Yuka Yoneda

 

Yuka is a writer and reporter from Queens, New York. She received her bachelor’s in business management from Stony Brook University and holds a degree in exhibit design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition to being the NYC editor of Inhabitat, Yuka is a practicing turophile and a known JeDIY master. Her love of maker culture and crafting has a lot to do with what she's seen around her in NYC, and she believes that if you can "make it" here, you can "make it" anywhere. Yuka's refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, Glamour, HGTV.com and other websites and magazines. Yuka also writes for Ecouterre and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.

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Bubble Chandelier is an Effervescent Light Fixture Made of 60 Recycled Soda Bottles

Bubble Chandelier is an Effervescent Light Fixture Made of 60 Recycled Soda Bottles

The effervescent Bubble Chandelier truly lives up to its name with its globular shape and fun form. Designed by Shaun Kasperbauer, this finalist in our Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition

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BOOK REVIEW: Confessions of a Radical Industrialist

BOOK REVIEW: Confessions of a Radical Industrialist

Is it possible for a business to go green and make green at the same time? Ray Anderson, founder of global carpeting company Interface and some say the grandfather of corporate sustainability,

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Glass ‘Odyssey Lamp’ Gives Recycled Bottles a New Life

Glass ‘Odyssey Lamp’ Gives Recycled Bottles a New Life

Shortly after 9/11, designer Ismael Quintero spotted a fire hydrant lid on the sidewalk that gave him the inspiration for this poetic Odyssey lamp. Made from recycled green beer bottles and

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Peter Danko’s NoCo2 Chair Is Made Using Recycled Car Tires

Peter Danko’s NoCo2 Chair Is Made Using Recycled Car Tires

Peter Danko’s NoCo2 chair has astonishing ergonomic properties and makes use of old die cut automobile tires. The tires allow the seat and back to float with user movement. This design is

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Steampunk R2-D2 Robot Made From Recycled Materials

Steampunk R2-D2 Robot Made From Recycled Materials

There are so many wonderful things to be said about this incredible robot sculpture made from recycled materials, that we feel it deserves its own short documentary. Created by UK-based artist

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Spectacular Green Roofed House Built Right into a Sand Dune Is Looking for a Buyer

Spectacular Green Roofed House Built Right into a Sand Dune Is Looking for a Buyer

Morgan built the Dune House in the '70s right next to this own home as a rental property. The site was characterized by a natural dune created by Hurricane Dora in 1964, and while Morgan wanted

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Nathan Sawaya’s Bedroom Made of Legos is Terribly Uncomfortable

Nathan Sawaya’s Bedroom Made of Legos is Terribly Uncomfortable

Everything in the room, aside from the actual floor and walls, was made from LEGOs right down to the cello (which can actually be played). The drawers may look simplistic, but get this - they

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Illuminated Shipping Container Wall is a Temporary Music Festival Venue in Rio de Janeiro

Illuminated Shipping Container Wall is a Temporary Music Festival Venue in Rio de Janeiro

Images by Leonardo Finotti Instead of simply piling the containers one atop the other, Bernardes Jacobsen chose to stagger them slightly, resulting in sporadic pockets of empty space. Some of

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Nathan Sawaya Creates Incredible LEGO Sculptures of Conan O’Brien and Stephen Colbert

Nathan Sawaya Creates Incredible LEGO Sculptures of Conan O’Brien and Stephen Colbert

As you can see, Sawaya is somewhat of a LEGO art savant -- his New York studio is currently filled with 1.5 million colored bricks. He makes everything from human figures to architectural models

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Oyster Mushrooms Can Break Down Disposable Diapers in Just 4 Months

Oyster Mushrooms Can Break Down Disposable Diapers in Just 4 Months

Dirty diapers have long been the bane of moms and dads, but they're also a horrible burden on the environment. Did you know that not a single disposable diaper ever made has decomposed yet, and

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Pescomaggiore Village Destroyed by L’Aquila Earthquake Now Being Rebuilt Sustainably

Pescomaggiore Village Destroyed by L’Aquila Earthquake Now Being Rebuilt Sustainably

Pescomaggiore village, which was destroyed by the earthquake that hit the mountain region of L’Aquila in central Italy on Apr. 6, 2009, is now being rebuilt by its 40-odd inhabitants with

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Flowering String Gardens Suspend Fruits and Greenery in Delicate Webs of Twine

Flowering String Gardens Suspend Fruits and Greenery in Delicate Webs of Twine

Suspended from the ceiling by just a few threads and completely unencumbered by pots or containers, these string-bound flora are probably the coolest hanging gardens we've seen since Babylon.

