Decorative Objects

The Ienami Bonkei Planter is a Green-Roofed Cityscape for Your Desk

The Ienami Bonkei Planter is a Green-Roofed Cityscape for Your Desk

For those trapped in an office who yearn to gaze upon a bucolic landscape, the Ienami Bonkei Planter by Japanese designer Chiaki Murata is the perfect desk accessory. Bonkei is the art of creating natural

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HOW TO: Learn How to Make a Mini Felt Planter to Green Your Walls

HOW TO: Learn How to Make a Mini Felt Planter to Green Your Walls

Step 1: Gather Your Materials Craft felt (preferably at least 21 inches long) Sewing machine and thread Scissors Pattern (print pattern here, cut out and tape together or design your

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Derek Chen Debuts Pino Solo Wine Tree Made from Old Chardonnay Barrels

Derek Chen Debuts Pino Solo Wine Tree Made from Old Chardonnay Barrels

Designer Derek Chen has fittingly transformed a bunch of old wine barrels into a beautiful wine rack! The San Francisco-based furniture maker recently debuted the limited edition "Pino Solo" wine tree,

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Deger Cengiz’s Threatening Cactus Terrarium Chair Puts Sitters on the Edge of Their Seats

Deger Cengiz’s Threatening Cactus Terrarium Chair Puts Sitters on the Edge of Their Seats

According to Cengiz, the Terrarium Chair "is an experimentation in which to investigate the effect of visual data to the user's experience." While it's pretty obvious to most viewers that the barrel

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Colin Selig’s Dalí-Esque Sofas Are Made from Recycled Propane Tanks

Colin Selig’s Dalí-Esque Sofas Are Made from Recycled Propane Tanks

"It began with this junk propane tank on my property" Selig explains on his website. "A lot of energy had been used to form the thick steel into this shape and it seemed a shame to let it go to waste."

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Blackbody Shows Off Beautiful Life-Size OLED Trees at ICFF 2013

Blackbody Shows Off Beautiful Life-Size OLED Trees at ICFF 2013

Designed by world-renowned designer Aldo Cibic for Blackbody, "Blossom" is a large metallic light fixture that resembles a tree. Each "branch" is fitted with ultra flat (2 mm thickness), long-lasting,

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Pickett Furniture Offers Up Charming Home Furnishings Handcrafted from Vintage and Reclaimed Materials

Pickett Furniture Offers Up Charming Home Furnishings Handcrafted from Vintage and Reclaimed Materials

It takes real skill to turn salvaged materials into something new and exciting, which is why we applaud Pickett Furniture's creative spin on recycling. They were on hand this weekend at BKLYN Designs,

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Giant LEGO Kraken Attacks Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer

Giant LEGO Kraken Attacks Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer

When you flirt with the Dark Side, bad things can happen; lava burns you, offspring return to kill you, and giant space cephalopods attack your ships. In a massive tentacled disturbance in the Force, Iain

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Oji Masanori’s Hemisphere Piggy Bank Can Be Used as an Indoor Planter Once Broken

Oji Masanori’s Hemisphere Piggy Bank Can Be Used as an Indoor Planter Once Broken

This tilted "piggy" bank doubles as an awesome planter once broken. So, now after saving up all your nickels and dimes, you can put your hard-saved cash towards growing a little tree! Designed by Oji

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Designers Experiment with Green Materials and Methods at Fabbrica del Vapore During Milan Design Week 2013

Designers Experiment with Green Materials and Methods at Fabbrica del Vapore During Milan Design Week 2013

Good vibes at the Fabbrica del Vapore, a creative hotspot, that seemed to be fully dedicated to green design this week. Tommaso Mancini presented the Ortobrick, a clay soil brick containing seeds

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Imperfect Design’s Beautiful Home Decor Combines Dutch Design and Traditional Craftsmanship

Imperfect Design’s Beautiful Home Decor Combines Dutch Design and Traditional Craftsmanship

From recycled glass vases from Guatemala to skillfully crafted lacquerware trays from Vietnam, the hand of the maker is always visible in the products of Imperfect Design. Dutch designers, such as Arian

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From Slum to Salone: Designer Pepe Heykoop to Launch New Reclaimed Leather Candelabras at Milan Design Week

From Slum to Salone: Designer Pepe Heykoop to Launch New Reclaimed Leather Candelabras at Milan Design Week

Carrying a load of leather candelabras in his suitcase, Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop just got back from Mumbai, India. In the slums of the city, he worked with 15 craftswomen in creating signature leather

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Kiyoshi Mino’s Amazing Felt Sculptures Blow Taxidermy Away

Kiyoshi Mino’s Amazing Felt Sculptures Blow Taxidermy Away

Kiyoshi’s collection of eight animal sculptures are now offered through the Chicago design shop ODLCO. Each bear, lamb, pig, cat, horse, duck, chipmunk, and bird sculpture is started with the face in

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Designers Leander Angerer and David Ross Create a Musical Staircase that Can Be Played Like a Harp

Designers Leander Angerer and David Ross Create a Musical Staircase that Can Be Played Like a Harp

Industrial design duo Leander Angerer and David Ross have redesigned a late Victorian-era staircase over three stories in a private home in northwest London for Cathal McAteer, founder of Folk Clothing.

