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BOHEMIAN GUITARS

Hi, I’m Roberto, one of the founders of El Autobus, and I’m writing today’s BusPicks about one of the things we really love around here: making music! Jamming time is one of our favorite moments of the week, so, this post has to do with music, and design, and ideas, and a new brand I’ve been following that radiates the kind of good vibe that we love.

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Motor Oil Guitar. $299

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Motor Oil Guitar. $299

Bohemian Guitars inspiration came to brothers Adam and Shaun Lee from the "blik kitaar" a home made guitar that uses an empty oil can for its body and is commonly played in the townships of their hometown of Johannesburg and all over Southern Africa. They started their project to turn these artisanal guitars into professional sounding instruments with a kickstarter campaign in 2013.

Oil can guitars as seen on Hypepotamus

Oil can guitars as seen on Hypepotamus

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Honey. $299

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Honey. $299

Bohemian “oil can guitars”  use simple materials, craftsmanship and great aesthetics to make an affordable guitar with an incredible metallic sound.  I stumbled into them thru a G. Love video and was hooked to their sound and design.

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Honey

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Honey

Their sustainability efforts are nice too: For each Bohemian Guitar sold, one tree is planted in the developing world, thanks to a partnership with Trees For The Future. Also, there are Bohemian models made with reclaimed wood, vintage oil cans and old guitar parts.

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Moonshine. $299

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Moonshine. $299

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Surf Wax. $299

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Surf Wax. $299

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Motor Oil. $299

Bohemian Guitars - Boho Motor Oil. $299

I hope my next post can be a video of a Bus-Jam with an actual Bohemian Guitar. Until we get one, there are some very cool videos on the web of ‘bohemians’ shredding the guitar’s bluesy raw sound.  (And more than a few great videos of people building their own traditional oil can guitars; maybe that’s the one we are gonna have!).

See ya.
R.


Post by Roberto Fonfria

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Bohemian Guitars

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Bohemian Guitars
Hypepotamus

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AFFORDABLE DWELLINGS –
THE CONTAINER HOME

Happy Friday Everybody! I’m so excited to share today’s post with you. Recently, I acquired this amazing book called Superlight, which has gotten me thinking about the possibility of owning a house that’s not just beautiful and well-designed but also affordable and ecological. Surprisingly so, it seems that it is not that crazy of an idea. Today’s Bus Pick is exactly that, low budget housing, particularly shipping container homes!

Containers of Hope

Containers of Hope

Housing solutions have always been something that interests me deeply. Currently, I live in NY and owning a house here is aaaah… well, not really a possibility, but living in NY has actually taught me a lot about ecological living. For instance, NY is the US leader in the practice of urban agriculture, combine that with the fact that most people commute using only public transportation and the fact that people live fairly close to everything and you have the ingredients for a very ecological urban plan.

Alp 320 by Meka World

Alp 320 by Meka World

So, with all this in mind I’ve been on the lookout for a future home. A home that could offer: proximity for commuting (or great public transportation), affordability, good design and the use of as many ecological practices as possible. I know it sounds like an impossible list to use as my expectations and maybe they make me sound a little utopian in my beliefs but if you bare with me I promise I will show you that it really isn’t impossible!

Containers Of Hope

Containers Of Hope

Containers of Hope

Containers of Hope

ContainersOfHope

ContainersOfHope

First up is “Containers of Hope” A housing project by Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe with a woping total cost of $40,000USD! Yes, yes you read right $40,000USD. Saxe would be the kind of architect that would be perfect for my dream home, for he is famous for his innovative uses of materials in his projects; uses that offer both low cost and a recycling/ecological benefit. Containers of Hope in particular is a one bedroom, 861 sq. ft. home and was built using two disused containers which where then taken to the final location and modified on site. Built with the Costa Rican tropical climate in mind, similar to that of Miami, the house is so well ventilated that it’s actually enough to never have to turn the air conditioning on. The best news is that Saxe offers the full set of blueprints and photographs for you to use to construct this same project or to use as a basis for your own for just $950. How’s that for affordability!?

