Helen Morgan

 

Freelance writer and photographer based in Barcelona.

‘Ffrash’ is Furniture Made from Trash by Former Street Children from Jakarta

‘Ffrash’ is Furniture Made from Trash by Former Street Children from Jakarta

Designers at Studio Ooms have been working on a fantastic social project in Indonesia that helps to lift people out of poverty while creating great recycled products. So far, the team has spent

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Stephen Shaheen Fashions Stunning Furniture With Salvaged Onyx

Stephen Shaheen Fashions Stunning Furniture With Salvaged Onyx

Stephen Shaheen creates intriguing designs from discarded remnants of onyx left over from industrial stone fabrication. No stranger to upcycling, Shaheen uses these upcycled materials to create

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Contemporary Casa Box in Brazil Incorporates Transformed Excess Timber As Interior Furnishings

Contemporary Casa Box in Brazil Incorporates Transformed Excess Timber As Interior Furnishings

‘Casa Box’ is a stunning modern renovation of a caretaker's house on a Brazilian island that sits overlooking the coastline like a contemporary cube. The house was constructed by Alan Chu

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Russian Artist Transforms a Recycled PC into a Living Room Fit For a Miniature Visitor

Russian Artist Transforms a Recycled PC into a Living Room Fit For a Miniature Visitor

An anonymous Russian artist recently transformed the shell of an old computer into a brilliant miniature replica of a living room - complete with an oriental rug, a lamp, and a comfy couch!

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Barbara Franc Transforms Recycled Objects Into Amazing Animal Sculptures

Barbara Franc Transforms Recycled Objects Into Amazing Animal Sculptures

Artist Barbara Franc transforms recycled materials and bits of wire into elaborate sculptures of living creatures from every branch of the animal kingdom. Her three-dimensional works range from

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Green-Roofed Chipicas Townhouses Blend Into the Environment With Wood-Wrapped Facades

Green-Roofed Chipicas Townhouses Blend Into the Environment With Wood-Wrapped Facades

Built in 2009, the houses are nestled amidst a private garden in downtown Valle de Bravo, Mexico. Their shaded wooden exteriors help them blend in with their surroundings while filtering light

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naCa and Studiodeda’s Modern Chicken Coops Pop Up in Sicily

naCa and Studiodeda’s Modern Chicken Coops Pop Up in Sicily

Italy-based DettoFatto is an ongoing collaborative laboratory that brings together creative designers and architects to construct furniture, installations, and microarchitecture projects. naCa

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Shu-Chun Hsiao’s Google Bird Houses Point Out the Dwellings of Feathered Friends

Shu-Chun Hsiao’s Google Bird Houses Point Out the Dwellings of Feathered Friends

These playful Google birdhouses by Shu-Chun Hsiao re-imagine typical bird dwellings as points of interest in urban locations. Inspired by the Google Maps landmark icon, Hsiao's modern bird

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Bake Me a Cake: Morten Jonas’ Playful ‘Cake Display’ Lamps Are Made by Bergen Prison Inmates

Bake Me a Cake: Morten Jonas’ Playful ‘Cake Display’ Lamps Are Made by Bergen Prison Inmates

At first glance, you may notice that these contemporary lamps are fashioned from glass cake display cases – but you probably wouldn’t guess that they’re made by a social prison

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Czech Artist Kristof Kintera Turns Mundane Objects Into Absurd and Extraordinary Sculptures

Czech Artist Kristof Kintera Turns Mundane Objects Into Absurd and Extraordinary Sculptures

Kristof Kintera's recycled sculptures distort reality and show even the most ordinary household items in a new light. He embraces a wide variety of objects as his materials, experimenting with

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HomeMade: Bureau de Change Joins Two London Houses With a Stunning Renovation

HomeMade: Bureau de Change Joins Two London Houses With a Stunning Renovation

Bureau de Change knocked down several interior walls to create a dynamic open space that unites the two homes. The studio says that they did not want to be constrained by the former plan -

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Tammam Azzam Recreates Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ on War-Torn Building in Syria

Tammam Azzam Recreates Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ on War-Torn Building in Syria

Syrian artist Tammam Azzam has created this beautiful and haunting mural on the side of a half-destroyed building in Syria. The artist reproduced Gustav Klimt's 'The Kiss', incorporating

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Gubbins Arquitectos’s Casa Mava House is Built into a Hillside Overlooking the Ocean in Chile

Gubbins Arquitectos’s Casa Mava House is Built into a Hillside Overlooking the Ocean in Chile

The site is divided into two sections that separate the primary residence with the nearby guesthouse. Connecting the two spaces is a large wooden deck that reaches out to the uninterrupted

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Steven Morgana’s Cardboard Geodesic Dome Suspended by Balancing Waste By-Products

Steven Morgana’s Cardboard Geodesic Dome Suspended by Balancing Waste By-Products

This fantastic geodesic dome is constructed entirely from discarded cardboard boxes by Steven Morgana. That in itself is a fantastic green idea, and its brown and green panels visually reflect

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McBarge: Abandoned Floating McDonalds to Be Given New Life As a Marina in Canada

McBarge: Abandoned Floating McDonalds to Be Given New Life As a Marina in Canada

Once refurbished, the plan is to turn the ship into a home for several restaurants—instead of just one—which would hopefully include some healthier options for visitors. The proposals are

