These charming timber cabins in South India are a retreat for nature lovers

May 22, 2018 by  
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If your dream getaway involves nature excursions in a tropical environment, prepare to fall in love with the Cardamom Club resort in Thekkady, India. Recently renovated by Bangalore-based Kumar La Noce , this boutique resort features a series of elevated tiny cabins primarily built from sustainably sourced Bangkirai hardwood. Combining contemporary design with traditional elements, each 430-square-foot cabin rests lightly on the landscape and blends in with the verdant surroundings. Set within an eight-acre cardamom plantation, the Cardamom Club resort features a nearly 50-foot-long infinity pool and spa block — both of which are raised on stilts and also built with extremely durable Bangkirai wood. The hardwood’s reddish tones provide a striking contrast to the lush green backdrop. “Our first response upon visiting the spectacularly lush site was to ‘tread gently,’ which led us to imagine the built structures as light-weight volumes floating within a sea of green,” said Bhavana Kumar, the principal architect and co-founder of Kumar La Noce. The cabins have a minimalist interior filled with  natural light that pours through the plentiful windows. Rooms are dressed in handcrafted textiles and furnishings made with natural fibers — such as  rattan chairs and rice-paper light fixtures — that emphasize the resort’s back-to-nature aesthetic. Operable windows, ceiling fans and linen shades allow guests to control the interior microclimate. The bathrooms are fitted with black granite countertops; a small porthole window looks out over the lush landscape. The hotel rooms also extend out to private terraces. Related: Sleep among the treetops in a nomadic hotel with minimal impact In addition to Kumar La Noce’s elevated cabins  — dubbed the ‘Mountain-View Cottages’ — the hotel also offers ‘Garden-View Cottages’ designed to match a Western aesthetic. The retreat offers 13 rooms in total as well as a variety of experience packages, from spa and massage programs to bird watching and visits to an elephant sanctuary. + Kumar La Noce Images via Kumar La Noce , by Kumar La Noce and Vivek Muthuramalingam

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Masculine, Fuss-Free Looks for the Plant-Based Man: Designer John Bartlett’s 2013 Pieces are a Hit

September 15, 2012 by  
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Designer John Bartlett’s New York Fashion Week designs made for a travelogue of Mediterranean and Indian flavors. Designing for the “plant-based man,” Bartlett’s all-natural, animal-friendly looks were primarily linen—timeless easy pinstripe suits, ties and Bermuda shorts: the perfect Spring/Summer 2013 look that’s manly and without fuss. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all natural , animal-friendly garments , Bermuda shorts , ecouterre , John Bartlett , linen , men’s wear , neutral colors , pinstripe , plant-based man , Spring/Summer 2013 , suits , travelogue

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Christien Meindertsma’s Delicate Yet Rough Designs Are Made From Flax

January 13, 2012 by  
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Best known for her eye-opening research book PIG 05049 , Christien Meindertsma has taken on a new endeavor, designing a series of rough and simple objects made from flax . Developed in collaboration with traditional rope maker Touwslagerij Steenbergen , and woodworkers Kuperus & Gardenier , the The Flax Project is a series that aims to bring back the use of the fibrous plant in the Netherlands. Playful power cables, lamps in combination with wood, delicate hand towels, spiral rugs and flax candles are just a few of the objects that highlight the potential of the humble plant. Read the rest of Christien Meindertsma’s Delicate Yet Rough Designs Are Made From Flax Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , biodegradable materials , Botanical , Christien Meindertsma , Decorative Objects , dutch design , eco textiles , flax designs , green lighting , green materials , green products , linen , PIG 05049 , rope , social design

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Scholten & Baijings Adds Some Color to Traditional 17th Century Dutch Willow Weaving

January 13, 2012 by  
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Inspired by traditional 17th century Dutch weaving techniques, Scholten & Baijings designed a series of brightly colored containers and named them ‘Serious Business’. Measuring 10 inches diameter and 8 inches high, each bowl combines a touch of color with woven  willow made from very thin strips of the dried plant. You can find them for sale here at  Thomas Eyck . + Scholten & Baijings Photo © Thomas Eyck Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dutch design , green products , plastic , Sustainable Materials , traditional techniques , woven willow

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Global Green to Give 8 US Cities Free Sustainability Consultations

January 13, 2012 by  
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Supporting model green communities across the US, Global Green USA has announced it will give eight communities a free design consultation over the next six months. Each of the chosen neighborhoods will recieve a 3-day visit from four sustainability experts who will give a comprehensive review and recommendations about how to improve infrastructure and urban design. The suggestions will ensure that these communities become more environmentally responsible, more resource-efficient and support healthy lifestyles. Read the rest of Global Green to Give 8 US Cities Free Sustainability Consultations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program , eight sustainable cities , Environmental Protection Agency Office of Sustainable Communities , environmental review , global green usa , green city model , USA green recommendations

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Becca Stool: Curvaceous, Multifunctional and Made from FSC Bamboo

January 13, 2012 by  
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Curvaceous and versatile, the Becca Stool is a killer piece of furniture perfect for any cramped house looking for a bit of style and extra storage space. Made from fast-growing FSC bamboo , the Becca can be used as a stool, a side table or even piled-up as a dramatic shelving unit. Designed by Modern Bamboo ‘s founder, Anthony Marschak, the piece comes in either a natural silky finish, amber, or by special order, in ebony or cherry. + Modern Bamboo Photo © Modern Bamboo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , bamboo chair , bamboo stool , becca stool , fast growing bamboo , flexible bamboo , modern bamboo , multifunctional furniture , strong bamboo , Sustainable Materials

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