Patrick Maignan, a robust gray-haired farmer, lives alone on his farm, surrounded only by the freshly plowed wheat fields of this lonely corner of northern France.
A collaboration between Parisian industrial design firm Eliumstudio and German appliance company Rowenta, the Naturalis lets users make beauty products right at home, using all-natural, easily-accessible ingredients.
Courbefy, in the Limousin region, comes complete with 19 buildings and a swimming pool and at one time had a population of around 200, although it is now largely deserted.
â€œIt took 18 months of research and development to achieve the final product,â€ explains Eric Grassi, commercial director of Copyphot.
Maisonia Deal is a group buying program (think Groupon) for building a new home in France.