This sleek lamp provides light and grows food

March 12, 2019 by  
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As the population of the planet continues to grow, the ability to produce enough food is a continual discussion. Not only are we busy finding ways to make enough of the right kinds of foods to sustain the masses, but we’re simultaneously investing in opportunities for the backyard (or living room) gardener to grow their own foods. With an urban lifestyle in mind, start-up Benditas Studio has created a lamp that doubles as a vegetable garden. Brot, a dual functioning lamp and garden, made its inaugural appearance at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February in the “Greenhouse” category as a debut piece from duo Caterina Vianna and Ferran Gest, self-proclaimed food and design lovers. Related: This hexagonal indoor farm grows more food in less space with 90% less water “We love food, and we love design, and this is how Benditas Studio came up,” shared Vianna. “When we say we design furniture for food, we mean that we create objects/services, not only for persons but for the food itself. We wanted to play with the meaning of furniture because we saw projects of ‘furniture for public spaces,’ ‘furniture for the living area’ or ‘furniture for the contract sector’ … but we never heard about a furniture for food. We design products and services that dialogue with food; merge them in a way to spread a new message.” The terracotta material of the lamp brings a natural feel to the space and a supportive element for the growth of the seeds inside. The bottom of two pieces contains a stainless steel tray to hold the plant. Different seeds are available, but the process is the same for them all. Simply soak the seeds for the specified amount of time, and then place them into the tray and moisten them two to three times per day. Produce like sprouts are ready to eat in as little as four to six days. The heat and light from the lamp in the upper piece furnishes warmth for the seeds while providing ambient light for the surrounding space. The Brot is not yet for sale, but the company hopes to find a production facility soon. + Benditas Studio Via Core77 Images via Benditas Studio

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This gorgeous glowing building is wrapped in an elegant slatted screen

April 4, 2017 by  
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This multi-use building in Niigata City, Japan , functions like a small town with its own park, restaurant, cobblestone alley and offices. Takeru Shoji Architects wrapped the building in an envelope made of dense wooden louvers which protect the privacy of the occupants while allowing them to glimpse the surrounding urban fabric. The building is named Wow! Sta., and it’s located in Horinouchi, an area where Niigata City center meets the suburbs . It provides a calm, private space just steps away from a busy main road. The architects addressed space, time, scale and ambiance in order to bring some order to the messy, hurried city life. Related: Airbnb launches nature-filled Tokyo office that feels like a beautiful cozy home A restaurant occupies the ground floor, and the building features a park-like outdoor dining area. Office spaces occupy the second floor, which is enclosed by trees rising up from the lush garden below. The third floor houses a multipurpose rental space with a kitchen and bathroom. A path meanders through the building, connecting all three floors and allowing visitors and occupants to enjoy the surrounding foliage. + Takeru Shoji Architects Via Architizer Photos by Takeru Shoji Architects, Koichi Satake

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This 74K tiny home has an incredible interior that’s larger than life

April 4, 2017 by  
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You can still live large in a tiny house – just check out the Earth and Sky Palace, an incredible little home with all the trappings of luxury. The unique 200-square-foot home, which is currently for sale for $74,000 , has a sophisticated interior design that quickly makes one forget all about its compact size. The exterior of the home offers the first clue that this is more than just a tiny space put together on a whim. The attractive facade is a blend of reclaimed pine heart and cedar with a beautiful weathered, blue stain finish that gives the structure a shabby chic cabin feel. The home’s gabled roof is topped with Onduvilla tiles, which are made with recycled materials. Related: Genius elevator bed slides vertically on rails to maximize space in Alaskan tiny home The interior is as comfortable as it is attractive. Like most tiny homes , the “palace” has a creative layout that maximizes space for the master bedroom, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom. The bedroom has a queen-sized bed with plenty of room to walk around it. The bed converts into two lounge chairs when not in use, and there is a hidden “loft” that can be used as a second bedroom. The entrance leads straight into an open kitchen with a refrigerator that runs on solar energy . A butcher block countertop doubles as a dining space. And if the living space wasn’t as impressive enough, the bathroom is big enough for a walk-in shower (with a $1,000 shower head) – something rarely seen in a tiny home. Along with the strategic layout, the interior design is what makes this compact space such a unique find. Replica embossed alligator-skin wallpaper, along with other unique touches like an 1800’s tin from a Nebraska prison, gives the space a strong personality. LED track-lighting and dimmers are installed throughout the home, and there are plenty of luxury amenities such as a surround-sound theater system and even an iPhone-controlled air conditioner. + Earth and Sky Palace Via Curbed Images via Tiny House Listings

