Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Boy meets girl

I can't believe we've never featured the prix-prix Etsy shop before. I had a wallet made for my brother-in-law from one of his father's ties. The quality was great, and it was very sweet the way she re-stitched the necktie label inside.

I've always loved (and coveted) these necktie necklaces for their masculine fabrics in feminine form, and now she's taken those even further, with a mix of vintage neckties and 1950's fake pearls. Just lovely.

You can buy through her Etsy shop, or if you're lucky enough, maybe at a store near you.

Images from prix-prix on Etsy

Monday, June 27, 2011

Salvage stools

I found a bunch of wooden staircase balustrades at our local architectural salvage yard (Ohmega in Berkeley) and have been wondering what to do with them. I love the concept here, featuring a fully designed recycled aluminum seat paired with wooden cast-offs for legs. And bonus, it ships flat-packed! I'm inspired....

Says thoughtful designer Tim Wigmore: “Much of the detritus of modern society has a beauty and history that has value beyond the material.  The Salvage stool explores some of these discarded materials and industrial off-cuts in combination with highly crafted and finished 100% recycled aluminium.  By highlighting and contrasting these castoffs and off-cuts, the Salvage stool attempts to bring a new appreciation and value to the old, the worn and the discarded.”

How can you not love someone who designs like this AND uses the word "detritus."

Via designtree

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bloomie's re-usable brown bag

Tricia spotted this eco-fashion at Bloomie's in SF. Check out the flower at the neck. Cute!

Photo from T

Friday, June 17, 2011

Oil barrels remade into sweet cabinets

(to quote Tricia), I hearty heart heart this cabinet made from a salvaged oil barrel. It’s like an eco-industrial take on the Componibili I love so much. But at $500, it’s not for me. The price may be fair. I imagine it takes a lot of work to get a used oil barrel clean enough to serve martinis on.

Images from Lockengeloet. Via TreeHugger.