Rusty shovel heads transformed into delicate lace-inspired sculptures

February 27, 2017 by  
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Artist Denise Bizot has a gift for breathing new life into an unexpected medium—rusted shovel heads. The New Orleans-based artist retrieves discarded shovel heads from salvage yards and carves beautifully intricate lace-inspired designs into the rusted surfaces. She typically keeps the oxidized patina intact for the visual contrast between the weathered object and the delicate new designs. Formerly a drafter in the petroleum industry, Bizot returned to Loyola New Orleans to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on sculpture. Her interest in found objects , particularly metals, sparked her metalworking craft and love of transforming discarded junk and debris found in New Orleans into beautiful sculptures. In addition to her reworked shovel heads and other sculptures, Bizot also creates more functional pieces such as metal room dividers and handmade tables. Related: Artist sculpts lifelike grizzly bear from recycled cardboard “Like many cities undergoing gentrification , New Orleans is replete with discarded metal, miscellaneous street junk and salvage yards teeming with all sorts of debris,” writes Bizot. “For me, the idea of reclaiming, deconstructing and transforming “so-called junk” into works of sculpture is fascinating.” + Denise Bizot

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Italian farmhouse transformed into exquisitely sustainable summer retreat

January 17, 2017 by  
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Minimalist sophistication may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Italian farm houses, but designer Andrew Trotter’s first architectural project, Masseria Moroseta, is full of surprises. Renovated with locally-sourced materials, the contemporary Italian summer retreat, located on the coast of Puglia, is a stunning example of how to infuse sustainable elements into historic structures without forsaking the original character. Tucked into five idyllic acres of olive groves, the renovation process spanned three years. Using local materials and guided by traditional techniques, Trotter focused on retaining the masserie’s (‘farm’ in Italian) original character as much as possible. A subtle contemporary aesthetic was carefully infused into the home’s open layout. Using the central courtyard as the heart of the retreat, the process naturally geared towards building a “kinship of community” through open communal spaces such as the rooftop terrace and sea-facing veranda. Of course, there are plenty of quiet nooks for those seeking solitude. Related: 700-Year Old Italian Farmhouse Renovated with Delicate Filigree Screens The relaxing retreat now consists of six guest rooms, some with private gardens. As for the project’s energy needs , the renovation called for enhancing the natural efficient nature of the original structure and the implementation of modern technology. Vaulted ceilings and stone floors were used to keep the interior cool on hot days and cross ventilation windows help with natural air circulation. Thick walls were installed with recycled insulation to reduce the dependence on artificial cooling and heating. Solar panels provide the building’s energy and heating needs. Going local was also part of the guest amenity strategy; 100 percent of the food and drink served at the retreat are either produced on site or sourced from the local community of farmers, artisans, and manufacturers. Guests can enjoy over 40 types of fruits and vegetables from the organic garden, roasted on a 200 year-old stone oven and drizzled with the retreat’s own stone-pressed olive oil. + Andrew Trotter Via Ignant Photography by Salva Lopez Andrew Trotter, masseria moroseta, solar power, green design, italian farmhouse renovation, summer retreat puglia, sustainable renovation, sustainable design, organic farms, recycled insulation, reclaimed materials, locally-sourced materials, eco-friendly designs, beach retreats

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Gabriel Orozco designs mesmerizing geometric garden for the South London Gallery

January 6, 2017 by  
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A formerly inaccessible paved area has been transformed into a hypnotizing pattern of intertwining circles made from stone brick at the South London Gallery . Tokyo-based artist Gabriel Orozco designed this space as the new permanent garden for the contemporary art gallery in collaboration with 6a architects and horticulturists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The modern garden draws influences from sculpture, drawing, photography and video to create a textured gathering space that can be used for multiple activities. Created over the past two years, the South London Gallery’s new garden features Orozco’s recurring circle motif and tensions between symmetry and asymmetry. The circles are laid out in brick-dimensioned York stone, some of which were reclaimed from the newly opened up rear facade. The cool color palette and materials are a nod to the gallery’s Victorian architecture. The different levels into the landscape create seating, planting space, water feature areas, and more. Related: Penda designs beautiful Indian garden with water mazes and stepwells Inspired by the idea of urban ruin, Orozco intends for the garden to become overgrown with different grasses , low-level creepers, and fragrant plants over time. A key feature of the space is the planted walkway that connects the garden to the Sceaux Gardens housing estate. “From my first visit I was impressed by the SLG’s commitment to its local community and neighbourhood and intrigued by the relationship between the garden space and its different audiences, and the idea of creating something which could provide an inspiring platform for all of them,” said Orozco. “I started to think about various geometries emerging from the architecture surrounding the space and how they might be re-integrated into it as the basis of a design. It has been a fascinating process working directly with the gallery, architects and horticulturalists to develop the plans for the work which I am excited to see become a reality.” The garden is open to the public during the weekends and is used by invited groups on weekdays. + South London Gallery Images by Andy Stagg

