Posts about 'green'

david sears furniture design

i am enjoying the eco-friendly collection of boston-based architect (and now furniture designer) david sears. his modular cube furniture collection is crafted from maple and high-end plywood, which is stronger and uses more of an actual tree than solid wood does. the compact and clean styles have attractive details, and would be well suited to small space living.


see more and contact david on his website.

michelle stitzlein sculpture

whoa! found object artist extraordinaire paula tipped me off to these supercool moth series of wall sculptures, made from repurposed objects by ohio artist michelle stitzlein. these pieces are cobbled together in the most pristine way from old piano keys, tin cans, license plates and bicycle tires, among other things.


see more on michelle’s website and also right here.

one of a kind chicago: 2008 highlights, pt. 2

more intrigue, mystery and fun from the one of a kind show happening here in chicago and continuing through the weekend, and one more post coming after this one…


steve shay’s citizenshay graphic collage prints on canvas and wood


recycled wool accessories by sue burns for baabaazuzu


oil paintings from mike welton


porcelain pottery and sculpture by ernest miller


seen-around-the-city photography by alison bixby

eco-cool furniture by iannone design

Ooh liking this halftone coffee table from the creative minds of Iannone Design for myriad reasons. For one, it’s made of ecofriendly formaldehyde-free bamboo plywood. For two, that’s no veneer or screenprint on the surface of the table. That’s inlaid wood, your choice of maple (on natural bamboo) or walnut (on amber bamboo) to be exact. For three, you can choose a square or rectangle shape in two different heights to fit your room. And for four, they’ve finished the piece with waterbased shellac and a low VOC topcoat. Ahhhhh.


I think their (sustainable) walnut and (renewable) cork mosaic sideboard is pretty boffo too, for equally grand reasons.


Thoughtful and clever, the whole package.

Hop on over to Plushpod to see the table and much more. See Iannone for more cool furniture too.

eclectonote journals at uppercase gallery


I love these handmade eclecto notebooks designed by Janine Vangool from the Uppercase Gallery in Calgary. Beautifully detailed, there are 9 different appealing themes, like Peas and Carrots which contains imagery from vintage food magazines and cookbooks, or Near and Far, a travel journal filled with old maps and geography book pages. Since each piece is made from repurposed books and are peppered with vintage paper, no two are alike.






I think these would make terrific holiday gifts for any writers on your list.

Each notebook costs $28 CAD and you can find them right here.

anthony pack found object sculpture

I love tips, and once again my friends Burt and Nancy are coming through with them, thanks to their keen eye for high quality work, quirky and awesome style and grand sense of humor. I am totally benefiting from the fact that they share what they see when they sell their beautiful ceramics at art fairs around the country with me. When they were in Peoria last month they happened across the fun work of Anthony Pack. Anthony uses found objects, woodworking skills and his imagination to create this collection of wall pieces and sculpture that are filled to the brim with personality.






See more charming fun from Anthony and contact him on his Flickr stream.

Thanks so much for the tip and the awesome photos Burt!

renegade craft fair 2008: highlights, pt. 2

more wonderful things from the talented and clever artists at the renegade craft fair in chicago this weekend, which is open today, september 14th, 2008 from noon-10 pm:


vibrant tableware from circa ceramics


pretty jewelry made of vintage ephemera from the foundling



politically aware accessories and toys from rebexa and abbeychristine


colorful screenprints from the little friends of printmaking



letterpress cards and stationery from luckybeepress


photographic jewelry from le photique



beguiling prints from catia chien



 recycled sweater toys from caitlin wicker

fun items (and sale!) at branch boutique

sustainable home decor boutique branch is currently having a three day sale. they are offering 20% off most of their merchandise, so now would be a great time to think about doing a little decorating.

how about some new bamboo veneer moso lamps by brian schmitt, sourced from a sustainably managed forest?



or some fresh organically grown cotton and hemp pillows for your couch from k studio?




i can picture the room already. and it looks pretty good from here!

click over to the shop and use special code branchfriend at checkout to receive your discount, but hurry – the sale ends august 29th, 2008!

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