Top Ten Design Finds From Maison & Objet Paris 2016

January 31, 2016 by

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It was apparent during my recent visit to the design show Maison & Objet in Paris, that furniture and home accessories brands traditionally known for interior products are venturing outdoors.

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As evidence of the trend toward indoor-outdoor living, the show … Read More...

Feel the Love: Valentine’s Day Gift Picks

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Sure, Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday cluttered with stacks of sparkly cards, boxes of candy hearts, and teddy bears bearing signs professing love. But there’s no need to be a curmudgeon about it.

Valentine’s Day gifts don’t have to … Read More...

Growing Food In a Plug-In Urban Farm Pod

January 19, 2016 by

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What if you could grow your own food in the city on a farm that automatically cultivated and harvested the food for you? That’s the vision of the designers of the “living” Urban Farm Pod, a new concept for grow Read More...

Smart Gardening Tool For Newbie Urban Gardeners

January 13, 2016 by

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So you suddenly find yourself at the intersection of knowing and growing, an urban purlieu where creativity, knowledge, and gardening meet. 2015 Red Dot Award winning design concept, New Zealand industrial design student Alex Hofmans-Walter’s Planter is a seed Read More...

Tiling the Walls With Floating Planters

January 12, 2016 by

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Crumpled Tyvek and cast concrete take on organic forms to become wall tile planters in the hands of San Antonio, Texas-based architect/designer, Taeg Nishimoto.

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Inspired by geological formations observed in satellite images, SEED takes on unpredictable shapes when Nishimoto creates … Read More...

Visions of an Urban Holiday Season

December 25, 2015 by

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Sightings of comfort and joy: holiday windows and lights, from New York City to Connecticut, Washington, DC to New Orleans, and across the pond to Munich, Germany…

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Holiday Season in Munich, Germany

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20 Best Urban Gardens Stories of 2015

December 22, 2015 by

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Have we told you lately that we love you? Well we do. And here’s what you loved in 2015.

Your favorite stories of the year included plants growing up walls and on countertops. You loved hydroponic and aquaponic gardens and, Read More...

Plantscaping With Modular Urban Planters

December 21, 2015 by

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Borrowing stylistically from post-Soviet architecture, Russian industrial designer Maxim Scherbakov’s modular Plantscape explores the concept of plants surviving in environments unsuitable for plant life.

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Created with Alexey Galkin, co-designer at their St. Petersburg studio Plan-S23, Plantscape is a nod to … Read More...

Got Designs on Paris: What’s Trending at Maison & Objet 2016

December 15, 2015 by

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I’ve spent a good amount of time in Paris, one of my favorite cities. Paris just oozes style and even a casual stroll through the streets provides an abundance of impromptu design inspiration.

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Counter Culture: Back to The Roots Growing Kit

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This holiday season turn your kitchen counter into an indoor farm.

The Growing Gift Set from Back to the Roots, whose aquaponic Water Garden we previously featured, contains their Organic Mushroom Farm, Water Garden fish tank, and Garden-in-a-Can for growing Read More...

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