Teaching Kids Through Play About “Urban Survival”

April 21, 2015



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Tasked with designing an educational kit to convey “the contributing factors of urban poverty,” designer Ryan Romanes dreamed up the Urban Survival Pack.



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To be used in the classroom, the package’s playful shape and tactility is intended to engage children through play while teaching new habits for sustainable living.Read More…

Light-Emitting Lounge Chair Controlled by Smartphone

April 19, 2015

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Imagine: the sun sets and your sleek lounge chair lights up casting a soft glow throughout your outdoor living room.

I’m talking about the Lumiluxe LED Lounger designed by German company BeMOSS, whose tagline is Live. Light. Lounge.

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This baby is equipped with battery-charged LEDs … Read More…

Frédéric Malphettes Trellis Vertical Garden

April 10, 2015



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One of my favorite French designers, Frédéric Malphettes, reaches new heights with Anno, his latest vertical garden trellis structure, a welcome addition to his family of modular vertical garden designs.



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Anno is playful from the start: the name is a … Read More…

A Japanese Garden Hidden Behind LA’s Dodger Stadium

April 9, 2015



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Who knew? I grew up in Los Angeles, went to many baseball games, but never knew that there was a Japanese garden hidden behind Dodger Stadium.

Yep, the story goes that back in 1962 when the ballpark opened, the team invited Japanese sportswriter, … Read More…

Celebrating Slow Food and Slow Flowers at Local Flower Farm Dinner

April 5, 2015



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You know about farm-to-table dining and perhaps garden-to-glass cocktails. Now there’s Field-to-Vase–where the dining table’s flowers were freshly picked at the flower farm only a few feet from where you are seated.



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The Field to Vase Dinner Tour is series … Read More…

Hanging Ceramic Pots Inspired by Mexican Jicama Plant

April 3, 2015



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Crece Jicama is a collection of hanging ceramic pots inspired by the shape and texture of Jicama (Pachyrhizus erosus), a native Mexican climbing vine and root vegetable popular in Mexican cuisine. 



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The handcrafted pots hang from long rust-hued leather straps, a nod … Read More…

Sneak Peek: Dwell on Design Los Angeles Home Tour

March 30, 2015



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Dawnsknoll House, Photo: Art Gray

After many years on the east coast, I’m lucky to be back in Southern California (aka the left coast) where I grew up. I’m not missing winter one bit, and if I have a yen for snow, Read More…

Mobile Garden “Thrones” Reign in Paris

March 27, 2015



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Perched atop rolling mobile gardens adorned with plants, insect hotels, branches, shells and more, a group of spirited young women and girls–Princesses of the Earth and Climate–paraded recently down Paris’s rue du Chemin Vert (which happens to translate to Read More…

Spotted at Ambiente: The Rise of Balloon-Inspired Designs

March 14, 2015



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Art in the City’s 16 inch balloon dog figurines.

On my recent trip to the Ambiente design fair, I spotted some balloon-inspired designs–furniture and objects which brought back fond memories of those iconic balloon sculptures of my childhood. Looks like the range of these products is expanding in Read More…

Glam Up the Garden: Fashion-Forward Garden Hoses

March 6, 2015



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Never before have garden hoses been this glamorous. 



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Swedish company, Garden Glory, brings high style into the garden with their colorful fashion-forward garden hoses that hang out on whimsical antler-shaped wall mounts. Put them in your garden and you’ll soon be asking, “do these hoses make my … Read More…

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