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

05/06/15
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Reclaimed Home offers a collection of vintage, salvaged housewares at BKLYN DesignsThrifty 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 great art that collaborates with home dwellers to salvage old building materials and furniture for reuse, thus keeping them out

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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

05/06/15
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Bronsen Company's cruelty-free animal menagerie brings the African safari to your homeBronsen 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 animal busts are made with ceramic, glazed in either white or charcoal and can be mounted indoors or out. The studio’s first project will make its

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Bolé Road Textiles fuses colorful Ethiopian weaving with modern design

05/06/15
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Bolé Road Textiles fuses colorful Ethiopian weaving with modern designBolé 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.

Getachew was inspired to create Bolé Road

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WINTERCHECK FACTORY designs utilitarian products with powerful geometric forms

05/06/15
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WINTERCHECK FACTORY designs utilitarian products with powerful geometric formsWINTERCHECK 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

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West of Noble fashions storied furniture out of refurbished materials

05/06/15
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West of Noble fashions storied furniture out of refurbished materialsWest 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

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

05/06/15
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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.

Crane’s furniture is available

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

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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. Google already has rights to about 700,000 square feet of land in the area in question, located just north of Highway 101, and had requested an additional 2.5 million square feet of land across four sites. Interestingly, Google’s initial ask was more than the city had to divvy up in the first place. The council members had only 2.2 million square feet of land to dole out, so it was clear at the outset that someone wouldn’t get their way. The Tuesday evening vote awarded LinkedIn with 1.45 million square feet of the requested 1.6 million, while poor Google was granted only 515,000 square feet—a mere crumb compared to their lofty plans. With this news, the hot shot design team Heatherwick Studios and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) will have to make serious cuts to their original design, which included an enormous greenhouse and an indoor cycling track, among other sprawling luxuries. Unless someone can convince the folks at LinkedIn to turn tail, it looks like Google may have to get used to not being the biggest dog in the fight.

Learn more about the original plan for Google’s sprawling campus here, and stay tuned for details as the plans are updated to reflect the much smaller footprint.

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Hybrid robot cranes will help construct Google's new HQ

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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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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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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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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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This bamboo bicycle kit comes to you in the mail

This bamboo bicycle kit comes to you in the mail

If regular bikes aren't quite sustainable enough for you, this bamboo bike kit could be the answer. The Bamboo Bike Club, which started as a bike-building workshop in London, now…

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

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

Check out Inhabitat’s Green Awards Sunday, May 10th at BKLYN Designs! Calling all New York design fans! As one of Inhabitat's favorite design events kicks off, BKYLN Designs sets…

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Interactive Kaleidome activates a public park in Hong Kong

Interactive Kaleidome activates a public park in Hong Kong

The LAAB team designed and manually constructed the Kaleidome, also known as a Voronoi tessellation in mathematics, using digital fabrication techniques. The designers started by…

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

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

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…

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tIkzvloehc Adams and King have been living in their own self-made floating island since 1992. They are both artists, Adams is a carver and King, a…

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