Wednesday, 30 December 2009

How to build a deck on a roof

This is a great example of how to turn a pitch roof into a sundeck. This one on a guest house in West End, Roatan, Honduras has no safety guard and falls a sheer 40ft onto the beach.
That aside, its a very neat example of how a deck can easily be fitted to a roof to make a fun sunning area.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009


Around 700AD the Mayans built Tulum.

It was the last of the great sites built to and used as a key trading position to ship produce up and down the Mexican coast.

Its in a stunning position, and if I were to build a warehouse and office.... I couldnt think of a better vantage point.
The sea is perfect and the sand like sugar.

Hip Hotels - Playa Del Carmen

This hotel in Playa Del Carmen uses simple lighting and a gigantic video wall playing Casablanca on loop throughout the night.

The pool has AWAY FROM YOU spelled out on tiles below, and out of the picture there is a decked bar with cabanas and neon strip lighting.

The hotel group also have a place called Basico two blocks away and one in Mexico City called, The Condessa. All are very habitable.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Sky Gardens

The owners of this apartment block in Mexico DF have taken vertical gardening to a new level. Really nice to see in a city full of cars, ozone and concrete....

Seat on the Street

This is cool. A tiled bench with a garden built into the back. Seen on the street in Condessa, DF. Mexico.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Recycled Vertical Garden

The Mexicans are a resourceful nation, here is another great example. This vertical garden not only made a great fence, but the plastic bottle containers filled with soil stack perfectly and the gaps allow small plants and mosses to grow. Ingenious.

Tree in a bench

This tree provided shade and greenery to an otherwise basic concrete bench. The street had these lining either pavement on a 100m stretch. Street Smart.

Stylish paintjob in Guadalahara

This bakers had a really fresh clean feel in a ritzy suburb of Guadalahara, Mexico.

Stunning Bathroom Fittings from Mexico

The mexican company Helvex produces high quality, durable bathroom fixtures and fittings. They come in traditional and contemporary designs. Would be great in the UK.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

The worlds most comfortable bed

This is it.
Insane comfort and contouring of the body.
Delivers maxium support whilst being springy for fun. Get them cheaper at

Monday, 9 November 2009

Outdoor Garden Innovation

We bumped into this urban garden in old Mexico City.
They had turned a paved area into a oasis of green by filling shallow pots with grass for seating, water and pond life. Everyone, young and old was enjoying the experience.
Most interesting of all was the recycling of oil drums into homes for giant bamboo.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Mexico: the wooden balcony and garage

Modern Mexican designers love using grilles, wooden slats and straight lines to give their homes a fresh clean feel.

I really like this example near Chapultepec Park in central Mexico City, the wood adds a softness to the concrete.

Making an entrance, Mexico City

Great way to advertise a business and get people stopping in the street.

This restaurant put out the red carpet to customers valet parking. Taken in Condesa, Mexico City in November 09.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

The start of a revolution...

Coming soon. 

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