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Dune Wall Tiles by urbanproduct

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Stephen Lindsay has been working on the launch of these fascinating tiles made of walnut, plaster, and concrete. Dune tiles are eight inches square and protrude about two inches from the wall surface. They’re distributed through urbanproduct (though the company is looking for U.S. distributors) and made with natural pigments and a soya-based finish.

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New Zero Series Prefab from Studio 101

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Michelle Kaufmann just announced the launch of three new prefab homes available exclusively through Studio 101 Designs and built by Blazer Industries.  These homes — Ridge0, Vista0, and Contours0 — are part of the Zero Series designed to produce as much energy as is needed over the course of a year.  As you can tell from the renderings, they're undeniably contemporary and seemingly approachable at the same time.

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Compact Modern Fortino of Dreams

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Ideabox was invited to participate in this year's NW Natural Street of Dreams in Portland to show how compact living, when well designed, can be luxurious at the same time.  The eco prefab on display the entire month is about 20% the size of the largest home on the block, yet it has everything one could ask for *and* an approachable price tag.  

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Low Impact Container Studio in Texas

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Dwell has the story on this 8'x40' container space in San Antonio designed by Jim Poteet.  The tiny retreat – living space, bathroom, and sink and counter – is sandwiched by a foundation of recycled telephone poles and roof of lush greenery.  The container also has bamboo flooring and wallcovering, an electric composting toilet from Sun-Mar, a mini-split heating and cooling system, and large floor-to-ceiling windows and doors to allow natural light.  This illustrates, with impressive flare, what can be done with containers, don’t you agree?

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Custom Container Studio Pod in Austin

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Alan Stulberg, a vintage motorcycle builder and mechanic, has been thinking about this project for nearly six years.  Deciding to take the plunge, he drew a rough sketch one day and five months later, here’s the Studio Pod.  Stulberg built the container studio in his backyard in Austin, Texas, and it’s now being used as a creative artist space.

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Northwest Modern Solar Home in PDX

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This contemporary home just hit the market about a week ago and comes with Earth Advantage Gold certification and a 2.4 kW photovoltaic system expected to save the future owner about 30% on utilities.  With three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and 1,836 square feet, the speculative home at 5110 NE 17th Street also has bamboo flooring, tankless water heating, and energy-efficient appliances for $419,000, illustrating the fact that in progressive cities like Portland, stylish green homes are becoming the standard. 

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