Archive for the ‘organic design’ Category

The Vertical Garden: bellissimi fiori!

Spring has arrived!  Flora Grubb Gardens in  San Francisco, CA designed these beautiful vertical gardens. Design one for yourself  & enjoy.   Che bella vista!


On the Road to LEED GA…

Photography: Eric Laignel & Envision

The collage above features photographs of the USGBC headquarters in Washington D.C. designed by Envision Design.

I am currently auditing a LEED class through Auburn University’s interior design program.  My goal is to register, study, and pass the LEED GA examination by the end of June 2010.

While researching the U.S. Green Building Council, I have become fascinated and inspired by their Washington D.C. headquarters, designed by Envision DesignMetropolis Magazine (June 2009) has made a very interesting case study out of the headquarters in Ultimate Client.  This article explores the intention and implementation of adapting reuse, local sourcing, and efficient use heating, cooling, and lighting.  The article gives graphic representations, explanation, and excellent photography of the completed space.  The USGBC headquarters is “the first commercial interior slated for Platinum under the organization’s revised certification program [ LEED 2009 Commercial Interiors]”.

Check it out: Ultimate Client

“The true sex appeal, of course, is in the
furnishings and finishes—the details
that make 2101 L Street the temple of
green design Fedrizzi so lusted after.”

Metropolis Magazine : The Ultimate Client : June 2009

Promoting Sustainable Practices + Supporting Good Design = Being Green

Excellent way to search for sustainable furnishings on line: shop sustainable

Sustainable Furnishings Council defined:

“A non-profit balanced coalition of industry players founded at High Point, NC in October 2006 to promote sustainable practices among manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike. The SFC recognizes the overwhelming scientific consensus that our world is experiencing dangerous global climate change. SFC members acknowledge the tremendous urgency, and will take immediate steps to minimize carbon emissions, waste stream pollutants, un-recyclable content and primary materials from unsustainable sources from any product platform under our control.”

SFC members will utilize Life Cycle Assessment as the best method for analyzing the environmental impact of their products, and a verifiable chain of custody as the only acceptable method for tracking wood flow.

SFC members support the triple bottom line of PEOPLE – PLANET – PROFITS and will lead the industry in developing awareness of best practices throughout their supply chains. Members will accomplish this goal by increasing their purchases from suppliers that show continual improvement toward meeting our high standards.”

Our goals are as follows:

  • To raise awareness of the sustainability issue
  • To assist companies in adopting good practices
  • To serve as an information clearing house
  • To create a symbol of assurance for consumers

Georgia Handcrafts

Wood Art of Glen C. Philpot

Former Boy Scout, Glen C. Philpot learned to appreciate wood from an early age. He now is owner, craftsman, and designer or his Georgia based company, Hawkrim Studios. Using salvaged and recycled Georgia trees, Glen hand turns pieces that are “full of sap and life-giving juices.” If compelled to donate a tree, he likes to give one of the resulting vessels in return. The more burled, distressed, s-curved, or freshly fallen, the better.

Find it Green and Learn more too…


at the eco-friendly furniture and home design center: Vivavi. “Vivavi develops forward-thinking ventures designed to enable modern green living… Vivavi offers modern style, eco-friendly furniture and home furnishings. Vivavi’s companion resource, Modern Green Living, enables consumers to find newly built green residences and green home professionals throughout the United States and Canada.” Vivavi’s mantra is simple: live modern + tread lightly™

Also be sure to check out: The Lazy Environmentalist: Your Guide to Easy Stylish Green Living by Josh Dorfman, producer and host of The Lazy Environmentalist radio show and founder and CEO of Vivavi.

His book is easily summarized as, “…a guide to going green without resorting to Birkenstocks and brown rice casserole.” —Dwell Magazine.


Organic Textiles Inspired by Nature


Harmony Art: organic design

“Moon is a manifestation of nature at play. While hiking in the town of Annapolis, California, I noticed an old stick on the side of the path that was covered in these round fungus shapes. Immediately I knew I had the perfect inspiration for a stripe.”

Check out other patterns or solids in organic cotton.

Why Organic Cotton?

Creativity & crafts are wonderful


Don’t miss out on these glorious additions to your life! Check out Three Potato Four to buy, gift, and enjoy funky everyday items, along with some not so everyday iteams.  I love it and I’m sure you will too.  As a plus, they appreciate good design and the environment.  Very comical and creative.

“We’ve always filled our home with things we love and think beautiful stories can be told through the complimentary mix of modern and vintage objects.” -Janet Morales & Stu Eli (creaters of Three Potato Four)

buying shoes = make a difference


Check out this website with cool shoes and a great cause!


Sweet Home Alabama & There is no place like it = FINE HANDCRAFTS!

“At Alabama Chanin we create an array of limited-edition products for the individual and home. Using a mixture of new, organic and recycled materials our products are constructed with care by artisans who live and work in our local communities. All of the Alabama Chanin products lines are made-by-hand in the USA.”

Mies van der Rohe / Marcel Breuer today [ & GREEN too]

The layout is pleasant but the content is even better. Check out lawson-fenning’s website. Lawson-fenning focuses on “well-crafted, classic and functional pieces that work together or mix well.” They carry modern furniture with sleek and organic shapes. They also use”high quality materials and sustainable woods.” I love the fact that most of their wood pieces are available completely “green” using recycled or fallen wood upon request.” They are like the great International School Designer’s designs but GREEN! I would absolutely love to have the Redlands Table made from 100% reclaimed salvaged teak wood. Undeniably Gorgeous.