MUSHROOM TABLE

dinner plates
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Jason Miller (Jason Miller Studio) challenges the rules that surround modern day consumer items.

mushroom table

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December 18, 2009

YAKKAY FASHIONABLE BIKE HELMETS

fashionable bike helmets from europe

fashionable bike helmets from europe

Yakkay (with a slogan: “brainwear for smart people”) develops and produces these fashionable bike helmets.


December 17, 2009

CERAMIC SUPERORDINATE ANTLER CHANDELIER

antler chandelier, miller studio

antler chandelier, miller studio

‘Seconds’ are items, which, in some way, are not quite right. They are imperfect and therefore of lesser value. But who made these rules that we use to judge perfection? Who says the decoration has to be in the center? Who says a whole bird is better than half a bird? Who says a flower can’t grow down? - Jason Miller

Ceramic Superordinate Antler Chandelier by Jason Miller (Miller Studio)


November 11, 2009

RAG CHAIR

        rag chair

Chair made from recycled , reused fabric pieces /  discarded scraps. By Fernando and Humberto Campana from Brazil.


October 19, 2009

ANTIQUE VINTAGE TABLEWARE

old vintage bowls

old vintage plates

Red Chair Antiques.  Found on Wabi & Sabi blog.


October 12, 2009

BOOKSHELF

bookshelf made from recycled books

Book’s Shelf. Bookshelf made from books by Bernardo Gaeiras, Rietveld Academie Sandberg Institute.


September 12, 2009

BIODEGRADABLE ORGANIC MOSS CARPET

Biodegradable moss planter, organic carpet consisting of assortment of mosses


Biodegradable moss carpet


Biodegradable moss planter(organic carpet consisting of assortment of mosses) by Japan-based flower artist Makoto Azuma  

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September 06, 2009

ELECTRIC CAR…... FINALLY

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Nissan’s electric automobile (EV) is set to go on sale in Japan, the U.S. and Europe next year. The blue hatchback had a sporty design and a recharging opening in the front. Nissan has promised that the Leaf, which goes into mass-production as a global model in 2012, will be about the same price as a gas-engine car such as the 1.5 million yen ($15,000) Tiida, which sells abroad as the Versa, starting at about $10,000.


August 03, 2009

SUSTAINABLE HOUSING: EARTHSHIP

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An Earthship is a type of home made of natural and recycled materials.  Earthships designed by Earthship Biotecture  and are built from 45% recycled materials - tires, bottles, cans.  Earth-filled tires utilize thermal mass construction to naturally regulate indoor temperature. Earthships also usually incorporate their own special natural ventilation system.

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Earthships are built to utilize the available local resources - energy from the sun, rain. For example, windows on the sunny side admit light and heat, and the buildings are often horseshoe-shaped to maximize natural light and solar-gain during winter months. Likewise, the thick, dense outer walls provide effective insulation against summer heat.
Internal, non-load-bearing walls are often made of a honeycomb of recycled cans joined by concrete and are referred to as tin can walls. These walls are usually thickly plastered with stucco.

Sustainable housing: Earthship

The Earthship costs next to nothing to operate annually and is independent of all municipal utilities.  Earthship Biotecture has a building prototype that harvests its own electricity and water; contains and treats its own sewage;  and heats and cools itself without fuel and produces a significant amount of food.


August 02, 2009

RECYCLED WINDOWS GLASS HOUSE

Modern house from recycled windows, Christiania

Glass house made from recycled glass windows in Freetown Christiania, neighborhood/commune in Copenhagen, Denmark created during the hippie movement. Christiania has its own flag and its own set of rules independent from the Danish government. Within Christiania itself no cars are allowed, stealing is forbidden as well as violence, guns, knives, bulletproof vests, hard drugs and bikers’ colors.





July 19, 2009

SUSTAINABLE TRAILER PARK

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Emergency Response Studio, by Paul Villinski, is a solar-powered, mobile artist’s studio, rebuilt from an old trailer. An artist needs to be mobile and free just in case of the ocean water rising because Greenland is melting, and other devastating natural disasters, such as Katrina in New Orleans. 


