A lamp as delicate as a flower

Heracleum 2 Bottoni corksThe decorative Heracleum LED lamp was inspired by the Heracleum plant and is definitely one of the most delicate lamps, created with a very interesting technique of coating conductive layers and with white leaves/lenses that ramify from one branch creating a very thin and delicate natural structure. This design is not possible with normal wires.

 Here is the story of its creation by the designer Bertjan Pot:
 "Heracleum arrived at Moooi as a fantasy. I had the wish to light many LED-lights at the same time. I experimented with bundles of electricity wires that I shaped into a branch structure. During the development of the design it just seemed that too much soldering was required. Then Marcel Wanders had the 'luminous' idea to use his ELECTROSANDWICH® to make the design possible. The structure was coated with a plastic layer for isolation and on top of that a conductive layer to supply the LEDs with power. Using this technique it was possible to create a structure more slender than I had hoped for when I started the project. The technique and design are perfect for each other." 
Heracleum detail
The new version Heracleum II also provides unique and sparkling illumination and includes a new LED that makes it much more efficient and allows endless technical possibilities. It is offered in copper or nickel and is dimmable. 
A great accent piece for any interior using one of the most eco-friendly types of lighting - LEDs!

Green plastics and a lamp that you can eat

 BITE ME Desk Lamp is an algae-based plastic, created by American designer Victor Vetterlein from vegetable glycerin and agar, a gelatin that comes from sea algae. If the lamp becomes damaged, simply wipe off any dust or fingerprint residue and submerge the Bite Me in purified water for an hour to soften up. “The consistency after soaking the lamp in water for an hour is like wet Gummy Bears,” says Vetterlein. source
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The exterior shell of Patricia Urquiola’s Husk chair for B&B Italia is made from HIREK® - a plastic made from recycled industrial waste.

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 the Broom chair by Philippe Starck for American company Emeco is made from 75% waste polypropylene and 15% reclaimed wood fibre.

Now you can grow your vertical garden in your bathroom

- it is true and obviously not difficult to implement! These MOSStiles are like a new texture or finish for your walls. The stabilized lichen lives off the moisture in the air.


The beauty of recycled glass


Crush is the name of Fireclay’s new 100% recycled glass tile made of raw waste glass sourced from within 20 miles, crushed and processed locally.  Crush is made-to-order within two weeks from Fireclay Tile’s San Jose, CA factory. Customers can choose from 40 different colors, available in both gloss and matte finishes, and an array of 17 sizes with complementary borders. 


Kitchen is one of the spaces at home where we show our attitude to the requirements for sustainable and eco-friendly way of life. From the products we use, to the way we dispose of waste food and beverage and packages. But are our kitchens designed and produced with thought about nature? Not all of them. Here is one good example - Valcucine :

In our job each day technology, product functionality and innovative solutions,
advanced design and research are alive and as important as imagination and
over detail, passion for natural materials and handicraft
to safety and respect for the environment.

The environmental-friendly kitchen - the Riciclantica door is the utmost expression of a design based on dematerialisation and is made of an extremely resistant structural aluminium frame together with a sophisticated decor panel that is only 2mm thick. The use of special materials such as carbon, aluminium, steel or layered laminate, the very accurate planning of construction details – for example, the inside of the new frame appears aesthetically pure because of the total absence of screws and hole caps – and the absolute resistance of all door versions to water, steam and heat, contribute to making the Riciclantica door unique in the furniture sector. Riciclantica is a kitchen designed to have a low impact on the environment and represents the most advanced technology to express the shape of lightness. Thanks to research into and application of special innovative technologies, this door respects the four basic principles of environmental-friendliness: minimum consumption of raw materials and energy, durability, recyclability and non-toxic finishes.

"With showrooms all over the United States, Valcucine prides itself on building the most functionally stylish, energy-conscious products around.
From cabinet doors made from recycled materials to bookshelves that boast an aluminum core, a Valcucine kitchen is a green builder’s dream project. The company’s sensitivity to all things eco is apparent from its elimination of formaldehyde and synthetic finishes to its earth-friendly production. "( ecofabulous: That's One Handsome Italian )

But what I like very much is their design - elegant and well-thought.


Recommended for 'XXI Compasso d'Oro' prize.


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Wally, the living wall planter

allows anyone to easily create a lush garden indoor or outdoor—on walls, rails and fences. They're perfect for growing edibles, annuals, and perennials. Wally Three - Woolly Pocket

For creating an instantly lush vertical garden you can use one or several of Wally One - Woolly Pocket - made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles, Pockets are soft-sided, breathable, modular and fun to work with! Military-grade moisture barrier ensures that your walls stay dry.

Eliminating cooking odors naturally

Odours from last night’s dinner can continue to linger in the kitchen and throughout the house for hours on end. And if you, like me, are not the person who likes to use artificial air fresheners, probably have tried to find a natural way to get rid of them. We have already talked about the useof baking soda for eliminating bad smell from the trash bin, but cooking odors, especially from cooking fish, are some of the most stable and difficult to eliminate.
There are several natural ways to try to solve this problem, like brewing some coffee, baking anything aromatic such as cake or leaving out a bowl of vinegar for several hours. People say also that scented candles, especially lemon scented candles work great. Or you can boil a pan of water with a few teaspoons of lemon juice, or a teaspoon of cinnamon.
An interesting way of creating a natural air freshener is to put some baking soda and water in a slow cooker and set it to LOW with the lid off in the room that needs freshening. You can add also several drops of essential oil or nice-smelling spices to the pot.
The same is the problem with garlic and onion – their strong smell is very stable. One way to eliminate it is to rub your cutting board with lemon and your hands, too. Lemon is a great natural deodorizer. I have tried that and know it works. Some people squeeze lemons into a spray bottle and add warm water and just spray this around the house.
I have heard that burning some sage as a deodorizer works pretty well. And I have read about an Odor Absorbing Splatter Screen, but have not tried it. 
For sure, a safe way to clean the air from unpleasant odors is just to use an air purifier with a good filter – in addition to catching other particles like dust and allergens it will absorb the smell, too.

Green Designs From Salone Satellite 2013

Maija Puoskari of Finland -Terho and Tatti LED lamps, made from locally sourced Finnish alder and opal-white mouth blown glass.

Read more: The Best Green Designs From Salone Satellite at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair A

Sugarcloud by Dingflux  is a made from 100% cotton, hand-crocheted, molded, and hardened using a water and sugar mixture. 
Danielle Trofe - Live Screen