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Herman Miller & Yves Behar Unveil New Eco SAYL Chair

Herman Miller & Yves Behar Unveil New Eco SAYL Chair

Behar, who is the founder of fuseproject, a San Francisco-based brand and product design firm designed and built over 70 chair prototypes in the quest to find the perfect ergonomic office chair. He

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Nano Ink Allows Simple Office Paper to Conduct Electricity

Nano Ink Allows Simple Office Paper to Conduct Electricity

Decker Yeadon is back at it, inventing incredible materials with architectural applications. This time they've made simple office paper capable of conducting electricity with ink made out of

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Nation’s First Hemp House Makes A Healthy Statement

Nation’s First Hemp House Makes A Healthy Statement

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the 3,400 square foot Push House features a mainstream design with some very different systems behind its walls. The home's use of hempcrete was only the start -- for

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New Water-Based Heat Pump is 600 Times Smaller

New Water-Based Heat Pump is 600 Times Smaller

Ground source heat pumps (GSHP) are becoming a mainstream option for those looking to efficiently heat and cool a building. This innovative water-based design showcased by our friends at Treehugger is a

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Amazing Desk Made From Recycled Books at Delft University

Amazing Desk Made From Recycled Books at Delft University

The colorful and carefully arranged desk is a testament to the school's love for design and books. The strong, solid corners give the desk a solid foundation and the pattern has been arranged so that in

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Packaging the Future: Amazing Mushroom Packaging!

Packaging the Future: Amazing Mushroom Packaging!

Fungus amongus! Mushroom filler is fire resistant and biodegradable Mushrooms are amazing. Not only do they tasty-up pizza, pasta, soup and salads; not only are edible 'shrooms pretty much calorie-free

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Sustainable Bamboo Pavilion for Communal Living

Sustainable Bamboo Pavilion for Communal Living

As bamboo is easily sourced around the Indian Ocean Rim, this renewable and inexpensive material is perfect for those in need of shelter. Bamboo's super strong and light physical characteristics also made

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MIT Develops Self-Assembling Solar Cells

MIT Develops Self-Assembling Solar Cells

Get ready for super-charged solar cells! MIT researchers announced this week that they have developed self-assembling solar cells that can be broken down and rebuilt repeatedly, much like plant cells. The

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Quirky and Comfy, Stackable Stools Made From Cork

Quirky and Comfy, Stackable Stools Made From Cork

We love seating arrangements that inspire people to play, but these stools designed by Marina68 are especially awesome thanks to their quirky nature. Set side-by-side or stacked on top of one another,

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Canada Becomes First Country to Ban Toxic BPA

Canada Becomes First Country to Ban Toxic BPA

Photo by Steven Depolo As avid Inhabitat readers know, BPA is a nasty substance. The organic compound, found in everything from reusable water bottles to soup cans, is thought to cause both hormonal

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Multi-tasking Eco Stools are a Modern Take on Traditional Design

Multi-tasking Eco Stools are a Modern Take on Traditional Design

Portuguese designers Cláudio Cardoso and Telma Verissimo designed these fun multi-tasking Open stools that combine environmentally-responsible design with a playful modern aesthetic. Inspired by

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“Dry Water” Could Absorb and Store Carbon Dioxide

“Dry Water” Could Absorb and Store Carbon Dioxide

Researchers recently discovered a new way to store carbon dioxide and other harmful chemicals using a a powdered, sugar-like substance called "dry water". According to scientists at the National Meeting

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Leonardo Bonanni Talks About Sourcemap.org

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Leonardo Bonanni Talks About Sourcemap.org

If you haven't discovered it yet, Sourcemap.org is an amazing free open-source software project that allows people all over the globe to track the origin and source of all of the materials that go into

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Colorful Bowls Made from Real Coconuts Shells

Colorful Bowls Made from Real Coconuts Shells

We’ve boasted the merits of the coconut before, but we forgot to mention that this delicious fruit is also provides for an incredible renewable material! Designed by Bambu, these colorful bowls come in

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Eco Emergency Shelter Built Entirely From Shipping Pallets

Eco Emergency Shelter Built Entirely From Shipping Pallets

In a brilliant example of material reuse I-Beam has created a sustainable emergency shelter built completely out of shipping pallets. Originally designed as temporary housing for refugees of the Baltic

