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Bombay Sapphire Distillery by Thomas Heatherwick Studio

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Bombay Sapphire Distillery by Thomas Heatherwick Studio

A pair of glass greenhouses mark the entry to the stunning transformation of a 300 year old paper mill on the southern coast of England into a ravishing sustainable gin distillery. The work of Britain’s Thomas Heatherwick Studio, the refurbishment of Laverstock Mill from a derelict site to Bombay Sapphire’s new distillery, is both an architectural and ecological wonder, — Continue reading

2Modern Fanimation Sale Highlights National Ceiling Fan Day

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
2Modern Fanimation Sale Highlights National Ceiling Fan Day

You’d be forgiven for not knowing that today is National Ceiling Fan Day. An green initiative spearheaded in 2013 by the American Lighting Association, fan manufacturers, and leading energy conservation groups, the aim of National Ceiling Fan Day is to draw attention to the intrinsic energy efficiency of fans over — Continue reading

Bamboo Tricycle by Vietnam’s A21 Studio

Categories: Kids + Baby, Sustainability
Bamboo Tricycle by Vietnam’s A21 Studio

Vietnam’s A21 Studio has impressively fashioned a prototype for a child’s tricycle, using primarily untreated bamboo stalks. By applying a natural resource plentiful in Vietnam, the studio conceived of a design with seat and back rest comprised of thick bamboo stalks, and thinner bamboo components making up the handlebars and dowels that hold the — Continue reading

New at 2Modern: Lighting by Castor

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
New at 2Modern: Lighting by Castor

Canadian design studio Castor has taken up-cycling to novel and ironic heights with a chandelier made entirely from burnt-out light bulbs. Designers Kei Ng and Brian Richer, who founded Castor in 2006 with the intention of recasting common and discarded materials in unexpected ways, keep things interesting with a range of — Continue reading

Racing to Save Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Racing to Save Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House

The only private residence in Florida to have been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is in danger of crumbling—a fate that the non-profit Spring House Institute desperately hopes to avert. Given landmark status in 1979 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and then placed on its 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list earlier this — Continue reading

Exclusive Sale: 15% Off + Free Shipping On Staach Furniture

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
Exclusive Sale: 15% Off + Free Shipping On Staach Furniture

The Cain Collection of chairs, stools, tables and benches by New York design studio Staach exemplifies their belief that modern, affordable furniture can be built both locally and sustainably. By sourcing FSC certified maple, shipped directly from timber mills in New York and Pennsylvania, and hand fabricating and finishing pieces — Continue reading

An Austrian Village Gets 7 Fancy Bus Stops

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
An Austrian Village Gets 7 Fancy Bus Stops

The village of Krumbach, Austria, boasts something that no other city in the world has: bus stops—seven of them—designed by an international list of architects. The end product of a project called Bus:Stop, the structures were created via collaborations with local craftspeople and businesses to help boost tourism in Krumbach. — Continue reading

Manulution Sale: Save 25% on Select Designs

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Manulution Sale: Save 25% on Select Designs

A wood carving tradition that dates back to the 19th Century and the Bosnian town of Konjic is still practiced by Manulution, a modern furniture company that pays homage to a Balkan craft perfected over the course of four generations. Manulution’s sustainably sourced European hardwoods find expression in simple forms — Continue reading

Ikea Puts Singapore Shelter Dogs On Show

Categories: Sustainability
Ikea Puts Singapore Shelter Dogs On Show

There’s nothing cute about millions of animals doing time in shelters, waiting to be whisked off to a loving home—only to be put down when the wait becomes too long. But Ikea’s inspired marketing campaign, aimed at finding homes for shelter dogs, is plenty heartwarming. Teaming up with creative agency — Continue reading

NewspaperWood Cabinets by Studio Vij5

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Milan Furniture Fair 2014, Sustainability
NewspaperWood Cabinets by Studio Vij5

Dutch design brand Vij5 has introduced a collection of cabinets partly comprised of NewspaperWood, a composite material they helped develop in 2011 with designer Mieke Meijer. Reversing the wood-to-paper process, NewspaperWood is born of layers of newspapers, which, when rolled and sliced, expose patterning akin to that of wood rings. — Continue reading

