For those of you who are considering attending the BKLYN Designs show, come to our Green Awards Ceremony at 5:30 for some bites, bubbly, and a chance to celebrate emerging design talent from Brooklyn. It’s sure to be a treat!
Sunday, May 10th @ 5:30pm
Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn
What do you do when you’re unhappy with decisions a politician is making? You write a letter, of course. Morrissey penned a sharp-tongued missive to former vice president Al Gore and producer Kevin Wall who, together, are the founders of the climate change awareness event Live Earth, scheduled for June 18. The former Smiths frontman calls on the organizers to serve an all-vegan menu at the event, in which 100 artists will perform across seven continents. The “Meat is Murder” singer has a long history of demanding venues go vegan for his appearances, but he has a special message for the Live Earth crew: Ditch meat because it’s bad for the planet.
BKLYN Designs 2015 is fast approaching, and if you’ve never attended this exciting furniture show, see what it’s all about in our video with the Inhabitat editors showcasing their favorite green designs from the show. From reclaimed wood sofas to a poker table made out of recycled materials, check out the very best of BKLYN Designs – and don’t forget to see who’s in at the end of the clip.
This amazing fully automated parking garage built in the busiest district of Izmir, Turkey, is a green building that helps reduce emissions while allowing a car to be parked every three minutes. The eco-friendly structure, designed by BRN Architects looks like an office building, but boasts a state-of-the-art automation system across its 11 levels, meeting the car parking needs of the city and its surroundings while reducing emissions.
A dizzying display of color has taken over Sifly Piazza at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. Contemporary Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena created the site-specific work, called “Los Trompos" (“The Spinning Tops). The duo were commissioned as part of the museum’s multi-year initiative to create interactive outdoor art on the Woodruff Arts Center campus.
Solar panels that double as a rooftop canopy, a facade made from salvaged Coney Island boardwalk wood, and bright pink wayfinding signage are just a few of the fun-meets-functional touches you'll find inside TroutHouse, a multi-family live/work building located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Designed by sustainability-focused architecture firm thread collective to house their office, a home for partners Mark Mancuso and Elliott Maltby, and two additional residences, the 6,000-sq-ft structure was awarded LEED Gold in 2013. Inhabitat had a chance to stop by last week and sneak a peek at TroutHouse's multi-use spaces and green features. Read on to explore the building's thoughtful layout, or see it for yourself this weekend on Dwell's Brooklyn Home Tour (use discount code BKLYNDESIGNS to get $10 off).
Do you aspire to care for your own plants yet fear that your busy modern life will lead to the neglect and death of your botanical wards? You need not worry anymore, for 21st century technology will water your plants for you! Pikaplant, a design company based in Amsterdam, is promoting a new series of self-watering products to ensure that your plants will never go thirsty again. Pikaplant’s self-watering line features three different designs to meet the needs of any time and space strapped gardener.
This cozy log cabin replaces three almost century-old cabins located on the shores of the remote late Femunden in Norway. The new structure, designed by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter, connects the three volumes into an airy, daylit retreat and creates a rustic living space worthy of a modern day Viking.
Great architecture involves much more than a building’s good looks. The recently completed Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Center, designed by Dutch firm Mecanoo and Watertown-based Sasaki Associates, is one such example. The new landmark structure, located in Boston’s Dudley Square, combines the facades of three historic buildings and aims to revitalize the Roxbury neighborhood with community-inclusive design.
Screens of perforated brick shield the residents of Bangkok’s Ngamwongman House, designed by Jun Sekino, from prying eyes of neighbors and passersby. Amidst the densely populated city streets, the brick home was designed as an urban respite, with private patios to enjoy the outdoors. Traditional brick is reimagined as a sunshade, staggered in patterns to filter light, create seclusion and push the limits of the materials to make a unique home in the Thai capital.
BKLYN Designs, NYC’s annual exhibition of Brooklyn-made furniture, is fast approaching, but if you can’t wait for the show to start, here’s a little treat. Take a look back at our fun behind-the-scenes video about the awards we gave away at the show a few years back and how we came to a final consensus about the winners.
Architect Todd Saunders designed a sleek blackened timber home called Villa S for himself and his family in Bergen, Norway, inspired by advice from his two young children. Set in a former grassy park, the unique house rises on two podiums, which form a sheltered outdoor area below and support a set of swings that the whole family can enjoy. The elevated living area makes the most use of the plot, while also offering Saunders and his family superior views of the lush area outside.
Conceived by two cousins born and raised in Brooklyn, Westkill combines sleek lines and bold style with minimally finished, rugged wood. The cousins, Joe Silver and Justin Horowitz, will be at this year’s BKLYN Designs to showcase their made-in-Brooklyn screen-printed and hand-painted collection of wall clocks, coasters and decorative pieces. The pair’s artistic
Raunjiba means “lounge” in Japanese, but you don’t have to speak a different language to appreciate the beauty of Scott Benjamin Tucker’s sculptural pieces. Tucker founded the Brooklyn-based eco-friendly furniture company in 2007 with a focus on luxury, comfort and sustainability. Raunjiba’s modern chairs, tables, beds and vanities will be on display this weekend