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Lounge Around

Posted in furniture design, interior design with tags , , , on August 30, 2008 by anonimiss

The Echo Lounge Chair designed by Carlos Fierro of Plug Design is really stunning! It is a simple, beautifully crafted metal framed chair, built entirely without fasteners or adhesives. Timber slats fill the frame, and adjustable wool pieces inserted between each slat provide built-in cushioning. Plus the user can customize the profile of the woolen pieces to provide a plush, personalized fit to meet any ergonomic needs. Not only can this superbly crafted chair adjust to your ergonomic needs, but it’s made with a minimum amount of resources and is 100% recyclable. It is also designed with maintenance in mind, as the wool inserts can be pulled out of the chair, washed, and put back in. Beauty with a purpose, says me…..And while you’re at the designer’s website, also check out the Echo Bench, a nice complement to the chair.

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Cardboard Interiors

Posted in interior design with tags , , , on August 22, 2008 by anonimiss

dARCH Studio has designed this amazing retail outlet for Yiorgos Elftheriades’ Yeshop in Athens, whose highlight is a beautifully sculpted display wall installation. The wall is composed entirely of re-purposed packaging cartons and is built around the existing furniture in the space to give a seamless, streamlined effect. 1,500 pieces of 5mm thick corrugated cardboard were cut into strips and pasted along one of the shop walls and were integrated with illuminated built-in boxes to highlight products. The handmade, biomorphic instalation is made using eco-friendly material.

I liked the fluidity of the design and the way it blends with the rest of the space. And the fact that the material is recyclable makes me give it a thumbs-up.

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Posted in green, product design with tags , , , on August 19, 2008 by anonimiss

Found these Eco-Weekender Bags at Greengrassdesign. They are beautifully handcrafted from recycled feed and rice bags and lined with super soft 100% cotton. This Eco Line is handmade by the disabled and disadvantaged women of Cambodia as part of a self-sustaining enterprise, building a market in the U.S. so that women in Cambodia can count on getting work. Nice.

‘Tag’ This

Posted in graphic design, product design with tags , , on August 12, 2008 by anonimiss

Loved the ‘Pieces of you’ series of products designed and produced by African-born, London-based designer Bridget West . The products include crafts gorgeous housewares, pillows, and throws, from vintage labels and tags that critique the throw-away nature of our consumer existence in a really beautiful way.  You can choose from the Handle With Care pillow, the Delicate Cube, Made in Cube pillow, Bespoke Cusions and many more…. They are not only gorgeous and graphic, but provide an interesting critique on consumer culture- here are beautiful pieces made from remnants of other garments, reminding us that we’re consumers while doing it in a way that celebrates pieces of the old. You can order some for yourselves here.

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Power ‘Pouf’

Posted in furniture design, green with tags , , , on August 11, 2008 by anonimiss

The ‘Cover Pouf’ designed by Alain Bertreau challenges our notion of package design by turning a cardboard box into the base of a waste-free pouf that is fun, functional and easily recyclable. The Cover stool comes in or, depending on perspective, as a sturdy box with a foam pad inside. Just zip the pad around the box and you’ve managed assembly and clean-up in one fell swoop. When the pouf reaches the end of its functionality in your life, you can send the box-turned-furniture off to recycling.

I totally agree with Berteau when he says “It’s very easy to design with style but it’s really difficult to invent relevant solutions. Things can always be improved…at least I’m trying.” The comment was regarding the creation of more stuff in an overflowing world. This kind of forward thinking earned Bertreau a 2007 Index Award for this effortless eco-piece.

And I love the way the pouf matches with the bin in my previous post!

via Inhabitat

Paper or Plastic?

Posted in design with tags , , on August 7, 2008 by anonimiss

I came across this intriguing poster/article at the washington post website and I think the info needs to be shared since it give a useful insight into the eternal debate of whether paper or plastic is a better ‘green’ option. As it turns out, neither of them is ‘green’. Read through the poster to know more.

‘Recycled’ Architecture

Posted in architecture with tags , on August 2, 2008 by anonimiss

Can you recycle architecture? Well, I guess that only means you put a building designed for a particular purpose to some other use (once the original purpose becomes redundant), rather than breaking apart the whole building and starting afresh again. While you’re giving a ‘second life’ to the building itself, you do save a lot of stuff in the bargain…..and you also contribute to the ‘green’ concept. That’s why I liked this ‘Barn’ House so much. Architect Rita Huys of Buro2 skillfully transformed this agricultural icon into a beautiful, modern dwelling.