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!

Lighting Thursday

August 20, 2009

Here are some great fixtures for you on this lovely Thursday…

 

6-Globe Branching Bubble by Lindsey Adelman

6-Globe Branching Bubble by Lindsey Adelman

 

First up is the 6-Globe Branching Bubble by Lindsey Adelman.  This piece is one of many in her Bubble Series.  Each piece is made to order with hand-blown glass globes and custom metal fittings. The whole fixture can be customized in terms of overall dimensions and number of globes as well as the finishes. The globes come in 14K gold foil, murrine, white cane, aqua, and white and metal finish options include oil rubbed bronze, satin nickel, brushed brass, and brushed 24K gold. There is a 10 week lead time for each piece and the average price is $1600/globe. Depending on the finish, I could see this fixture in a number of places, from a barn like decor to a modern museum.

 

Curly Lamp by Fuz

Curly Lamp by Fuz

 

Next up is the Curly Lamp by Fuz. The Curly Lamp is a recycled plastic translucent shade that you  wrap around a compact fluorescent bulb. It comes in two sizes- small and large with the small measuring 7.5″ x 12″  ($35) and the large measuring 10″ x 15.5″ ($45).  I think it is a great home office lamp.

 

Gloss Lamp by Pablo Designs

Gloss Lamp by Pablo Designs

 

Lastly, this is the Gloss Lamp by Pablo Designs. The Gloss Lamp comes in both a floor lamp ($355)  and a table lamp ($310). It is constructed of twin polycarbonate shades with an aluminum base. The Gloss Lamps can be positioned to practically any angle and varying heights making them incredibly versatile for both ambient and direct light. The acrylic shades come in clear, blue, orange, and bronze and they use halogen lamps.

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).

Neutra Inspired Library

July 27, 2009

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Last week, I read on Curbed La (la.curbed.com) about the new Silver Lake Library and I thought I would share…

The library was designed by M2A Architects and has many Neutra esque features. Neutra is known for his use of bold geometric shapes, airy structures, and for really getting to know his clients and their needs.  Here is some of his work:

Boomerang Chair by Richard Neutra

Boomerang Chair by Richard Neutra

 

Kaufmann Palm Springs House

Kaufmann Palm Springs House

 

Both his furniture and his architecture exhibit his dedication to unique yet simple designs.

Now, the Silver Lake Library:

Reading Room

Reading Room

 

First Floor Room

First Floor Room

 

Staff Seating

Staff Seating

*All pictures above from la.curbed.com

Based on these pictures, I think the architects have done a great job designing the space to echo back to the era of Richard Neutra. The large glass windows give the space an airy, open feel and also allow for more than enough natural light. The bold angular stripes of color create interest in the rooms. And, I love what they have done with the staff seating. Having the workstations angled into the room give the space the geometric shape that Neutra is famous for. Not to mention the library is hoping to attain it’s LEED Gold Certification.

*Update*

I have just been informed by Felicia Filer, Director of Public Art for the Department of Cultural Affairs  for the City of Los Angeles, that there is another major contributor to the Silver Lake Library. That person is public artist Christina Ulke. Christina Ulke is the person behind the bold angular stripes of color as well as many other features throughout the library.

According to Felicia Filer:

“Her artwork “Twenty-Two Thoughts Meet At A Corner” consists of 5 pieces that feature text about Silver Lake’s unique cultural scene, the eclectic mix of modernism, pop culture, and art.
     The 5 thematic areas each use text as the main formal element, and present diverse voices of distinct moments in Silver Lake history. The steel beam, which extends from the library facade into the landscaped garden, contains a quote by Richard Neutra, whose office was nearby. The collection of quotes in the meeting room focuses on the modern Silver Lake. The quotes are painted on the top of underlying structural beams. Above the main circulation desk is a text mural of the Edendale Hills, which transitions between story-telling and identity-based postmodernism. In the children’s area is a playful display of a Wood Guthrie song. The youth area features quotes meandering over the walls in the form of sound waves.
     Ms. Ulke created the piece as part of the Public Percent for Art Programof the Department of Cultural Affairs. This program was developed from a City of Los Angeles ordinance requiring City improvement projects to spend 1% of the construction budget on public art. Ms. Ulke was selected by a competitive process for the commission. She spent a great deal of time and effort researching Silver Lake, and met several times with the architects, library staff, and members of the community while she was developing the work.”

Thank You Christina Ulke for making this such an impactful library. And Thank You Felicia Filer for bringing this to my attention.