Cheap, durable and natural furniture from PlayWood

November 23, 2021 by  
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Italian design company PlayWood is setting a new standard for sustainable furniture. They have products that are modular, recyclable and built from responsibly-sourced natural materials . At the most basic level, PlayWood is wood furniture. However, everything about it challenges the typical waste in the furniture industry, from material selection to the end-of-life disposal.  Related: Furniture made from the sea plant eelgrass The birch wood used in the products comes from forests with sustainable certification. PlayWood also incorporates scrap from other industries in an effort to upcycle waste . Production methods guarantee a resulting hypoallergenic and non-toxic product that is safe for everyone, including children. Each product is put through rigid certification to ensure it.  The wood is formed into sheets, similar to plywood. From there, the design elements shine. Where typical furniture takes a hard, inflexible form, PlayWood relies on an innovative 3D connector that provides a modular element. Basically, the sheets and connectors can result in endless design variations, so consumers can use and reuse the pieces as a desk, an organizer or a bookcase.  With this ability to customize and change the use of the materials, PlayWood is produced for a long lifespan. The company’s mission contributes to a slow circular design . It states they “offer high quality products made with passion and respect for tradition by expert craftsmen at an affordable price.” PlayWood products are developed and manufactured by Italian craftsmen in alignment with the next European ecological transition plan guidelines. Inasmuch, they are environmentally friendly and recyclable after a long life. Even the shipping for domestic and international customers guarantees 100% recycled materials and space-saving transport design, resulting in minimal-packaging waste.  “PlayWood designs and creates furniture in the name of sustainability to the planet’s well-being,” the company stated. “This is the commitment of PlayWood: hearing the needs of the Earth and of the people.” In addition to a planet-focused process for sourcing materials and designing a multi-use, durable product , PlayWood has streamlined the purchasing model with direct and customizable orders between the company and the customer. PlayWood is also taking the required steps to obtain the B-Corp certification, a certification that affirms the company’s commitment to sustainable practices from the manufacturing to delivery to the consumer . + PlayWood Images via PlayWood 

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Denmark hotel inspires green design through woodwork

November 1, 2021 by  
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In order to meet climate goals, the building industry needs to emphasize innovation and modern sustainable architecture practices. A new development located in Rønne on the Danish island of Bornholm has set out to do just that with the Hotel Green Solution House (Hotel GSH).  The building stands out among the rest, not only because of its green design elements, but because the structure, built and clad doesn’t follow traditional architecture in the area. It does, however, meet the certification standards of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). Related: KAJ Hotel is a one-room boathouse rental that exudes hygge The project is the newest wing of the Hotel Ryttergården and features 24 rooms, a conference room and a roof spa. Designed by 3XN/GXN, Green Solution House absorbs CO2 at every level with its wood material, a natural process that is expected to earn the project a positive carbon footprint. In addition to the wood selection, the team incorporated upcycled waste , such as construction offcuts that were repurposed in the furniture and surfaces, and debris from a nearby granite quarry that was put to use in the conference room.  “It is a dream to work with a developer who is completely uncompromising when it comes to sustainability and the circular economy,” said Lasse Lind, architect and partner in GXN. “This hotel will not look like others in Denmark and sustainability will be a central part of the experience. Through the project, we have collaborated with local companies, from craftsmen to material producers, who have all embraced the ambition to build completely climate-friendly, and who are helping to show the way for the rest of the country.” The area of Bornholm is booming with industry and tourism, even with the detrimental effects of the pandemic on both. Hotel GSH’s Director Trine Richter hopes the project shows the potential for continual growth in the area with a focus on passive design , energy-efficiency and natural building materials.  “Even though the hotel industry is having a hard time right now, we are full of expectation that the Danes will continue to spend their holidays in Denmark , and that companies will continue to demand meetings and conferences with a sustainable set-up,” said Trine Richter, director of Hotel GSH. “We are excited about the prospect of setting new standards for Danish commercial construction with this new climate-positive building, where the load-bearing structure will be made from wood. Everyone talks about it – we build it.” The layout of the building takes advantage of natural light and ventilation so energy needs are low. The entire development was designed with a cradle-to-cradle mindset. For example, elements throughout the space were designed for reuse with reversible joints to allow them additional life at another project site in the future instead of adding to construction waste.  “I hope that this project can help to show others the potential of wood construction,” said Lind. “If we want to be serious about achieving our climate goals , the construction industry needs to think and act differently, and therefore there is a great need for projects like this.” + GXN/3XN   Photography by Adam Mørk

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Furniture made from the sea plant eelgrass

