Lori Zimmer

 

Lori Zimmer is a New York based writer, with a passion for sustainable design, eco-tourism and art. She has written for Ecouterre, Inhabitots, ArtSlant, Patrick McMullan Mag, Flavorpill, WhiteHot and ArtFetch. She received her MA in art, media and business at FIT. In her free time, she writes an art and art history guide called Art Nerd New York and curates shows often focused on artists who use found or recycled materials.

Wood Innovation Design Center rises as world’s largest timber office building

Wood Innovation Design Center rises as world’s largest timber office building

WIDC was designed as both a functional center, but also as a showcase of the durability and design potential of timber. The bottom floor and foundation are made from reinforced concrete, but the

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YOD Design Lab’s modern cabins mirror the forest in Ukraine

YOD Design Lab’s modern cabins mirror the forest in Ukraine

Secluded in the forested Poltova region of the Ukraine, Relax Park Verholy is a modernist escape, offering sleek new guest houses designed by Studio YOD. The simple, prefabricated structures

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FitDesk Lets You Pedal Your Way to Fitness While You Work

FitDesk Lets You Pedal Your Way to Fitness While You Work

Telecommuting saves workers money on subway or gas costs while conserving energy - but it can also mean less exercise. The folks at FitDesk have a solution - a brilliant bicycle/desk that

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8 scrumptious vegan BBQ recipes to enjoy this summer

8 scrumptious vegan BBQ recipes to enjoy this summer

©woodleywonderworks Teriyaki Grilled Eggplant Grilling eggplant brings out a rich, smokey flavor, making each slice the perfect main dish to eat alone or pile on a bun. Try an Asian twist by

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MAD Architects transform a home into a flexible kindergarten by wrapping it in a luminous skin

MAD Architects transform a home into a flexible kindergarten by wrapping it in a luminous skin

MAD Architect’s Clover House is a unique hybrid of a kindergarten by day, and personal home by night. The flexible living and learning space was created when the owner of a small kindergarten

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Now you can carry around your own pop-up hotel room with Travelbox

Now you can carry around your own pop-up hotel room with Travelbox

Austrian design firm Juust’s new Travelbox lets you tote around a pop-up hotel with you wherever you go. At just 132 pounds, the sleek box unfolds to reveal a comfy bed, chair, table, storage,

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Kay Sekimachi’s delicate bowls are made from real maple leaves

Kay Sekimachi’s delicate bowls are made from real maple leaves

Artist Kay Sekimachi’s uniquely organic bowls wow with their intricacy- and are made from actual maple leaves. Spindly and delicate, the leaves are preserved in outward reaching shapes that

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Shigeru Ban transforms 90,000 eye shadow containers into a glittering wave at the Venice Biennale

Shigeru Ban transforms 90,000 eye shadow containers into a glittering wave at the Venice Biennale

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has transformed thousands of empty eye shadow containers into a glistening wave for the Venice Biennale. Entitled “Reverberation- Pavilion of Light and Sound,”

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Samuel Bernier’s DIY Instructions Transform a Fire Extinguisher Into a Gorgeous Floor Lamp

Samuel Bernier’s DIY Instructions Transform a Fire Extinguisher Into a Gorgeous Floor Lamp

Samuel Bernier’s new floor lamp is upcycled from old fire extinguisher parts - and the industrial designer is sharing the DIY instructions! Named Achille Le Grand after designer Achille

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This $169 gadget turns your TV into a computer and works even when your internet is down

This $169 gadget turns your TV into a computer and works even when your internet is down

Designer Matt Dalio hopes to bring affordable computers to emerging middle class families across America. His project, the Endless computer, works directly with the family flat screen

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Timber-clad community center in France mimics the forest surrounding it

Timber-clad community center in France mimics the forest surrounding it

A timber-clad cultural center in the center of Chaville, France designed by Laraqui Bringer Architecture mimicks the lush forest that surrounds the city. Encased with a lace-like latticework,

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Artist constructs creepy Darth Vader masks entirely from dead insects

Artist constructs creepy Darth Vader masks entirely from dead insects

Artist Klaus Enrique’s humanoid sculptures are both beautiful and grotesque, made from both fragrant flowers, vegetables and plants- as well as gruesome dead millipedes, moths and scorpions.

