Can you even believe it?! I’ve been reflecting on my whirlwind summer, full of lots of travel and work=fun. In July, I was delighted to attend Thermador and Traditional Home’s 2nd Annual “Great Kitchen Getaway” event in sunny + beachy Southern California. I was joined by a fabulous team of designers and lifestyle bloggers from across the country; Dana Wolter, Nancy and Eric Dalton, Karen Williams, Lisa Mende, Beth Le Manach, Jennifer Markanich, Karin Edwards, Kelly Morriseau and Courtney Price. We hung out at the Thermador Experience & Design Center where we learned about this leading luxury appliance brand, talked about what’s hot in kitchen design, and also got into a heated social media cooking contest……more about that later.
Memobottle is an ingenious reusable water bottle design and was created as an environmentally friendly response to reducing single use plastic bottles. In the Kickstarter campaign, the developing team explains how 1,500 plastic plastic bottles are being used and discarded every second in the US. Bottled water is about 1,400 times more expensive than tap water and often less regulated. In response to this, many have turned to the more environmentally friendly alternative – reusable bottles.
The memobottle is described as “the balance between environmental responsibility and improved life convenience”. Inspired by standard paper sizes, this slim and reusable design suitably slides into any carry bag alongside the computer, books and valuables. The project is made from BPA-free Tritan, which counts for a high level of durability and is dish-water friendly. We’re not sure if it’s the novelty speaking here, but we happen to find this bottle design quite interesting and we would definitely try it out. Enjoy the video below, which will give you an insight on how this idea was born.
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Engineered to generate as much solar-electric energy on-site as the home consumes annually, Skyline Residence is an example of modern sustainable architecture. The imposing family house was envisioned and implemented by Nathan Good Architects on a generous 1.7 acre site in Portland, Oregon, USA, for a middle-age couple with an active life and their three children. According to the developing team, the building was positioned at the far north side of the lot to reduce the impact of noise from the Skyline Boulevard, optimize the daylighting of the sun’s path, and facilitate views from the interior of the home to the yard.
The 4,200 square foot residence is distributed over three stories, with the first floor accommodating public areas (entry hall, great room, utility room, garage) and the upper level hosting three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The game room, exercise room, mechanical and storage spaces are located on the lower level. Sustainable features of the residence include materials salvaged from the previous home on the site, abundant use of natural lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, efficient storm-water management and green roofs. [ Landscape Designer: Cynthia Woodyard; Photography by Jeremy Bittermann]
The flat-bike-lift is a new ceiling hydro-pneumatic overhead bike rack to be used in the house garage or in place where we park our bike. Once the bike is loaded and securely attached in a simple and quick way, a slight upward hand push activates the lifting system of the flat-bike-lift that takes it safely and automatically into the horizontal position against the ceiling to get more free space on the floor for cars and other necessities.
The third episode of Al Jazeera’s “Rebel Architecture” series takes us on a journey through the settlements and roads of the West Bank with London-based, Israeli architect, academic and writer, Eyal Weizman. In the 25-minute episode, Weizman shows the key role of architecture in the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and talks about his latest project, Forensic Architecture, which uses damage to buildings as evidence for war crimes.