In Harmony With Nature: Francis Benincà’s Environmental Sculptures

July 14, 2015


You might say that French sculptor Francis Benincà was ahead of the curve. As a teenager Benincà worked alongside his father building sculptural “bubble houses” which strongly influenced the designs of the environmental sculptures Benincà creates today. 


His father, Antonio

Design-Centric Indoor Plant Lights For Urban Living

February 12, 2015


I continue to be enamoured with Italian lighting design brand Bulbo, whose fashionably functional pieces I featured during my last BlogTour to Milan Design Week in April 2014.


Bulbo will be exhibiting their design-centric LED-powered vegetable garden systems at LOFT,Read More...

America Goes to Frankfurt: Ambiente 2015

February 2, 2015


The United States will soon be exporting a bit of America to Frankfurt, Germany where it is this year’s partner country at Ambiente, one of the world’s most important design trade shows.

henderson_pots_ambiente American designer Scott Henderson’s Bud Vase for

A Novel Idea: Undercover Planter Goes Incognito

January 3, 2015


The Life of Plants is proof that you can’t tell a book by its cover. Flip it open to reveal the soil from which sprouts a living, breathing, narrative.


Designer Yasuko Furukawa’s planter/flower pot thrives incognito, at home among the … Read More...

Clever Storage Ideas That Include a Kitchen Garden

August 11, 2014


I am still unpacking my mental treasure trove of the beautiful designs I spied while on the Modenus BlogTour to Italy for Milan Design Week. While the hub of Design Week is Salone del Mobile (or Milan Furniture Fair for Read More...

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

June 1, 2014

caesarstone-urban-islands-with-planters Caesarstone 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...

Milan Design Week 2014 Preview: Angelo Grassi Grows Vegetables on Furniture

April 2, 2014

fuorisalone-garden Fuorisalone is where Angelo Grassi’s Ortofabricca will be on view.

I’m packing for my trip to Milan Design Week where I will be joining a stellar team of eleven design bloggers on the Modenus BlogTour. From Milan, I’ll report back Read More...

Geometric Medici Chair Goes Outdoors

March 29, 2013


Last fall I fell in love with a sleek red chair in the window of the Conran Shop in London.


To mark their 25th anniversary at the Michelin Building, Jasper Conran had commissioned more than 50 designers to create custom … Read More...

Indoor Seating for People and Plants

November 19, 2012

While at The Tramshed, a specially curated lifestyle/design event I visited recently at DesignJunction, I got a chance to try out De La Espada’s Lin Pod Bench, which Tokyo and London-based designers Leif.Designpark created to provide an “intimacy Read More...

London’s Design Center Brings the Outdoors Inside

November 8, 2012

Each of the London Chelsea Harbour Design Centre’s three glass domes houses interior design showrooms which circulate around a planted ground floor café and gathering area. Ambient light filters in through the glass panels, illuminating textiles, furniture, bath fixtures and … Read More...

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