This Eco ION Adventure Hotel in Iceland once was an abandoned inn which housed many workers at the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant but was left vacant back in 2011. Santa Monica design studio Minarc saw its potential and renovated it.
The Hotel reflects a mixture of modern design and natural elements from hot and cold. Due to the location of the hotel it gives access to the best of Iceland from the Mount Hengil Volcano to the Northern Lights and is still very close by to Reykjavik town.
The hotel have many organised activities for its guests from Earth, Fire, Ice and Water. Activities range from Horse back riding, exploring ice caves, glacier hikes, helicopter rides, off roading in the eco super jeep, exploring the nearby volcano, snow mobiles, Snorkeling, Rafting and even river jets.
The hotel offers luxury experiences from the hotel also such as the delcious Silfra Restaurant and bar for exquisite dining, the Northern Lights Bar for spectacular views and the Lava Spa to revitalize the body and soul which is situated on the ground floor with has amenities inside and outside of the hotel.
Each spacious room is eco friendly to every last detail from chairs and beds being made from recycled materials to fair trade organic linens and water saving showering systems.
For more information please go to Ioniceland.is
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
Welcome to the 26th edition of | Focus |, a photographic journal of innovative designs, combining wood with an emphasis on architecture, interior design and fashion.
This month | Focus | features “The Frame”
Artist Darryl Cox has created unusual frame art by fusing together vintage picture frames with tree branches, which he found deep in the forests of central Oregon.
The unique obscured branches serve as a simple reminder of the natural materials used to build ordinary picture frames but also shows us an unusual form where straight lines and ornate molding designs seem to naturally dissolve back to their original form of tree limb. He applied paints and stains to add individuality, and also made use of bonding and sculpting agents to get the desired appearance for each fusion frame.
He used many different woods for these timeless pieces, Central Oregon Manzanita, Juniper and California Grapevine were along side a few of Darryl Cox’s favorites.
Each bespoke fusion frame involves many hardworking hours of craftsmanship such as woodworking, sculpting, bonding and detailed painting for frames with historical decor.
This is a frame that merges a man-made object with a natural element converting them into a single piece of art that captures Darryl Cox’s imagination and creativity.
Using frames of all types, sizes and from historical time periods which are over one hundred years old make the Fusion Frames that much more valuable to collectors of fine art. If used, leather, iron and glass all retain the personality of their heritage.
For more information go to fusionframesnw.com
“Nature makes nothing incomplete, and nothing in vain.” – Aristotle
Welcome to the 25th edition of | Focus |, a photographic journal of innovative designs, combining wood with an emphasis on architecture, interior design and fashion.
This month | Focus | features “Ancient Trees”
For the past 14 years Beth Moon, a photographer based in San Francisco, has been searching for the world’s largest and oldest trees. She has traveled far and wide to capture amazing visual content of ancient historical trees in remote, undisturbed areas.
60 of Beth’s photos are published in a book titled “Ancient Trees: Portraits Of Time”. She says in her artist statement; “Standing as the earth’s largest and oldest living monuments, I believe these symbolic trees will take on a greater significance, especially at a time when our focus is directed at finding better ways to live with the environment”.
Until 2013, a Basin Bristlecone pine, known by the name Methuselah, was the eldest tree on the planet at 4,845 years of age. Methuselah stands in the White Mountains of California, but is no longer the oldest tree in the world. In the same year researchers discovered a different tree, which was also growing in the White Mountains, dating back even older at 5,062 years.
Another ancient tree is located in Abarkuh, Yazd Province, Iran and is a national monument. This tree is an Mediterranean cypress and is known as the Zoroastrian Sarv. It is younger than the two other trees mentioned but is an astonishing 4,000 years of age.
For more information go to earthables.com
“Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.” – Malay proverb