coloured boxes and plants cover latest Sugamo Shinkin bank by Emmanuelle Moureaux.
"Her concept was to create a rhythmic facade that resonates with the busy nature of the site, located beside a traffic interchange where cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians are regularly passing by.
The cubes can be divided up into four different depths. The ones set back the furthest are infilled with windows, while the boxes that project outwards the most contain plants and trees.
According to Moureaux, species were chosen that will reflect the changing seasons, including marigolds, lavender and olive trees.
Resin-based paint adds vivid colours to either the sides or fronts of some cubes, but never both. Moureaux thought this would make the building appear to "change expression" when viewed from different angles."
I REALLY LIKED THE BLEND OF THE COLOUR WITH NATURE THOUGHT IT IS NOT COMPLETELY BLENDING IN THE SURROUNDINGS ,THE USE OF NATURE TO MY OPNION MAKES IT BOTH ECO-FRIENDLY,CONTRIBUTING TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN KIND AND ALSO ADDING TO THE BEAUTY ASPECT.
sea defence shelves
Sea Defence is a beautiful and functional collection of furniture tojoin the Matthew Hilton range.
This collection brings together thesculptural, strong and iconic nature of sea defences, creating elegant,usable functional pieces of furniture in a collection of coffee tablesand wall mounted shelves. The collection is made up from the simple shape inspired by Sea Defences, objects themselves that have inspired Matthew Hilton.
The collection is made from American White Oak or American Black Walnut, favoured by Matthew Hilton.THIS IS A VERY IN DIRECT PEICE CREATED USING A NATURAL PHENOMENON NOT JUST THE MATERIAL WHICH IS BRINGING THE DEPTH TO THE STORY LINE OR NARRATIVE IF THE PRODUCT.
Emphazing the importance of nature, French designer Patrick Nadeau created the nature individual. A series of objects made from birch plywood and terracotta that has the ability to house various plants that give every household the chance to integrate their interior design with nature. The items started out with small pots that can house some plants and rests on the floor to high and large standing dividers that have the ability to house in taller plants. With nature individuelle, people can now have the ownership of the environment and landscape surrounding them. In this way, people will not only be closer to nature but they can also have a cheaper and natural landscape design.
I REALLY LIKR THE WAY LIVE NATURE IS COMING OUT OF THE SITTING ARRANGEMENT. I WANT TO TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THIS ELEMENT AND PUT IT TO MY PRODUCT DESIGN.
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Israel product designer Hilla Shamia has created a fantastic series of furniture blending aluminum and wood.
There the negative factor of burnt wood is transformed into aesthetic and emotional value by preservation of the natural form of the tree trunk, within explicit boundaries. The general, squared form intensifies the artificial feeling, and at the same time keeps the memory of the material.
To create her pieces, Shamia takes a whole tree trunk and incorporates it into steel tables, chairs, and stools. First, molten aluminum is spread over the wood, scorching the surface; the log is then sectioned into square forms, which according to the designer, “intensifies the artificial feeling, and in the same time keeps the memory of the material.” The individual sections are paired with differently sized frames–ranging from a coffee table to night stand–used to cast the metal body of the furniture. The hot liquid metal is poured into the molds, which are removed once the aluminum has cooled and set to reveal the now-sutured log and metal legs, enjoined by a dark band of char. Each piece is unique, with the metal “leakage” varying from one product to another
I REALLY LIKE HOW THE WHOLE TREE TRUNK IS USED AND ITS NOT BIFURCATED INTO PEICES KEEPING THE TRUNK KEEPS ORIGINALITY AN ASLO STEEL BLENDING INTO THE WOODS MAKES THE PEICE LOOK AMAZING .I LIKE THE PART WHERE STEEL BLENDS INTO THE WOOD AND ITS LIKE MERGING OF TWO COMPONENTS OF THE WORLD FOR ME.
A group of Michael Verheyden’s vessels in cement (with branch), bronze, marble and wood
Verheyden’s pieces, like a hand-finished bronze vase and soapstone bowl, complement a wooden vase designed by the German artist Ernst Gamperl.
Ekobo: Ecology Meets Design
designer Meirav Barzilay
A lamp made of a metal grid with a vine at its base, bringing light and nature into your home. Choose the type of vine and let it create a natural lampshade as it grows. It is necessary to use an energy saving light bulb, which will not only help your plant grow, but will also provide eco-friendly light.
