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. A few days ago, 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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We Make Carpets creates mesmerizing tapestries from pasta, sponges, and little army men

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9 Inspiring furnishings by Austrian Design Pioneers at Milan Design Week 2015

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6 Superfood smoothie recipes your whole family will love

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In most places in the northern hemisphere, the weather’s starting to warm up. For my family, that means fewer cooked dishes and more delicious smoothies! Whether you’re looking for something new at breakfast or just as a healthy snack, we’ve rounded up some tantalizing superfood smoothies that taste great and are truly good for you. Take your pick of health-boosting options like pleasantly tart and antioxidant-loaded acai berries, super-green superfood spirulina, or omega-3 packed chia seeds. Whichever recipe you start with, you and your whole family (yes, even the kids) will enjoy trying each one. Let us know which smoothie is your new favorite!

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15 Striking lighting designs from Euroluce at Milan Design Week 2015

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Tom Dixon's dazzling Lens pendant lamps are made from 60 lenses

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Tom Dixon just unveiled a series of dazzling geometric pendant lamps made from 60 triangular polycarbonate lenses. Dixon’s Lens lamps are inspired by Fresnel lenses, which concentrate and refract prismatic bursts of light in all directions.

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10 Inventive designs from budding young artists at Milan Design Week's Salone Satellite

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IKEA's temporary shop explores the future of kitchen design at Milan Design Week

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Zsanett Szirmay weaves music into the fabric of traditional textiles

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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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11 Cool things we found at Milan's Zona Tortona during design week

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14 Radiant lighting designs from Euroluce for Milan Design Week

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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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Innovative ‘The Walk’ workplace keeps you and your creativity moving at Milan Design Week 2015

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

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

Dwell on Design, America’s largest design event, will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29-31, 2015! Curated by the talented editors of Dwell magazine, this…

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Meet the man who grows chairs (and tables and lamps)

Meet the man who grows chairs (and tables and lamps)

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.…

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16 Cutting-edge designs from Designjunction EDIT at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair

16 Cutting-edge designs from Designjunction EDIT at the 2015 Milan…

The fourth edition of Design Junction edit Milan is taking place within the surrounds of Casa dell’Opera of San Babila Design Quarter. The show reaches across two floors of an old…

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Tom Dixon launches "hallucinogenic" MELT lamps at Milan Design Week

This series of distorted spherical pendants made from hot blown glass create extraordinary optical effects and give new meaning to ambient lighting. Created in collaboration between…

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Japanese design firm Nendo experiments with light, material and space at Milan Design Week (PHOTOS)

Japanese design firm Nendo experiments with light, material and space…

Minimal, abstract and ethereal exhibition at Permanente di Milano showcases the latest Nendo’s works. On the occasion of Fuorisalone 2015 the two floors of the museum are fully packed…

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