Archive for the ‘Eco’ Category

Vertical Walls

December 31, 2009

Vertical garden at the Authenaeum Hotel on Piccadilly Street in London

Because there is never enough space in big cities to grow plants or have large amounts of green space, I think vertical gardens sounds like a pretty nifty idea.

Patrick Blanc created the first living wall. His plant wall consists of a framework of plants planted by the side of a structure. In fact, the plants are planted onto a PVC plate supported by a metal frame attached to the wall. This vertical garden at the Authenaeum Hotel on Piccadilly Street in London is one of the many examples of his work.

But for something on a smaller scale and more easily replicated, ELT Easy Green have some nice examples of what you can do.

Vertical garden by Joost Bakker for Schiavello

Or how about using this slightly different take on the vertical garden as a feature wall created by Joost Bakker for Schiavello. Extremely space efficient, it is a grid system that allows numerous potted plants to be arranged in freestanding columns or walls.

Woolly Pockets

But my favorite way of integrating this concept into a home has got to be the woolly pocket. Made of flexible, breathable material, they can be hung on walls in any combination.


Casa Cor 2009 – Best Kid’s Rooms and Nurseries

December 26, 2009
Quarto de Brincar

A Play Room by Edson Lorenzzo

Earlier this year, the Casa Cor Group held three simultaneous events at the Jockey Club in Sao Paulo all at once: Casa Cor 2009, Casa Hotel and Casa Kids.

It is the biggest architectural and decor show in Latin America and the third biggest in the world holding 110 different design spaces and occupying 44,000 m2. This year’s theme is sustainability.

These are some of the kid’s rooms and nurseries from the show.

The biggest challege for Edson Lorenzzo was to create a playroom suitable for both boys and girls of varying ages. The 22m2 room has space for art, games , tv  area, doll house, and library.

Quarto de Menino

A boy's room by Aquiles Kilares

Arquitect Aquiles Kilares created this boy’s room feel like a space ship. The wall with the LCD screen is made to look like the central command screen.

Suíte da Menina

A girl's room by Patricia Novoa

Suíte Bebê A nursery by Glaucya Taraskevicius
Baby Care

A baby room by Flavia Ranieri

From CasaCor

Be Creative with your Junk

June 13, 2009
rocking chair large

Rocking chair made of wood cable drum, and a soft seat and back rest

Created by Junktion, founded in Tel Aviv in 2008, taking everyday objects that have been classified as junk and seeing them in new ways; and creating new beautiful useful things.

What do you think of some of their designs? Would you have them in your home?

basket L

These gas baskets are made of metal gas balloons.

column large

flowers large

Drawer Column on the left made of old wooden boxes, a metal column and a concrete base.

Above is a flowers lamp composed of an aluminium jug, flexible pipes and spherical lamps.

kitchen lamp large

Kitchen lamp made from a cooking pot, flexible metal pipes and teapots

I’m not sure about having this kitchen lamp in my kitchen (I wouldn’t have the room for it even if I did), but I do like the creativity that went into making it.

Suitcase sofa

I think this is a cool little seat. The suitcase sofa is made using an old suitcase, plywood, soft seats and wheels.

towels large

A very practical towel hanger using plumbing pipes

kid chair largeAnd finally, what do you think of this? It may be space consumig, but this backrest hanger sure is amusing.