Alp 320 by Meka World

Alp 320 by Meka World

Vor 640 by Meka World

Vor 640 by Meka World

Container transportation, Meka World

Container transportation, Meka World

Then we have the amazing Meka homes. Meka is a group of architects and engineers that create modular living and work spaces that are available to ship to customers worldwide. They offer prefabricated homes with total cost starting at just $85,500USD. These are homes that are built using modular units that fit the same measurements as shipping containers and can therefore be transported just as easily. Plus, all their models are guaranteed to be modern, functional, green and quick to fully set up. Just to show you how trust worthy they are, their latest project was the Tesla Motors modular showroom. My two favorite models of theirs are the Thor 960 and the Hela 1280.

Hela 1280 by Meka World

Hela 1280 by Meka World

Thor 960 by Meka World

Thor 960 by Meka World

So there you go, not so impossible after all! I’ll keep my search up and share more as I find but I think that with these two projects in mind we can begin to really believe that good affordable housing is possible. After all the best design solutions should be intended for everyone to enjoy.

Till next Friday,
<3
Dani


Post by Dani V Sanchez - Good Manya

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Superlight, rethinking how our homes impact the earth by Phyllis Richardson
fiveboroughfarm.org
benjamingarciasaxe.com
Meka World

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Containers of Hope - benjamingarciasaxe.com
Meka - Mekaworld.com
Meka - jetsongreen.com
Meka - decorationstyle.net

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Truth Beauty

Hi Everyone! I’m Dani, Art Director here at El Autobus. I’m here to talk to you about “The Bus Picks” our first ever column for our BRAND NEW BLOG!… Yes, we got a blog! It was time, wasn’t it? We really have some great surprises and ideas in mind and we can’t wait to share them with you. So stay posted and follow us on this lovely little journey we are on!

Now back to The Bus Picks. The Bus Picks is a series where we feature innovative products, designs, projects, ideas, campaigns etc… Last week we started posting about it on our Instagram and we got a lot of people interested in it, including ourselves, so that got us thinking “why stop there?”. If we really want to share the incredible projects that inspire us day to day, then heck maybe we can immerse into them even more and really show you why they really are so incredible. So here we are!

Beauty Lies Truth Kickstarter

Today we want to talk to you about this amazing project called #TruthBeauty, a project started by Harvard Business School MBA student Jessica Assaf and Alexis Krauss from Sleigh Bells. Truth Beauty is “a curated collection of the safest, highest-performing and most affordable skincare and makeup products on the market”.  

Jessica Assaf and Alexis Krauss

Jessica Assaf and Alexis Krauss

For this project they have partnered with Baggu and over 10 women-owned beauty brands (get the full list at the bottom of the post) to create two kits: a skincare essentials kit for both men and women ($50) and a makeup essentials kit ($55). Both are on pre-sale at kickstarter. But, what really makes this project so special is their continuous efforts to improve the beauty industry, which has long been run by corporate giants who put dangerous chemicals in our products.

Baggu

Baggu

Ilia Beauty

Ilia Beauty

SW Basics, of Brooklyn

SW Basics, of Brooklyn

Beauty Counter

Beauty Counter

So, if you’re passionate about the environment and/or your personal care products (I know I am!), I highly recommend that you take a look at the project. I actually ended up ordering both bags as a birthday present for myself! I will share and post about them as soon as I get them, because I really think it’s important for us to see that as customers we have a lot of power. If we only buy good products, those made and sourced in good ways, then we support everything around them and by doing that we make the world a little better. We can really make such a big difference by not buying all those damaging products and buying eco-friendly ones instead.

Get on over to their site truthbeautylies.com to find lots of info about these dangerous chemicals, what they are and what they are doing to us and the environment. There you will also find a really great guide that lists all the brands and products that are not only safe for us to use but they are also really, really good for you!

Brands on Essentials kit: Au Naturale, EO, SW Basics, Ilia, Pomega5, Alaffia, Jane Iredale, Shamphree, Beauty Counter, Baggu


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huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/16/truthbeauty-kickstarter-non-toxic-makeup_n_6876538.html?1426513862&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000035
beautyliestruth.com
kickstarter.com/projects/1231418826/truthbeauty-safe-effective-affordable-beauty-produ

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Jessica Assaf & Alexis Krauss - Kickstarter: #TruthBeauty
Baggu - twitter.com/baggu
SW Basics of Brooklyn - elizabethstreet.com
Ilia - salebite.com
Beauty Counter - huffingtonpost.com

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