Green Materials

Etienne Esmenjaud’s Perforated Flat-Pack Lamps Are Made from Felt and Sustainable Wood

Etienne Esmenjaud’s Perforated Flat-Pack Lamps Are Made from Felt and Sustainable Wood

These amazing perforated pendant lamps are the creation of product designer Etienne Esmenjaud. By using low-impact and easy to handle materials, such as FSC wood and felt, he is able to laser-cut, pierce

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British Artist Su Blackwell Makes Magical Paper Art From Old Books

British Artist Su Blackwell Makes Magical Paper Art From Old Books

Born in Sheffield, England, Blackwell grew up spending a lot of time on her own and playing in the woods. A textiles graduate from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, Su now works from her

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Jeff Dah-Yue Shi’s Brilliant Bamboo LED Lights Double as a Modular Building Material

Jeff Dah-Yue Shi’s Brilliant Bamboo LED Lights Double as a Modular Building Material

Dah-Yue Shi's Bamboo LED system can be used to illuminate minimalist spaces without the use of protruding lighting fixtures. The luminous panels are composed of three main parts: (1) an LED light source

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Reclaimed Cleveland’s Salvaged Furniture Shines at the ICFF

Reclaimed Cleveland’s Salvaged Furniture Shines at the ICFF

Reclaimed Cleveland's team attends the demolition of historic buildings throughout the city in order to create a special record of their unique sourcing process. They then salvage the materials such as

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Eyktir is a 24-Hour Clock Made from Biodegradable Cardboard

Eyktir is a 24-Hour Clock Made from Biodegradable Cardboard

In the past, Icelanders told time using a traditional measurement system called Eykt - the day was split into eight Eyktir consisting of three hours each. Inspired these traditions, designer Jón Helgi

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6 Cozy Cocoons to Retreat From The World

6 Cozy Cocoons to Retreat From The World

DEDON's Zero Waste Nest Rest is Made From a Recyclable Synthetic Resin Fiber Made from an innovative eco-lux material that is recyclable, non-toxic and weatherproof, DEDON's Nest Rest is the perfect

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HEINEKEN WOBO: A Beer Bottle That Doubles as a Brick

HEINEKEN WOBO: A Beer Bottle That Doubles as a Brick

Mr. Heineken’s idea came after a visit to the Caribbean where he saw two problems: beaches littered with bottles and a lack of affordable building materials. The WOBO became his vision to solve both the

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Yukihiro Kaneuchi Creates Elegant Vases Using Sand From the Beach

Yukihiro Kaneuchi Creates Elegant Vases Using Sand From the Beach

Japanese designer Yukihiro Kaneuchi recently unveiled a series of sculptural vases made from local sand. Dubbed Sand Vases, the four flower-container designs consist of a mix of crystals, renewable cork

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Pinwu’s Bamboo Paper Tié Chair Scores Salone Satellite Design Report Award

Pinwu’s Bamboo Paper Tié Chair Scores Salone Satellite Design Report Award

Last week Pinwu became the first Chinese design team to win a Salone Satellite Design Report Award. Zhang Lei, Christoph John and Jovana Bogdanovic's winning collection is made from natural and

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Superstudio Designers Shine Bright at the Milan Furniture Fair

Superstudio Designers Shine Bright at the Milan Furniture Fair

This is a gorgeous bio-ethanol stove dubbed Planika caught our attention for its monument-like form. The ARTernative artistic chair by Luca Gnizio caught our eye for its innovative use of

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NBT Studio’s Ambihive is a LED Lamp and Sound System Packed Into a Single Cardboard Wall Fixture

NBT Studio’s Ambihive is a LED Lamp and Sound System Packed Into a Single Cardboard Wall Fixture

Cardboard becomes a sleek and modern material choice with NBT Studio's AmbiHive, an ambient wall light and high-tech speaker all-in-one. Made from sustainable Inverted Corrugated Board (ICB), the

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MIT Researchers Create Self-Cleaning Glass that is Anti-Fogging and Glare-Free

MIT Researchers Create Self-Cleaning Glass that is Anti-Fogging and Glare-Free

Beads of water on glass photo via Shutterstock Glass is a fundamental building material with thousands of practical applications, and if you believe what the folks at Corning are selling, our use of

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The Best Green Designs in Ventura Lambrate at the Milan Furniture Fair

The Best Green Designs in Ventura Lambrate at the Milan Furniture Fair

Ento by Julene Aguirre, Jacky Chung, Aran Dasan and Jonathan Fraser from RCA, is a project investigating the nutritional value of eating of insects. The project examines and how they are processed in

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From Yuhang Unveils Bamboo Paper Gú Chair at Milan Design Week

From Yuhang Unveils Bamboo Paper Gú Chair at Milan Design Week

From Yuhang is a design collective based in China that applies local paper making techniques to furniture design. During this year's Milan Design Week they unveiled their Gú Chair, which is molded from

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Pepe Heykoop’s Leather Loops Stools Entice at the Milan Furniture Fair

