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Rocking Chair Uses Motion to Power Attached OLED Lamp

Rocking Chair Uses Motion to Power Attached OLED Lamp

The serene back-and-forth movement of a rocking chair is nothing if not relaxing. It can also be useful and productive, according to Rochus Jacob. The designer's Murakami Chair, a winner in designboom's

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Panasonic’s New LED Bulbs Shine for 19 Years

Panasonic’s New LED Bulbs Shine for 19 Years

Despite lasting longer and being more efficient than both incandescent and CFL bulbs, LEDs haven't caught on because of their sky-high prices. But now Panasonic wants to bring LEDs to the mainstream -- at

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LED Clip Light Transforms any Object Into a Lamp

LED Clip Light Transforms any Object Into a Lamp

Wow those around you by transforming any old household object into a lamp with this “LED Pin” by Korean designer Sungho Lee. To create this subtle, yet awe-inspiring illuminating accent Lee stylized

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Rewritable Chalkboard Lamps by John Beck

Rewritable Chalkboard Lamps by John Beck

Today is the first day back to school for kids all over the country, and now you can get in the back-to-school mood with a rewritable 'chalkboard' lamp. With John Beck's ingenious lighting solution, all

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IS IT GREEN?: The Compact Fluorescent Light

IS IT GREEN?: The Compact Fluorescent Light

Shortly after Al Gore debuted An Inconvenient Truth the general public started giving a damn about climate change -- at least superficially. And in a massive wave of effort to show off our new

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OLED Breakthrough Yields 75% More Efficient Lights

OLED Breakthrough Yields 75% More Efficient Lights

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) recently announced a breakthrough in OLED technology that shatters all prior efficiency standards, reducing the ultra-thin

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Remote-Controlled LED Light Bulbs Offer 7 Shades of White

Remote-Controlled LED Light Bulbs Offer 7 Shades of White

Energy-efficient LED light bulbs may be more expensive than CFL's, but Sharp's new DL-L60AV LED could be worth the high cost. The tricked-out bulb comes with a remote control that features a dimming

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Transformable LED Trask Lights from MIO

Transformable LED Trask Lights from MIO

Philadelphia-based design team MIO has upped the ante for end-user creativity yet again with the introduction of their first LED light fixture. Called Trask because it can switch from being “track” or

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Sweater ‘Sleeve’ Lamp by Sara Ebert

Sweater ‘Sleeve’ Lamp by Sara Ebert

Would you believe that this eye-catching lamp was made for under one dollar? 'Sleeve' by Sara Ebert is a lampshade made from a Salvation Army sweater and a discarded apple juice bottle. Showcased as

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Pratt Students Design For One Dollar

Pratt Students Design For One Dollar

Far and away our favorite exhibit at this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair was Design For A Dollar. With one dollar to work with, students from the Pratt Institute of Design in NYC were

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Stunning Stamen Chandeliers Made From Toothpicks

Stunning Stamen Chandeliers Made From Toothpicks

Designed by Daisuke Hiraiwa, these elegant echidna-esque Stamen chandeliers elevate an everyday material into brilliant expressions of found design. Each one is created by gluing hundreds of toothpicks

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Graypants Twice Recycled Scrap Cardboard Lights

Graypants Twice Recycled Scrap Cardboard Lights

Made from stacked rings of corrugated cardboard, Graypants' pendant Scrap Lights (which we've long admired) are a prime example of the transformative power of good design. The ceiling lamps' elegant

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Woven Palm Leaf Vava Lamp from IKEA

Woven Palm Leaf Vava Lamp from IKEA

Ikea showcased its brand new PS Collection at this weekend's International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and one of our favorite designs on display was this beautiful pendant lamp made from carefully

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Levent & Romme’s Elegant Laser-Cut Paper Lamps

Levent & Romme’s Elegant Laser-Cut Paper Lamps

These wonderful patterned paper lamps from Brooklyn–based Levent & Romme really caught our eye at this year's BKLYN Designs show. Realized first as pen and ink illustrations, the patterns are

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Milan 2009: Euroluce Lighting Exhibition

Milan 2009: Euroluce Lighting Exhibition

We saw quite a few environmentally-conscious trends at the Milan Furniture Fair's bi-annual showcase of lighting products, Euroluce. With energy use in mind, LEDs showed up from almost every company. As

