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Wittus Intros Efficient Wood Pellet Stove

Toba is an award-winning pellet stove designed in Italy by MCZ Group SpA in collaboration with EMO.  The simple, modern appliance can warm a space of about 1,800 square feet at more than 90% efficiency, according to Wittus, which announced plans in June 2011 to import Toba into the US.

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Newly Reclaimed Bathroom in Portland

If you’re thinking about a bathroom overhaul, I think this is an article you will enjoy reading.  Architect Jeff Stern of In Situ Architecture was approached by a homeowner in Portland to transform an old bathroom with a modest budget.  Expanding the size of the room meant a larger budget, while using the same footprint meant saving money through the use of existing plumbing and fixture locations.

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Hive-Inspired, Eco-Friendly Hex Shelving

Housefish, a modular furniture company based in Denver, Colorado, conceived a new shelf design with inspiration from a beehive.  Called Hex Modular Shelving, each shelf is made with custom aluminum extrusions that are light, strong, and hexagonal.  The extrusions are then paired with FSC-certified, zero-VOC finish, maple plywood boards to create a strong and contemporary piece of furniture.

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ModRocks 100% Recycled Clear Glass Tile

California-based Modwalls now has ModRocks in stock.  The product is made with 100% post-consumer recycled glass on a mesh backing.  A single interlocking sheet (12″ x 12″) has ~1024 pebbles, each with a diameter of ~0.39 inches.  The pebbles come from crushed consumer bottles (no melting required), and ModRocks can be used in residential or commercial applications in both wet and dry areas.  One sheet is $25.95.

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A Dash of Light, Style, and Sustainability

Dash is a new LED task light by Details, a Steelcase company, that was designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners.  The modern lamp is said to be the first LED task lamp to achieve BIFMA Level 1 certification — it has a mercury-free LED and PVC-free wiring — and made with 32% recycled content.  Dash [$] includes a 3,500 K, 8-watt LED and a 50,000-hour rated life.  It has a 32″ horizontal and 22 3/4″ vertical reach.

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Botanist Minimal Going to Early Backers

Earlier this year, we mentioned the All Wood Botanist Bench, which is made with 12 sheets of sustainably harvested poplar and high-grade engineered veneers.  Botanist Minimal weighs 45 pounds, measures 60″L x 18″D x 18″W, and has walnut or rift oak finishes, making it perfect for modernists with a flare for eco-friendly furniture.  If you’re in this group, the modern piece is being shipped upon funding to early backers via Kickstarter for $299, according to its designer Dario Antonioni.  Check it out.

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