Helen Morgan

 

Freelance writer and photographer based in Barcelona.

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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Infographic: Study Shows World’s Oldest Trees Are Dying Off Rapidly

Infographic: Study Shows World’s Oldest Trees Are Dying Off Rapidly

The world's oldest trees are dying off at an alarming rate, according to recent study by Australian National University professor David Lindenmayer. Research conducted on some of the world's

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Hecker Guthrie Transforms a Former Church into the Old Library Restaurant in Australia

Hecker Guthrie Transforms a Former Church into the Old Library Restaurant in Australia

The designers took the original structure of the building and re-imagined the interior. They kept the exposed beams and timber lining, but incorporated oak, linen, white timber and steel to

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Stunning Ice Castles Dazzle Visitors at the 2013 Harbin Ice Festival in China

Stunning Ice Castles Dazzle Visitors at the 2013 Harbin Ice Festival in China

Decorated using traditional lanterns and modern lasers, the buildings at the Harbin Ice Festival change every year - and the 2013 festival features a fantastic array of projects. The festival

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Illuminated Wooden Güiro Bar Inspired by Tropical Fruit Shell

Illuminated Wooden Güiro Bar Inspired by Tropical Fruit Shell

The grid design of the building will be emphasized with its ambient lighting, while the interior rectangular openings in the walls double as cool seating areas. A central bar is the focus of the

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Alex Cochrane Architects Renovate a Victorian Boathouse Into a Lakeside Creative Retreat

Alex Cochrane Architects Renovate a Victorian Boathouse Into a Lakeside Creative Retreat

Alex Cochrane Architects updated this traditional Victorian boathouse in England with a beautiful renovation that transforms it into a creative refuge overlooking a lake. The London-based design

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Destilat Architecture’s 3M House is a Cantilevered Woodland Residence in Austria

Destilat Architecture’s 3M House is a Cantilevered Woodland Residence in Austria

Destilat Architecture updated this woodland residence in Austria with a modern renovation that features cantilevered volumes set at different heights. The home sits on the bank of the Danube

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Gruba Transforms Discarded Buenos Aires Roller Blinds Into Stunning Furnishings

Gruba Transforms Discarded Buenos Aires Roller Blinds Into Stunning Furnishings

These fantastic furnishings are constructed from roller blinds that have been salvaged from the streets of Buenos Aires. The Argentine duo behind Gruba, architects Maria Constanza Nuñez and

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Michael McGillis Creates a Striking Walkway of Purple Logs in Franconia Sculpture Park

Michael McGillis Creates a Striking Walkway of Purple Logs in Franconia Sculpture Park

Michael McGillis created this timeless log sculpture 'Wake,' which was a big success when it was completed in 2006. McGillis created a walkway using a long log-built structure in Franconia

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Innovative Folding nCycle Speeds Towards Futuristic E-Bike Design

Innovative Folding nCycle Speeds Towards Futuristic E-Bike Design

This futuristic bike from nCycle combines a stripped-down and streamlined frame with a powerful electric motor to offer a speedy alternative to automotive transportation. The fold-up bicycle has

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Canadian Artist Kristi Malakoff Crafts Striking Lifesize Maypole Sculpture from Paper

Canadian Artist Kristi Malakoff Crafts Striking Lifesize Maypole Sculpture from Paper

Artist Kristi Malakoff is the creator of this brilliant paper installation depicting a scene of children dancing around a traditional Maypole. Constructed entirely from black paper and foam, the

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Robert Weschler Turns Thousands of American Pennies Into Colossal Cash Cubes

Robert Weschler Turns Thousands of American Pennies Into Colossal Cash Cubes

Robert Wechsler constructed his Mendicant sculptures from thousands of U.S. pennies — artifacts which he says are a symbol of American culture. Despite the fact that they are incredibly common

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Javier Riera Illuminates the Landscape With Ephemeral Geometric Light Projections

Javier Riera Illuminates the Landscape With Ephemeral Geometric Light Projections

Riera’s interesting shapes are dynamic and unusual, and they interrupt the otherwise natural scene before the viewer. They add new shapes to the wild silhouette of trees and bushes and break

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Studio505′s Mammoth LED Droplet Chandelier Bursts to Life in China

Studio505′s Mammoth LED Droplet Chandelier Bursts to Life in China

A dazzling LED flower chandelier has blossomed in Wujin, China, brought to life by Studio505 at the Lotus Conference Center. The colossal structure is a beacon of light for visitors, standing at

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WhiteCrate Uses Converted Shipping Containers to Create a Festive Bar in Manchester

WhiteCrate Uses Converted Shipping Containers to Create a Festive Bar in Manchester

DockLounge is made-up of two 40-foot WhiteCrate containers and one Hi-cube 40-foot WhiteCrate container that were joined together after the sides were removed to form a spacious room. The site

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This Fantastic Paper Globe by The Makerie Studio Can Be Taken Apart and Re-assembled Like a Puzzle

This Fantastic Paper Globe by The Makerie Studio Can Be Taken Apart and Re-assembled Like a Puzzle

Paper sculptors The Makerie Studio created this beautiful paper globe puzzle for photographer Andrew Barter as part of the Freshfield’s 2012 promotional campaign. The globe consists of just 12

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Ateliers O-S Architectes’ New Cultural Center in Nevers Incorporates Public Space into the Roof Design

Ateliers O-S Architectes’ New Cultural Center in Nevers Incorporates Public Space into the Roof Design

The building will feature glazed walls, which will flood the ground floor of the center with natural light. Each of the concrete walls are concealed by timber cladding and make the space

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Torsten Ottesjö’s Spectacular Leaf-Shaped Structures Are Inspired by the Swedish Landscape

Torsten Ottesjö’s Spectacular Leaf-Shaped Structures Are Inspired by the Swedish Landscape

The two constructions are built above a sloping area that leads to a private beach and dock. Their structures are designed to reflect the shape of a curling leaf, and welcome light within them

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Waka Waka Light’s Portable Solar Lamp Uses the Sun’s Energy to Charge Cell Phones

Waka Waka Light’s Portable Solar Lamp Uses the Sun’s Energy to Charge Cell Phones

The Waka Waka Personal Solar Power Station is a clever little gadget that can charge any cell phone and tablet via a USB connector using a solar LED lamp. That means no more frustrating dead

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Playful Daisy Rug Can be Rearranged Into Many Varieties

Playful Daisy Rug Can be Rearranged Into Many Varieties

This faux grass rug invites whoever uses it to interact with the design by playfully rearranging the flowers! The creation of Toronto-based Joe Jin Design Company is made-up of artificial

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WA Design’s Solar-Powered Stinson Beach House Achieves Net-Zero Energy

WA Design’s Solar-Powered Stinson Beach House Achieves Net-Zero Energy

The design team kept a focus on green objectives, using open-cell foam insulation, natural ventilation, and concrete floors. Their main focus was to create a south-sloping roof from which to

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