Posts Tagged ‘green design’

Traditional Japanese scarecrows

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

The bottom photo shows a functioning scarecrows made of indigo-dyed hemp. The original book caption reads “The bold design of this piece of shibori-dyed hemp by Seizo Ishikawa, a farmer, seems at home working as a scarecrow by a newly harvested rice field.” The birds in Japan must have been accustomed to seeing farmers in real Japanese indigo yukatas, waving their arms.

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Herb Greene’s Prairie Chicken House, by Julius Shulman

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

This fantastic house at the intersection of modern and 60s hippie is the Greene Residence, built in 1961 by architect Herb Greene in Norman, Oklahoma. Greene built the house for himself and his family. It was dubbed the “Prairie Chicken” house by Life magazine shortly after it was built, and the name just stuck.

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You could leave this tree out all year round.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

This beautiful Christmas tree or art object is called the PossibiliTree.™ I, a huge pun-hater and disliker of words mashed together, nevertheless really like these and would like to have one. So pretty. There seem to be different sizes, and this is the smaller one. It arrives in a mailing tube and you assemble it yourself, which is apparently not difficult.

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The “What’s In, What’s Out for 2009” list thing.

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

The “What’s In and What’s Out in 2009” lists are starting to appear. Not to be too protestant about it, since environmentalism in its more puritanical moment can make you want to stab yourself in the eye with a fork—a plastic fork—but these lists can get anxiety-provoking. Where is all our old stuff supposed to go?

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Furoshiki: how-to videos.

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Making a “drop bag” at Kakefuda, the famous Furoshiki shop in Kyoto where Mick Jagger bought a furoshiki last year. Also see How to tie up two Bottles and Furoshiki – Reusable Grocery Bag.

More here and here and here.

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Designers and Nobel scientists make energy-collecting textiles.

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

 

This compelling structure is an example of biomimetic architecture – architecture that mimics biological structures and/or functions. It is part of a project called Metabolic Media whose structures model the molecular structures and energy metabolism in living cells. It’s a design collaboration between Nobel scientist Sir John.

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