Amanda Coen

 

Amanda is a writer and photographer based in New York. Originally from the Finger Lakes region of NY, she was never one to sit still. She has lived in the Philippines, Australia, Brazil, Portugal, Spain and Peru and remains an avid traveler. She graduated from Macalester College with a major in International Studies and a minor in Studio Art. She then spent two years in Madrid where she was the theater and dance editor for InMadrid, taught in a public, bilingual school and completed a professional photography course at EFTI. She recently returned from a four month stay in Peru where she worked on several projects with Awamaki, a textile-based NGO in the Sacred Valley.
Amanda enjoys covering stories about sustainability, culture, international development and design. In her free time you can find her cooking with friends, going for a run, biking and pursuing her creative projects.

Amanda Coen
Analog Modern Draws Upon Traditional Craft to Create Their Contemporary Furniture Collection

Analog Modern Draws Upon Traditional Craft to Create Their Contemporary Furniture Collection

Passing Analog Modern's stall at BKLYN Designs, it was hard not to notice the many wooden butterflies that covered one of the walls and made their way into the company's furniture.…

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Pickett Furniture Uses Sustainable Wood and Vintage Textiles to Create Playful Handcrafted Pieces

Pickett Furniture Uses Sustainable Wood and Vintage Textiles to Create Playful Handcrafted Pieces

Coming from a family of woodworkers, it is no wonder that founder, Jeremy Pickett, launched his furniture company in 2009. After several years of apprenticing under other influential…

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Awesome Locally-Made Green Designs from BKLYN Designs 2013!

Awesome Locally-Made Green Designs from BKLYN Designs 2013!

Aellon Maker of contemporary, sustainable furniture, Aellon’s pieces are manufactured in Indonesia. The Grace Line combines rustic steel and wood that from a 61 foot fishing boat…

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PHOTOS: Okamoto Studio Carves Incredibly Intricate Ice Sculptures in Downtown Manhattan

PHOTOS: Okamoto Studio Carves Incredibly Intricate Ice Sculptures in Downtown Manhattan

Okamoto Studio has a long-history of talented ice carving skill. Founded by father-son team Takeo and Shintaro Okamoto in 2003, the artist collective has since grown and boasts clients…

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13 Awesome Sculptures Made from Food Cans at Canstruction 2013

13 Awesome Sculptures Made from Food Cans at Canstruction 2013

Canstruction, sponsored by Arts Brookfield, takes place at the World Financial Center, and sculptures are scattered throughout the building. Each team will offer visitors a mind-blowing…

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PHOTOS: NYIGFs Roster of Sustainable Design Grows - We Highlight the Best!

PHOTOS: NYIGFs Roster of Sustainable Design Grows - We Highlight the Best!

It was hard to pass by Peg and Awl's stall and not be enthralled. The Philadelphia based husband-wife duo carefully laid out some of the many found treasures that they transformed into…

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PHOTOS: 325 Sq. Ft. Micro Apartment Opens at the Museum of the City of NY's Making Room Exhibit

PHOTOS: 325 Sq. Ft. Micro Apartment Opens at the Museum of the City of NY's Making Room Exhibit

With an the estimated increase of one million residents by 2030 announced in Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC report, housing will have to change to accommodate a growing population. Today,…

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Canstruction Will Transform Over 100,000 Food Cans into Amazing Works of Art

Canstruction Will Transform Over 100,000 Food Cans into Amazing Works of Art

Photo by Canstruction/Kevin Wick NYC's yearly Canstruction competition is back after facing delays due to Hurricane Sandy! The can-tastic competition pits participants against one…

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Architects for Animals Shows Off 8 Cat-Tastic Abodes to Raise Money for NYC's Homeless Kitties

Architects for Animals Shows Off 8 Cat-Tastic Abodes to Raise Money for NYC's Homeless Kitties

A range of designs were on display showing many diverse cat shelter approaches. Some, such as last year's winner, Kathryn Walton of The American Street Cat, Inc. and Stonehill &…

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GrowNYC is Hosting Two Costume Swaps to Help You Green Your Halloween!

GrowNYC is Hosting Two Costume Swaps to Help You Green Your Halloween!

