FLOR’s recycled carpet squares bring endless design to every room

05/07/15
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FLOR’s recycled carpet squares bring endless design to every room FLOR carpet squares break the mold on everything traditional roll out carpeting was meant to be. Instead of spending years with the same flooring and then ditching carpet to the landfill when it’s time to be replaced, FLOR carpet systems offer versatility in the form of squares you can fashion into any space.

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Hiroki Tominaga uses 130 shipping pallets to design a fresh office space for $2300

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House Republicans seek to slash millions in funding for NASA's study of climate change

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When President Barack Obama unveiled his proposed fiscal budget for the year 2016, not only did he request billions in funding for clean energy development and incentives, but he also set aside $1.947 billion for the funding of NASA’s Earth Science program. This program is key, because it provides valuable data on climate change through the use of orbiting satellites. But Republicans are pushing forward a bill from the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology that will to eviscerate this program, removing between $300 million and $500 million in funding, and making yet another clear swipe at the government-funded study of global warming.

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Over 200 leading scientists agree: non-stick pans are bad for you

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This won’t be the first time you’ve heard that the man-made chemicals in non-stick coating aren’t exactly healthy. The world’s leading scientists signed a statement to tell the world that they are highly concerned over the spread of certain chemicals called poly and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) which are in most non-stick cookware and some types of food packaging. The group of over 200 top scientists published their opinion in Environmental Health Perspectives in a document called “The Madrid Statement.” In animal studies, some PFASs have been found to cause liver toxicity, disruption of metabolism, the immune and endocrine systems, tumors in multiple organs, neonatal toxicity and death as well as other health issues. PFASs are emitted during industrial and firefighting operations and find their way into drinking water as well as the air and soil. The scientists propose a number of solutions including a mandate that product manufacturers label products with PFSAs and stop using them altogether when safer alternatives exist.

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Couple spent 20 years building Freedom Cove, their self-sufficient floating oasis

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Learn how you can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake

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The massive 7.8 earthquake that shook Nepal on April 25th in Kathmandu has devastated the region and over 7,000 people dead. A natural disaster like this leaves people, their homes, and cities torn asunder, and tens of thousands of families have been displaced from their homes and have been left out in the cold, as medical facilities and emergency shelters are overwhelmed. Many of us who are safe and far from the quake’s effects wonder how we can help. We’ve compiled a list of organizations you can support to aid the victims of this traumatic event.

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Interactive Kaleidome activates a public park in Hong Kong

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Google isn't 'feeling lucky' after Mountain View city council chokes HQ plans

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We sort of thought that Google was well on their way to owning the world, but it seems that isn’t really the case, especially in Mountain View, California, where plans for a sprawling green headquarters campus have been dashed by a few newly-appointed city council members. In a vote earlier this week, the council considered construction requests from Google and LinkedIn (among others) and—in news of the “whoah”—LinkedIn won.

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Tiny village kills thousands of dolphins for their teeth in the Solomon Islands

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Between 1976 and 2013, a small village in the Solomon Islands killed 15,400 dolphins—for their teeth. Prized for use as jewelry, currency and even as bride price, the teeth fetched about $0.70 apiece in 2013, according to a report published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. Researchers from the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium, Solomon Island’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute traveled to Fanalei in 2013 to investigate reports that the practice of driving and killing dolphins for their teeth had resurfaced despite an arrangement whereby Earth Island Institute would give the villagers cash in return for sparing the dolphins’ lives. In 2013 alone, this one village killed 1,600 dolphins, according to the report. The authors warn that the increasing commercial value of teeth, also used as currency, is likely to accelerate dolphin killing in the future.

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Enter Inhabitat's BKLYN Designs Scavenger Hunt to win your face on a vase + $700 worth of design prizes!

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Hey design lovers! It’s time to put your design sleuth skills to the test to win over $700 in awesome Brooklyn-made prizes in Inhabitat’s BKLYN Design Finds Scavenger Hunt! You can win an incredible Fahz face vase which is based on your face! You can play online (without ever setting foot at the BKLYN Designs show), or in person at the live event this coming weekend in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Follow the clues below to hunt for six points of interest around the show and post an image on social media using the hashtag #INHABIFINDS.* We will be posting clues ONLINE on Friday, May 8th, for those who wish to enter the scavenger hunt virtually.

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Phil Gautreau’s reclaimed wood bowls and boards merge texture with sophisticated functionality

05/06/15
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Phil Gautreau’s reclaimed wood bowls and boards merge texture with sophisticated functionalityYou’re sure to impress your dinner guests with a handmade wood bowl from Brooklyn designer Phil Gautreau—recipient of our Reader’s Choice Award last year. Custom-made from locally sourced and reclaimed materials, these 100 percent solid-wood bowls are exotic staples for kitchens and living rooms with a knack for sophisticated taste. Phil will

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INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

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Studies show that the number of people displaced by natural disasters has nearly doubled since the 1970s and scientists believe that, ultimately, urbanization is to blame for such displacements. Driven by climate change and economic reasons, urbanization creates a dangerous situation when a natural disaster strikes. Because of this, is vitally important to reduce the number of people impacted by natural disaster using improved planning and warning systems, particularly within the developing world where buildings and infrastructure are not likely to withstand the force of a natural hazard.

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This abandoned 300-year-old home was turned into a cafe wrapped in a bamboo frame

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Hybrid robot cranes will help construct Google's new HQ

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PEG Woodworking brings a sculptural touch to sustainable furniture design

05/06/15
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PEG Woodworking brings a sculptural touch to sustainable furniture designPEG Woodworking celebrates the beauty of geometric patterning combined with sustainable materials. The company itself is a one-woman operation, designed and built by Kate Casey. Casey brings her experience as a sculptor to a line of timber tables, benches, shelving and woven baskets, which emphasize the beauty of natural wood grain and texture.

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Bronsen Company's cruelty-free animal menagerie brings the African safari to your home

Bronsen Company's cruelty-free animal menagerie brings the African…

Bronsen Company’s beautiful Project Safari brings a cruelty-free alternative to taxidermy to the modern home. Hand made and hand cast in Brooklyn, the collection of ceramic safari…

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West of Noble fashions storied furniture out of refurbished materials

West of Noble fashions storied furniture out of refurbished materials

West of Noble is a one-man design show in Brooklyn run by Greg Mitchell. We think his website says a lot about his work: there are two tabs -- portfolio and contact. No about page, no…

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Bolé Road Textiles fuses colorful Ethiopian weaving with modern design

Bolé Road Textiles fuses colorful Ethiopian weaving with modern…

Bolé Road Textiles brings the beautiful, hand woven textiles of Ethiopia to Brooklyn. Founded by Hana Getachew to fuse traditional Ethiopian weaving with modern design, Bolé Road…

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Evan Z. Crane brings his playful brand of modern heirloom furniture to BKLYN Designs

Evan Z. Crane brings his playful brand of modern heirloom furniture to…

Evan Z. Crane is a Brooklyn-born and raised designer and craftsman of modern heirloom furniture. He combines traditional woodworking techniques with modern technology, such as…

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Reclaimed Home offers a collection of vintage, salvaged housewares at BKLYN Designs

Reclaimed Home offers a collection of vintage, salvaged housewares at…

Thrifty New Yorkers know that scoring a great deal on home decor means a visit to Reclaimed Home. The Crown Heights-based restoration and rehabilitation store is a treasure trove of…

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