All posts by Ana Lisa Alperovich

Ana Lisa is an independent writer and curator born in Buenos Aires and trained as an eco-designer at Goldsmiths University of London. In addition to writing for 6sqft she is a frequent collaborator at NYC’s Inhabitat, where she reports on global design week events and sustainable architecture. She also contributes to Australian BlackleMag, Argentina’s Casa Foa magazine and Inhabitots. She loves Japanese architecture and Dutch design, and is constantly in search of good ideas to share with the world. Currently she splits her time between Buenos Aires, NYC and The Netherlands.

Architecture, Green Design, Upstate

Gluck+ architects, Scholar's Library, Catskill Mountains, cubic shelter, woodland retreat, study shelter

Now that school’s back in session, we’ve found the perfect solitary haven for reading, writing, and studying. A minimal cube in the woods, the Scholar’s Library by Gluck+ Architects is located in a serene, forested area of Olivebridge, New York. The design is enclosed on the bottom, but open with wrap-around windows on the top. It’s “walls” change with the seasons, turning green in the summer, orange in the fall, and white in the winter.

Learn more about this cute studying retreat here

Furniture, Green Design

Torafu, Kororodesuku, Koloro desk, Japanese design, wooden desk, furniture for small spaces

If you work from home, you know how difficult it is to separate personal and professional life. But not if you have something like this—a desk that you can just turn over when you finish work, leaving all the clutter and to-do lists behind. The cute Kororodesuku (Koloro desk) is a brilliantly simple design by Japanese designers Torafu studio; it’s made from wood and comes in any color you like.

Learn more about this cute little desk

Green Design, Products

Splinter Works, Vessel bathtub, carbon fire, freestanding bathtub, elegant bathtub

Extremely strong and light, carbon fiber is used in many applications, including aerospace and automotive parts, sporting goods, and structural engineering works. So we were struck when we spotted these sculptural bathtubs made from the material. Elegant, beautiful, and strong, the Vessel Series by Splinter Works brings the relaxing experience of lounging in a hammock to the everyday cleansing ritual.

Learn more about this luxurious sculptural design

Furniture, Green Design

Nucleo’s Jade Stools Crystallize 200-Year-Old Oak Branches

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Thu, September 4, 2014

Nucleo, Jade Stools, Italian design, epoxy resin, precious furniture

Turin, Italy-based design collective Nucleo has developed a series of extraordinary stools they called “Jade.” Created by director Piergiorgio Robino, these unique cubic pieces were made by submerging organic material into a mold full of a liquid polymer. The technique evolved from the studio’s previous works, but the difference lies in the precious color and the embedded log, which was part of a 200-year-old oak tree.

Learn more about this crystallized Jade stool

Green Design, Products, Technology

Olivier Van Herpt Crafts Beautifully Functional 3D-Printed Ceramics

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Wed, September 3, 2014

Olivier Van Herpt, 3D Printed Ceramics, Dutch design, Eindhoven, 3D machine, ceramics

Dutch designer Olivier Van Herpt has been experimenting with 3D printing for many years. But it wasn’t until he made his own machine that he managed to craft the imposing designs he imagined. Olivier created his own extruder and experimented with different types of clay before coming up with his stunning Functional 3D Printed Ceramics collection.

Learn more about this 3D-printed ceramics collection

Architecture, Green Design, Upstate

Green Roofed Pool Pavilion by Gluck+ Heats up with Geothermal Energy

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Tue, September 2, 2014

Gluck+ architects, Pool Pavilion, green roof, geothermal energy, Adirondack Mountains,

Just because summer is officially over doesn’t mean we’ve stopped imagining weekend getaways and warm-weather retreats. And the Pool Pavilion in New York´s beautiful Adirondack Mountains along the shores of Lake George is the perfect place to satisfy our daydreams. Design by Gluck+, this elegant recreational structure works as a central gathering space, uniting the existing family and guest houses around a series of exterior and interior spaces. Naturally heated by a deep geothermal well and topped by a luscious green roof, this sustainable shelter blends in beautifully with its rolling environment.

Learn more about the green Pool Pavilion and peek inside

Green Design, Products

Chinon Legato amplifier, wooden iPhone amplifier, small elegant design, high quality ash wood

There are plenty of cool iPhone amplifiers around the web, and they come in many different materials including cardboard, wood, bamboo, plastic, and even molded vinyls and vintage brass horns. But we especially love the Chinon Legato amplifier because it has a cute, graceful design shaped like a mini gramophone. Crafted from ash hardwood, it amplifies sound naturally, without the use of electricity.

More details on the wooden iPhone amplifier

Architecture, Green Design, Upstate

Gluck+ Architects, Rado Redux, floating box home, Armonk, Ladislav Rado, modern renovation

New York-based Gluck+ Architects recently renovated a classic mid-century modern home to its former glory. Built back in 1956, the Rado Redux House in Armonk was originally designed by Czech émigré architect Ladislav Rado, who arrived from Europe with an invitation from Walter Gropius and eventually became Harvard University’s architecture chairman. Exemplary of its time, the building is openly related to its external environment and features influences from Japan.

Learn more about the classic Rado Redux house here

Furniture, Green Design

Dirk Biotto, kitchen unit, ChopChop, functional, minimal kitchen

ChopChop is the ideal product for people who hate cluttered kitchens but still love cooking (or for those of us who don’t have space in our apartments for an actual kitchen). It consists of two hyper-functional workbenches, one for preparing the meal and one for cleaning up. Created by Berlin-based industrial designer Dirk Biotto, ChopChop also takes into consideration elderly and disabled chefs by using a universal design philosophy.

More details on the clever kitchen

Brooklyn, Green Design, Products

Danielle Trofe, Ecovative Design, Mush-Lume collection, mushroom lights, biodegradable design, NY design

Danielle Trofe Design is a Brooklyn-based studio that creates function-forward, sustainable furniture and lighting. One of their most curious designs is the Mush-Lume collection, which is not manufactured but rather grown from mushrooms. Organic and biodegradable, these brilliant designs will light up your days and, most likely, end up in your compost bin.

More on this curious mushroom lights here

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