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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

The Ultimate Recycler


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Today is recycling day in my ‘hood. This got me thinking about a man I think of as the ultimate recycler, Mr. Thomas Wold. Thomas has a fantastic feature in ReadyMade where he struts his creative repurposing stuff. The most recent project was inspired by this pile of salvaged pieces:

With a little magic Wold-dust, some Thomasvision, and some elbow grease, this was the result:

Bravo Thomas! To see the whole story and Thomas’s process, I highly recommend clicking over here. As a side note, ReadyMade magazine has always been cool, but lately the content has been off the charts. They feature so many ingenious and do-able D.I.Y. projects, as well as the hip and innovative people who come up with them. I especially love the features on creative types’ abodes. You can get a taste of ReadyMade right here.When I clicked over today, they had a two year subscription for the price of one special! To shop Thomas Wold’s other creations, click here.

Do you have anyone you’d like to nominate as the ultimate recycler? I just read about someone this past week who makes houses from recycled materials that reminded me of Rural Studio and Samuel Mockbee – there was an entire ceiling crafted from recycled framing store sample frame corners. As soon as I remember where I saw it, I’ll provide a link. If you know of any great links to creative recyclers or stories of your own creative recycling, please let us know in the comments!

photographs from; first photo by Thomas Wold, second photo by Markham Johnson.


Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Green Tip & Product of the Week


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So, what lazy green thing have I been up to this week? I signed up to follow AltUse on facebook. That way, when they tell me some wacky way to reuse something or a new way to use something simple and organic and it’s not crazy, it will stick in my head and I’ll waste less. It doesn’t really get much lazier than simply following something on Facebook, does it? I never claimed I was a go-getter.

Also, I really loved this article over at Styleture about Sustainable Interior Design. Check it out here.

Now, for the sustainable product of the week….drumroll please…

I LOVE the Vitra Cork Stools. I love that there are three shapes, though I kinda wish there were four, just to even things out. The top one reminds me of fungi, and the bottom two remind me of chess pieces. I think it would be really cute to have two pairs of them around a kids table, since they are only 13″ high. This is also good coffee table height, and end table height if they are next to a low modern sofa or daybed. I have to say, the pricetag forces me to think of these more like functional art in the form of sculpture, but when I pick my favorite products, I have no budget constraints holding me back.

So what makes these eco-friendly? Cork. Cork is a natural product harvested from trees in the Mediterranean basin of Spain and Portugal. While many people think cork is a new technology, it has actually been used for thousands of years. Unlike hardwood, the useful part of a cork tree is the bark, not the lumber of the tree itself. Cork is only retrieved from mature cork trees and is limited to being harvested in 9 year cycles so that the same tree can harvested for generations making it an environmentally friendly resource


Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Green Product of the Week: Artecnica transNeomatic Large Bowl


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Well, it seems everything Artecnica is catching my eye this month, even if I cannot seem to ever spell the company name correctly on the first pass! I’m a wicker FREAK, and even I never would have thought to put it together with a recycled scooter tire in a million years!

Tires are pretty much the bane of the planet’s existence. When Lake Lanier was so empty during the drought last year, way too many of them were discovered dumped in its basin. Have you ever seen a tire fire on the news? They rage on for days. I say, whatever uses we can find for used tires, go for it.

While I’m not sure how I would truly use this as a bowl, I picture a bunch of them arranged into some fabulous composition on a wall. A straight line of them would be great in a loft space with high ceilings, and a random arrangement on a smaller wall would be very graphically striking.

Here’s the rest of the scoop on what makes them green, and also how they help to alleviate poverty in Vietnam:

transNeomatic is designed by Estudio Campana and handcrafted by skilled artisans from rural Vietnam. Through Vietnamese non-profit organization Craft Link, Artecnica collaborated with Hai Tai rattan weavers and Hmong women weavers to create each piece. Disadvantaged Vietnamese youths were also enlisted to assemble the totes, providing them with artisan training and a framework by which they could establish sustainable livelihoods.

transNeomatic is a conceptually innovative container bowl crafted from a repurposed scooter tire and natural wicker. Each tire is thoroughly steam-cleaned and finished in an eco-friendly sealant. transNeomatic comes with an optional handwoven hemp cover that slips over its rubber base. Each piece is packaged in a reusable drawstring tote.


Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Green Product of the Week: Artecnica TaTu Coffee Table


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I read with interest about GreenPrint this week, a company selling software that cuts down on the amount of ink and paper used in printing. The story’s angle was more about how to go from a great idea to a successful venture, but regardless of how far along the business end has come along, the idea is great, and apparently, the latest version of the software has ironed out a lot of hiccups they encountered along the way. For more information, click here. Of course, the lazy version of this is to at least print on the front and back of paper, and to keep a paper recycling bin next to your printer.

In the right under my nose category of living greener this week, I pick the Artecnica TaTu Coffee Table as the product I am currently coveting. Besides the fact that it can break down into a large bowl, tray, and basket, and that it is handcrafted by South African artisans, here’s what makes it green:

Artecnica’s Design with Conscience® products spotlight the design process from concept to creation, calling recognition to the value of artisan labor and craft techniques. In creating these products, Artecnica uses eco-friendly materials and production methods, promoting manufacturing processes that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.

If you dig this, be sure to check out the TaTu Side Table and the TaTu Stool.


Monday, June 8th, 2009

Shuhei Endo’s Bubbletecture H


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Today I’m just sharing a little architecture eye candy, Bubbletecture H by Shuhei Endo, that has my mind reeling with green walls, sustainable Japanese cypress, careful consideration of site (especially slope), natural light, shadows and folds, straight and curved edges, Buckminster Fuller, the color and texture of rust in the landscape, log cabins, geometry, balsa wood projects in elementary school Olympics of the Mind competitions, carbon footprints, seasonal changes, temporal changes, other prefixes we’ll be seeing in front of “-tecture,” and a bunch of other stuff. I thought I’d share some shots and let you see what goes through your mind. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments; I’m really curious to hear.

I want to see this same shot during different seasons:

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