Check out this lively, modern chicken coop by Nicole Starnes Taylor of MAKE Design Studio. Taylor designed it for three chickens and their owners in urban Seattle. With a screen floor and castors, the mobile hen house fertilizes the underlying ground. Also, the coop has a hinged door for easy access and can be used as a chicken tractor if need be. Taylor built the 15 square-foot coop with salvaged framing lumber.
Earlier this month, the Historic Savannah Foundation gave a preservation award to a 54-year old, mid-century modern home in Savannah, Georgia. We were able to get some detail and photos of the kitchen renovation aspect from Bazzèo, a New Jersey-based manufacturer of green kitchen and bath cabinets. The design retained the original kitchen layout, but water-damaged kitchen and bath cabinets were replaced.
Resysta is an attractive, sustainable, and non-plastic alternative to wood. With the look and feel of wood, Resysta is very durable, water-resistant and most comparable to the typically unsustainable, tropical hardwoods; however, it contains no wood. Suitable for decking, cladding, interior wall cladding or marine applications, Resysta is flexible enough for all projects.
With Lightfair and other design shows in the works, I expect to see a few new products like this Flo light, which was designed by Foster + Parters for Lumina, a lighting manufacturer in Italy. Flo is an unobtrusive reading light with a dimmable 6W LED that outputs 475 lumens. The aluminum frame and head is planted with a steel base, and the head rotates 300 degrees for precise task usage. Flo joins a host of other LED task lamps on the market — I’ll post a price when it’s offered here in the United States.
It’s Spring and high time to get outside. One way to do that is with an outdoor fire feature to warm friends and family as the sun goes down. Phoenix-based metal artist Brandon Williams designed Modfire, a sleek, 14-gauge steel fireplace, after seeing a need in the market for a cool, modern outdoor options. His modern 48″ x 22″ feature is available in natural, red, blue, and orange with pricing from $950. In addition, Modfire can be outfitted to run on natural gas or propane, if desired.
Students in Studio H, a design-build program for high school students in Bertie County, North Carolina, recently completed their second major project. The project required the design and construction of three, unique, full-scale, chicken coops to house six chickens each. Students had a budget of $500 per coop, but they also incorporated reclaimed and repurposed materials. Here are the chicken coop designs: