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Help kickstart this little SolarPuff lantern that could save the world

Help kickstart this little SolarPuff lantern that could save the world

New to the Kickstarter scene, the SolarPuff lantern is an ingenious little creation with the power to revolutionize the way we illuminate our world. This portable origami-like light delivers instant

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Airbnb’s Portland call center offers a beautiful and flexible work environment

Airbnb’s Portland call center offers a beautiful and flexible work environment

Harvey and Yu’s design team spent one month researching the preferences of the Portland team members before designing the space for the over 200-person staff, most of whom were already Portland

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PET Lamp’s Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles

PET Lamp’s Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles

Spanish manufacturer of hand-made lamps, PET Lamp, creates colorful collections of pendant lamps using indigenous craft techniques from all over the world. Their latest collection, Abyssinia, was

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Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian landscape

Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian landscape

The building is located on the edge of the town center facing an ancient castle mound with medieval, state-preserved ruins- the main tourist attraction of the town. It was the site itself that suggested

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100-year-old Japanese home is lined with plywood for an intentionally incomplete look

100-year-old Japanese home is lined with plywood for an intentionally incomplete look

Each room of the timber-framed home is lined with plywood. Left unstained, the plywood covers every wall, floor, and ceiling and makes the house look almost like a construction job left undone. The

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How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist

How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist

Sometimes, I sit in my lawn chair at night, next to the campfire, and look at the big blue bus in my campsite spot -- or in the parking lot of a Walmart -- or wherever we may be at the moment, and I

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

Designed for the port city of Rotterdam, the Dutch Windwheel is a sustainable landmark that houses 72 apartments within a circular steel and glass frame that also serves as a silent, motionless wind

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The American Institute of Architects announces their top 10 best green buildings of 2015

The American Institute of Architects announces their top 10 best green buildings of 2015

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected the best green buildings of 2015 that enhance and promote ecological design. The projects feature different integrated approaches to sustainable design

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Minimalist LED Mould Lamps look like balloons extending from rustic wooden blocks

Minimalist LED Mould Lamps look like balloons extending from rustic wooden blocks

The collection, named Moulds, have a raw look that reminds of industrial design. With a clean geometric appearance and a combination of contrasting materials, these stunning pendant lights " creating an

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Modern Cliff House overlooks stunning seaside views on Scotland’s Isle of Skye

Modern Cliff House overlooks stunning seaside views on Scotland’s Isle of Skye

Inspired by the region’s simple stone agricultural typology, the Cliff House is constructed with Caithness stone and is cut into the landscape to protect the building against harsh winds. The protective

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable

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Minimalist steel cabin floats above a rugged slope in Quebec

Minimalist steel cabin floats above a rugged slope in Quebec

Located in the Eastern Townships, the Bolton Residence is built on a natural plateau just below the highest point on the site. Its minimalist gabled form is a contemporary twist on the local vernacular

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DIY: Make garden faerie houses, pixie towers, and toad homes from reclaimed materials

DIY: Make garden faerie houses, pixie towers, and toad homes from reclaimed materials

What You'll Need: Sketch pad or blank paper Pencil Base structure (empty plastic drink bottles work well, as do aluminum cans) Cutting implements (scissors for plastic, metal shears for

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

Why does IKEA care about sustainability? Kind of a hard question... Steve Howard: I'm going to give you a slightly long answer, if that's okay. Long but structured. We have many businesses that have

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TreeHouse Memorial City becomes the highest rated LEED Platinum Core and Shell Building in Texas

TreeHouse Memorial City becomes the highest rated LEED Platinum Core and Shell Building in Texas

The 14,700-square-feet building was design in collaboration with Acumen Design. The building exterior is clad with wood siding, limestone, natural vegetation and fritted glass which resemble the lower

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VIDEO: Tokyo’s eco-cycle park bicycle elevator stores 144 bikes underground

VIDEO: Tokyo’s eco-cycle park bicycle elevator stores 144 bikes underground

Tokyo’s underground bicycle storage system looks more like an elaborate mechanism from a sci-fi movie than a parking lot for cycles. Put into motion with a single push of a button, the Eco Cycle

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Handmade, wireless clay speakers amplify the “sound of the earth”

Handmade, wireless clay speakers amplify the “sound of the earth”

Amazing Mapuguaquén “the sound of the earth” speakers combine traditional pottery techniques with modern wireless audio technology. Chilean designer Pablo Ocqueteau makes them on a potter's wheel,

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Handsome lakeside cabin supports a cantilevered timber gallery in Wisconsin

Handsome lakeside cabin supports a cantilevered timber gallery in Wisconsin

The Family Retreat comprises a cluster of structures: the cabin, south-facing deck with fireplace, storage building, and sauna. Wood is the primary building material, but the architects’ careful

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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 for

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BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho’s 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho’s 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are not aware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design. Feng Shui, in

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How Earth Day came to be

How Earth Day came to be

As Earth Day approaches this Sunday, many of us will contemplate our concerns over climate change, environmental destruction or dangers to our food supply, but do you know how this holiday first came to

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6 fun, meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day!

6 fun, meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day!

1. Don't Drive I know, I know. At face value, this doesn't sound like much fun at all. But that's only because you've forgotten how awesome the alternatives can be. Give your car the day off this Earth

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Matali Crasset’s Self-made Seat is a modular furniture system that can be carried like a suitcase

Matali Crasset’s Self-made Seat is a modular furniture system that can be carried like a suitcase

These frameless seating modules, designed by French designer Matali Crasset, can be rearranged and carried like suitcases. The Self-made Seat, designed for Italian furniture company Campeggi, can form

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10 standout designs from Brera Design District 2015

10 standout designs from Brera Design District 2015

Orto Botanico The international foundation Be Open collaborated with Interni to launch the The Garden of Wonders, a journey through Scents. This exhibition, showcased at Orto Botanico of Brera,

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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 spaces and

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Two-faced Austrian house hides a surprising subterranean wine cellar

Two-faced Austrian house hides a surprising subterranean wine cellar

While the front of the Stroblkeller matches the modest aesthetic of the surrounding buildings, its low-key exterior contrasts dramatically with the contemporary rear facade and minimalist interior. The

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How to build a compact and multifunctional Cheryl Cabin with just $3K of materials

How to build a compact and multifunctional Cheryl Cabin with just $3K of materials

Do you dream of building your own tiny house but don’t have the foggiest idea of where to start? Architect Joshua Woodsman can help. As Founder of Pin Up Houses, a company that creates easy-to-build

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Dossofiorito’s hanging Epiphytes vases allow plants to grow as they would in nature

Dossofiorito’s hanging Epiphytes vases allow plants to grow as they would in nature

The project rethinks our relationship with indoor nature by putting the needs of the plants first. Despite being domesticated, plants are able to behave and grow just like they would in their natural

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Wine bottle lamps, 3D printers, and meteorite tables take center stage at Spazio Rossana Orlandi

Wine bottle lamps, 3D printers, and meteorite tables take center stage at Spazio Rossana Orlandi

We've seen some great displays at this year's Milan Design Week, and the Spazio Rossana Orlandi exhibit was no exception. Established in 2002 in a former tie factory, the space is divided between two

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Collaptes furniture is friendly on the eyes, the environment, and the assembler

Collaptes furniture is friendly on the eyes, the environment, and the assembler

The most captivating aspect of Collaptes’ furniture is in its engineering. For instance, the Macadamia chair’s assembly is much like completing a puzzle: utilizing only six cuts of wood, the chair

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