green Interiors

City Library Bruges’ new rusty facade gets more beautiful over time

City Library Bruges’ new rusty facade gets more beautiful over time

The clients' brief was to make the library more visible from the street and that it will stand out with its very own identity among other services in the same building. But the architects' task wasn't

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BottleCloths are modern, stylish table cloths made out of recycled plastic bottles

BottleCloths are modern, stylish table cloths made out of recycled plastic bottles

Designed by Southern California based Brenda Sacks, this eco-chic line of contemporary table coverings is made from 100% woven fiber sources entirely from recycled plastic bottles.  A consummate

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How a team of students transformed a group home into a haven through Habilitative Design

How a team of students transformed a group home into a haven through Habilitative Design

Dr. Dak Kopec, Architectural Psychologists and Director of the Boston Architectural College’s (BAC) Master of Design Studies (MDS) in Design for Human Health (DHH) led a team of Graduate students in the

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Home Depot to phase out use of toxic phthalates in vinyl flooring

Home Depot to phase out use of toxic phthalates in vinyl flooring

Various forms of ortho-phthalate chemicals have been associated with developmental and reproductive problems—especially in male infants—and linked to liver tumors in animals. So while the plasticizing

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Vineyard Schmidt’s striking tasting room is wrapped in a vertical wooden lattice

Vineyard Schmidt’s striking tasting room is wrapped in a vertical wooden lattice

Although the same family has run Vineyard Schmidt for generations, this stunning wooden building is completely new. Located among rolling hills and luscious farmlands, it was designed to shelter the

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5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

You've all heard the tired mantras about changing your lightbulbs and recycling at home in order to save the planet - are you yawning yet? Many consumers think that going green is a gesture of

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Kengo Kuma’s striking renovation of a Tokyo eatery is made from thousands of re-used multicolored cables

Kengo Kuma’s striking renovation of a Tokyo eatery is made from thousands of re-used multicolored cables

Tetchan is located in Kichijoji, a suburb in Western Tokyo that is popular for its hip boutiques, convenient department stores and large park. The architect sums it up better “A wondrous bystreet that

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“The Rumbles” 3D-printed lamps by Studio Meraldi Rubini

“The Rumbles” 3D-printed lamps by Studio Meraldi Rubini

When some years ago the whole world started to talk about a newly invented 3d-printing technology, no one actually knew what exactly and how soon it will bring us the first results that will enter our

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

Why does IKEA care about sustainability? Kind of a hard question... Steve Howard: I'm going to give you a slightly long answer, if that's okay. Long but structured. We have many businesses that have

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New Nanoleaf Gem LED light shines brightly for Earth Day

New Nanoleaf Gem LED light shines brightly for Earth Day

Nanoleaf, who previously released the fabulous Bloom LED light, has created a shiny new piece in time for Earth Day 2015: the Nanoleaf Gem! This LED décor bulb, which has a light quality equal to any

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BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho’s 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho’s 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are not aware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design. Feng Shui, in

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Celebrate Earth Day with Feng Shui!

Celebrate Earth Day with Feng Shui!

In light Earth Day and Earth Week, I wanted to share what “Earth” means in the Feng Shui world. When people ask me to describe Feng Shui, I tell them that it's about much more than moving furniture

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Philips announces the most affordable LED light bulb ever, yours for under $5

Philips announces the most affordable LED light bulb ever, yours for under $5

Philips wants to put LED bulbs in every home, and they’re making them so affordable, nobody will be able to resist. The global lighting leader, in partnership with Home Depot, has launched the most

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Dossofiorito’s hanging Epiphytes vases allow plants to grow as they would in nature

Dossofiorito’s hanging Epiphytes vases allow plants to grow as they would in nature

The project rethinks our relationship with indoor nature by putting the needs of the plants first. Despite being domesticated, plants are able to behave and grow just like they would in their natural

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

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

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Dizzconcept’s full-sized gourmet PIA kitchen fits in a cabinet and takes up just 16 square feet

Dizzconcept’s full-sized gourmet PIA kitchen fits in a cabinet and takes up just 16 square feet

When closed, the PIA looks like a typical wardrobe cabinet. Available in varying finishes like white, black and wood, the cabinet can be outfitted with outer shelving to hold knickknacks, artwork, or even