October 12, 2021 by  
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Natural material selection for products can provide a low environmental impact and carbon emission output. Architect and designer David Thulstrup incorporated this idea into his recent exhibit called the MOMENTUM collection.  The collection is made up of four limited-edition pieces — low table, high table, podium and screen — exploring eelgrass. The sea plant was converted into legs for the furniture and screen material in the form of a product engineered by Søuld called Acoustic Mats. Related: Charlotte McCurdy, Phillip Lim design carbon-neutral algae sequin dress Building up from the Acoustic Mats, MOMENTUM also integrates glass and steel into the pieces. With the basis of natural, plant-based material, the furniture naturally battles carbon emissions, while bringing a bespoke interior design element to the space. Using eelgrass in building is not a new idea. It was formerly popular as a roofing material in traditional Læsø, located off the coast of the Danish mainland, seaweed houses. Surrounded by sea , eelgrass is prolific and is known to be used in construction dating back to the 1600s. Søuld converted that traditional building process into a modern option through innovative technology and ten years of research and development. Its Acoustic Mats have offered a welcome alternative in the construction industry, but MOMENTUM is the first example of using the material in furniture. “This collaboration has given us the opportunity to explore the material’s possibilities beyond the context of building construction,” explained Søuld’s Co-Founder Pi Fabrin. “[Thulstrup’s] purist material approach also highlights its natural beauty and tactility, and his designs respect the cultural heritage of eelgrass whilst meeting the design and environmental needs of today.” While the designs promote a connection between home interior design and nature, the function of the Acoustic Mats improves acoustics and speaks to the cultural heritage of the region. It not only provides an alternative to less environmentally-friendly options, but it also creates healthier indoor air quality. Søuld’s eelgrass products offer thermal and moisture-absorption properties. Similar to the characteristics of cork, eelgrass is highly resistant to fire, mold and rot and contains no toxic additives. “Working with eelgrass feels rewarding not only because of its truly unique characteristics, but also the fact that it’s natural , sustainable and revolutionary,” Thulstrup said. “I especially love the surface of the eelgrass, its warm hue and the smell of salt.” + Søuld Images via MOMENTUM by David Thulstrup for Søuld

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A modern desert retreat for the eco-conscious cowboy

August 16, 2021 by  
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It’s the kind of thing movies are made of, but Hollywood isn’t the only one to get inspiration from this region of the vast and open Mojave Desert . Dubbed the Cowboy Modern Desert Eco-Retreat, this home pairs old west inspiration with modern eco-friendly features. Jeremy Levine Design was in charge of the project, a 1,200-square-foot family vacation home on a plot of protected desert between Joshua Tree National Park and Pioneertown, CA. The home includes two bedrooms, two baths, a great room with a kitchen, living and dining space, porches on three sides and a well-developed outdoor space where decks expand the living area and a path leads to a hot spa and cold cowboy tub. Related: Self-sufficient Sail House by David Hertz Architects looks like a ship The property came with limited access and no infrastructure, so Levine drew on his experience in  green design  to connect the indoor living space with expansive views and sustainable features. The Cowboy Modern Desert Eco-Retreat relies exclusively on locally reclaimed lumber for the interior and exterior wood surfaces. Steel, prefabricated offsite, was used to frame the home. Levine chose these materials in response to the area’s harsh weather conditions and a desire for quick, low-impact construction.  Copious large windows frame the Black Hills and Sawtooth Mountains in the distance while allowing in  natural light . Concrete floors and an open floor plan aid in keeping the home cool. The structure is situated to capture breezes as they are channeled through the canyon, and porch overhangs provide temperature control through shading. The orientation also minimizes solar heat gain.  During construction, the team took special care to avoid unnecessary grading for minimal site impact with respect to the fact that the project sits in a zone with Resource Conservation Protection. This not only minimized soil and plant disruption but required an inspection from a biologist to ensure no desert  tortoises or owls  would be affected by construction. All Joshua Trees were also preserved.  To further minimize the environmental footprint, the home uses a zero-waste system. All water from sinks, showers and washing is recycled and used for irrigation.  Solar panels  are scheduled to be installed soon. The interior design includes western-inspired leather, a fire table made from leftover construction materials and a vanity made from reclaimed lumber .  + Jeremy Levine Design Images via Lance Gerber and Tali Mackay

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10 Things in Your Bedroom You Can Reuse or Recycle

September 29, 2017 by  
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Your bedroom may not be a space where you keep a recycling bin, but many common bedroom items can be recycled. We’ve put together a list explaining how to reuse or recycle 10 items in your bedroom you shouldn’t throw away. The post 10 Things in…

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Cool micro studio in Budapest makes the most out of 344 square feet

