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40 Photos From Flea Markets Around the World

Shop ’til you drop. When I travel, the first thing I do in a new town is check out the local flea market. Nowhere am I better able to get a sense of a place’s culture than by hobnobbing with locals while perusing dusty antiques, trying on secondhand clothing, or sampling […]

2011 in Review: How Small Spaces Trumped McMansions

Small was sexy in 2011.  The world’s population hit seven billion this year and is projected to reach nine billion by 2050 – a sure sign that we better start figuring out ways to maximize space. The average house size in America has more than doubled since the 1950s, forcing […]

Behind the Label: Chipotle, Food With Integrity

A closer look at Chipotle’s ode to sustainable eating. For the past decade, Chipotle Mexican Grill has distinguished itself from fast food competitors by emphasizing Food With Integrity, a commitment to serving customers “the very best ingredients, all raised with respect for the animals, the environment, and the farmers.” As […]

40 Quotes About Feminism

A collection of inspiring, controversial, and downright outrageous quotes on feminism. I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute. -Rebecca West

Behind the Label: West Elm Green

West Elm loves stamping their products “green,” but what exactly does that mean? Brooklyn-based home decor store West Elm caters to urban design lovers with its aspirational blend of minimalist furnishings, global influences, and sustainable practices. Indie artist collaborations and eco-friendly materials play a large role in West Elm’s marketing, with […]

2011 In Review: The New Antiquarian

The new antiquarian tends to live in a world of mystical, sometimes macabre, always evocative objects from times long past. This year saw the continued proliferation of the new antiquarian, a special breed of inquisitive human characterized by intense nostalgia, an appreciation for simple pleasures, and a preference for taxidermied […]

8 Bamboo Designs We Loved This Year

Bamboo and you in 2011. Earlier this year, EcoSalon rightly predicted that bamboo would continue making waves in design. It’s not difficult to see why. As far as materials go, bamboo is remarkable. It grows and spreads quickly without fertilizers, pesticides, or water. It’s not fussy about climate. It’s 16 […]

40 Gorgeous Photos of Europe

The Grand Tour and beyond. We’re all familiar with the rolling hills of Tuscany, the cliffs of Santorini, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But Europe is so much more than classic postcard images. As the continent’s Eastern half becomes more accessible, spots like the ports of Dubrovnik, the caves of […]

8 Bamboo Designs We Loved This Year

Bamboo and you in 2011. Earlier this year, EcoSalon rightly predicted that bamboo would continue making waves in design. It’s not difficult to see why. As far as materials go, bamboo is remarkable. It grows and spreads quickly without fertilizers, pesticides, or water. It’s not fussy about climate. It’s 16 […]

8 Ways Scandinavia Impressed Us This Year

Scandinavia was consistently inspiring in 2011. After looking back on a year of Shelter posts, we realized that our obsession with Scandinavia was embarrassingly obvious. This year saw a steady stream of sustainable innovation, progressive thought, and great design coming out of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and their not-officially-Scandinavian-but-Scandinavian-in-our-hearts cousins, Finland […]

In New York City’s Garment District, Signs of a Comeback

After a rough patch, business in NYC’s Garment District is starting to pick up. For decades, fashion mavens and budding designers have flocked to the quadrant between 34th and 42nd Streets, hedged in by 5th and 9th Avenues. Here, in New York City’s Garment District, fabric can be purchased, patterns made, […]

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The Friday 5: Elimination Edition

The best of EcoSalon’s stories this week. Have you caught the buzz about Bully, the new film aiming to bring this life-wrecking activity out into the open? Fighting off censorship that would have kept it from reaching its target audience, it is now sparking the discussion its creators hoped to […]

Behind the Label: Design Within Reach

Looking at the costs of making modern design accessible. In 1999, while on a trip to London, Rob Forbes bemoaned the fact that authentic modern design was only available to architects, decorators and people in a certain strata of society. Forbes made it his mission to make design accessible to […]

Behind the Label: TOMS’ One For One Campaign

TOMS is often among the first companies that come to mind when thinking of socially responsible businesses. But how effective is its One for One model, and why is it so silent on sustainability? TOMS Shoes began with a restless soul, a trip to Argentina, a pair of traditional alpargatas […]

Behind the Label: West Elm Green

West Elm loves stamping their products “green,” but what exactly does that mean? Brooklyn-based home decor store West Elm caters to urban design lovers with its aspirational blend of minimalist furnishings, global influences, and sustainable practices. Indie artist collaborations and eco-friendly materials play a large role in West Elm’s marketing, with […]

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