New York Design Week 2009

VIDEO: Inhabitat’s Green Tour of BKLYN Designs

VIDEO: Inhabitat’s Green Tour of BKLYN Designs

It's hard to capture all of the excitement and inspiration of the work of BKLYN Designs in words and photos alone - which is why we're thrilled to bring you a video tour of our favorite green design

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Hero’s 365 Drying Rack and Rain Collector Double as Garden Decor

Hero’s 365 Drying Rack and Rain Collector Double as Garden Decor

Called “365,” Hero Design Lab’s newest line of functional and attractive outdoor sustainability solutions wowed attendees at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair this year with

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‘Whatchawant’ Stool: A Modern Spin on the Rocking Horse

‘Whatchawant’ Stool: A Modern Spin on the Rocking Horse

Swedish designers Charlotte Ryberg and Johanna Strand created their Whatchawant stool as a fun piece of furniture that would inspire the imagination. They built this timeless piece, made of plywood, and

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Offi’s Paket Storage Cube Transforms into a Table and Chairs

Offi’s Paket Storage Cube Transforms into a Table and Chairs

For parents living in small dwellings in the big city, furniture that is aesthetically pleasing, highly functional and compactable is a must... especially when it comes to making room for kids and all

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Airplane Activity Center by GREENPLAY

Airplane Activity Center by GREENPLAY

GREENPLAY's Airplane Activity Center landed at this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair; and we think these designers are soaring to new heights with their kid and eco-friendly, uplifting

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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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Plastic Spoon Chandelier by Daisuke Hiraiwa

Plastic Spoon Chandelier by Daisuke Hiraiwa

We're perpetually amazed by the way that Japanese designer Daisuke Hiraiwa transforms everyday objects into striking examples of found design, and we were particularly impressed with his incredible line

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Volume by Test Collective: Eco Storage for Your Vinyl Records

Volume by Test Collective: Eco Storage for Your Vinyl Records

When we first spotted this lovely piece by Test Collective at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, we were quite taken with the streamlined form and minimalistic look. The unit is aptly named

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Iannone’s Sustainably Crafted Cork Media Console

Iannone’s Sustainably Crafted Cork Media Console

Gone are the days of using cork only for corkboards and wine preservation. With the emergence of cork as a furniture-building material, designers are able to create eco-friendly pieces with a unique look.

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Greenworks Self-Watering Living Wall System

Greenworks Self-Watering Living Wall System

Green walls are not only spectacularly beautiful, but they also help enliven a space, humidify the air, and process toxins. We loved this simple and modular living wall by Greenworks, a design duo from

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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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Stackable Lego Takeout Containers by Takeshi Miyakawa

Stackable Lego Takeout Containers by Takeshi Miyakawa

If you live in a city where plastic takeout containers are not recyclable, you may be feeling the same frustrations that we are. Those of us who can't bear the thought of simply tossing the receptacles

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Auto-Cannibalistic Table Decomposes as Plants Grow

Auto-Cannibalistic Table Decomposes as Plants Grow

For the sake of sustainability, we normally hope that our furniture will last a long time in an effort to conserve resources and energy. Ate Atema of Atema Architecture, however, ponders whether this

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The Best Green Kids Designs @ ICFF

The Best Green Kids Designs @ ICFF

We've been bringing you the best of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair's most sophisticated offerings all week, but what about the more playful side of this seriously massive trade show? If

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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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InDisposed: Talking Trash (about design)

InDisposed: Talking Trash (about design)

If you're in NYC for Design Week, we deeply urge you to stop by InDisposed, the cooler, less corporate little brother of the giant International Contemporary Furniture Fair. An offsite design exhibition

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Wind Turbine Towers Win Metropolis Next Generation Prize!

Wind Turbine Towers Win Metropolis Next Generation Prize!

Today Metropolis Magazine officially announced the winner of their 2009 Next Generation prize! Titled Wind-it, the brilliant project aims to give our existing energy grid a much needed boost by installing

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ICFF 2009: Highlights from the Contemporary Furniture Fair!

ICFF 2009: Highlights from the Contemporary Furniture Fair!

We came, we saw... and now we'd like to share with you our favorite green designs from this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair. This annual furniture fair takes place every year in NYC in

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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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Inhabitat Reports from ICFF 2009!

Inhabitat Reports from ICFF 2009!

This weekend team Inhabitat took the International Contemporary Furniture Fair by storm, seeking out the freshest green designs amid this year's crop of over 2,500 exhibitors. From sleek and chic chaises

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Uhuru Scrap Metal Stoolen

Uhuru Scrap Metal Stoolen

The passionate Uhuru design team launched several new products at BKLYN Designs last week. It is hard to select a favorite from all of their sophisticated, yet quirky furniture designs, but we can say

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Palo Samko’s “Only Men’s” Chest with Top Secret Surprise

Palo Samko’s “Only Men’s” Chest with Top Secret Surprise

How many times have you found yourself saying, “I sure wish I had a hidden drawer to keep all of my top secret documents”? Carpenter and designer extraordinaire Palo Samko must have heard you,

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Green Coup d’Grace Media Console by Object Interiors

Green Coup d’Grace Media Console by Object Interiors

Extraordinary green designers Object Interiors unveiled their new Live Earth collection at this year's BKLYN Designs, and we were particularly struck by their Coup d'Grace Media Console (such a fitting

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Inhabitat Editors’ Choice Awards @ BKLYN Designs

Inhabitat Editors’ Choice Awards @ BKLYN Designs

DRUMROLL PLEASE... We are excited to announce the Inhabitat Editor's Choice Awards for BKLYN Designs 2009! As we walked through the BKLYN Designs show this year we were thrilled to see fresh new faces

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