NEW TREND: TINY HOUSE LIVING

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“Man can better set up in a small house than in a huge castle.” - Leo N. Tolstoy

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“With the loved ones you can be happy even in the smallest of places.” - Leo N. Tolstoy.

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July 03, 2010

INDUSTRIAL VINTAGE FURNITURE

industrial vintage chair

Old workshop seat.

industrial vintage furniture, coffee table made from recycle cabledrum

Coffee table from recycled cable drum.

industrial vintage chair

Chair from old sewing factory.

pillows from produce sacks

Pillows from vintage produce sacks.

Images from ArtKraft Furniture and Design.


June 28, 2010

FLOWERS OF UPSTATE NEW YORK AND ONE BUTTERFLY

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wild flowers of upstate new york, harriman state park, design squish blog

wild flowers of upstate new york, harriman state park, design squish blog

wild flowers of upstate new york, harriman state park, design squish blog

wild flowers of upstate new york, harriman state park, design squish blog

Photos taken in Harriman State Park, NY + motylek (small butterfly)


SOVIET ENVIRONMENTAL POSTERS

soviet environmental posters, design squish blog, red book protects nature

“Red List protects nature” - The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, founded in 1948, is the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species.

soviet environmental posters, birds-doctors of the forest

“Protect birds - they are doctors of the forest”

soviet environmental poster

soviet environmental poster, design squish blog

“Cut down one - plant ten”

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“Welcome, my feathered friends!”


June 25, 2010

DIY UNIVERSAL GARDEN PLANTERS

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Old bathtubs, shipping crates and barrels are great “upcycle material” for DIY planters.
Above: Old barrels as planters in San Diego, California.

Bathtub garden baskets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn:

bathtub garden

bathtub garden

bathtub garden

bathtub garden

bathtub garden

Below: Shipping crate as garden planter.

shipping crate as garden planter

 


SUN BOXES

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Sun Boxes  are installations by Craig Colorusso powered by the sun via solar panels. There is a different loop set to play a guitar note in each box continuously. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.

The sounds of Sun Boxes have been described as both soothing and energizing. A unique combination of adjectives often used to describe yoga, or meditation. When experiencing the piece, Sun Boxes allows the participant to slow down, and notice the subtleties of the composition unfold. With the abundance of technology and hustle of this culture it is a much needed concept to not only be allowed, but also encouraged to slow down.


June 22, 2010

DISPOSABLE PLATES FROM FALLEN PALM LEAVES

eco friendly, disposable plates made from fallen palm leaves

eco friendly, disposable plates made from fallen palm leaves

eco friendly, disposable plates made from fallen palm leaves

VerTerra’s disposable tableware is a great alternative to plastic and paper plates. It is made from fallen palm leaves and water only and biodegrades naturally within two months.


June 07, 2010

TWIG CHANDELIERS

twig chandelier, nature inspired

Above: Willow branch chandelier. 

twig chandelier, nature inspired

Above: Hickory Branch Chandelier.

twig chandelier, nature inspired

Above: Hickory pendant light.

Handmade twig chandeliers inspired by nature.  Found in Collier West.


June 06, 2010

A FOREST FLOOR STILL LIFE…

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Forest Floor Still Life by Otto Marseus Van Schrieck. Otto was a Dutch painter best known for mysterious dark close-ups of the live undergrowth of forest floors that give detailed views of
wild flowers, weeds, thistles, and mushrooms, lives of insects.

Even though it is not really a still-life, I think this painting is particularly amazing because of how still it is.


June 04, 2010

CHAIR REDESIGN BY JETCKE GROOT

chair redesignchair redesignchair redesign

chair redesignchair redesignchair redesign

Chair redesign by Jetske Groot.  Jetske finds old chairs, carefully disassembles them and recycles them into new chairs that reflect their past history. Jetske calls her series “Multiple Family”


June 01, 2010

ECO-FRIENDLY DESIGN, NATIONAL DESIGN TRIENNIAL, 2010

eco-friendly book led lamp, green design, design squish blog

Book LED floor lamp. The lamp’s shade opens and closes like the cover of a book. As the shade opens wider, the light shines more brightly, and as it closes, it gradually dims and turns off. Made from recycled aluminum.

biodegradable coffin

Simple, non-toxic, eco-friendly biodegradable coffin!

eco-friendly stackable chairs

Eco-friendly chairs made from strawboard. (Strawboard, a formaldehyde-free material made of compressed straw- an alternative to wood particleboard or fiberboard)

invisible street light

Invisible Street Lights designed by Jongoh Lee are in the shape of tree leaves and can be wrapped around tree branches.  During the day, these leaf structures mingle in the tree’s natural leaves, harnessing and storing sunlight. At night, they provide a poetic alternative to streetlights. 

