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Made in Massachusetts: The Merida Collection of Modern Natural Fiber Rugs Designed by Sylvie Johnson

Several of us at Remodelista grew up in Massachusetts and remember seeing the many-windowed abandoned factory buildings in the mill town of Fall River. So we were heartened to hear that the collection of natural fiber rugs we were admiring is produced in a revived Fall River textile mill. Merida, we learned, is a company with a conscience and a mandate to celebrate craft and ingenuity. Under CEO Catherine Connolly and art director Sylvie Johnson, Merida has been creating top-of-the-line, artisan...
Tags: Books, UK, Massachusetts, Marseille, Paris, New Zealand, West Africa, Belgium, Carpets, Flooring, Mediterranean, Brittany, Sustainable Design, Merida, UMass Dartmouth, Fall River


Kitchen of the Week: An Expensive-Looking Remodel for Just $13,000

We often recommend Ikea’s kitchen cabinets as a solid, bang-for-the-buck option for those looking to remodel. And nowadays, there are so many offshoot companies offering cabinet front styles specifically tailored to fit Ikea’s base cabinets that, if being economical is a priority, there’s little reason not to at least start with an Ikea skeleton. (See Ikea Kitchen Upgrade: 11 Custom Cabinet Companies for the Ultimate Kitchen Hack.) Which is what we assumed this expensive-looking kitchen from arc...
Tags: Books, London, Budget, US, Connecticut, Ikea, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Bosch, Sustainable Design, Luke, Edinburgh Scotland, OAK, Zac, Joanne, Kungsbacka


Kitchen of the Week: A Sleek Modern Kitchen with a Hippie Heart

We are all trying to make more low-impact choices here at Remodelista, so it was with a particular thrill that we recently stumbled upon Sustainable Kitchens, a kitchen design and manufacturing company based in Bristol, England, that prioritizes ethical materials. Its core principles—a reliance on solid, responsibly-sourced wood and non-toxic materials; an emphasis on locally sourced products; and a commitment to reducing waste and replanting trees—grew out of founder Sam Shaw’s interest in sust...
Tags: Books, London, Windows, Wood, Sustainable Design, Bristol England, Sam Shaw, Perrin Rowe, Remodelista, Kitchen of the Week, Kitchen Cabinets, FSC Forest Stewardship Council, Conibere Phillips, Charlie O'Beirne, Zoe Holland, Bianco Beleno


Nzuri Textiles: Luxury Pillows and Throws from Africa and Mongolia

Nzuri Textiles pillows and throws are not the sort of things you buy casually. They are expensive and exquisitely made, more investment pieces than home accessories. Eno Jonah founded the sustainable luxury brand in 2014 to bring the craftsmanship of weavers and makers she’s encountered in her travels stateside. Eno designs the textiles in her studio in the Sierra foothills of Nevada City, CA, then works with weavers in West Africa to interpret her designs. “The designs for our handwoven and han...
Tags: Books, Africa, Cotton, West Africa, Sierra, Mongolia, Textiles, Bamako, Sustainable Design, Eno, Nevada City CA, Cashmere, Blankets & Throws, Pillows & Cushions, Jupe, Adam Pogue


Kitchen of the Week: ‘A Secret Retreat’ Above a Violin Store

Designers often say that the best renovations come about after you’ve actually clocked some time living in a space, so that you can have a better understanding of how your home supports (or hinders) your daily routine. Architect Jack Tsai’s clients, a couple in their 60s, had 15 years to figure out what was wrong with their living quarters. The couple own a violin shop and had been living atop of it in a dark, rundown apartment for a decade and a half before they brought in Jack to reimagine it—...
Tags: Books, Leather, Green, Victoria, Melbourne, Norfolk, Jack, Flooring, Sustainable Design, Tiles, Skylights, Piemonte, Kitchen of the Week, Kitchen Cabinets, Open Floor Plans, Paula Greif


Remodeling 101: A Passive House Primer, Ultra-Energy Efficiency Edition

The passive house approach to building has been on our radar at Remodelista for years. Until recently, we thought of it as something akin to feng shui: an exacting set of rules that promise intriguing payback. Passive houses—also known as passivhaus buildings—offer very tangible results: the ultimate in energy efficiency. And now, as the climate crisis weighs more heavily by the nanosecond, we’re wanting to take a closer look. We recently featured a passive house in the Catskills designed, built...
Tags: Europe, Books, New York, Washington, US, Green, Pennsylvania, United States, Maine, South Dakota, Seattle, Maria, Sustainable Design, Expert Advice, Feist, Todd


