In this interview, G Living sits down with Peter DeMaria to talk about his work using containers in modern home design and construction. I was really impressed with DeMaria — he tells you everything you ever wanted to know about container architecture and talks about scalability, sustainability, mold, termites, insulation, design, etc. If you're thinking about using containers in your project, the ones mentioned in this interview cost about $900 – $2500 and are about 320 sf per unit. Great video!
Check out these cool tile tapestry patterns from Heath Ceramics. I’m partial to the flemish bond gunmetal (shown top left and below). Heath Ceramics has a factory/kiln in Sausalito, California where they create these incredible tiles. Their Tapestry Collection has three patterns: argyle, stitch, and flemish bond, which can be face-mounted in 12×12" squares. Prices vary depending on the pattern, but if you’re looking for a specialty application, try the overstock tiles offered at 75% off retail.
Many Moons Design is a small, craftsmanship-based company in Lexington, Kentucky. They salvage wood and other materials to make beautiful furniture with designs ranging from rustic to modern. They also use a beautiful selection of woods, including colored woods, walnut and white oak. Some of the wood even comes from famous landmarks such as the Jim Beam distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. Pretty neat!
Have recycled or reusable materials to sell? Looking for recycled or reusable materials? Need materials that contribute towards LEED MR credits? Well, starting on or about March 17, you’re going to have a pretty nice looking resource to tap in the form of Planet Reuse. Planet Reuse "aims to divert existing products and materials from landfills, create less waste and use of virgin materials entering the waste stream, and create a solution for designers, homeowners, architects and builders seeking to design, create, and use more environmentally responsible practices."
People that have materials can go to the website and create listing to sell the product. Buyers can then search for materials by location and various other categories. After Planet Reuse attracts critical mass and community participation, it’ll be a killer resource for LEED APs. Great idea, Planet Reuse!
There are not a lot of choices out there for eco-lighting or eco-sinks, but Bear Creek Glass is one nice option. Bear Creek Glass is an artisan company that creates beautiful, artful glass sinks and lighting. Half of their products are made from 100% recycled glass and the others are made partially of recycled glass. Styles range from traditional and antique to simple and modern.
Mod Green Pod offers a burst of modern fun to the eco-fabric market. The company also produces wonderful wallpaper patterns. Their fabrics are 100% organic fabric and the wallpaper is vinyl-free. The fabric is hand silk-screened, which is an incredibly tedious and artful process. You can view photos of the printing process at their site. They currently offer 8 pattern choices in about 30 colors. The signature prints are bold, colorful, and totally modern.