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.

The Terroir Project transforms seaweed into sustainable chairs and lamps

The Terroir Project transforms seaweed into sustainable chairs and lamps

In their new Terroir Project collection, designers Jonas Edvard and Nikolaj Steenfatt have created a line of sustainable furniture inspired by the ocean that's made from seaweed and paper. The

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New smart bike warns cyclists of oncoming obstacles with a buzz

New smart bike warns cyclists of oncoming obstacles with a buzz

Biking through city traffic can put some cyclists on edge, but a new smart bike is helping riders keep safe by warning them about oncoming traffic. Developed by the Netherlands Organization for

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Recycled paper cup lamp is a glowing honeycomb of light

Recycled paper cup lamp is a glowing honeycomb of light

Disposable cups are hardly ever re-used, and they often find their end at the local landfill. So to cut back on this paper waste, six innovative designers in Japan have banded together to save

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New app lets Chinese citizens track biggest polluters’ activity in real time

New app lets Chinese citizens track biggest polluters’ activity in real time

Tracking China’s most devious polluters? Now there’s an app for that, after Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun and his supporters developed an app that can show citizens just who is polluting

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Studio Renier Winkelaar’s convertible wooden table takes cues from Dutch windmills

Studio Renier Winkelaar’s convertible wooden table takes cues from Dutch windmills

Studio Renier Winkelaar’s new wooden table, Craft 2.0, takes cues from furniture of the past that was built to stand the test of time. Inspired by the lasting design of traditional Dutch

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Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Milkovisch was born during the Depression, so was taught at a young age to always reuse and repurpose whatever was brought into the house. Saving old cans in the attic, he got the idea to

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Caravan Hotel lets guests live tiny even while on the road

Caravan Hotel lets guests live tiny even while on the road

The adorably-named Rosebud, Pearl and Tandem tiny houses are each fully outfitted with sleeping, living and kitchen areas. The caravan is centered around a common area that includes outdoor and

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Habitat for Humanity now focusing on renovating rather than building from scratch

Habitat for Humanity now focusing on renovating rather than building from scratch

Known for building new homes for families in need, Habitat for Humanity has been forced to switch gears as land prices soar throughout the United States. Rather than building homes from scratch,

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Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco will power 1.5 million homes

Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco will power 1.5 million homes

Africa’s largest wind farm, the Tarfaya Energy Project, has finally begun producing green energy off Morocco’s Southern Atlantic Coast. Sprawling over 22,000 acres, the 131 wind turbine

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Artist Li Hongbo carves butcher’s knife blades into delicate nature scenes

Artist Li Hongbo carves butcher’s knife blades into delicate nature scenes

At first glance, Hongbo’s sculptural scenes appear to be made of a soft or thin material such as paper, like his other sculptures. However, closer inspection reveals the artist’s incredible

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Jägnefält Milton’s leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

Jägnefält Milton’s leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

Studio Jägnefält Milton has developed a lovely leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion that can pop up in practically any wooded area in Sweden. Thanks to the country's new Attefallshus clause, small

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Zaria Forman finger draws stunning photorealistic scenes of climate change

Zaria Forman finger draws stunning photorealistic scenes of climate change

Forman began capturing the wonder of the waterways around the world early in life after traveling to remote landscapes with her family. Inspired by the beauty of nature, the artist began to

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Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

The decline in bee populations has been all the buzz lately, which led Whole Foods Market to team up with the Xerces Society to show us what a world—or at least, produce section—without bees

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Nguyễn Hùng Cường Creates Strikingly Realistic Origami Animals

Nguyễn Hùng Cường Creates Strikingly Realistic Origami Animals

The origami master began folding at an early age, getting hooked at age five before developing a lifelong habit of making origami. At 10 he was already creating original origami designs, and

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This angular guest house brings a music room and chicken coop to a lush property

This angular guest house brings a music room and chicken coop to a lush property

De Smet Vermeulen Architecten wanted the new structure to reference the original house, and so the main material chosen was sustainable timber. The timber frame and cladding was topped with a

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Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

Forget Doritos and sugary sodas, the goodies that this vending machine in San Francisco recently dispensed were out of the ordinary! Instead of junk food, the machine, which was installed by

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Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

The chunky Jupiter line comes with a dual watch face, with two Miyota movements to let you keep track of time in your top two destinations. We chose the fashionable Blackwood watch, since we all

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Sonja Hinrichsen’s Amazing Snow Drawings Bring Viewers Closer to Nature

Sonja Hinrichsen’s Amazing Snow Drawings Bring Viewers Closer to Nature

Seen from a bird's-eye view, Sonja Hinrichsen’s snow drawings appear as intricate, swirling patterns that snake around the landscape, creating imagery between rows of trees, roads, and the

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Could this Glass ‘Photon Space’ House Make You Healthier and Happier?

