The gusset – a diamond shaped or triangular insert in a seam to provide expansion or reinforcement – has been utilized for centuries to improve garment contouring, freedom of movement and durability.Continue reading
Every year, approximately one-third of food produced worldwide for human consumption — roughly 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. Lost and wasted food utilizes one-quarter of all the water used by agriculture, requires land area the size of China to grow and contributes 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. alone discards roughly sixty million tons of produce yearly and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, food waste is the primary occupant of American landfills.Continue reading
Swiss-born Marco Schmidli translated his background in photography and fine art into a specialized endeavor with Schmidli Backdrops. Schmidli's one-of-a-kind works are known for their sensitive surfaces and subtle textures, utilizing techniques that aim to remove any evidence of the artist’s hand.Continue reading
In today’s world of waste and overproduction, upcycling is on its way to becoming less of a trend and establishing itself as commonplace. A prime example of this is the partnership between Kvadrat, the textile manufacturer based in Denmark, and Really, a Danish start-up that produces solid textile board - a high-density material made from end-of-life textiles, primarily wool and cotton.Continue reading
This guide to Chino, CA has absolutely nothing to do with our chinos, apart from the coincidental name resemblance.
Regardless, it was this coincidence that encouraged us to take a look at our trousers’ namesake city and inspired us to explore the area. Here’s what’s on our list of what to do and see on a day trip to Chino.Continue reading
Although often used as the name for the style of trousers themselves, chino is, in fact, the name of a 100% cotton twill cloth.
The trousers’ origins can be traced back to a British military officer by the name of Sir Harry Lumsden, who encountered an issue with troops in his Corps of Guides who were dressed in sparkling white cotton uniforms while stationed in the dusty desert on The North West Frontier of India and Afghanistan, leaving them vulnerable to sniper attacks. He dyed the uniforms with either tea or river mud (the historical jury is still out on this one) and came up with a resulting cloth of a drab yellowish shade, named khaki from the Hindi word for dust. The resulting camouflage kept his troops out of danger.Continue reading
Kamal Meattle was told by his doctors that he would have to leave New Delhi, one of the cities with the world’s dirtiest air, to save his lungs and health. Instead of fleeing his home, he consulted a 1989 study by NASA before developing a unique tactic for cleaning the air of his office building: a greenhouse containing hundreds of common household plants, including money plant, areca palm and mother-in-law’s tongue.Continue reading
“Unlike any other art form, a garden is designed for the future, and for future generations.” – Roberto Burle Marx.
Roberto Burle Marx was one of the most influential landscape architectures of the 21st century although he surprisingly never gained significant notoriety outside of his home country, Brazil. He even often collaborated on large projects with Oscar Niemeyer.Continue reading
How To Build Your Own Living Structures is an out-of-print manual (PDF available here) by Ken Isaacs, who is known for an architectural career of radically deconstructing conventional notions of modernism. The DIY guide consists of a series of his Living Structures, all hand-made and affordable furniture and architectural units, that provide multifunctional use which challenged the way people work and live within their own homes and environments. The spatial requirements for the Living Structures are that they are larger than furniture yet smaller than architecture.
“Put traditional, separate pieces of furniture in a tiny shelter and you have a shack, uncleanable, crowded and impossible to live in. The old ideas of furniture have always interfered with the development of truly compact, ecologically correct homes." – Ken IsaacsContinue reading
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