National Design Triennial is on right now at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York City.

 


May 28, 2010

ECO-FRIENDLY FUTURE PERFECT

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Scrap wood chair. (Perfect DIY idea)

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Skateboard wheels rotating table. (Great idea for reusing skateboard wheels)


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Button toy. (Great idea for reusing buttons)

Future Perfect is a good new design store in
Williamsburg and East Village, New York.

 


May 26, 2010

LAND ART /  FOREST ART

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Signe Parsegel land art.

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Forest Art Wisconsin.

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Michel de Broin “Superficial”


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May 18, 2010

ICFF 2010

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icff 2010, international furniture fair, design squish blog

Lamp made from scrub pads and chandelier made from
plastic spoons by Daisuke Hirawa.

icff 2010, international furniture fair, cork-bowl

icff 2010, international furniture fair, cork-lamp

Tiago Sa Da costa creates bowls and lamps out of natural material - cork. 

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Hand knitted recycled cotton and leather bags by Lana Williams

icff 2010, design squish blog

Colorful, environmentally friendly wood blocks by Miller Goodman.

icff 2010, scrap lights

icff 2010, scrap lights

Scrap Lights made of recycled cardboard.


REDESIGNING SPEAKERS

speakers by stanley ruiz

Log speakers by Stanley Ruiz - http://stanleyruiz.com  Stanley’s speakers are composed of only wood and metal. “It is a very lo-fi, unassuming approach to product design.  Improvisation is a major part of my process” - Stanley.


birch log speakers by stanley ruiz

birch log speakers by stanley ruiz

Ceramic speakers by Joey Roth: 

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The speaker system is reduced to its most simple form.  It is also made out of all natural materials consisting of porcelain, cork, and birch.

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redesigning speakers with natural materials

 

 


May 14, 2010

IRINA ZATULOVSKAYA

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Irina paints on old wood boards, closet and wardrobe doors, metal pieces or simply on rocks she finds.  Irina’s paintings remind of Russian Orthodox icons, Avant-garde 1910-1920 and Russian folk art.  She paints portraits of Russian writers, happy couples, books, subjects and objects from villages and dacha life.  Irina says: The objects I paint on are just means of expression but their past affects my paintings. I find them in the garbage ...or they find me.

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, portrait. 2004. Oil on reclaimed wood. From “Russian Writers” series.

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Requiem. Series of portraits. 2000-2001. Oil on wood

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Nikolai Semyonovish Leskov, portrait. 2004 from “Russian Writers” series.

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Sugar. 2002. Oil on found metal.

Irina Zatulovskaya contemporary Russian art

Beloved vegetable garden. 1995. Oil on wood.

 


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May 10, 2010

FURNITURE DESIGNED TO REUSE SHIPPING CRATES

furniture designed to reuse shipping crates

Reused shipping crate shelves / drawers by Linda Jose.  Furniture designed to reuse shipping crates.

furniture designed to reuse shipping crates

furniture designed to reuse shipping crates

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May 08, 2010

ECO ART: DEAD STAR

ECO ART: DEAD STAR BY MICHEL DE BROIN

ECO ART: DEAD STAR BY MICHEL DE BROIN

Sculpture by Michel de Broin made from discarded batteries.


April 19, 2010

BIKE RIDE TO FORT TILDEN

bike ride to fort tilden, Fort Tilden, Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, NY

bike ride to fort tilden, Fort Tilden, Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, NY

Located on the Rockaway Peninsula Brooklyn, NY, Fort Tilden is mostly a natual area that was a former United States Army installation.  Fort Tilden today is largely a natural area of beach, dunes and maritime forest. Most of the old military installations are abandoned, though some buildings have been renovated and are used by local arts groups. Atop one of the old batteries, Battery Harris East, is a viewing platform offering 360-degree views.  Fort Tilden includes some of the most secluded beaches in New York.


