Inhabit Offers New Eco-Friendly Wall Flats

Inhabit makes a line of 3D wall flats from bagasse, a fiber that’s left over after juice is removed from sugarcane.  The wall flats are popular and the styles are contemporary.  There’s also a few more designs that were added to the line in June, including Luna, Hive, and Drift flats shown in this article.  Inhabit says the flats are non-toxic and biodegradable.  A box of wall flats [$] costs $86 and includes 10 tiles covering up to 22.5 square feet.

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By |July 8th, 2011|Materials, Modern design|2 Comments

Efficient Modern Studio in the Woods

This tiny modern studio is sited on a woodsy lot in Slough, UK. It was designed and built by in.it studios and has about 400 square feet (37 square meters) with a lounge, bedroom, and bathroom. The company told us in an email that they prefabricated the studio with a high-performance wall, roof, and floor assembly and an exterior of cedar cladding.

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By |July 6th, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|3 Comments

Solar-Powered Shed for a Colorado Artist

Gail Siegel is a full-time jeweler specializing in precious metals.  She uses fire in her work and needed some extra space to do.  After weighing the various options — renting a space, buying a larger home, building a backyard shed — she decided to install a Studio Shed with solar power from Denver-based SolSource.

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By |July 4th, 2011|Prefab|1 Comment

Dwell Show Prefab to be Sold on eBay

This is the Modern Living Showhouse on display at Dwell on Design 2011.  The green prefab was designed by Jonathan Davis of pieceHomes, built by OneBuild Inc., and styled by Zem Joaquin and ecofabulous.  With 520 square feet, the dwelling is spacious enough to include a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom.  See the interior photos below with a description of green materials and technologies included in the showcase.

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By |July 1st, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|8 Comments

Cedar-Slat Tiny Sunset Cabin on the Lake

Sunset Cabin is a 275-square foot lake retreat that’s camouflaged with a green roof and cedar-slat facade.  Though completed in 2004, I thought it would be interesting to share some of the construction details perhaps for the benefit of others thinking about building something similar.  The cabin, located in Southern Ontario, Canada, was designed by Taylor Smyth Architects and built by Brothers Dressler with Yaan Poldaas.

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By |June 29th, 2011|Green Roof, Prefab|7 Comments

Trendy Handmade Tile Now at Modwalls

Clayhaus Ceramics, maker of eco-friendly ceramic tiles in Portland, recently announced a new partnership with Modwalls, a web-based seller of modern tile and wall coverings.  The companies are now offering Clayhaus for Modwalls, which is a custom collection of modern ceramic tiles available online through Modwalls.

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By |June 21st, 2011|Materials, Modern design|1 Comment