Who do David Bowie, Richard Branson and Mick Jagger call when they need decorating advice? Why interior designer Linda Garland, of course. But despite Garland's decidedly posh aesthetic and clientele, her true passion is located in the rustic bamboo and coconut forests of Bali, at a place called the Panchoran Retreat. Garland designed the pristine getaway, which is characterized by its fantasy villas, sparkling waterfalls and sumptuous organic gardens, with sustainability in mind, using both the bamboo that grows wild in the area as well as old telephone poles purchased from the local government.
What do you get when you cross a solar-powered LED lantern with a foldable pop-up box? The Solarpuff, that’s what! Created by the good people at Solight, this lightweight, portable, solar-powered LED lantern is designed to be an economical off-grid lighting solution for the developing world where access to electricity is limited, as well as a viable emergency response lighting solution during crisis situations.
You might think that the last stop for old NYC subway cars is deep in Brooklyn or at the edge of the Bronx, but the truth is actually much more interesting. Photographer Stephen Mallon has spent the last three years tracking decommissioned cars as they are sent to their watery graves at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. But the story doesn't just end there -- the train carcasses find a new life on the sea floor as artificial reefs, helping to bolster marine life along the East Coast.
A few weeks ago we showed you stupefying photos of a group of highliners suspended on a hand-knitted hammock in a Moab canyon. This time highliners in the Italian Alps are posting some incredible shots of themselves in hammocks attached to tightropes and camped out hundreds of feet above ground. This crazy event happened during the international Highline Meeting Festival—where “slackers”, as they call themselves, spent a good part of their days and nights, enjoying amazing views and taking pretty cool selfies to share online.
The opportunity to buy Google Glass is now past. The test drive is over. The beta install has expired. The free trial membership has ended. The testing phase of the product development life cycle has come to a close, and Google Glass has graduated. Early adopters who already scored a pair are probably wondering what will happen next. Read on to find out.
An evil queen's castle is ensconced in clouds. The haunted forest is where magical trees grow tall. Moss-covered boulders hold the answers you seek. Brothers Grimm’s Wanderings is the second in a series of photographs by German landscape photographer Kilian Schönberger intended to bring to life the ethereal landscapes of Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Schönberger's latest photographic work a continuation of his earlier work, Brothers Grimm’s Homeland.
Dutch advertising agency Nothing sought to set up an express office space on a tight budget, so they turned to retro-futuristic Dutch designer Joost van Bleiswijk and design director Alrik Koudenburg, who created a striking cardboard office out of next to nothing. Built entirely from super-versatile cardboard, the Amsterdam office is a large volume office space inside a white box apartment. Made using van Bleiswijk’s "no glue, no screw" technique, the concept illustrates the agency’s philosophy to perfection: “Nothing is about the power of ideas, how a single idea can transform nothing into something. Using a cheap throw-away material to build a unique and memorable work space, seemed a good way to materialize this thought.”
NL Architects designed a luxury hotel that’s sure to turn heads wherever it’s located—meet the Amethyst Hotel, an eye-catching tower in the shape of an enormous amethyst cathedral geode. In addition to its visually striking appearance, amethyst was selected for the design inspiration because of its universal association with auspicious properties, such as the believed ability to heal illness and bring good fortune. The Amethyst Hotel design was proposed as part of a luxury hotel chain that will have multiple locations around the world.
China’s newest mansion is not only made from recycled materials, but the sprawling 12,000 square foot home was made with 3D printing! Developed by Chinese company WinSun, the luxury mansion was 3D printed in layers, using recycled stone and construction waste. In addition to the mansion, WinSun has also 3D printed a five-story apartment building – in a single day – and 10 affordable homes from recycled materials.
Families often shell out hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a children’s playhouse, but Joni Lay of the blog Lay Baby Lay decided to go the DIY route for a much more impressive and cost-effective result. With help from her husband and father, Joni transformed a decrepit backyard tool shed into an adorable, all-white playhouse for her two young girls. Read on to see all the marvelous details of this dainty child-sized home, from its reading nook to a solar-powered light.
The ZumZum all-terrain balance bike is the coolest bike around for kids, with an ergonomic seat and natural suspension for safe and fun riding experience. We are offering you a chance to win one for your little tot just for following our Inhabitot’s Pinterest page. Click on the link below to read the rules and get your kiddo one seriously sweet ride.
Winters for the homeless can be an incredibly difficult time, so Carnegie Mellon University challenged its students to create temporary, economically viable shelters for people living on the streets. In response, a student team created the “Satellite Shelter,” an insulated sleeping bag that can also transform into a tent. The set-up also includes wheels and arm straps, so it can travel wherever it is needed.
Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs, to edible flowers, brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads. We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard!
You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App, now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems.
Gummies aren’t just for bears and worms anymore. Tokyo’s FabCafe in Shibuya offers customers the chance to create a 3D-printed gummy version of themselves! Using the café’s 3D body scanner, customers can make colorful gummies of their bodies for White Day—a Japanese follow-up to Valentine’s Day.
Bambootec, a consortium from Yucatán, Mexico, has created a bamboo bicycle that turns pedaling into electricity for charging mobile devices. The bike also has a navigation dashboard in the handlebars, which measures distance and time, and a bluetooth connection. It’s an impressive piece of engineering—particularly if the designs are simple enough to be built by hand by individuals in areas where rolling blackouts are a part of daily life.