Pepe Heykoop’s Leather Loops Stools Entice at the Milan Furniture Fair

Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop transforms the disused into the exquisite with his Leather Loops stools. Using remnant leather collected from the furniture industry, Heykoop has created a line of furniture

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IKEA PS Unveils Smart, Sustainable Designs at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2012

IKEA PS Unveils Smart, Sustainable Designs at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2012

This bamboo table has three changeable tabletops - a planter, a fruit bowl and a normal flat table. It can also be put together to create different compositions. Poltrona is a minimalist take on

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‘Perspectives’ by Belgium is Design Offers a Refreshing Take on Sustainability in Milan

‘Perspectives’ by Belgium is Design Offers a Refreshing Take on Sustainability in Milan

For us, the highlight of this exhibition the Nomad Portable Solar Lamp by Alain Gilles. The lamp provides a safe and eco-friendly substitute to the dangerous kerosene lamp that is often used in

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Oasegroen Greens Up Dull Interiors With Living, Breathing Moss Walls

Oasegroen Greens Up Dull Interiors With Living, Breathing Moss Walls

Oasegroen's moss walls are virtually maintenance-free, which is a real boon for those whose thumbs are more brown than green. This is because they are able to obtain their own light and air, and require

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Back To Wood: Andrej Malinin Recycles Old Newspapers Into New Furniture

Back To Wood: Andrej Malinin Recycles Old Newspapers Into New Furniture

Swedish designer Andrej Malinin uses recycled newspaper and colorful paper waste to create a strong, compostable material that resembles wood. By gluing together hundreds of paper layers using a

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A1′s Tea House in the Garden is a Natural Sanctuary in Prague

A1′s Tea House in the Garden is a Natural Sanctuary in Prague

Situated within a slightly wild, graceful private garden, the Tea House offers a great space to retreat from the world. Its round shape takes the guests' attention to the center where the tea is

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My Eco Can is a 100% Biodegradable Travel Mug Shaped Like a Soda Can

My Eco Can is a 100% Biodegradable Travel Mug Shaped Like a Soda Can

Winner of the iF Design Award in 2010, My Eco Can is a cool portable cup that is completely biodegradable. Cleverly shaped like a soda can to stand out amongst all those drab tumblers, each cup is made

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6 Amazing Origami Designs!

6 Amazing Origami Designs!

Anja Markiewicz's Amazingly Tiny Origami German artist Anja Markiewicz makes tiny origami figures from pieces of paper that are less than an inch long. Using a toothpick, her skilled hands and a load

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Blue Forest’s Thatched Cliffside Lodge Wraps Itself Around a Tree

Blue Forest’s Thatched Cliffside Lodge Wraps Itself Around a Tree

Designed for a private client and set in their luscious garden next to a pond, Cliffside Lodge is raised just a few meters above ground. Constructed on stilts and wrapped around a centenarian tree, this

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SmartDeco Builds Eco-Friendly and Easy to Assemble Flat-Pack Furniture

SmartDeco Builds Eco-Friendly and Easy to Assemble Flat-Pack Furniture

If you've been looking for some basic furniture for your home, check out SmartDeco's eco-friendly creations. Founded in 2011, SmartDeco produces 100% recyclable furniture that is proudly made in the USA.

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JAILmake’s Reseeding Bricks Help Grow Living Buildings in London

JAILmake’s Reseeding Bricks Help Grow Living Buildings in London

Installing grassy facades on urban buildings are a great way to create a greener city. With this in mind, London-based design studio JAILmake has developed these 'Reseeding Bricks', which can be used to

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Download a Free Copy of ‘Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open’

Download a Free Copy of ‘Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open’

'Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open' by Julian M. Allwood and Jonathan Cullen was released today, and you can get a copy for yourself online for free! Production of materials accounts for

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iZen’s Bamboo Keyboard is for Eco-Conscious iPad Users

iZen’s Bamboo Keyboard is for Eco-Conscious iPad Users

If you've been looking for a keyboard to complement your iPad, why not opt for one of iZen's gorgeous bamboo models instead of a plastic one? iZen Bamboo is the first eco-friendly bluetooth keyboard

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‘Bamboo Wing’ is a Stunning Vietnamese Restaurant Made Entirely From Bamboo

‘Bamboo Wing’ is a Stunning Vietnamese Restaurant Made Entirely From Bamboo

To enter Bamboo Wing, customers walk through a series of stepping-stones surrounded by water and growing bamboo. Entirely made of the fast-growing, renewable plant, the open-air Vietnamese restaurant

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Cambridge Engineers Use LEGO Bricks to Grow Synthetic Bone

Cambridge Engineers Use LEGO Bricks to Grow Synthetic Bone

Designers everywhere continue to wow us with LEGO creations like robotic arms and fully functional printers, and now a group of engineers is even working on using the bright stacking blocks to grow

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Sanserif Creatius’ Recycled Cardboard Chair Hides a Footrest and Table In Its Seat

Sanserif Creatius’ Recycled Cardboard Chair Hides a Footrest and Table In Its Seat

This awesome recycled cardboard armchair from Sanserif Creatius is a curvy and comfortable piece that maximizes space by concealing a separate footrest and coffee table within its seat. Dubbed

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