THE FACT THAT THE PROCESS OF PHOTOSYNTHESIS OF THE PLANTS IS USED AS A THE ESSENTIAL PART OF DESIGN. I ALSO LIKE THAT FREE FLOWING PART OF THE THE LAMP WHERE IT TAKES THE SHAPE AS IT GROWS AND DOSENT A DEFINITE SHAPE FROM EARLIER.
living moss mat
Photo via Coroflot
"Those shampoo and soap commercials that always show people being transported to exotic outdoor bathing locations when they start using the product just might become a kinda sorta reality with this intriguing bath mat idea that brings a bit of the swampy outdoors inside. From Coroflot:
This bathroom carpet is made of imputrescible foam called plastazote. Each cell welcomes a piece of moss (ball moss, Island moss, forest moss). The humidity of the bathroom and the drops flowing from the body, water the mosses. This vegetable carpet procures a great feeling to your feet.
While it might seem a little odd to have moss growing on your bathroom floor, it is a surefire way to be reminded every day about the beautiful green planet we live on and work to save. Might also remind you to conserve TP and cut back on the amount of soap you use just by having that earthy reminder on your floor."
I FEEL THAT MOSS MATS ARE A VERY INTELLIGENT IDEA AND IF LAUNCHED IN THE MARKET WOULD PROVE ITS SUCCESSFUL BY SHOWINGS TIS FUNCTION AS PRODUCT DESIGN AS IT WOULD DO THE PART OF A FOOT MAT ENHANCING THE BIOLOGICAL FEATURE OF THE PLANTS. I REALLY LIKE THAT THE PROPERTY OF PLANTS IS BENIG USED IN THE DESIGN.
growing jewellery by Hafsteinn Juliussion
I just stumbled upon this pretty cool jewelry collection from Hafsteinn Juliussion, a product designer from Reykjavik (Iceland). The Growing Jewelry line was designed for people in metropolitan cities where nature and gardening often is forgotten. A nice way of combining couture with organism.
GROWING RING MAKES IT IMAGINABLE FOE A DESIGNER TO BE WEARING NATURE ON THE BODY AND SHOWING THE ACTUAL CONNECTION OF NATURE TO THE OTHER NATURAL BEINGS.AS BOTH THE BODAY AND THE GROWING PLANT ARE LIVING ORGANISMS.IT MAKES US AWARE OF THE ROOTS OS THE BASIC EXISTANCE
Design solid wood bench, design by Baldessari e Baldessari
The MOLLETTA bench, in playing on the typical out-of-scale quality of Pop art, gives a hyper-natural interpretation to the cedar wood. The object thus acquires a double life: the first is that of a roomy seat designed for large interiors and for the outdoors. The second is that of a powerful sculptural element, able to define the identity of the surrounding space. The gigantic peg also pays homage however, to the simple and anonymous design that has always been silently present with us in our daily home life. The aesthetic strength of MOLLETTA owes a lot to the skilful workmanship of the solid wood that is part of Riva 1920's tradition. In this seat in particular, the workmanship of the oblique cuts brings out the grain and the tones of the natural cedar, creating an almost virtual texture that covers the entire object.
floris wubben shows a nest chair 'eyrie bench' during milan design week
loris wubben shows a nest chair ‘eyrie bench’ during milan design week, especially produced for the exhibition ‘green island’ – dutch design for a new city garden.
the nest of a bird is an inventive piece of natural architecture.
designers, who work a lot with natural material, were always fascinated by these natural structures… and the ‘eyrie bench’ is an ode to these natural constructions.
for aMAZElab we created the new design ‘eyrie’ bench, on show at the exhibition ‘green island, dutch design for a new city garden. during my search for branches I was specifically interested in the forms. the specific forms of these wooden branches inspired as well in making this design. for making the nest steam-bended ash has been used. the connections between the ash slats are made by an ash pin and wood glue. the frame has been formed by wooden branches.‘ says designer floris wubben.
Since May is Gardening & Outdoor month at Re-Nest, I thought I'd share this beautiful, functional and space-saving herb planter from Sagaform. Easily water your herbs and keep a neat window sill while you safely grow edible herbs out of the way of critters and creatures. Read on for retailers and pricing.
Available from several retailers online, the Herb Pot Trio from Sagaform will run between $47 and $52, depending on where you shop. Measuring 15 3/4" long by 5 1/8" wide, it will easily contain a window sill worth of herbs while still looking neat.
