Zsanett Szirmay weaves music into the fabric of traditional textiles

by , 04/19/15
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Hungarian design student Zsanett Szirmay has introduced a new way to appreciate eastern European folk embroidery—with your ears. In her installation titled Soundweaving, Szirmay merges the technology of music box punch cards with traditional textiles. She recreates the embroidery patterns as playable punch cards with laser cut holes. The cards are fed through a punch card player to complement the textile on display.

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RECIPE: Vegan steamed pak choi parcels with rice and veggies

by , 04/18/15

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Looking for something a little lighter for dinner tonight? These pok choi (aka bok choi aka chinese cabbage) parcels are just the thing. Utterly delicious and healthy, these are also tons of fun to make. Just cook your filling, wrap them up and you will be enjoying your meal in no time flat.

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Ben van Berkel and United Nude create hoof-like 3D printed shoes for the animal in you

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For the fashionista who just isn’t satisfied with a 6-inch stiletto comes United Nude’s UNX2, an entirely 3D-printed shoe that will give the ladies the towering hoof-like legs they desire. Created by UNStudio founder Ben van Berkel, the hoof… er,  shoe… is currently showing at the exhibition Re-Inventing the Shoes at the Milan Design Week. All kidding aside, the designers wanted to showcase the mechanics of the human foot using modern technology (and a definitively modern look). “We were particularly interested in the kinds of images the shoe could create, both when static and when in motion. When the wearer is still, the curve of the foot can be glimpsed within the shoe and the dynamics of movement are suggested by the curving vertical ribbons that envelop it. However, once the wearer begins to move, shifting levels of transparency are created and the vertical lines create a staccato rhythm reminiscent of early stop-motion photography. The UNX2 shoe creates patterns of movement and produces a dynamic form of image-making through motion,” said van Berkel.

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Dwell on Design 2015: America's largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

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America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, is celebrating its 10th year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29-31, 2015! Curated by the talented editors of Dwell magazine, this inspiring three-day wonderland of modern design will let visitors explore the latest design trends, tour some of L.A.’s most stunning residences, walk through prefab homes and living landscapes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry experts. To secure your spot at the show and save, register here and use promo code INHABITAT15 for $5 off!

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Gavin Munro doesn’t just grow trees, he grows furniture. Making one piece of furniture can take decades using traditional methods, if you consider the time it takes to grow the tree. What if you could incorporate the growing of the tree into the process? By growing the tree into the shape you want, you avoid the energy-wasting consumption of fuel for chainsaws and other logging equipment, not to mention all of the tools you don’t need to produce the furniture. This is just what furniture designer Gavin Munro has in mind.

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Apple protects 36,000 acres of forest, and is building 2 new solar farms in China

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The Apple logo might have gone from rainbow to black over the years, but the company is getting greener every day. This week, Apple made two announcements that impressed environmentalists around the world. In the first, the iPhone maker shared the news that it has purchased 36,000 acres of forest land for the express purpose of protecting it from future development. The other announcement was about two new solar farm projects which are already under construction in China, duplicating clean energy efforts the company has already made here in the U.S.

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In Maryland, Tesla's competition could help them get back in business

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Tesla’s been fighting for the right to do business in a number of states recently, but the electric car maker has gained some footing in Maryland, thanks to an unusual ally. The Maryland Automobile Dealers Association, which is essentially a collection of Tesla’s competitors in the state, has supported a measure to allow Tesla to continue their direct sales model without relying on a third-party dealership. Like many states, Maryland has laws that bar car makers from selling directly to the public, and those laws help dealerships take a slice out of the auto-buying business. In states where Tesla has won the ability to continue their sales, new legislation has been enacted to create an exception for electric car makers like Tesla, typically with a few caveats. In Maryland, a similar bill has already passed the state’s house and senate, and Governor Larry Hogan could sign it into law as soon as April 28. Having the backing of the largest dealership association in the state won’t hurt Tesla’s odds of getting their cars on the road in Maryland.

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We Make Carpets creates mesmerizing tapestries from pasta, sponges, and little army men

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