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Author: Natasha Casteel

Get Growing!

Categories: Sustainability
Get Growing!

With Food Map’s garden on wheels, there’s no excuse not to grow your own veggies at home.  Here in New Mexico we have sunny, clear days but are still experiencing cold, high desert nights.  The Food Map Container is perfect for us.  We can start our plants in the sun — Continue reading

Rethinking the Bedside Table

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Rethinking the Bedside Table

Tight on space in your bedroom?  Bring your bedside table off the floor and onto the wall with these two new bedside shelves from the Swedish company Maze International.  It is the goal of Maze to “work towards an upgraded view of today’s furniture through constant questioning of existing views — Continue reading

The Wood Co-Op

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
The Wood Co-Op

While in Vancouver we made daily trips to Granville Island, visiting the great Public Market and exploring numerous shops featuring some of British Columbia’s most talented designers.  One of our favorites was The Wood Co-Op. The Wood Co-Op is Canada’s premiere showcase for quality handcrafted contemporary design. The Gallery opened — Continue reading

Discarded, Recovered, Repurposed

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Discarded, Recovered, Repurposed

"SCRAPILE is the collaborative work of designers Bart Bettencourt and Carlos Salgado. Seeking to create a positive environmental impact with their work, these two have developed a unique method of collecting and repurposing discarded scraps of wood from New York’s woodworking industry."  No two designs are ever quite the same, — Continue reading

Heading to Vancouver

Categories: Local + Travel
Heading to Vancouver

I’m leaving today for Vancouver in anticipation of IDSWest, which starts on Wednesday.  I’ll be checking back in next week with news and photos of the latest design trends and products from the show.

Knu Desks

Categories: Sustainability
Knu Desks

FSC-certified sustainably harvested wood is used to produce these elegant Knu Desks.  I love the lightweight feel, curved lines and gorgeous woods used by Knu, and feel good knowing that the company utilizes good stewardship practices to produce their line of furnishings.  Combining style and sustainability, Knu uses the most — Continue reading

What’s Old is New Again

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
What’s Old is New Again

What’s green, new and antique all at once?  Why a sofa or chair from MetroSofa, of course.  They take antique wood frames, rescue them from a landfill, and turn them into something "new" and unique for your modern home.  Not only can you feel good about recycling these high quality — Continue reading

Still Stubborn

Categories: Art + Graphics
Still Stubborn

Melissa Stiles got her degree in Architecture because someone told her she couldn’t do it.  So it goes without saying that her Stubborn Art Jewelry could not be more aptly named.  Now based in Portland, Oregon, Melissa creates unique rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and cuff links in stainless steel, silver — Continue reading

To Boldly Go Where No Wallpaper Has Gone Before

Categories: Art + Graphics
To Boldly Go Where No Wallpaper Has Gone Before

From her Walls 2008 collection, designer Camilla Diedrich gives us the bold, light-drenched Nature Wallpaper.  Her paper, inspired by the illusion of light that emanates from textiles, is available in eight stunning colors.  These papers take on a rich 3-D quality, owed to Diedrich’s inspiration from architecture.  "I’ve always liked — Continue reading

60 Grit Design

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
60 Grit Design

60 Grit Design founder Amy Stein believes that good design is much more than clean lines.  The Vancouver-based designer and architect feels that "each project begins with an inquiry; be it material, structural or conceptual." Materials used in their custom pieces include birch, maple and apple wood, as well as — Continue reading

Kurve

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Kurve

Vancouver-based Kurve Studio Furniture will be represented at IDS West in March, and I’ll definitely be stopping by their booth.  Each piece is designed and handmade by self-taught furniture maker Enrico Konig.  His contemporary urban furniture utilizes hardwoods, veneers and even metal, incorporating old-world techniques and modern technologies.

Rock a bye Baby

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Rock a bye Baby

Manuel Kloker’s Private Cloud bed will help you rock your cares away as you drift into dreamland.  Taking up little more space than a normal bed, the Private Cloud also features a stabilizing bar, if you plan to get too rowdy and don’t want to rock.

Don’t Blow Off Steam

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Don’t Blow Off Steam

Rikke Hagen’s Steam Table Lamp melds a funky retro-style with a bold turquoise cord, turning the traditional lamp on its head.  As Hagen states, ”The keywords with this new lamp have been to capture power and energy in their basic forms. Because the very essence of light is energy. I — Continue reading

Shimmering Sculpture

Categories: Art + Graphics
Shimmering Sculpture

Kenneth Wingard’s Op Art collection will help lend an air of understated glamour to your home.  Constructed of dozens of mirrors on movable wire, these pieces of wall art can be adjusted to capture the light as it moves through the room.    

Are You Listening?

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Are You Listening?

Take your tunes into the shower, rock out at the kitchen sink, or chill out at the beach with these TearDrop iPod Water Resistant Speakers.  Battery operated, these little cuties can be used for iPods or other MP3 Players.

Transformers

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Transformers

Designer Akemi Tanaka has created beautiful, eco-friendly, transformative furnishings that are perfect for small spaces. The Tagei Coffe Table, constructed of bamboo plywood, quickly converts to a bench with two side tables.  Remove the cushion to reveal a hidden storage compartment. The Futaba is a coffee table and loveseat in — Continue reading

New Zealand Pendants

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
New Zealand Pendants

Recent winner of the 2007 Green Leaf Award for Artistic Excellence and the 2007 John Britten Award from the Designers Institute in New Zealand, David Trubridge was inspired by both ice crystals and coral when he created his New Zealand lights.  As David so eloquently states, " I make forms — Continue reading

Pretty, Spinning Things

Categories: Art + Graphics
Pretty, Spinning Things

Fold Bedding is now officially Wallter, and in addition to their bedding and wall art, they have created a new line of mobiles for your home. Made of lightweight powder-coated steel and available in several color combinations, these mobiles arrive pre-strung and ready to hang.  A matching ceiling mounting plate — Continue reading

Bordbar

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Bordbar

Bordbar has "recycled and pimped" the standard aviation trolleys and created something functional and unique for your home or business.  Choose from nearly twenty graphic designs in a variety of colors for the outside, and enjoy the flexible shelving system inside. 

Turn Over a New Leaf

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Turn Over a New Leaf

Designed by Yves Behar for Herman Miller, the Leaf Light was the Gold Award winner at the Neocon Show in Chicago.  This advanced LED light sculpture is touch activated, and available in a variety of color options.