7.20.2008

Mexico

Wow it's really difficult to keep up one blog, nevermind two. It's a full time job!

Anyway, Mexico was amazing. The little bit of it that I saw was really inspiring and I am already dying to go back and explore more of the country. I got to put some of my Spanish to use and that's always fun.

Over on No Trash Challenge, I just posted about the glass factory I visited there. I'm not going to re-post everything I said, but it's just as relevant here. My favorite part was the facade and the way they embedded vases into the walls. And of course the mosaic floor. I love mosaic. Maybe it's because I have a hard time being that random in my own design work ... and the one time as an adult that I attempted it, made me realize how difficult it really is. And the stained glass windows were stunning.



What's also cool is that anywhere you go around town, you'll find yourself drinking from glasses made at this factory. They do a lot of custom work for hotels, restaurants, retail shops and even individual buyers.

What else? I saw a lot of really interesting, hand drawn typography. Unfortunately, I didn't have any time to walk around so the couple of photos I snagged were possible because I yelled "wait! stop!" and had a brief second to snap a shot from the car.

7.01.2008

Green Living

Holly at Decor8 recently held a moodboard contest in conjunction with Amy Butler. I thought it would be fun to create an entry, so here it is. My theme was Green Living—an eco-friendly, sustainable dining space. I am actually really surprised (and somewhat disappointed) that no one else attempted to create a space using sustainable products. You can view the other entries here. All of the materials or designs featured in my moodboard have been produced either using recycled materials, sustainable materials such as bamboo and/or follow sustainable means of production - such as energy saving, waste reduction or elimination, etc. And I have to say, all of the stuff is pretty cool!



This is the resource list:
1 Piet Hein Eek Dining Table Made from recycled wood scraps and absolutely stunning
2 Bathtub End Chair Made from an old bathtub!
3 Emeco Chairs Made from 80% recycled aluminum
4 Living Wall How amazing would it be to have one of these in your house? Someday ...
5 Coco Shell Lightshade Made from salt-bleached slivers of coconut shell which is a by-product of the food industry
6 Hay Bale Rolling Ottoman
7 FLOR Carpet Tiles
8 EcoSmart Fire Tower
9 Recycled Glass Plates & Vintage French Wine Café Glasses
9 Vintage Linens
10 Bamboo Storage Unit
11 Plant Pots