You won’t find Shaggy or Scooby Doo in one of these rides, but those-in-the-know are converting vans into epic transports for road tripping or even — gasp! — tiny homes. And why not? You get to define life on your own terms and experience the freedom of the open road — all in approximately 50 efficient square feet. We had the opportunity to recraft an airstream for Great Parks Neighborhood and now we’re obsessed! (Can you say, “Yes, we van!”) Although van life is small in size, it’s big in design potential. From retrofitting a van with porthole windows to give it a nautical feel, to installing a rooftop solar system that gives them endless energy options, to planning a well-designed kitchen and bed, vanlifers are finding that they don’t have to compromise style to gain a home sweet (traveling) home.
You can say many things about Pantone’s choice for Color of the Year, but one thing is for sure: Ultra Violet is a bold statement. When rolling out its annual prognostication, the Pantone Color Institute heralded Ultra Violet for its creative inspiration – and for a good reason. Artists David Bowie, Prince and Jimi Hendrix counted on shades of the bold color to express their individuality. This hypnotic hue invites you to visualize your unique mark in the world – or at least your corner of it – and hurdle limitations holding you back.