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Minnow creates spectacular lamps from New Zealand Macrocarpa and laser-cut bamboo

Minnow creates spectacular lamps from New Zealand Macrocarpa and laser-cut bamboo

Each piece is handmade in a workshop in Christchurch, New Zealand. The veneer is sourced from Auckland, and all the other components are made by local Christchurch firms. The copper wire is reclaimed from

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“Loo-cy” toilet snowplow helps Maryland man beat back winter

“Loo-cy” toilet snowplow helps Maryland man beat back winter

The northeastern US has been inundated with snow over the past month, but one Maryland man has found a way to bring a smile to the faces of passersby with his rather unique snowplow. Dubbed "Loo-cy" David

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Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

The theme of this year's Architecture and the City Festival was “Architecture of Consequence", and each home on the tour demonstrated how progressive design and creative problem solving can address

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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong belief in the

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Petzl unveils new LEED Platinum North America Headquarters in Salt Lake City

Petzl unveils new LEED Platinum North America Headquarters in Salt Lake City

As a company founded on the spirit of outdoor exploration, Petzl asserts that environmentalism is a central pillar of the brand’s philosophy. As a result, the new Petzl America building was designed to

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Two college students build a tiny home for under $500

Two college students build a tiny home for under $500

According to The Des Moines Register, Andrews and Van Kooten were inspired to build a tiny house for their senior school project after a class trip to Costa Rica, where they were housed in small,

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Love sign made of matches and reclaimed wood sets hearts afire

Love sign made of matches and reclaimed wood sets hearts afire

With Valentine's Day right around the bend, we thought it was the perfect time to feature artist Pei San Ng's amore-themed matchstick art. Ng arranged approximately 2,500 match sticks with red tips on a

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This beautiful furniture by Emilie Mazeau-Langlais is actually made from cardboard

This beautiful furniture by Emilie Mazeau-Langlais is actually made from cardboard

These items may look like regular pieces of wooden furniture at first sight, , but if you look closely you'll notice that all of them are made from cardboard. French artist and designer Emilie

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DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Plantable Valentines Made From Recycled Paper 1. Gather Your Materials 2. Shred Paper – make sure you don’t use coated paper like magazines. Use a few pieces of colored paper to tint your

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Dreamy Panchoran Retreat is made from old telephone poles and bamboo from the forests of Bali

Dreamy Panchoran Retreat is made from old telephone poles and bamboo from the forests of Bali

Photo: Tim Street Porter Tucked away within 25 acres of bamboo and coconut palm groves near Ubud, Bali, Panchoran is a little piece of paradise and the perfect way for anyone who is tired of taking

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Incredible Amsterdam office created entirely from cardboard

Incredible Amsterdam office created entirely from cardboard

The designers created an entire office space by carefully cutting and folding sheets of 15 mm honeycomb cardboard. The area includes desks, tables, bookshelves, columns, stairs, and even rooms made out of

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Israeli architects transform an abandoned storage building into a flexible, cozy home

Israeli architects transform an abandoned storage building into a flexible, cozy home

The building features large steel beams painted in a bright red color that give character to the space and dominate its design. The dining space includes a table constructed of wood off-cuts that were

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DIY: Make your own bowl out of an old LP record

DIY: Make your own bowl out of an old LP record

Brooklyn based Vinylux fashions tableware from old records. Artist Jeff Davis started hand?making these symmetrical, stepped bowls from non-playable LPs as part of his graduate thesis project. The product

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Hilla Shamia casts tree trunks in aluminium to create dramatic furniture

Hilla Shamia casts tree trunks in aluminium to create dramatic furniture

Shamia developed her technique while studying at the Department of Industrial Design at Holon Institute of Technology. High and low tables, square stools and long benches in the furniture range are built

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Edouard Martinet’s enchanting metal animal sculptures are made from old bike parts

Edouard Martinet’s enchanting metal animal sculptures are made from old bike parts

  The French artist created his jolly running ostrich by securing the assorted metal parts with a few screws and opted not to use a welding iron. His pigeon and a very cute robin sculpture

