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Waxing Poetic

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Waxing Poetic

We’ll confess that it was the clean and earthy packaging that drew our attention to Circle 21 scented candles, but it turns out we like everything else about them, too. For starters, this Amarillo, Texas company makes its candles from all-natural soy (not petroleum-based paraffin), and hand pours them into repurposed — Continue reading

Field Trip

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Field Trip

If this is what rural living looks like, then sign us up immediately! The Vancouver-based architect Omer Arbel has designed a house on a Canadian hayfield that takes it’s angular, asymmetrical shape from the 100 year-old timber beams that were—in accordance with the architect’s instructions—used exactly as found, rather than cut — Continue reading

60 Minutes

Categories: Sustainability
60 Minutes

If you don’t think it’s possible for 7 continents and every major city on the planet to agree on anything, you don’t know Earth Hour. Proving that climate change initiatives can actually be fun, this Saturday, March 23rd, marks the 7th go-round for an illuminating little idea cooked up by the World — Continue reading

Coming Clean

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Coming Clean

It’s hard to justify getting excited about an air purifier, but when it looks like this, maybe we’re allowed. Blueair, makers of air purifiers, introduced its Sense model last year to universal acclaim, and no wonder. Designed by the Swedish architectural firm Claesson Koivisto Rune, Sense boasted an exceptionally pure form that — Continue reading

Plastic Look

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Plastic Look

If you think this is plastic, think again. When San Francisco passed a 2012 city ordinance banning plastic shopping bags, the artist Lauren DiCioccio took note by offering up an eco-friendly homage to the flimsy, generic white plastic bag and its crude “thank you” typography. Her version, a collaboration with — Continue reading

Six Sense

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Six Sense

Resolving the mystery of trends—their inception, the speed with which they disseminate, why they resonate—is a task best left to the experts. But we know what we see, and what’s clear to us is that hexagons are most definitely a recurring pattern. Whether for walls, floor or ceiling; applied in — Continue reading

Nordic Green

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Nordic Green

We couldn’t agree more with the selection of emerald as Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year. After all, we’ve got a jewel of our own in the Knoll Risom Lounge Chair, a classic, if there ever was one—and looking particularly fetching here in brilliant green. One of the first designs commissioned — Continue reading

Forest Service

Categories: Art + Graphics, Sustainability
Forest Service

Ok, it’s not officially spring yet, but when we spotted this brilliant, graphic tulip at Timbergram, a UK brand of wooden, screen-printed postcards, we couldn’t help getting a little ahead of ourselves. Made from 4 mm birch, and manufactured in the UK, Timbergrams are greeting cards/announcements patterned after early 20th — Continue reading

Comic Relief

Categories: Art + Graphics, Kids + Baby, Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Comic Relief

Here’s a novel (and green) gift idea for a kid or any comic book-loving adult:  The Letteroom, a UK printing studio, will hand craft upper-case, 3-D letters, using original, vintage comic book pages and 100% recycled card stock. The letters are lightweight, but sturdy, and available in four choices of comic — Continue reading

Changing Winds

Categories: Art + Graphics, Sustainability
Changing Winds

“I want to reinvent the built environment in order to extend the reach of consciousness,” says the ecologically-minded artist Michael Jantzen. Here, he explains his latest concept, The Solar Winds Gathering Place. “The Solar Winds Gathering Place is a design proposal for a large, prefabricated, modular, public art project. In — Continue reading

Thirst Quencher

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests, Sustainability
Thirst Quencher

Whole World Water is a social/ecological campaign aimed at bringing attention to the dual issues of clean drinking water—something which remains inaccessible to millions—and the deadly consequences of plastic run amok. The campaign, which officially launches on March 22, World Water Day, has the pledge of participating hotel chains to replace plastic water — Continue reading

Wrapped Up

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Wrapped Up

The Japanese industrial designer Naoto Yoshida knows something about wood scrap. The son of a furniture maker, he’s long been witness to the byproduct of the furniture making process. Inspired to do something from discarded, but still beautiful, wood scrap, he seems to have hit upon the golden triumvirate of modern — Continue reading

Sleeping Around, the Traveling Pop-Up Hotel

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Sleeping Around, the Traveling Pop-Up Hotel

Shipping containers have become a modern, sustainable design concept, and “pop-up” retailers are all the rage. Combine them, and what do you get?  Sleeping Around, a unique pop-up, shipping container hotel. Here, the term “pop-up” goes beyond the notion of merely making an unexpected appearance. It denotes exclusivity, flexibility and innovation: a — Continue reading

Elpis & Wood: Good Looks, With a Conscience

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Elpis & Wood: Good Looks, With a Conscience

Elpis & Wood, a furniture company based in Marysville, Washington, is that rare company that takes environmental stewardship and social responsibility seriously. Makers of bespoke furniture crafted from reclaimed wood, much of it sourced from the pacific northwest, they “see a world where what seems useless and discarded can be brought — Continue reading

Ethical Jewelry from Ute Decker

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Sustainability
Ethical Jewelry from Ute Decker

Fair trade gold and recycled silver may not be common terms in the jewelry business, but that isn’t stopping the German jewelry designer Ute Decker from building her reputation around sustainable and ethical practices. These dazzling “arm sculptures” are crafted from recycled and ethically sourced silver and gold—and judging by how dazzling they — Continue reading

MINIMIS’s Tiny & Potent 1PUCK LP

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
MINIMIS’s Tiny & Potent 1PUCK LP

Been looking for a ground-breaking recessed floor light with the smallest aperture size on the market? 1PUCK , with an aperture size of a mere 0.4 inch (10mm), also has the smallest fixture diameter on the market (1.18 inch). Created by the talented Austin-based design firm MINIMIS. “Despite its tiny size, — Continue reading

Visit Our Eco Shop!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Visit Our Eco Shop!

Start this year on the right, eco-friendly foot by choosing to buy new furniture for your home that is healthy, happy and good for the environment. You can make this commitment to yourself and the Earth quite easily with our handy and searchable Eco Shop. We demand companies provide hard facts — Continue reading

Abstract Christmas Tree: 1024 Architecture

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics, Sustainability
1024 Architecture

Much of abstract art begs the question: “What is it?”  This abstract public installation of 1024 Architecture’s representation of a Christmas Tree was erected for the Plaisirs d’Hiver event in the city of Brussels (Belgium).       It has blinking led lights of red, green, white, blue and gold — Continue reading

Rosella Resin Modern Eco-jewelry

Categories: Fashion + Trends, Sustainability
Rosella Resin Modern Eco-jewelry

Love Rosella resin jewelry, especially these bangles. Made of a bio-derived eco-resin that’s been certified by the USDA, this is a biobased product made of things like pine oil, not petroleum based! Cast in handmade silicone molds and then sanded to have a smooth and comfortable finish, you can just — Continue reading

Interview: Founders of Somnium Mattresses 2

Categories: Exclusive Interviews, Sustainability
Interview: Founders of Somnium Mattresses 2

In the first part of our interview with founders Rainer Wieland and Susanne Flother of Somnium, a company that has possibly hit on the most perfectly designed mattress ever, we tackled their backgrounds and why they are the perfect pair to bring about real change in the US mattress market.