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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Mesmerizing Abyss Horizon table recreates the oceans dramatic depths

September 28, 2016 by  
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Unlike Duffy London’s previous iterations, the Abyss Horizon is circular rather than rectangular. This table, in addition to being a striking conversation starter, is made to order and handcrafted by local artisans and in-house craftsmen. The layers of cut glass create the illusion of a bottomless sinkhole in the center of a table. The light-colored wood that surfaces at the top mimic islands and landforms with sandy white beaches and aquamarine waters. Related: Amazing Abyss Table Layers Glass and Wood to Mimic the Depths of the Ocean Blue The Abyss Horizon Table is limited to 25 editions and can be made and delivered within 12 to 14 weeks. Price is available upon request. “‘I was looking into sheets of thick glass at my glass manufacturer’s factory, and noticed how the material darkened as they added more layers – the same way the sea does as it deepens,” said Christopher Duffy about his inspiration behind the Abyss tables. “I wanted to use this effect to replicate a real piece of the earth’s sea bed. Like a mythical power had lifted a perfect rectangle straight from the earth’s crust to use as his personal ornament.” The Abyss Horizon is available to view through the Sarah Myerscough Gallery . + Duffy London Images via Duffy London

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Old slaughterhouse in Madrid is turned into an incubator for creative startups

July 4, 2016 by  
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Built in the early 20th century, the Matadero Madrid served as a slaughterhouse and livestock market until it fell into disuse near the end of the century. The building was renovated several times under different leadership until Madrid’s City Council decided to allocate the space for sociocultural purposes. OSS’ intervention, completed in 2014, turned the complex into a creative startup hub for the extremely low budget of 105 Euros per square meter in a little under a month. Related: Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups! Factoría Cultural houses 120 workspaces across two floors—the architects constructed the second 85-square-meter floor using local pine lumber and multi-wall polycarbonate —outfitted with custom-designed furniture also made with untreated pinewood. LED ceiling lamps that splay out from overhead were made from waste wood. “Factoría Cultural is a reversible architecture work, which empowers, with no side effect, the visual and technical virtues of the existing El Matadero Madrid, an industrial architectural heritage site,” write the architects. “It is a space that requires minimal maintenance and, in the event Factoría’s activity ceases, it can be removed without waste.” + Office for Strategic Spaces Images by Simona Rota

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Luxury Villa Melkeveien is wrapped in sustainably sourced Kebony wood in Norway

February 12, 2015 by  
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Design Shanghai 2014 Welcomes Thousands of Visitors With Flourishing Gardens and Bamboo Forests

March 10, 2014 by  
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Beautiful Steam-Bent Hertfordshire Hammocks are Made From Sustainably Sourced Wood

May 30, 2013 by  
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Designer/maker Richard Foxcroft recently brought together ancient barrel making and boat building techniques to create a beautiful line of wooden hammocks . Foxcroft’s Hertfordshire Hammocks are made of English oak from a sustainably managed woodland, and they’re designed to look good, feel good and last for many years. The wood is steam-bent to create comfortable curved shapes, and a stand is available in case there aren’t any trees nearby. + Hertfordshire Hammocks 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , green design , Hertfordshire Hammocks , oak hammock , Richard Foxcroft , sustainable design , sustainably sourced wood , swing , wood furniture , wood hammock , woodworking        

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Jonathan Leech Hand-Turns Beautiful Bowls From Sustainably-Sourced Cumbrian wood

June 27, 2012 by  
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Artistic wood-turner Jonathan Leech lives and works in the north west of England. He produces a wide range of large, distinctive, wooden bowls from local, sustainably-sourced timber. Jonathan first began working with wood in 2005, when he joined the workshop of Cumbrian furniture-maker Danny Frost . As he spent more of his time working on the lathe, his initial interest developed into a passion and soon he was hooked! The natural beauty of his rural surroundings is a constant source of inspiration and this is reflected in his work. Each piece is hand-made from locally-sourced timber, obtained without damaging the environment – for example from fallen or storm-damaged trees . 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! Read the rest of Jonathan Leech Hand-Turns Beautiful Bowls From Sustainably-Sourced Cumbrian wood Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green design , green housewares , green interiors , green materials , green products , jonathan leech , locally sourced wood , reclaimed wood , sustainable design , Sustainable Materials , sustainably sourced wood

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Nic Parnell Transforms Reclaimed Wood Into Beautiful Eco Furniture

October 26, 2011 by  
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Designer Nic Parnell ‘s work explores methods of finding new value in neglected wood by altering its aesthetic and surface. Nic only works with found or reclaimed wood . He also works alongside tree surgeons to source the necessary branches, which would otherwise simply be shredded. His work satisfies our visual desire to repel geometry and structure while engaging with nature in a newly formed intelligence – one that is engineered for visual and sensory engagement. + Nic Parnell 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , eco furnishings , green design , green furnishings , green interiors , nic parnell , reclaimed wood , Recycled wood furniture , sustainable design , sustainably harvested wood , sustainably sourced wood

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Beautiful Birch Bowls are Hand Carved From Sustainably Sourced Wood

September 21, 2011 by  
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Simple, chic and completely unique, each of these hand-carved bowls by Canvas exhibits the natural, beautiful imperfections of the wood they’re made from. Crafted from responsibly harvested European birch, these one-of-a-kind 8-inch wide bowls are handmade in Austria. Nest them inside the matching trough (sold separately) to complete the sustainable, stylish set. $72 at shophistoire.com 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: birch bowls , green design , green products , green tableware , handcrafted wood , histoire , responsibly harvested wood , sustainable design , sustainable kitchen products , sustainably sourced wood

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