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Family house h in Kyoto, Japan, created by Hideyuki Nakayama (previously presented here) for Eizo Okada, editor of influential Tokyo-based design blog dezain.net
The narrow two-storey design features a fully glazed street facade that puts on display the activity of the house.
In order to create privacy while controlling the amount of natural daylight entering the interior, textile designer Akane Moriyama has custom-made a single curtain that hangs from floor to ceiling. During the evening, the slight translucency of the fabric allows the house to glow from inside out.
Check a similar project here.
More details and pics here and here.

Keep it ASS: Abstract, Simple and Subtle

Making good use of anthropomorphism isn’t easy. As you’ve probably already noticed, people may dislike products purely because of their anthropomorphic elements. One way to reduce this risk is to downplay the anthropomorphic qualities: keep it as simple, subtle and abstract as possible. When the implementation is so subtle that most people won’t consciously notice it, they are less likely to be annoyed, while the product can still achieve the desired effect. Abstraction reduces the chance of directly evoking negative emotions, while preserving the positive associations.
The Senseo coffee maker, above, was designed to resemble a butler bowing down to serve a hot cup of java. The anthropomorphic form is not obvious, but it still succeeds in evoking the pleasant sensation of being served.

From the 11 part series The Golden Rules of Anthropomorphism and Product Design by Next Nature. The series is examining how designers can better integrate human-like forms or behavior into their work.

treble

Treble is a LED chandelier designed by  Jason Krugman in collaboration with Sam Baron for Fabrica, United Colors of Benetton’s Communications Research Center in Treviso, Italy.
It is comprised of more than 3000 hand-soldered sharp-focus LEDs, and it appears to change in brightness when viewed from different angles.
Found here.