28 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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NYC's first prefab micro-unit apartment building starts to rise in Manhattan (PHOTOS)

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Solar-powered Ecocapsule lets you live off-the-grid anywhere in the world

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Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands

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House Republicans vote to restrict National Science Foundation climate change research

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Last month, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted along party lines to cut funding allocations that enable NASA to study changing climate patterns through their Earth Science program. This week, House Republicans voted 217 to 205 to take a second swipe at the government-funded study of global warming, this time by seeking to impose regulations on how the National Science Foundation utilizes its money, via the pending America Competes Reauthorization Act.

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This $129 foot-powered clothes washer is now available for pre-order in the U.S.

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A people-powered washing machine is a dream come true for some who live in remote areas, off-the-grid or in places where a washer and dryer are a hike to get to. The Drumi is reminiscent of the GiraDora, a foot-pedal washing machine prototype that never came to market in the U.S. Now, the Drumi is available for sale.

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Trekkie-run Chinese gaming company builds HQ as homage to Star Trek

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China… the final frontier. These are the voyages of a building that looks remarkably similar to the starship Enterprise. In truth, there are not going to be any voyages for this Enterprise, because it is an earthbound building. The wonderfully named gaming and mobile company NetDragon Websoft has taken Trekdom where no one has gone before by designing its headquarters in Fuzhou, Fujian, China to be a remarkable accurate homage to one of the most iconic ships in the galaxy (though whether the Enterprise could make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs is still up for debate). Give in to the geekiness; resistance is futile.

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Enter the International Tropical Architecture Student Competition for a shot at US$15,000

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Calling all university architecture students—the International Tropical Architecture Competition has just opened its doors for submissions and there’s a USD$15,000 prize pool! Organized by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority, Singapore Green Building Council, and the Singapore Institute of Architects, this year’s competition centers on the theme “Urban Smart Green Office.” The competition seeks innovative and sustainable proposals for an eco-friendly office building suitable for tropical climates. The entries should include both active and passive design strategies, energy efficient features, and other environmentally friendly elements. The $15,000 prize pool will be divided amongst the five finalists, who will also be invited to Singapore with flight and accommodation covered for one representative per team. The registration deadline is June 30, 2015 and the submission deadline is July 31, 2015.

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Unilever uses food waste to save over 1 million metric tons of C02

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Unilever has long stood proud as a food manufacturer with lofty sustainability goals—from their adoption of sustainable palm oil to their efforts urging consumers to cut back on waste, stating that food is “too cheap” in the developed world. Now the food giant has announced that they have saved over one million tonnes of C02 since 2008, using—among many other things—Marmite. Yes, that the sticky residue left over from manufacturing the Brit’s ‘love it or loathe it’ spreadable yeast extract is being fed into a waste-to-energy anaerobic digester to generate power to make—you guessed it—Marmite.

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

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This solar-powered 'water ATM' provides fresh drinking water in troubled areas

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Pakistan is short on water, but soon, people in need will be able to scan a card and get clean drinking water, right out of a machine. What’s better is that this ‘water ATM’ is completely solar-powered, making it easy to install just about anywhere water is needed.

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Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne's Whitehall Road Residence

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

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Kay Sekimachi's delicate bowls are made from real maple leaves

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Artist Kay Sekimachi creates sculptural organic bowls that are made from actual maple leaves! Spindly and delicate, the leaves are preserved in outward-reaching shapes that seem to bloom like a flower. Reinforced with Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon, the nature-infused pieces pay homage to the beauty and fragility of nature.

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This stunning Argentinian house is buried under a sacred Patagonian site

This stunning Argentinian house is buried under a sacred Patagonian…

According to the architects, the house stands on a religious Bariloche site, where natives used to hold Smoke ceremonies by burning green leafs as an offering to the gods. When the…

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20 Fascinating Design Finds Spotted at WantedDesign 2015

20 Fascinating Design Finds Spotted at WantedDesign 2015

Wanted Design is one of NYC's most anticipated Design Week shows, and this year's lineup did not disappoint. The international collection of home furnishings, design objects and art has…

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

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

The Texas man who paid $350,000 to kill a black rhinoceros has been successful. Corey Knowlton purchased the permit to kill the endangered animal in an auction in January of 2014,…

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

Gorgeous Valley House is a geometric timber cabin inspired by the…

The 117-square-meter Valley House is top-heavy, with two diamond-shaped volumes stacked atop a triangular base. The entrance is elevated off the ground and accessible via a short flight…

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

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

China is floating plans to build a 3,300 mile railway network in South America, jeopardizing one of the most critical and bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth. Next week China's Premier Li…

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