The Heart of Art: CastAways

Exquisite silks frozen in time As part of her series, CastAways, artist Nicole Dextras placed these orange silk fabrics out in the ice cold landscape. Once frozen, they resemble natural life forms, reminiscent of women wearing long, flowing gowns. The beauty of this ephemeral art form lies in its brevity and the mystery it leaves … Continue reading The Heart of Art: CastAways

Lustables: Weave Credenza

A luscious, woven wood masterpiece made of FSC certified scraps. The Weave Credenza from Structured Green would make a stylish statement in any room. Made entirely of FSC certified wood, the decorative door fronts of this gorgeous piece are made from leftover fragments of wood woven together. It's worthy of lots of lust as well … Continue reading Lustables: Weave Credenza

Lustables: Contemporary Clay Tiles

A modern mix of recycled clay tiles. Fireclay Tile has come up with these six new patterns for its Debris Series made from recycled clay tiles. Already available in 112 colors and a plethora of patterns, this group throws a new mix of cool contemporary into the collection. The tiles are comprised of over 60% … Continue reading Lustables: Contemporary Clay Tiles

Lustables: Echeveria Wreath

A luscious wreath of rosette succulents. The Echeveria Wreath ($98-108) from VivaTerra is a sculptural blend of the flower shaped Echeveria plant, the most attractive of all the succulents due to its subtle coloring and textural quality. The various hues of pale green and red make it an ideal adornment to your home all year … Continue reading Lustables: Echeveria Wreath

The Heart of Art: Dead Star

A mound of dead batteries is reborn as a colorful sea creature. A battery powers everything from appliances to watches to your car, and when it's out of juice, well, that's the end of it. Nowhere else to go but the landfill. Artist Michel de Broin had another idea. He gathered hundreds of old batteries … Continue reading The Heart of Art: Dead Star

Lustables: Kaktus Stool

An architecturally stunning stool that stands in as a basket. "Beautifully delicate in appearance, unfathomably strong in construction," the Kaktus Stool ($250) from Artecnica is pretty much perfect. Use it as a stool, of course, or turn it upside down and it becomes a basket. Made from recycled aluminum, designer and Artecnica co-founder, Enrico Bressan, … Continue reading Lustables: Kaktus Stool

Lustables: Stripe Paper Bowls

Nothing says sustainable like 100% recycled paper bowls. Serve up something delicious in one of these stylish striped bowls designed by Takumi Shimamura for CUIORA. Available in small ($94) and large ($170), and in a variety of luscious colors, the Stripe bowl is hand-made from 100% recycled paper bands. Find them at Gretel. Look for … Continue reading Lustables: Stripe Paper Bowls

The Heart of Art: Story Vases

These glass bead vases have an important story to tell. Story Vases are the brainchild of Front, a Swedish design firm made up of three enterprising women who approach their projects with the goal of exploring and exposing more about the process of design. In this case, Front partnered with the Siyazama Project, a collective … Continue reading The Heart of Art: Story Vases

Lustables: Haskell Outdoor Furniture

Get ready for summer with sustainable outdoor furniture. The Haskell outdoor furniture collection is the perfect blend of modern luxury and simple, fun in the sun. It includes a chair (image above), chaise lounge, occasional table, side table and sultan riser. Prices range from around $1,000 to $2,500 per piece. Not inexpensive, but the company … Continue reading Lustables: Haskell Outdoor Furniture

The Heart of Art: Things of This Nature

Intricate watercolor paintings - small in size, big in imagination. These tiny, detailed paintings by artist Wendy Davenport Whatley, invite us into an extraordinary and fanciful version of nature. At first glance, the drawings come across as scientific and literal, but most of the lively, green and growing things in Whatley's watercolors are figments of … Continue reading The Heart of Art: Things of This Nature

Lustables: Not Your Neighbor’s Pet Bed

Designer pet beds stuffed with discarded, recycled plastic bottles. Pets don't demand much in the way of decor. It's we, the pet owners, who yearn for stylish and hip in our home, which isn't easy with furry animals roaming around. But decor and pets just got easier with P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You) Pet Beds. … Continue reading Lustables: Not Your Neighbor’s Pet Bed

The Heart of Art: Formerly Forever Diamond

A sculptural, formerly forever diamond crafted from salvaged wood. Artist Ron van der Ende's extraordinary depiction of the diamond given to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton in 1969 is oddly apropos considering Taylor's recent passing. Taylor was inarguably the epitome of "diamonds are a girl's best friend." In 2009, van der Ende used reclaimed timber … Continue reading The Heart of Art: Formerly Forever Diamond

The Heart of Art: Fateful Fingerprint

Luxurious silk and sharp acacia thorns as a human fingerprint. Another EcoSalon favorite at Art Basel Miami Beach in December was Italian artist Giuseppe Penone. From afar (image above), his untitled piece on display at the show looks like a blown up image of a human fingerprint. Upon closer inspection (image below), we find thorns … Continue reading The Heart of Art: Fateful Fingerprint

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

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

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

Style Clash: Bohemian Eclectic Meets Globally Eccentric

What happens when one style meets another? Is it catastrophe waiting to happen or is there hope for harmony? That's why we created Style Clash. Some design styles are more flexible; others force us to stretch outside our comfort zone. Each week we will offer tips for mixing competing styles successfully. What do we mean … Continue reading Style Clash: Bohemian Eclectic Meets Globally Eccentric