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After more than 20 years of working in styling and creative direction for fashion and commercial clients, Toronto-based Kenneth Koon moved behind the camera in 2008. He has since established himself as an in-demand photographer with a distinctive vision—one that most often finds its expression through his ongoing exploration of the male body. Drawn from the communities of Canadian and American cities, the men that he shoots reflect a mixture of confidence and passion, strength and sensuality, captured in bold images whose technical assurance and dark beauty provide the foundation for their power.

Thomas Synnamon is a New York, New Jersey based photographer with a passion for simple, yet bold, photography. Inspired by some of the greats, such as Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Paolo Roversi, and Steven Klein,

David M. Dudar specializes in destination photos and ManShots that showcase what makes each unique.

His work has been seen in solo exhibitions in Ottawa and Montreal and group shows in New York City and Toronto. He is currently working on a solo exhibit in Chicago. His work and creative process is the subject of Through the Lens of inkedkenny, a 2012 documentary short by German directors Denize Galiao and Marie Elisa Scheidt. Produced in partnership with the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München and Canada’s L’institut national de l’image et du son, the film has been widely showcased on the European festival circuit.

With travels that have included 43 countries on five continents (and all 50 US states), Dave creates images that reflect a belief He challenges myself to let that standing in front of his imagination prevail in the interesting things makes for balance between creativity interesting photographyand technique. Thoma’s -and an evolving main work is fitness and photographer. fashion with a slightly edgy aspect, His portrait work features men as destinations unto He enjoys experimenting themselves--crafting with lighting to create some natural light and outdoor drama, He is a self-taught settings to highlight the photographer, and he innate handsomeness approaches every project of his subjects. Dave’s with the same objective: to photographic pursuits create something beautiful. complement a 25 yearlong career in travel, transportation, and tourism brand marketing, where his advertising, public relations and e-commerce initiatives have collected over 50 industry awards for companies as varied as Park Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines, and a group of resorts first founded by the Rockefeller family in the 1950s. A native of upstate New York, he resides in historic College Park, Georgia-home to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest--where he has served as Chairman of that city’s convention and visitors’ bureau.

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Travel woke Ted Sun up to life, and sparked his passion for photography. In the span of 5 years, he traveled to over 70 countries across all 7 continents. From the excitement of backpacking in India to the joy walking with penguins in Antarctica, the experiences filled him with wonderment and he felt compelled to capture them. The first year, Ted took a lot of blurry photos with an old 3MP Casio. It was perhaps a blessing when it was stolen en route to Tel Aviv, and he was forced to upgrade to a new 7MP point-and-shoot. By the time he sprung for an entry-level dSLR 3 years in, it was clear: this is all he wanted to do – take pictures. Today, Ted has settled back into his hometown of Los Angeles pursuing photography full time – shooting portraits, publicity and fashion editorials. He has been connecting with up and coming creative partners over the past 2 years, and his work has been featured in a variety of leading magazines and publications.


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“WE GENERATE OUR OWN ENVIRONMENT. WE GET EXACTLY WHAT WE DESERVE. HOW CAN WE RESENT A LIFE WE’VE CREATED OURSELVES? WHO’S TO BLAME, WHO’S TO CREDIT BUT US? WHO CAN CHANGE IT, ANYTIME WE WISH, BUT US?” - Richard Bach “OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS ORIGINATE IN THE HUBRIS OF IMAGINING OURSELVES AS THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM OR THE BRAIN OF NATURE. WE’RE NOT THE BRAIN, WE ARE A CANCER ON NATURE.” - Dave Foreman This issue we are delivering stylish sustainable living and design. We strive to expand our readers’ knowledge and awareness of the diversity available in the green design and lifestyle market today. The magazine features eco style picks, innovative products and ideas, green housing, organic proucts, food and more. Satellite is brought to you by our dedicated team, lead by Editorin-Chief, Richard E. Fisher. Enjoy!

