29 inspiring lighting designs from New York Design Week

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.

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Rent a herd of goats on Amazon to mow your lawn

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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.

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This stunning green Andean house is partially buried under a sacred Patagonian site

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Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

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Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library space in Italy

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20 Fascinating Design Finds Spotted at WantedDesign 2015

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WantedDesign has become one of New York Design Week‘s most popular shows and, as usual, this year’s lineup did not disappoint. The innovative collection of home furnishings, decorative objects and art took over Manhattan’s Terminal Stores space last week, turning it into a block-long tunnel of design eye candy. Come along on our photo tour of our favorite designs from the show!

Lead image featuring Robert Debbane‘s Galactica Table Lamp

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Controversial Texas hunter bags his $350,000 endangered black rhino

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We’ve been following closely the story of the Texas man who paid $350,000 for the chance to kill an endangered black rhinoceros, and we’re sad to report today that the hunter has succeeded. Corey Knowlton purchased the permit to kill the endangered animal in an auction in January 2014, igniting a firestorm of controversy. Less than two months after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sanctioned the hunt, Knowlton traveled to Namibia and killed a bull rhino with three shots.

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Gorgeous Valley House is a geometric timber cabin inspired by the Dolomite Mountains

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China threatens to slice through the Amazon with a 3,300-mile rail network

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China is floating plans to build a 3,300 mile railway network through the Amazon, jeopardizing one of the most critical and bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth. Next week while touring South America, China’s Premier Li Keqiang will move ahead with discussions started last year by President Xi Jinping to connect the Atlantic in Brazil with the Pacific in Peru in order to facilitate faster and cheaper trade in commodities such as oil and iron ore, the Guardian reports. The railway network would slice through Amazonian swamps, forest and either desert or mountains, and disturb tribes that have never before had contact with the outside world.

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This mind-blowing Stella mirror is a window into infinity

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This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home

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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.

Rain Lamp from Richard Clarkson on Vimeo.

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Anchors aweigh! Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate London's new rental laws

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Beautiful birch AERO Bike is a testing ground for architectural techniques

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INFOGRAPHIC: Is your state a clean energy leader or dirty energy loser?

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These days, the U.S. is importing significantly less oil and bolstering its energy independence, and part of the reason is that renewable energy use is increasing throughout the country. While some states are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels (Texas, we are looking at you), others are producing an incredible amount of energy from clean sources like wind (we’re looking at you… wait, Texas?).  This infographic reveals which states are leading the renewable revolution (and which could use a kick in the pants).

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VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE - We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

By now, we hope that most of you know that swapping incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs saves money and energy, but there’s still a lingering misconception that LED bulbs emit a cold, bluish light that is just not as warm or attractive as the old filament-filled bulbs we grew up with. To dispel this fallacy, we sought out a group of people with a critical eye for light bulb color and ambiance – lighting designers on the show floor of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at New York Design Week. These meticulous designers take light warmth and quality very seriously (that is their job after all), so we couldn’t think of anyone better suited to give an honest opinion about the latest generation of high-tech LED light bulbs. Watch our video above to see how we retrofitted five gorgeous designer lamps with new Philips LED light bulbs – and in the process saved $1,732.86 in energy costs and won over some designer converts to the future of LED lighting.

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Feds launch pollinator task force to protect butterflies and bees from further population decline

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The US Federal Government has unleashed its new action plan to save honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators currently at risk. While the plan, created by the US Pollinator Task…

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Shigeru Ban transforms 90,000 eye shadow containers into a glittering wave at the Venice Biennale

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Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has transformed thousands of empty eye shadow containers into a glistening wave for the Venice Biennale. Entitled “Reverberation- Pavilion of Light and…

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Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

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Glulam is a versatile wooden beam consisting of multiple “wooden laminations” which are fused together with a strong, moisture-resistant adhesive. The product boasts to be, pound…

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SpaceX retro travel posters make Mars look like the ultimate vacation destination

SpaceX retro travel posters make Mars look like the ultimate vacation…

Elon Musk started SpaceX to get to Mars. Simple as that. That elusive red planet holds a lot of allure for the man who wants to help us all ditch the power grid. SpaceX, and certainly…

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8 transforming, double-duty furniture designs spotted at ICFF 2015

8 transforming, double-duty furniture designs spotted at ICFF 2015

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