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8 transforming, double-duty furniture designs spotted at ICFF 2015

8 transforming, double-duty furniture designs spotted at ICFF 2015

“green furniture”, “sustainable furniture”, design events, design shows, icff, green design, green housewares, green interiors, green products, new york design week, nyc x design, sustainable

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Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

New York–based design studio Bernheimer Architecture designed this daylit vacation house in Rhode Island, the interior of which plays with light like it were a sculpting chisel. The Quonochontaug House

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LYCS Architecture unveils nature-filled urban high-rise in Hangzhou

LYCS Architecture unveils nature-filled urban high-rise in Hangzhou

The 120,711-square-meter office headquarters’ placement and shape were influenced by the need to maximize building views towards West Lake and minimize shadows on adjacent residential buildings. Thus,

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VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed,

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This building in Venice is covered in 1,000 used car tires

This building in Venice is covered in 1,000 used car tires

The exterior of Israel's pavilion at this year's Venice Art Biennale is covered 1,000 used car tires. Artist Tsibi Geva had the tires imported from Israel and tied together to create a protective skin,

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Sharon Davis’s geothermal retreat brings the natural world inside

Sharon Davis’s geothermal retreat brings the natural world inside

Picture Set on an idyllic patch of land adjacent to the historic Old Albany Post Road, Sharon Davis's 900 square foot country home weaves together exterior and interior to make a small space feel

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10 Incredible Designs by Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

10 Incredible Designs by Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand Shigeru Ban designed, pro-bono, this stunning temporary Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch following a devastating earthquake in 2011. Built with his

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Wes Anderson designed a cafe and it’s almost as good as his movies

Wes Anderson designed a cafe and it’s almost as good as his movies

The cafe is alight with the soft, mid-century color palette and details one could easily find on a Grand Budapest Hotel storyboard. Much of the building's original structure is preserved, as well,

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Build a personalized world map for your wall that chronicles your travels, one country at a time

Build a personalized world map for your wall that chronicles your travels, one country at a time

The designers at Bold Tuesday have developed a clever “analog” version of everyday apps that record the countries one has visited: one that can be mounted on the wall and updated as you work your way

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Cantilevered holiday home frames views of Scotland’s Small Isles

Cantilevered holiday home frames views of Scotland’s Small Isles

Though contemporary in design, the Faire Chaolais alludes to traditional Highland agricultural building styles with its gabled and cantilevered first floor clad in larch. The home’s lower floor, which

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Sweden’s “most sought after home” was created from Hemnet’s big data

Sweden’s “most sought after home” was created from Hemnet’s big data

The Hemnet House is an innovative example of data-driven design that’s appropriately nicknamed the “House of Clicks” for the crowdsourced process that determined the building’s many

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Zaha Hadid’s first project in Mexico is a honeycomb housing complex

Zaha Hadid’s first project in Mexico is a honeycomb housing complex

Zaha Hadid Architects have unveiled their honeycomb-like design for a residential development in Monterrey, Mexico - their first project in this Central American country. The project, entitled "Esfera

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Could solar-powered floating farms provide enough food for the entire world?

Could solar-powered floating farms provide enough food for the entire world?

The Smart Floating Farms (SFF) are designed as smart and fully automated systems that combine solar energy, hydroponics, and aquaculture. According to the architects, the commercially viable SFF project

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Barkow Leibinger’s timber-clad campus puts a contemporary spin on medieval architecture

Barkow Leibinger’s timber-clad campus puts a contemporary spin on medieval architecture

The medieval Waischenfeld village comprises a dense network of indigenous masonry and post-and-beam timber gabled-roof buildings. The architects respected the style and scale of Waischenfeld by splitting

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Chicago street artist turns pesky potholes into frozen treat mosaics

Chicago street artist turns pesky potholes into frozen treat mosaics

Chicago artist Jim Bachor is one of many citizens fed up with the state of city roads following the long and harsh winters of the Windy City, yet he’s one of the few to use his talents to transform the

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Form follows function at Shanghai’s new bioclimatic Natural History Museum

Form follows function at Shanghai’s new bioclimatic Natural History Museum

Perkins & Will took a biomimetic approach to the new Shanghai Natural History Museum, a sprawling 479, 180 square-foot facility with three unique facades and topped with a swirling green roof. Overall