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ésare Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira (born. 30th July 1966), or known simply as Césare, was a Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He has a doctorate in musicology and his political awareness, has earned him the nickname “Dr. Césare”. Césare will be releasing his debut EP on Kitsuné in March 2015. Easily recognisable for his beard and headband, Césare became a “symbol of cool” for a whole generation of football supporters. He was a technical playmaker, known for great through passes and his vision on the pitch. He was also a two-footed player and a prolific goal scorer. His ability to read the game was highly valued and his signature move was the blind heel pass. He was considered to be one of the greatest midfielders ever to play the game. He was named by Pelé one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards ceremony in 2004. After retiring from football and a brief (two years) break, Césare applied for several jobs at Universities in his home country. With no luck in finding work, Césare moved to Ipanema to earn money playing the guitar on the beach for “loved up honeymooners”. It was around this time he acquired a drum machine (swapped for three boxes of cigarettes and his acoustic guitar). With this drum machine and a vintage synthesiser loaned

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he Filippa K vision is “Fashion where sustainability is the guide to growth”. Ecosystems and boundaries are their insperation. They want to be part of the solution ranter than add to the problem. Filippa K was founded in 1993, by Filippa Knutsson and Patrik Kihlborg. Their interpretation of fashion was wearable, aesthetically balanced pieces that stand the test of time – effortless, essential garments. This is still the essence of our brand. WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE FASHION FOR FILIPPA K? Fashion where sustainability is the guide to growth and where we do business within the planetary boundaries. We need to rethink, redesign and rebuild many of our processes and structures without compromising on design. We want to be part of the circular economy, where nothing goes to waste and all materials are reused or recycled. We aim to shift our production models from linear to circular, and to develop a closed loop mindset. To be able to make this shift, we need to make conscious choices in everything we do, from design to sales, and we need to have a holistic view of our total business that demands full transparency in our value chain. HOW CAN YOU PROVIDE MORE SOLUTIONS FOR CLOTHING THAT IS NOT USED ANYMORE, LIKE SECOND HAND OR CLOTHING LIBRARIES? We believe we will always feel a need for updating ourselves and expressing ourselves through our clothes, but you should be able to do that without contributing to overconsumption – like buying second hand, swop your clothes or to lease your party dress for example. Collaborative consumption is on the agenda and we want to be able

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invest in the Hunger Project, their mission is to end the world hunger. WHAT DO YOU DO TO DECREASE THE USE OF POLYESTER AND COTTON AND INSTEAD USE RECYCLED POLYESTER AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CONVENTIONAL COTTON, LIKE TENCEL? The use of polyester most often is a design issue but we try to substitute virgin polyester with recycled ones. Unfortunately it is not possible to get recycled polyester as thin as the virgin polyester and therefore not always possible to use as substitute. We are constantly looking for replacement for cotton and try to phase out our conventional cotton step by step. Tencel is one of our favourite fibres and is often used instead of cotton. Unfortunately there are not any other good substitutes for cotton available right now, but a lot of research is going on and we are following the development. HOW CAN YOU MAKE SURE NO HARMFUL CHEMICALS ARE USED IN YOUR PRODUCTION? Answer: This is a very important and difficult issue. Our vision is to eliminate the use of potential harmful chemicals, see below. WHY DO YOU HAVE PLASTIC BAGS IN YOUR STORES? The main reason for keeping the plastic bags is that a lot of our customers ask for them because of convenience. We have changed the material in the bags to make them more sustainable though, they are 23% thinner (less need of plastics/ oil) and contain 40-60% recycled plastic. That decreased our total annual plastic consumption with about 1,5 tonnes. Hopefully we can find even better alternatives going forward. Filippa-k.com p.

