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Clean Green Kitchen Rehab in Twin Cities

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Joshua Foss, principal of Thrive Design Studio and ambassador for the Living Building Challenge, recently completed this clean and contemporary kitchen renovation in a home near Theodore Wirth Park.  Foss and the owners went with a color palette that, in the end, resembles nature in many ways.  The light blue walls resemble water or clear blue skies, the steel and aluminum mimic smooth stones, and the cabinets and floors ground the space with wood.

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Update: 111 Navy Chair in Six Colors

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A couple weeks ago, we mentioned a two-year collaboration between Coca-Cola and Emeco to produce the 111 Navy Chair.  It'll be unveiled this week in Milan and sales begin in June here in the states through Design Within Reach.  The L.A. Times reports that it'll cost about $230, making it one of the most accessible options available to fans of the 1940s design. 

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Emeco with a New Recycled Material

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Emeco, maker of iconic chairs with 80% recycled aluminum, will soon offer the Navy Chair made with recycled Coca-Cola bottles, according to Dezeen.  Representing four years of research, 111 Navy Chair will be made with 111 PET bottles, or about 65% post-consumer content.  According to Emeco, not only will the chair be "super strong, durable and comfortable," but it will also be "warm, colorful and about half the price of the aluminum one."  Thoughts?  Available exclusively from DWR.

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Modern Green Furniture from Domiphile

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If you’re in the market for modern sustainable furniture, you might check out Domiphile, a company founded by Tony Church near Salt Lake City, Utah.  Currently offering tables, side tables, dressers, and desks, Domiphile handcrafts these pieces with North American FSC-certified white ash and black walnut and “super-duper low VOC” waterborne finishes.  Pieces range in price from about $1,110 to $4,000, depending on what you’re looking for.

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Modern Solar LED Address Numbers

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Most address numbers probably don't have back lights, but I suppose if you're going to light them, you might as well do it with solar power and LEDs.  That's how it's done with these Solar LED Address Numbers from Think Geek.  The numbers turn on automatically and can last up to 10 hours on a full charge.  Each number runs about $16.  My place is in dire need of a number swap, so I guess these are now at the top of the list.  What do you think?

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Fuez Recycled Green Surface Option

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InFuez, Inc., the maker of Fuez solid slab surfaces, is being mentioned more and more these days (first noticed in the Portland SIPs House).  Fuez is made of low-carbon cement, curbside recycled glass, and a natural aggregate in a facility that’s 100% wind powered in Portland.  Fuez can contribute to up to 5 LEED credits and can be used as tiles, flooring, or countertops.  It’s a handsome product and pricing is competitive with, if not more affordable than, traditional stones and other recycled content products.

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