Petalon

Bouquets by bicycle


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Those who are skilled in the art of floristry are bloomin’ talented folk. Sorry, had to. It’s a well-known fact that a beautiful bouquet is a proven mental health booster – increasing good vibes in you and your living room like nobody’s business. And we’re really happy to report, there’s a new type of florist in town. Meet Petalon – arrangers of bouquets delivered by bike. Chosen at the flower market first thing Monday mornings and on their site by 9am for you to peruse and choose, Petalon only use flowers that are in season, interesting and of high quality.

Each week there’s two bunches on offer, or you can hit up their amazingly-named frequent flower subscription and gift yourself – or someone special – fresh blooms every week, fortnight or month. Team Petalon also donate £1 from each purchase to Capital Bee – an organisation that campaigns for bee-friendly practices to benefit both London’s people and pollinators. Petalon, you can pedal right over to us any day of the week.


ArchiBlox

Make a happy home


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Obviously carbon neutral is a Very Good Thing, but after seeing this nifty prefab from Melbourne architects ArchiBlox, we’re cranking it up a notch and pronouncing carbon positive FTW. Making an impressive debut at Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival, this future-perfect home has solar water and power; giant, temperature-regulating windows; and more insulation than you can shake a climate-controlled stick at.

As well as generating more energy than it uses, architect Bill McCorkell’s creation also boasts the delightfully green touches of food planters and a grass-covered roof. We’re now dreaming of a world where new buildings give back more than they take in. And negative-calorie cake. We dream of that every day.


Grafa

Weapons of mass creation


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Very few things get us going like copper. From its serene colour to its environmental benefits and the fact that it’s durable as all hell, it’s one of those beautiful materials that brings us instant joy. So when we came across Grafa – garden tools made by hand using reclaimed and new copper materials – you can only imagine how happy we were.

Designed and made by coppersmith Travis Blandford, Grafa has everything you need – from forks and hoes to scoopers and trowels – to make your garden grow beautifully. To be honest, we’re not 100% sure what purpose some of the tools serve but they’re so damn easy on the eye that we want to learn ASAP.
Images via The New Amity Workshop and Marnie Hawson.


Jellyfish Barge

Just add nothing


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This mutant green-house-boat, AKA Jellyfish Barge, is a floating crop cultivator that doesn’t rely on soil, fresh water or chemical energy. Say what? Yep, this beauty purifies salt and/or polluted water thanks to desalination units that produce up to 150L of clean H2O per day. But wait, there’s so much more. Did you want Jellyfish Barge to float on recycled plastic drums? It does. Did you want to monitor and control your Jellyfish Barge remotely? Of course you can. Were you wondering how it’s all powered? With solar panels, duh.

We’re pretty sure the only thing Jellyfish Barge doesn’t do is chop up your crops and pop them in the frypan. Designed and built by Studiomobile (with development help from Pnat), this self-sufficient floating garden was born after the Studiomobile team heard the World Bank’s nerve-racking prediction that by 2050, our demand for food will be 60-70% higher than today. So now, in our utopia, Jellyfish Barges are everywhere.


Selyak

A home run


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When done right, there’s a beauty in tie-dye that’s quite charming, quite calming. Hell, when done wrong it still puts a smile on our faces. So when our beloved syrup-making friends Morris Kitchen recently announced a collaboration with Selyak – purveyors of lovely, natural hand-dyed linens – we were excited beyond belief. Selected, folded and bound by textile mastermind Karina Seljak, all Selyak napkins are dyed using an ancient Japanese technique called Shibori.

Seljak likens the process to cooking since there’s a recipe, but intuition is key. With fibres like tumeric and indigo to add colour, it also makes for a delicious-smelling workspace. Made in Brooklyn the Selyak napkins are probably the warmest addition to any kitchen. And as we’re all aware, it’s the little things that help make a house a home.