along with the other vintage accessories) gives this residence a unique soul," Dragisic says.

Designed by architect Lidija Dragisic, this home in Slovenia is filled with unusual shelving—and the master bedroom proved to be no different. A maze-like set of cabinets and shelves rests above the head of the bed, providing closed and open shelving. Set against the white walls and curtains, the wood provides a contrast while the shape of the shelves is almost sculptural.

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Even though shelves tend to be stationary, Madrid-based PKMN Architectures reenvisioned the possibilities of shelving by creating chipboard units that slide along a track to expose various types of shelving that support a fold-out bed, a work space, and other practical uses when separated. When compacted together, the three units act as a more traditional set of shelves, displaying books and other items.

Javier de Paz García

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Living Screens Conceal a North Bondi Beach House and a Semi-Indoor Pool

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LED-lit, living wall screens provide privacy while allowing the home's owners to enjoy an indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

A family of five in the Sydney suburb of North Bondi wanted a home that would allow them to entertain and engage in their favorite activities at the nearby beach, including swimming and surfing. But the plot they owned was a narrow site that was easily overlooked by the two-story houses that flanked it and the low-rise apartment blocks across the street. 

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To establish privacy while creating a place where the family could entertain and enjoy indoor/outdoor living, Sydney-based firm CplusC Architectural Workshop created a set of fully plumbed, self-maintaining, LED-lit, green wall screens fitted with custom planter beds on the front and side of the house’s facade.

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Courtesy of Murray Fredericks Photography

These screens keep the interior spaces hidden, and once the plants have grown, they'll give the house a vibrant green "skin" when seen from the outside.

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Courtesy of Murray Fredericks Photography

The two-story, 2,271-square-foot house is separated into social and family zones. 

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The ground level holds the kitchen, dining room, living area, and outdoor spaces, which are all interconnected and provide great circulation for parties. 

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The sports equipment is stored in the entry courtyard, so it’s easy for the family members to simply grab their surfboards when heading out to the beach.

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A galley kitchen with a custom-built bench creates a highly interactive space where family members and their friends can chat as meals are being prepared. 

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An above-ground lap pool shares a transparent wall with the double-height living lounge, dining room, and kitchen—visually connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces while refracting sunlight throughout the lower level.

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On the upper level are the bedrooms and bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms look out to either green spaces inside the property or the vertical living screens.

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Cor-Ten steel, timber columns, burnished concrete, and unfinished, wood-composite boards that have been bonded with cement give the house a cool, laid-back charm. 

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The living green walls, a large rainwater storage, and 10KW solar systems on the roof make this screened home both stylish and self-sustaining.

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CplusC Architectural Workshop

Project Credits: 

- Architect and Builder: CplusC Architectural Workshop 

- Structural Engineer: SDA Structures 

- Landscape Design: Junglefy 

- Lighting: Electrolight 

- Interior Design: Jason Sullivan 

- Sound Engineer: Alder Technology Consulting 

- Cabinetry Installation: Bondi Kitchens 

- Photography: Murray Fredericks

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Zsa Zsa Gabor

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"I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house."
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Open Concept Modern Living

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This Oakville home is a bold and unique addition to the Bronte community street it stands on. The 3,700 square foot space is made to feel much larger by the open concept design and double height volume that resonates throughout the house. Features that include glass railings, walls of windows at the rear of the house and a floating staircase can be perceived and admired from nearly all vantage points. An oversized roof protruding at varied heights of the home allow it to take on a lighter presence. Locally quarried Eramosa square-cut stone shower the front of the house to add a soft yet luxurious appeal to the aesthetic. Finally, ACM panels dress the roof lines and long board siding round off the exterior finishes of the front façade. Although our clients were quite down to earth, this unique piece of architecture is out of this world.

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A clever "flat-pack" coat-rack

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Luminaire's Piano Coat Rack hangs up to 48 garment from pegs that swing in and out of the piece, made from beech, oak, or walnut; it's a clever, space-saving, beautiful design, but at $1800-$4100, it exceeds my coat-rack budget by more than an order of magnitude. (via Yanko Design) (more…)

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