If you thought water and lighting are two things that should never meet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this mesmerizing new “Rain Lamp” by designer Richard Clarkson. The nature-inspired Rain Lamp uses a pump system to circulate water through a glass globe, allowing for a slow, steady drip of droplets that are projected by light onto surrounding surfaces. The steady drip of the lamp results in a mesmerizing ripple effect on your floor. Read on to see a short video of this unique light in action.
Six of the largest school districts in the nation announced that they are ditching polystyrene trays (more commonly known as styrofoam) for eco-friendly compostable plates. The move is the result of a years long effort to get schools to introduce environmentally friendly options into our schools and it will not only be better for the environment, but it will help educate kids about the importance of making sustainable choices.
There are all kinds of awesome sustainable lighting projects illuminating the planet these days but we have developed a new soft spot for the Consol Solar Jar from South Africa. A clever solar panel fitted onto the jar’s lid absorbs solar energy during the day and when the sun goes down, the little LED light inside the jar is ready to be switched on.
Ingrid Siliakus creates these breathtaking pieces of intricate architecture using a single sheet of paper. She carefully carves out precisely drafted architectural forms to create beautiful layered landscapes with an incredible level of detail. The work process is laborious to say the least, and Siliakus often goes through 20 to 30 prototypes before she is satisfied (it's a good thing that each one uses just one piece of paper). Following the master of this paper art form, Japanese paper architect Masahiro Chatani, Siliakus learned that the process begins with one architectural design, to which layers and layers of details are added.
Austrian design firm Juust’s new Travelbox lets you tote around a pop-up hotel with you wherever you go. At just 132 pounds, the box unfolds to reveal a comfy bed, chair, table, storage, and even a bicycle! Packed in wood and aluminum, the Travelbox can be shipped anywhere, bringing the comforts of home to your next destination.
New York Design Week always inspires us, but this year was especially bright with lighting innovations from all across the globe. We saw ingenuous new ways to make LEDs radiant - using fiber-optics, acrylic tubes and other types of diffusion, as well as LED Edison bulbs, 3D-printed pendants and luminous modular tree lamps. Scroll down to discover the latest and greatest innovations in lighting design on display at New York Design Week.
No sail, no motor, just a strong woman and her arms, for 6,000 nautical miles from Japan to San Francisco. Sonya Baumstein is a 28-year-old Florida native who is preparing to row her way from Choshi, Japan to San Francisco, California, in a rowboat. She will embark any day now, as soon as the weather gives her a clear path. Oh yeah, and she’s doing it alone, without a support vessel, because she “likes the challenge.”
As California’s drought deepens, state regulators just accepted a historic offer by a group of farmers to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 25 percent. Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta are giving up some of the water that is historically theirs to use, so long as the state does not impose deeper mandatory cuts in the future. The delta is a major part of California’s water system, and the fertile land around it produces nearly half of the fruits and vegetables grown in the United States.
Is your dream to live off-grid in any place of your choosing? The tiny egg-shaped Ecocapsule could be the low-energy home you’re looking for. Designed by Bratislava-based Nice Architects, the Ecocapsule is a micro-shelter that packs an impressive sustainable punch—the ultra-portable house is powered by solar and wind energy, and also includes rainwater collection and filtration.
California has just voted in favor of what could become the strictest ban in the U.S. on all products that contain plastic microbeads—the tiny gritty flecks found in a wide array of toothpastes and exfoliating body washes. Microbeads are typically smaller than five millimeters in diameter, but are a significant source of water pollution, with one jar of facial cleanser containing up to 300,000 tiny plastic pieces that wash down drains and accumulate in lakes, rivers and oceans. The bill to ban microbeads from California was passed this morning by the state assembly by 58 votes to 11, and must now pass the senate in order for it to go into effect as law on January 1, 2020.
The classic Volkswagen Camper Van has been given custom paint jobs for almost as long as it’s been around. Admittedly, the vast majority of those alterations done by the free-loving, tie-dyed and Deadhead crowds. But mimaki cg60—an Instructables user in Brazil—had slightly different plans for his family’s beaten up VW; as he puts it, after a marathon viewing of Star Wars he found exactly the droid he was looking for. About 50 hours of Photoshop work went into recreating all of R2-D2‘s various components, which were then printed onto vinyl to provide a modular custom car wrap. The project isn’t quite finished yet—so if you have thoughts on hubcaps, or whether or not a Millennium Falcon should be added atop the bus, head over to mimaki cg60′s Instructables page!
Amazon never ceases to amaze us with their product and service offerings. Sure, they started out as a speedy way to get cheap books, but those days are a faint memory as their lineup has expanded to include groceries, streaming movies, and a host of other necessities and not-so-necessary things. Now, you can turn to Amazon for your lawncare needs as well, using their Hire a Goat Grazer service to rent a herd of goats to mow your lawn.
Architect Gianluca Gelmini transformed an old fortified building in Bergamo, Italy, into a beautiful modern space meant to accommodate a public library. Torre del Borgo is dominated by iron ramps and walkways and is part of a larger project that aims to redevelop the public spaces of Bergamo's Piazza del Borgo.
Pakistan is short on water, but soon, people in need will be able to scan a card and get clean drinking water, right out of a machine. What’s better is that this ‘water ATM’ is completely solar-powered, making it easy to install just about anywhere water is needed.