DESIRE FOR PERMANENCE

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“Biopsy” photograph series by Yedda Morrison

This work takes as its starting point the human desire for permanence, a desire made acute by the inevitability of our passing. If photography itself is a manifestation of this desire, our attempt to arrest or “still life,” plastic plants and flowers are a low-rent corollary. Suspended mid bloom and scattered throughout graveyards and empty parlors, they offer the promise of perennial youth, an eternal flowering, life ever after. Fake flowers both immortalize and render static the natural world. As such, they articulate a crisis between beauty and horror, desire and loss, artificiality and “the natural.” In our fall from the “pre” or “no” time of Eden, we have landed squarely in the artificial garden, the stilled remains of paradise. These sights of frozen or no time and the scale, duration and technology that make them possible, work to articulate a world where boundaries between the real and the artificial are increasingly blurred. If, in our contemporary moment, we are experiencing a gradual substitution of the machine for the body/mind, the image for the thing, and the simulation of the environment for the environment itself, then perhaps we are realizing Robert Smithson’s “frozen actuality,” the hallucinatory disjunction where “nothing is known but the impenetrable surfaces,” where “the artificial ingenuity of time allows no return to nature.”

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photography, yedda morrison, design squish blog


April 13, 2010

BIKE REPAINTED AND RESTORED IN THE STYLE OF GZHEL CERAMICS

Old Bike repainted and restored in the style of Gzhel, folk russian ceramics

Old Bike repainted and restored in the style of Gzhel, folk russian ceramics

Old Bike repainted and restored in the style of Gzhel, folk russian ceramics

Old Bike repainted and restored in the style of Gzhel, folk russian ceramics

Gzhel ceramics

Old rusty bike found on garage sale restored and repainted in the Gzhel style of ceramics. Gzhel is a Russian style of ceramics which takes its name from the village of Gzhel and surrounding area, where it has been produced since 1802.


April 08, 2010

MORE PARKS IN NEW YORK CITY: BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK

brooklyn bridge park

brooklyn bridge park

Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre park currently under construction on the Brooklyn waterfront in the vicinity of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. As of March 22, 2010 the first newly built section of the park, Pier 1, has been open to the public. !!!!!!!!!!!!


March 30, 2010

THE ART OF KITCHEN SHELVING

shabby chic reused wood kitchen shelves, flea market cups

Reused shipping crate wood for shelves, glasses and cups from grandma’s garage, flea market or thrift store and a few handmade ceramic bowls.
Done!

Image found on beautiful blog by Anna Rikje, photographer and musician from Germany currently living in New York City -  I Truly Like That.

 


DINOSAUR TRUE COLORS

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The discovery, which the researchers reported last week in Nature, supports research showing that birds are dinosaurs, having descended from a group of bipedal dinosaurs called theropods.
Dr. Prum and his colleagues, meanwhile, had set out on a similar quest. Working with paleontologists at the Beijing Museum of Natural History and Peking University, the researchers began to study a 150-million-year-old species called Anchiornis huxleyi. The chicken-sized theropod was festooned with long feathers on its arms and legs.

mohawk dinosaur true colors
Above: Mohawk Dinosaur

Scientsts were able to assign color to individual feathers and thus work out color patterns for the entire fossil of Anchiornis huxleyi, a small, feathered, two-legged dinosaur that lived roughly 150 million years ago.  The animal would have weighed about four ounces (110 grams) and appears to have had a dark gray or black body and wings with some white feathers that gave it a stripe pattern, plus a reddish-brown crest and speckles on the face. ( Source:  New York Times and Discovery News)


EARLY SPRING MOSS

early spring moss

after winter moss

moss after snow early spring

Early spring moss in upstate New York. 


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March 21, 2010

A SET OF MISMATCHED DINING CHAIRS

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Sets of mismatched dining chairs. Life becomes much easier with mismatch!  Photos from Emma Blog, unpolished Life and Apartment Therapy.

mismatched dining chairs set, unpolished life

mismatched dining chairs set, unpolished life

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March 10, 2010

DIY:  BIRD CAGE LAMP

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I see a lot of old beautiful bird cages in the garbage. I think I threw out a few as well a long long time ago. What I did not know is that they can be transformed into beautiful lamps. This re-purposed bird cage lamp above is by PSPCA ( Philadelphia Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).  The curtain will naturally diffuse the light acting as a lamp shade!


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