Looking for a way to breathe a little new life into your living room, but don’t have the ducats? Sometimes the introduction of one new element—–be it in the realm of lighting, textiles, or accessories—–can make all the difference. We asked five designers: How would you give a space a new lease on life with only $100 to spend? See what they had to say and add your own ideas to the mix.
The latest in Taschen’s ever-growing Architecture Now! series (does Philip Jodidio ever sleep?), this volume takes us on a fantastic visual voyage around the world to some of the most stunning structures designed for dwelling: Cantilevered quarters jut out from fields in front of mountain quarries, stone residences emerge from rocky silhouetted cliffs, and modern glass palaces disappear into the horizon of the seas they overlook. We love these modern houses so much you might recognize some straight from the pages (and covers) of Dwell, like the Floating House by MOS.
Requireing less than one-tenth of the energy required to product its ceramic counterpart, this 100-percent wool felt bowl is an attractive accessory to stash your odds and ends.
These days, it seems like everyone is busy saving the world. Using recycled, sustainably sourced materials is de rigeur for designers and manufacturers as consumers are becoming savvier about the importance of product pedigree. There’s a disconnect, however, between the standards we hold our purchases to and the ones to which we keep ourselves accountable (hands up if you’ve switched out every incandescent in your house for an LED). Common sense seems to be superseded by, at best, confusion over where to begin and what to buy and, at worst, apathy.