Friday, May 28, 2010

Another day, another dollar

Lauren Tickle reconfigured U.S. currency into stunning jewelry as part of her Value Exploration project, where she considers wealth, materialism, and why we feel the need to show our worth to the outside world.
Images from Lauren Tickle. Via Inhabitat.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Slick oil: Jewelry by Paola Volpi

I'm not sure how "green" this is, but take a look anyway. Paola Volpi uses humble and industrial materials to make refined, modern jewelry. It seems that most of her materials are new, but you can imagine applying her same approach to used or salvaged items, and then it gets really interesting. It's worth a spin through her portfolio.
The addition of fine jewelry details (pearls, clasps, fittings) pull it all together. I'm especially smitten with the use of oil filters and electrical wiring. Any way you slice it, the results are stunning.
Images from Paola Volpi. Via ecouterre.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Scrap wood bowls from Piet Hein Eek

Dutch furniture designer Peet Hein Eek mills these bowls from wood scraps. No newcomer to "green" design, the artist has been using scrap wood in furniture designs since the 1990s. These are CRAZY expensive, but it's an interesting idea. I like how rough and imperfect they look.

Images from Piet Hein Eek. Via NOTCOT.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Bamboo iPhone Case

While the world is jumping on the iPhone/iPad bandwagon, I’m still sticking to my Luddite tendencies and basic flip phone (which, as my husband complains is usually at the bottom of my bag with a dead battery). However, I can’t help but drool a little over all the wonderful design that’s happening in the Apple adjacent spaces. I’m madly in love with these stylish bamboo cases from Grove Made. They have some stunning ones ready to go, or you can upload your own artwork for a custom number.

The cases are made in the USA, and they have an oh-so-clever strategy to use the offcuts to make the packaging, which has an extended life as a mini photo frame.

Packaging becomes photo frame

Images from Grove Made. Via Dwell.