Fiona Flores Watson

Fiona Flores Watson covers Places & Spaces for EcoSalon and currently resides in Seville, Spain.
Elsewhere in Scandinavia, Caroline Olsson’s Artisan Inspired Lamps
Elsewhere in Scandinavia, Caroline Olsson’s Artisan Inspired Lamps

Caroline Olsson’s Turn light, inspired by artisan craft in her native Norway. We’ve often featured Scandinavian creativity on EcoSalon, but it’s usually Danish or Swedish. Now the Norwegians are claiming their portion of the design smörgåsbord. At this year’s London Design Festival, a whole separate space was dedicated to designers from […]

An Eco House That Floats (Our Boat)
An Eco House That Floats (Our Boat)

Sanitov Studio’s Inachus sustainable floating home sets the standard for the 21st-century houseboat. Contemporary design, technology and eco-consciousness have never been closely associated with houseboats. Or luxury, indeed. More like canals with murky water and damp, cramped interiors – although admittedly, living on water has become trendier in recent years. The Inachus arrives […]

Sit on This! Jean Nouvel’s Eco Emeco Chair
Sit on This! Jean Nouvel’s Eco Emeco Chair

 Jean Nouvel’s So-So chair for Emeco is durable eco-design – made using the same process as chairs for the U.S. Navy. At Paris Design Week recently, Jean Nouvel previewed his new collection: the So-So for Emeco. With a history of working alongside world-famous architects and designers, the U.S. chair company […]

The Sorapot: A Transparent Way to Brew Tea
The Sorapot: A Transparent Way to Brew Tea

The Sorapot is a transparently beautiful way to serve tea – as long as it’s not made with unsightly bags. Over the past few years, tea has gone from a drink best known as beloved by the English in the afternoon, and the Japanese and Chinese at ceremonies, to a dizzying […]

A Statement Bin That Blends Manmade & Natural Materials
A Statement Bin That Blends Manmade & Natural Materials

. Is it plastic? Is it natural fiber? These mini-bins are both – and are handmade by indigenous tribes in the Philippines. Nature vs. man-made can make for a strange visual juxtaposition, as evidenced by these mini-basket-bins, hybrid trash cans that fuse cutting-edge vision with traditional artisan craft. They’re made for Areaware whose pieces always […]

Old School & Still Desirable Objects of Use
Old School & Still Desirable Objects of Use

Objects of Use features beautifully-crafted vintage-style tools and furniture. Like grandma’s but more chic. In this technicolor age where every conceivable item in your house and garden, from cleaning to tech gadgets to tools, comes in screamingly loud shades and busy patterns – and often (although, thankfully and increasingly less […]

A Word to the iPad: Strap Your Leathers On
A Word to the iPad: Strap Your Leathers On

Upcycled leather is sexy and eco-conscious, especially when it matches your jacket/boots. Many products are recycled. Like paper, plastic, concrete and wood; even the Olympic swimsuits worn by the ab-tastic U.S. swim team have been made into dresses. Industry produces leftovers. With fabrics, for example, think about all the scraps that end up […]