Posts Tagged ‘Design’

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 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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Sweet Summer Shades

Ooh la la summer is finally here. It’s time to pull out the beach bag, grab a swimsuit, and find some hot summer shades. Here’s a list of our summer-approved shades. We pulled out our top favorites for their sharp style and sustainable features.

First up are some gorgeous golden glasses from Schwood, a Portland-based company that makes bespoke shades from sustainable wood. We love the vintage vibe that anyone with an eye for design can appreciate. Each pair of frames is handmade and comes in a super sturdy matching wood box.  You can even order a pair made from recycled skateboards! Guaranteed to give you a one-of-a-kind look.

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Play with your Furniture

If you find it hard for your kids to sit still all day, perhaps they could use a bench that turns into a seesaw. Gizmodo turned us on to this awesome new product from Dutch designer DvanDirk. We’d have to agree that we’re a little jealous this one only comes in child-sized options. Nothing like turning your furniture into a playground set with just a few simple maneuvers.

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Grow a Vertical Garden

This past weekend, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair came to New York City, showcasing the latest in great product design, with a lot of emphasis on eco-friendly home furnishings. Whether furniture made from recycled materials or furniture that is completely bio-degradable, there were several examples of innovative design. We love seeing each year more and more designers creating products with a green mindset.

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Browse Carefree with Happily

 

The other day I saw a baby in a stroller, just barely big enough to hold a bottle, playing with her very own iPad. Although a bit of a shocker, it’s not so unusual these days that kids receive tablets or smartphones long before a pen and paper. While iPads can be a distracting toy, they can also be used for educational purposes to give your child a head start. But while there’s so much on the web we wouldn’t want our kids stumbling upon, fortunately a new app makes sense of it all: Happly.

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Bring the Farm Indoors

There’s no secret to the enormous benefits of filling your home with live plants. They clean the air, uplift your mood, and increase energy flow into your space. But what if you went a step further and put a plant in literally every free space available? What if you grew kale in your couch or parsley in your desk? One artist imagined just that scenario at a new show at the aptly named New York gallery Mixed Greens.

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The New Camping: Clear Bubble Tents

I always love the idea of camping, a romantic night in the great outdoors. But I’ve found that the reality is usually a lot less fun:  pitching a dank tent and swatting off mosquitos while trying to get a fire going. PSFK alerted us to a new form of camping, which lets you be one with nature in your very own bubble tent. Designed by the Attrap Rêves group in Marseille, France, the bubble tents were created as a way for campers to get the most out of nature, while leaving as little of an impact as possible. They’re made of completely recyclable materials, and each interior is unique.

The tents are about 13 feet in diameter and can easily be packed up without leaving a trace of waste behind. The pods come in two styles, one completely clear style that allows you to basically blend in with your surroundings. Another style is opaque at the bottom for more privacy, but with also an awesome view through the clear roof. Telescopes are also available to get up close and personal with the Milky Way. Enjoy the night sky without the bug bites. A nearby restaurants allows campers to dine in luxury, no firepit necessary.

It’s easy for many properties to use the label “eco-tourism” just because they recycle. But it takes true innovation to use design to create new experiences that allow us to vacation with minimal impact on the environment.