The Lower East Side Costume Swap and the Socrates Sculpture Park Costume Swap encourage the public to clean up past costumes, accessories, and funky clothing and contribute them to the…

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Queens-Based First World Trash Introduce a Recycled Summer Wine Tote

Queens-Based First World Trash Introduce a Recycled Summer Wine Tote

Queens-based First World Trash uses recycled billboards and seatbelts to create fun bags and accessories that are not only durable, but also speak to our over-consumption of goods and…

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Hayseed's Urban Farming Supply Store Opens in North Brooklyn

Hayseed's Urban Farming Supply Store Opens in North Brooklyn

When Inhabitat stopped for a visit, Meg Paska, aka the Brooklyn Homesteader, was tending to seedlings. What started as a love for homebrewing and gardening in Baltimore quickly evolved…

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Let There Be Light: Low Line Exhibit Now Open at Mark Miller Gallery in the Lower East Side

Let There Be Light: Low Line Exhibit Now Open at Mark Miller Gallery in the Lower East Side

A few years ago, when Ramsey of Raad Studio learned about a huge, unused space below Delancey Street, he began thinking of how to create what could potentially be deemed the world's…

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Brooklyn Outfitters Launches Outdoor Gear Line with Locally-Made Packs

Brooklyn Outfitters Launches Outdoor Gear Line with Locally-Made Packs

Based in Williamsburg, BKO was founded in 2010 by Martin Stankiewicz and Stetson Hundgen. The company offers weekly getaways that encourage New Yorkers to take full advantage of the…

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Artist Josephine Meckseper Questions Modern Consumption With Two Massive Oil Pumps in Midtown Manhattan

Artist Josephine Meckseper Questions Modern Consumption With Two Massive Oil Pumps in Midtown Manhattan

Meckseper's initial inspiration came from a trip to Electra, a now desolate town that was once famous for being the oil capital of Texas. The huge mid 20th century oil pumps provide the…

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Cycle Two of the Centre-Fuge Public Art Project is Now on View in the East Village!

Cycle Two of the Centre-Fuge Public Art Project is Now on View in the East Village!

Embedded in a community of artists, Russell and Neville have selected a diverse group of artists to create the second layer of what will be a year long project. Cycle two is represented…

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Inside Tour: Ethical Fashion Designer M Patmos Gives Her Brooklyn Home a Conscious Facelift

Inside Tour: Ethical Fashion Designer M Patmos Gives Her Brooklyn Home a Conscious Facelift

INHABITAT: How long did the renovation take? Marcia: It took about three months, but then it took a little longer for everything to be finalized. INHABITAT: When you were thinking…

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New York-Based Design Team Ortolan Organic Makes Luxurious Eco-Friendly Home Decor

New York-Based Design Team Ortolan Organic Makes Luxurious Eco-Friendly Home Decor

Bethany is not alone in her pursuit. Teaming up with her sister Jenna Mallett, Bethany focuses on the design aspects while Jenna creates nature-inspired and nautical illustrations that…

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Centre-Fuge Transforms a Construction Trailer into a Mural-Covered LES Public Gallery

Centre-Fuge Transforms a Construction Trailer into a Mural-Covered LES Public Gallery

Pebbles Russell and Jonathan Neville saw the perfect opportunity to make their mark on one of their favorite neighborhoods in the city with artwork and proposed the Centre-Fuge Project…

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First World Trash Makes Stylish Handbags From New York's Discarded Billboards

First World Trash Makes Stylish Handbags From New York's Discarded Billboards

What began as a personal fascination for creating hand made objects from found materials was largely inspired by Malbrough's upbringing. “All the furniture in our house, my Paw Paw…

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New York International Gift Fair Showcases Hot Sustainable Designs Made With Natural Materials

New York International Gift Fair Showcases Hot Sustainable Designs Made With Natural Materials

One company of note at the New York International Gift Fair, Colors Tokyo operated by MSY Inc., blends traditional craftsmanship with natural materials to create unique designs. A…

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New York City Bike Share Expected to Launch in July

New York City Bike Share Expected to Launch in July

With much talk about the forthcoming New York City Bike Share, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Alta Bicycle Share have been giving sneak peaks of what's to come. Inhabitat…

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Pier 15 by SHoP Architects and Ken Smith Opens on the East River Waterfront Esplanade

Pier 15 by SHoP Architects and Ken Smith Opens on the East River Waterfront Esplanade

The new pier is snuggled between the elevated FDR Drive, huge ships that are docked at South Street Seaport, and the open waters of the East River. Following the hexagonal paving along…

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Allard van Hoorn Transforms Storefront for Art and Architecture Into an Interactive Instrument

Allard van Hoorn Transforms Storefront for Art and Architecture Into an Interactive Instrument

Allard van Hoorn is a truly international nomad. He consistently produces groundbreaking installation, sound and performance based pieces that take place simultaneously across the…

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LearningSpring School for Autistic Students in NYC Earns LEED Gold Certification

LearningSpring School for Autistic Students in NYC Earns LEED Gold Certification

The new interior facility accommodates the specific social, physical, and educational needs of those it serves. The design is transparent and open, encouraging collaboration.…

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