A striking fusion of form and perform, the Kasokudo Bonsai Planter by designer Adrian Magu is as stylish as it will get. The solution is an artistic representation of the developer’s interest for almost everything green and his work in the automotive sector: “Referencing velocity kinds and manufacturing processes used in transportation style, this piece juxtaposes movement applied to what is typically a static object.” The unconventional form and stylish black-gray silhouette makes this unconventional bonsai planter match flawlessly in modern day interiors with a twist.
Other exclusive features of the item are highlighted by designer Adrian Magu: “The piece offers the impression of an accelerating type that effortlessly floats to residence a bonsai tree, evoking a best stability of dynamic harmony. The newest manufacturing processes of the hugely polished finishes of the planter and 3D-printed ‘mountains’ contrast to that of nature that typically requires numerous decades to expand, sculpt and form the gnarled bonsai forms. In all, a exclusive synthesis of cutting-edge precision with the imperfect attractiveness of nature.” Find this planter style as captivating as we do? [Photography by Andy Beard]
Elegant Kasokudo Bonsai Planter Inspired by the Automotive Business
Read more http://www.interiordesign2015.com/decor-ideas/elegant-kasokudo-bonsai-planter-inspired-by-the-automotive-business/
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GREEN VINE LAMP
Green plants are always very inspiring; you’ve already seen Kanom Lounge Chair inspired by banana leaves and have a look at this vine-inspired lamp. Tazana, a Thai design company, created this beauty reminding a fresh and nice piece of nature. Foliage light consists of the green vine of one meter with a decorative leaf at each end. The lamp can be hung as a pendant or placed on top of a base to create a table lamp. You can change the form of the vine just as you like and the effect is especially strong if you take several lamps. The design is very modern, vibrant and raises your mood. What can be better than a piece of green nature which is also very practical in using?
Read more: http://www.digsdigs.com/green-vine-lamp-a-piece-of-nature-in-your-house/#ixzz3R622CTSW
If you live in an apartment or otherwise lack a patch in which to plant a garden, Potting Shed Creations Grow Bottles (also available at sustainable-living shop Branch) might be your answer to indoor herbs. Grow Bottles come in five varieties: basil, chives, mint, oregano, and parsley. Each bottle contains everything you need for growing, from seeds to clay pebbles to instructions on how to setup your hydroponic garden. Each recycled wine bottle arrives in two pieces (a single bottle sliced horizontally). The top half sits upside-down in the bottom half. The spout of the bottle creates a tube through which the water reaches the seeds (and later the roots) via a piece of cloth running from the bottom of the spout up and into the cupped opening, which is filled with clay pebbles that give the roots something to latch onto.
A DESIGN MADE TO SUITE THE CURRENT TREND OF GROWING YOUR HERBS .CULTIVATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN A MANS OCCUPATION AND RATHER THAN A PARTICULAR SET OF PEOPLE WITH ACCES TO LAND DOING IT . WITH THIS METHOD IT WILL BE CONVENIENT AND ACCESSIBLE TO A LARGER SEGMENT OF PEOPLE.
More ironic than practical, Swiss designer Michel Bussien‘s Growing Chair evokes pertinent ideas for the 21st century: nature trapped within the confines of man, manicured at his whim, or a specimen preserved behind glass – like fossils in a museum. On the other hand, when I look at the Growing Chair, I see the proliferation of life despite artificial boundaries. But, perhaps it’s something much simpler than that – a lush little greenhouse with a seat to enjoy it?
Read more: Michel Bussien’s Growing Chair is Deep-Seated in Nature | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
THOUGHT IT IS A PEICE THAT IS BRINGING OUT THE MESSAGE OF NATURE BEING TRAPPED IN THE CONFINED WORLD OF THE MAN .IT IS VERY IRONIC TO THE FACT THAT HOW HUMAN KIND HAS CHANCED THE LAWS OF EXISTENCE FOR ITS BENEFIT AS IT IS NATURE THAN HUMANS SHOULD BE IN AND NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND. BUT ON THE LONG TERM CASE HUMANS ARE THE ONCES MOST AFFECTED BY THE LACK OF NATURAL SURROUNDINGS AROUND ITS OWN SELF.
An Eco-Shower Equipped with Water Filtering Plants
Simulate living life in the wilds of nature by taking a shower in the Phyto-Purification Bathroom. Using a natural filtering principal, this mix of modern design and nature is a mini eco-system able to recycle and regenerate gray water. A hydraulic system channels wastewater it through a collection of plants, starting the phyto-purification process. Each part of the plant plays a crucial role in cleaning the water — the sand where the reeds are planted provides the initial rough cleaning, and as the water passes through the roots, heavy metals and bacteria are removed. An ingenious concept, this living shower not only aids in water conservation, but also produces additional oxygen. The Phyto-Purification Bathroom is a concept developed by designers Jun Yasamoto, Alban Le Henry, Olivier Pigasse and Vincent Vandenbrouck.
