Lush Edible Living Wall in Los Angeles


Tournesol Siteworks makes a modular living wall system that was installed at Pizzeria Mozza on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.  GreenScaped Buildings installed the green wall with 100% recycled polypropylene plastic modules, a Uni-Strut frame, and Netafim in-line drip irrigation.  The result is a lush and massive wall — now about 120 square feet on the east facing wall — that protrudes roughly 15 inches from the surface.  It grows lettuce, peppermint, celery, parsley, sage, and other edible plants. 


By |August 2nd, 2010|Gadgets, Materials, Vegetation|1 Comment

Elegant, Recycled, Solid Surface: Glass2


This newly certified Cradle to Cradle product, Glass2, is an elegant material that can be used as a countertop, vanity, wall cladding, flooring, or almost anything else you can think of.  The product is made with 99% recycled glass and no resin and can be worked on by stone and glass fabricators.  Glass2 is sold through dealerships dotting the nation, available in thickness anywhere from 16 to 35 mm, and made in 12 colors ranging from Glacier White to Azurite. 


By |July 28th, 2010|Materials, Recycled|13 Comments

Recycled Hardwood by Staybull Flooring


Staybull Flooring, a Florida company, recently let us know about their recycled flooring available in more than 20 wood species.  The company salvages waste wood from lumber mills around the globe; binds discarded strips together with a solvent-free, no-VOC adhesive; and then mills and finishes the planks with a ceramic, no-VOC finish.  The result is strong, mosaic-like, rich in detail, and made in the U.S.A.  And if you're looking for an FSC certified option, Staybull Flooring can provide that, too. 


By |July 27th, 2010|Materials, Recycled|11 Comments

Fontenay Woods from Old Wine Barrels


If you're in the market for an Old World look, Fontenay makes vintage flooring from reclaimed wine barrels.  The Cooperage collection has stamps and markings from the barrel head; the Wine Infusion collection comes from the inside of the barrel and is naturally stained by the wine; and the Stave collection is made with the outside of the barrel and shows markings from the hoops.  Pricing starts at $32 per square foot. 


By |July 21st, 2010|Materials, Recycled|5 Comments

Lumboo Engineered Bamboo Lumber


While we’re talking about bamboo, another product worth keeping an eye on is this bamboo dimensional lumber from Cali Bamboo.  The San Diego-based company says the product, Lumboo, is the “world’s first engineered bamboo dimensional lumber,” made with 100% compressed bamboo and a low-VOC resin. It can be used for fences and a variety of other applications.


By |July 6th, 2010|Materials|5 Comments

Wavy Solar Integrated Studio House


Lamboo, Inc., a maker of architectural bamboo products out of Illinois, has this concept studio featured on their website.  Lamboo Studio is made with several different Lamboo products, including bamboo interior paneling, custom bamboo furniture, bamboo content in windows and doors, and laminated structural bamboo in the roof and floor.  Illustrating several uses for these bamboo products, the 304 square-foot tiny home has a wavy aluminum roof with integrated Uni-Solar panels and a composting toilet for off-grid living. 


By |July 5th, 2010|Materials, Single Family, Solar|5 Comments