DIY Water and Energy Savings in a Box

January 31, 2012

The folks at Berkeley, California’s Boost Labs came up with the concept of do-it-yourself water and energy savings solutions when they were looking for easy to install, simple to use products for their own homes. Their search resulted in some … Read More...

Get in the Groove Outdoors

January 30, 2012

Beaufurn’s transparent and solid contoured polypropylene Groovy chair is both comfortable and fun. For outdoor or indoor use, they are stackable for easy storage making them perfect for terraces and patios with limited space.

For me, the crystal version, above, … Read More...

Industrial Planter System Hangs Out Indoors Too

January 26, 2012

It’s winter, in some areas it’s indoor planting time. Don’t have enough space? No problem. I recently came across California designer, Eric Trine, who describes himself as “a maker of things.” He’s created this wonderful handcrafted mountable planter system … Read More...

Pots and Vases That Stack Up

January 24, 2012

Gitta Gschwendtner’s Stack Pots and Stack Vases make me smile–a play on wares.

The ceramic plant pots and vases were commissioned by the British Council to commemorate their 75th anniversary. The vase was then based on the original design for … Read More...

Inside Peek at O’Hare Airport’s Vertical Farm

January 23, 2012


Photo: Future Growing

After traveling a lot for the majority of my career, airport delays are usually not something I get excited about. However, a recent (cancelled) trip from Columbus, Ohio to my home in Chicago (and a resulting wait … Read More...

Architecturally Informed Indoor Outdoor Art Furniture

January 19, 2012


Only a single Lodge Chair, above, has been produced.

We love wire these days. Salvadorian artist Baltasar Portillo sculpts together powder coated wrought iron to form this collection of indoor-outdoor “art” furniture.

Portillo’s series of Armadillo and Lodge chairs are … Read More...

Oppose Internet Censorship!

January 18, 2012

Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.
Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy … Read More...

Planter, Table, or More?

January 17, 2012

A large ceramic vase form the base of this table–or is it a planter–or a lamp? Perhaps all three…

Vasolo’s large vase-base can be fitted with a lamp, a shelf, a vase of flowers, a potted plant…use your imagination.

The … Read More...

Trompe-l’Oeil Upholstered Chairs

January 16, 2012

Nope, it just looks like upholstery. In a whimsical nod to upholstered furniture, Italian design company Skitch offers its FildeFer polyester coated iron collection of indoor/outdoor chairs, sofa, table, and coffee table.

Fil de Fer is French for iron wire–the … Read More...

Ready to Roll Storage Table and Stool With Serving Tray

January 12, 2012

The multifunctional Stoll 50 by Borja & Jordi Veciana for Wildspirit is ready to roll whenever you are, indoors or out. Stoll’s multifupurpose design offers a portable solution that works all in one as a stool, side table. storage unit Read More...

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