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On the road to Zero waste

December 13, 2011

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November 10, 2010

2 words.  Lumber and Newspaper.  What do they have in common?  Not much, until Kranthout came about.  Kranthout is Dutch for “Newspaper wood”. 

The design firm Vij5 took old newspapers and rolled them into a tabloid sized log and cut them into planks.  They say that you can sand and drill these, just like real wood.  It’s important to note the glue.  While I couldn’t find any information about its, err, green-ness, they did select the glue due to its ability to be separated from the paper at the end of the Kranthout’s life.  Allowing the paper to be easily recycled.

Learn more about Vij5 here (it’s worth a quick look): 

Learn more about Kranthout here:


October 11, 2010

Ok, so there I was, thumbing quickly through my RSS feeds when all of a sudden, be still my beating heart…the most beautiful, off the wall lighting fixtures I’ve seen…perhaps ever!  The ultimate in recycled lighting.  Artist Tanya Clarke takes old plumbing hardware, retrofits it to fit a piece of custom blown glass to mimic a water drop and lights it with an LED.  Let’s all say it together…GENIUS!  She calls it “Liquid Light“…

Visit her site here: for more beautiful fixtures.


June 1, 2010

After a fairly long, unintentional hiatus, I’m back to bring you more color facts.  Today we’ll briefly explore Yellow and Purple.  Fun!

{YELLOW} Overall, yellow is a happy and uplifting color.  Some studies show that it can cause you to be more decisive and alert; and cause your muscles to become more energetic.  On the other hand, some studies suggest that yellow can cause one to go quite mad.  Think of the angry lawyer scribbling away on his/her yellow legal pad…just saying.

{FUN YELLOW FACT} In Asia, yellow is sacred and imperial.

{PURPLE} The color of royalty, luxury, wealth and sophistication.  Where did we originally get this rare, un-natural color?  From the from the glands of the murex shellfish, to be exact (or so they say).  For all of us out there who are thinking “Save the Shellfish!”, no worries.  Thank the British.  In 1856 they developed the first synthetic dye.  So now all the peasants out there can use purple to their heart’s content.  I painted my laundry room eggplant purple.  You better believe that I feel like the Queen while I pair socks.

{FUN PURPLE FACT} In England, purple was worn as a color…or colour…of mourning in the 20th century.  Ok, so mourning and ‘Fun fact” don’t exactly work together, but it’s interesting nonetheless. 

Thanks for reading this installment of Color Psychology.  As always, I’m not claiming to be an expert, just culling interesting information for you all to munch on.

Color Psychology (Maybe you're NOT crazy!)

December 1, 2009

 What’s in a color?  While I’m not claiming to be an expert about, or anything relating to psychology, I’ve always found it interesting that people are drawn to different colors based on mood or circumstance.

 Everyone has a favorite color, and least favorite color.  In my case, that would be orange and pink, respectively.  Why?  I have no idea.  But I do know that I bought an orange car, and I refuse to wear, buy or design anything with pink. 

Our clients often have some kind of vision.  Sometimes that vision is a lack of vision.  Regardless, they have their own thoughts on their projects.  Most of the time, it comes down to what they want the impression to their clients to be.  They hate colors that we love and we can’t possibly understand WHY they don’t love them too.  It’s all very frustrating.  Perhaps sheding some light onto color will help.

Let’s start with STG Design’s logo:

{RED} The most emotionally intense color.  Red typically jumpstarts a faster heartbeat and breathing.  It brings attention and promotes action.

Red is power, hence the red power tie for business people and the red carpet for celebrities and VIPs.

In some cultures, red denotes purity, joy, and celebration. Red is the color of happiness and prosperity in China and may be used to attract good luck.

{WHITE} The color of innocence, cleanliness and purity.

In most Western countries white is the color for brides. In the East, it’s the color for mourning and funerals.  Some cultures viewed white as the color of royalty or of dieties. In early Westerns the good guy wore white while the bad guy wore black.
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