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STLD [‘distilled’] is more than just a name: it’s a viewpoint we take seriously and strive to embody. From our clean, refined aesthetic to our streamlined, in a sense “purified” business model, we aim to maintain a steady focus on what is most desirable, essential, and simple. They aspire to facilitate a movement – to guide a generation of thinking men and women of style toward an appreciation of fewer, better things. “Because it’s time we all devoted more resources – our precious time, energy, and money – on experiences, not stuff.” Their forward-thinking team, a mix of go-getters from multiple different worlds – fashion, tech, media, art – gives DSTLD a uniquely well-rounded advantage. With their range of industry educations and cultures, they enrich and intensify their brand’s identity. They remain anchored together by a common creative ethos, a shared style point-of-view that DSTLD believe enriches their label both technically and aesthetically. With the help of a small circle of socially responsible suppliers, DSTLD maintains high standards for people and apparel alike. NO SWEATSHOPS They demand a higher standard not just in denim, but also in labor practices and conditions. They carefully screen thier suppliers, laundries, and factories to ensure our products are fairly manufactured and 100% sweatshopfree.

DSTLD’s line is equipped with top-of-the-line premium fabrics, many of them eco-friendly and fully sustainable. They use only natural dyes and softening techniques to achieve our denim’s striking range of hues and irresistibly soft handfeel. DSTLDJeans.com p.

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too. Enter the seeded cup: made of post-consumer paper, these compost-certified cups have organic native wildflower seeds embedded in them, so they can be planted after use to help replenish barren soil and attract/feed indigenous local pollinators. They’ll biodegrade within 180 days, creating a nutrientrich soil layer in which those flower seeds can grow. The seeds chosen are those native to the region where the cups will be distributed; for example, a California Native Cup has mountain garland, California poppy, and farewell-to-spring seeds in it, just to name a few. Each cup also contains at least one tree seed, so cups that are planted in barren, felled areas will replenish those places with trees as well. These cups cost the same as standard biodegradable, recyclable cups, which is a huge incentive when approaching coffee shops and various organizations to stock them. Even if consumers are lazy and pitch these cups into the regular garbage instead of a dedicated Reduce, Reuse, Grow receptacle, the cup will still biodegrade completely in fewer than 200 days. What’s Next for Reduce. Reuse. Grow, Well they are currently testing the Coffee Cup CA Blend prototypes in a variety of soil types to pin point our germination periods as well as time range of decomposition for their bio based papers and liners. They are testing seeds types to find their temperature variability when exposed to high heats within the paper press processes as well as when they are exposed to the heat of hot beverages. They have a partnering company in which we are working with to further develop commercial grade prototypes for large scale production. They should be launching the releases of our first products by the end of March 2015 so stayed tune! PlantTrash.com

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Mosstika Urban Greenery is a NYC based collective of eco-minded street artists, using gorilla tactics to evoke the call of man back to nature. “We believe that if everyone had a garden of their own to cultivate, we would have a much more balanced relation to our territories. It is with this notion in mind, that we at Mosstika, aim to collide the worlds of art and nature, creating havens of unexpected greenery, within the colder harsher environment. Together we aim to give green guerrilla tactics a new twist by creating works meant to be touched, in turn aiming to touch the souls of all that pass by. We strive to call back to mind a more playful existence, returning man to nature, even among the barren patches of urban existence.� Mosstika.com

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ities are in constant motion. Changing and evolving – every minute of every day. This means that traffic in particular is constantly faced with new challenges. Which is why smart is looking for ways to improve and facilitate urban mobility. With ideas that answer tomorrow’s questions and challenge the status quo. Is it possible to travel around the city quickly and easily on two wheels? The smart ebike, an environmentally friendly transportation provider, has a unique answer. It transfers the innovative power of smart from the fast lane to the bike lane. With a pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) that combines clever functions with advanced technology and outstanding design. A solution that not only makes your journey more enjoyable, but also easier: the electric motor assists you as you pedal, providing you with the energy you need to reach your destination. So while the city keeps on moving, so do you. Smart.com/ebike

