Architects have clients and clients set the creative parameters for a project. But when an architect is his own client, all rules and artistic limitations disappear and the result is the ultimate self portrait. Home is where the heart of an architect can fully and completely be expressed. We take a look into the hearts … Continue reading 6 Famous Architects and the Homes They Lived In
I'm not much of a holiday decorator. I don't spend two days unwrapping little chotskies out of bubble wrap (you know, the same ones I spent two days re-wrapping last year) and setting them up all over my home. I don't hang hundreds of blinking lights from my roof or station large plastic figures on … Continue reading Autumn Inspiration: Just Don’t Say Holiday Decoration
It's not often that my design senses are stimulated. But there's something about Amy Adams' pottery at perch! that tickles my fancy. We first raved about her designs here and here, but there's more. Adams has a special skill when it comes to ceramics - her designs are modern, playful and charming. All perch! pieces … Continue reading A Lovely Little Perch!
The oh-so-sophisticated you might say "vaaaaaz", but however you pronounce it, a vase is really just a vase. Not so with the ada hanging vase from cb2. It says "I'm not your ordinary vase, I'm so much more than a vase because I hang here growing out of the wall looking like something other than … Continue reading Hanging with Ada
Everyone has one; it doesn't matter where you live or how organized you are or which candidate you vote for. The junk drawer does not discriminate. And unless you're a Zen monk, the idea of emptying and sorting said drawer sends you running for cover. Yes, I'm fairly certain most of us have done battle … Continue reading How to Win the Battle of the Junk Drawer
Mid-century modern, Eames-era, circa 1950-70s - there are plenty of names for the current "it" style of furniture and design. Some probably even call it old because it's not quite antique. Whatever works. I, on the other hand, am much more excited by the not new part; the not cutting down precious trees or using … Continue reading Whatever You Call It, It’s the Green That Counts
Most of my youth was spent searching - for something easier, cooler, smarter, sexier - anything better than whatever was boring and right in front of me. I was convinced there was something better out there just out of my sight. Maybe this belief motivated me to reach higher. Or maybe it left me in … Continue reading The Glass Is Greener
I'm here with an eco-reminder. The Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling show started this past weekend (July 20) at New York's MoMA. You can read about the show here. To all our New York readers who are lucky enough to see it in person, come back to ecosalon and comment. We'd love to hear … Continue reading Don’t Miss It at MoMA – Prefabricated Housing
I can't help myself. Have you ever seen a sexier pillow? Yes, we've talked about pillows before, but this pillow is hot. A pillow like this could take a sofa or a bed or a room and push it into another dimension. I can see your questioning glance, your raised eyebrow. Let me explain. The … Continue reading Pillow Talk Too
When I think of felt - I think of 5th grade. That's the year my best friend, Eden, and I created a 2-foot-high UCLA basketball player out of papier-mache. We captured him mid-stride with an orange Styrofoam basketball hanging from his hand. The light blue and yellow uniform, socks and shoes were made with felt. … Continue reading Have You Ever Felt So Green?
Maybe it's the way they can make or break a room, like the way the perfect accessory can pull together an outfit. Or maybe the whys don't matter as much as the facts. Eco-lighting is front-page news and everyone who's anyone is making the switch to green. For your viewing pleasure, I've gathered a cutting … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Eco Lighting
I didn't think it was possible but wallpaper has become huge, as in popular, hip, happenin' - most likely due to its turning a lovely shade of green (as in eco, eco, eco). It also doesn't hurt that a few of the ultra cool graphic designers du jour have lent their creative juices to the … Continue reading Geoff McFetridge: Coming to a Wall Near You
I have a light fetish - an all consuming, but eco-conscious obsession with lighting a room just so. The search for a quality and eco-friendly light has taken me far and wide, including New Zealand, which I wrote about in Modern Balance. Now I've landed closer to home and as eco-friendly as one can get. … Continue reading Folding the Light
Close your eyes and mentally travel somewhere soothing. Right about now, you should be floating in the waters of Poipu Beach or Bora Bora. Unfortunately, when you open your eyes the reality of life returns. According to Thomas Wieckowski, founder of MyDigitalPrints, your fantasy vacation need not be cut short. My Digital Prints is in … Continue reading Let Your Eco-Wall Mural Take You Anywhere You Want to Go
I love food and I finish everything on my plate. In other words, I don't "do" leftovers. My mother, on the other hand, has a refrigerator packed with a small army of Tupperware containers. Each one holds a fragment of this and a portion of that. She loves leftovers. Fortunately, in the world of green … Continue reading Kitchen One – Holey Green Cabinetry
There's no other way to say it - this is the coolest, most forward-thinking product I've seen in quite some time. Sounds dramatic, yes, but it's true. Try and wrap your head around this - illuminated wallpaper. Not glow in the dark or back-lit, but wall covering that emits light - it's a part of … Continue reading Lamp Alternative: Illuminated Wallpaper by Jonas Samson
Do you know someone who hasn't quite gone green? Maybe they've bought organic food once, or recycled soda cans or plastic bottles on a few occasions. But what they really need is a good, swift"¦kit. Get them started now with these green essentials: This eco-chic canvas tote is stunning and just the right size for … Continue reading A Go-Green Gift Kit for Your *Almost* Eco-Friendly Friend
The more I discover green innovations, the less cynical I can claim to be about the future of our planet. I'm losing my edge, people. Actually, it's a relief. Every day I learn of another green product or program or initiative or group of people devoted to the green cause. For example, Woodsy Bond Wallcoverings … Continue reading Make a Statement with Woodsy Bond
There are so many great design magazines on the newsstand today, how do you choose? Usually I'm able to resist buying them all, but some months they're too delicious and I bring home more than I have the precious time to read. Then I watch in guilt as the stack next to my coffee table … Continue reading Turning a Mountain into a Mobile
If you've ever remodeled a kitchen, you're familiar with this labor-intensive process that can consume weeks, if not months, of your life. Hansen Living has taken this unappealing timetable and turned it upside down. The Danish company claims it can install their kitchens in ONE day. Do I have your attention yet? Because it only … Continue reading Hungry for an Eco-Kitchen?