Re-Imagined Furniture

November 4, 2009

I have been seeing a lot of great pieces of furniture that have been designed with the mindset of reduce-reuse-recycle. Here are a couple of them!

 

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Second Life by William Stranger

William Stranger is know for his innovative sustainable furniture that is mostly made with acquired natural objects such as fallen trees. One of his latest lines is the Second Life line. Stranger took the remnants of a bowling alley and created beautiful works. The line is being exhibited at Fifth Floor Gallery in Los Angeles until November 14th.

 

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Stump Series by Ubico Studio

The Stump Series from Ubico Studio was created when designers started noticing pieces of hardwood in the dumpsters surrounding the Studio. By reinvisoning these scrap pieces of wood, these great stools were created. Each piece is unique and crafted with social responsibility. And at only $195, you can’t really beat the price!

 

 

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Modern Malibu Weekend Home

September 15, 2009

I saw this 700 square feet modern weekend home on the LA Times website and loved how the house was designed and some of the unique features of it.

Malibu Weekend Home by Architects Nick Roberts and Cory Buckner

Malibu Weekend Home by Architects Nick Roberts and Cory Buckner

 

After losing 2 homes in wildfires in 1993, architects Nick Roberts and Cory Buckner designed and created this sustainable weekend home to be fire resistant. By using fire resistant materials such as corrugated Rheinzink panels, fire-rated drywall, cellulose insulation, dual pane windows and a fire rated composition roof top,  the shell of the home was entirely fire resistant.

Malibu Weekend Home Interior

Malibu Weekend Home Interior

The interior of the home was designed with an open floor plan with sunken levels to accomodate the dining room as well as a work space and a loft bedroom above. The architects created the sustainable home by using materials like concrete flooring on the first floor and bamboo flooring on the stairs. The walls are clad in oriented strand board and the team used sliding glass doors and a skylight to achieve maximum energy efficiency.

To me, this home is a great example of innovative sustainable living for the future. More pictures and information can be seen here.

Sustainable Fabrics

August 25, 2009

Here are a few sustainable fabrics I have found that I am loving…

 

Bukhara in Oasis, by Pollack

Bukhara in Oasis, by Pollack

 

This first fabric is called Bukhara in colorway Oasis from Pollack. This Jacquard print is woven in India and is made of 53% silk and 47% cotton, both rapidly renewable fibers. This print is best used in applications that are considered light duty (light use). There are five different colorways. For more information and to see all five of the colorways click here.

 

Habibi, by Rubie Green

Habibi, by Rubie Green

 

This fabric is called Habibi and is by Rubie Green. The unique geometric print is made of 100% certified organic cotton that has not been bleached. They are printed with inks that contain no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and use a printing process that lowers the amount of water used. Habibi comes in black, brown, and red and is $90.00 per yard. To see all the colorways and for more information click here. I would love to use this fabric on an ottoman or a few pillows.

 

Modular Textiles, by Ensuk Hur

Modular Textiles, by Ensuk Hur

 

Lastly, check out this modular textile, Nomadic Wonderland, from Ensuk Hur. This amazing concept was produced out of a textile project in which Hur had the idea of creating a textile that would be “an interchangeable modular system of textile pieces”. In Nomadic Wonderland Hur has used materials ranging from leather, to cashmere, to wool, to wood and has created the pieces using laser cutting and a variety of printing processes. I look forward to seeing more from this great designer!

First up today, a house I found on Curbed LA.

3584 Multiview

3584 Multiview

 

I personally love the staging of the home. It is available for rent or sale and there is an open house this weekend. It has many green features including recycled glass terrazzo tile, cork floors, low V.O.C. paint. And has the added design feature of Jonathan Adler lighting. It is renting right now for $7950. More info here and here.

Next up, from The New York Times. You know that surfboard you have lying around or that old door, how about making it into a table?

Re-Vive Table Legs

Re-Vive Table Legs

Richard Liddle has come up with a solution for all those scrap pieces we have lying around- make them into a table! He has created a “clamp technology with an extended leg” that can be attached to practically anything (as long as its 4″ thick or less) without any tools needed. You can get 4 legs for $160 in either black or orange. More info can be found at branchhome.com

Lastly, an article about Custom Furniture from The New York Times

Tori Mellott's Living Room and Custom Sofa and Coffee Table

Tori Mellott's Living Room and Custom Sofa and Coffee Table

It’s all about the details when it comes to design and what better way to get exactly the details you want then with custom furniture. This is a great article about the ups and downs of getting custom furniture and ways to make it worth your while (and your money).