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Entries in eco chic (49)


A simple solution

This clever and super functional wall rack is a very easy solution to store your bike and still make it look good. The Cycloc, designed by Andrew Lang, was the winner of the Consumer Product Design of the Year award. The intelligent design allows you to store your bike either vertically or horizontally and gives you four colors to choose from. And I love the fact that it's made out of 100% recycled post-industrial plastic. It's perfect for small pads. 


Warming Trends

Everyone dreams to have the picture-perfect home with a beautiful fireplace in every room, especially when wintery days are almost knocking at our door. But don't feel blue if you don't happen to have that fireplace that you've been longing for. Now you have the option to bring some warmth and ambiance into your abode with these very stylish portable fireplaces. There is plenty where to choose from — some more affordable than others. But the best part of it is that they're vent-free, smokeless and the majority of them are fueled by bioethanol — a wholly renewable source of energy made from sugar, potatoes, beets, corn or other agricultural products (very cool).

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Tin beauties

Batucada, the percussion beat used in Brazilian carnival parties, is the name given to this beautiful collection of vases, hanging lamps and trays made out of recycled aluminum by Jahara Studio. The process used to create these vibrant pieces highlights the imperfections of the objects. In Brazil 98% of the aluminum used is recycled, putting them on the top of the list of countries that recycle this metal. The designers used rhythm as the main inspiration for this collection by hammering and leaving unique markings in every piece. The combination of their simplicity and electrifying colors makes these beauties hit a high note. 

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Seasoned lamps

Images courtesy of Inhabitat.comAfter ten relaxing days of traveling, eating yummy food and discovering wonderful things in Amsterdam and Antwerp, I'm home in the process of getting back in the groove of things. Once I'm done with the unpacking (not my favorite thing to do), I will go through all my photos and material I collected along the way in order to start sharing with you the many cool things I came across in my trip.
   But in the meantime let me show you how you can add a pinch of flavor to your decor with these delicious lamps made of salt. Yes, you heard right, salt. Designed by Roberto Tweraser, the SALT lamps made their debut at this year's London Design Festival and are great pieces that will season any bland space. How savory are they?

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Riding with a conscience

Nowadays, bicycles come in all shapes and colors but this one is unique. Although not the first of it's kind (see history here) , the Bamboocycle was designed with sustainability and responsibility in mind. Created by 24 year-old Mexican industrial designer Diego Cárdenas, this bike is known for its lightness, strength and flexibility. The bamboo used to make this bicycle is grown in Veracruz, Mexico and is treated to maximize sturdiness and endurance. I so want one.

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Twisted lights

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I'm all for being nice to the planet and conserving energy by using low energy bulbs in your home. But let's be honest, the light that some of this bulbs radiates can be, with exception of some, a little too institutional – plus they're not that pretty to look at. Thankfully, the new Plumen fluorescent bulb has arrived. The new model aims to show off its very unique coil rather than hide it like the traditional design and the light seems to be much warmer. How twisted is that?


One crate idea

I'm the kind of person who loves transforming old things and give them a new lease on life. But why didn't I think of this one? Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba has recycled this world-traveled shipping crate and made it into a piece of furniture fit for any home. By just adding nice looking legs and a hinge he has adapted something that would have probably ended up in a dumpster into a treasure.


Tears of joy

I was blown away by these gorgeously fun glass globes that will definitely be a conversation piece in your home. Hand-blown from recycled glass stock, each piece is handmade, one at a time, by Justin and Andi at Esque. These Wall Tears are sold as a set of three. They come in a variety of colors including White, Cream, Red, Orange, Pink, Chartreuse, Gray, and Turquoise. Every tear is unique.

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