Innovative Idea: Save Water Brick

Bricks were one of the first man-made building materials materials (the oldest bricks made from mud have been dated at about 7500 BC). Throughout the centuries, the method for manufacturing has evolved, but at it's most basic level, a brick is a mixture of silica, clay, lime, iron oxide and magnesia fired @ 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Designer Jin -Young Yoon took a look at one of the oldest building materials and came up with the idea of the Save Water Brick.

The Save Water Brick is made from recycled plastic and decomposed leaves.The backside of the brick has funnels designed to direct water run off to nearby landscaping or to a underground storage tanks.

The Save Water Brick would definitely have a positive impact on the environment in other ways than water conservation, it would divert waste from landfills & support markets for recycled content products.

This is an innovative idea, but there are still some questions that need to be answered:

 How exactly will it be manufactured? Will it use less energy to produce than bricks on the market today (bricks  have an energy intensive process = more CO2 emissions)?  Bricks are relatively inexpensive to produce (a brick is typically made of silica, clay, lime, iron oxide and magnesia), how will the Save Water Brick compare in cost? And most importantly, how does the performance of the Save Water Brick compare to regular bricks?

I am interested in seeing how this product develops and if it will be released on the market.  Until then, I hope Yoon keeps cranking out the great ideas.


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Top 8 Modern Plumbing Fixtures

There is no shortage of modern looking plumbing fixtures on the market today.  Here are a few that I have been patiently waiting to use in the right client/project. They are cataloged in my massive collection of bookmarks and I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you.

ConoFlat Shower Tray by Kaldewei, a German pluming manufacturer.  The CONOFLAT is, well, flat.  Installed flush to the floor, eliminating trip hazards (and toe stubbing!!).  The outflow fits seamlessly into the center of the shower tray.
Rettango Chromatherapy Dream Light Rain Canopy by Jaclo,  Multifunction LED lighting design can be set to either continually changing color mode or single color mod, Intended for use as a water feature & uses a recirculation system. 
Code X by Balance-NL

 Ebb Basin by Neo Metro.  Resin Deck Lavatory, there is an optional lighting package available to create an glow.   ADA compliant when installed properly.

spoon urinal

Spoon Urinal by Phliip Watts Design,The water enters the urinal from the back and cascades down to flush. To be used with a timed flush control. UK company but products are available for export, there is also a sink to match!

Mila Tri-Mount Sinks

Tri Mount Sink by Mila, Great looking stainless steel sink with a unique linear drain.

timber pale ale

Walnut Pale Ale Urinal by Philip Watts Design, Yeah, it's cheeky, but what a statement this could be in the right space, Fabricated from pressed galvanized steel and set on its own plinth, Flush pipes can be integrally piped to the plinth or piped into the back of the wall.

Have a great plumbing fixture you've been dying to use?  Share the link in the comments below!

Library Book: Exhibition Design

I am always on the look out for new books to add to my ever expanding personal library.  This one looks pretty interesting and I thought I would share it.  It's not an interior design book, but I think the concepts are relevant to interior design and it would be a great addition. And it's only $25- considerably less expensive than some of my old school books.

If you think it sounds interesting too, you can buy it here.

Exhibition Design (Portfolio (Laurence King))
Exhibition Design offers a thorough grounding in the principles of designing for exhibitions. It describes the skills needed to become an exhibition designer, including:
• Developing a brief and working with clients
• Design principles for graphics, circulation, lighting, and accessibility
• Presenting ideas to clients
• The practicalities of production

Visual material includes photographs of completed exhibitions by world-renowned designers, concept drawings, computer renderings, charts, and tables of information—all for a wide range of exhibitions around the world, permanent and temporary, including museums and galleries, visitor centers, brand experiences, festivals, and trade fairs. The book will inform and inspire, as well as equip students and new exhibition designers with a valuable guide to the profession.