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Airbnb and Pantone create a hidden nature-filled home in London

February 1, 2017 by  
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Airbnb teamed up with Pantone to create a magical nature-filled wonderland in the heart of the London. Inspired by the Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year called 15-0343 Greenery, the “Outside In” House is a secret indoor garden listed on Airbnb’s home-sharing site for overnight stays. The transformation of a brick Clerkenwell building into a lush greenhouse-like oasis is stunning—keep reading to see how the creative companies let lucky renters spend the night in color. Pantone’s pick for the Color of the Year 2017, called Greenery, is a bright yellow-green shade symbolic of new beginnings that evokes images of budding plants in springtime. The ‘Outside In’ House was created to let people “live the color” starting with its eye-catching door, designed to look like a Pantone Greenery swatch card. The door swings open to reveal a slice of a woodland forest for the reception area, with live ferns, moss , grass, and trees planted beside stepping stones made of tree stumps. “As guests cross the earthy threshold, they will be fully immersed in the outside, in,” says the Airbnb press release. “They will be greeted by the house ‘groundskeeper’ with a fresh and healthy green juice, made locally and color-matched to PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery. As they leave they can rest assured that the house is environmentally green too; all materials will be recycled where possible and spare plants will be donated to community gardens .” In addition to the woodland reception, the two-bedroom Greenery flat included an indoor greenhouse that doubled as a dining room, garden-like bedrooms with real turf as carpets, topiaries, soporific plants, a teepee for children, a hydroponics installation, a rainforest-themed bathroom, and a kitchen with walls filled with live vegetables and herbs available for guests to pick. A soothing soundtrack with nature sounds accompanies the lush, nature-filled environment. The flat accommodated families of up to four people a night. Related: Airbnb invites visitors to experience Finnish cabin life in Paris The temporary Outside-In house welcomed guests for £200 a night from January 27 to January 30, and was also open for free visits during those three days. All proceeds were donated to the American Institute of Graphic Arts . The unique Airbnb home, hosted by Pantone, was located at 4 Dingley Place, Clerkenwell. + Outside-In House

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Beautiful Greenhouse from Bangkok is a miniature garden you can bring inside

November 18, 2016 by  
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“Greenhouse is a product of our stay in Sweden,” Worapong Manupipatpong told Design House Stockholm . “When we were living in Sweden we felt the need to get closer to nature and to make room inside our dwelling for the nature that surrounds us.” Worapong told Inhabitat that the design is related to the studio’s previous work and interests, which straddles the line between art and design. They wanted to create something that people would be required to cherish. Unlike similar indoor gardens, Greenhouse requires a tender touch, a green thumb, and loving care. Related: IKEA’s miniature greenhouse lets anyone create their own garden inside MoMA has exclusive rights to sell the design for the rest of 2016. It can either be placed on a countertop or on custom legs that are sold separately. The frame is comprised of lacquered solid ash timber , and the garden is cultivated inside a galvanized steel tray. Panes of glass protect the entire Greenhouse, which can be accessed from either side with double hatches. Measuring 38h x 24w x 16″d, Greenhouse is small enough for even tiny apartments , but large enough to create some serious botanical magic. It’s not cheap, but bear in mind that two trained artists crafted the design by hand, and they deserve to be fairly compensated for their work. It’s still a bit early to talk about the holidays, but this would make a great gift if you’re looking. Just sayin’. + Atelier 2+ + Design House Stockholm

