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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Gaze Up at the Northern Lights From One of These Glass Igloos

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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

The idea of an igloo—especially one in the Finnish wilderness, set beneath a spectacular Northern Lights display—is as romantic as it gets. When it comes to practical application however, few among us would choose a snow shelter (cozy as it might be) over a well-heated abode with running water and electricity.

Thankfully, the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Saariselka, Finland offers the mystique of the quintessential northern lights experience with some added comfort. Its “Igloo Village” contains 20 thermal glass igloos, where you can cozy up and watch the aurora borealis while nice and warm.

The resort is located just north of the Arctic Circle in Urho Kekkonen National Park, where the northern lights can be seen about 200 days a year. The glass igloos are available from August through April, which is considered prime time for spotting the aurora borealis. The glass igloos are equipped to prevent frost, keeping the view clear so you don’t miss a thing—even in temperatures that are well below freezing.

A stay in a two-person glass geodesic dome will set you back around $455 a night. The resort also offers a variety of outdoor activities, as well as a restaurant, ice bar, and smoke saunas for when you need to thaw out. And if glass igloos aren't for you, the resort also offers snow igloos, log cabins, and new “Kelo-Glass igloos” that combine the best of both worlds.

Valtteri Hirvonen

Valtteri Hirvonen

Valtteri Hirvonen

All images courtesy of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.

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One of Frank Lloyd Wright's Final Residential Designs Goes on Sale in Ohio
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In case you’ve missed the many recent sales of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed real estate, you have yet another chance to secure yourself a historical starchitect home. The Louis Penfield House is being sold by its original owners, and it could be yours for a cool $1.3 million. The restored Usonian home in Willoughby Hills, Ohio has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2003.

The house is currently a vacation rental and, depending on the preference of the new owner, it could continue to operate as a tourist destination. Or you could take it over as your private residence, which sounds pretty luxurious. It still has a floor-to-ceiling glass-walled living room that looks out on the Chagrin River, and comes with all the original furniture Wright designed. Like Wright’s other Usonian homes, it has a radiant-floor heating system that draws on a natural gas well onsite.

A retro-looking living room features floor-to-ceiling windows.
A bedroom is filled with vintage wooden furniture.

Around the same time as the original commission, Louis and Pauline Penfield also asked Wright to create another house on an adjacent property, and that home would prove to be the architect’s final residential design. It was still on the drawing board when he died unexpectedly in 1959. The sale of the Penfield House includes the original plans for the second house, called Riverrock, so you’d be getting more like 1.5 Frank Lloyd Wright houses. Seems like a pretty good deal to us.

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IKEA Publishes Instructions for Turning Rugs Into Game of Thrones Capes
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Game of Thrones is one of the most expensive TV shows ever produced, but even the crew of the hit HBO series isn’t above using an humble IKEA hack behind the scenes. According to Mashable, the fur capes won by Jon Snow and other members of the Night’s Watch on the show are actually sheepskin rugs sold by the home goods chain.

The story behind the iconic garment was first revealed by head costume designer Michele Clapton at a presentation at Los Angeles’s Getty Museum in 2016. “[It’s] a bit of a trick,” she said at Designing the Middle Ages: The Costumes of GoT. “We take anything we can.”

Not one to dissuade customers from modifying its products, IKEA recently released a cape-making guide in the style of its visual furniture assembly instructions. To start you’ll need one of their Skold rugs, which can be bought online for $79. Using a pair of scissors cut a slit in the material and make a hole where your head will go. Slip it on and you’ll look ready for your Game of Thrones debut.

The costume team makes a few more changes to the rugs used on screen, like shaving them, adding leather straps, and waxing and “frosting” the fur to give it a weather-worn effect. Modern elements are used to make a variety of the medieval props used in Game of Thrones. The swords, for example, are made from aircraft aluminum, not steel. For more production design insights, check out these behind-the-scenes secrets of Game of Thrones weapons artists.

[h/t Mashable]

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