A Good Thing: A New Slew of Bright, Ethically Made Housewares from Goodee

Good news: Here are housewares that do plenty of good for the world. We’ve been following Goodee for the better part of a year, from the time Fan heard a talk by the founders—Canadian twin brothers Byron and Dexter Peart (formerly of WANT Les Essentiels)—to when Julie met up with the duo for a peek into their pop-up at the Whitney Museum in New York earlier this winter. The online marketplace offers a curated collection of home goods and stories from around the globe, and we love the bright, wel...
Tags: Books, New York, Colombia, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, B Corp, Un, Burkina Faso, Handmade, Ghana, Byron, Sustainable Design, Ames, Sponsored Post, Decor


Architect Visit: A Barn-Style House for the Future, Hudson Valley Edition

Ian Hague needed a place to chill out. When he acquired 75 untouched acres in New York’s Hudson Valley, the NYC fund manager (whose business focuses on Eastern Europe and Russia) envisioned a “hermitage in the forest” tailor-made to his interests: reading, building balsa wood model airplanes, driving a Tesla, and decompressing amid the treetops. He also wanted to create a state-of-the-art, low-impact retreat and enlisted sustainability specialists BarlisWedlick Architects of NYC and Hudson, New ...
Tags: Books, New York, Navy, Russia, Brazil, Santos, Bosch, Eastern Europe, Benjamin Moore, Sustainable Design, Kendall Charcoal, Hudson New York, Ian, Hague, Columbia County, Hudson Valley


Earth-Friendly Interiors: Crafted-to-Last Furniture for a Healthy Home, from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Now, more than ever, our houses are spaces of comfort and reflection. And health—both within our personal spaces and for the environment as a whole—has never carried such meaning as it does today. At this time, our choices lead us to furniture that is both design-forward and exceptionally comfortable, yet also eco-friendly and made with a conscience—towards sustainability, health, and well-being.  This is why we turn to Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Based in Taylorsville, North Carolina, this ho...
Tags: Books, Furniture, New York Times, North Carolina, Sustainable Design, Sponsored Post, US Forest Service, Haywood, American Made, Wood Furniture, Mitchell Gold, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Sustainable Furnishings Council, Taylorsville North Carolina, Mitchell Gold Bob Williams Based, Colton Sectional


Color Explosion: Linens Imbued with Natural Plant Dyes

It started with avocados. “Remember when people were dying fabric with the pits and skins, like, three or four years ago? I tried it and became so obsessed,” says Amanda de Beaufort about the genesis of A_DB Botanical Color, her collection of naturally dyed, hippie-chic textiles. From there, she branched out (pardon the pun) to other plants. “I was like a crazy person walking around the parks here looking for inspiration.” “Here” is Maplewood, New Jersey (where I happen to live, too). We recentl...
Tags: Books, Dublin, Textiles, Sustainable Design, Botanical Art, Amanda, Northeast, NAPKINS, Maplewood New Jersey, Natural Decor, Fabrics & Linens, Kitchen Linens, Pillows & Cushions, Product Discoveries, Kathryn Davey, Amanda de Beaufort


Steal This Look: The Organized Refrigerator, Plastic-Free Edition

If you’re like us and practicing social distancing right now, you’re probably looking for a small project to tackle while you’re home-bound. Here’s an idea: transform your refrigerator shelves into a plastic-free, well-organized, and eye-catching storage zone. For inspiration, we’re sharing an image of the immaculate interior of a refrigerator we photographed for our last book, Remodelista: The Organized Home. It’s aspirational, for sure (none of our fridges look quite this neat and pretty), but...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Etsy, Matthew Williams, Food Storage, Ebay, Sustainable Design, Nalata Nalata, Storage & Organization, Alexa Hotz, Weck Storage Jars, Kitchen Storage & Organization, Refrigerators, Labour Wait, Bosch Home Appliances, Kitchen Jars & Storage