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Four dolphins escape from Taiji center after nets were slashed

January 6, 2017 by  
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Four dolphins escaped from a recreational center in Taiji , Japan, the town that’s home to the yearly horrifying dolphin hunts. The pod swam outside their pen at DolphinBase after nets surrounding their seaside enclosure were slashed. Three animals returned to the facility but one is still out in the wild. DolphinBase, a facility that offers tourists the opportunity to swim with dolphins and watch them perform, contained the bottlenose dolphins in a pen divided from the ocean with nets, where they’d been kept and trained for over six months. The dolphins are about three to five years old. Police say they do not yet know who cut the nets, allowing the animals to escape. Related: The first dolphins have been slaughtered in this year’s annual Taiji hunt In a blog post translated by the BBC, DolphinBase said, “We are enraged by this heinous act which can easily lead to the dolphins dying. They think that once out of their pen, dolphins will swim far away but that is not true. Dolphins will not stray far and they will not leave their group.” Three of the dolphins did swim back into the pen; the fourth is “scared” and confused about how to get back inside using the new entrance, according to DolphinBase, although it is close by. When asked by the BBC if the dolphins were bred in captivity or wild, the facility would not respond. Activist organization Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project , which monitors the Taiji cove, said in a statement , “While we are against keeping dolphins in captivity, we do not condone illegal behavior…It is our hope that Taiji will ultimately turn into a tourist destination, where no dolphins are hunted or captured for display.” The controversial Taiji dolphin hunt happens every single year between September and March. Hundreds of dolphins are captured, and then either slaughtered for their meat or sold to aquariums . Via the BBC Images via FollowYour Nose on Flickr and DolphinBase

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Greenmoxie Tiny House lets you live mortgage-free and off-grid in a luxurious 340 sq. ft. on wheels

October 18, 2016 by  
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Built like a cozy cabin , the Greenmoxie Tiny House features wood frame construction with handsome Shou Sugi Ban cedar siding sealed with linseed oil, hardwood oak flooring, a V-match pine interior, and reclaimed barn wood ceilings. A corrugated black metal dual-pitched roof topped with solar panels and a clerestory window lets natural light and ventilation in, as do the reclaimed modern windows that punctuate all four facades to frame views of the outdoors. The light-filled interior includes a spacious kitchen with a 24-inch range and propane refrigerator/freezer; a bathroom with a full-size stand-up shower, sink, and composting toilet; living area with a couch and multifunctional furnishings that double as storage; and a loft bedroom accessible via a storage-integrated staircase. Related: KODA is a tiny solar-powered house that can move with its owners The tiny home and its energy-efficient appliances are powered by a 1kW solar PV system with 11kW of stored energy capacity. Water is collected using a 200-liter rain barrel and is conserved and reused using a combination of tools including a water recovery system, home drinking purifier, and gray-water holding tank. Spray foam insulation—an R35 roof, R22 walls, and R35 floor—and a heat recovery ventilator system help maintain stable and comfortable indoor temperatures. In winter, the home is heated using a Dickinson 9000 propane heater and a wood-burning stove. The off-grid Greenmoxie Tiny House base model starts at $65,000 USD. + Greenmoxie Tiny House Via New Atlas Images via Greenmoxie Tiny House

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Gorgeous wooden horn speakers are made from reclaimed liquor barrels

May 31, 2016 by  
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https://vimeo.com/165917138 Fiddle + Hammer was founded by Jordan Waraksa, who brought his background in sculpture and music into the making of the Bellaphone. The design was developed over a decade. “The horn is a testament to harnessing the resonant and warm qualities of the wood which they are carved from,” said Waraksa. Each custom-built speaker can be built to a variety of sizes, from two feet in height to a towering six feet. Related: Gigantic wooden megaphones amplify the sounds of the forest in Estonia Waraksa has thus far created a few prototype Bellaphones from reclaimed tequila and whiskey barrels. He also writes and records music that he tests out on his creations. The Bellaphone was recently presented at Wanted Design for New York Design Week. + Fiddle + Hammer Via ArchDaily Images by MannFrau

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Seattle man wants the whole community to enjoy his recycled backyard playground

March 24, 2016 by  
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Interface steps up carpet recycling

February 1, 2016 by  
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The manufacturer wants a larger supply of reclaimed materials for its special tile backings.

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Vien Truong of Green For All on tackling poverty and pollution together

February 1, 2016 by  
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Poverty and pollution are not separate issues. They unfortunately often go hand in hand, with the most impoverished people suffering the brunt of pollution.Vien Truong, national director of Green For All, challenged business and tech leaders at VERGE 2015 to take on these two related issues by building services and products that improve life in all communities and help clean up the air and water.  

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Beautiful contemporary farmhouse harnesses all of its water supply onsite

December 29, 2015 by  
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