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HOW IS IT DIFFERENT? It’s an easier way to share. GIGS 2 GO is a low cost, tear-away flash drive that fits in your wallet. Simply tear and share! WHAT’S INSIDE? Loaded with sophisticated technology, each tab has a chip-on-board (COB) flash memory stick in 4, 8 or 16 GB capacities. WHO IS IT FOR? Gigs 2 Go is great for creatives, photographers, sales and marketing pros, or anyone who wants to share files and send a message. Gigs2GoUSB.com

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ave you ever needed to save or backup a document but a USB flash drive was nowhere in sight? Well imagine having a USB drive so small and flat you can actually fit it in your wallet. GIGS.2.GO by Kurt Rampton and BOLTgroup is a credit card sized pack of 4 USB drives you can take anywhere. You can tear them away when you need it, because the outside is made out of recycled paper also great for labeling. Each drive is 1 GB in size which is more than enough space for your daily needs. Slick and simple to use, this is a perfect gadget at business meetings.

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Three of the apartment buildings are situated along the cours de Quebec and the tram line. Their ground floors are connected, creating a continuous presence along the road. The buildings feature a wide variety of panelling, spread across the first floor terraces and the other levels.

The façades of the apartment buildings are angled in order to offer optimal lake views from the living rooms. A smaller-scale version of the same system is used on the façades of the single-family homes which face the garden terraces so residents can enjoy both the greenway and the garden in the centre of the lot.

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The project grew as a result of mutual friend Pedro Gomez de Baeza’s hobby of making the oils on a small scale at his family estate and presenting them as holiday gifts. Decades of pressure from gift recipients to take the oils to a wider audience encouraged Mr. Baeza to call upon Rolland to help him create the perfect blends to best pair with a wide variety of foods. Longtime friend Starck volunteered to ensure that the package reflected the quality of the product inside. Philippe Starck created the unique, slender bottles to be reminiscent of apothecary jars. The design incorporates the qualities of water-tightness and impermeability to light and have a protective inner layer of lacquer in order to preserve the qualities of these exquisite oils. LaOrganic.es

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When you buy a bottle of 80 proof vodka, the bottle only contains 40% of spirit, and the remainder is water. What water you put in there can have a significant impact on the final character of a spirit. Many vodka makers use highly filtered and often distilled water to dilute their vodka. Reyka simply uses untreated Icelandic water, the same that freely flows out of the tap. In almost any other part of the world, using tap water would be considered sub-par, but Icelandic tap water is like liquid gold, it’s just that good. As with many things in Iceland, part of the Reyka equation comes from somewhere else. In this case it’s another island – Scotland, where William Grant & Sons ferment and distill white barley to create 96% ABV spirit. Some may take issue with the fact that this Icelandic Vodka has its first distillation in Scotland, but the kind of still that Reyka uses in Iceland, the Carterhead Still, isn’t capable of distilling up to the required strength to create vodka – this requires a column still. It’s not uncommon for vodka producers to use a grain spirit which has been initially distilled by someone else. Ironically, barley is a crop which grows in Iceland and is very much a part of the Icelandic culture, and it’s really the

