Our Favorite Things: March 2010
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The tranSglass vases from Artecnica transcend typical recycled design. The delicate vessels ($43 and up), available at Velocity Art and Design (251 Yale Ave. N, Seattle 206.749.9575 velocityartanddesign.com) and Digs (200 W HollySt., Bellingham 360.306.8301 digsshowroom.com), are fashioned by Guatemalan artisans from beer and wine bottles in all shades of green, clear and brown glass. Put them to work or, like MoMa New York, put them on proud display.
Making its debut in November, NuBe Green (921 E Pine St., Seattle; 206.402.4515; nubegreen.com) is a freshfaced Capitol Hill shop with an elegant eco-eye. Owner Ruth True, also of Western Bridge Gallery, stocks only sustainable, U.S.-made products, such as soy candles and organic cotton blankets. Easily our favorite product pick are the Liquid Cardboard accents ($17–$55) by Cardboardesign. In mere seconds, these pieces, which feature a distinctive honeycomb shape, can magically morph from a stylish f lat trivet (shown above) to a funky, fat vase. Other can’t-miss cardboard creations include fullsize desks and dining tables!
Cooking clean-up might be drudgery, but it needn’t be style-free. Enter Lake Stevens-based online retailer edenhome.com and its perky line of herb-themed kitchen towels ($11.95). Made of organically grown cotton and colored with eco-safe dyes, these towels will pair perfectly with your organic sage, basil and parsley. Search the site for all of your textile needs, including bedding and bath towels that are made without the chemical additions found in regular fibers.
Inject some romance into your décor with Artecnica’s Midsummer Lights ($100; available
on Seattle-based grist.org’s Eco-Shop section, grist.org/eco-shop, with two percent of proceeds donated to your charity of choice, and at Bellingham’s Digs, 360.306.8301, digsshowroom.com).
Layer upon layer of blossoms composed of Tyvek, a sturdy paper material, delicately drape
over a low-watt bulb, lending a dream-like state to any room graced with their presence.
Whether shedding light on a entr y way or a living room, Rotoluxe Lights (rotoluxe.com) add a dreamy ambient glow to any scene. These clever forms ($150–$900; available online at Velocity Art and Design; velocityartanddesign.com, and at KOAP Home, 120 Central Way, Kirkland; 425.822.2003; koaphome.com), powered by energy-saving low-watt bulbs or rechargable LED s, come as eye-catching planters, benches, tables and even house address signs. Upping the cool quotient, custom orders&m