Heat Wave Radiator by Droog

You might blow your entire furnishing budget on this, but it might just be worth it.

“All that effort trying to hide the traditional, bulky radiator is finally eliminated with Joris Laarman’s Heat Wave Radiator. Designed with both form and function in mind, the baroque-like twists and turns of this piece are full of hidden details just waiting to be discovered with a close inspection! The design is not however just a pretty face; the form itself has more surface area than the usual radiator, hence more radiated heat.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $11,119.00
Availability: Buy Heat Wave Radiator by Droog here

Greening the Home

If it’s not in your budget for a major remodel, such as solar panels and green roofs, there are smaller things you can do in your home to reduce climate change.

1. Get the compact florescent bulbs. If every American replaced one bulb in the home with a CFL, we would save for than $600 million in annual energy costs and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. [source] You can get a CFL at any hardware store, and if for some reason you live in an area where they’re not available, you can get them online.

2. Stop buying bottled water. Do you know where bottled water companies get their water? In most cases it’s just tap water that goes through filtering process to remove all the chemicals and impurities. While it does make it taste better, you can achieve the same, great tasting result with an undersink Reverse Osmosis filter. You can get a really great one for around $200. I have been purchasing filters and supplies from this company for over a decade and they are probably the nicest and most informed people in the business.

3. Buy a water saving showerhead. 
For less than $20 you can replace your showerhead with a more efficient one which will save over 10,000 of water annually. [link to retailer]

4. Switch to more eco-friendly cleaning products. Using typical household cleaners come with a host of problems, such as contamination of water supply, how to dispose of the bottles when you’re done, etc. You can use products that are less harmful, such as 7th generation, or you can make your own products with household staples like vinegar and baking soda.

5. Stop the junk mail.  Over 8 million trees are consumed annually in the production catalogs. You can sign up for Catalog Choice, which is a free online service which allows you to log on and request that you stop receiving specific  catalogs. For example, if you always get the Sharper Image catalog but look forward to your DWR catalog, all you have to do is log on and provide your identifying code on the label and they’ll contact the Sharper Image for you, with no interruption to your other catalog deliveries. 

Woods Wallpaper

How great would this look on an accent wall or in a hallway?

Pattern repeat, 72cm. Roll size 10m x 52cm.
$45 for shipping to USA.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.71
Availability: Buy Woods Wallpaper here

Pull-Down Kitchen Faucets

Sometimes a rather small change can make a big difference- we just switched out our kitchen faucet for one similar to these (though I’m not going to post it because it got bad product reviews, which isn’t a good sign) and it felt like we updated our whole kitchen. I would recommend the version on the right, because it has the regular faucet option. Also, if you’re handy with tools, switching out a faucet is no big deal, but if it makes you nervous, hire a plumber and save yourself the stress.

Single Handle Pull-Down Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet: $199.00
Luxury Pre Rinse Kitchen Faucet: $250.00

Update: These items are no longer available through original retailer, but if you follow the link you’ll find several similar faucets. (11/19/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Availability: Buy Pull-Down Kitchen Faucets here

Neoshed- Type 02

I think we’ve all seen the random ‘shed’ offering us extra space without the lengthy time or hefty price that a room addition to the home has, yet this one has some extra styling which does make it seem less like a shed and more like a guest house. Extra points for that.
“Inspired by the mid century moderns by Joseph Eichler. Measuring 14′ x 12′ overall, it’s ideally suited as a home ofice or studio. Price includes delivery and setup. Standard features: SIP’s panel construction, Cementitious board cladding, Flat membrane roof, Interior walls white painted OSB, Cork flooring. Options: Timber deck, 16’x14′ overall size, custom cladding paint color. Notes: Deck shown not included, Electrical and site work not included. *You should check with your local permits office before ordering.”

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $12,500
Availability: Buy Neoshed- Type 02 here

Create this room: the kitchen from 40 Bond residences

The new Herzog & de Meuron designed residences for the new Ian Schrager project 40 Bond in NYC are nothing less than you would expect from the H & de M/Schrager design and real estate powerhouses.

The kitchen features high-grade materials and appliances throughout, and to reduce cost, use GE in a hidden microwave and in the garbage disposal. Each kitchen features:

-Wide-plank oak flooring.

-Custom italian imported cabinets with a high gloss lacquer doors by Varenna (est. $20,000-$40,000 depending on configuration).

-Integrated sink with Corain countertop and backsplash. ($445 for sink, ~$2500 for counters depending on linear feet)

-Vola faucet and pullout spray in polished chrome. ($1096.00)

-Custom hand-blown glass pendant light fixture. For a similar effect, you could choose the supernova pendant light. ($1,774.00)

-Up lights and under-cabinet recessed lights.