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barley which works in concert with the Icelandic water to define Reyka Vodka. It is in the little town of Borgarnes, located 73 ml outside of the capital city of Reykjavik, where Reyka really becomes Reyka Vodka. Here, Thordur Sigurdsson, is completely responsible for creating every drop of Reyka Vodka. Thordur takes the barley spirit from Scotland, pre-heats it using a geothermic heat transfer system, and then loads it into a Carterhead Still for distillation. The Carterhead Still is a style of pot still that combines elements from traditional whisky and cognac stills with an additional chamber which can be used for the alcohol vapors to pass through something before condensation, typically botanicals for gin, but in Reyka’s case it’s lava rock. There are only six Carterhead stills in the world – William Grant & Sons owns three them, one is used for Reyka Vodka. Using heat transfer to warm the barley spirit means there’s really not much ramp-up time in the still, reducing the chance of overheating the spirit, which could create a subtle burned note. As the spirit is warmed in the still it turns into vapor, where it passes through a number of plates that create condensation that aid in the distillation process. Reyka also goes the extra step to fill one of the plate chambers with stainless steel grommets, almost exactly like copper ones that Absolut uses for Absolut Elyx. These stainless steel grommets help create further condensation without adding any flavors or character. At the top of the Reyka Carterhead Still is a unique lava rock basket that the distilled vapors pass through as they are being condensed into liquid. After condensation, the spirit is passed through another lava rock chamber, filtering it again as a liquid. Most vodka goes through some sort of filtering process, but this is often done after distillation. Reyka’s style of lava rock filtering is unique. Once the spirit has flowed through the lava rock, it’s cut into head, heart, and tales with only the heart used to make Reyka Vodka. After distillation, unfiltered Icelandic water is added. This water is so prized that Martin Miller ships their gin to Iceland so that it can be blended and diluted with Icelandic water. Reyka is actually shipped back to Scotland and bottled at the William Grant & Sons bottling facility. The final result is a vodka which is slightly sweet, soft, and incredibly clean, with absolutely no minerality. Reyka Vodka maintains the character of Icelandic water while adding a touch of sweet barley grain to the mix. It’s a combination which stands up neat or chilled and is one of the few vodkas that can easily be enjoyed without mixing or diluting it in any way. Like Iceland, Reyka Vodka has been a fairly well kept secret since it launched in 2005, but like Iceland the word has started to get out about this vodka. Reyka.com

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aring about yourself and caring about the earth do not have to be mutually exclusive. For over 20 years, this has been the guiding force in creating Super Natural Beauty for your hair, your skin, and your home at John Masters Organics. John Masters Organics grew out of my desire to create a luxury beauty line that treats the earth with respect. The result is the culmination of the hard work performed by people all over the world. Their dedication to growing and harvesting organic and wild-crafted ingredients is honored at John Masters Organics. “We only get one body, and we only get one planet. Why not treat them both with the utmost care? I didn’t want to deal with chemicals and synthetics everyday, and I truly believed that when given the option, others would feel the same. Why use synthetics when natural products work better and are safer for the environment? This labor of love has yielded over 49 sumptuous products, band it gives me great pleasure to share this Super Natural Beauty with you.” says John Masters Organic (adj.):1.relating to or employing agricultural practices that avoid the use of synthetic chemicals in favor of naturally occurring pesticides, fertilizer, and other growing aids. They are committed to partnering with local farmers who have a proven history of respect towards their environment in how they harvest their ingredients. It is truly inspirational to see how these multi-generational farms continue to employ age-old practices that produce ingredients in the most eco-sensitive way possible.

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With wild-harvested ingredients, cold-pressed and steam distilled extracts, He is able to provide unparalleled care for your hair and skin. Because only the world’s finest botanicals can make the world’s finest products. All of the organic ingredients John Masters purchase are certified organic by EcoCert, Quality Assurance International, California Certified Organic Farmers, or Organic Crop Improvement Association. All are recognized by the National Organic Program for the USDA. Why use harsh chemicals in shampoos, styling gels, skin moisturizers and soaps? They were created as cheap substitutes for organic compounds that do a better job. It’s better for the body and the earth to simply return to the source: super natural botanicals.

