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Outside In or Inside Out?

Among the kitschy, gnome-loving chalets of Holland's community gardens, Krill Architects created an anomalously spare and highly adaptable Garden House.
September 10, 2009
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Hay Is for Horses, Straw Is for Houses

In the Napa Valley, one sustainable residence elegantly demonstrates straw bale technology.
September 10, 2009
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Live From Helsinki: EcoDesign

At the entrance of Habitare, Finland's largest furniture and interiors expo, designer Yrjö Kukkapuro has curated an exhibition of ecologically-minded chairs. One of Finland's elder statesmen of design, Kukkapuro recently worked with UNESCO to launch a line of bamboo furnishings aimed at the Chinese domestic market. In was in the spirit of this venture that he recruited colleagues and friends from around the globe—and especially Finland—to submit their designs for seating that would not only demonstrate sound aesthetic and ergonomic principals, but also have a strong consideration for environmental impact. Click on the above slideshow button to have a look at 10 of our favorites.
September 10, 2009
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The U*Shelf System

Shelving often acts as a boring backdrop to the various vases, books, and knickknacks on display. Luckily, the U*Shelf's quirky tessellated forms are interesting enough to stand on their own.
September 10, 2009
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Nontoxic Housecleaning Guide

I'll confess it now: I still buy and use all those household cleaning beasties that I know I shouldn't like Windex, Formula 409 and that scourge of bathtub rings, Soft Scrub. I know in my heart that some concoction of vinegar, baking soda, and water will do the trick just as well, with fewer chemicals and for a fraction of the price, but I can mount no other defense than sloth. Those days are done, as I've finally got my guide, Amy Kolb Noyes' new book for Chelsea Green Guides Nontoxic Housecleaning.
September 9, 2009
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Alvar Aalto in Lights

International Style architect Alvar Aalto is undoubtedly Finland's best-known design export, and is often cited for his mastery of natural light. Less often discussed is his role as a designer of electric lighting—critical to the enjoyment of Finnish interior environments during the long dark winter months.
September 9, 2009
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Friday Finds 9.4.09

Our weekly round-up is short and sweet today—check out the links below to see what caught our editors' fancy as they meandered around the Web this week.
September 4, 2009
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DecorMaison Wallpaper

In homes, restaurants and retail shops alike, it's common to see a single wall covered in loud, brightly patterned wallpaper—an easy design strategy that packs a powerful visual punch. Plenty of great graphic designers have embraced wallpaper as an ideal medium for pushing the envelope. The new collections from DecorMaison caught my eye, both for the art of the paper itself and for the super cool choice of styling for their photo shoot.
September 3, 2009
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The Urban Housing Handbook

The Urban Housing Handbook from Wiley Publications, a new tome from Paris-based architects Caroline Stahl and Eric Firley, is a guided tour through urban housing typologies from all over the world. Concerned as much with the housing type's impact on its city block as it is with the housing itself, Stahl and Firley give a detailed account of where our urban housing has been and where it's heading.
September 3, 2009