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2037 and 2039 Blair St.

Just off Frankford ave in Fishtown: Three Bedrooms, Two Baths, and Roofdeck. Also Cork. Lots of Cork.

 

Construction is complete on our long awaited Pop! Project and we’re pleased to announce its release on the market! These two have been getting a lot of interest as the first homes in the United States to be clad in cork. If you’re interested, Treehugger wrote a nice article about the benefits of cork as a building material.

But for those who would just like a quick refresher look no further. Cork is way more durable than you would think. It has a natural waterproofing agent called suberin which keeps it from absorbing water, also keeping it mold free. The suberin when heated also acts as a binding agent meaning that toxic glues are never used in its production. Over time the cork will fade, but as the seasons change so will the color. It gets browner in the winter and more orange by the end of summer. That’s all good news but what attracted us to cork is its value as an insulation material. We use an exterior insulation on all of our homes which will then get covered up with usually steel or fibre cement cladding. On Pop we were able to maintain the same R-value with 3” of cork and forgo covering it up with cladding. Cork has been used as a cladding material before on many homes in Portugal, where most cork is grown, but Pop is the first in the U.S.

Designed by Netherlander Jefta Van Bellen of Orange Concept, the unique design does not stop at the façade. Head inside and take a look at the accent wall of your living room. Covered in a layered cork tile this wall highlights the 12’ ceilings and really puts us on the map as far as cork purchasers go.

Another first for this project is our custom designed and fabricated, Postgreen Homes cabinet fronts. Tired of the old Ikea fronts we decided to test out the process of fabricating our own simple, modern cabinet fronts. ¾” Apple Ply in Oak or Walnut painstakingly hand finished provides another unique element to what is already not your typical row house.

A quick verbal tour- The second floor has a bathroom and two loft style bedrooms with options to be closed off. Going up one more leaves you in the master suite looking out on to your roof deck facing Frankford Ave with a distant but unhindered view of center city. This is a great spot to… I’m sorry I can’t resist… “pop” the cork  on your favorite bottle of wine and soak in some rays.

All bad Pop puns aside these homes truly reflect the design stance of Postgreen, with innovative cladding materials, modern design, all of our usual sustainable features like thick insulated walls, efficient appliances durable and low VOC materials. Adding one more, this project represents a commitment to local design and fabrication. Starting with our architect, Jefta of Orange Concept who lives in Fishtown, to the to the USA made products like our new light fixture options from Cedar and Moss and The Good Flock there is no shortage of local craft in this home. Our new custom cabinet fronts top it off with some made in Philly talent. If the cork wasn’t from Portugal we might be talking about Pop as an American made home.

So come on by and let us know what you think of these homes.

 

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We’re reaching the end of our #madeintheusalighting designers but before we close out we have one more east coast gang of 3 to show you. Rich Brilliant Willing, a clever combination of last names who may very well be all three of those things… who knows. They certainly have a formidable portfolio and some recent accolades backing them.

But what we really love about these guys is their stage set look and the full bodied light source you get with most of their fixtures. It makes for a very iconic look. We also love that they produce everything from their shop in Brooklyn. That means these fixtures only have to travel a short length of 95 before they end up in your home.

The Monocle Sconce

Looking for class? The Monocle Sconce has it. With a name like “The Monocle Sconce” how could it not. What’s even better is that that monocle gives this fixture that full bodied light emitting capability which we love so much.

As always take a look at our customization page to see where these fit in your home. And head over the RBW website to take a look at some of their other light fixtures.

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So far our #madeinUSAlighting and #madeinPhillylighting campaign has showcased a variety of designers from Cedar and Moss with their woodsy-modern look to George Nelson with his light and airy bubble lamps. This next designer is another west coast, USA made favorite. They go by “Cerno” which is Latin meaning, to resolve, decide or distinguish. And true to the name there is a very deliberate, purposefulness (pretty sure that’s a word) to each fixture.

That deliberate aesthetic is no doubt a product of their working environment. These guys design and produce in house, which gives them an intuitive understanding of their material limitations and maintains an honesty in their work. When you buy a fixture from Cerno you know you’re getting a well thought out design crafted for usability.

But don’t finish reading this post with the misconception that this is a stern company classically rooted to a Latin name and deliberate work. The gang of 3 “do’ers” probably spend as much time goofing off as they do designing. With their So. Cal location and nearby beaches I’m sure there is no shortage of Cerno, “team building” surf days. We’re more than a little jealous but our game of “name that smell” provides all the entertainment Postgreen needs.

Now if you need any more convincing of the awesomeness of Cerno I recommend you check out this video. I think you’ll agree that their seriousness is at least partially a cover for their laid back attitude.

Levo

Without further ado please allow me to introduce the coolest combined ambient and task lighting fixture we’ve ever seen. Designed as a bedside reading lamp with the flexibility to create ambient light for the whole room. It gives you the opportunity to resolve to read more without the guilt that follows when you don’t follow through. It’s rare to find designers with that kind of foresight but these guys have a sensibility like no other.

They even remembered to make a left hand light and a right hand light in case you and your significant other both want to considering reading. I told you they were good. Head over to our websites customization page to see the Levo as well as our other Made in the USA and Made in Philly options.

 

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Brendan Ravenhill – Made in USA Lighting Options

July 31, 2014

Today’s #madeinUSAlighting selection comes with a bit of a story to it, a story which sent me back into my FourSquare history to properly remember. Thankfully, this was just after joining FourSquare (2 years later than everyone else), and I was checking in every place I visited no matter how small. So the trail is [...]

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Manhattan Project Design – Made in USA Lighting Options

July 30, 2014

Our #madeinUSAlighting campaign has been a great way for us to do some searching and find other small, hip companies looking for another outlet for their craft. This was typically the case with some of our further away designers like Schoolhouse Electric in Portland and Cerno from Irving California. Without this campaign we would not [...]

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John Beck Steel – Made in USA Lighting Options

July 29, 2014

“We ain’t chasing fancy… or trends, or anyone’s approval.” This is how today’s #MadeinUSAlighting feature, John Beck Steel, starts his ‘About’ page. This is one of the reasons we’ve decided to include him in our new lighting options. It’s also because he makes really cool lights from, you guessed it, steel. Hot rolled steel to [...]

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Schoolhouse Electric – Made In USA Lighting Options

July 28, 2014

Last week’s unveiling of our #madeinUSAlighting and #madeinPhillylighting campaign brought you Mio Culture from Philadelphia, George Nelson, a former New York designer, and Cedar and Moss from Portland.  This next company also hails from Portland, I guess all that rainy weather makes that city starved for good lighting. Whatever it is, please welcome Schoolhouse Electric [...]

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