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At the moment the USDA organic seal is only approved for products that meet their acceptable edible food standards, however, new progress is being made everyday to help create a standard for the cosmetic industry. It is very important to me to have the seal on all of their products as soon as it is available. All ingredients must meet their strict guidelines: All products must be made with 70-100% organic content. No sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, DEAs, MEAs, or TEAs. No GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism). No animal testing. No artificial colors, fragrances or fillers. All plant extracts and essential oils must be certified organic whenever possible. All essential oils used must be steam-distilled and not extracted with propylene glycol which kills the effect of the oils. All plant oils must be cold pressed, not heat distilled - which kills the therapeutic properties of plant oils. All ingredients must be proven to be beneficial to the hair or skin. All ingredients must be harvested in an environmentally-friendly manner (wild-crafted). All ingredients must be bio-degradable as possible Organic (adj.): 2.developing in a manner analogous to the natural growth and evolution characteristic of living organisms; arising as a natural outgrowth. As John’s favorite pooch Maya knows, “I believe in ethical treatment for all animals. Including humans.” His company is endorsed by PETA and the only animal products we use are honey and beeswax. Additionally, by using my upscale salon in SoHo New York to assure the quality of my lines, and by using the best, most organic botanicals, I am able to provide the world with a luxury product like no other. Organic (adj.): 3.occurring or developing gradually and naturally, without being forced or contrived. John Masters supports a simple and clean approach not just to how he creates his products, but also in how he delivers them to his customers. You will never see artificial colors, or fragrances in my ingredients. In addition, all of my packaging uses the minimal amount of ink possible and is printed on 100% recycled and unbleached paper. By creating products that are biodegradable and packaging that is recyclable, you can rest easy knowing that what you put into the earth is as clean as Mother Nature intended it to be. Always natural, always earthfriendly, and always with your beauty and health in mind. JohnMasters.com

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hristophe Guinet (aka ‘Mr Plant’) is a visual artist who creates meticulous floral structures in order to remind us “everything is ephemeral” and that nature can and will conquer all. A contemporary reworking of the themes of the Dutch flower painters, Guinet turns everyday items into works of art with a literally limited lifespan: a commentary on what he describes as the “escalation of consumerism and the race to keep producing objects which are ever newer, more technical, more ‘hype.’” Guinet’s process of creation is integral to his work; he requires a “concentration close to the meditative state” to facilitate intricate craftsmanship and yet his projects inevitably “like us, will return to dust.” He also sources his materials locally, he used the mimosa flower native to the South of France alongside pine bark and moss to recreate a pair of Vionnet trainers, a cult object that is offered a poetic rejuvenation by his delicate hand. And what is the purpose of it all? As Guinet explains, “This is an invitation for all of us to contemplate, to rediscover the beauty of a single seed of a wild grass, the delicacy of a flower or the smell of the foam.” Well, that sounds utterly delightful – and looks even better.

Christophe Guinet was born in Paris and grew up between town and country, always keeping in touch with nature. As a teenager, he developed a passion for plants, especially the cultivation of orchids: attracted by their exacting needs and rewarded by the beauty and delicacy of their flowers. Later tastes evolve to urban cultures: skate, art and especially street art, fashion … Eager to get more involved in creation, he gathered a team of creative talents to set up the «SEIZE» project. Graphic design, art, marketing & communication were now part of his daily life. His craft allowed him to realise what kind of world we are living in : worried by industrialisation,manipulation and how human thought was changing,he becomes more careful when collecting raw natural materials. Contemplative and passionate aesthete of the plant world, he uses his findings related to places and seasons, to create works of art with care and a concentration close to the meditative state. The artistic process is thus an integral part of the final work of art.As ephemeral and fragile as a bouquet of flowers, Christophe’s compositions show us the beauty of nature through everyday and cult objects.His care to minimise the harmful impact


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hane Boyd is the owner and creative genius of Shane Boyd Floral Design out of Bivano’s Food Emporium in Melbourne, Australia where he works with high end clients to create floral visions. We talked to Shane about his career, his inspiration, his flowers and the future. When and how did you get started in the floral industry? I started in the flower industry after purchasing a small flower shop in the east of Melbourne’s suburbs. This happened around 13 years ago. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. I had a natural flair for flowers which sparked a new passion. After going through a trial period where the store was mine to create what I liked, I loved that idea. What attracted you to the flower business? The freedom to create. Passion. Creating something from nothing that people actually buy is really cool. Something beautiful. Something that speaks. It could just say “look at me” and evoke a feeling: happiness, sadness, love or tenderness. Flowers have a wonderful way of communicating.

