mkPURE + mkISLAND, Modern Green Surfaces

It looks like Michelle Kaufmann is extending her successful prefab business into green interior products.  Her newly designed website now lists a couple green surface designs that are pretty stunning.  In collaboration with Concreteworks, MKD is offering mkPURE, a super-modern sink, and mkISLAND, a modern island/table.  Both the mkPURE and mkISLAND come in three finishes: (1) WHITE, made of concrete with fly ash and recycled porcelain, (2) LINEN, made of concrete with rice hull, and (3) GRAY, made of concrete with fly ash and rice hull. 

Pricing on the mkPURE starts at $1,950, unless you buy in bulk.  Similarly, the mkISLAND starts at $5,250.

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By |December 20th, 2007|Categories: Commercial Interiors, Materials, Modern design, Recycled|Tags: |0 Comments

Marfa weeHouse and a Whole Lot More

I just got a weeMail and spent the last couple hours navigating through Alchemy Architects' newly redesigned weeHouse website.  I love it because you can see houses they've built, projects in planning, and you can even build your own weeHouse. 

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By |December 20th, 2007|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Nanosolar Kicks Off the Solar Revolution: 12/18/07

I mentioned Nanosolar back in August because I found an excellent video about the company — they’re poised to dramatically flip this solar industry inside out.  Today comes news that they shipped their first product and received an actual revenue check.  This is a big deal.  Thin film solar is incredible because it can be used more flexibly and produced at a much lower cost. 

Their powersheet product was recognized by Popular Science as 2007 Innovation of the Year.  Now that the product is a reality, we’re going to see some craziness.  They’ve accomplished a slew of world’s firsts (below) and decided to auction off an early batch of product on eBay.  Unfortunately, that’s all you’re likely to get because they’re sold out for the next 12 months!  Better start your orders now. 

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By |December 18th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Materials, Nature, News, Solar|Tags: |3 Comments

BaleHaus by Modcell, Semi-Modern Strawbale

The renderings in this article are of BaleHaus by ModCell.  This UK concept springs from the three positions that we need to: (1) live within our environmental means, (2) maintain a healthy and comfortable quality of life, and (3) build strong communities.  Stated otherwise, the BaleHaus is meant to provide good, comfortable living with a guilt-free eco-conscience.  BaleHaus is super-insulated, boxy and functional, and geared towards communal living.  More renderings below …

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By |December 18th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Modern architecture, Multifamily|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Consumers Spend $3 Billion/Year on Nothing!

Vampire energy, aka phantom loads, is estimated to cost U.S. consumers about $3 billion per year.  I know, it’s not really that much … I mean, if you break it down to the individual level, that’s only $10 per person ($3 billion / 300 million).  But the point is, it’s money that goes in the pocketbook of energy companies and their shareholders — it’s not going in yours.  The chart above is courtesy of GOOD, the magazine that always brings a full-page spread to otherwise obfuscatory information.

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By |December 17th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , |4 Comments

Lee Industries Introduces Natural Furniture Line

Lee Industries, a high quality, custom furniture company has introduced an impressive eco line: naturalLEE.   The beauty of Lee has always been that you can choose one of their fabrics and one of their furniture designs and have a custom piece made to fit your style.  Now, with naturalLEE, you can still choose any one of their furniture design and they will make it naturally! 

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By |December 17th, 2007|Categories: Commercial Interiors, Furniture, Materials|0 Comments
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