Hand made birdhouses and bird feeders.
The Cubano (featured) is hand-made from a recycled cigar box and finished with a soy based oil which protects against water, mildew, and UV rays. It reminds us of those summer camp projects with bow tie maccaroni and gold spray paint. This one has no toxicity, so it wont hurt the birds and it's a great looking re-use design.
When the drink coasters in your living room consist of some random pieces of felt and a few empty CD cases, it's time for a new setup. Labyrinth, a Barcelona-based design studio, offers a tempting upgrade in the form of these Palette Coasters. The coasters are identical minature replicas of standard palettes, right down to the stamps. Pretty sweet. Available via the Designboom Shop. On this side......read more
In the natural world, plants perform the crucial duty of filtering dirty air from the atmosphere. French designer Mathieu Lehanneur mimics that natural process with Andrea, a slick-looking home air purifier powered by plants. The air cleaning tech draws air in through a quiet fan before propelling it through the leaves and root system of the plant, and then out through the soil and back into......read more
It's official: Summer is right around the corner, which means it's time to get grilling. For those of you that are lucky enough to have a backyard, BBQing is easy -- walk out the back door, light up the grill, and and go to town. But for the rest of us plebs, we have to head to parks and other public spaces for covert picnics. And that requires a portable grill. With the Cityboy Picnic Grill,......read more
These modular planters are handmade by the father-son team at Good Erdle using white stoneware clay from Ohio. The good-looking tabletop system can be arranged in endless configurations to suit your space and liven up the vibe. Because there are no drainage holes in the legs, the planters are best used with flora like succulents and cacti that require less watering. There's no danger of leakage,......read more
American designer Brian Parks spent several years studying in China, where his eyes were opened to the upcycling potential of discarded single-use chopsticks. This folding basket is one of his coolest chopstick creations. Handcrafted entirely from the durable bamboo eating utensils, the table- or countertop basket is the ideal home for anything from fruit and bread to napkins or mail. And, as......read more
Atlanta-based eco furniture company Shiner International makes unorthodox use of corrugated cardboard with a series of lamps that includes our favorite, the Hanging Drum Lamp. The ceiling shade incorporates recycled cardboard and styrofoam, which are cut into rings, stacked, and illuminated from within. The result is warm and modern lighting that creates conversation in its inviting glow. Made......read more
Got milk... jugs? If so, pass them along to the good people at Loll Designs in Minnesota; they're going to need plenty to keep up with demand for their latest series of eco-smart outdoor furniture. Loll's newly launched Rapson collection resurrects classic designs by famed midcentury architect Ralph Rapson, reimagining them as outdoor pieces manufactured from 100% recycled HDPE. Included in the......read more
Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce you to the world's first remote-controlled LED bulb. Insteon's networked 8W LED bulb, which glows at the same intensity as a 60-100W incandescent, makes dimming the lights to set the mood as easy as a couple taps on your smartphone. Of course, remote-controlled ambience comes at a price, in this case $29.99 for each bulb plus $99.99 for the SmartLinc......read more