Read more: An Eco-Shower Equipped with Water Filtering Plants | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
When we first saw this living, growing Garden Chair we quickly found ourselves captivated by its whimsical nature and perfect union between pure green design and functionality. But don’t be confused. What looks like something straight out of Narnia, is in fact the product of an ingenious method of tree shaping developed by a couple of artists at Pooktre!
Read more: LIVING FURNITURE: the Pooktre Tree Chair | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
creative plower pots Domsai Domsai terrariums
Obviously, the #1 problem facing gardeners today is that their plants don't have legs. Luckily, Milan-based designer Matteo Cubic has changed all of that with his bizarre series of DOMSAI terrariums, which feature legged plants encased in glass bubble that make them look like alien space invaders.
THE TERRARIUM BRINGS OUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HUMANS AND PLANTS. MOBILITY BEING A FACTOR THAT HUMANS ARE RULING ON THE PLANATE AND ARE USING THIS ADVANTAGE BY EXPLOITING THE OTHER ORGANISM FOR ITS BENEFIT.
EDA cutlery by ken okayama design co.
The natural shape of a tree with branches and twigs lending it a highly organic appearance inspires the design of the EDA cutlery.
Little Match ----- Japanese designers face a smoked design. This man will become a positive match a blossoming bud Plum, matchstick root is collected a natural small twigs, in the head with a cast matches the ignition agent. Kaoru's face out of this match is designed to allow these small twigs in the soil before the reunification given a new meaning and purpose, great! I like that! . Xiaodong Zhichun
The Babylon Pendant resulted from Object Interface’s ongoing quest for superior user experiences. Designed and made in Toronto, this fruitful fixture was spun from aluminum by a skilled craftsman into a dish shape, and equipped with a powder-coated finish—creating the ideal habitat for vegetation. Plant an herb garden for cooking or even vines for a natural chandelier effect.
I REALLY LIKED HOW THE PLANTS ARE SOOTHINGLY CREATING THE LIGHTING AND DOSENT FEEL LIKE SOMETHING ALIEN. IT IS PROPERTIES USED AT ITS BEST, I FEEL I AM ALSO WANTING TO DO SOMETHING WITH LIVE NATURE GROWING INDOORS AND THE PRODUCT WITH BE HAVING ITS FUNCTION AND ALSO USING NATURE EITHER IN IT OR THE PROCESS OF GROWING NATURE ALONG WITH IT.
hexagonal wall tile
Träullit Dekor is an environment-friendly, recyclable material made from wood wool, cement and water. The natural components together provide many functional characteristics such as, moisture-regulating, heat-accumulating, and sound-absorbency. They are fireproof, give off low emissions and can be vacuum cleaned.
THIS MATERIAL HAS A DIFFERENT TAKE ON THE THE DESIGN SITE AS I WAS THINK IF THE NATURAL OR THE ONE MENTIONED ABOVE IS USED IN THE MANUFACTURING OF THE PRODUCT RATHER THAN JUST HAVING A OBJECT MADE WITH NATURAL MATERIAL.
Fire and Furniture
German for “burnt out”, Ausgebrannt is the name of the project run by the Belgian designer, Kaspar Hamacher, who makes stools from wooden logs by setting them on fire. The main idea consists in stripping bark from the logs then burning away certain sections to create legs.
REALLY FIND IT FASCINATING THAT THE MATERIAL USED IS ALSO NATURAL AND THE PROCESS IT GOES THROUGH IS ALSO NATURAL. IN A FULL SENCE IT CAN BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE NATURE THEME. THE BLACK BURNT COLOUR REALLY GOES WELL WITH THE RAW WODDEN COLOR. AS THEY COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER.
Bricks Grown From Bacteria
A unique biotechnology start-up company have developed a method of growing bricks from nothing more than bacteria and naturally abundant materials. Having recently won first place in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge, bioMason has developed a method of growing materials by employing microorganisms. Arguing that the four traditional building materials – concrete, glass, steel and wood – both contain a significant level of embodied energy and heavily rely on limited natural resources, their answer is in high strength natural biological cements (such as coral) that can be used “without negative impacts to the surrounding environment.”