WE LIKE – Unreal. Junk Food, Unjunked

Unreal started with a question from a kid. “Why does the junk food we love have to be so bad for us? Great question right? Well, it gets better from there. You have to check out this company and their story. It’s a big middle finger to all the mega-corporations who think they can sell us foods that cause disease and then sell us drugs to treat the diseases they are creating. Once again, it shows that nature in its purest form always gets it right. Corn syrup? Out. Partially hydrogenated oils? Out. GMOs? Out. Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives? Out. Reduced sugar by over 40% per serving on average? Replaced with responsibly sourced ingredients, supporting farming communities and preventing destruction of the rain forests. All ingredients are non GMO and dairy comes from pasture raised cows with no antibiotics or added hormones. All ingredients your body recognizes and can put to work. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do.

Aside from the story itself they have products that are designed well, portioned into 200 calorie packages, tastes as good if not better than the competitor and is priced at or below what the junk is selling for. They really have left you no excuses if you are going to eat these types of treats, not to eat theirs. Their mission is simple and beautiful. Unjunk food.

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WE LIKE – Shipping Containers

Ok, I’ll admit it, I am a coffee drinker. I’m a slave to my routine of morning coffee and the day officially starts with the first cup. We have written about our friends from Hammer Coffee and wish they were available nationwide. My reality though is I can hit at least 3 different Starbucks on what amounts to a 12-minute commute to work. Here is a gesture from the company I really appreciate. Where it falls a little flat for me is the fact a wonderful concept like this stops with a single location. This immediately makes you think media play more than a true testing ground for an inexpensive plentiful building resource. It is the true innovators, the guy or gal who initially bought an old shipping container and did something with it that deserve kudos, but, it is a major brand like Starbucks that can make using a resource like this on a large scale reality. For now enjoy the idea and hopefully at a minimum it sparks conversation about how to use the surplus of shipping containers coming into the country.

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WE LIKE- Cardboard Bikes

With the launch of our Corrulight Sculptural Pendants made of cardboard we found the timing perfect to highlight a project that has been making rounds on the blog circuit. “Impossible is not a word. It’s just a reason not to try.” the song from Kutless says. Izhar Gafni took this to heart and spent three years perfecting his bicycle made from cardboard. Yep, cardboard! At first glance the bicycle looks sleek and modern but underneath the majority of the bike is made of recylced cardboard and can be manufactured for a mere 9 dollars!

Izhar cardboard bike project from Giora Kariv on Vimeo.

For more information about this project visit here.

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Stumbled Upon

Just like finding twenty bucks in a pair of washed jeans, we get the same elation from stumbling unexpectably across our products online. Below is a few I found recently. Enjoy!

Top left Madera in White Pillow.
Top right Morning Glory in White Stretched Wall Art.
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Pussy Willows in White and Chocolate Stretched Wall Art.

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WE LIKE- Co-Working Synergy

Taking a cue from well-known co-working spaces like Common, co-founded by Alex Bogusky formerly of Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, Coco in Minneapolis and Grind in New York, eight entrepreneurs from Indianapolis birthed the Speakeasy. A small paid membership gets you access, but certainly does not guarantee you success. It’s the ingredients of the idea that lay the ground work for success. A 5,700 sf warehouse masterfully transformed into a gathering place for entrepreneurs, startups and the creative community. It provides offices, conference rooms, wifi, free beer/coffee and massive opportunity. Transformed by local designers and architects Nikki Sutton, Nick Allman and, Craig McCormick Speakeasy makes smart use of reclaimed materials and space planning to set the backdrop for collaboration

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IN THE REAL WORLD – Big Brother

CBS’s Big Brother has entered its 14th season and this time around the house features Inhabit’s Wall Flats! It’s the same house from season 13 but completely remodeled in a contemporary, almost theatrical mix of real world design ideas and over-the-top explosions of imagination. Throughout the house there are three different styles of Wall Flats used to weave color, pattern and texture together into one big smorgasbord of design for the eyes. We love seeing how our products can be paired with a myriad of design ideas and partnered with the right accessories to fit a whole cast of environments.

The main entrance uses the Drift Wall Art in a funky metallic moss green color.

And keeping with the sensory overload theme the kitchen/dining area uses a full on assault of vibrant color and material juxtaposition to create what is a surprisingly cohesive space. Check out the Braille Wall Art behind the table being paired with the patterned wall paper in a daring design that when done right looks amazing!


In contrast to the frenetic theme in the rest of the house, the bedroom uses the Hive Wall Flats to create a whimsical, boutique hotel type atmosphere.

We fully get that this is extreme and very unlikely to make it into anyone’s space in an unedited form. What we can take away from this for practical use in our own spaces is the fearless pairing of color, pattern and texture. These elements are what gives a space life.

Be sure to check out Big Brother on Sundays & Wednesday at 8/7c and Thursdays 9/8c.

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OUT OF THE PIPELINE – Introducing Corrulights from Inhabit

Texture is sort an obsession around here and we are always looking for ways to introduce it into areas where flat surfaces typically rule. Our latest foray into this is Corrulights. They mix light & shadow through repetitive silhouettes fixed on a central sprocket. The results are beautiful, airy, sculptural forms that take advantage of smart materials in a 75% recycled form. They are made in the USA, all parts UL listed, treated for fire retardancy, ship flat and assemble in minutes.

Corrulights now available here.

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WE LIKE- Defy Bags

At Inhabit we design and manufacture as many of our products as possible in the United States. And, we LOVE supporting other companies that share this mindset! Our latest obsession is Defy Bags owned by Chris Tag . Located in our neck of the woods in Chicago, IL, Defy uses recyclable materials like vintage boat sails and discarded wool military blankets-how cool!! Not only does Defy use unique and innovative materials, but they marry it to incredible craftsmanship and hand detailing. Take a look below at a few of their designs and be sure to check out their website.

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IN THE REAL WORLD – Assembly Hair

Fashion, style and architecture are constantly surrounding us in one way or another and The Assembly Salon, located in Queensland, Australia, uses all three in their upscale Hair Salon. Along with their creative team of professional hair artists, they have carried their creativity into the salon by truly creating a distinctive stylish atmosphere. The Assembly uses Inhabit’s Braille 3D wall tiles and adds a special touch by painting them high-gloss black creating a whole new feel to the product. In addition to the the black Braille tiles The Assembly uses various modern pieces alongside hand chosen antiques to create a truly unique and innovative space.

Take a look at the pictures below for your very own inspiration, by adding color to the 3D Wall Flats the possibilites are endless! If you are ever in the Queensland area be sure to drop by The Assembly to get a peek for yourself.

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IN THE REAL WORLD – Larry Ladig and Pattern Magazine

Pattern Magazine is a unique design concept that interweaves the talents and resources of artists for a greater-good. This gives them access to one-another’s talents and a high-profile outlet for pent-up creative energy. We love the way Indianapolis-based photographer, Larry Ladig uses Inhabit’s Braille 3D wall tiles to tie the geometry of the jewelry pieces and the circular wall texture together.

Check out Larry’s photo and film work and definitely give Pattern Magazine a flip-through. Take a cue from Larry and get the Braille Wall Flats for your project.

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