PLASTIC WORLD INTO CERAMIC

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Ceramic rubber duckie by Futility l.t.d Really cool.

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Ceramic milk carton bt Hanna Risgaard.

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FLOATING ECO-ORIENTED BARGE HOUSE

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The Waterpod is a floating art project, community and living space on a barge. The structure is built from recycled wood, billboard sign material, metal and powered by a hybrid solar/wind system that also runs all on-board equipment.  The barge also incorporates a garden with vegetables (lettuce, sunflowers, corn, eggplant and e.t.c ) grown with purified water from the vertical agriculture. Four artists live on the barge and are very friendly to talk to you about their project.  There is also a chicken coop made from recycled shipping crate previously used to ship artworks. 


July 03, 2009

CROCHETED LAMPSHADES

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Above: Crocheted lampshade at Michele Varian, photo from Apartment Therapy.

The other day I was walking in Manhattan on the Lower East Side and discovered an amazing store full with all kinds of vintage, restored and designer objects.  One of my favorite is a crocheted lamp shade. The fabric is starched to maintain its form. 

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Above: Michele Varian on Crosby Street, NY


June 11, 2009

VERTICAL GARDEN RENAISSANCE

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Patrick Blanc is a contemporary garden designer from France who basically “invented” the concept of a vertical garden.  What Patrick did is invent a hydroponic structure on which plants can easily grow vertically without any soil.  Essentially plants need water and minerals dissolved in it.  Many plants in the wild grow on vertical surfaces - rocks and cliffs. Many plants have the root ability to grow without any soil as long as there is sunlight, minerals and water.  Being soil-less, vertical gardens are very light and thus easy to implement on any wall.  Metal frame is installed that supports two layers of polyamide felt . These layers mimic cliff-growing mosses and support the roots of many plants. A network of pipes provides a nutrient solution containing dissolved minerals.  The roots of the plants take up the nutrients they need, and excess water is collected at the bottom of the wall by a gutter before being re-injected into the network of pipes.
In towns there are a lot more vertical free spaces than horizontal ,  Blanc says.  I wish to see many of them turned into a garden. 


CATEGORIES:   LIFESTYLE, GARDEN,

May 30, 2009

STILL LIFES WITH WILD STRAWBERRIES

Flemish Painter, Osias Beert,  Still Life with Cherries & Strawberries in China Bowls


Osias Beert the Elder
Still-Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls
1608 Oil on panel
19 5/8” x 25 3/4”

One of my favorite Flemish vanitas paintings is “Still Life with wild Strawberries” by Osias Beert the Younger. Vanitas is a type of still life painting popular in Northern Europe in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th - 17th centuries. The word “vanitas” is Latin, meaning “emptiness” and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of vanity. Paintings executed in the vanitas style are meant as a reminder of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure and the certainty of death.

Osias Beert's Still lide with Strawberries


Osias Beert the Younger
Still Life with Wild Raspberries
Oil on Panel
11.2” x 15.6”

STILL LIFES WITH FLOWERS

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Pieter Brueghel the Younger
Still Life with Flowers
1601-1678



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Jan the Elder Brueghel
1607 Oil on wood
98 x 73 cm



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Brueghel Jan the Elder
Still Life with flowers in a Glass


May 26, 2009

FURNITURE MADE FROM NATURAL FIBERS

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Casamento, located in Cape Town, South Africa individually hand crafts furniture using recycled frames and only natural fibers throughout: natural non-allergenic fibers: sisal, raw cotton wadding, horsehair jute webbing, hessian and flock natural fibers.


May 18, 2009

VERTICAL HERB GARDENS



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Love the idea!!


