Top Floor Ethereal Rug

30 Jul 2008 2008-07-30

This is a first for our eyes, GearCravers.  We’ve never seen a rug design that involves two dimensions of negative space– the blank mid-section of this rug and the floor below it.  The Top Floor Ethereal Rug is an instant favorite.  An organic floral pattern reaches into the whitespace on this rug, yet this pattern is more than grooves and layers.  Designer Esti Barnes has cut these layers right through the rug itself, exposing the bare wood below.  This is one concept that certainly needs to be explored further…

Buy: $TBD

local-river-plant-aquarium

18 Jul 2008 2008-07-18

Local River Plant Aquarium

French designer Mathieu Lehanneur has a high fashion way of dealing with the global food crisis. His “Local River” Plant Aquarium is part fish hatchery, part vegetable garden, part modernist marvel. This refrigerated aquarium breeds freshwater fish and vegetables, where the development of both creates a symbiotic environment. The vegetables strip minerals and nitrates from the water, effectively purifying it for the development of the fish. While the concept of a food-productive fish tank might be unsettling to some, local food fanatics can get their dinner from a body of water in their own home. Check out video of the Local River’s recent installation at Artists Space in NY after the jump…

 

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