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Lustables: Heath House Numbers

Ceramics celebrating the unique number fonts of two Modernist masters. Heath Ceramics and type foundry House Industries have joined forces and created these stunning clay tiles ($45 each), in honor of the design genius and number fonts of Neutra (as in, Richard) and Eames (as in, Charles and Ray). Announce your house address with the … Continue reading Lustables: Heath House Numbers

Gardener on the Roof: 15 Gorgeous Green Rooftops

Rooftops as sustainable, functional and gorgeous green spaces. Around the globe, more focus is being put on utilizing the vast square footage of the roof. People are creating private, green havens of relaxation or gardens that provide fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. Take, for example, the rooftop pictured below. Add a little green and watch … Continue reading Gardener on the Roof: 15 Gorgeous Green Rooftops

Lustables: Casanova Sofa

Be wooed by the smooth moves of the Kelly sofa. At first sight, I fell for the Kelly sofa ($2,972 as shown above) and its subtle, svelte curves. Not voluptuous nor androgynous; just the perfect fit for any space. The yellow print upholstery adds a playful beat, but even in a solid hue the Kelly … Continue reading Lustables: Casanova Sofa

The Heart of Art: Open Space

The sea as "boundless liquid energy" caught frame by frame. The ocean will support, calm and cleanse; it can also crush, destroy and drown. Keegan Gibbs attempts to capture this complexity in his grainy, moving photographs of the sea. A surfer and photographer, Gibbs has a deep reverence for the ocean and its "boundless liquid … Continue reading The Heart of Art: Open Space

10 Questions to Ask A Hotel Before You Book

Essential questions for conscious travelers. The series Places & Spaces could inspire even the most dedicated couch potato to pack a bag and hop a plane. The destinations featured are sustainable, but what about your average hotel claiming green sensitivity? The term is increasingly overused, so it's important to ask questions. A well-informed traveler is … Continue reading 10 Questions to Ask A Hotel Before You Book

The Heart of Art: Garden of Eden

It's what happens when lush plants become wall decor. EcoSalon was at the most recent Art Basel Miami Beach, and caught a glimpse of Doug Aitken's Sex. A terrarium bursting with exotic flora representing a veritable Garden of Eden, this piece leaves plenty to the imagination. Just don't tell that to Adam and Eve. Editor's … Continue reading The Heart of Art: Garden of Eden

Lustables: Romantic Ceramic

Have a Heart. Send a Love Letter. Whisper sweet nothings to that special someone (yes, that includes yourself) with the Love is Blind ceramic vase ($87) from Fluke. Created by Canadian artist Jessica Lertvilai, its surface is covered in a relief pattern of a love letter transcribed into Braille. Isn't that romantic? Editor's note: We … Continue reading Lustables: Romantic Ceramic

Prix Pictet 2011: More than Just Pretty Pictures

An annual photography competition dedicated to sustainability. "Many photographers are concerned about our world and are producing work that, while often beautiful, still has a very powerful message for us: This is not art for art’s sake, it is art for our own sake." - Joerg Colberg, photographer, critic and Prix Pictet nominator. The Prix … Continue reading Prix Pictet 2011: More than Just Pretty Pictures

Lumi: Pure and Natural Textile Printing

If you're familiar with textiles and design, you've probably heard of screen-printing, digital printing, and maybe even sublimation. All three are printing technologies used to create pretty patterns and pictures on fabric. But I would bet the Eames chair and ottoman I'm saving up for, that you don't know about the Lumi Process. It's a … Continue reading Lumi: Pure and Natural Textile Printing

Bookmarked: Better Living Through Design

It is rare to come across a one-stop design resource with a finger on the pulse of all things cool, but it does happen. Better Living Through Design (BLTD) is one such spot. They feature products in categories ranging from travel and home renovation to furniture, books and accessories. And they tell you where to … Continue reading Bookmarked: Better Living Through Design

Bjarke Ingels Has Big Plans for the Big Apple

The 36-year-old Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is the hottest topic on the tip of every avant-garde's tongue. I'm glad he's here, mostly because he uses words like symbiosis and spontaneous interaction; hybrid typology and harvest resources. There's nothing sexier than a voracious vocabulary. And an architect. Ingels and his Copenhagen-based firm, BIG (the Bjarke Ingels … Continue reading Bjarke Ingels Has Big Plans for the Big Apple

9 More Things You Don’t Need to Be Happy

After days spent racking my brain to choose nine things you don't need to be happy, now I can't keep more from surfacing. If this list keeps growing, it might mean that happiness is attainable without anything at all. What a concept! But just for fun, let's continue counting. Here are 9 more things you … Continue reading 9 More Things You Don’t Need to Be Happy

Art Collecting Comes to a Computer Near You

I worked for a year in an art gallery while I was in design school. The hours were great - 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday - and I got to hang around cool people and look at art all day. We sold pieces by lesser-known but up-and-coming artists, as well as stuff from greats … Continue reading Art Collecting Comes to a Computer Near You

Women’s Roundup, Hear Us Roar

Rather than raise our voices, we girls at EcoSalon prefer to write about it, because if you need to scream, my guess is you aren't so certain what you have to say is worth hearing. And really, who wants to hear a grown woman roar? In the past few months at EcoSalon, women have taken … Continue reading Women’s Roundup, Hear Us Roar

9 Things You Don’t Need to be Happy

Being a woman in the 21st century is not a piece of cake. It wasn't easy in 1950 or at any other time in history, either. But in 2011, in today's universe that keeps getting bigger and faster and richer, it takes serious cojones to be a girl. Today more than ever, women are bombarded … Continue reading 9 Things You Don’t Need to be Happy

Things We Thought We Knew About the World, That are Wrong

I'm a cynic. I trust no one and no thing until, well until I'm good and ready. Especially when facts and figures about green and government, poverty and hunger, and other woes of the world get thrown around. I'm the first to stand back and wait. I don't jump because I know that hype sells. … Continue reading Things We Thought We Knew About the World, That are Wrong

From Rusty Rail-Line to Landscaped High-Line

Bring together a landscape architect, an architecture firm, New York City train rails that are unused and on the brink of demolition, and a bunch of passionate activists - what do you get? Creative, green brilliance, of course. Otherwise known as the High-Line Project. The High-Line, located on Manhattan's West Side, is 13 miles of … Continue reading From Rusty Rail-Line to Landscaped High-Line

Top 11 Hottest Topics of 2010 from EcoSalon

If you are well acquainted with EcoSalon, you know we don't shy away from controversial issues. In fact, we welcome them. Rarely is there one right answer, and remaining open-minded in the face of difficult discussions is what EcoSalon strives to achieve. And 2010 was no exception. It was indeed a stellar year for serious … Continue reading Top 11 Hottest Topics of 2010 from EcoSalon

Anatomy of a Food Stamp: 5 Facts You Didn’t Know

  You know when your friends tell you, "Don't worry, it will get better, just give it some time?" Well, that's good and kind and well-intentioned, but actually, and I'm sorry to be the one to burst the bubble, a lot of things don't get better. In fact, sometimes things get worse - certainly right … Continue reading Anatomy of a Food Stamp: 5 Facts You Didn’t Know

Year in Review: Top 10 Environmental Stories of 2010

This, the first year of a brand new decade, whizzed by in a flurry and a flash but not without plenty of environmental activity. We had floods and food recalls, earthquakes and Academy Awards, plus plenty of strange weather. 2010 was a busy year for the environment. But was it a year that planet loving … Continue reading Year in Review: Top 10 Environmental Stories of 2010