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Japanese designer Kappes uses ethereal dancing steel wires to create mesmerizing Continuum lights

Japanese designer Kappes uses ethereal dancing steel wires to create mesmerizing Continuum lights

The Continuum is a luminous artwork that plays with the concepts of light and form. This beautifully-shaped object, made by Japanese design collective Kappes creates an ethereal light animated by the

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Mexican university annex is a breezy open-air workshop for sustainability students

Mexican university annex is a breezy open-air workshop for sustainability students

The annex of the Design Innovation and Workshop Building, referred to as TID, is unassuming at first glance. Yet, once the grid of shutters and doors open up to the world outside, the building’s true

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Tom Dixon’s dazzling Lens pendant lamps are made from 60 lenses

Tom Dixon’s dazzling Lens pendant lamps are made from 60 lenses

Tom Dixon's latest design work includes these geometric pendant lamps made from 60 triangular polycarbonate lenses. The Lens lamps are inspired by the Fresnel lens, which  can capture more oblique light

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10 Inventive designs from budding young artists at Milan Design Week’s Salone Satellite

10 Inventive designs from budding young artists at Milan Design Week’s Salone Satellite

Each year 700 young people exhibit and exchange ideas at Salone Satellite which has been a unique showcase of creativity since 1998. Gathering brilliant young minds from around the world, the Salone

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IKEA’s temporary shop explores the future of kitchen design at Milan Design Week

IKEA’s temporary shop explores the future of kitchen design at Milan Design Week

IKEA’s new slogan "There is so much more to food than food" is the fundamental concept behind the brand’s ingenious designs at their temporary shop. The exhibit’s sustainable approach towards food

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Meet the man who grows chairs (and tables and lamps)

Meet the man who grows chairs (and tables and lamps)

Gavin Munro doesn't just grow trees, he grows furniture. Making one piece of furniture can take decades using traditional methods, if you consider the time it takes to grow the tree. But what if you could

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16 Cutting-edge designs from Designjunction EDIT at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair

16 Cutting-edge designs from Designjunction EDIT at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair

The fourth edition of Design Junction edit Milan is taking place within the surrounds of Casa dell’Opera of San Babila Design Quarter. The show reaches across two floors of an old school building and an

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Tom Dixon launches “hallucinogenic” MELT lamps at Milan Design Week

Tom Dixon launches “hallucinogenic” MELT lamps at Milan Design Week

This series of distorted spherical pendants made from hot blown glass create extraordinary optical effects and give new meaning to ambient lighting. Created in collaboration between self-taught British

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Cantilevered Living Garden House blurs the lines between indoors and out

Cantilevered Living Garden House blurs the lines between indoors and out

In order to create privacy, the ground floor was positioned parallel to the road, acting as a wall to keep the back yard in seclusion with a nearly solid brick façade. Around the back of the home, the

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7 innovative designs spotted at Mood Object during Milan Design Week 2015

7 innovative designs spotted at Mood Object during Milan Design Week 2015

“Mood – Object” is an exhibition at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair that is dedicated to the works of Chinese designers. The exhibition is a spiritual spot at Fuorisalone at University of Milan

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The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

By Crandon Gustafson, Dean of the School of Interior Architecture at Boston Architectural College How human-centered experience is changing interior design Interior design is undergoing transformation

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Ford unveils a living grass foosball table inspired by the GT supercar at Milan Design Week

Ford unveils a living grass foosball table inspired by the GT supercar at Milan Design Week

A sail boat, a guitar, and a living grass covered foosball table? Add these to the list of unlikely items you'd expect to be designed by an American car company. Unbeknownst to most, Ford's team of global

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Cantilevered home takes advantage of a tiny, sloping lot in Kirkland, Washington

Cantilevered home takes advantage of a tiny, sloping lot in Kirkland, Washington

Inhabitat favorite Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture is no stranger to tackling challenging design projects. So when the owner of a tiny, steep, vegetated lot in Kirkland, Washington wanted a

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Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

The Eco-leaf is a solar shade concept that will lower your carbon footprint and brighten your living room. Eco-leaf's unique energy harvesting design integrates proven-technologies like solar, E ink, and

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