Expert Advice: 8 Tips for a More Sustainable Beauty Routine

All of us here at Remodelista, Gardenista, and The Organized Home are invested in reducing waste, minimizing plastic, and using more natural products in our lives. In my own home, I’ve decreased my family’s reliance on paper towels in the kitchen (see Smart Buy, Everything-Old-Is-New-Again Edition: Roller Towels from the UK); swapped out harsh cleaning products for more natural ones (see The Minimalist: The Only 4 Ingredients You Need to Clean Your Entire Home); learned to recycle better and mor...
Tags: Books, Japan, UK, Diy, Etsy, US, Canada, Recipes, Harry, Sustainable Design, Expert Advice, Environmental Working Group, Linh, Linh Truong, Boston Round, Store Interiors


A zero-waste, self-sustaining home of the future

Designed by Shanghai-based firm YANG Design, the Green Concept House is a futuristic concept that envisions a residence where sustainable technologies are embedded into the living spaces to create a zero-waste, 100% self-sustaining home. The design features several high-tech systems that use spare household energy to provide water, lighting and energy for growing plants throughout the home, essentially becoming a living greenhouse. House Vision is an annual event that invites architects to crea...
Tags: Design, Renewable Energy, Taiwan, Architecture, Beijing, Shanghai, Zero Waste, Sustainable Design, Organic Gardening, Futuristic Architecture, Homes Of The Future, House Vision, Green Concept House, YANG design, YANG Design the Green Concept House


Transformed caravan's mobile music studio to help refugees

Although we’ve seen quite a few cool caravan conversions, Swedish studio Snask‘s latest project brings music to our ears and color to our eyes. The innovative designers have converted an old camper into a vibrant mobile music studio — all for a very worthwhile cause. The project is in collaboration with Turning Tables, a nonprofit organization that builds creative spaces so that refugee children around the world have a place where they can express themselves through music. Founded by Danish DJ...
Tags: Art, New York, Design, Sweden, Architecture, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Tiny Homes, Tiny Homes on Wheels, Social Design, Snask, Post-format-gallery, Camper Conversions, Pink Fur, Tiny Home Conversions, Design For Good Causes


Head for the Hills: Two NYC Architects Design Their Own Passive House, Vipp Kitchen Included

Maria Ibañez de Sendadiano and Todd Rouh met at work back when they were both young architects at Smith-Miller + Hawkinson. That was a while ago: the couple have been running their own NYC firm, IdS/R Architecture, since 2000, have two daughters who are now teenagers, and recently found themselves in the happy position of being able to build their own country retreat in New York’s Catskill Mountains. After years of hiking and camping in the area as a family, they bought a choice piece of land i...
Tags: Books, New York, Colorado, US, Ikea, Denmark, Passive House, Maria, Hay, Sustainable Design, Bedrooms, Todd, Catskill Mountains, Dep, Upstate New York, Marie


Before & After: An Environmentally Sensitive Rehab of a Cotswold Bungalow

Post-redesigning, post-gutting, post-remodeling, the home is unrecognizable. It’s hard to imagine that the gracious compound of modern-rustic structures in rural Cotswold was once a forlorn ranch-style house. But if you look closely, you’ll see that the original single-story building is still there, albeit spiffed up and augmented. “The story behind the house is very much about it being a retrofit rather than a new build,” says Henrietta Smart, the project’s lead architect and a proponent of sal...
Tags: Books, London, House Tour, Sustainable Design, Tiles, Plywood, San Francisco Home, Hudson Valley, Henrietta, Remodel & Renovation, Architecture & Interiors, Constance Guisset, Michael Anastassiades, Concrete Floors, Milagros, Cotswold


Pensole Offering Tuition-Free Master Class on Sustainable Design

Looks like Nike's not the only one thinking about designing sneakers created from cut-offs. PENSOLE Academy, D'Wayne Edwards' venture for training the next generation of footwear designers, has partnered with direct-to-consumer footwear brand Allbirds to offer a master class on sustainable design.Only 12 designers will be selected for the tuition-free, housing-free three-week class, which will be hands-on and held at PENSOLE's Portland, Oregon location from March 23rd thru April 10th."We want to...
Tags: Design, Nike, Portland Oregon, Sneakers, Sustainable Design, Edwards, Wayne Edwards, Pensole


Hydroelectric art gallery will generate enough wave power to be 100% self-sustaining