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Every year you come across those stories that warm your heart and lift your spirits. Whether it involves a tough old lady who refused to back down to developers or a teenager with a brilliant idea that

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INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

  INHABITAT: Can you tell our readers a bit about how it all began? Elisabeth: I rented this space a year and a half ago to open a restaurant. I had a few ideas about the menu, in that I knew I

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Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

International carpet designer Interface created Reclaim, a carpet tile line that combines style and socially responsible manufacturing into a 100% recycled product. Inspired by the "natural beauty found

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16 Tech-tastic Green Gifts for Gadget Geeks

16 Tech-tastic Green Gifts for Gadget Geeks

With the ubiquity of smartphone technology and tablets, there's really a little bit of gadget geek in every person on your holiday gift shopping list. Whether your loved ones' wider interests lie in

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This lingerie used to be a Christmas tree

This lingerie used to be a Christmas tree

We've heard of a lot of ways to recycle old Christmas trees, but lingerie? French designer Sophie Young is turning pine needles from old trees into gorgeous underwear. The lingerie is described as being

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Nudie Jeans recycles worn-out jeans to make adorable camper seats and holiday gifts

Nudie Jeans recycles worn-out jeans to make adorable camper seats and holiday gifts

Swedish company Nudie Jeans recycled 2,700 pairs of their worn-out old jeans and used the material to build incredible furniture pieces and holiday gifts. Around 90 percent of every pair of denim jeans

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Charming Wine Shop Built with Repurposed Shipping Pallets Pops Up in Poland

Charming Wine Shop Built with Repurposed Shipping Pallets Pops Up in Poland

The wine shop has bottles from many different parts of the world, an accessories department, and a tapas bar with tasting area. Visitors can buy wine, taste some chorizo and stay to become a pro wine

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Lessmore Showcases Modern, Eco-Friendly Furniture Made Out of Cardboard and Natural Materials

Lessmore Showcases Modern, Eco-Friendly Furniture Made Out of Cardboard and Natural Materials

Italian architect Giorgio Caporaso designed Lessmore, an eco-friendly and modular furniture brand that effortlessly shows how beautiful sustainable design can be. His collection, which was recently

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RE-Place Redefines the Nature of Building Renovation

RE-Place Redefines the Nature of Building Renovation

Buildings influence our behaviour. They are where we live, work, and eat, and they always seem to be evolving. It's part of human nature to constantly look for ways to rethink and redesign our

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Berlin’s High-Flying ‘Mount Center’ Climbing Park Looks Like a Real-Life Donkey Kong Level

Berlin’s High-Flying ‘Mount Center’ Climbing Park Looks Like a Real-Life Donkey Kong Level

Berlin's amazing Mount Center opened in 2010 next to a wild park, meters away from the Nordbanhof S-Bahn train station. After a short training session with an experienced guide, visitors are welcome to

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Bruce Munro Illuminates Straw Bales and Plastic for the Winter Light Installation at Waddesdon Gardens

Bruce Munro Illuminates Straw Bales and Plastic for the Winter Light Installation at Waddesdon Gardens

Winter Light at Waddesdon is Munro's third installation at the grandiose British gardens. But four out of the seven pieces on show are completely new and created especially for this winter event. That

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French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French artisan Alain Bellino took his craft to the dark side when he welded a number of leftover metal pieces together to create this surprisingly realistic Darth Vader bust. Bellino saves and restores a

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Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

Currently inhabited and fully functioning, the Wheel Story House recently opened for public tours earlier this year. Ansah hopes that by inviting others to view his unique house, he will inspire the

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San Francisco’s Minna Dream Shop is an Ultra-Flexible, Daylit Space for Makers

San Francisco’s Minna Dream Shop is an Ultra-Flexible, Daylit Space for Makers

The Minna Dream Shop is located on a small street in San Francisco's Mission district. Interstice Architects renovated the former auto garage into an open space with connections to both the street and a

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

The first thing you notice about this gypsy wagon is the surrounding smell of cedar forest and the sound of crashing waves from the lake, which is just a stone’s throw over the hill. In the winter,

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