-Miele 24″ four-burner stainless steel gas cook top. ($1,249.00)

-Miele 24″ stainless steel fully-vented exhaust hood. ($2,749.00)

-Miele 27″ stainless steel electric convection oven. ($3249.00)

-Miele dishwasher with integrated panel to match cabinetry. ($1,249.00)-

-27″ Sub-Zero refrigerator with integrated panel to match cabinetry. (price withheld by manufacturer, but prepare to spend > $4000)

-GE stainless steel microwave, concealed in kitchen cabinetry. ($170)

-GE garbage disposal.

-Also features the Miura Stool by Konstantin Grcic. ($296 each)

Of course you can cut some corners by switching the appliances to less expensive brands, or even sticking with Miele, but downgrading to a more affordable model. To reduce overall cost considerably, you could try the SOLAR cabinets from Ikea with integrated handle, reducing your cost to $2500-$7,000 for cabinets. The construction technique for Ikea cabinetry is pretty similar to the Poliform cabinets, which also features full overlay doors on standard white-box frames. You could also go with the Axor faucet instead of the Vola faucet, saving almost $800.
Lastly, you could choose a different countertop instead of Corian, such as Silestone or another Quartz surface if you don’t mind losing the integrated sink option.

AXOR Uno Kitchen Faucet

This is not a bad price for such a well designed and proportioned faucet, and is a good alternative to the pricier versions that top out at over $1,000.

Purchase Information:

Price: $317.85
Availability: Buy AXOR Uno Kitchen Faucet here

ferm LIVING Feather Wallpaper

More Wallpaper from ferm, the Danish design house.

“ferm LIVING wallpapers have been specially treated to resist fading and to be reasonably washable. Each roll is 21 inches wide by 32.8 feet long. When determining the correct number of rolls you’ll need, be sure to measure to allow for the repeat.”

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $85
Availability: Buy ferm LIVING Feather Wallpaper here

Contemporary House Numbers

These substantial house numbers (each measuring over 4″ high) were created by renowned German font maker Erik Spiekermann, based on his own FF Meta® typeface.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35
Availability: Buy Contemporary House Numbers here

Modular Wall Panels

These panels, are light, will withstand a fire for up to 2 hours, paintable and made of natural substances that won’t poison your interiors. Did I mention that the creators of these wall panels won the 2004 Green Product Organic Design Award?

Chrome Mirror Panel

So here’s an idea to change up a space…these Chrome panels can be lined up or used alone or (!) you could even mount them on a ceiling for an extra-special effect. Light weight and easy installment insures that it’ll be quick transformation, and the price tag doesn’t hurt either.

Chromium plated plastic.

one panel; 21” w | 21” h | 2” d

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Availability: Buy Chrome Mirror Panel here

Inhabit Wall Flats- Seesaw

If you were in the mood to liven up a wall, these are something to take a look at…

“Inhabit’s Embossed Wall Flats are designed to expand in any direction. With peel-and-stick adhesive tabs and an automatic pattern repeat these wall tiles are simple, modern, versatile and goof-proof. You can cover an existing wall, help disguise a not-so-smooth wall or add a modern pattern to any room setting.
Customize them by rotating every other tile or row, mix-and-match patterns or paint them to coordinate with your decor.”

Materials: Molded Bamboo Paper Pulp with Peel-&-Stick adhesive tabs
Notes: 10 panels per box. Coverage: 22.5 square feet. Off white paintable surface. Only for use indoors.

Other designs available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $84.00
Availability: Buy Inhabit Wall Flats- Seesaw here

Cardboard House

The Cardboard House arrives flat and can be assembled in less than 6 hours and it’s completely recycled and recyclable.

And to answer your next question, they are treated for protection against water. Read more about it at Inhabitat.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35,000
Availability: Buy Cardboard House here


“What could a temporary, minimalistic domicile look like, to suit people of a nomadic lifestyle, living for short periods of time in large cities and dense urban areas, offering both sanctuary and social structure, to structure a city to city network for transient living…”

Prefab is not a new word, but these Loftcubes take it to a different level. For urban areas with no blank real estate, these can drop in on the roofs of buildings. Anything that expands choices in the housing market is good news to me; Loftcubes are gearing up to go, and if you’d like to learn more or just sign up for them to send you more info, you can visit

More information:

View Loftcube here

Art Cool A/C

Lg is an electronics company out of Korea that is producing some aesthetically pleasing products lately. Some of them include the tv with the television in the door, some European-looking front load dishwasers, and this wall mounted ac unit.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1700.00
Availability: Buy Art Cool A/C here