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August 13, 2013
Modern interiors and products incorporating the humble, versatile, and flexible material that is rubber.
Modern kitchen with orange rubber floor

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

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Originally appeared in Less Is Amore
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Rubber and wood clip tree valet by matthew plumstead
Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate Matthew Plumstead made his debut at ICFF with his configurable wood and rubber Clip Tree Valet, kitted out with clip-on rubber hooks, shelves, and widgets for holding domestic detritus. $225 at McCartyQuinn.
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Charles de Lisle, of the interior design firm Your Space, designed the kitchen backsplash of PVC rubber flooring embedded with stainless steel "plus" signs. The restaurant supply table is flanked by steel-and-wood Lem Piston stools from Design Within Reac

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.

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Originally appeared in The New Suburbanism
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Crocheted rubber baskets by Neo
Neo's crocheted baskets are made of neoprene rubber, a material which is used frequently in plumbing and the motorcycle industries. $89 at < ahref="http://www.gretelhome.com/neo/315-large-crocheted-rubber-bowl-in-white.html">Gretel Home.
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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.

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Originally appeared in Well Thawed Out
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Silcone covered Tykho radio in blue by Lexon
Way back in 1997—before iPods were invented, after boomboxes were a little out of style—Marc Berthier designed the Tykho radio for French brand Lexon, and the colorful silicone-covered audio box still holds up. Waterproof, with just a few intuituve buttons to maneuver, it works with soapy hands the shower, foody fingers in the kitchen, at a picnic, on the road, or anywhere you choose to tote it along for some fresh am/fm tunes. €59 at the Lexon store.
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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.

Originally appeared in Six Stairs to Savor
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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.

Originally appeared in Sliding House
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Modern kitchen with orange rubber floor

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

Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.

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