The Power of Moss: Biophotovoltaic

July 18, 2014 by

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A modern designed table that incorporates the bright green life of moss is as urban-garden-chic as you can get. But wait there’s more.

The moss on this table has a job to do—and that job is to generate power. That’s … Read More…

Using MRI Brain Scans to Co-Design Everyday Objects

July 5, 2014 by

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Expanding on the idea of the sharing economy where we crowdsource ideas and designs then crowdfund them into production, Dutch artist Merel Bekking brings high technology into the fold adding another dimension to this human process.

Unveiled at FuoriSalone’s Ventura Lombrate at Milan’s Salone de Read More…

Five Overlooked Plants In the Landscape

July 2, 2014 by

Calochortus venustus pink Don M. DavisCalochortus venustus, photo by Don M. Davis

Some plants are familiar to almost everyone. But then there are those that, no matter how many great characteristics they have or how easy they are to grow, they never quite catch on.

Here are five … Read More…

A Milan Secret Garden and Wellness Concept Lab

June 30, 2014 by

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What was once an historic movie theater within the green Parco Trivisio of Milan’s fashionable Brera design district, debuted last year as a secret garden and wellness concept lab for Gessi, the Italian Private Wellness Company.

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Appropriate to the building’s origins, the Gessi … Read More…

One Aquaponic Rooftop Farm to Go Please

June 25, 2014 by

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It’s hard to disagree with the fact that urban rooftops could provide a huge playground for urban farmers. Rooftop gardens do exist of course, but in a city like New York with an endless number of industrial buildings, there could … Read More…

Staying Alive: The Scoop on Plant Vitality

June 17, 2014 by

USDA HArdiness Zone MapThe United States Department of Agriculture’s Hardiness Zone Map. Image courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture.

In 1960, the United States Department of Agriculture developed the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to help gardeners choose the right plants Read More…

Milan Design Week 2014 Green Design Trends: Integrated Indoor Edible and Ornamental Indoor Gardens

June 1, 2014 by

caesarstone-urban-islands-with-plantersCaesarstone featured Urban Islands incorporating plants directly into the solid surface. Image by Caesarstone.

Green was trending everywhere during last month’s Milan Design Week 2014. Stylish, sustainable, and integrated edible and ornamental indoor gardens and microgardens sprouted everywhere. And I … Read More…

The Quad Bar: Flexible Furniture For Small Space Entertaining

May 29, 2014 by

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For those who love to entertain but don’t have the luxury of a grand ballroom to host guests, the Quad Micro Bar by Joe Warren may be the ideal stylish, small space solution. From standing bar table to party-of-four, the Read More…

Celebrate Your Poor Soil With a Mediterranean Herb Garden

May 23, 2014 by

CU garden 300 Stuy cropMediterranean herbs growing among annual Salvias and Marigolds. Photo by Nicole Brait.

If you have nutrient poor soil don’t despair, you have the beginnings of a great Mediterranean herb garden.

Not only do Mediterranean herbs thrive in nutrient poor soils, … Read More…

Durinox: My New Stainless Steel Friend With Benefits

May 5, 2014 by

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Having recently returned from an amazing design-infused trip with BlogTour Milan to Milan Design Week, I am now beginning to process and absorb the myriad design innovations and cutting edge trends I experienced there.

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The hub of Milan … Read More…

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