12/10/2007

UNusual holiday gifts: green

Green is the color of hope, and let's try to make it a very green Holiday season for all:

1. Hybrid-Home Limited Edition Print Oma and Olaf Owl - Green Hybrid-Home was born out of a need for fun and stylish home accessories at reasonable prices. A friendly approach to modernism. It started as a hobby for designer Dora Drimalas while living in Portland where she made small pillows for her apartment. Since then, Dora has incorporated her love of modern interiors with her graphic sensibility to create timeless accessories that warm up a room.These limited edition silk screened prints are a great way to liven up any space. They are all hand signed and numbered by the artist.

2. Neutron Pendant by LBL Lighting The Neutron Pendant, by LBL Lighting, is a sleek cylinder of metal and acrylic enhanced by a punch of white or color. This graceful, low-voltage LED pendant is for use as a monopoint pendant. LBL Lighting Systems, a USA company, develops lighting products with four core values in mind: innovation, design, originality and quality. Its commitment to these principles, from the low-voltage monorail systems to its incredible selection of signature European blown glass, is evident with its clients.

3. Fatboy Original For my grandparents, that dark brown velour sectional, with its seven square pieces, was about as versatile a bunch of seating as they could possibly need. Everybody could sit down together to watch a movie, and then when it was bedtime, they could rearrange the sections to make a sleeping fort for the grandkids. I mean, it wasn't particularly comfortable, but I've got some great memories tied to it.Even so, I still think the Fatboy is way better than a sectional. The main thing is, it's even more versatile. You can prop it up on itself and sit in it just like a chair, but you can also recline in it, roll it up and lie against it, perch on it horseback-style--and since it's 55 inches by 70, you can really sleep on the thing. And as for grandkids, it's got it all over velour: the Fatboy's coated-nylon fabric exterior wipes clean with a damp cloth.Colors may differ from monitor view. Please request for a swatch, if you are unsure of fabric color.

4. Kivi Colored Votive by Iittala The Iittala Kivi Colored Votive adds a deep, beautiful hue to interior decor while enriching the glow of a candle by providing thick-walled glass for increased luminosity. The Kivi Colored Votive was designed by Heikki Orvola and features lead-free, pressed glass. Iitalla, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, offers modern Scandinavian housewares that demonstrate the company's commitment to design quality and product longevity.

5. Cartoccio Vase by FontanaArte The FontanaArte Cartoccio Vase captures in glass the fluid movement much like that seen in exquisite fabric. The Cartoccio Vase, designed by Pietro Chiesa in 1932, is considered a classic, modern design that influenced Italian glass design of the 20th Century. FontanaArte cultivates new ideas in designs for lighting and living while remaining true to traditional values of elegance and creativity.

6. OFFI My Pet Lamp Siamese The playful MyPetLamp-Siamese from Offi is made of non-toxic, odorless plastic with a low voltage (12v) replaceable bulb that bathes a room in soft light. Available in six colors: Soft White, Mellow Yellow, Sky Blue, Sunset Orange, Hot Pink and Misty Green.

7. King Chin Grinder by Alessi The Alessi King Chin Grinder grinds rock salt, peppercorns, or spices in a charming and collectible design by Giovannoni Stefano and Takeda Rumiko. The King Chin Grinder features hand-decorated thermoplastic resin and is a part of the Chin design project. Alessi is an Italian company. Its corporate mission is to bring a utopian priority to affordable, high design for the home and office.

8. Blue & Green Stained Glass Braceleticon This bracelet's opalescent squares of glass look good enough to eat, but they'll look even better on your wrist. Made from pieces of stained glass by designer Jessica Lee, the bracelet brings seaside warmth to your look any time of the year. Each glass square is enclosed in handmade silver, and the bracelet closes with a comfortable hook and eye clasp.

9. Protect Our Earth Glasses - Set Of 4icon These recycled glasses are made from the bottom halves of Bordeaux bottles that were "rescued" on the way to the landfill. A beautifully etched branch design is accompanied by the phrase 'Protect Our Earth' in four languages: English, Spanish (Proteja Nuestra Tierra), Afrikaans/South African (Bewaar Ons A Arde) and French (Proteqez Notre Terre. Made in Wisconsin. Sold as a set of 4.

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