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.
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.
This amazing fully automated parking garage built in the busiest district of Izmir, Turkey, is a green building that helps reduce emissions while allowing a car to be parked every three minutes. The eco-friendly structure, designed by BRN Architects looks like an office building, but boasts a state-of-the-art automation system across its 11 levels, meeting the car parking needs of the city and its surroundings while reducing emissions.
A dizzying display of color has taken over Sifly Piazza at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. Contemporary Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena created the site-specific work, called “Los Trompos" (“The Spinning Tops). The duo were commissioned as part of the museum’s multi-year initiative to create interactive outdoor art on the Woodruff Arts Center campus.
Solar panels that double as a rooftop canopy, a facade made from salvaged Coney Island boardwalk wood, and bright pink wayfinding signage are just a few of the fun-meets-functional touches you'll find inside TroutHouse, a multi-family live/work building located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Designed by sustainability-focused architecture firm thread collective to house their office, a home for partners Mark Mancuso and Elliott Maltby, and two additional residences, the 6,000-sq-ft structure was awarded LEED Gold in 2013. Inhabitat had a chance to stop by last week and sneak a peek at TroutHouse's multi-use spaces and green features. Read on to explore the building's thoughtful layout, or see it for yourself this weekend on Dwell's Brooklyn Home Tour (use discount code BKLYNDESIGNS to get $10 off).
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.
This cozy log cabin replaces three almost century-old cabins located on the shores of the remote late Femunden in Norway. The new structure, designed by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter, connects the three volumes into an airy, daylit retreat and creates a rustic living space worthy of a modern day Viking.
Great architecture involves much more than a building’s good looks. The recently completed Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Center, designed by Dutch firm Mecanoo and Watertown-based Sasaki Associates, is one such example. The new landmark structure, located in Boston’s Dudley Square, combines the facades of three historic buildings and aims to revitalize the Roxbury neighborhood with community-inclusive design.