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on her wedding day is very special. We take pride in our delivery and execution to complete our clients’ dreams. To date, what has been your career highlight? Career highlights continue as I continue to be the contributor to wedding days across the country. Adding my touch to a bride’s wedding continues to be be a career highlight. What is the biggest challenge facing the floral industry? The biggest challenge facing the industry here in Melbourne is the dwindling of local flower growers. More often these days our flowers are being imported. I like the romantic notion of a field of flowers being picked in the local region and being sold in that community. From field to table. What’s your favourite flower? My favourite flower is the orchid. More specifically the cymbidium orchid. I enjoy the strength and depth of colour in each bloom. Orchids are wonderful in clusters or do as fine a job as a single bloom. Where do you look for inspiration? Everywhere. Our environment is a wonderful source of inspiration. I love looking at transforming space with the beauty flowers bring. It could be a single bunch of tulips as they continue to grow in the vase to an over the top extravaganza; a wedding with clouds of hydrangeas. Inspiration also comes from my mentor Jeff Leatham. I love his constant transformations. Transforming an idea into a reality a wonderful statement. What do you see in the future? Having been in Melbourne all my life, the time is now to fly. Having conquered the market in my home town and become a household name, now is the time to look further ahead to North America and beyond. My unique Australian style will bring fresh new vitality to the North American floral design space. ShaneBoydFloralDesign.tumblr.com


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A complete guide to home improvement the environmentally friendly way: whether you want to redecorate or redesign your home, this essential book provides all the information you need to reduce your home’s carbon footprint and improve the quality of your life. Special focus is given to reducing the vast amounts of energy and water that homes consume on a daily basis, with advice on low energy lighting strategies and decorative choices, improving insulation and reducing energy use, the latest green heating systems, alternative ways of generating power, and electricity reducing appliances. As we are urged to change our lifestyles to reduce our carbon footprint and consumption of water, there has never been a better time to green your home. Conran.com

British designer Oliver Heath, helps interior designers, green builders, and homeowners make eco-friendly choices that transform the home into a sanctuary of sustainable style. Featuring more than 100 full color photographs, this book comes in hardcover while printed on FSC-certified paper. If you’re looking to do an eco-style home makeover while balancing the elements of nature, vintage, and technology, then this is the book for you.

I Am Eco-Warrior, by Roger Moenks, is an amazing new collection of photographs & conversations with more than 50 global game-changers who are addressing the environmental crisis in innovative and groundbreaking ways.

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The most exciting new buildings in the world are now almost all environmentally aware, sustainable, and conceived to consume far less energy than ever before. That architecture is one of the major sources of greenhouse gases in the world makes this new trend all the more significant. This book brings the best examples of green projects from the Architecture Now! series together with numerous new, never-seenbefore projects. Well-known architects like Frank Gehry and Norman Foster are present right alongside young, up-andcoming creators from Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Asia. This is not a technical book, nor are its contents limited to any predefined category. Being “green” means being aware of the responsibility implied in the construction and use of modern buildings, and there are many ways to express this rising consciousness.

Surveys find that over 80 percent of Americans agree with the goals of the environmental movement. Sadly, most Americans admit to doing little more than basic recycling when it comes to acting on that disposition. What is the reason for this great divide between environmental sentiment in this country and individual actions? Author and environmental consultant Crissy Trask seeks to answer this question-and solve the disparity-with a new book that makes it easy to be an environmentalist, no matter how busy or hectic your lifestyle. This is a day to day guide with simple, practical suggestions that anyone can put into action. Gibbs-Smith

Phaidon.com In Green Made Easy, author and green pioneer Chris Prelitz shares how to be both environmental and economical at the same time. Going green is not only good for our planet, it’s good for your pocketbook. For over 20 years, Chris has been helping businesses, home owners, and corporations lower their monthly expenses by going green. Chris and his wife, Becky, share a green solar-powered home in Laguna Beach, California, which Chris designed and built. Most months they produce more power than they use and receive a credit from their power company instead of a bill! HayHouse.com

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