Robert Quintero and his wife Yin, based in Southern California, are a power couple who are all about fabulous design and ethical processes. They have designed and are now manufacturing a brand new line of architectural modern planters via their new company BML. The artisans who are producing the final product are experienced in their trade, make a living wage on which they are able to support their families and are provided with a safe working environment. The outcome of this combined effort, are these inventive and appealing planters.
The planters are designed to fit a five gallon plant container, so that it is easy to change your plantings with the seasons or at your whim. The appeal of these fabulous planters is not only their beautiful exterior design, but the hidden the drip tray within. For those of you out there who love to have greenery about, but not necessarily the green thumb to coincide your desire, these planters are a perfect fit. The tray holds just enough water to properly hydrate your plants, so there is no guessing about the watering process.
The motto of the company, per sec, is “The Best for the Most for the Least” essentially BML. This is the plan for the process for their design. They make the best possible product, make it accessible to the largest number of people and utilize the most sustainable and ethical practices available. Now that is both a concept and company that I can get behind.
Posted by KarenShearer at 27 December, 2012
This may not be an option while temperatures outside are lodged firmly in the negative, but it’s something to think about for spring next year; expanding the design ethos of your home or business into an outside area is a fantastic way of instantly gaining more space, as well as having the effect of drawing some of the openness and nature associated with the outdoors, into your interior rooms.
Taking advantage of natural light and increased space by utilising a garden, patio or courtyard is something that many interior designers would love to be able to do, but it’s difficult to extend a design outside when the weather is refusing to cooperate. Rain, wind and snow are all factors which keep most of us inside and the fading and damaging effects of the weather prevent any outdoor furniture that’s more ambitious than plastic or wooden garden sets.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 14 December, 2012
What a lovely way to warm up your space. The bioethanol fireplace tube from Acquaefuoco can be used either indoors or out. Made of a powder varnished steel tube that is then fitted with a circular burner. They can be mounted individually or in a series, so you can enjoy their modern beauty while they provide warmth and an elegant glow. The bioethanol fireplace tubes will certainly enhance the mood of your indoor or outdoor space.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 28 November, 2012
Volley, designed by Adam Goodrum and produced by TAIT in Thornbury, Australia, has been designed and built to hold up to all possible Australian weather extremes. Volley is available as a dining chair, lounger, bar stool or rocker and can be powder coated in a variety of UV stable colors. The beautifully streamlined design is well suited for use both inside and out. Its comfortable mesh seat panel, which is encapsulated by the zinc plated steel frame, is the perfect example of durability coupled with style and comfort. TAIT takes to heart the concept of sustainability and not only sources their materials locally, but also considers all social, economic and environmental aspects of their products. TAIT has also released the accompanying Volley Table for a perfect match.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 21 November, 2012
What do you see when you look into your back garden? Do you see a slab of concrete looming through glass doors? Is your most distinguishing garden feature your rotary airer? Do you feel relaxed when you look out from the kitchen window or dread at the sight of weeds? Patios don’t have to be just a place for drying clothes or housing the barbeque you pull out a few times a year, they are an extension of your home and your unique style. A contemporary patio design will give you a chance to show off your personality and creativity and create an extra ‘room’ in your house without having to move.
Demand for better patio supplies means that you are only limited by what you can imagine (and your budget, of course). You no longer have to stick to squared designs based on a concrete slab. Circular designs can create islands for placing a table amongst the flowers, or to create interesting features along your shrubbery. Patio furniture is no longer restricted to wicker and rusty metal chairs – pay a visit to your local homeware store where you’ll find a variety of durable and beautiful pieces.
Planning a patio means stopping to consider details, costs and what you will use the space for. So before you jump in to the design stage, consider the following:
What will you use your patio for?
Those who love gardening won’t be happy if their spaces are confined and limited. At the same time, if you have a hands-off approach to tackling the garden then you might prefer to create a patio completely out of interesting paving stones and tiles, leaving out those pesky plants. If you don’t like your patio you simply won’t use it. While it’s good to get ideas from design books and looking at expensive concept gardens may get you dreaming, keep your tastes and needs in mind at all times. If you don’t barbeque, then there’s no reason to put in an expensive grill station.
What is your budget?
You can’t complete the project if you don’t have the money. Think realistically about what you can afford and what stages you can break your patio building into. There’s nothing worse than stopping in the middle and losing enthusiasm because the funds ran out. Beware cheap materials, but remember there are bargains out there. Mosaics from plates found at a charity shop can create a unique talking point.
How much work do you want to do?
If you’re a ‘do-er’ then sinking your teeth into a garden project is a great way to vent creativity and save some money in the process. There are some things however that should be left to the professionals, if you plan to pour a concrete area it may be worth bringing in the experts or a friend who knows what they are doing. Also make sure to think long term, if you want as little hassle as possible avoid gravel, mulch and high-maintenance plants and flowers.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 23 October, 2012
Would you like to sit on an Eames lounger right in front of your pool? Mal, a young design label out of Eindhoven NL, has introduced their first product, the 1956. This redesigned classic is made from rotational molded PE plastic and is perfectly suited for outdoor use. It is offered in several solid colors and its design includes a drainage system to prevent the collecting of water on the seat. Thus far this great new product can be found at several locations through out Europe and it is now available on the web. We are looking forward to further creations from this young design firm.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 12 October, 2012
a new urban furniture for MMcite, a flexible and joyful system offering a wide range of modules that combine and intersect one with each other in a more surprising and less formal manner, an updated look and feeling. It creates another level in our urban landscape weather in use or just as is, a wide range of unexpected colors and the different modules that allow different uses in numerous combinations.
The system consist different type of modules and can be ordered in wide range of colors
With a wooden top or HPL smooth surfaces.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 19 September, 2012