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BERGDORF: A Lovable Piggy Bank Made of Recyclable Paper Pulp

BERGDORF: A Lovable Piggy Bank Made of Recyclable Paper Pulp

At Inhabitat, we're big fans of educational toys that masquerade as cute animals, and the piggy bank is one of the best examples of learning disguised as fun trick if we've ever seen one. But

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Edible Candy Pen is Perfect for People Who Gnaw On Their Writing Instruments

Edible Candy Pen is Perfect for People Who Gnaw On Their Writing Instruments

It's a nasty habit, but thousands of people do it - pen chewing. Designer Dave Hakkens realized that people in the creative field, including himself, might be particularly susceptible to this

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Restaurant Tierra: Chilean House Renovated into a Charming Restaurant and Coffee Shop

Restaurant Tierra: Chilean House Renovated into a Charming Restaurant and Coffee Shop

This charming restaurant and coffeehouse in downtown Melipilla, Chile lived a former life as an ordinary residence. Restaurant Tierra was remodeled and refurbished by Cavagnero Rojo Architects,

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Deck Out Your Dining Table With Edible Centerpieces from Woolly Pocket

Deck Out Your Dining Table With Edible Centerpieces from Woolly Pocket

We didn't think food could get much fresher than when dishes are garnished with crisp herbs picked from your own garden - until we saw these cute lil' planters from Woolly Pocket. The Dining

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Comfort on Demand Saves Energy by Letting People Control Heat & Light in Office Areas

Comfort on Demand Saves Energy by Letting People Control Heat & Light in Office Areas

Nash Hurley and Taylor Keep of VITAL Environments in collaboration with Beau Trincia have created Comfort-on-Demand, a system that heats, cools, and lights individual work environments. Each

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Best of Green Furniture Design at ICFF 2011!

Best of Green Furniture Design at ICFF 2011!

These incredible LED lamps by Aqua Creations are each made from a single, hand-folded sheet of paper. Japanese company Aki showcased their awesome 3D cardboard sculptures - including

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10 Cool Collaborative Consumption Websites That Let You Swap Your Way to Better Stuff

10 Cool Collaborative Consumption Websites That Let You Swap Your Way to Better Stuff

Have you heard about collaborative consumption yet? It’s the latest way to “consume” sustainably and it’s practically free. Basically it’s a more technical term for

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Reclaiming Brooklyn’s Branch Lamp is Made Out of a Real NY Twig

Reclaiming Brooklyn’s Branch Lamp is Made Out of a Real NY Twig

A lamp grows in Brooklyn - well at least this one did. The Branch Lamp, which we spotted at the Model Citizens showcase during New York Design Week, is made of an actual branch that fell during

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SNOW GLOBAL: Hand Made Snow Globes Depict Species Affected By the BP Oil Spill

SNOW GLOBAL: Hand Made Snow Globes Depict Species Affected By the BP Oil Spill

Snow Global is a series of snow globes created in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Made by Neil Conley, each globe contains a hand-carved brass miniature of a species directly

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The TRIS Is a Stylish Chair Made from Recycled Roller Blinds

The TRIS Is a Stylish Chair Made from Recycled Roller Blinds

Tenenbaum Hazan have come up with a way to take hard plastic roller blinds that have come to the end of their useful lives, and turn them into something new - a chair. The stylish TRIS seat is

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Beautiful Panda Bicycles Are Like Ridable Works of Bamboo Art

Beautiful Panda Bicycles Are Like Ridable Works of Bamboo Art

Panda Bicycles is a Colorado-based manufacturer of artful bamboo bikes that look a lot like ridable art. The company focuses on bringing their sustainably built bikes and lifestyle to a wider

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BRC Designs Unveils Its Money Table Filled with 787 Real Dollar Bills at ICFF

BRC Designs Unveils Its Money Table Filled with 787 Real Dollar Bills at ICFF

We can always count on designer Benjamin Rollins Caldwell to wow us with his upcycled furniture designs, so we were thrilled to see him showing at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair

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Amphibious 1000: A Design for Qatar’s First Luxury Semi-Submerged Floating Hotel

Amphibious 1000: A Design for Qatar’s First Luxury Semi-Submerged Floating Hotel

Called Amphibious 1000, this design envisions Qatar's first semisubmerged hotel as a big aquatic animal stretching out from the land into the sea. Designed by the Giancarlo Zema Design Group,

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PHOTOS: Cabin Fever Unveils Their Latest Prefab ZipCabin at ICFF

PHOTOS: Cabin Fever Unveils Their Latest Prefab ZipCabin at ICFF

We spoke to Gayle Zalduondo, who is one of the founders of Puck and Blossom, the company behind Cabin Fever. One of the coolest things she told us about the ZipCabin is that at just 120 sf, its

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