Could this Glass ‘Photon Space’ House Make You Healthier and Happier?

Could living in a glass box be the key to happiness? The designers of The Photon Space think so. The pop-up glass home is a comfortable 485 square feet of sun-drenched luxury, constructed from

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Atelier Vens Vanbelle Makes a Copper-Clad Addition to a Traditional Belgian Farmhouse

Atelier Vens Vanbelle Makes a Copper-Clad Addition to a Traditional Belgian Farmhouse

The growing family needed extra space that wouldn’t disrupt their daily habits and flow throughout the farmhouse, which already had a curved glass wall from a previous extension. The

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night in Quebec’s Hotel de Glace Ice Castle!

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night in Quebec’s Hotel de Glace Ice Castle!

A visit to the Hotel de Glace is truly a magical experience. After the heated check-in pavilion, a path leads to the pointed arch complex made from snow and ice. Fur-covered wooden double doors

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DIY: 6 Delicious Herbal Teas You Can Make This Winter

DIY: 6 Delicious Herbal Teas You Can Make This Winter

As the cold weather settles in, there is nothing like a hot cup of tea to take winter’s edge off. Rather than raiding your grocery store for pre-packaged flavors, why not try your hand at

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Six Yummy Organic Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make for Thanksgiving!

Six Yummy Organic Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make for Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Breakfast Shake The anti-oxidants in pumpkin will get you feeling refreshed, so why not start your day with a healthy pumpkin shake? For the sweet treat, combine 1 cup canned organic

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6 Vegan and Vegetarian Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

6 Vegan and Vegetarian Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

VEGAN WHOLE TURKEY GARDEIN STUFFED VEGGIE TURKEY ROAST TOFURKY VEGETARIAN FEAST QUORN TURK’Y MAGIC VEGAN LOAF MAKER FIELD ROAST CELEBRATION ROAST VEGAN WHOLE TURKEY Going meat-free on

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Massive Biodome Upgrade Unveiled for Montreal’s 1979 Olympic Park

Massive Biodome Upgrade Unveiled for Montreal’s 1979 Olympic Park

Kuehn Malvezzi’s winning design will bring a new insectarium to the site. The project includes a string of buildings that will take visitors through the metamorphic life process of bugs from

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The Denver Botanic Garden’s New Research Center Rises Like a Modern Pyramid in Colorado

The Denver Botanic Garden’s New Research Center Rises Like a Modern Pyramid in Colorado

The Denver Botanic Garden’s new Science Pyramid is an iconic new symbol for the park that also fosters conservation and research. The sustainable pyramid structure was created by Burkett

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Kohler’s New Toilet Seat Makes Your Poop Smell Like…Avocados?

Kohler’s New Toilet Seat Makes Your Poop Smell Like…Avocados?

The designers at toilet empire Kohler want to make your poop smell like… avocados. In addition to an entire toilet system, Kohler has come up with a smart seat that can be bought piece meal to

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Toronto’s Converted Veggie Bus Brings Produce to Food Desert Areas

Toronto’s Converted Veggie Bus Brings Produce to Food Desert Areas

A new mobile organic food market is making its way around Toronto, bringing fresh fruit and veggies to areas considered to be food deserts. Designed by LGA Architectural Planners, the mobile

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Would You Drink Fake Cow’s Milk Made from Genetically Engineered Yeast?

Would You Drink Fake Cow’s Milk Made from Genetically Engineered Yeast?

Fake cow's milk will be hitting the shelves next year. Muufri is a new animal-free milk cooked up by bioengineers from genetically engineered yeast. Unlike soy, rice or almond milk, Muufri was

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Impossible Electric Bike Folds Up Small Enough to Fit in a Backpack

Impossible Electric Bike Folds Up Small Enough to Fit in a Backpack

Impossible Technology just unveiled a bike commuter's dream - an electric bike that can fold up small enough to fit inside a backpack! The Impossible Bicycle ensures even weight distribution for

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