Archive for ‘eco-friendly’

March 28, 2009

Finne Architects – nature`s elegance

House in Semiahmoo, Washington

House in Semiahmoo, Washington

The architecture studio Finne Architects has an established style, all their own, deeply rooted in the craftsmanship of carpentry and largely influenced by the great modernist, Frank Lloyd Wright. Strangely enough, their buildings bear witness to how a specific architectural signature evolves by following one`s own style and attitudes.

Finne architects` houses are highly specific, beautiful works of art and each is unique. Their uniqueness is derived from an interactive relationship with the natural surroundings. A perfect example of really good architecture should be placed in the nature.

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House in North Cascade - side view

House in North Cascade - side view No 2

House in North Cascade - side view No 2

House in North Cascade - front porch

House in North Cascade - front porch

January 9, 2009

Some like it raw – Brent Comber

brent comber obakki shop interior

brent comber obakki shop interior

Brent Comber is well known for his shattered tables and stools made of solid wood. His work relies heavy on the beauty of nature and natural objects, and is eco-friendly at the same time – using pieces of wood that wolud otherwise be descarded.
Now, at showrom of Obakki, a canadian store that showcases local designs, Brent Comber has made the largest ever design piece from shattered wood.
See other beautifull spaces with Brent Comber`s art/pieces at his site

detail and view of counter, obakki

detail and view of counter, obakki

detail of shop display piece, obakki

detail of shop display piece, obakki

December 14, 2008

Inventive or clever?

camelia washing liquid, by MUJI award 03

camelia washing liquid, by MUJI award 03

Have you seen the results of the third MUJI competition?

I think my favourite is the “cameila washing-up liquid”  by Huang Yi Tang. This clever taiwanese has remembered what was used in past for washing the dishes – a powder-like residue from making camelia oil, which has antimicrobial and oil absorbing capabilites.

Now, this age old taiwanese invention has been translated into new context, thanks to MUJI, the world famous brand with talents like Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison, this time in the role of judges at the MUJI award 03 competition.

See other winners at MUJI award 03 site or read on for a resume of awarded works.

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September 20, 2007

Aswoon studio at Ann Taylor

This is a picture of shop-window display at Ann Taylor’s store on Madison Avenue in New York, for which Susan Aswoon was commissioned to make backdrops, using her own design of “spring screen” – a hanging screen made of interconnected reclaimed springs taken from mattresses. Susan Aswoon`s studio is a great example of beautiful objects made from reclaimed materials and industrial excess materials.

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September 8, 2007

Blu Dot furniture and affordable housing

According to the Blu Dot news bulletin, the weekend home of their co-founder has been published in Met Home, of which you can see some pictures here.

The home boasts an average of only 117$ per square foot, and it looks nice too.

Read on for the integral text from Blu Dot`s press release, plus some new products.

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August 20, 2007

Architecture at the Bahamas – young talents at Cotton Bay

Cotton Bay, a luxurious private community, located on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas, has recently run a Young Architects Design Competition. The goal of the comptetition was to design homes/villas that would be offered to investors to choose from. The jury included, amongst others, architect Richard Meier and India Hicks, doughter of David Hicks. Ecology and sustainability were taken into account when judging the projects.

See the first three nominations below.

First prize: Will Shepphird

Will Shepphird

 

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July 28, 2007

Phosphorous shine

lumaglas

Lumaglass™ makes use of Electroluminescent (EL) light in a film form which is fixed onto the inside of the profiled glass panels. This EL Lamp works by using an alternating current that excites phosphor crystals, which in turn emit light. Lumaglass™ is an environmental friendly light that requires low energy consumption and little to no maintenance. LumaglassTM has been launched by Westcrowns Contracting Services group. This light will never burn out completely!

via materia

July 17, 2007

Industrial felt made beautiful

 jjacus

American designer Josh Jacus has added another design to his choice of eco-friendly products, this one called  the WINEPOCKET : A communion between bottle and bag. It`s made of gray industrial wool felt made from factory excess (85% wool and 15% mixed fibers).