Green Materials

A Bath Shoppe’s LEGO-Shaped Natural Soaps Are Perfect Party Favors

A Bath Shoppe’s LEGO-Shaped Natural Soaps Are Perfect Party Favors

Throwing a kid's birthday party this summer? Instead of sending your guests packing with a bag full of sugary candy or plastic toys, why not hand out these fun soap treats as party favors? Both kids and

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The NOACH Cradle by VanJoost Hangs from Ceilings or Trees

The NOACH Cradle by VanJoost Hangs from Ceilings or Trees

There's very little information about the Noach Cradle, but that hasn't stopped them from becoming the talk of the design town. Numerous European publications have gushed about them and van Veldhuizen was

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Mischer’traxler’s Ornate Gradient Mashrabiya Table Employs Traditional Lebanese Woodworking Techniques

Mischer’traxler’s Ornate Gradient Mashrabiya Table Employs Traditional Lebanese Woodworking Techniques

Mischer'traxler recently collaborated with a team of expert woodworkers in Lebanon to create a beautifully intricate wooden table. Dubbed 'Gradient Mashrabiya', this multi-purpose table uses the

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Mategon: Faceted Mate Drinking Vessel is a New Take on Argentine Tradition

Mategon: Faceted Mate Drinking Vessel is a New Take on Argentine Tradition

Felix Groll and Felix Hardmood Beck's Mategon reinterprets the shape and material of traditional Argentine Mate vessels, which are traditionally made from dried calabash gourds. The modern faceted cup is

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Justyna Poplawska Creates Sugar-Like Crystalline Lamps from Recycled Materials

Justyna Poplawska Creates Sugar-Like Crystalline Lamps from Recycled Materials

Polish designer Justyna Poplawska has been experimenting with light and glass for several years now. Her latest creation is a cool pendant lamp called 'Luna', and it looks good enough to eat! While the

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Sweden’s Krakmora Holmar House is a Tranquil Island Home by the Baltic Sea

Sweden’s Krakmora Holmar House is a Tranquil Island Home by the Baltic Sea

The Kråkmora Holmar House is only 138 square feet -- the limit for guest houses allowed by building authorities. A closed wooden façade facing uphill ensures privacy for both the main house and the

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Dutch Artist Bert Simon Creates Hyper-Realistic Human Sculptures Using Paper

Dutch Artist Bert Simon Creates Hyper-Realistic Human Sculptures Using Paper

Combining his own creativity and digital techniques, the Design Academy of Eindhoven grad (from the 'man and Living' department) Bert Simon turns plain paper into life-like biodegradable

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Shelter ByGG is a Red Cloud-Shaped Cocoon Made from Renewable Cork

Shelter ByGG is a Red Cloud-Shaped Cocoon Made from Renewable Cork

'Shelter ByGG' may look like a giant red cloud sitting on the street, but it's really a cozy cocoon-like shelter made of renewable cork ! Gabriela Gomes sent us news about her design, which she describes

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Parameria’s Handcrafted Furniture is Made from Sustainable Khreau Suut Vines

Parameria’s Handcrafted Furniture is Made from Sustainable Khreau Suut Vines

Parameria's handcrafted furniture offers a beautiful and simple way to bring sustainable design into your home. Made from natural and organic materials, each piece is woven from a local Southeast Asian

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Marius Temming’s Chic Eco Sunglasses are Made from Hemp, Kenaf and Flax

Marius Temming’s Chic Eco Sunglasses are Made from Hemp, Kenaf and Flax

Marius Temming has designed a fantastic collection of eco sunglasses that are made from natural materials like ash wood, oak veneer, hemp, kenaf and flax. Unveiled at Berlin's DMY design festival,

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Taiwanese Birdhouses at DMY Berlin Are Inspired by Rice Farmers’ Relationship To Sparrows

Taiwanese Birdhouses at DMY Berlin Are Inspired by Rice Farmers’ Relationship To Sparrows

The interdependent relationship between sparrows and rice has always been important within Taiwan's Jenju village. The birds eat insects that otherwise would destroy the rice plantations, leaving huge

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Seung-Yong Song’s Striking Dami Collection Takes Inspiration from Traditional Design

Seung-Yong Song’s Striking Dami Collection Takes Inspiration from Traditional Design

Inspired by traditional basket-woven forms, the Dami Collection, designed by Korea's Seung-Yong Song, uses a CNC processing technique to create its striking shapes. The 'Dami' takes its name after the

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Ozon Cyclery Builds Bamboo Bikes for Berlin’s Carbon-Conscious Commuters

Ozon Cyclery Builds Bamboo Bikes for Berlin’s Carbon-Conscious Commuters

Berlin's Ozon Cyclery is a fantastic project that is set on changing the German city's bike-scape by introducing unique custom-made bikes made from bamboo. A team of bike-enthusiasts started the venture

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Fernando Laposee’s Beautiful Lufa Collection Goes Far Beyond Your Bathroom Sponge

Fernando Laposee’s Beautiful Lufa Collection Goes Far Beyond Your Bathroom Sponge

Lufa (or Loofah) is a tropical vine that contains a network of xylem fibers commonly used to create natural bath products like sponges. The vine belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, (like squashes, melons

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Elsa Mora Carves Simple Sheets of Paper Into Elaborate Papercut Illustrations

Elsa Mora Carves Simple Sheets of Paper Into Elaborate Papercut Illustrations

Elsa Mora is a multidisciplinary artist working in the fields of drawing, porcelain, painting, and papercut. An ex-art teacher, she makes wonderful creations armed with the patience gained through her

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Gleisdreieck Park’s Minimal Playground Is Built Simply from Wood, Ropes and Steel

Gleisdreieck Park’s Minimal Playground Is Built Simply from Wood, Ropes and Steel

With a green area covering more than 30 hectares, Gleisdreieck Park sits on a site that went unused for a very long time. A favorite spot for runners, skaters, and cyclers, the park will boast even more

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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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