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Bring in the Green

The Pantone color for 2013 may be emerald, but we are excited about another continuing trend in a different shade of green: The living wall. Also known as green walls or vertical gardens, these beautiful and functional living works of art are more accessible then ever. Here we present four ways to incorporate garden greens into the home.
February 28, 2013
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Modern, Green Alternative to the Classic LEGO®

Inspired by LEGO®, and committed to using renewable resources, Japanese company Mokurokku has introduced a modern, green alternative to the nostalgic, plastic toy.
February 27, 2013
Modern Abalone House by David Bryan with living roof

Rana Creek: The Design Firm Bringing Architecture to Life

In a nursery off the coast of Monterey, California, Rana Creek raises millions of plants each year. From there, many will be raised again, off their grids of soil and up onto roofs and walls, providing the living skins for architectural projects dotting the West, and now New York, Canada, and China. The team’s commitment to intelligent ecological design and restoration has produced a lineup of big projects by big names, from William McDonough to Renzo Piano to César Pelli. Look for the people who engineered and vegetated the Mediterranean roof atop the Gap headquarters, or the undulating shoulders caught mid-shrug above the California Academy of Sciences, or the 5.4-acre park planned for San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center. You’ll find Rana Creek.
January 7, 2013
Modern prefab home with drought-tolerant garden

An Eichler-Inspired Modular Home in California

With a sleek prototype in Emeryville, California, under its belt, Simpatico Homes sets out to redefine prefab's cost—and footprint.
December 22, 2012
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A New Kind of Hardware Store: TreeHouse

After the Dwell prefab popup party at SXSW Eco this past October, we spent the next Saturday checking out a number of modern homes and happenings around Austin, where we stumbled with delight upon TreeHouse, the new green hardware store company with a focus on design that's already earned a local tagline as the "Whole Foods version of Home Depot." We toured the store and the next week back in San Francisco, caught up with TreeHouse CEO, Paul Yanosy, to chat.
December 7, 2012
Aquaponics fishtank garden kickstarter

The Life Aquatic

Aquaponics, currently receiving funding on Kickstarter, looks to combine a fish tank and a sustainable garden all-in-one.
November 26, 2012
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LG and SHFT's Evening of Design

On Wednesday night the Museum of Arts and Design hosted a discussion on the cross section of home design and sustainability with a cast of characters including SHFT.com co-founders, actor/filmmaker Adrian Grenier and producer Peter Glatzer; designer Danny Seo; NY Metro Chapter President of the American Society Of Interior Designers, Jacqueline Hosford; VP of Project Sales at Grohe, Tom Santer; SVP marketing of LG Electronics USA, James Fishler; and designer Thom Filicia. The panel, sponsored by LG, was an opportunity for designers, environmentalists, and manufacturers to discuss how these industries are converging in the realm of design.
November 15, 2012
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Highlights from Greenbuild 2012

Greenbuild is charging full steam ahead at the Moscone Center in Dwell's home town of San Francisco. From November 11–16, an estimated 35,000 people will trawl the show floors, seeking the newest products and technologies for sustainable construction—everything from energy monitoring devices to insulation to cladding. We took a spin through the show and picked our favorite design finds.
November 15, 2012
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Materials and Innovation at BIO 23 Ljubljana

The BIO biennial in Ljubljana has been highlighting contemporary trends in international design for close to fifty years now, but not everyone on the global circuit might be aware of the diverse talent that has been showcased since the first exhibition in 1964. Slovenia's Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) is the biennial's host, and with over 437 submissions from 38 countries for 2012, the jurors and curators for BIO 23 had the challenging task of selecting the best examples of innovative design influenced by modern technology, multi-disciplinary methods, and the exploration of natural systems. Margo Konings and Margriet Vollenberg of Organisation in Design were the joint curators for this year's exhibition theme, Design Relations, which was aimed at comprehensive ideas related to technology, digitalization, globalization, and product design. Folded into these categories were timely topics such as health, machines, and processes; back to craft, counter reaction, data processing, graphics; and proposals linked to industry left-overs, social/local phenomena, the urban environment, and smart solutions. We have highlighted several of the award winners in our gallery slideshow, with specifics about some of the more unusual materials, methods, and conceptual strategies employed.
October 30, 2012
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