What We’re Reading Now: Shop in a Submarine + A Guesthouse That Literally Shines


TGIF! Check out our latest in design link love from around the web.

1. LA-bred artist Jay Nelson now finds his home in SF, where he uses his hands to transform interiors into the imaginative, like Mollusk Surf Shop. Jay designed this Mission mainstay to look like the inside of a submarine. – Jay Nelson Art 

2. Get the gushing committee here, stat. Airbnb brings us adorable birdhouse-sized models of its popular rental listings, like this adorable San Francisco Victorian, as a homage to birds – the ultimate jet-setter – and our passion for traversing the world. The talented team of artists ranges from a miniatures expert to an ornithologist to a birdhouse specialist, so you can bet that these small-time replicas pack a big wow factor.  – TinyAirbnb, Photo via Inhabitat

3. We are happily distracted by this shiny spectacle. Crafted from platinum-glazed tiles by Olafur Eliasson, this art installation is custom-made for artist Takeo Obayashi, and comprises a guesthouse and gallery (complete with bar) – Architectural Digest

4. Swiss architect firm Herzog & de Meuron built this VitraHaus, a five-story structure that resembles a pile of houses, to showcase its furniture collection. If the innovative, stacked pseudo-homes with charcoal stucco exterior catch your eye, you’ll definitely want to check out what’s housed inside. – Dezeen

5. Unless you’ve been living in an igloo, you’ve surely heard chatter about the 3D printing craze. Studio Emerging Objects created a small, igloo-like dome called Saltygloo. It is crafted from 336 3D printed salt panels to see how much mileage they can get from local resources, and, ultimately, find new cost-effective building materials. – My Modern Met

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