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So a few weeks ago, I asked a good friend who is a lighting designer to point me in a good direction for some uber cool lighting and yesterday she sent me this little gem.

Located in Teruel Spain, the Torico Square is known for being a tourist attraction (after seeing these pictures, I would love to see this in person!) with its amazing architecture and historical elements.  So when the city went to b720 Arquitectos for a new and contemporary addition to their lighting and paving systems, who would have thought this would be the result! Designed using 1230 LEDs, night time has become one of the most popular times to visit.  Each prefabricated luminary measures in between 18-30 inches and is recessed into granite pavers and covered in tempered glass.  In addition to the LEDs on the ground, they were also added to the facades giving off a glowing hue.  One of the main problems b720 claimed for historical buildings is that they are always way too bright.  Overall, this place looks amazing, just gives me anther reason to put Spain on the list of must sees, aside from my obsession with Gaudi!

(via architectural record and archporn)

Torico Square Teruel Spain

Torico Square Teruel Spain

Torico Square Teruel Spain

Torico Square Teruel Spain

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Every now and again, I get introduced to new products that are just so pretty I have to share, and today is no different.  Mix in recycled products and I am so there.  So when Ann Ellis contacted me to show me her colorful handmade lovelies, I knew I had to get more info!  Ann was so kind not only to send over photos of her new work, but also was nice enough to participate in Our Designed Life’s first interview.  I know, can you believe it!  You can find all of Ann’s beautiful work here. did I mention she uses recycled materials?!

Ann Ellis Jewelry

How did you get started in jewelry making and how long have you been at it?

I have always made stuff.  I like creating! When I was about 8 years old, our neighbor, who was a shoemaker, gave me a bag of tiny bits of leather leftovers.  I spent the afternoon cutting out shapes and rolling them into wheels and sewing them together ad-hoc into a very fancy bracelet (that bit was hard, leather is pretty tough).  My grown-up sister came home and grabbed it and wore it quite a lot and that felt pretty cool for me, that someone thought an item I had made was nice enough to be seen out in!  When I grew up I became a graphic designer and a teacher and psychologist (they may seem different but honestly, they have a lot in common).  And I carried on making, and now I am able to concentrate on creating, which is just fabulous.

What types of materials are your beads made from?

My jewelry is made form things that have been unwanted or discarded.  They get a new lease of life- I’m a big believer in reinvention!  I love old glass beads and my jewelry often includes them, together with metals, plastics, textiles and anything else that I think will work in a piece.  I also use a lot of plastic bags, bottles, and drink cans.  I like to combine materials that are traditionally regarded  as precious with those that are not, just to challenge a few values.

You use recycled materials, that’s awesome.  How do you go about retaining them and is there anything special you have to do to make the material usable?

Unwanted packaging isn’t hard to generate 🙂  Also lovely people who like my work kindly collect stuff for me.  I love finding treasure to use in my pieces!  First thing to do is make sure its all clean.  Then I sort and store it until inspiration strikes.  Drink cans I flatten and cut and file into shape.  Plastic bags need fusing to give them strength.  Plastic bottles I cut, dye and solder.  I’m experimenting all the time.

What is your inspiration?

One of my absolutely favorite designer-makers is the late Ramona Solberg.  As well as being an inventive and creative designer, she seemed so down to earth and just plain nice.  Theme wise, my work is all about renewal, reinvention and transformation and I am inspired by tales of people dong the best they can with what they’ve got.  I’ve recently been making pieces for a Fairy tale Christmas exhibition I’m part of this winter.  Each Piece is named after a fairy tale charachter who rose like a phoenix from the ashes in some way.

Thank you Ann for sending over your great work and giving us an inside to your design process!

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I have always enjoyed cutlery that was a bit different then the norm (the fiance and I received  a sweet set of gold silverware from Target that I am just loving!), and Found by Oscar Diaz definitely fits that category! Made from plastic bottles, Diaz “edits” the plastic, turning it into the recognizable shapes bound for our tabletops.  Since bottles come in so many shapes and sizes, each piece has a slightly different look and are designed without molds.  From their, the plastic is coated with copper and tinplated for a metallic finish.  Although I love it in copper!  Such a great idea for reusing something that will take a lifetime to decompose!  You can actually purchase these beauties here.

(via dezeen)

Oscar Diaz Found

Oscar Diaz Found

Oscar Diaz Found

Oscar Diaz Found

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Now that I have some space to design outside, my mind has been going non stop on how I can turn our less then desirable patio into a second living space and just can’t get enough of all the inspiration out there!  Perhaps it is the lack of sun this morning, but I am leading toward adding bright colors, funky furniture and a garden to our new property.  Now, to find all the perfect pieces at oh so low prices!  A few patio spaces I wouldn’t mind relaxing in…

photos via flickr and living etc.

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There is something about all the placement of the pots that really relaxes me, and this would be perfect for small gardens.

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Loving the bright colors mixed together with the white table.  And that dog, adorable!

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Loving the orange and dominoes… the fiance and I met over a friendly game some 7 years ago!

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Its Friday, and boy am I ready for the weekend!  I thought I would take a quick look over at Velocity and CB2 to see what is new in stock, and found a large amount of glass objects for your home.  There is something about these clear little pieces that make me want them all!  

When I was little, my Mom kept a huge porcelain piggy bank in her closet and every time my brother and I saved up some coins and the hard to come by “paper money” as we liked to call it, we dropped it in the bank.  I am loving the Glass Piggy Bank by Roost, made from borosilicate glass, these could be the perfect solution for a more modern kids room, or you know, in my bookcase!  Lately, I have been seeing more and more terrariums becoming popular, no doubt due to its insane cuteness and who doesn’t love a living plant in their room?  These Recycled Glass Bubble Terrariums are hand crafted without a mold so no two look exactly alike.  The organic shapes are perfect as a small centerpiece for a tabletop or shelf.

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These Palette Bowls are perfect for summer entertaining!  I am loving the pop of orange and yellow… I can just picture a pile of green apples sitting in these.  My motto, you can never have too many vases, and these Noir Vases are nice enough to look at even without flowers!  They may not be made from glass, but I couldn’t help myself!  Made from matte black iron and polished nickel on the inside, these will sure turn some heads.  Last but not least, these Glass Canisters are perfect for keeping your bathroom and small objects nice and tidy!  If only I had seen these when I was in need of some jars!

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Going to be in L.A June 26-28 and totally into interior design, be sure to check out CA BOOM in Beverly Hills.  What is it exactly?  Open to everyone, this weekend event packs great exhibitors with their newest products, collections and projects all under one roof.  You can find everything from actual firms showing off their amazing designs to small business with all the newest trends in design.  There is even going to be a prefab home on display just outside the venue and Coolhous, the uber cool ‘prefab’ ice cream sandwich company will be on hand serving their architectural treats.

This year, there will be a tour of the Stahl House, a case study home built in 1959 and holds the title of being one of the top 10 houses in Los Angeles.  A portion of ticket sales go toward preserving the home.

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There is nothing like a living plant to cheer any room up, and a plant in the new Pod Planters from Pad Outdoor, are even better.  Made from recycled hand spun aluminum with a powder coat finish, these pods come in 6 different colors and there are two designs to choose from.  Plus, there are also feel available so you can put a few together and create beautiful foliage. Although they are not out yet… I can’t wait to check it out at the A+R store down the street (I am lucky enough to be within walking distance from the store!) after their official release days.  The pods will be unveiled at the Dwell on Design show June 26-27.

(via apartment therapy

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