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Ovopur: The Art Of The Water Filter

by Justin Thomas •

Ovopur Caviar Water Filter

I’ve been testing an Ovopur water filter from Aquaovo, a company based in Montreal. This filter is certainly the most attractive I’ve come across. My eye is often drawn to its porcelain ovoid shape sitting in my ktichen. I’ve come to think of it as a piece of art that also happens to filter water.

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The Sustain miniHome: A Modern Green RV

by Justin Thomas •

We first featured the Sustain miniHome last year. It’s a compact green dwelling that fits on the back of a truck. Now there’s a video of the home, demonstrating it’s space-saving features…

Modern LED Candle: The Havaleena

by Justin Thomas •

It’s a 1 watt LED lamp called the Havaleena by Tayo Design Studio. These lights only require three AAA batteries to run, and fully charged batteries provide 20 hours of illumination. Each light comes with four colored filters and they are priced at $59.

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Modern Rainwater Tank: The LUMI

by Justin Thomas •

Unfortunately, most rainwater tanks and cisterns are unsightly blocks of concrete or plastic. The LUMI Rainwater Tank, however, was designed by Katrina Logan to be visually appealing. It’s made of sculptural satin acrylic and can be made in a range of colors and sizes (250 liters – 1100 liters). The tank glows in the sunlight, making the rainwater reserves visible, …

Airstream Living: Interior Design For Efficiency and Comfort

by Justin Thomas •

Airstream trailers have become known for their sleek, classic design. Modern examples feature can feature high-end audio and video equipment. Going beyond simple remodelling, these trailers are made more efficient through additions of solar panels and more effective appliance (see the Airstream Life for more information). The authors of Airstream Living sought out restored, remodeled, and reconditioned examples of the …

Efficient Materials: Tube+9 Lounge Chair

by Justin Thomas •

The Tube+9 Lounge chair was designed with the user, environment, and budget in mind while maintaining a modern of the times feel and appearance. This chair achieves this by using materials that are either recycled or recyclable. The frame is constructed from a 3’x4′ sheet of plywood cut into 1/8″ strips, laminated and formed from one single formwork for both …

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Kirei Mod Coffee Table

by Justin Thomas •

This coffee table is made out of Kirei board, which is a material made out of the recycled stalks of the Sorghum plant. Usually these stalks are thrown away after the Sorghum cereal is harvested, but in this case, they are reclaimed, and then bonded into a sheet using formaldehyde-free adhesives.

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A Modern, Green Modular Cabin: BlueSky Mod

by Justin Thomas •

prefab-cabin-blueskymod

This modern prefab cabin, called the BlueSky MOD, is one of a few examples of affordable green modular homes currently available today (see these books for more examples). It was designed by Todd Saunders, an architect born and trained in Canada and currently working in Norway. The company that sells the homes, also called BlueSky MOD, is run Hy Rosenberg …

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Inhabitat Reviews Modern Water Dwellings

by Justin Thomas •

Inhabitat recently featured a selection of intriguing water dwellings, including this design by Koen Olthuis in the Netherlands where land for building is increasingly scarce.

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Modern Rattan Lounge Chair

by Justin Thomas •

This “donut chair” is an example of modern wicker design. The dark two tone color comes for the natural color of the rattan. It has a washable cotton cushion. Rattan furniture is durable, smooth to the touch and made from plants that grow quickly and replenish easily. Available from Surroundings for $295 each. They also have this rattan Tika Armchair: