Sarah Rich

 

Sarah Rich is a writer and editor working where sustainability intersects with design, architecture, art, food, urbanism, branding and consumer culture. She is an editor at Dwell magazine and the editor of Dwell Digital. Previously Sarah was the managing editor of Worldchanging and co-authored the book by the same name. She launched and edited the Slow Food Nation blog in 2008 and co-founded the site that emerged from that event, CivilEats.com. She lives in San Francisco.

Sarah Rich
KENNETH COBONPUE

KENNETH COBONPUE

Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue has good design in his genes. His mother, Betty Cobonpue, founded a furniture design and manufacturing company in the Phillipines in the early seventies, where

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POLE HOUSES

POLE HOUSES

With the unpleasant prediction of more devastating weather patterns over the next twenty years (and beyond), safety and resilience are becoming top priorities for builders in disaster-prone

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CRAFACTOR INFINITY ARMCHAIR

CRAFACTOR INFINITY ARMCHAIR

In an admirable display of furniture fusion, a group of Thai designers has reinterpreted the aesthetic of traditional crafts to make use of modern technology. Crafactor utilizes new industrial

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THE LOVE SHACK

THE LOVE SHACK

A holiday rental agency in West Wales recently opened a new accomodation and proved that 70s kitsch has still not lost its popular appeal. The Caban Cariad (Welsh for "Love Shack") is a Swedish

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BAMBOO FURNITURE

BAMBOO FURNITURE

Under the design umbrella that is responsible for Moso Village, there are a bevy of other offshoot projects, including a furniture design company, Bamboo Furniture. The company sources materials

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BAMBOO VILLAGE

BAMBOO VILLAGE

In China's Guangdong province, three hours north of Guangzhou, an old military base is being turned into an eco-village. Moso Village aims to become a wireless village where rural residents can

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SIMPLE DORM

SIMPLE DORM

Now that prefab is ultra-hip, I've come to expect new designs to have the modern, minimalist look that makes prefab so sexy. But outside of residential prefab, I've come across a lot of

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DESIGNS FOR FOOD

DESIGNS FOR FOOD

In the midst of our cries over environmental destruction and lessons in at-home chemistry, it seemed about time for a brief return to designs that highlight the simple pleasures in life. Above

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GREEN FORTUNE STREAM GARDEN

GREEN FORTUNE STREAM GARDEN

If there's one thing that environmentalists and developers agree on, it's that greenery is a good thing. Foliage is an instant feng shui enhancer, not to mention its oxygen-boosting and

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100% DESIGN

100% DESIGN

This Thursday, September 22, is the opening day of 100% Design, London's annual design industry convergence, featuring some of the world's greatest contemporary designers. 100% Design brings

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THE GREEN DOLLHOUSE PROJECT

THE GREEN DOLLHOUSE PROJECT

In San Mateo next week, the Green Dollhouse Project will open its exhibition of 17 winning designs from its 2005 design competition. The exhibition will show at the Coyote Point Museum (south of

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HOW TO: Brew your own biodiesel

HOW TO: Brew your own biodiesel

If anyone still needed proof that world oil resources are diminishing, staggering gas prices have now confirmed it. Now, even as our wallets grow skinnier and SUV sales drop, I can't help but

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A LIVING HOUSE – Terreform’s Fab Tree Hab

A LIVING HOUSE – Terreform’s Fab Tree Hab

Inspired by the ecocentric attitudes of such beloved American nature-lovers as Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman and Alcott, three MIT designers - Mitchell Joachim, Lara Greden and Javier Arbona -

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A GREENER MIRAGE

A GREENER MIRAGE

I caught my first glimpse of Vegas from at least one hundred miles outside the city, when its giant halo of white light became visible driving westward through the desert at night. The glow

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CNI FURNITURE

CNI FURNITURE

The Qu'bequoise CNI Furniture company has designed an overwhelmingly large collection of environmentally-friendly interiors. They utilize exotic vegetable fibers and cruelty-free upholsteries to

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TURBULENCE HOUSE

TURBULENCE HOUSE

Commissioned as a guest house for artist Richard Tuttle and poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, the Turbulence House is nudging a technological revolution in off-site house design and construction. The

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PRESENTATION SUGGEREE

PRESENTATION SUGGEREE

If you've never been privy to an end-of-lease battle with your landlord over how much damage falls on your shoulders, consider yourself both rare and fortunate. Almost everyone has hastily

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ARCHITECTS PLA.NET SOFT LIGHT

ARCHITECTS PLA.NET SOFT LIGHT

The Austrian architecture and design firm Architects Pla.net has developed this little wireless rechargeable light for the bathroom. The light is illuminated by hyperbright LED's and resists

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BACHKIT

BACHKIT

Add another line to your dreamhouse wishlist. The New Zealand company Bachkit has created a holiday home that sits in the landscape of your choice and features a host of adjustable parts that

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SUBTLE SAFETY RING

SUBTLE SAFETY RING

When evaluating hypothetical responses to dangerous situations, it's hard to know what will be an effective means of self-defense. There's the classic "lawnmower" move - throwing an elbow in the

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INNOVATIVE HOUSE

INNOVATIVE HOUSE

After four years of development;D, the Brazilian product design company Innovative House (IHouse), has emerged with a line of "intelligent" products for the future-conscious home. IHouse (which

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DELFINE BIRDHOUSE

DELFINE BIRDHOUSE

Like dollhouses, birdhouses have a very gratifying aesthetic in the fact that every part is pared down. Where a human-scale house can be a lot to take in, the shape, angles and details of a

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CAVE COMEBACK

CAVE COMEBACK

Nothing suggests primitive like the archetypical caveman, but our less-evolved predecessors knew a thing or two about sustainable living. In Southern Spain, caves are still used as living

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RAGBAGS

RAGBAGS

In the slums of Delhi, "ragpickers" make a modest living salvaging discarded plastic bags for cleaning and reuse in products such as the new Rag-Bags, a line of accessories made from pressed

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SOLV STUDIO

SOLV STUDIO

Many of us who live on the coasts develop a bias for the outer edges of our country. I think it's safe to say that we often assume trends develop from the outside and make their way in, rather

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JUST IN – THE DUTCH LIVING ROOM REDESIGNED

JUST IN – THE DUTCH LIVING ROOM REDESIGNED

From September 4-December 4, the Netherlands Architecture Institute will hold its interior design exhibition, Just In - The Dutch Living Room Redesigned. The exhibition, inspired by the glut of

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COLM MCCOOL

COLM MCCOOL

In the throes of the re-use art movement, Colm McCool has both subscribed to and subverted the paradigm. I was immediately struck by his Re-Tread sculpture series, in which he's taken organic

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OTTO CHAIR

OTTO CHAIR

It seems a lot of contemporary designs take inspiration from the classic toys of our childhood; the Turn Your Head pirolettes and the Lovetann modular home are just a few we've covered recently.

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FLOATING ISLAND

FLOATING ISLAND

In 1970, Robert Smithson (of Spiral Jetty fame) drew this sketch for a new earthwork concept: a 30x90ft barge landscaped with shrubs and trees native to the New York region. The "floating

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THE NEW CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

THE NEW CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

The impending grand opening of the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco has been getting a lot of attention. I pass the construction site every morning as I traverse Golden Gate Park, and though

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