September 25, 2017 by  
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Space-efficient design is of the utmost importance when creating livable tiny spaces like this beautiful 344-square-foot studio located in Budapest, Hungary. The compact space was designed by Studio Bunyik for the homeowner who likes to socialize at home. Using bespoke furniture pieces by local company Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop to designate individual spaces, the design team shrewdly created an open floor plan that manages to make the most out of the small interior. The micro space was outfitted with all of the comforts of home, including a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area, study, and lounge. The spaces are all divided with singular furniture pieces , creating a comfy and functional living space that doubles as an office during the day and entertaining space on the weekend. Related: At Just 150 Sq. Ft., This Tiny Real Estate Office is One of NYC’s Smallest Workplaces The wooden furniture was all hand crafted by a local furniture company, The Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop. All of the furniture was designed to give the homeowner a space for all of his hobbies and passions as well as functional pieces like his work station or wooden ladder that leads to the sleeping loft. + Studio Bunyik + Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop Via Dwell Photography via Bence Farkasinszki  

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Repurposed Furniture Ideas You Have to See

September 22, 2017 by  
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When a passion for repurposing is focused on furniture, the opportunities … The post Repurposed Furniture Ideas You Have to See appeared first on Earth911.com.

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IKEA is launching its virtual reality app this fall

June 20, 2017 by  
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Ikea’s been playing with augmented reality (AR) for a few years now – in 2014 they released an AR catalog so shoppers could see what furniture would look like in their homes without ever leaving their couch. Now they’re teaming up with technology giant Apple to create an AR app . Leader of Digital Transformation at Inter Ikea Michael Valdsgaard claims this will be the “first augmented reality app that will enable you to make buying decisions.” Using the app, customers could check out how Ikea furniture looks in their home before they buy a thing. If users do want to buy the pieces, it remains unclear whether they will be able to purchase pieces directly through the app – Valdsgaard said that’s the ambition but can’t “promise [the payment facility] will work in the first version.” That first version should be rolling out as soon as fall of this year. Related: IKEA teams up with NASA to design out-of-this-world space saving furniture That first AR app will feature around 500 to 600 products so customers can see how they fit in their homes. And Valdsgaard said in the future when Ikea launches new products, they will show up in the app before stores. Ikea will draw on Apple’s AR expertise to roll out the app. Valdsgaard said it’s not enough to understand sofas to venture into AR – and he said the Ikea app will become the world’s largest AR platform overnight. Although Valdsgaard indicated technology will be an important element of Ikea moving forward, the AR app doesn’t seem to be a move to phase out stores. He told Di Digital, “The stores are our greatest assets. We have almost 400 of them and we want to complement them in as many ways as possible, through mobile, social media , AR, and third-party e-commerce players. One thing will not replace the other, but we’ll try as many things as possible.” Via Business Insider Images via Wikimedia Commons and Pixabay

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Amazing shapeshifting unit transforms your home interior at the touch of a button

June 5, 2017 by  
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MIT Media Lab and design genius Yves Béhar are making tiny apartments more livable in a big way. One year after their big unveil, Béhar and MIT’s line of transforming robotic furniture, called Ori, just launched for developer pre-orders. With the touch of a button or even a voice command, the amazing “apartment-in-a-box” quickly transforms any studio space into an apartment with a bedroom, living room, and office. Ori, Inc.’s commercial launch includes the Ori Full and Ori Queen Systems, which combine smart robotics with elegant design to effortlessly transform any small living space into a multifunctional home. The compact module consists of a sliding bed and a closet on one side, and an office and entertainment area on the other. The unit can be activated and moved with a push of a button, through an app, or with voice commands. Powered by a standard outlet, Ori slides in and out on a gliding track to maximize the area for the living and entertaining space or the bedroom. The bed glides in and out beneath the full closet. Surfaces pull or fold out to create workspaces or a bedside table. Ori also includes open shelving, cabinets, hooks, and a built-in area for an entertainment system. Each type of space can be preset with preferred integrated lighting so that a simple push of a button will morph the room. “The Ori Full and Ori Queen Systems will transform the experience of contemporary urban living. Ori Technology animates the furniture, walls and other parts of the living space in ways that maximize space, comfort and living,” said Ori CEO and Founder Hasier Larrea. “However, Ori’s vision is much broader. This first family of systems is just one of many applications of Ori Technology. We will continue to explore more spatial challenges and create new families of Ori systems for a variety of interior settings. ” Related: Yves Béhar launches world’s first smart crib to help parents get more sleep Built of poplar plywood, the multifunctional furniture module is available in light or dark and is flatpack. The Ori systems are currently available in ten cities and have already been installed in a dozen apartment complexes across North America. Pre-orders by developers can expect delivery of these systems later this year. + Ori Systems

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Steelcase takes the long road towards circularity

May 16, 2017 by  
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“Sustainability has been a good trip, but it’s going to get better,” says its Director of Global Sustainability Angela Nahikian about moving the furniture company towards a circular economy strategy. 

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