Numi is a Smart Luxe WaterSense Toilet

Wisconsin-based Kohler recently unveiled Numi – the company’s most advanced toilet to date — according to a press release.  Numi meets CALGreen requirements, is WaterSense certified, and has two flush alternatives with .6 and 1.28 gallons per flush.  But it also does a lot more than conserve water.


By |April 19th, 2011|Fixtures, Water Efficiency|9 Comments

Vibrant Recycled Tiles from California

San Jose-based Fireclay Tile, manufacturer of a recycled-content line of ceramic tiles called Express, has another line called the Debris Series.  This line includes several patterns with up to 112 colors, and the company just released six new field pattern tiles (shown above) that can be made to order in under four weeks.


By |April 12th, 2011|Materials, Recycled|2 Comments

Shapely Natural Wood Floors by Bolefloor

A Dutch company, Bolefloor, has developed a new method of producing floors from pieces of wood stock that allow for the natural shape of wood to be used. The company uses wood scanners, computer-aided technology, and optimization algorithms to maximize wood cuts to create a unique floor with curving joints between boards for a floor like none other on the market.


By |April 11th, 2011|Materials|7 Comments

Urbio Vertical Garden for Urban Dwellers

Urbio is a fascinating vertical garden system that’s minimalist, expandable, and affordable.  It was designed by Volare Studio and Enlisted Design, who posted the system on Kickstarter to raise funds to bring the product to market.  Urbio includes wall plates, wall mount pucks, and various pot sizes.  It’s the perfect kind of system to liven up a wall while growing herbs, succulents, and other small plants.


By |April 3rd, 2011|Nature, Vegetation|0 Comments

Steel Outdoor Fireplace by Modfire

It’s Spring and high time to get outside.  One way to do that is with an outdoor fire feature to warm friends and family as the sun goes down.  Phoenix-based metal artist Brandon Williams designed Modfire, a sleek, 14-gauge steel fireplace, after seeing a need in the market for a cool, modern outdoor options.  His modern 48″ x 22″ feature is available in natural, red, blue, and orange with pricing from $950.  In addition, Modfire can be outfitted to run on natural gas or propane, if desired.


By |April 1st, 2011|Furniture, Modern design|8 Comments

Sloan Updates AQUS Water Reuse System

Illinois-based Sloan Valve Company won all sorts of awards for AQUS Water Reuse System (model HMA6000).  That award-winning system has been updated, and the new HMA7000 model is now available.  The upgraded small-scale water reuse system has a redesigned look and feel, installs in less than one hour, and is compatible with most dual-flush and one-piece toilets on the market.


By |March 28th, 2011|Fixtures, Water Efficiency|4 Comments