lessons in ecology from mount auburn cemetery, with david barnett

YEARS AGO, a friend who founded a botanic garden in Massachusetts took me to visit a landscape that he had long loved and admired. It was not just beautiful, but a designated National Historic Landmark—and one that was also a cemetery, on land that was consecrated for the purpose in 1831.

Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts is still all those things—historic, beautiful and a place of burial—but in more recent years, its mission has also been one of environmental stewardship. How has that been accomplished, and continues to be accomplished, in an established landscape is our topic today.

TORTUGA Introduces Platform Vessel Collection for Indoor + Outdoor Gardening

TORTUGA just introduced their latest collaboration – this time with Light + Ladder founder Farrah Sit, who designed a sculptural system for both indoor and outdoor gardening. The Platform Vessel Collection comprises concrete and natural stone terrazzo planters and bowls in geometric shapes that can nestle together or be used on their own. When fitted together, a winding S-shape is created referencing TORTUGA’s signature use of bold curves and shapes, which results in a clean yet visually dynamic landscape for your favorite plants. The unique vessels, which are inspired by Bauhaus architecture, come in pairs of two (one small

DMTV Milkshake: Ashley Wilkins on Using Experience to Create Meaningful Spaces

This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is Ashley Wilkins, Founder and Creative Director of NYC-based Islyn Studio. Islyn is a full-service design studio that creates spaces with meaning and intention—using experience as inspiration. Founded in 2017, the studio’s goal is to transcend the conventional hospitality genre (and beyond). From farm-forward restaurants to modern markets, Ashley and her team are helping bring people together to have experiences in spaces they’ll remember for a long time. Watch:

We recently featured their project, Sawmill Market, a Food Hall in Albuquerque. Upcoming projects include a natural wine bar, also in Albuquerque, and

Circular by Design: Daniel Svahn Turns Waste Furniture Into New Furniture

Stockholm-based product and interior designer Daniel Svahn established his eponymous studio after graduating from Beckmans Collage of Design in 2009 with a BFA in product design. Crediting his inspiration to the everyday things we see all around us – whether ‘small or big, relevant or irrelevant, nice or ugly,’ he feels anything can be made into something new if you’re observant enough and keep your imagination awake. True to his word, A New Paradigm – an evolution of the New Goodies but Oldies project he presented at the 2020 Stockholm Furniture Fair – is a collection of six pieces of

A Family Home in Prague Finished with Concrete, Wood, + Playful Details

Located in Prague, Czech Republic, House for Dorothy was recently completed by boq architekti who were brought in during the late stages of construction to design the interior for a family. The interior prominently displays concrete and wood as the materials of choice, which are topped off with playful details throughout. On the main floor, the open living space feels bright and open with surrounding windows and sliding glass doors that lead to the outdoor space.

The designers kept the color palette neutral with the use of white, anthracite grey, and natural wood, along with the occasional curated pop of

West Elm x Bower Collab + Clever Reflection Contest

West Elm just announced its second collaboration with New York City-based design studio, Bower, featuring seven designs showcasing their minimalist, design-led aesthetic. The success of the first collection in 2017 led the way for the latest West Elm x Bower collaboration, which includes a console table, side table, sconces, pendant, candleholder, vase and bowl, at accessible prices starting at $70. Inspired by plant life, the Bower team used sphere and disc shapes, along with mixed materials to create the dynamic collection. The pieces are designed to work together or to be used separately in a variety of interiors.