If the orange rubber floor of Francesco Moncada’s Sicilian kitchen is on the humble side (it’s old stock from an office-supply warehouse) then the Pipe lamp by Herzog + de Meuron that hangs overhead is high design indeed. Orange rubber flooring by Artigo, artigo.com
Charles de Lisle, of the interior design firm Your Space, designed the kitchen backsplash for this Palo Alto home out of PVC rubber flooring embedded with stainless steel "plus" signs.
In this all-in-one kitchen/living room-turned-playground of a Minarc-designed home in Los Angeles, the orange Corian kitchen island is clad in tough rubber recycled from tires. “I read rubber takes over 2,000 years to decompose. Perhaps it never really does, so we thought to reuse it and the kids would have a hard time wearing it out,” the owner explains of the material used more frequently in gyms and playgrounds.
Brad Smith’s compact former coach house, tucked away in one of London’s many hidden cobbled mews, got a radical overhaul from Scape Architects. Carving out every possible nook for storage, the staircase acts as both room divider and organizer. The stair “carpet” is made from the same tough rubber that is used to make tires for semis.
The house, built by de Rijke, Marsh and Morgan (dRMM), is a 3-in-1 building that slides along railroad tracks recessed into the concrete foundation. A greenhouse-like glass interior structure is exposed through the sliding movement of the red rubber and larch sheaths that form the exterior walls.