VOTE NOW In the Spring Green Design Competition!

by , 04/06/09

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After a week of spring crafting and much anticipation, we’re thrilled to reveal the top entries in our Spring Greening DIY Design Contest! We received over 100 inspired entries, and we were super impressed with all of your clever, skillfully executed examples of recycled and reclaimed design. It was a true challenge to narrow all the entrants down to 15 finalists, so now we’re turning to you, dear readers, to help us choose which designer will receive a grand prize gift certificate of $200 to the Inhabitat Shop and which three runner-ups that will receive an eggling of their choice! You can vote as many times as you want (limited to once a day) and of course we encourage you to tell all of your friends and get them to vote for you! So read on for the top 15 designs, and cast your vote today!



  • 837 Votes Phone Book Coffee Table by Rodrigo Jaroseski
  • 686 Votes Recycled Plastic Jewelry by Kumvana gomani phone book table
  • 643 Votes Book Book Shelf by Richard Jennions phone book table
  • 557 Votes Egg-crate Lamp by Federico Otero phone book table
  • 210 Votes Soda Can Brooch by Kumvana Gomani
  • 204 Votes Tupperware Lights by Frank Criscione phone book table
  • 200 Votes Umbrella Dog Raincoats by Taryn Zychal phone book table
  • 175 Votes Egg Crate Vase by Fanny Chen phone book table
  • 174 Votes Drops Chair by Camilla
  • 136 Votes Laptop Packaging Briefcase by Alison Cromie phone book table
  • 136 Votes Green Dish Rack by Green Dish Rack by Nibha Jain and Srikanth Jalasutram phone book table
  • 131 Votes Blender Lamp by Melinda Marinsky
  • 125 Votes Light Bulb Pendant Light by James Sampayan phone book table
  • 110 Votes Refurbished Found Table & Dresser by Christine Chitnis
  • 100 Votes Vacuum lamp by Ben Light phone book table
  • 83 Votes Toilet Plunger Lamp by Michael Andrulewich phone book table

Total Voters: 3,628

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  1. yhudson July 21, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    This is amazingly creative and practical work! And the Pugs in umbrella raincoats–well, too cute! Thank you all for contributing such great examples for others to follow!

  2. Roxana E April 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I love the Drops Chair by Camilla!

  3. mlm April 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    i love the blender lamp!

  4. Luz Mary Giraldo April 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Great Design.

  5. photogirl26 April 14, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    The laptop briefcase is awesome! Whimiscal and useful at the same time!

  6. trendoffice7 April 14, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Which one is the most useful, durable, easy to clean and beautiful product? There is one answer for me – Table & Dresser by Christine Chitnis. They are not strange, unusual or unexpected – they are just exactly what our everyday objects need to be if we want to use them for long time and with pleasure and not throw them away when dirty, because it will not be possible to clean them as is the case with some of the projects with most votes.

  7. carolina168181 April 13, 2009 at 8:01 am

    all the designs are creative and useful in everyday life.

  8. cristina April 12, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    The egg crate lamp by Federico Otero was created in the beginning of 2007 for a Muji Competition and presented in a design fair in May in Bogota, Colombia , and was published in 2007 in Proyecto Design in Colombia. There has press for the lamp on various television programs throughout Latin America and Colombia, and was published in Proyecto Diseno, Red Latino Americano de Diseno, among others and has been presented in design shows throughout Peru. If you would like to see details about the press with dates please contact me at

  9. Eugenio Menjivar April 11, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Egg crate lamps produced in 2007 and presented at ICFF, New York 2008
    Check them out at

  10. lilypoopug April 10, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the doggie raincoats! now THIS is creative reuse of something that would definitely end up in a landfill….. now, what to do with the metal framework??? maybe a wacky mobile of some sort??!!!

  11. splenner April 10, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Phone book table-best use of an obsolete object.
    Bookshelf-clever idea, excellent execution.

  12. scotto April 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Wow! Someone should set up a lamp factory next to the landfill. It seems almost any piece of garbage can be turned into a lamp. But please use CFLs. I might like the plunger light better if it had some paper bits and brown stains so we could believe it was actually “saved” from a landfill.

  13. jaime April 8, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    De verdad que la que más me llamó la atención no sólo por bonita y práctica sino por su creatividad novedosa decorativa, es la Lamapra de Cascaras de Huevo, que también es una forma de cuidar el Medio Ambiente, ya que utliza algo natural (reciclaje). Felicitaciones Federico Otero
    Un admirador y amigo
    Jaime \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”El Biónico\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” Giraldo

  14. blqessence April 8, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    The Plastic Jewlery can be used for casual and dressy, nice one!

  15. 172649 April 8, 2009 at 11:50 am

    very interesting funiture and great jewellery designs.

  16. Davidson massea April 8, 2009 at 11:49 am

    plastic Jewelary has given a new image to plastic

  17. obmet April 8, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Lover the soda can brooch i want one.

  18. gabriela O. April 8, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Me encanta la lámpara de caja de huevos de Federuci (digo Federico) Otero
    la idea de reciclar cosas me encanta
    Yo creo que sí he podido marcar bien (eso espero) y espero que muchos voten por esa lámpara

    You are always very creative!!

  19. fernadoc_p April 7, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    i would like to have some news to my mail from these contests… i’m a designer from PERU

  20. kelly andrulewich April 7, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    The Plunger Lamp is hot! I love orange!

  21. Marynes April 7, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Tengo problemas por adicionar mi voto porque no hay una casilla que pueda marcar

    Mi lampara preferida son las de huevo por FEDERICO OTERO.


  22. Marynes April 7, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    He tenido problemas para dar mi voto por estas lamparas y la pagina no tiene lugar para marcar como favorita.

  23. molly boyle April 7, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I am inspired by all the creativity going on here! Great ideas!

  24. Merboyle April 7, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Hey, great stuff!! WHere can I buy one of those plunger lamps????

  25. dpryga65 April 7, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Alot of creative designs but I like the plunger lamp!!

  26. dcvelez April 7, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I am having a lot of trouble voting. I am trying to vote for the first time but the page does not let me. there is no place to mark next to a name to select them.

  27. SixtiesSandy April 7, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Great job by all. I especially like the furniture redo by Christine Chitnis. Proves one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

  28. stuf64 April 7, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I did a blender lamp a while ago…

  29. metaflusso April 7, 2009 at 12:35 am

    I particulary appreciate Egg-crate Lamp by Federico Otero. Its a clear demonstration that using recycled material doesn\’t have to look crappy but can be elegant, subtle an timeless. I could see that lamp in my house… Dozens of them 😉


  30. Len April 6, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Love the Plunger Lamps

  31. micka April 6, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Great Work!

  32. vthomson April 6, 2009 at 8:02 pm


  33. C Bajek April 6, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Great Idea on the lamp

  34. Paulione April 6, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    the books bookshelf is fabulous – I want one!

  35. LadyRowe April 6, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Love the jewerlly Very pretty “Bling”. Sure to jazz up any outfit.

  36. Marietta Andrulewich April 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Plunger lamp quite clever and unique.

  37. abhsqueen April 6, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Love the originality and out of the box thinking. Loved the toilet plunger lamp. It has a retro 50/60’s look.

  38. andrulewich April 6, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Great work on the plunger lamp!!

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