I noticed some chatter about these LOFTwall dividers following the news rush that accompanied ICFF 2009. They're made by a Dallas-based company for use in residences, office spaces, retail, or pretty much anywhere else you can think of. LOFTwalls are modular, lightweight, and most importantly, customizable. Take a stab at designing your own using their frames and material swatches — you'll even get the price.
Just noticed a new product called Invitrum by high design, Italian kitchen maker Valcucine. Invitrum is being referred to as a 100% recyclable kitchen, which means the product can be recycled at the end of its lifecycle — but the consumer needs to make that happen. To help the consumer, as you can see with the image below, the cabinets have been labeled for recyclability. The structure is of drawn, recycled aluminum and the base units are of recyclable glass. Invitrum was designed to be manufactured with less material and energy. So slick …
The project is The 1310 Condominiums, which is located in Portland, Oregon and one of the houses on the 11xDesign modern homes tour this Saturday. If you're not familiar with the project, you may think it's new construction, but 1310 is actually a conversion of an old apartment complex into five modern condominiums. Designed by Brett Crawford Architecture + Planning for Brett Crawford and Dana Ing Crawford, with Brett Crawford as contractor, the finished project shows that meticulous attention was given to the small details. And all that is paying off for the owners. Three units are sold (with only two remaining one-bedroom units left), and 1310 received both a Built Honor and Sustainability Award from AIA Portland.
Housefish Design, a firm specializing in furniture design, has produced a line of eco-friendly, modular storage furniture — you can buy individual pieces and stack them practically anyway you like. Why is it green? Well, the furniture is flat-packed for shipping (you only need a hammer to assemble), the wood is sustainably harvested FSC maple plywood, and the pieces are finished with a zero-VOC finish. Sounds good!