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WIRED NEXTFEST: High-tech green

WIRED NEXTFEST: High-tech green

In case you hadn’t noticed, Wired Magazine has been getting greener and greener over the last year, and we are overjoyed to see this convergence of sustainability and technology. Yes its true

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ELECTROLUMINESCENT BUTTERFLY NIGHTLIGHT

ELECTROLUMINESCENT BUTTERFLY NIGHTLIGHT

UK designers Soner Ozenc and John Wischhusen charmed visitors to London's Designersblock with this El Flutter collection of glowing butterfly nighlights. The El FLutter Night Light is a safe, low-energy

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TIME CURTAIN by Soner Ozenc

TIME CURTAIN by Soner Ozenc

There's been so much amazing stuff on display at the London Design Festival we've had a hard time covering all of it. One real stand-out of design innovation is Soner Ozenc's electroluminescent fabric

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SHAPE-SHIFTING BUILDINGS

SHAPE-SHIFTING BUILDINGS

photo: Tristan d'EstrZe Sterk, oframBFRA.com Much of the talk about future-forward shelter design revolves around changing our perception of habitable spaces from static to dynamic structures.

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PREFAB FRIDAY: TKiT House almost complete

PREFAB FRIDAY: TKiT House almost complete

Real-iT-y Now... The reality of prefab versus its promise has been a hot topic as of late. Last year, we wrote about the high-tech, interactive iT House when it was just a bit more than a glimmer in

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DUTCH DESIGN: Sustainability and Interactivity

DUTCH DESIGN: Sustainability and Interactivity

This morning we've been discussing the environmental friendliness of Dutch design. Like Tejo Remy's rag chair (shown above), a lot of Dutch design uses reappropriated objects and recycled materials,

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LIGHT-SENSITIVE WALLPAPER

LIGHT-SENSITIVE WALLPAPER

The all-female Front design quartet never misses an opportunity to redefine the boundaries of the possible. Their portfolio contains a vast collection of staged interactions between science, technology

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KILL VAMPIRES WITH THE E-ROPE

KILL VAMPIRES WITH THE E-ROPE

Did you know that electric cables, chargers and devices in standby mode can suck up tons of electrical power? Even when your phone isn't plugged in, your cell-phone charger might be adding an additional

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HERBI SMART HYDROPONIC GARDEN

HERBI SMART HYDROPONIC GARDEN

Thanks to the 1960s Love Bug movies, the name Herbie will forever be associated with anthropomorphic-machine cuteness -- and Michael Kritzer's Herbi is no exception. The hydroponic countertop herb pot is

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LIGHT DELIGHT – Temperature Sensitive Bathroom Fixtures

LIGHT DELIGHT – Temperature Sensitive Bathroom Fixtures

When we first wrote up the Hansa Canyon temperature-sensitive bathroom fixtures last year, people went nuts trying to figure out how to procure some of the high-tech LED faucets from the elusive German

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NONDESIGNS WET LAMP

NONDESIGNS WET LAMP

Earlier today we highlighted the TOPO Table from NONDesigns, which struck our fancy with its elegant infusion of topography and horticulture. But what really knocked our socks off in their booth was the

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“BLOOMING” PROTEA LAMP

“BLOOMING” PROTEA LAMP

Incandescent lighting is so taken-for-granted in contemporary culture that most of us have no idea how much energy we use when we flip a light switch. Boiler Design Office wants to change this with their

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TETRIS SHELVES!

TETRIS SHELVES!

When we ran a post on Brave Space's Tetris shelves last year - we were inundated with traffic from Tetris lovers around the world. Many of you loved the shelves, others wrote in to complain about prices,

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WIFI UMBRELLA

WIFI UMBRELLA

Here's a creative use of technology to make life a bit more cheery. Who wants to have to turn on the TV or go to weather.com to find out the latest forecast, when your umbrella cantell you all you need

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DIY KYOTO’S WATTSON

DIY KYOTO’S WATTSON

When I first heard about DIY Kyoto, the literal meaning of the company's name didn't immediately strike me. But these designers are doing exactly what they say: creating products that make adhering to the

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LOOP.PH REACTIVE SURFACES

LOOP.PH REACTIVE SURFACES

We discovered Loop.ph last week with their beautiful BioWall, and now we can't get enough of the British design duo. CSM research fellow Rachel Wingfield and artist Mathias Gmachl collaborate to develop

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GLOFAB GLOWING TEXTILES

GLOFAB GLOWING TEXTILES

Torbjorn Lundell has just launched a new light-emitting textile at the 2006 Stockholm Furniture Fair called GloFab. This is such a fabulous idea it makes you wonder why this development has taken so

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GREEN SHUTTER

GREEN SHUTTER

Landscape Architects have always used trees and plants as a natural way to block sound, and impede the sun and the wind. The Green Shutter designed by Yvew Fidalgo, takes the same concept out of the

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FARMADELPHIA

FARMADELPHIA

Farmadeliphication (fahr'muh'deli'fi'kay'shun), n. 1. The process of turning all of Philadelphia's vacant and abandoned lots into urban farms: The 'Farmadeliphication' of once decrepit buildings into farm

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FIDO LUGGAGE

FIDO LUGGAGE

Dragging your luggage around the airport is, well, a drag. You've probably imagined almost every scenario possible for making life easier when traveling. Almost - because you definitely haven't thought of

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MIRROR WEATHER STATION

MIRROR WEATHER STATION

For whatever reason, the more features a gadget has, the more people want it, even if all but one of those features are useless. Which isn't to say we don't all need a mirror that also has a graphic

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ANDREW MAYNARD’S ACTIVIST ARCHITECTURE

ANDREW MAYNARD’S ACTIVIST ARCHITECTURE

Abandon your preconceptions of the architect as a quiet, bespeckled intellectual who cares more about sharp Italian suits and clean concrete lines than about saving trees. Here comes a new breed of

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FREEDOM OF CREATION Rapid Prototype Designs

FREEDOM OF CREATION Rapid Prototype Designs

Design company Freedom Of Creation (FOC), straddles the cusp between cutting edge engineering and haute-design. The future-forward company is pushing the boundaries of manufacturing production with their

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SUPER SMART PRIVACY GLASS

SUPER SMART PRIVACY GLASS

Imagine a high-tech glass that you could change from transparent to frosted with the flick of a switch... You could use it for home windows (eliminating the need for blinds), for store fronts (at night),

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Studio Force4

PREFAB FRIDAY: Studio Force4

We've talked a few times about urban bioremediation projects, in which trees and plants are used as tools to clean contaminated land. This kind of renewal not only spares the use of invasive

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P’KOLINO

P’KOLINO

Derived from the Italian word Piccolino meaning “Little One”, the creators of P’kolino’s Play Table and Play Tower have created innovative furniture for children that encourages

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OOOMS TWIG USB DRIVE

OOOMS TWIG USB DRIVE

These Oooms Twig USB sticks have been around the blog block a lot in the past week, and frankly, I'm not surprised. Seriously, who amongst us can resist a USB drive disguised as a twig? Available now from

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DESIGN EXHIBITION: LIVING IN MOTION

DESIGN EXHIBITION: LIVING IN MOTION

Its easy to think of flexible, and multi-functional design as a modern innovation; a product of our increasingly fast-paced and mobile lifestyles. Yet human societies the world over have been wrestling

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WOODEN LED CLOCK

WOODEN LED CLOCK

Minimalist wood block + high-tech LEDs = one fabulous combination. We love the simplicity of this Japanese clock design: when the clock is turned off it resembles little more than a wood block. When

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