London-based architect Margot Krasojevic has just unveiled a futuristic art gallery that runs on hydroelectric power. Slated for the coastal Russian region of Sochi, the Hydroelectric Sculpture Gallery will harness enough wave energy to not only be 100% self-sufficient, but it will also be able to channel surplus energy back into the grid, powering around 200 nearby houses and businesses as a result. The art gallery will be located on Sochi’s coastline, where it will use the exceptionally stron...
Tags: Art, South Korea, Design, London, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Wind Power, Clean Energy, Sochi, Black Sea, Wave Power, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Architecture, Hydroelectric Power, Margot Krasojević, Krasojevic


Mycelium is Growing Everywhere

Growing Pavilion at last year's Dutch Design Week photo by Eric Melander This past November the growing popularity of the fungal building material called mycelium was made manifest by the Growing Pavilion at Dutch Design Week. A collaboration between designer Pascal Leboucq and the bio-fabrication company, Krown Design, the construction was a testament to the power of the industrious organism and other bio-materials. Within the pavilion resided an exhibition of evidence to the ways in which myce...
Tags: Europe, Design, Sustainability, Materials, Netherlands, Sustainable Design, Design Festivals, Mycelium, Dutch Design, Dezeen, Asia Australia Africa, Ecovative Design, Dutch Design Week, Eric Melander, Pascal Leboucq, Krown Design


LastObject Tackles Unsexy but Important Single-Use Items, Like Reusable Tissues, Strikes Kickstarter Gold

You know that old saying that great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people?The industrial-designer-specific version is surely that great minds design solutions, average minds design objects, and small minds design for Instagram likes.LastObject is a Danish design trio that consists of great minds. They've chosen to tackle some of the least sexy objects out there--first cotton swabs, now disposable tissues--not for fame nor love of these objects, but bec...
Tags: Design, US, Kickstarter, Sustainable Design, Kickstarter LastSwab, Nicolas Aagard Co, Isabel Aagard, Kåre Frandsen


Phillipe Starck’s Broom – A sustainable chair that swept away industrial waste like magic

Here is some food for thought – what if our leftovers could be turned to functional furniture that looked food? I mean good, that looked good! Phillipe Starck is a French designer which means he eats really good food and has managed to turn the leftovers into some really good chairs called the Broom for Emeco. Global food waste (aka leftovers) is twice as high as predicted reports CNN but leftovers don’t necessarily mean just food – it is any waste that ends up in the trash and the solution to...
Tags: Home, Design, Living, Lifestyle, Sustainability, Cnn, Furniture, Philippe Starck, Jk Rowling, Waste Management, Interiors, US Navy, Chair, Product Design, Eco-friendly, Sustainable Design


NASA plans to use mushrooms to build sustainable housing on Mars like this one!

Let’s accept it – climate change is the biggest design problem of our lifetime. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in, every brand from fashion to mental health and even construction is incorporating sustainable solutions in their work. In fact, a recent exhibition in Somerset, London was dedicated entirely to “the remarkable mushroom” showcasing its versatility. I am curious how mushrooms are used for construction given that that particular industry contributes to 39% of the world’s carb...
Tags: Energy, Home, Design, Living, Nasa, Earth, Architecture, Biodegradable, Green Building, Packaging, Construction, Mars, Sustainable, Product Design, Eco-friendly, Sustainable Design


Please, I'm Begging You, Take My Plastic Bags

In my apartment, there is a small mountain of plastic bags that my roommates and I continue to reluctantly build upon. Desperate to deal with these wasted bags, I am regularly trying to find different opportunities to reuse them. Of course, I alone will never find ways to reuse all of them. So my mountain of plastic guilt grows ever higher. This might be a familiar feeling for many who are justifiably concerned about the amount of plastic gumming up the gears of the earth. A heap of plastic bags...
Tags: UK, Design, Environmental, Materials, Systems, East London, Sustainable Design, Onni Aho


Outside In: A Multi-Generational Retreat on Whidbey Island Welcomes Nature Inside

When architects Eric Walter and Steve Mongillo, principals at Seattle-based mwworks, were in the planning phase of this family retreat on Whidbey Island, they met often with the owners to go over their designs. Many times, the clients’ three adult children would attend—and, sometimes, even their teenage grandchildren. Walter and Mongillo were unfazed by the unusual number of stakeholders who weighed in on their plans. The weekend home, after all, was to be for the entire family to use. And thank...
Tags: Books, Washington, Time, Seattle, Walls, Walter, Sustainable Design, Whidbey Island, Kevin Scott, Architecture & Interiors, Gesa Hansen, Wood Paneling, Cottages & Cabins, Indoor/Outdoor Living, Decks & Patios, Wood Ceilings


