Little Sun: Rethinking Light

Artist Olafur Eliasson, known for bringing among other things, waterfalls to New York City, has just released a new project that is aiming to bring light to the world, literally. With his studio team in Berlin, he created Little Sun, a solar-powered light that can be placed anywhere, bringing a sustainable light source to the developed world where electricity is not always reliable.

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Denmark Opens Biking Superhighway

Photo via NYTimes

We’re so excited that summer is here and in full force. How have you been celebrating the sunny weather? Personally, I’ve been jumping on my bike every chance I get. I recently switched from a super-fast track bike to a slower commuter bike. It’s a lot heavier, but way more practical. It’s become my go-to mode of transportation. I throw on panniers and take it to the grocery store to load up on food for the week. I feel pretty lucky to live in a bike-friendly city. But when it comes to paving the road for bikes, it seems like Copenhagen has got everyone beat.

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Collection: Hello Summer

Hot summers are the best excuse to take a trip to the pool and beach. As a new mom, I was extremely excited to take my 9-month-old for her first poolside dip. But, as I’m sure some moms would agree, I was worried about how she would fare in the water, so I perused tons of online mommy forums to find the best baby float to keep her happily splashing yet safe. I found this Swimways baby float to not only be accommodating with its shade canopy and safe with its breathable mesh, but also bold and cheery like summer colors should be. And why should babies have all the fun?! I’ve compiled a list of poolside and beachfront picks for the rest of the family while your little ones are splashing away in the pool. Dive in!

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Playful Crocheted Wonderland

How many times have you been at a museum or gallery and wished you could interact or play with the art? Personally I’ve had to restrain myself more than a few times. In one instance, in a gallery in Japan, kids were unable to stop themselves from playing with a large crocheted installation by artist  Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam. As a result, MacAdam listened to her audience and built her first large-scale crocheted playground just for kids in Tokyo. The result was something straight out of a fairy tale.

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The New Design Handbook

In 2006, Architecture for Humanity released a compelling book that set the stage for how our future generations will think about design: Design Like You Give A Damn. It provided 80 contemporary solutions on how to provide shelter to our earth’s inhabitants. Now, Architecture for Humanity has come out with the sequel, Design Like You Give a Damn [2]The book provides over 100 examples of projects that provide great design and practical solutions that address issues like shelter, education, clean water and renewable energy. The book has already received accolades from the likes of Brad Pitt, who says, “No community is immune to the forces of climate change. If we have learned anything from Hurricane Katrina, it is that we must adapt. Good design accelerates the adoption of new ideas –and this book shows us how.” [read more]

Basketball for the Whole Family

We’re loving this new playground installation from  architecture firm a/LTA. A new take on the traditional basketball hoop, the structure allows multiples games to be played at once, as well as people from all ages groups. There’s a basketball height for every size. The “Arbre à Basket,” or “Basket Tree,” is installed in a children’s playground in Nantes, France. The game encourages anyone to pick up a ball and shoot for a hoop.

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The Organic Conundrum

Image via Summer Tomato

I try to buy organic food whenever possible. But I’m in constant conflict. Often the prices are almost double what conventional produce would cost. Is it really worth the extra cost just to avoid some pesticides?  Of course not all fruits and vegetables are created equal. It’s recommended to try to at least buy organic on foods with thin skins, like berries and lettuce. With thicker items such as with citrus or bananas, it’s not as important to buy organic.

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The DIY T-Shirt Produce Bag

There’s no shortage of things to make out of an old T-shirt. But finally, we found something we would actually use. Ecouterre provides the inspiration for turning any old T-shirt into a reusable produce bag. It’s a simple idea that can be used every day at the farmer’s market or grocery store.

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Swing Table Combines Dinner and Playtime

 

The Swing Table from Duffy London epitomizes the latest trend of putting the fun back into design. Plus it’ a gorgeous setup. We love the four-poster design and central GEO lampshade. Eight chairs hang from the all-in-one setup, making mealtime or work time just a little bit more interesting. Plus, with all the latest news about how unhealthy it is to sit in a chair all day, this is one creative way to kick your feet up. If we could, we’d make our work station a swing set. You’re never to old to keep playing.

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Easy Blooming: A Self-Watering Plant

I love having green plants on my balcony. But my lack of knowledge about botanical science unfortunately leads to more than one droopy basil or tomato plants. Try as I might I never seem to be able to water them right. Herbs and plants can be a fickle lot, requiring just the right amount of sunshine and love to thrive. Thankfully one designer has found a novel solution to urban gardeners who lack gardening skills.

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