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

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

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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.

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ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat's 2015 Green Awards at BKLYN Designs!

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Join us at BKLYN Designs for Inhabitat’s Green Design Awards on Sunday, May 10th!

Calling all New York design fans! Inhabitat’s favorite time of year – NY Design Week – is kicking off with BKYLN Designs in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and Inhabitat will be on the scene to scope out the latest wares from up-and-coming Brooklyn designers. This year we’ll be handing out awards to the most innovative environmentally-conscious designs, and we want YOUR HELP in determining the winners of the Inhabitat Green Design Awards at BKLYN Designs. From hand-blown glass wall planters to repurposed colander lamps and a cork gaming table, last year’s Green Awards winners seriously wowed us and we can’t wait to see what’s on deck this year. You’ll also have a chance to vote for your favorite green designs at the show, so stay tuned for the details!

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

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Interactive Kaleidome activates a public park in Hong Kong

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Morrissey to Live Earth: go vegan because 'meat consumption is killing the planet'

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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.

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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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VIDEO: Inhabitat Does BKLYN Designs 2014!

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.

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Colorful Spinning Tops transform traditional toys into large-scale interactive art in Atlanta

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TroutHouse: A fun and functional LEED Gold building with outdoor space on every level

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Pikaplant's self-watering systems are made for the gardener on the go

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Have you ever aspired to care for your own plants yet fear that your busy modern life will lead to the neglect and death of your botanical wards? You need not worry anymore, for 21st century technology will water your plants for you! Pikaplant, a design company based in Amsterdam, is promoting a new series of self-watering products to ensure that your plants will never go thirsty again. Pikaplant’s self-watering line features three different designs to meet the needs of any time and space strapped gardener.

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BKLYN Designs: See you at Brooklyn’s premier home furnishings festival this weekend

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This amazing log cabin in Norway is worthy of a modern day Viking

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Mecanoo and Sasaki’s landmark Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Center is a catalyst for growth in Boston

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Perforated brick screens create private space admist busy Bangkok streets

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Screens of perforated brick shield the residents of Bangkok’s Ngamwongman House, designed by Jun Sekino, from prying eyes of neighbors and passersby. Amidst the densely populated city…

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Sees Green at BKLYN Designs

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If you read Inhabitat, you know that we're huge fans of BKLYN Designs, the annual furniture exhibition that takes place in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This year, we were saddened that the show did…

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Architect Todd Saunders' family home cantilevers with a swing set hanging underneath

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Building a home for himself meant that Saunders could tailor the designs to fit the desires and requests of his two children and his wife. The family sought to make the most use of…

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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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Put your design detective skills to the test to win some awesome Brooklyn-made prizes in Inhabitat’s BKLYN Design Finds Scavenger Hunt! Follow the clues below to hunt for six points…

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Watch Oregon's Lost Lake disappear down a bizarre hole

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Located in Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest, the Lost Lake presents a highly unusual natural phenomenon; each winter the lake bed fills with water from nearby streams, and every…

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