Sunday, May 17, 2009

Can I Crash On Your Bathtub Tonight?

I'm ashamed to admit it, but organic food gets on my nerves. Don't get me wrong. I am totally in favor of locally grown produce raised without pesticides. I definitely am in support of saving the environment. But, in my area of Kreuzberg, organic food has become the latest status symbol. People get really kooky about it, insisting that everything is bio (German for organic)and getting hysterical if it isn't. Then again, maybe it is especially bad because they are German. In German there is no word for anal because, for them, the word is simply "normal". They are often complaining about how superficial Americans are but, when I asked them in detail what they meant and realized it was merely that we are relaxed and friendly, I stopped being so insulted.

I have also never been particularly interested
in eco design, that is, until I discovered
reestore a few weeks ago on the internet. They have two really amazing recycled furniture pieces I'd like to present here.

1. The Shopping Cart Chair

This chair is so amazing. It almost has the look of some 60s design classic, but it is actually from your local grocery store. I have also seen websites with instructions on how to make one of these chairs yourself. Why not go Robin Hood and steal from the man, nicking one from the local Safeway to construct this conversation piece for your living room? But if you get caught, please don't mention you go the tip here. I would be no use to my lovely daughters if I were behind bars....

2. The Bathtub Sofa

This is just about the coolest thing I have ever seen. I am such a big bath person, especially old school claw foot tubs. To have one as a sofa (a chaise lounger none the less) would be an absolute dream. I'm not sure how comfortable it would be, but who cares? Truly amazing, environmentally aware design which gets an A plus, even from someone like me.


Audrey said...

Those items are really cool!! Love the chair. I was 1/2 way through your first paragraph when I went to see your profile just to make sure you weren't German! LOL I'm Canadian, have been to Europe many years ago, and the Germans are different. Snooty actually. We have quite a few migrating to our area because many people here can speak or at least understand German, but they are definitely different than us. Some are really nice!

Little Dickens Designs said...

Wow! Those are so cool! We have a place locally called the ReStore where you can get all kinds of recycled stuff for art supplies, etc. But they don't sell any cool finished products like those!

Valerie said...

I absolutely LOVE the tub. Incredible... I am showing hubby and asking very sweetly for one!

Schaufensterbabe said...

I think the prices they list on their website aren't even really that high, though they are located in the UK I think. And Audrey, yes, Germans are different. I think partly it is a language difference. German is an incredibly direct language, but when they talk the same way in English, it ends up sounding really rude a lot of the time. Not always that easy for me, even after ten years of living here!

Vanessa said...

That is a fantastic sofa! I mean... bathtub? Either way, I love it!

nutmeg click said...

so fantastic! you've quite the lovely blog :)


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