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Thai Building Facade Handmade From Natural Banana Fiber

Thai Building Facade Handmade From Natural Banana Fiber

In 2008, Architectkidd was asked to design an architectural facade for a residential building called Happyland Townhouse in Bangkok, Thailand. The team chose to focus on natural materials and fibers, so

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Mini Modular Eco-Homes from Modern Playhouse

Mini Modular Eco-Homes from Modern Playhouse

Today’s kids are quite the lucky bunch - not only are they more tech savvy than any other generation before, but they’ve got some awesome parents who are die hard to instill a little bit of modernism

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A “Craigslist for Materials” Helps Recycle Construction Waste

A “Craigslist for Materials” Helps Recycle Construction Waste

Photo by Incase There are tons of serviceable materials discarded from construction and renovation projects every day. Sometimes, a thoughtful or enterprising individual will find a way to reuse a

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Concrete Re-visioned at the Elegant Hanil Visitors Center

Concrete Re-visioned at the Elegant Hanil Visitors Center

The Hanil Visitors Center is positioned between a restored hillside and an industrial complex to the west. As a vivid example of how concrete can be used with a lowered environmental impact, the Center

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Corrugated Fiberboard House Makes Great Use of Waste Material

Corrugated Fiberboard House Makes Great Use of Waste Material

As our waste stream continues to expand at an ever-increasing rate, we need to look at reclaimed and recycled materials as a resource for building. One ingenious solution is to use waxy corrugated

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Spider Silk Produced from Metabolically Engineered Bacteria

Spider Silk Produced from Metabolically Engineered Bacteria

Stronger than steel, yet thinner than a human hair, spider silk is an incredible material created by nature that has amazing potential in real-world application. Unfortunately, accumulating enough of this

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Can Whole Foods’ Deli Containers Really Be Composted?

Can Whole Foods’ Deli Containers Really Be Composted?

We love Whole Foods for their wide selection of health conscious packaged goods and organic fruits and vegetables. But one popular spot in this shop that gets a lot of attention is the store’s salad bar

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Are Low-E Windows Melting Your Neighbor’s House?

Are Low-E Windows Melting Your Neighbor’s House?

Architects Newspaper recently shared some surprising news suggesting that new low-E windows could be responsible for melting the vinyl siding on neighboring homes. Reflections from the windows are

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Karvt Introduces the First Bamboo iPhone 4 Skin

Karvt Introduces the First Bamboo iPhone 4 Skin

The iPhone is a sleek piece of minimalist design, and this beautiful piece of modern technology shouldn't be spoiled by an ostentatious skin made from earth-unfriendly silicones and plastics. If you've

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NZ Company Creates Revolutionary Nanofibers from Fish Skins

NZ Company Creates Revolutionary Nanofibers from Fish Skins

A New Zealand company is taking a major leap forward in commercializing nanotechnology -- Revolution Fibres Ltd plans on making nano-fabrics from the collagen in discarded fish skins. (New Zealand is an

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The ReStyle Modular Coffee Table Is Perfect for Compact Spaces

The ReStyle Modular Coffee Table Is Perfect for Compact Spaces

ReStyle is not one object, but a cluster of multi-functional modular forms! Designed by James Howlett, each piece of the ReStyle has been individually designed to serve multiple purposes, and sits

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Artist Creates Awesome DJ Console from Recycled Materials

Artist Creates Awesome DJ Console from Recycled Materials

The latest design by Chicago artist Trevor O'Neil is a funky console created for San Francisco-based DJ, Shoddy Lynn. The incredible DJ destination has been constructed using recycled materials and

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Materials Smackdown: What’s Greener – Wood, Metal or Plastic?

Materials Smackdown: What’s Greener – Wood, Metal or Plastic?

If you're moving or renovating, you may find yourself in the market for new furniture. In the past, shopping for furniture mainly meant comparing colors, price and style, but these days many conscious

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Beautiful Bamboosero Bikes are Sustainably Crafted in Ghana

Beautiful Bamboosero Bikes are Sustainably Crafted in Ghana

Fans of cycling were aglow this month after watching the Tour de France peloton glide through the alps. We're also excited about bicycles here at Inhabitat, because we just heard about these beautiful

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