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World's First Hemp House

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Designer/builder Anthony Brenner's hempcrete home takes green building to the next level.

Our friends at Loomstate featured this revolutionary bit of green building on their Act Natural blog. The trailblazing piece of architecture is the family home of Push Design's Anthony Brenner, whose daughter has extreme chemical sensitivities that limited what construction materials could be used. Located in Asheville, NC, the walls of the home are filled with hempcrete, a hemp-based,......read more

Bound Hand Mirror

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Salvaged glass repurposed as a petite mirror $265.00

Located on Bainbridge Island, a quick ferry ride from Seattle, the studio of Grain Design churns out an array of cool products that are as thoughtfully designed as they are environmentally responsible. The Bound Hand Mirror, constructed from salvaged mirrored glass, is a good example. Grain designers James Minola and Chelsea Green -- who met in industrial design studies at......read more

Tea Towel Set by Hudson Made

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Organic cotton/hemp tea towels sport old school graphics celebrating American craftsmanship $94.00

There may be murmurs that the so-called "heritage" or "Americana" trend is dead, but before the backlash really takes hold but if you ask us, any movement that is driven by quality, local manufacturing is good by us, forever. That includes the stuff on offer from Hudson Made, such as these tea towels made of a super-absorbent blend of organic cotton and hemp. The tea towels pay homage to......read more

Braided Hemp Rug from Restoration Hardware

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Textured rug great for any floor $299.99

This tightly loomed highly textured rug is made from durable eco-friendly hemp.  It has a very neutral nubby feeling and acts as a subtle accent to the rest of the loft.  It's inherently durable, feels good to the feet, and carries a long-lasting versatile feel. ...read more

Surrealist Art Meets Green Architecture in an Austrian Home

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From Weichlbauer Ortis Architects, a green home M.C. Escher would admire

Surrealist sculpture and green architecture collide in this hillside Austrian home that might make M.C. Escher blush -- and Mies van der Rohe cringe. The detached house, designed by Weichlbauer Ortis Architects, is covered in a soft synthetic turf, offering a strange yet somehow literal take on green wall design. With willfully superfluous windows extending from other windows and weirdly placed......read more

Houses, "Reds"

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Lo-fi time-lapse animation by LAMAR+NIK

Here's another video for Dexter Tortoriello's bliss pop project, Houses. Directors LAMAR+NIK made ice sculptures using a series of handmade clay molds, then took time-lapse stills of the melting process in a garage. The entire budget: a little over $200. Houses' recording process was similarly lo-fi. The entire All Night album was recorded off-the-grid in Hawaii, on a laptop......read more

Houses, "Endless Spring"

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Off-the-grid island bliss.

There's not a ton to this video. Actually there's very little. But the song is some lovely, blissful pop, and there's an interesting backstory. The standout single from All Night, Houses' first full-length, "Endless Spring" was recorded in Hawaii where sole bandmember Dexter Tortoriello spent time with his partner living off the grid. In his words: "We moved out to a little cabin in Papaikou,......read more

Boskke Sky Planter Recycled

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Turn your houseplants on their heads $17.95

Boskke's quirky, upside-down Sky Planters series invert the very idea of indoor plants. Last year, the company unveiled a new range of the hanging planters made of recycled polypropylene. The Sky Planter Recycled landed the company a 2011 Red Dot design award for the use of recycled materials and for integrating a Slo-Flo internal irrigation system that waters the plants directly at their roots.......read more

Choosing Your Houseplant

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Indoor plant selection made easy, courtesy of Wilder Quarterly

Wilder Quarterly, the quarterly (duh) journal of all things plant-related, is one of our favorite magazines out there right now. With inspiring content from green thumbs, rooftop gardeners, chefs, seed savers, architects, hobby farmers, and horticulturalists, WQ's interests are fully aligned with ours.  The latest Wilder Quarterly blog post offers some simple tips on something that often......read more

Canvas Tote Pot by Marie Michielssen

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Colorful, striped totes act as cheerful planters for the home $38.00

As much as we love ceramic clay planters, it's always cool to see different approaches to design for potted plants. The Canvas Tote Pot from designer Marie Michielssen is one of the most creative we've seen. Previously only available through Serax stockists of the brick-and-mortar variety, the cheerful pieces have been picked up by Anthopologie for your online shopping pleasure. Definitely a cool......read more

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