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Tuesday
Jun112013

LOCAL MATTER

This past Sunday was such a gorgeous day we took a drive upstate to get away from the city—at least for a few hours. Of course we also took advantage of the day trip to search for some of those wonderful hidden treasures the Hudson Valley has to offer. And what a treasure we found as we walked into Materia Locus (Latin for local matter) — this amazing barn-turned-showroom/gallery with a beautiful collection of furniture, lighting, art and the most incredible industrial antiques from the area. Megan Summerville and Matt Ensner merged their expertise in fashion, movement arts, environmental conservation and landscape design to create this artists' co-op and home design store “born out of their quest for specialized objects that compliment and highlight their eclectic approach to living.” It was truly an unexpected treat to come across this new gem, especially after chit chatting with Megan for a while and getting to know a little bit about them and their cool design vision.

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Thursday
Jun062013

A CONSCIOUS RENOVATION

What happens when you outgrow your apartment? In the case this New York family of five, buying the loft above theirs and merging them to create this 3,600 stunner was the perfect move. They implemented several eco-friendly solutions and sustainable materials like recycled denim as insulation into the renovation. Granted the final result is to dye for, but I can't stop drooling over their amazing collection of mid-century chairs—one more beautiful than the other.

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Friday
Nov162012

SIT DOWN WITH NOBODY

Danish design company Hay never stops to amaze me. I fell in love with their furniture and accessory collection when I visited their flagship store in Copenhagen, and now I'm crushing on Nobody—an industrially produced chair made strictly from textile. The chair is molded in one piece and in one single process, resulting in a light weight and stackable chair meeting modern demands of sustainability in both materials and production. Its design is inspired by a piece of cloth used over a chair to protect it. Using a technique borrowed from the car industry, the Nobody chair is manufactured from a 100 % recyclable material made from used water and soda bottles. Amazingly, the production process neither requires an internal frame, plastic, screws, glue or any other type of reinforcements. I'm a big fan of this chair's modish vibe and the powerful statement it can make in a room.

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Thursday
Oct252012

A CHAIR OUT OF THE BOX

I've seen several interpretations of cardboard furniture, but this latest find, by San Francisco-based designer Dan Goldstein, is one of my favorites. The Re-Ply Reclincer is made with just four layers of upcycled heavy-duty corrugated fiberboard that are cut, laminated, molded and folded into a strong, comfortable shell. The triangular steel base that supports it allows the chair to comfortably rock and recline. You can then use your creativity to dress it up to match your home decor. I'm impressed!

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Saturday
Oct202012

RESPONSIBLE PAINTS

Believe it or not these beautiful color chips are made of recycled paint. Yes, you heard right. British interiors brand Mini Moderns, in collaboration with award-winning Newlife Paints, has created a 12-color collection of environmentally responsible paints. If you're wondering how they managed to do it, here's the scoop. They recover paint that has been thrown away in landfills and convert it into a premium grade matt emulsion with lovely coverage and a chalky finish. How clever is that? Plus the soothing color palette they chose to create is rather lovely.

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Saturday
Sep292012

DESIGN WITH A CONSCIENCE 

I'm totally in sync with sustainable design, and love coming across beautiful products and companies, like Slow design, that make an honest effort to preserve our planet. They use the savoir faire and dexterity of Tuscan artisans to recover, re-invent and repurpose objects and give them new life in beautiful and stylish ways. One of my favorites is their gorgeous Vetro collection—a series of containers and lamps designed with recycled glass bottles and hand-turned beech woodwork. It's simply exquisite.

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Sunday
Aug052012

TRASH CHIC

If you still haven't gotten into recycling, these crazy fun trash containers by Hong Kong-based retailers Goodss Passion, will for sure motivate you to get into the habit. The lids for each container are topped with whimsical sculptures of a bottle, a can and a carton to make it easier to recognize each recycling group—and to make recycling fun and convenient for everyone. I'm really fancying these wonderful bins, but sadly my tiny kitchen doesn't have the room to enjoy them. Oh well... maybe yours can.

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Sunday
Jul012012

A WORLD OF BAMBOO

Trying to raise awareness for sustainability in our planet, Danish designer Kristoffer Zeuthen created this gorgeous globe made out of bamboo. Besides sitting pretty on your desk, the globe can also double as a lamp as it's equipped with a light bulb inside. The grain of the bamboo adds a beautiful texture to the world's terrain. I want one!

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