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Tim Van Cromvoirt’s Trippy Thermophores Change Color with Heat

Tim Van Cromvoirt’s Trippy Thermophores Change Color with Heat

Dutch designer Tim Van Cromvoirt wanted to create a wall application that would look organic and act like living organism. So he used his final year at the ST. Joost Academy, in Breda to experiment

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World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube Mosaic Made of 85,794 Cubes Wins Guinness World Record

World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube Mosaic Made of 85,794 Cubes Wins Guinness World Record

Toronto-based Cube Works Studio recently set a new Guinness World Record by building the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube Mosaic from 80,940 cubes! Standing over 13 feet high and 200 feet wide, the

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Brooklyn to West Gives Scrap Wood a New Life as Gorgeous Geometric Tables

Brooklyn to West Gives Scrap Wood a New Life as Gorgeous Geometric Tables

As “a builder, a fixer, and a do-it-myselfer”, Ariele Alasko of Brooklyn to West enjoys big tools, old wood, good pasta, and finding primo building material in the dumpster. Having moved to

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Our Favorite Sustainable Home Furnishings at the 2013 Las Vegas Market!

Our Favorite Sustainable Home Furnishings at the 2013 Las Vegas Market!

The Phillips Collection The Phillips Collection is a North Carolina-based family-run company who makes impressive use of salvaged materials and sustainably-sourced wood. Their one-of-a-kind pieces make

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Colorful Carpet Made From Thousands of Digital Watches by Heidi Voet

Colorful Carpet Made From Thousands of Digital Watches by Heidi Voet

Wristwatches were once a necessity, but now they're entering the realm of novelty - more often than not, when you ask someone for the time they check their smartphone instead. In her installation Is six

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Lumio: Hard-Bound Book Unfolds to Unveil a Low-Energy Lamp

Lumio: Hard-Bound Book Unfolds to Unveil a Low-Energy Lamp

A bit of light reading anyone? The Lumio may look like a hard-bound book on the outside - but open the cover and it unfolds into a beautiful modern light! Lumio was created by industrial designer Max

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Specimen’s Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled Newsprint and Dryer Lint

Specimen’s Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled Newsprint and Dryer Lint

Not only are Specimen's horn speakers visually intriguing with their flared newsprint protrusion, but they project larger-than-life sound using only 3 watts of power. The technology employed was common in

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Birdhouse Roof Tile: Cozy Nesting Site For Birds Brings Wildlife to Your Home

Birdhouse Roof Tile: Cozy Nesting Site For Birds Brings Wildlife to Your Home

Looking to find some feathery housemates or find a cool new accent for your home? The Birdhouse roof tile created by Klaas Kuiken is an excellent way to bring a little nature back into your life. Built

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Photographer Jamie Kripke Documents the Bitter Side of Christmas Trees

Photographer Jamie Kripke Documents the Bitter Side of Christmas Trees

Ancient Egyptian, Roman and Chinese cultures once saw evergreen trees as symbols of eternal life, and Scandinavians placed them inside -- or just outside -- their homes to express hope for the forthcoming

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Studio505′s Mammoth LED Droplet Chandelier Bursts to Life in China

Studio505′s Mammoth LED Droplet Chandelier Bursts to Life in China

A dazzling LED flower chandelier has blossomed in Wujin, China, brought to life by Studio505 at the Lotus Conference Center. The colossal structure is a beacon of light for visitors, standing at a

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Playful Daisy Rug Can be Rearranged Into Many Varieties

Playful Daisy Rug Can be Rearranged Into Many Varieties

This faux grass rug invites whoever uses it to interact with the design by playfully rearranging the flowers! The creation of Toronto-based Joe Jin Design Company is made-up of artificial daisies that can

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How to Green Your Holidays With Eco-Friendly Christmas Decor

How to Green Your Holidays With Eco-Friendly Christmas Decor

The holidays are a time for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men, but decorating your home with energy-guzzling lights and dead trees hardly fits in either category. Luckily, eco-conscious yuletide

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Alexandra Kehayoglou Crafts Lush Grassy Carpets Inspired by the Pasturelands of Argentina

Alexandra Kehayoglou Crafts Lush Grassy Carpets Inspired by the Pasturelands of Argentina

These aren't your grandmother's shag carpets - Alexandra Kehayoglou creates incredible rugs that look like miniature pastures and meadows. Each hand-tufted piece is a tribute to the landscape of the

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Azuma Makoto’s Pixelated Bonsai is Made from LEGOs

Azuma Makoto’s Pixelated Bonsai is Made from LEGOs

Botanical artist Azuma Makoto’s latest masterpiece wasn’t crafted from branches and blooms, but instead from LEGOs! The artist has built a life-like bonsai from the popular children’s blocks. The

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