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 Textiles will debut their colorful and versatile designs at the BKLYN Designs furniture festival between May 8-10, 2015.
WINTERCHECK FACTORY demonstrates the infinite beauty of simplicity with their diverse range of furniture and lighting. Using durable materials that have been conscientiously sourced by their various manufacturers, this contemporary design studio run by Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon Williams aims to provide utilitarian products with ‘powerful geometric forms.’ There’s no better way to
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 long eulogies about his philosophy. Instead, his craftsmanship speaks for itself. With names like Shokunin Table, Castaneda Chair
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 computer-controlled numerically controlled (CNC) machines, to create his line of mixed-media furnishings, which range from chairs and benches to drawers and coffee tables.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If regular bikes aren’t quite sustainable enough for you, this bamboo bike kit could be the answer. The Bamboo Bicycle Club, which started as a bike-building workshop in London, now creates mail-order kits, complete with all the parts needed to build a bamboo bike frame at home.
For those of you who are considering attending the BKLYN Designs show, come to our Green Awards Ceremony at 5:30 for some bites, bubbly, and a chance to celebrate emerging design talent from Brooklyn. It’s sure to be a treat!
Sunday, May 10th @ 5:30pm
Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Hong Kong-based artist collective the laboratory for Art and Architecture (LAAB) created Kaleidome, a colorful mirrored art installation that activates an empty plaza in Hong Kong’s Shatin Park. This “blossom of light-and-shadow interplay” is a kid-friendly artwork made up of 262 polyhedral cells cut from polished-stainless-steel mirror. Like a kaleidoscope, the color-tinted cells catch light and reflect different images of the surroundings, from the trees to passersby, to create beautiful ever-changing patterns.
What do you do when you’re unhappy with decisions a politician is making? You write a letter, of course. Morrissey penned a sharp-tongued missive to former vice president Al Gore and producer Kevin Wall who, together, are the founders of the climate change awareness event Live Earth, scheduled for June 18. The former Smiths frontman calls on the organizers to serve an all-vegan menu at the event, in which 100 artists will perform across seven continents. The “Meat is Murder” singer has a long history of demanding venues go vegan for his appearances, but he has a special message for the Live Earth crew: Ditch meat because it’s bad for the planet.
Visionary-couple Wayne Adams (66) and Catherine King (59) built their first floating home together back in 1992 right off the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. But the wish to create a more sustainable living grew together with their floating dream. Today, their floating island, the 'Freedom Cove', consists of 12 platforms complete with greenhouses, a dance floor, an art gallery, a lighthouse tower for guests, its own generator and a studio where the creative couple live.
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.
BKLYN Designs 2015 is fast approaching, and if you’ve never attended this exciting furniture show, see what it’s all about in our video with the Inhabitat editors showcasing their favorite green designs from the show. From reclaimed wood sofas to a poker table made out of recycled materials, check out the very best of BKLYN Designs – and don’t forget to see who’s in at the end of the clip.