Prefab: Sustainable and Stylish. Seriously.

The word sounds so, shall we say, cheap and chintzy? It doesn't roll off your tongue and linger on your lips like Chateau Marmont or Fontainbleau. In fact, when I first heard the word prefab back in 2000, trailer park and double-wide sprang to mind. But then I laid my eyes on the Eames House … Continue reading Prefab: Sustainable and Stylish. Seriously.

Simply Ceramics: From Bauhaus to Your House

Isn't she lovely? There's not much to not like about the Tac Tea Pot (image above) designed by Walter Gropius, architect and founder of the Bauhaus. In fact, it's been called "the most beautiful tea service ever produced". Simple, minimal, functional. What else is there? Enduring, that's what. Gropius (1883-1969) was a genius designer of … Continue reading Simply Ceramics: From Bauhaus to Your House

The Not So Mighty McMansion. RIP.

Somewhere along the way, America the Beautiful land of the free, has morphed into Home of the big, bigger and biggest. Did it happen when no one was looking? Is it like those five pounds you gain over the holidays? Did they just sneak up on us? Not exactly. In fact, it took years. Of … Continue reading The Not So Mighty McMansion. RIP.

Home Is Where the Art… Should be

I'm a down to business, cut through the clutter, don't beat around the bush type of gal. So when it comes to the home and "collecting" I agree with Mies (van der Rohe, that is) that 'Less is More'. That is unless we're talking art. Collecting art is not an elitist activity, nor is it … Continue reading Home Is Where the Art… Should be

Is That a Woolly Pocket on Your Wall, or Are You Just…?

I'll get my mind out of the gutter and onto the green, where it belongs, and tell you about my latest obsession - plants in pockets. I'd heard of hanging plants and plants that are potted, but the idea of putting a plant in a cloth-like pocket wasn't in my repertoire. That is, until I … Continue reading Is That a Woolly Pocket on Your Wall, or Are You Just…?

Hartfelt and Fancy Free: Eco-Friendly Felt Cushions

For the record, in the US we call them pillows. Not that there's anything wrong with cushions. In fact, call them whatever you like. If they're soft and cozy you have my attention; make them from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles (eco-fi felt), in cool and colorful designs and I'm sold. These modern, graphic cushions, … Continue reading Hartfelt and Fancy Free: Eco-Friendly Felt Cushions

Cutting Edge Concept: the Flow2 Kitchen

The kitchen could be considered the hub of a home. It's the spot where people congregate at parties, despite protests from the hostess; it's the place a family gathers to break bread as often as three times a day. There are all types of kitchens. We've shown you recycled or sustainable parts and entire islands … Continue reading Cutting Edge Concept: the Flow2 Kitchen

Give an Old Chair a Softer Suit with Parkhaus Pads

I lean toward the minimalist in all things design and I'm especially drawn to chairs of the modernist period. There's nothing not to like, in my opinion, and there's no need to alter any of the classics. That's why they're called classics. But who could object to a softer seat? Unless your bum is naturally … Continue reading Give an Old Chair a Softer Suit with Parkhaus Pads

Cool Design Converts the Car-Addicted

I live in Los Angeles and yes, I love my car. Not because it's a symbol of my status or a prized possession, but because I'd get nowhere without it. In a city known for traffic jams and empty carpool lanes, you'd think locals would be begging for ways to avoid our cars. Such is … Continue reading Cool Design Converts the Car-Addicted

The Look of Refurbished Lockers (Without the Hassles of High School)

My memories of high school are not what you'd call nostalgic. In fact, you couldn't bribe me with eco-gifts and organic treats to return and relive the nonsense of it all. Despite the oodles of teen angst, I did manage to graduate with a strong B average while spending most of my time playing sports … Continue reading The Look of Refurbished Lockers (Without the Hassles of High School)

The Ceramic Industry: Is a Little Green Better Than None at All?

It wasn't the answer I had hoped for, in fact it threw me. And when I finally landed it was clear I had my next topic for EcoSalon. Is ceramic an eco-friendly material? Not really. Ceramic is certainly not 100% eco-friendly, although it does boast an honest list of good intentions. But first the aforementioned … Continue reading The Ceramic Industry: Is a Little Green Better Than None at All?

Wasted and Wanted

One sign of true talent, whatever the medium, is the ability to make something spectacular from practically nothing. One man's scraps are another's masterpiece. I'm talking, of course, about up-and-coming designer Dylan Gold and his latest work, Wasted. The San Francisco-based artist worked in advertising for years before finally choosing to pursue his passion for … Continue reading Wasted and Wanted

Pot Your Plants in PAD’s Recycled Aluminum Pod

Say that six times fast, and then find your favorite pair of gardening gloves and let's play with dirt. These pots are worthy of plenty of playtime. Whether you want to grow your green indoors or out, the metal spun recycled aluminum Pod by PAD is the perfect planter. It's sturdy, lightweight and powder coated … Continue reading Pot Your Plants in PAD’s Recycled Aluminum Pod

Right Brain Terrain Says It, Simple & Green

No one annoys me more than a constant quoter of clichés. Especially irksome is the motivational kind of cliché - overused, inane and just plain tired. When I'm in the midst of something challenging (good or bad), the last thing I need or want to hear is "when the going gets tough" or "when this … Continue reading Right Brain Terrain Says It, Simple & Green

Reclaimed Tree Ring Paintings by Tracy Melton at Etsy

Art is an intensely personal experience. What whets your appetite might leave me longing for something slightly different. Or the piece I prize and display in my home could inspire in you nothing more than a really bad headache. But something tells me that Tracy Melton's Tree Ring Paintings will strike almost anyone's fancy. I … Continue reading Reclaimed Tree Ring Paintings by Tracy Melton at Etsy

Covered by Coconut

It seems logical to me - coconuts and good design. I've heard of stranger things, so when I heard that Bahia coconut shells were being used to produce an interior design surface material, I didn't even flinch. In fact, I thought it's about time. Okay, not exactly, but it is innovative and ultra exotic. EKOBE … Continue reading Covered by Coconut

A Waste Can You Can Trash (But You Won’t)

I was in a purely pleasure-seeking mood when my eyes fell upon these quirky waste cans from Umbra. I instantly fell for the modern graffiti-like graphics, not to mention the eco-friendly material. Designed by artist Joshua Davis in collaboration with Umbra product designer David Quan, the Artala Trash Can is made from degradable plastic. The … Continue reading A Waste Can You Can Trash (But You Won’t)

Moe Design Studio: Saving Trees Is Simply Elegant

We try to showcase a range of furniture genres here at EcoSalon, offering an eco-shopping option as well as eye candy galore for all. And I'm usually pretty adept at pegging a style when I see one. The best way I know to describe the raw, natural and hand-crafted aesthetic of Moe Design Studio, is … Continue reading Moe Design Studio: Saving Trees Is Simply Elegant

Another Chair? No, Not Really…

Before you accuse me of being a tad too fond of a certain seat-like piece of furniture, let me explain. This chair isn't exactly that, and although it looks and acts like one, I swear"¦it's not really a chair. At least I wouldn't want to sit on it. Ouch. Tokujin Yoshioka, the designer of Venus … Continue reading Another Chair? No, Not Really…