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Varian Designs’ Reclaimed Furniture Fuses Old with New

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

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Varian Designs’ Reclaimed Furniture Fuses Old with New

Old bequeaths new in Varian Designs‘ beautiful reclaimed furniture, which blends found materials and craftsman techniques with a modern aesthetic. Each piece in this sustainably crafted line is finished using all-natural old-world techniques, and extra close attention is paid to the details and joinery. In the Bartizan Desk pictured above, wood and steel are artfully brought together with the addition of a simple box for storage. The overall effect is a modern line of furnishings that celebrates each piece’s unique history, and we were excited to see lead designer Forest Dickey recently debut his latest collection at Dwell on Design.

Modular Passiv-Haus Concept Offers Customizable, Net-Zero Home

October 29, 2009 Leave a comment
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Modular Passiv-Haus Concept Offers Customizable, Net-Zero Home

This prefab concept house, Mini40, comes out of Austria and has a slant towards the increasingly popular Passiv-Haus design method, which promotes a very tight and low-energy design. Hailing from Innsbruck, architect Mario Handle designed this passive home so that it doesn’t require any conventional heating. In fact, in good solar locations, it could be completely off-grid, powered by photovoltaics. The Mini40 was also designed to be constructed with modular parts, and reminds us a little bit of Werner Sobek’s modular homes, although the Mini40 has a slightly warmer aesthetic. And with just as many variations as Sobek’s homes, including the Mini60, Mini80 and Mini120, the concept can be expanded to become a larger-sized home or even multi-family housing.

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Modular Passiv-Haus Concept Offers Customizable, Net-Zero Home

In most locations, the Mini40 would require about €200 per year in heating costs to run a heat exchanger that heats both the air and water. In sunnier locations, a photovoltaic system could take care of all electricity costs, making the Mini40 a net-zero home. The module itself is built from austrian larch, a local wood, which is then insulated with recycled cellulose. The front facade is a fully-glazed wood frame with three levels of glass and then framed with black slabs. Black steel tubing accents the front entrance.

The Mini40 is the core module for this prefab home concept and multiple units can be combined to create larger homes. The Mini80 requires 2 modules and the Mini120 uses 3 modules. Prefabrication is handled by a local wood builder and is delivered in 2-3 parts. Handler hopes to have a couple of these homes built sometime in 2010 and is currently working on a module that would allow the home to be delivered inside a shipping container.

Rocking Chair Uses Motion to Power Attached OLED Lamp

October 28, 2009 Leave a comment
Rocking Chair Uses Motion to Power Attached OLED Lamp

Rocking Chair Uses Motion to Power Attached OLED Lamp

The serene back-and-forth movement of a rocking chair is nothing if not relaxing. It can also be useful and productive, according to Rochus Jacob. The designer’s Murakami Chair, a winner in designboom’s Green Life competition, uses the kinetic energy produced by rocking to power an attached OLED lamp.

During the day, the Murakami chair stores energy in an on-board battery back. And in the evening, stored energy provides juice for the lamp.

According to Jacob, “I was looking for opportunities to generate energy through activities we naturally do. The final result is a rocking chair that enables the user to experience production and consumption of electricity in a gentle and rewarding way. An abstract process becomes tangible and eventually cultivates natural awareness. Complexity is covered by simplicity.”

In that vein, the chair is reminiscent of other kinetic-energy powered everyday devices that we’ve covered, including the Kyocera OLED phone and the rain-powered umbrella.


 

Monte Elbruz by Garduño Arquitectos

October 28, 2009 Leave a comment

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Monte Elbruz by Garduño Arquitectos

The lot was located in a difficult area, originally classified as high-density and was already fully developed, adjoining buildings 14 to 30 stories high. The regulations were later changed and, when the project was being designed, the limitation considered a maximum of six levels plus a roof garden.

Olnick Spanu House by Alberto Campo

October 28, 2009 Leave a comment
Olnick Spanu House by Alberto Campo

Olnick Spanu House by Alberto Campo

Designed by Spanish architect Alberto Campo Baeza. The high transparency of living and dining spaces in Olnick Spanu House are planned on the top of the cement box to get the best view over the landscape, while giving a sense of privacy to the sleeping zone in the solid cement box which is anchored to the ground.

Amazing Shower Heads – Sculpture showerhead by Vado

October 28, 2009 Leave a comment
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Amazing Shower Heads - Sculpture showerhead by Vado

It’s artistic, it’s functional, and it’s stylish! What more could you possibly want from a shower head? It’s the Sculpture showerhead by Vado! This UK-based brassware design group created an amazing shower head with a capacity to deliver a truly customized shower experience. Boasting six flexible tentacles, the Sculpture shower heads let you twist, twirl, turn and manipulate them into any desired position. “Developing and designing new products is fun and exciting,” says Vado’s says Commercial Director, Sarah Williams. “Sculpture reflects everything that is good about working with designers who continually challenge themselves and think outside the box.” This cool contemporary showerhead can be affixed to the wall of ceiling, taking your custom shower to a new level. Regardless the decor style, your modern bathroom will be amazing with this head installed. Check it out at Vado.

Fancy Bathroom Faucets – funky faucet designs by Savil

October 28, 2009 Leave a comment
Fancy Bathroom Faucets - funky faucet designs by Savil

Fancy Bathroom Faucets - funky faucet designs by Savil

Italian company Savil is splashing up bathrooms worldwide with their new funky faucet design, V-Color. Featuring a rainbow of fabulous hues set in a modern stripe motif, these fancy bathroom faucets have that “wow” factor you’re looking for, and then some! Beyond the cool colors, aficionados of the modern will also appreciate the collection’s ultra-contemporary shape. These faucets boast sleek, simple lines and an ultra-chic silhouette that’s suited to modern spa spaces, minimalist designs and fun bathrooms alike. Large or small, transform your bathroom design into a work of art with these new fancy faucets. For more on this funky faucet collection, visit Savil.

 

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