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Roger Ferris + Partners Adds a Minimalist Art Gallery to a Philip Johnson-Designed Country Estate

Roger Ferris + Partners Adds a Minimalist Art Gallery to a Philip Johnson-Designed Country Estate

The architects completed the renovation using restoration materials that complemented the existing house and developed what was already there. But the new renovations are distinct from Philip

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Seth Stein Architects Gives a Bomb-Damaged London House a New Lease On Life

Seth Stein Architects Gives a Bomb-Damaged London House a New Lease On Life

Seth Stein Architects' Notting Hill renovation keeps a low energy footprint thanks to an array of green building strategies. The project incorporates passive air distribution, and it regulates

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House Abo Beats the Heat in South Africa With Natural Cooling Techniques

House Abo Beats the Heat in South Africa With Natural Cooling Techniques

To connect the lower and upper levels of House Abo, Nico van der Meulen Architects installed a staircase that changes the dynamics of the site itself. It is surrounded by areas of steel and

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Asif Farooq’s Incredible Gun Sculptures are Created from Recycled Cardboard

Asif Farooq’s Incredible Gun Sculptures are Created from Recycled Cardboard

At Inhabitat, we love when artists create symbolic works of art using recycled materials. Here, Asif Farooq constructs these incredibly precise gun replicas using only reused cardboard. The gun

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Woodendot’s Modern Ka Lamps Are Handcrafted in Spain Using Natural Materials

Woodendot’s Modern Ka Lamps Are Handcrafted in Spain Using Natural Materials

Madrid-based design studio Woodendot recently launched a new line of modern lighting handcrafted from natural materials. Their Ka Lamp collection is locally produced using traditional craft

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Locally-Crafted Farmhouse Furniture Provides Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in Rural China

Locally-Crafted Farmhouse Furniture Provides Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in Rural China

These beautiful pieces of wooden furniture handcrafted by Scot Laughton are simple prototypes designed to be made locally by villagers in rural areas of China. The collection was recently used

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Rekindle’s Recycled Furniture Gives Earthquake-Damaged Wood a Second Life in New Zealand

Rekindle’s Recycled Furniture Gives Earthquake-Damaged Wood a Second Life in New Zealand

In order to source the waste materials and take advantage of reusable wood, Rekindle offer a discount on furniture to anyone that sources discarded pieces of wood. The incentive helps encourage

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Gorgeous Ceramic and Wood Cup Designs by Jorge Diego Etienne Keep Liquids at the Perfect Temperature

Gorgeous Ceramic and Wood Cup Designs by Jorge Diego Etienne Keep Liquids at the Perfect Temperature

Here at Inhabitat we love the work of contributor Jorge Diego Etienne — the designer behind this beautifully simple mug that harnesses natural heating and cooling properties. Working with

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Street Artist Hyuro to Turn Copenhagen Street into Denmark’s Longest Artwork

Street Artist Hyuro to Turn Copenhagen Street into Denmark’s Longest Artwork

Danish authorities decided that a long street in Copenhagen needed a makeover, so they hired Spanish artist Hyuro to transform the corridor into the nation's longest piece of street art! Once

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Schemata Architects Designs Takeo Kikuchi’s New Eco-Friendly Flagship Store in Shibuya

Schemata Architects Designs Takeo Kikuchi’s New Eco-Friendly Flagship Store in Shibuya

The building is housed in a traditionally enclosed space with typically artificial heating and cooling systems, but the architect reconfigured it, installing wood frame windows to allow the

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Off the Grid Villa Tantangan in Bali Constructed With Lush Shrub Roof  For Insulation

Off the Grid Villa Tantangan in Bali Constructed With Lush Shrub Roof For Insulation

Villa Tantangan enjoys a remote off-grid location and is thought to be the first fully sustainable villa of its size in Bali. Word of Mouth focused on minimizing the project's energy consumption

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Artist Jesse Bromm Creates Amazing Miniature Landscapes From Salvaged Materials

Artist Jesse Bromm Creates Amazing Miniature Landscapes From Salvaged Materials

Artist Jesse Bromm uses salvaged materials to create amazing miniature landscapes that explore the relationship between humans and the environment. Broom works with a wide array of found objects

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Casa el Pangue: Stunning Terraced Home Overlooks the Pacific Ocean in Chile

Casa el Pangue: Stunning Terraced Home Overlooks the Pacific Ocean in Chile

Elton + Léniz designed Casa el Pangue to follow the natural course of a steep slope in Chile. The designers terraced every level with the volumes of the building so that each tier faces out to

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Steven Holl Architects Unveil Green-Roofed Ecology and Planning Museum for Tianjin Ecocity, China

Steven Holl Architects Unveil Green-Roofed Ecology and Planning Museum for Tianjin Ecocity, China

The project consists of two museums; the Ecology museum will be connected via a high-speed tram to the central business district of the Ecocity itself, and will focus specifically on Earth to

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Tommie Wilhelmsen’s Remote Trekronekabin is a Dramatic Intervention in the Nordic Landscape

Tommie Wilhelmsen’s Remote Trekronekabin is a Dramatic Intervention in the Nordic Landscape

Wilhelmsen sought to design a lodge that rises up above the treetops to evoke space and calm. He used black and earthy tones to complement the natural environment, while simultaneously creating

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