Kaelyn Garcia’s Organic Cotton and natural silk sateen circle dress.
Nadia Nour is a fashion designer based in New York City. Nadia keeps manufacturing and sourcing supplies for her garments local and uses organics as much as possible - naturally dyed silks, fabrics that are healthy for people and the environment. Her clothing designs are sophisticated, high-end and chic but at the same time organic and sustainable.
Projekt Mobilivre - Bookmobile Project is primarily based in Montreal and Philadelphia. It is a trailer converted into a small mobile gallery and library that showcases handmade books and zines from all over the world. Traveling through Canada and US, this bookmobile visits community centers, schools, colleges, libraries, festivals and artist-run centers. I happened to run into Mobilivre-Bookmobile while I was studying at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and was stunned by the idea of a traveling gallery/library.
Bookmobile is a vehicle designed as a traveling library. Slumgullion, is a collaboration project that strives to create community, empower young voices, and promote literacy and the humanities through the book arts and zines. It is based in Missoula, Montana. Slumgullion’s bookmobile exhibits handmade books, art zines and is just like a regular bookmobile only it is bike powered!
*Above: Patchwork Harmony - http://www.patchworkharmony.co.uk
The wall of a beautiful housewares store Vessel in Boston is made with…...shipping pallets. Nice way to reuse old shipping pallets.
1. Chandeliers by Madeleine Boulsteix are made from old tea cups, jewelry, beads, marbles and kitchen utencils.
2. Droog Design Chandelier made from milk bottles.
Above:The Unicorn is Penned, the Unicorn Tapestries,
the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York City
by William Morris
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.
Really cute tree and nature inspired stackable ceramic cups by Chris Koens!
I love Charley Harper’s print, The Desert.
Wow. Handmade floor mat from old vintage leather belts. Design by Inghua Ting.
Beautiful ceramic plates inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s biological drawings (book named Art Forms in Nature) by Megha Patel.
*above: Ernst Haeckel’s book “Art Forms in Nature”
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.
Apparently, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art now has The Institute for Sustainable Design. It was created in 2008, with support from philanthropist Jack Rudin, as a resource for education, research and public understanding of the principles and methods of sustainability in all design disciplines. “:Central to the mission of the Institute is the development of innovative pedagogies in architecture, art and engineering that will be models for the transformation of learning and practice for a sustainable future” The inagural lecture of Institute for Sustainable Design NEARLY TRAPPED: DESIGN IN THE AGE OF CLIMATE CONSEQUENCES was held at Cooper a few days ago by Paul Sears, distinguished professor of environmental studies and politics.
Also, now Cooper Union has a new logo and soon will have a new building with green features. The building is designed for sustainability, energy efficiency and air quality:
1. Innovative heating and cooling technology
2. An outer layer of semi-transparent mesh screen will create coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter.
3. Carbon dioxide detectors throughout the building will automatically dim power and ventilation when rooms are unoccupied.
4. A co-generation system will produce some power for both the new building and the Foundation building, reducing the need to tap into the outside electrical grid.
5. The deck surface of the green roof will be covered by a layer of low-maintenance plantings.
6. The low-flow plumbing devices and the green roof will save more than 600,000 gallons of water annually.
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!!!
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. (!!!!!) ”
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.
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.
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.
Reform School is a store, web shop and collective based in Los Angeles, CA.
Billie and Tootie write about their store: “We definitely wanted to talk about how sustainable design is a huge focus for us, and that green living is important to us, not only in business but in our personal lives as well. We wanted to be eco-friendly without being too in-your-face about it. The last thing we wanted was to be another shop selling all things hemp & bamboo ( not that we don’t love hemp & bamboo)”
To visit: Reform School.
Chest of drawers by Wis Design made out of discarded drawers rescued from flea markets.
Brie Harrison is a printed textile designer living and working in London. I love her patterns inspired by nature, traveling and children’s books.
Yeni Mao is an artist currently living and working in New York City. He works in painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. Yeni created ceramic vase that is two siamese birds with no heads. This is a weird and extremely beautiful object that changes meaning when flowers are put into the vase.
REPLAYGROUND makes journal notepads from cereal boxes. They are packed with blank pages of recycled paper and the cover is a reclaimed cereal box cardboard.
Buddha Bowl is a cup and a bowl at the same time! Imagine drinking your tea from a cup the size of the bowl or drinking soup out of the bowl when you are sick? Awesome!
This is something I saw on designsquish. This is wood that is made out of newspaper, not vice versa. The paper is rolled in the way that it has similar characteristics as natural wood log. The paper is glued to each other by water soluble glue.
Great way to restore old chairs!
&MADE is one of the UKs freshest consultancies for ethically conscious contemporary design. Located in a former mid 20th Century doss house overlooking a tributary of the River Thames, they have grown from their birth in 2005 into an award winning studio, working in product, furniture and spatial design. With an extensive knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes and a background of new technologies and engineering , &made demonstrate a unique creative process, with a commitment to conscious design. One that has been recognised by the Design Museum, MoMA and Terrence Conran.