3Form’s Eco-Friendly Full Circle Series

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
3Form’s Eco-Friendly Full Circle Series

3Form, makers of architectural surfaces, has a sustainable, socially responsible answer to expanding its translucent Varia Ecoresin product line. The company’s Full Circle initiative mines the skills of artisans across the globe for the hand-crafted decorative elements used in creating its Varia Ecoresin panels, a material comprised of 40% pre-consumer — Continue reading

Alice Tables by Serralunga

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Milan Furniture Fair 2014
Alice Tables by Serralunga

Italian outdoor furniture company Serralunga presented a suite of new offerings at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, with the Alice table by Milan designer Patrizia Pozzi playing the charming attention-getter. Alice delivers on the whimsy its name implies, with a table-top of molded (100% recyclable and UV protected) polyethylene that looks — Continue reading

The Solar Powered Current Table

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
The Solar Powered Current Table

London based designer Marjan van Aubel has designed a table which harnesses solar power that can then be used to charge portable devices. A collaborative project with Swiss solar panel company Solaronix, van Aubel’s clean and modern Current Table ingeniously substitutes a standard table top for a grid of bespoke — Continue reading

Healthier Sleep With Drift Light

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Healthier Sleep With Drift Light

Capitalizing on research that shows we’re just not getting enough sleep, or at least the proper kind of sleep, lighting products company Saffron, makers of the well-named Drift, think they’ve got a solution. An energy efficient LED light bulb, Drift looks ordinary enough, fits into a standard light socket, and — Continue reading

Recycling Made Easier With The Rag Bag

Categories: Sustainability
Recycling Made Easier With The Rag Bag

Swedish clothing retailer Uniforms For The Dedicated is proposing a novel approach to recycling—with a shopping bag that graphically encourages a clothing donation with each consumer purchase. The Rag Bag is a shopping bag which, when turned inside-out, morphs into a mailing envelope, postage-paid and pre-addressed. Customers are urged to — Continue reading

Yves Behar Promotes Connected Gardening, With Edyn

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Yves Behar Promotes Connected Gardening, With Edyn

Even novice gardeners have big dreams, and Edyn, a new gardening system, promises big things to weekend gardeners and expert growers, alike. A two-component system—a sensor which, when ‘planted’ in garden bed, monitors soil conditions and transmits the data via a smart phone app; and a solar-powered valve which automatically — Continue reading

Coca Cola Imagines ’2nd Lives’ for Coke Bottles

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Coca Cola Imagines ’2nd Lives’ for Coke Bottles

When life gives you lemons…. With ongoing bad news related to sugary drinks, and its undeniable complicity in the proliferation of plastic waste, the Coca Cola company may be forgiven for feeling a bit persecuted of late. But, give them credit for trying to generate some good eco-centric press for — Continue reading

2Modern Interview: Ben Copeland of Copeland Furniture

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
2Modern Interview: Ben Copeland of Copeland Furniture

For the venerable Vermont-based furniture company, Copeland Furniture, the concepts of environmental stewardship and sustainability, far from being buzzwords, are intrinsic to the company ethos. A recipient of the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) Sage Award for environmental excellence, Copeland’s longstanding commitment to exceptional design and manufacturing standards is reflected — Continue reading

The Cat’s Meow: Lui Cat Scratcher

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
The Cat’s Meow: Lui Cat Scratcher

Pet owners who’ve long since subjugated their aesthetic desires in favor of keeping their furry friends happy have something to finally crow about. The Lui Cat Scratcher from Brooklyn design studio Modko is handsome enough to be mistaken for human seating, but presents an ideal scratching surface, lounging area, and — Continue reading

Trumpet Coatstand from Denmark’s Mater

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Trumpet Coatstand from Denmark’s Mater

The fact that the impossibly elegant Trumpet Coatstand, designed by Danish brand Mater, is crafted a world away from Denmark—in Jaipur, India—goes to the heart of the Mater brand. Founder Henrik Marstrand sees Mater as an antidote to consumerism which turns a blind eye to social and environmental transgressions. “I — Continue reading