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Milana: Where Scent Meets Music

By Arwa Lodhi For most of us, music provokes movement, but for Tracey Church of Milana Candles, it evokes scent. The all-natural candle brand, which uses only soy wax and perfumes based on essential oils, has named each unique…

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Siminetti: Pearly Abodes

By Diane Small Even as far back as ancient times, tiling for the home has been made of sustainable materials including stone, marble and ceramic, which is usually eco-friendly unless it is glazed with lead. But perhaps one of…

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Espace Loggia: Elevated Slumber

By Chere Di Boscio At the beginning of the film “An American in Paris,” impoverished artist Gene Kelly hoists the bed of his tiny studio into the ceiling via  pulleys. I thought this was just a cute creation by…

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What is Wicker? Weave Got the Answer

By Diane Small It’s one of the earliest materials ever used to make furniture: the ancient Egyptians used it to make tables, chairs, chests  and baskets; later, they passed their knowledge of how to use it to the Persians.…

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Magic Mushrooms! The Mycelium Chair

By Chere Di Boscio It’s usually only garden gnomes and Disney characters we see sitting comfortably on toadstools, but Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek has recently made mushroom-based furniture a very possible choice for real-life people. No, we’re not tripping:…

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Pooktre: Grow Your Own Furniture!

By Jody McCutcheon Green design existed long before the idea of green design. Case in point: the art of arbortecture, or tree-shaping, has been practised for centuries. Some of northeast India’s living root bridges were established five hundred years…

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Nuy von Noort: Chairmen of the Board

By Cailyn Cox Dutch design studio Nuy von Noort have shown their abilities by expertly designing furniture–and producing it entirely from cardboard. As one of their projects, the company designed an entire chair from a single piece of Re-Bored…

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Light Touched by Wood: LZF

By Diane Small ‘Wood Touched by Light’ is how Luzifer (LZF ) describes their delicately constructed lamps and light shades, but so strong are these designs, we’d say it’s more like ‘Light touched by Wood.’ Every piece made by…

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Denim and Leather Go Home

By Arwa Lodhi From Iggy Pop’s silver leather trousers to Kurt Cobain’s shredded jeans, denim and leather are materials normally associated with rock ‘n’ roll wardrobes. But lately, some designers have come to realise these two tough fabrics can…

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Artful Rubbish: Scorpion Sisters

By Arwa Lodhi Michelle Threadgould is the woman behind The Scorpion Sisters, a jewellery and furniture studio that bases its creations on the use of upcycled materials.  Currently based in San Francisco, the Scorpion Sisters is part of the 25th…

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6 Ways to Recycle Books into Decor

By Arwa Lodhi It’s that time of year again: back to school! Whether Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince or Machiavelli’s The Prince, kids both younger and older will be loading their rucksacks with books. But with the rise of on-line…

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Up-cycled Wood Branches Out

By Diane Small Wood has been used for centuries to make not only houses, but their contents, too. But our love of this flexible, beautiful, easily workable material has also been its greatest downfall, and now some species of…

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5 Upcycled Furniture Ideas

By Chere Di Boscio One of the earliest examples of upcycling I ever noticed was in one of my favourite films: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Broke, but with loads of charm and style, Holly Golightly reinvented not only herself from…

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The 2R Armchair: Chilean Chic

By Arwa Lodhi The 2R armchair is a simple and sustainable creation. Featuring bold side pillars, this piece of furniture features the use of a highly under-rated material: salmon skin. This unusual leather provides the basis for the cushion,…

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Bea Johnson: Zero Waste Home

By Chere Di Boscio When it comes to saving the planet, most of us have great intentions, but don’t go the full mile. Not so Bea Johnson, a 39-year-old French artist based in California. Johnson has dedicated herself to…

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The Green Good Design Award 2013

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi The Green Good Design Award is the prestigious prize given to 100 companies that have made a difference through providing sustainable solutions in the field of design, graphics, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning projects. Its…

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Ballroom Luminoso Lights

By Chere Di Boscio ‘Ballroom Luminoso’ is the apt name given to these hand crafted chandeliers that throw intricate lace-like shadows. The most interesting part? Each chandelier is made entirely from upcycled bicycle parts. Inspired by Mexican Day of…

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How Eco Friendly Is Ceramic?

By Arwa Lodhi For millenia, humans have been creating drinking vessels, jugs, plates, vases and even jewellery out of clay, and still today, given the vast variety of materials available to us, clay is still one of the most…

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Sonya Winner’s Arty Rugs

By Stephanie Slater We all know it–that ‘new carpet’ smell. It pervades new cars, homes and offices. But what we’re smelling isn’t the carpet, per se–it’s chemicals, such as VOCs, or ‘volatile organic compounds’ , which include toluene, benzene,…

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Souda’s Bright Ideas

By Arwa Lodi While most people just pop their old plastic bottles in the recycling bin, the boys at Souda had a better idea: why not turn this trash to treasure?   The minds of the three founders of…

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Chiapas Bazaar: Ethical Mexican Style

By Diane Small Since the time that Frida Kahlo lived, loved and painted in the country she adored, bursts of clashing colour, handwoven textiles and traditional papier-mache decor have all defined Mexican interiors. Once dismissed as being too ‘spicy’ for…

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Elizabeth Knowles: Why not a denim sofa?

Walking through England’s Lane in London’s chic Belsize Park, passersby may be struck by the unusual furniture displayed in the shop of window of Living in Space: footstools covered in old jeans and chairs upholstered in ties seem perfectly…

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Eluxe Shopping: Organic Candles

Whatever the occasion, an organic scented candle is the perfect gift: less fattening than chocolate, less expensive than jewellery and longer lasting than flowers! We’ve chosen our top 10 soy based candles based on their beautiful packaging, intoxicating scents,…

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Vintage Interiors: How to do Shabby Chic

By Jaqueline Rose Shabby Chic was possibly the most common interior design for most French country houses by default–the French rarely throw out anything functional just because it’s ‘old’–but over the last few decades, the style has spread throughout…

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Armani Casa: Eco in Milano

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi After ten years in the industry, Armani Interior Design has presented its latest collection in the prestigious Milanese interiors fair, the Salone del Mobile. The minimalist and hip Armani Headquarters, in Via Bergognone, has become…

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Clean and Conscious: Luxury Candles

M&J Luxury Candles By Alice Miller I’ve always bought only naturally perfumed, vegetable wax candles. After all, when candles burn, we end up inhaling their components, so why would I want to pollute my own home with paraffin candles,…