Saturday, January 26, 2013

where i wish i was right now...

The 15th annual Interior Design Show is taking place right now (Jan 24027) in Toronto.

The Interior Design Show/IDS is Canada’s design fair. Since it's inception in 1998, close to 660,000 design professionals, consumers and media have attended. 

The newest and most innovative in international and Canadian products are annually presented by 300 exhibitors. 

Inspirational exhibits feature both emerging and established designers; and highlight international interior design, architecture and industrial design trends. 

The most influential architects and designers from around the world share their design philosophies and experiences within the international keynote speakers program.

IDS is more than just a fair. It is the total design experience.

Although I'm not there in person, I am there in mind and spirit. I'll be taking some time to cozy up to the computer, and take a really good look at the list of exhibitors where you'll find a TON of new and exciting websites that will keep you coming back for more. Be sure to check out the articles about this year's guest speakers and up and coming designers, too! 

So, so much information. I think my head might actually explode if I was there in person...on second thought, maybe it's best I'm not.

I dare you not to be inspired.

xx rouge.

Monday, January 7, 2013

pallet houses

Yep...that is indeed a home made out of used pallets. Did you know that there are about a gazillion (don't quote me on that) pallets used and discarded in North America every day?

Brilliant and simple thinking from i-beamdesign created a sustainable /recycled use for them. Why not build homes in disaster stricken areas? Or for refugees? These plans are available to the public for purchase as well. To check out more about this incredible design, check out their website and videos here:

As you can imagine this can make a HUGE difference in many parts of the world.

AND, from a strictly creative can go anywhere from this basic proof homes, cottages, shelters...and yes, even furniture.

Here are a few more pics to prove that one man's trash is another man's treasure. And that sustainable building and living are indeed the best way to go on our planet!

Upcycle, recycle, reduce, reuse...go on, get creative!