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Pendant Lamp Made from Recycled Light Bulbs

Pendant Lamp Made from Recycled Light Bulbs

San Francisco's James Sampayan offers up a bright idea for the Spring Greening DIY Contest that combines old and new to create a lovely pendant lamp that gives the lowly light bulb a second life during

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Chesta Vase Made from Egg Cartons

Chesta Vase Made from Egg Cartons

Looking for another inspired reuse for all of those egg-cartons left empty after Easter? New York designer Fanny Chen's "Chesta Egg Carton Vase" gives them a creative second life. The cartons that make up

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Gorgeous Origen Egg Crate Chandelier

Gorgeous Origen Egg Crate Chandelier

With Easter on its way, those of us who engaged in egg-dying festivities are likely to have lots of empty egg crates lying around. Rather than tossing them in the trash (or compost bin!), why not follow

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Bendant Customizable Pendant Lamp

Bendant Customizable Pendant Lamp

So we know MIO’s Bendant chandelier has been around for a while, but like all good things, it’s worth revisiting—especially now, when embracing well designed, American-made products is more

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Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner Transformed Into Lamp

Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner Transformed Into Lamp

Ben Light’s namesake shines through in this brilliant lamp born from his resolve to salvage his grandfather’s old Electrolux vacuum cleaner. One of fifteen finalists in our Spring Greening Contest the

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Ordinary Plunger Transformed Into a Lamp

Ordinary Plunger Transformed Into a Lamp

One of our fifteen finalists in our Spring Greening Design Competition, this clever DIY project takes two types of plungers and transforms them into a stylish table lamp. To create it, New Jersey-based

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Lamp Made From Vintage Blender

Lamp Made From Vintage Blender

Have an extra blender, toaster, or waffle maker lying around? Why not reclaim these old appliances by turning them one into lamps like Virginia-based Melinda Merinsky does. One of fifteen finalists in our

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VOTE NOW In the Spring Green Design Competition!

VOTE NOW In the Spring Green Design Competition!

Drumroll please... After a week of spring crafting and much anticipation, we're thrilled to reveal the top entries in our Spring Greening DIY Design Contest! We received over 100 inspired entries, and we

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Blight: Illuminating Solar Blinds Turn Night to Day

Blight: Illuminating Solar Blinds Turn Night to Day

One of fifty top entries in this year's Greener Gadgets Design Competition, Vincent Gerkens' Blight offers a brilliant twist on staid venetian blinds. Rather than serving simply to block the sun's rays,

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CES 2009: MiniWIZ’s Solarbulb Turns Bottles Into Lamps

CES 2009: MiniWIZ’s Solarbulb Turns Bottles Into Lamps

This year's CES is showcasing some great green products, and we were particularly impressed by this new solar powered outdoor lamp by miniWIZ, who brought us the Hymini Portable Wind Charger. The

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GE Unveils the World’s First OLED Christmas Tree

GE Unveils the World’s First OLED Christmas Tree

Recently the OLED research team over at General Electric unveiled the world's first OLED Christmas Tree! Forging ahead of the usual end-of-the-year slowdown, GE’s Global Research Center headquarters in

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Illuminating Solar Blinds Turn the Lights On

Illuminating Solar Blinds Turn the Lights On

What do you get when you take an average vertical blind (the kind found in practically any rental apartment across the United States), outfit it with special mini photovoltaics and LED pixels, then add a

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Hand-powered Penguin Eco-Light

Hand-powered Penguin Eco-Light

Perfect for emergency preparedness and cute to boot, this adorable penguin eco flashlight would make an excellent addition to any home. The bright light eschews a landfill-bound battery for a pump powered

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Luminescent Fiber Optic Wallpaper by Camilla Diedrich

Luminescent Fiber Optic Wallpaper by Camilla Diedrich

What if we could light our homes with glowing wallpaper rather than having to rely on electric lights? Swedish designer Camilla Diedrich has asked this exact question, and in response, created a stunning

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WEmake’s Beautiful Reclaimed Beryl & Friends Lamps

WEmake’s Beautiful Reclaimed Beryl & Friends Lamps

WEmake's beautiful Beryl and Friends lamps are composed from cast-off bases and lampshades that have fallen out of favor. The designers carefully refinish each component and then recombine them to

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