The Smile of Sustainability

Here’s something to put a smile on your face,… the Smile Stool by Fitorio Leksono.

Complete with a removable drawer, this stool has a really lovely form to it.  But it isn’t all about aesthetics.  In fact, it was designed as a way to use up at least a fraction of the amazing amount of waste generated by the furniture industry in Indonesia, while also creating a new handcraft form that could not be replicated by a cheaper, machine made version from China.

Using scraps of teak wood that would otherwise be burned as waste, the stool is formed by hand using an embedded hot rod construction.  The result is both beautiful and sustainable.  I hope we will be seeing many more furniture designs that must be made by hand, in order to preserve the livelihoods of skilled artisans around the world.

Seen on Yanko Design

Etsy Find of the Week – Reclaimed Beam Shelves (and Crazy Animal Heads)

Sometimes simple is best.  This handsome set of curio shelves are made by Etsy seller TheSteelFork from reclaimed barn beams and recycled farm machinery.  Such a nice combination of rustic materials and modern style, don’t you think?  Very on trend.

Of course, if you want to be truly on trend these days, you HAVE to have a fake taxidermy deer head on your wall too, so how about one made entirely of recycled farm equipment?  Check out those wicked antlers!

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Pure Green Living Magazine Issue 5

I’m suffering from the effects of a cold right now, so I’m taking a day of rest, but I’m sure you can satisfy any sustainable design cravings you might have by checking out this gorgeous new issue of Pure Green Living Magazine that was released today!


The Aura Lamp

images by Béatrice Durandard et Océane Delain


Floating above your head like a rustic flying saucer, the Aura lamp is a beautiful marriage between one of the oldest of handcrafts and the latest in lighting technology.  Created by two young French designers, Océane Delain and Béatrice Durandard, who met during an internship at Ikea in Sweden, it immediately attracted notice and garnered them an award and seed money to start the production process.


The lamps are now being created by hand in Northern France.  Here you can see the LED strips being woven into the design.

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Etsy Find of the Week – Upcycled Chairs with Bicycle Parts

This weeks find is a set of four fun upcycled chairs by Etsy seller mattjohnsondesigns. Saved from a house that was being demolished, and stripped of their original orange paint, these chairs were given new life and style with the addition of various bike parts. The decorative medallion across the back is made from aluminum and a mountain bike sprocket.

The seats are woven bicycle inner tubes.
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Trending – Wood Countertops

Granite countertops are SO last decade. So what’s taking their place? Good old-fashioned wood.



It’s always seemed strange to me that in the society where we remodel our kitchens every 10 to 20 years, we like to put in stone countertops that will last for centuries. Doesn’t it make more sense to use a material that, while long-lasting, is also biodegradable at the end of its use? Besides, wood countertops are not only better for the environment, but they have a warmth and beauty that can’t be beat.

There are plenty of sustainable options, including FSC certified wood, bamboo, and reclaimed wood. Take a look at some pretty examples and then take our poll:

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Hoo is That? Selina Rose Owl Rug

Look what cuteness popped up in my inbox this morning…

Selina Rose has introduced a new rug to her wonderful line of wool felt creations.  Inspired by the birth of her own baby, she set out to design a playful, eco-friendly rug, suitable for a child’s nursery.

These rugs are made with environmentally friendly dyes, and are available in three bright, cheerful colors – magenta, acid green, and orange.  Simply vacuum or spot clean to keep them looking as new as the day BEFORE the baby ground Cheerios into them.  And if you love the look, but can’t quite bring yourself to put such a nice rug down for your little one to spit up on, it could always be used as a very decorative wall hanging.

You can read a previous post I wrote on Selina Rose’s fabulous felt creations here.

Not Exactly Friday Wrap-up

I’m afraid the week go the better of me, and I never got around to putting together a Friday Wrap-up for today’s posting.  However, I did manage to get sucked into the amazing world of Pinterest a few days ago, which I confess accounts for a little of my blog negligence this week. I’ll try to make up for it next Friday.  Meanwhile…

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!



Cheap(er) LEDs Are Here!

Best, most efficient artificial lighting source?


Biggest reason given for not replacing less efficient incandescent and CFL bulbs with LEDs?



That excuse is getting harder and harder to give, thanks to LED innovations like the new Lighting Science Group Definity A19 Non-dimmable 40-Watt LED Light bulb, which is now available on Amazon for only $21.98! Read the rest of this entry »

Trending – Felt Chairs

Chairs are the favorite subject of furniture designers everywhere, and felt is today’s sustainable, on trend fabric of choice, so it’s no wonder chairs made of felt are cropping up everywhere.  Whether made of natural wool or recycled PET, the felt used for these chairs provides a soft, cushioned place for your posterior to plant itself, and what could be bad about that?  Check out these examples of stylish sustainability…

Pod for de vorm


Joseph Chair by Lothar Windels

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