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Botanist Unveils New All Wood Bench

This is the new Natural Series bench from the popular eco-friendly furniture line called Botantist.  Designed by Dario Antonioni, the all-wood bench – similar in appearance to the skinny aluminum version – is available in natural walnut or rift oak finishes composed of layered wood and real wood veneer.  Antonioni says the wood is sustainably harvested and the bench is made to order in the USA.  Measuring 60″x18″x18″ and weighing 55 pounds, Botanist Natural Series retails for $799.

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Egle LED Table Lamp from Artemide


Artemide recently introduced a refined-looking, energy-efficient table lamp called Egle, which has adjustable direct LED lighting and is available in polished white, black, or chrome finishes. Notice the concave base, a feature included in the lamp by designer Michel Boucquillon for two reasons. It can hold tiny objects and spreads light when the lamp is adjusted downward.

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Sleek Recyclable Kitchen by Valcucine

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This month, Valcucine was selected for inclusion in the Industrial Research section of the Italian ADI Design Index 2010.  The company was chosen in part for efforts to produce products with less raw materials and energy, use recyclable materials, reduce toxic emissions and polluting chemical substances, and consider the life cycle of products.

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Modern Hen Coop with a Green Roof

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If you’re thinking about raising chickens, there are a few ways to go about it.  You could build a retro Modern Coop or Quonset Coop.  Or, you could build a boxy coop with a green roof, like this one pictured here and featured in Dwell.  It’s framed with two-by-fours, insulated, sheathed with oriented strand board, covered in reclaimed cedar, ventilated with two upper windows, and topped with native landscaping, according to Miyoko Ohtake.

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Bright Modular Ecofelt Buzziskin Tiles

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Interior Design just closed voting on this year’s BoY Awards, and the Eco Products category has some excellent entries.  Of which, I noticed this 3D tile called Buzziskin from Buzzispace.  It’s made of ecofelt, or a 100% recycled PET material, in a variety of colors.  Buzziskin is offered in both rectangular and cubic sizes with a self-adhesive backing.  Each tile runs about $150.

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Herman Miller Unveils New Sayl Chairs

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Imagine a suspension bridge with sailing vessels floating close by.  Both objects, the sail and the bridge, are represented in this new chair designed by Yves Béhar in collaboration with Herman Miller.  The sail is reflected in the name, Sayl, and look of the chair, while the bridge is reflected in the frameless back structure and colorful suspension material. 

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