Sustainable Art for the People – Paperwork by Ugallery

I don’t know about you, but I just want to bury my face in these roses…

This beautiful image is one of two brand new, limited edition artworks available starting today from Paperwork.  Titled “San Francisco, CA 2010″, it is by photographer Alex Greenburg, and is printed on archival quality bamboo fiber art paper.  Yep, bamboo!

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A New Habit – Habitat for Humanity

This last Saturday, I finally had the opportunity to do something I’ve wanted to do for years – volunteer on a Habitat for Humanity project.

I’m not sure what I expected to find when I got to the work site, but it sure wasn’t this… Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Wrap-up – 8/20/10

Happy almost weekend everyone!

Image via Yanko Design

I realize I might be stretching things a bit to include tree planting robots on an interior design blog, but, they’re so eco-friendly and CUTE!  And besides, isn’t it better than the usual apocalyptic robot future we usually see?  (Yanko Design)

Lot’s more to look at this week…

How about a garden made of 40,000 books? (Inhabitat)

Speaking of Inhabitat, they’re having a back to school contest.  Get your eco-academic groove on with $150 worth of green school gear. (Inhabitat)

Green interior design pioneer, Penny Bonda, details the ups and downs of her own recent kitchen renovation.  Turns out even the experts can make the occasional mistake. (Design Green Blog)

Check out these trippy LED embedded wood stools. (re-nest)

Renters, it’s still possible to live green! (Los Angeles Times)

And, since I ran out of time last Friday to do a Wrap-up, here are a couple of good articles from last week that you might find interesting -

Is this the best use of 500 SF in New York City? Possibly anywhere? (Treehugger)

And what is our devotion to cheap, easily broken stuff really doing to us?  How did we go from a toaster that could last 50 years, to one that only costs $5 (and lasts about as long as it takes you to get it home).

I’ll be working on a Habitat for Humanity build tomorrow, and then collapsing in a heap Sunday.  How about you?  What kinds of fun things do you have planned now that Summer is winding down?

Montreal’s Moving Day = SCRAP

One city’s trash,…

is an artist’s treasure.

And thus began the SCRAP project by Mao, (aka Marjolaine Poulin).  I love this “Rocking Robot”.  Can you spot the little guy? Read the rest of this entry »

Announcing Artisans & Interiors

There isn’t enough time in the day to write about all the amazing artisan work I run across in the course of what I do.  So in the interest of getting their work out where you can see it a bit more quickly, I have started a new mini-blog on Tumblr, called Artisans & Interiors.

I’ve devoted it to images of handmade furniture, fabric, tile, and anything else I think is of interest to those who appreciate individually handcrafted interior design elements.  Short on words, but long on inspiration, I hope you will enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoy sharing the beautiful items that are featured.

Table Lamp or Lamp Table? – Zeroombra Wall Lamp

My Cuteometer is going into overload with this new lamp from Zeroombra.

Is it a lamp, a table, a wallhanging, or all of the above?  Whatever you want to call it, I think you’ll agree, it’s darn cute.  Just look at that banana yellow! Read the rest of this entry »

From Wine to Wallpaper – Trend USA

The world is awash in wine bottles.  And whiskey bottles, vodka bottles, beer bottles,… and – for those of you teetotalers – sparkling water bottles.  Even with the economy in the slumps, or perhaps because of it, we sure go through a lot of bottles.  So what can we do about it?

Well, Trend USA has decided to turn wine (bottles) into wallpaper!

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A Treasure – Trove Wood Veneer

Gorgeous.  Simply gorgeous….

Also haunting, ethereal, sublime, and a bit luscious – all at the same time.

This beautiful line of wood veneer wallpaper from Trove, including the Alcyone design shown above, is available in a wide variety of cloth backed, FSC certified veneers, such as maple, oak, cherry, walnut, birch, and bamboo..  Any motif from their library of wallpaper designs can be chosen, and printed in sizes up to 42″ wide x 120″ high.

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“That Girl” – Marlo Chair

As soon as I heard the name of this chair was “Marlo”, my brain did one of those connections things where it went from chair, to Marlo Thomas, to “That Girl”, to being eight years old, lying on the floor of the living room and watching re-runs, dreaming of one day growing up to have a husky voice, perky attitude, killer eyelashes and a cute and devoted boyfriend.   What does that have to do with this chair…?

Nothing really, except the name – and perhaps the perky attitude.

Created by SAGE in Design from bamboo that was bent without steaming, the Marlo chair features an eco-friendly recycled tire inner tube seat.  I find the form of this chair fascinating, especially that dramatic split down the middle.  Seriously, what holds the chair together? Read the rest of this entry »

Evolution, Revolution… – Namibia Credenza

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world…

If this blog had a theme song, it would most likely be “Revolution”, by The Beatles.  After all, we are writing about the revolution going on in areas as diverse as technology and handcraft.  We are also writing about the evolution of the interior design profession as we attempt to meet the changing needs of our planet – needs such as sustainability, non-toxicity, and energy efficiency.

So if “Revolution” is our theme song, this credenza would have to be our theme furniture.  Why?  Well, take a look inside…

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