Jill Fehrenbacher

 

Jill is the founder of Inhabitat, as well as a LEED-AP green designer and green design consultant based in New York City. She created Inhabitat in 2005 as a way to catalog her search for new ways to improve the world through forward-thinking, high-tech, and environmentally conscious design. Educated at Brown University, where she received a B.A. in Art Semiotics, and Central St. Martins, where she received an M.A. in Design Studies, she currently resides in New York City, which so far has been good for her obsession with rooftop farming and vegan fast food restaurants.

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Jill Fehrenbacher
ICOSA VILLAGE PODS

ICOSA VILLAGE PODS

Despite looking like something straight out of Star Wars – Icosa Village’s collection of “Pod” prefab shelters are actually very down-to-earth. The pods are practical,

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JAPANESE PET PLANT

JAPANESE PET PLANT

The Japanese are taking the world of botanical gadgets by storm. Just today I spotted this awesome tiny pet-plant on Japanese gadget site Compact-Impact. Its a mini cactus, in a little plastic

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WORD SPROUT – Magic Bean

WORD SPROUT – Magic Bean

Here’s a cute and clever way to say “I love you” – and just in time for valentines day. If you purchase a Word Sprout and give it to someone you love, when they first

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LOYAL LOOT: Hung Table

LOYAL LOOT: Hung Table

Although coffee tables are often the centerpiece of warm, comfy living rooms, they tend to be hard and angular - and anything but cozy. That's why we were so taken with Loyal Loot's fetching

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LOYAL LOOT: Canadian Design

LOYAL LOOT: Canadian Design

“Canadian design” may not have the same cache of “Danish design” or “Dutch design”, but an up-and-coming design collective by the name of Loyal Loot seems

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PREFAB REHAB

PREFAB REHAB

With prefab housing garnering a lot of attention from the press lately, some people are beginning to cry “fad.” Archinect’s Mason White has written a great post on the

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STUDIOBILITY’s INNER BEAUTY

STUDIOBILITY’s INNER BEAUTY

We love the clever use of negative space in Studiobility's gorgeous Inner Beauty tables. While the outsides of these pieces have a generic, rounded-rectangle look common to a lot of modern

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ROOF-TOP FARMING IN LONDON

ROOF-TOP FARMING IN LONDON

There's a fabulous article today on BLDGBLOG, about roof-top farming in London. Being both an avid green-roof fan, and a former London resident myself (and remembering those miserable grey

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BIOWILLIE!

BIOWILLIE!

This is a little off-topic for Inhabitat, but we since we love Biodiesel and Willie Nelson - we couldn't resist: Willie Nelson, the 72-year-old braided country-western star, has recently

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READYMADE: How To Make {Almost} Everything

READYMADE: How To Make {Almost} Everything

The best gift I received this year for Xmas was the ReadyMade book: How to Make {Almost} Everything: A Do-It-Yourself Primer. Thanks to my generous sister, I now hold the secrets to creating

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INHABITAT LOVES BUCKY

INHABITAT LOVES BUCKY

Who doesn't love Buckminster Fuller - the utopian American architect, designer, philosopher and inventor of the Geodesic Dome? We thought we'd engage in a little shameless self-promotion and

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BEST OF 2005 – Contributor Picks

BEST OF 2005 – Contributor Picks

In contrast to our most trafficked posts of 2005, here are our personal favorites from 2005: 1. Floating Homes (Jill) 2. Greenroofs (Sarah) 3. Loveshack (Nicki & Kyle) 4. Skyscraper

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BEST OF 2005 – Most Popular Inhabitat Posts

BEST OF 2005 – Most Popular Inhabitat Posts

Based on reader traffic and comments, here are the most popular (or the most controversial?) Inhabitat posts of 2005: 1. Tetris Shelving - 66 comments 2. Hansa Canyon Colored LED Faucets -

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: For Kids

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: For Kids

Kids love the holidays- for the cheer, the joy, the abundance of cookies, but mostly, for the gifts. This year, why not give green gifts that are healthy, educational, and eco-friendly. The

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GREEN GADGET GIFT GUIDE

GREEN GADGET GIFT GUIDE

Let's face it: we live in a gadget culture. And around this time of year, gadget consumption peaks as people head to Best Buy and Sharper Image to pick up shiny new gifts for their friends and

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: For her

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: For her

Today we continue our Green Gift Guide with clever suggestions for the woman in your life: green versions of a girl's favorite gifts including chocolate, fuzzy sweaters, and jewelry. Indulge

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CHEAP GREEN GIFTS UNDER $30

CHEAP GREEN GIFTS UNDER $30

It's that time of year again, and today marks the start of our Holiday Gift Guide here at Inhabitat. Our first installment is Cheap Gifts Under $30- wallet-friendly green gifts that are great

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BEST OF 2005 – POLL

BEST OF 2005 – POLL

The end of the year is rapidly approaching, and in the spirit of New Year's reflection, we're going to be looking back at some of the year's highlights. We'd love to hear from you guys, and

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FUTABA CONVERTIBLE FURNITURE

FUTABA CONVERTIBLE FURNITURE

In Japanese, the word “Futaba” means two leaves sprouting from one seed. That sounds like a less violent version of the expression “killing two birds with one stone.” I

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PACMAN DINING TABLE

PACMAN DINING TABLE

As a kid growing up in suburban California, I was obsessed with the Pacman table in our local Chinese restaurant. I could care less about the myriad stand-up video games in the nearby arcade,

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HARD DRIVE COFFEE TABLE

HARD DRIVE COFFEE TABLE

We love efficient, multi-tasking furniture here at Inhabitat, so we were excited to discover Grand Idea Studio's Hard Drive Coffee Table. The design recycles an original hard drive from an early

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE GIFT-GUIDE: Eco-friendly bags

SUSTAINABLE STYLE GIFT-GUIDE: Eco-friendly bags

UM FELT BAGS- $38-$114 We love these UM felt clutches, totes, and wallets from Branch Home. The 100% industrial felt accessories are handmade in Oakland, California, and are perfect for your

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE WARM UP: The best knit gifts

SUSTAINABLE STYLE WARM UP: The best knit gifts

Its hard to buy gifts for certain people in your life, but you can never go wrong with knit accessories like gloves, hats and scarves. Everyone likes to keep their appendages warm in the

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eHABITAT

eHABITAT

What is with Australia and prefab? With the recent Modabode, the Deck House, and now eHabitat, its beginning to seem like the locus of Prefab has moved down under. Whats going on? Whatever the

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TURBO WALL ART

TURBO WALL ART

If you ever made model airplanes or cars when you were a kid (and you are over 30 now) - then you might remember Revell kits, the quintessential 50's-era modeling kits where the pieces all came

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2005 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: For Her

2005 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: For Her

FOR HER BAMBU KITCHENWARE - $3 - $30 (Jill) Bambu makes a line of beautiful kitchenware from environmentally friendly, 100% organically-grown bamboo. In addition to being organic,

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: For Him

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: For Him

UNDER $50 TOM DIXON ECOWARE - ?14.95 ? ?69.99 (Sarah) Everyone needs dishes, and while the floral frippery of classic china may not appeal to the most masculine types, dishware can't be

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: For Kids

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: For Kids

EGGLING - $8.95 (Jill) Want to turn your little one into a green thumb? The adorable ceramic Eggling looks like Japanese lovechild of a Kinder Egg and Garden In a Bag. Crack one open, add

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