Thursday, April 29, 2010

Martha Stewart's crafts department goes nuts

Over at Martha Stewart, the craft department went a bit nuts with leftover wool felt scraps, creating this stunning felt floor mat.

It reminds me of the seat slices sold at Branch. I’ve always loved the slices, but never really thought how easy they would be to DIY.

Images from Martha Stewart and Branch Home. Via re-nest.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Flash! (a-ahhh) = Savior of the Universe!

Check out the Flash Gordon line of black polyester resin jewelry embedded with recycled circuit board pieces and a few computer parts. Handmade in Rio, they are interesting, recycled, and not very expensive.

I love the modern shapes. You can see more in person at Sobral’s NY showroom, or online at Sobral USA.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tomato-Powered Light?

Innovative lighting ideas from a showcase of Israeli design students at the Milan Furniture Fair. Some of the more interesting examples:

  • Still Light: A light powered by tomatoes
  • 97% Soap: A light made from soap, which would melt with a normal incandescent bulb.
  • 100% Plastic: A light made with zero plastic manufacturing waste.

Many of these lighting ideas would be impossible without the advances in low-power, low-heat light bulbs, which allow the use of more delicate (and often more eco-friendly) materials.

Via TreeHugger.

Monday, April 19, 2010

A modern take on the vintage bike fender

With spring springing all around, you may be dreaming on long, lovely bike rides. If your vintage ride needs a stylish new fender, consider these hand-made wooden ones from Red Tail Fenders (via their Etsy shop).

Images from Red Tail Fenders. Via design*sponge.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

#1 with a bullet

These stunning rings are made from spent bullets (reclaimed from firing ranges). The result is a very provocative line of jewelry from Jerusalem-based design student Adi Zaffran Weisler. Wow.

Images from Adi Zaffran Weisler. Via Ecouterre.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Emeco's 111 Navy Chair: Made From Plastic Coca-Cola Bottles | Apartment Therapy San Francisco

Emeco has remade their classic 1944 aluminum Navy chair in recycled PET (rPET, mixed with glass filler and pigment). They have partnered with Coca Cola to use reclaimed soda bottles. Each 111 Navy Chair™ will consume approximately 111 20-oz. plastic bottles, sourced from a Spartanburg, SC recycling plant. The chairs will be molded in North Carolina and sold via DWR retailers starting this June. They’ll still be a bit expensive for a plastic chair, but I like the direction this is headed, where we use locally generated recycling to make products that have iconic styling and are designed to last. Unfortunately, with all the fillers, I’m guessing the chairs can’t really be recycled again at the end of life, but with luck, they’ll last a long long time.

Images from Emeco. Via Apartment Therapy.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pine beetle infestation: wood makes good

We've seen beetle block items before, but none so lovely as these by Straight Line Designs. The mountain pine beetle has been devastating forests in Canada, and several companies are trying to salvage the blue-stained "denim pine" wood into new products.
I like the look of the river rocks and the rock wall.
Images from Straighline Designs. Via Re-Nest.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Nervous breakdown

Nervous System has done it again with their latest line of math and nature-inspired jewelry. The Xylem items are based on vein formations in roots and leaves. Lovely.
Images from Nervous System. Via NotCot.

Friday, April 2, 2010

More than just an empty suit

Hot tip from Tricia, "I chased a dude down this weekend (like a crazy lady) to find out about his awesome bag. He bought it in London. I found their website. The bag is super well made and beautiful in person."
The bags are designed by Edson Raupp, and are all made from thrifted mens suits. They are available at a few (all overseas) locations. If you must have one, and you're not going to London anytime soon, you can buy online from the Victoria and Albert Museum shop. Always with the most expensive taste, I fell hard for the labels one.

Images from Suitcase and the VAM.