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Elevator Bed

France-based furniture designer Espace Loggia has created a line of "elevator beds" that can quickly and easily be raised from the floor to the ceiling to maximize floor space in small living spaces. Available in a variety of designs and sizes (double, queen and king), the beds can be adapted to reach different heights, depending on who they're for, and the lift mechanism is activated with a simple push. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Supercar Garage House

Think of this $4-million home in West Bellevue, Washington, as a luxury apartment meets multi-level garage. In addition to the two bedrooms and three bathrooms, there's room for 20 cars (or more) inside the custom-made garage, which includes a custom lift. Should you get bored of whatever is on television, simply head on over to the bar for a drink, or just glance over at the marvelous car collection. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why people are awesome.

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Floating Home Amazing

From a distance, this just appears to be a raft, but get closer, and you'll see it's an incredible floating home. Designed by Singapore-based architect Dymitr Malcew, this living space not only boasts floor to ceiling windows for expansive 360° ocean views, but it is constructed entirely from sustainable materials. Inside, there's 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room, kitchen, and even a terrace. Unfortunately, it was built for a private company based in France, and not for sale. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Workbed Desk

Designed by Ines Kaag and Desiree Heiss of BLESS, the Workbed (No. 33 Artistcare Collection). lets you easily transform your bed into a work space, making it great for small spaces. With just a simple flip - no electronics required, the desk turns to bed. The designers have even included special bed sheets that stay attached to the underside of the table / mattress even while it's being converted. A small shelf is great for storing your little trinkets - gadgets, chargers, etc. - and what not. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Tiny Beach House

When is a beach house, not just a tiny shack on the sand? When it looks like the magnificent tiny home you see above, which was designed by architects Crosson Clarke Carnachan. It's located in New Zealand and easily movable, since the entire structure is on wooden sleds. The 40-square-meters of space is plenty, complete with a kitchen, dining, living area, bathroom and two sleeping areas to top things off. The front facade doubles as a shutter / awning that provides shade during on extremely bright days, while the double height steel framed glass doors keep wildlife, like birds, out. There's a worm tank waste system and separate potable grey water tanks for sanitation. Continue reading for more.

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Amchit Residence Lebanon

At first glance, this may look like a scene from a sci-fi flick set in the future, but it's just the Amchit Residence in Lebanon, one of the coolest-looking bachelor pads you'll ever see. Designed by Blankpage Architects, this stunning ocean view home in Nahr el Mott, has minimalist rooms connected by outdoor bridges. The living room and kitchen, on the mid-level, are surrounded by floor to ceiling glass windows, suspended lighting, along with dark hardwood floors. The master bedroom on the third level has unobstructed views of the ocean that lets you wake up to dreamlike scenery. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Cabin in Woods

Graphic designers, techies and geeks alike who live in concrete jungles, like NYC as well as Los Angeles, sometime need to take a breather outside of the city. Scott Newkirk came up with the perfect solution when he built this off-the-grid 14 x 14 foot cabin from reclaimed wood in Yulan, New York. He spends time here during the summer months to clear his mind and unwind. Throw on some solar panels, and you'll be ready to stargaze with your high-powered telescope. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Scanomat Coffee Tap

Forget traditional coffee makers, Scanomat TopBrewer has your cup of Joe on tap. At first, it looks like a water faucet, but upon further examination, the device would be revealed to be a kitchen accessory, but rather a coffee faucet. The under-counter installation hides a multitude of components that allow for a variety of coffee drinks to be made on demand, including several espresso drinks, thanks to its capability to store and froth milk. Beans are freshly ground and utilized depending on what type of drink is selected on either the touch-screen interface or a compatible phone or tablet, and then delivered via the faucet for near instant beverage service. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a parrot that laughs like a super villain.

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Zippo Rugged Lantern

Zippo's Rugged Lantern is not only touted as the world's brightest LED lantern, at 220 lumens, but it can withstand a 5-foot drop, thanks to rubber corners. Rain or even floating in a body of water will not damage this rugged lantern. To extend battery life simply turn down the brightness, and you'll be ready to rock for up to 59-hours of continuous use on the lowest setting. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Off-the-Grid Shipping Container Home Tiny

Photo credit: Living Big in a Tiny House

Believe it or not, this 20-foot shipping container was transformed into a tiny off-the-grid house. Dspite its size, this living space has everything that you need to survive quite comfortably. Owner Brenda Kelly used only 4 of the 6 meters of the shipping container to keep it under 10 square meters (107-sq-ft) and thus not requiring council consent. Unlike many tiny house designs, the living room of this container house is located above the sleeping area to keep things open and airy as possible. Continue reading for more amazing container homes.

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