An automated composting bin that makes living sustainably easy

Want to join the reuse, reduce, recycle gang but overwhelmed about managing trash? Fear not, Sepura’s Home Food Waste device is here to make your 2020 more sustainable! This is currently the only sustainable food waste disposing device on the market that does it all to make food waste management an effortless experience – municipality authorized, septic friendly and self-cleaning!The waste can fit all kitchen sinks and spaces also providing a connection to built-in dishwasher drains that separat...
Tags: Kitchen, Home, Design, Technology, Lifestyle, Waste Management, Appliances, Composting, Product Design, Sustainable Design, Waste Removal, Sepura, Smart Appliance, Waste-bin, Smart Design, Compost Bin


As Vienna Shifts Away From Car Mobility, A Car-Free IKEA Appears

It is difficult to imagine an IKEA designed to be accessed by foot. If you live in the US, your image of an IKEA may be like my Midwestern expectations of the furniture superstore: a massive, cubic building, set in the middle of a even larger parking lot, somewhere off of the highway, probably a 30-45 minute drive from the nearest big city. In Europe, however, things are a bit different and for the Austrian capital Vienna, most people living in the center city don't own a car. Which is why IKEA ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Design, US, Earth, Urbanism, Architecture, Vienna, Ikea, Sustainable Design, Querkraft Architekten, IKEA Vienna Westbahnhof


Pilot's Bottle-2-Pen (B2P) is Made From Recycled Water Bottles

Japan-based writing utensil manufacturer Pilot struck upon a cool idea: Why not make pens out of recycled water bottles? Their resultant B2P (Bottle-2-Pen) units come in both gel and ink varieties, made from 89% and 86% recycled plastic bottles, respectively. And they've designed the pens to visually evoke water bottles as well:There's no mention of the pens being recyclable a second time, but they are refillable.A 5-pack of the ink variety is six bucks and change, while the gel 5-packs run clos...
Tags: Japan, Design, Sustainable Design, Sketching, Pen B2P


Italian Couple Restores Stone Medieval Village as a Home, for Just 25,000 Euros

We've all seen our share of home renovations on TV, but you've never seen anything like this. In the Italian countryside lay a ruined, ancient village known as Ghesio, first settled in Roman times and built up in the medieval era. Abandoned sometime in the 19th century, nature reclaimed it. In recent years, a fellow named Maurizio Cesprini and his partner Paola Gardin, an architect, decided to take it back and live there. Kirsten Dirksen of Fair Companies captured some incredible footage of the ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Sustainable Design, Kirsten Dirksen, Gardin, Ghesio, Maurizio Cesprini, Paola Gardin, Cesprini, Ghesio Cesprini


Tiny prefab cabins in Brazilian forest assembled in under two days

Brazilian architecture firm Porto Quadrado has revealed a serene refuge composed of three prefab cabins tucked into the wilderness of Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul. The Alpes São Chico Housing Complex is comprised of three tiny cabins, all made out of structural insulated panels (SIP), which were assembled on-site in less than two days. The result is a low impact refuge that lets its homeowners reconnect with nature. According to the architects, they were first approached by a family who was looki...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, New Zealand, Brazil, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Minimalist Design, Cabin Design, Prefab Architecture, Rio Grande, Off Grid Cabins, Post-format-gallery, Tiny Cabin Design, Prefab Cabins, Prefab Design


KUKU birdhouses combine sustainability and wildlife protection

Birds play an important role in the environment. They are responsible for dispersing seeds, pollination and pest control. However, urban growth contributes to driving them out of their homes. The KUKU birdhouse offers a solution to the problem in a cute, functional and sustainable design. Designed by Marco Antonio Barba Sánchez, KUKU was created to provide a place for birds to feel protected and to reproduce. The inspiration comes from the realization that bird populations are dropping in many ...
Tags: Design, Environment, Birds, Gallery, Sustainable Design, Parks / Wildlife, Bird Habitat, Wildlife Protection, Marco Antonio Barba Sánchez, Marco Barba, KUKU, Marco Barba Design