TAG: Sustainable materials

These Textiles Don’t Come From A Factory Line

These Textiles Don’t Come From A Factory Line

Many items that were once only handmade designs are now products of the manufacturing assembly lines. Textiles can be found in retail outlets, from the mass market to the artisanal crafter, but the latter seems to be making a cloth comeback. The art of creating unique and versatile textiles that can be used for a range of around the house items to wearable fashions is steadily becoming more popular, as many prefer more natural and quality handmade materials. Paper No. 9 based in Brooklyn, New York has handcrafted, artisan made textiles. Their all natural, nontoxic and synthetic free process turns… read more

Slow Home: 12 Steps To A More Relaxed Living Space

Slow Home: 12 Steps To A More Relaxed Living Space

The slow home movement, initiated in 2006 by John Brown, Matthew North and Carina van Olm, produced an innovation in the way people see their home space. The chart and quiz below offer their fundamental views of what is considered a slow home. The designers felt the need to focus on a slow approach to homes due to the way they were being manufactured, which according to the team can be comparable to fast food eateries, popping up everywhere but sometimes offering products of questionable value. In order to figure out areas of significance that could lend to an optimal… read more

Chairs Made From Natural Fibers

Chairs Made From Natural Fibers

Plant fibers can be a durable yet still pliable material that can be transformed into stunning, artistic pieces. Quite different than the look of the first basic natural fiber monobloc chair, there are many other designs that incorporate naturally produced resources and construct them into sturdy, eco friendly seating. Some designs stand out for their unique composition of organic materials. For example, the Sushi Daybed from Pie studio is a handmade floor chair made from the dried stalks of the woven water hyacinth, which is a renewable, fast growing fiber. Water hyacinth can quickly take over an area and those… read more

Wooden Pallets Turned Into Functional Designs

Wooden Pallets Turned Into Functional Designs

Seemingly uninspiring items can often be repurposed into practical pieces. Wooden Pallets are an example of an object that can be used in endless ways. Their fairly sturdy structure and versatility make them an ideal starter base for projects. They can be painted, stained, decorated, stacked, drilled and nailed into creative, usable items. For example, wooden pallets can be turned into the perfect desks. With only a few materials, tools and securely attached table legs you can create an instant work space. The pallets open middle allows necessities to be easily accessible. In addition to a desk, this design can… read more