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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

Sara Landeta’s Pharmaceutical Box Illustrations

Categories: Art + Graphics, Sustainability
Sara Landeta’s Pharmaceutical Box Illustrations

If to be an artist means to find beauty in unexpected—and ugly—places, Madrid-based Sara Landeta may be an artist in the truest sense. Landeta, a prolific young illustrator with gallery representation, has embarked on an intriguing project in which the insides of pharmaceutical boxes, of all things, serve as canvases — Continue reading

Nigeria’s Makoko Floating School

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Nigeria’s Makoko Floating School

London’s Design Museum announced its 2013 Designs of the Year winners yesterday, and we don’t mind saying that while a glamorous building by Zaha Hadid was the winner in the Architecture category, our favorite of the 13 architectural nominees remains a humble project being realized a continent away in Lagos, — Continue reading

New from Knoll: Olivares Aluminum Chair

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
New from Knoll: Olivares Aluminum Chair

When you author a book called The Taxonomy of Office Chairs, it’s safe to say you’ve amassed an impressive knowledge base regarding chairs. And with that knowledge tucked away, Jonathan Olivares went about methodically creating the perfect outdoor chair, “not too heavy, certainly not too light, more comfortable than anything — Continue reading

H2O Glass Carafes from Niche Modern & Charity: Water

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
H2O Glass Carafes from Niche Modern & Charity: Water

Glass design studio Niche Modern, makers of graceful glass pendant lighting, has just announced a new collaboration with Charity: Water, the non-profit organization that has made it a goal to bring clean drinking water to some of the world’s most impoverished areas. To commemorate the collaboration, Niche Modern has created — Continue reading

Designs of the Year 2014: Ultra Light Ripple Table

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Designs of the Year 2014: Ultra Light Ripple Table

A wood dining table that weighs less than 20 pounds is one of the nominees for Designs of the Year 2014, as just announced by London’s Design Museum. Selected as one of 6 nominees in the furniture category was Benjamin Hubert’s super skinny, ultra-light Ripple table, which was launched at — Continue reading

Seattle’s JCOCO ‘Couture’ Chocolates

Categories: Art + Graphics, Sustainability
Seattle’s JCOCO ‘Couture’ Chocolates

‘Artisan’ chocolates are so yesterday; it’s time to move on to ‘couture’ indulgences. Enter Seattle’s JCOCO chocolates, which, in addition to super smart recycled packaging in a range of vibrant monochromes, has adopted a fashion-centric hook as its visual identity. Owner Jean Thompson has imbued her chocolates with the kind — Continue reading

Toothpaste that Cleans Up With Water-Saving Awareness

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Sustainability
Toothpaste that Cleans Up With Water-Saving Awareness

Anyone accustomed to absently keeping water running whilst brushing teeth can count on a daily scolding from STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME!, a German brand of personal care cosmetics that aims to keep the issue of water conservation front and center. Organic ingredients and (pseudo) generic black-and-white packaging reinforce — Continue reading

Illuminating Bubble Chandelier by Souda

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Illuminating Bubble Chandelier by Souda

Useful objects made from recycled plastic bottles aren’t necessarily novel, but beautiful objects that nakedly expose those raw materials are. The Brooklyn design studio Souda (a Japanese word that Souda claims translates into “oh, yeah!”) has designed and fashioned a sparkling chandelier made entirely of post-consumer PET bottles without bothering — Continue reading

Noteworthy Cause: Public-Supply Notebooks

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Noteworthy Cause: Public-Supply Notebooks

Obsessive writers and doodlers (count us in) know the value of a good notebook, and the notebooks designed by Brooklyn-based Public-Supply have a double dose of goodness to recommend them. To be sure, we like their austere, utilitarian beauty, and we always appreciate a superior, responsibly-sourced, American-made product; but it’s — Continue reading