West 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
Pletz is a Brooklyn Navy Yard-based design studio that crafts handmade modernist lamps. Founded by the husband and wife team of Aaron and Heather Schoon, Pletz strives to create light fixtures that are both modern yet timeless in character. Inspirational influences include the Art Deco movement and artists like Brancusi and Noguchi.
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.
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.
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.
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).