April 21, 2009

I LOVE: ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT

william morris wallpaper design, arts and crafts movement

william morris wallpaper design, arts and crafts movement

william morris wallpaper design, arts and crafts movement

I love these beautiful nature inspired wallpaper designs by William Morris.  William Morris was an English architect, furniture and textile designer, artist, writer, and socialist associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement.  The Arts and Crafts Movement was a British, Canadian, and American aesthetic movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries that influenced arts, crafts and architecture. The Arts and Crafts Movement was inspired by the writings of John Ruskin and a romantic idealization of a craftsperson taking pride in their personal handiwork. The movement was a reaction to the eclectic revival of historic styles of the Victorian era and to “soulless” machine-made production aided by the Industrial Revolution.


March 29, 2009

RECYCLED LEATHER BELT FLOOR MAT

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Wow. Handmade floor mat from old vintage leather belts.  Design by Inghua Ting.


March 11, 2009

CERAMIC PLATES INSPIRED BY ERNST HAECKEL BIOLOGICAL DRAWINGS

ceramics inspired by nature,ceramic plates inspired by Ernst Haeckel's biological drawings, design squish blog

Beautiful ceramic plates inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s biological drawings (book named Art Forms in Nature) by Megha Patel.

 Ernst Haeckel's biological drawings - Art Forms in Nature, design squish blog

*above:  Ernst Haeckel’s book “Art Forms in Nature”


March 07, 2009

CROCHETED CLOCK BY STANLEY RUIZ

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Siesta stiffened crocheted doily by Stanley Ruiz . This is really nice.  I even was thinking of making it myself - taking old lace, stiffening it with starch…  but it probably would not be as nice as the one above.


March 06, 2009

MOSS RUG

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This moss rug is perfect! I found it on Environmental Graffitti Blog.  - “Created by Switzerland-based industrial designer La Chanh Nguyen, the small indoor greenspace features three types of live green mosses - ball moss, island moss and forest moss - that grow in individual “cells” of plastazote, a decay-free foam” The moss carpet absorbs bathroom moisture. Mosses flourish in damp, humid environments such as bathrooms.  You probably will need to have a window of some sort in the bathroom because i think moss also likes sunlight, but otherwise this is a great idea.
I always wanted to have a bed out of moss.  Moss is really soft and good to sleep on.  I know this from experience. Once I was in the forest and I was very tired. I found a large field of moss the size of a bed. I slept on it for three hours.  The idea of moss as a carpet or rug is only natural. In fact, I am seriously considering growing my own moss rug. 


February 12, 2009

MANILLA MADE - BLOG ABOUT ALL THINGS ETHICAL

vintage glass salt and pepper shakers

MANILLA MADE is a blog about all things ethical organized by Helen Cuthbert, a textile designer in UK.  All things ethical are all things handmade, recycled, bright and colorful! I love this blog.
My favorite pieces on this blog are:  vintage glass salt and pepper shakers, handmade shadow lanterns made out of recycled metal food cans, and soy teacup candles!!!

handmade shadow lanterns

soy teacup candles


February 07, 2009

GRAHAM HILL INTERVIEW



I just found this interview with Graham Hill, the founder of Treehugger.com about Planet Green! Elephant journal says: “Years ago, back in the dark days of pre-Green Fad-dom (2004)<—:):), our smoggy future looked black. Four years later, Green is the new Black. (!!!!!) ”


OLD AND VINTAGE

I just found this amazing online store called Three Potato Four.  Three Potato Four is started by Janet Morales & Stu Eli because of their love of collections. The store features old and vintage home decor objects, tableware and toys.


January 30, 2009

REDECORATING FURNITURE - SILKSCREEN, STENCILS

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Marlies Spaan and Jolanda Muilenburg silkscreened patterns on beech wood cabinets and wardrobes.
I was also thinking, if you are tired of your old furniture and if your furniture is simply very boring and ugly, it is possible to achieve similar effect by adding some pattern to your furniture through using stencils or wallpaper. I do not know though if it is going to look as beautiful as the wardrobe on the picture above.


January 26, 2009

WOOD HOOKS FROM TREE BRANCHES

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Simple and natural hooks from tree branches by Live Wire Farm. Is there a more universal hook? I beleive it is even possible to make one yourself from fallen tree branches. 


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