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Prefab solar-powered home is a modern take on the traditional Slovenian farmhouse

Prefab solar-powered home is a modern take on the traditional Slovenian farmhouse

Scapelab clad the Simple House’s basic pitched-roof volume with a contemporary facade made of zinc sheet metal and wood. The architects created interesting and clean geometry by pairing horizontally

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Nozomi Nakabayashi’s dreamy house in the sky is made from locally-sourced and reclaimed materials

Nozomi Nakabayashi’s dreamy house in the sky is made from locally-sourced and reclaimed materials

This cozy prefab Hut on Stilts is a great micro-home for those looking to escape the bustling city life and spent time in a peaceful natural setting. The tiny building elevated from the ground, sitting on

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10 Innovative, eye-opening products from Designjunction EDIT NYC

10 Innovative, eye-opening products from Designjunction EDIT NYC

Designjunction is big in Europe - big show in europe in + Designjunction EDIT + New York Design Week Coverage

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World’s first multi-story skatepark coming to Kent, England

World’s first multi-story skatepark coming to Kent, England

The southeastern county of Kent, England will be the home of the world’s first multi-story skatepark, if all goes according to plan. Guy Hollaway Architects have designed an impressive facility that

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Artist Steve Messam built a 16-foot paper bridge without glue or bolts

Artist Steve Messam built a 16-foot paper bridge without glue or bolts

Artist Steve Messam has achieved something that has never been attempted before: building a bridge entirely out of paper without using a lick of glue or bolts. And this is no flimsy bridge that will waste

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Contemporary cabin-like cafe pops up in the heart of Bucharest

Contemporary cabin-like cafe pops up in the heart of Bucharest

Clad in standing-seam black sheet metal, this urban cabin has a monolithic and low-key appearance during the day. In contrast, the interior is covered with light spruce panels. Large windows and skylights

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This entire house is built from loaves of bread!

This entire house is built from loaves of bread!

La Triennale di Milano museum has just opened a new exhibition “Arts & Foods” curated by the Italian Architect Italo Rota that merges food, design and architecture into one single journey

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DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

STEP 1: Gather your materials Recycled containers (glass jam or sauce jars, plastic takeout containers, or yogurt cups are ideal) String or twine (cotton, hemp, or nylon). We used basic cotton twine

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House of Four Houses is a cohesive residence formed out of four separate volumes

House of Four Houses is a cohesive residence formed out of four separate volumes

This beautiful holiday house in Portugal, inspired by the vernacular architecture of the region, has four simple volumes that create myriad playful spaces. Portuguese design studio PROD Arquitectura

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Suspended green pathway is an unexpected alternative to a balcony

Suspended green pathway is an unexpected alternative to a balcony

Who says balconies need to follow the line of a building? In a new concept for a space to relax up high, Zalewski Studio have designed a wonderfully unexpected green pathway that invites inhabitants to

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Energy-positive townhouses power Boston’s grid with renewable energy

Energy-positive townhouses power Boston’s grid with renewable energy

Roxbury E+ comprises four townhomes, each topped with 39 solar panels that can produce more energy—close to 10,000 kilowatts a year—than the homeowners are likely to need. The homes are also designed

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Swedish Juniper House mirrors its surroundings with a clever vinyl facade

Swedish Juniper House mirrors its surroundings with a clever vinyl facade

.. The beautiful Juniper House is a 540 sq-foot home made from local timber. Three of its sides were masked in a vinyl cloth that was screen printed with photographs of the same trees growing around

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OffCentre invites nature into small spaces with hand blown glass

OffCentre invites nature into small spaces with hand blown glass

Inhabitat spotted OffCentre's ethereal glassware at this year's New York Design Week. Hand blown in Brooklyn by designers Edison Zapata and Romina Gonzales, their line of vases, pendant lamps and

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Casa Invisibile is an innovative, tailor-made prefab home with mirrored walls

Casa Invisibile is an innovative, tailor-made prefab home with mirrored walls

Delugan Meissl's idea of the future home was designed with flexibility and spatial quality in mind. Its modular tailor-made design gives clients' the freedom to choose its facades, materials and size,

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