Invitrum 100 Percent Recyclable Kitchen


Just noticed a new product called Invitrum by high design, Italian kitchen maker Valcucine.  Invitrum is being referred to as a 100% recyclable kitchen, which means the product can be recycled at the end of its lifecycle — but the consumer needs to make that happen.  To help the consumer, as you can see with the image below, the cabinets have been labeled for recyclability.  The structure is of drawn, recycled aluminum and the base units are of recyclable glass.  Invitrum was designed to be manufactured with less material and energy.  So slick …


By |February 23rd, 2009|Modern design, Recycled|3 Comments

Tiny Texas Houses and The Economist


The small house movement is going buck wild.  Some say it's because of a concern for the environment.  Others say it's because of the economy.  We could all say it's a confluence of both the economy and the environment, but what's important is that people actually rethink what a home can be — including how big it needs to be.  Just the other day, The Economist, published a story about two of the main players in the super small home genre, Tiny Texas Houses and Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.  We've mentioned Tumbleweed previously, but I learned something new about Tiny Texas Houses. 


By |February 23rd, 2009|Affordable, Recycled, Single Family|3 Comments

Chicago Eco-Bridge to 2016


This conceptual proposal for Chicago's Monroe Harbor was designed in honor of the great American architect Daniel Burnham, but perhaps more importantly, to secure Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympic games.  The proposal is a modern interpretation of Burnam's 1909 master plan for Chicago.  In a land locked city, the Chicago Eco-Bridge offers an extension of the landscape that would dramatically change the face of the city, and perhaps the United States. 


By |February 20th, 2009|Land Use, Vegetation|32 Comments

GreenBox Eco-friendly Materials Annual Subscription Service

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Ecolect, a website that helps designers, architects, and builders discover eco-friendly material alternatives, has launched an interesting service called GreenBox.  GreenBox is an annual subscription of green material samples that's shipped right to your door every three months.  Each GreenBox delivery includes 8-12 material samples, material information, sustainability specs, performance overview, cost profiles, and distributor information.  And it's all neatly designed to hang on the wall or cubicle or any other place you have in mind. 


By |February 17th, 2009|Materials, News, Recycled|2 Comments

Housefish Flatpack Green Storage


Housefish Design, a firm specializing in furniture design, has produced a line of eco-friendly, modular storage furniture — you can buy individual pieces and stack them practically anyway you like.  Why is it green?  Well, the furniture is flat-packed for shipping (you only need a hammer to assemble), the wood is sustainably harvested FSC maple plywood, and the pieces are finished with a zero-VOC finish.  Sounds good!


By |February 12th, 2009|Furniture, Modern design|1 Comment

A Living House by R&Sie Architects


We've seen some interesting living walls and green roofs, but this goes beyond these applications and into the realm of being a complete living house.  Referred to as the Lost in Paris House, the structure took five years to complete and was designed by R&Sie architects.  The unique living envelope comprises 1200 ferns (or Dryopteris filix-mas) in a hydroponic system – the plants are not sustained by soil but by a chemical mixture of bacteria, nutrients, and rainwater. 


By |February 12th, 2009|Nature, Vegetation|6 Comments