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Please Rewind

One of the things I enjoy the most when I travel is to discover new and unique little shops that offer never-before-seen treasures. In my three short days in Antwerp, Belgium, I found many stores that caught my attention, but one in particular stood out for its approach to green living — it was the perfect marriage between ecology and design. 

Everything in Rewind has been created using recycled goods and materials in a very clever way, and of course without compromising their aesthetics. The store works with sixty designers and artists from across Europe and often organize exhibitions for artists working on recovering materials or re-thinking their surroundings in an ecological manner. I was really amazed how ingeniously some of these materials were transformed in such beautiful and unique pieces, and they have nothing to envy their high-end counterparts.

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On A White Cloud

What's better than spending your Sunday morning lounging on this comfy chair with your paper? The design of this slick Spinnaker chair, inspired by the marine world, reflects the beautiful curves of the cruising spinnaker sail — hence its name. The Norwegian designers wanted to create the relaxing feeling of sitting on a white cloud. This extraordinary piece of furniture will give your home a new image. It is upholstered with authentic sails, old or new, and you can make it your own by choosing any combination of materials they offer. Spinnaker is manufactured by the well renowned upholstery manufacturer, Hødnebø of Norway,

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Holiday Gift Guide: part 5

If you're having a hard time deciding what to give this holiday season, you can always make a statement by helping the environment. Since this is such a hot cause, almost every store and website out there have sustainable gifts. From furniture to personal accessories, the selections are endless. Here are some that I thought are fun and different. And of course, there is something for everyone in the family — even for Fido. So give green and help make our planet a better place to live.

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A Classic With a Twist

Reminiscent of classic industrial metal lamps from the 20th century, the Batucada table task lamp is designed by Brazilian designer Brunno Jahara and produced by Vialight. The lamp is a continuation of the Batucada Collection, where the designer hammers and smashes objects such as centerpieces, vases and lamps. It uses LED technology and is made of low impact materials such as aluminum, which is 100% recyclable. Even though every lamp is unique, the hammered surfaces reflect the light and lend character to the lamps. As part of the Miami Design Week, the Batucada lamp will be displayed at Ornare showroom in the Design District starting tomorrow November 29. I think it's a great addition to the collection!

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A Show of Tiles

I am thrilled to announce our first sponsor. TileShowroom has partnered with TheDesignerPad to offer all of you a fantastic source of tiles for all your DIY projects. What I love most about them is the large selection of natural, recycled glass tiles they have — especially the wide range of colors finishes available. To celebrate this amazing partnership, they're giving all our readers an extra 15% off their already competitive prices, with every purchase of more than $100. Just mention code THEDESIGNERPAD to receive the discount. Don't miss out on this great deal!

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Who's there?

Aren't these adorable? What a fab way to add some whimsy to your entrance door. These fun peephole covers are the perfect disguise for such boring-looking piece of hardware. And on top of it, they're made out of birch wood from sustainably managed forests, making them a great eco-friendly product. I'm sure they'll put a huge happy smile on all those guests knocking at your door.

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Contain yourself

Some of the massive freight containers that pollute our landscape every time we drive by any of our country's many ports, are now seeing better days. They're being recycled into very affordable and innovative living spaces. Container architecture is becoming a hot trend. From having a lonesome purpose in life, these dreadful steel boxes are now becoming small homes, vacation cabins, business and even multi-unit buildings. It's an eco-friendly and a very flexible option to build.

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Into the woods

If you're adventurous at heart and always wanted to know what it feels like to sleep in the middle of the woods, now you can head to Sweden's boreal forest and stay at the magical Treehotel. Inspired by the film documentary “Trädälskaren” (Treelover) by Jonas Selberg Augustsen, the seven room-size structures are if nothing works of art. They were built and are run daily with ecological values in mind. The Bird's Nest, one of my favorites, plays with the contrast of a rough exterior and a very slick modern interior. And if you're wondering, people can access it through a retractable staircase.

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