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A rolling garden on wheels recently popped up in the middle of Milan

A rolling garden on wheels recently popped up in the middle of Milan

A4A Rivolta Savioni studio’s urban garden solution popped up at Expo Gate Milano last month. Easily movable, the public garden, called Why not in the garden? was wheeled out into the city

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San Francisco is protecting cyclists with raised bike lanes

San Francisco is protecting cyclists with raised bike lanes

San Franciscan cyclists will soon have an edge above automobile traffic, with a new elevated bicycle lane heading for the southern Mission District. Planned to line Valencia Street, the bike

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Adorable Seelenkiste spirit shelter can pop up anywhere for a serene retreat

Adorable Seelenkiste spirit shelter can pop up anywhere for a serene retreat

The adorable Seelenkiste is a tiny country hideaway in the lush Greek landscape, designed by allergutendinge. The tranquil retreat combines a mini observatory and a sleeping section, designed

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Z Square House evokes Islamic architecture in an Edwardian garden

Z Square House evokes Islamic architecture in an Edwardian garden

Set in the rear garden property of a large Edwardian home, the Z Square house harmonizes with the landscape with its linear design and integration of nature throughout. Inside, the house

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CREE reimagines fluorescent office lighting that dims to take advantage of natural light

CREE reimagines fluorescent office lighting that dims to take advantage of natural light

Designed for today’s modern office, CREE Lighting’s new LN suspended luminaire is an update of the typical inter-office fluorescent lighting system, replaced with long-lasting LEDs. With 105

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Perforated brick screens create private space admist busy Bangkok streets

Perforated brick screens create private space admist busy Bangkok streets

Screens of perforated brick shield the residents of Bangkok’s Ngamwongman House, designed by Jun Sekino, from prying eyes of neighbors and passersby. Amidst the densely populated city streets,

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Architect Todd Saunders’ family home cantilevers with a swing set hanging underneath

Architect Todd Saunders’ family home cantilevers with a swing set hanging underneath

Building a home for himself meant that Saunders could tailor the designs to fit the desires and requests of his two children and his wife. The family sought to make the most use of outdoor

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A brick wall perimeter gives Esse House privacy on the grounds of an Italian vineyard

A brick wall perimeter gives Esse House privacy on the grounds of an Italian vineyard

The director of the adjacent winery, his wife, two sons and elderly mother sought a new build to comfortably live near the vineyard without overshadowing it. The architects built the home’s

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Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

Designer Jack Albert Trew’s Spokefuge harnesses the power of the pedal to help doctors in remote areas test blood without electric medical equipment. Trew’s simple design uses a bike wheel

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Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

The original building, constructed during World War II in Puck Bay, was used as a watch tower and research facility that developed torpedoes, but became abandoned shortly after. With its unique

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Green-topped boathouse harmonizes with lush landscape in Western France

Green-topped boathouse harmonizes with lush landscape in Western France

The boathouse sits on a grassy knoll that overlooks the lake, giving visitors an option to enjoy outdoor activities as well as water sports. Guinée*Potin Architectes designed the facility to

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Kengo Kuma transforms a Tokyo warehouse into a stylish shop called La Kagu

Kengo Kuma transforms a Tokyo warehouse into a stylish shop called La Kagu

A Tokyo warehouse has been transformed into a sprawling lifestyle store and café by Kengo Kuma and Associates. Now called La Kagu, the industrial warehouse is met with a massive timber and

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Seattle teens make solar powered tiny homes for area homeless

Seattle teens make solar powered tiny homes for area homeless

Do-gooder teenagers have built an incredible tiny home community for homeless adults in Seattle. The project, called Impossible City and run by Sawhorse Revolution, teaches teens basic

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Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth millions of dollars

Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth millions of dollars

Authorities have intercepted more than three tonnes of illegal elephant ivory in a Thai port as it was en route to Laos from Kenya. The shipping container, marked as tea leaves, was opened to

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

In splashes of brilliant colors, Earth From Space gives a thorough portrait of the changing earth. An avid environmental activist and founder of GoodPlanet, Arthus-Bertrand has turned his love

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GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

Solar Fire Concentration Ltd hopes to help supply solar thermal energy to alleviate energy poverty around the world- by crowd funding. The Finnish company has launched the Free The Sun campaign,

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Timber-louvered house maximizes privacy and light in rural Germany

Timber-louvered house maximizes privacy and light in rural Germany

Two traditional gabled volumes are unified with wooden louvers, in Kuhnlein Architecktur’s Timber House in rural Germany. The double-peaked home is divided into two sections, keeping living

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Dizzconcept’s full-sized gourmet PIA kitchen fits in a cabinet and takes up just 16 square feet

Dizzconcept’s full-sized gourmet PIA kitchen fits in a cabinet and takes up just 16 square feet

When closed, the PIA looks like a typical wardrobe cabinet. Available in varying finishes like white, black and wood, the cabinet can be outfitted with outer shelving to hold knickknacks,

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