Salt Lake City-based ORE Inc. makes modern landscape containers, fire pits, benches, and other things. They’re beautiful and some of them are outfitted with LEDs evoking something of a TRON: Legacy feel. These containers can be powder coated and made with steel or aluminum. Also, depending on the piece, ORE Containers may contribute to up to four different LEED credits (i.e., low-VOC sealants and paints, recycled content steel/aluminum, and FSC certified teak and ipe).
I recently noticed this chromatic modular wall tile system called Flock from London-based Hive. The tiles are modern and geometric like Hexagon, though they’re made with 100% wool felt and attach to the wall with a non-toxic acrylic adhesive. Flock is available in 10 colors and packages of six or 22 tiles. Each tile is 6.3″x 10.2″ (16 cm x 26 cm) and a six pack sells on Bouf (UK) for about $42 (£26.00 GBP).
We’re building up a nice archive of chicken coop designs these days. Reader Matt Wolpe of Just Fine Design/Build just sent us photos and details of his Chicken Coopsickle in California. He designed this to work on a woodsy site with a steep incline — it’s planted in concrete with a redwood post. Floating steps run upward to the hen house, which is made with interlocked half-lap joint flooring, Tennessee red cedar siding, and a plywood gusset topped with a single sheet of aluminum for the roof.
Portland-based Clayhaus Ceramics is now offering handmade ceramic tiles in a modern array of colors and several shapes and sizes. The new company, founded by the husband and wife team of Jason and Megan Coleman, was formed out of Stardust Glass tile when the Colemans left the glass business. Now with a focus on ceramic products, Clayhaus is offering beautiful tiles to order in a studio and facility that is completely powered by renewable energy.
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.