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Biophilic designer Joe Zazzera discusses the many benefits of indoor moss walls

October 19, 2016 by  
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Everyone loves living walls these days — but not all of us have the time or space to take care of them. What can you do to bring a little sensation of the outdoors inside? Joe Zazzera  and Pat Mahan of  Plant Solutions  struggled with the problem, and developed the Moss Wall Art solution. “It was 2009, the height of the Great Recession.” says Joe, “Our clients loved the living walls we designed, but a lot of them were reluctant to take on the watering and maintenance costs, because their business was uncertain.” Using sustainably harvested and naturally preserved moss, lichens, ferns, and downed wood, they developed a set of proprietary artisanal techniques that bring the sensation of nature into a wide range of interiors — at one-fifth the cost of a living wall. Today, the Moss Wall Art team designs stunning custom pieces for homes and offices across the country, and they get frequent requests from industry professionals who want to know how it’s done. “I’ve been surprised how hungry people are to connect with nature,” says Joe. “They are really starved for it, and it’s become kind of an obsession for me to satisfy it in some small way. My passion is reconnecting people to nature.” RELATED: These maintenance-free, self-watering plants use biomimicry to flourish indoors This desire led Joe on a surprising journey, and one he never expected to take. It started with an eight-month course from with Dayna Baumeister and Janine Benyus ‘  Biomimicry 3.8 consulting firm—the organization that brought Biomimicry to the design world. “I thought it would be great for business, to learn about this new field I kept hearing about.” says Joe. “But I just fell in love with it. I couldn’t stop!” He went on to become a Certified Biomimicry Professional—an intense two-year commitment—then received one of the very first Masters of Science Biomimicry degrees in the world, from Arizona State University’s brand new Biomimicry Center . “I didn’t plan on that!” he says. “I just kept on going, wanting to know more. It’s been a wonderful adventure. Now, I incorporate Biomimicry and Biophilia into everything I do, and I teach others as well!” He loves taking folks on Biomimicry nature walks, and his Biophilia and Biomimicry workshops are in demand across the country. Today, Plant Solutions and Moss Wall Art are at the forefront of sustainable design — pioneers in the emerging disciplines of Biomimicry and Biophila . Their living walls and moss wall art are in high demand, and Joe gets frequent requests to speak about his passion . He’s become deeply involved in the Biophilic Design movement. “Green architecture is great,” says Joe. “It’s certainly reduced environmental impact, but what it doesn’t do is connect us to nature. That’s really important.” Joe says that need for nature is baked in our DNA. For four billion years, our ancestors sought food and water, and shelter in the wild, and we literally hunger for living things and a piece of wilderness. But nowadays, of course, we are surrounded by concrete, traffic, noise, pollution, and the constant clamor of modern life. We are bombarded by our chaotic digital lifestyles, and we live in a perpetual state of information overload and attention fatigue. Over time, our physical and mental wellbeing has been profoundly damaged. “ Biophilia ,” which literally translates as “love of nature,” is our innate emotional need for outdoor spaces, fresh air, green living things, and the trickling sound of cool flowing water. And it turns out, our innate love of nature has far more than aesthetic value. Patients in hospitals with green spaces and natural vistas heal faster, classrooms with nature have higher test scores, offices filled with plants and natural light are more productive, and communities with green spaces are more connected. All kinds of retail businesses are discovering that the experience of nature increases customer purchases — shoppers are far more likely to enter and explore areas containing greenery or water features. These spaces are calming, inspiring destinations to be visited and enjoyed — and customers spend more because of it. Put simply, feeding our hunger for nature makes us happier , and that translates into confident buying decisions. RELATED: A lush indoor jungle purifies air and encourages relaxation at Pudong Airport in Shanghai Nature is no longer an outdoor luxury reserved for vacations. It is an economic investment in customer satisfaction and employees’ health and performance. Companies that add natural features to their workplace save more than $3,000 per employee per year. With moss wall art , there is no reason not to. These one-of-a-kind handcrafted plant art paintings are an affordable, maintenance free way to bring outdoor beauty and calm into our indoor spaces, creating an atmosphere that connects us to nature—and helps us thrive, collaborate, and be more creative along the way. + Plant Solutions

