House & Home (128)
Trying a home on for size
Arremprar is a company offering a new kind of contract to rent and/or buy a house in a specific area of Lisbon called Alta de Lisboa. People can rent a house, with the option of buying it available until the 60th month. If it is then purchased, up to 40% of the rent payment will be taken from the final buying price.
Why it matters
The economic downturn had an immediate effect on the real estate market. This kind of solution provides a way in for would-be buyers who are cautious of a definite commitment in times of economic uncertainty. This low-commitment/temporary trend that we have seen in the car market is now gaining ground in the property market. Will we see more house and home brands acknowledging the transient housing trend with fully rentable/exchangeable offerings?
Decoclico is an online shopping site which proposes personalised decoration of objects. It has created an innovative service call "Fées Pour Vous" (Fairies for you). The concept? It’s a community of 100 French designers in charge of creating tailor-made objects . The "fairies" work across every material. They embroider, paint, and propose ideas with plenty of imagination in order to deliver unique products to consumers.
Jean Paul Gaultier has collaborated with the furniture editor Roche Bobois. Together they have created a new furniture range that is exhibited at the fashion department store, Galeries Lafayettes.