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Smart Taiga Tower is like having an 80 square foot garden right inside your home

October 11, 2016 by  
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People with limited space know all about the struggle: you want fresh produce but you lack the yard for a big garden and those indoor gardens take up all your counter space.  That’s why we are all about the genius Taiga Tower. It’s a smart home garden that fits in any space and leaves your counters free for chopping up all those fresh herbs you’ll be growing. It’s clever design is big enough for 50 plants – like having an 80 square foot garden inside. Better yet, it has full-spectrum LED lighting and a self-watering system built-in, so even the blackest thumb doesn’t have to suffer in a fresh produce-free nightmare. It even hooks up to an app so you can control everything from your phone. Like I said, genius. https://vimeo.com/183591660#at=121 + Taiga Tower The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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These maintenance-free, self-watering plants use biomimicry to flourish indoors

September 27, 2016 by  
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The Pikaplant Jar is the perfect accessory for the black-thumbed gardener, as it never needs watering. The high humidity atmosphere is contained inside the sealed jar, creating a sustainable recycling of air and water. The coffea arabica plant featured in the design is indigenous to Ethiopia’s western highlands, yet the company claims one of the original prototypes in its Amsterdam office for over 12 months. Related: Gorgeous self-watering green walls add life and fresh air to any room Also in the Pikaplant family is the Tableau tray, a successfully funded Kickstarter project. A steel base holds three ceramic pots and a water reservoir, creating an open-air and self-watering masterpiece. Pikaplant One is the company’s stunning vertical garden , equipped with a passive irrigation system. The three shelf-high installation uses biomimicry , borrowing from the wet-dry cycle of ground water and trusting the plants to know how much water they need and when. Pikaplant Jars were located at designjunction at the London Design Festival 2016 this year, in its new King’s Cross location, along with Blackbody’s fierce FIRE RING chandelier . +Pikaplant +London Design Festival Images via Inhabitat, Pikaplant

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A daylit extension with a lush indoor garden "grows" out of an artist’s studio in California

August 15, 2016 by  
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The new 720-square-foot extension adds domestic spaces to the main structure, which houses a 2,500-square-foot artist’s studio, office, and storage building clad in barn wood . Dubbed the “Amoeba”, the structure extends out into the landscape and features elements of greenery that form a lush indoor garden . A large skylight is carved into the scissor-beam roof construction. The roof of the extension contrasts the inverted pitched roof of the studio, although it follows a similar geometric logic. Related: Modern timber-clad addition spruces up an old Austrian farmhouse Sliding doors can be completely opened to let breeze naturally cool the spaces, leading out to the garden where the owners planted a variety of plants, including bamboo , fig trees, creeping vines, and aloes. + Casper Mork-Ulnes Architect Via World Architecture News Photos by Bruce Damonte

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to successfully grow an herb garden

April 14, 2015 by  
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Whether you’re looking to beautify your home or save money in the kitchen, growing your own windowsill or indoor herb garden is an economical way to satisfy both goals. While all herbs can adapt to life indoors and outdoors, their success depends on different environmental factors like soil type and temperature. Anglian Home makes it easy to learn those ideal plant care conditions in this herb grower’s cheat sheet, an infographic with tips, tricks, and care recommendations for over a dozen herbs, from basil to thyme. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How to successfully grow an herb garden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: herb garden , herb garden tips , how to grow an herb garden , indoor herb garden , infographic , reader submitted content , windowsill herb garden

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