Built/NYC Pilot Program Invites Local NYC Designers to Design a Better City

Built/NYC Pilot Program Invites Local NYC Designers to Design a Better City

New York City is challenging its creatives to help design a better city. Last month, the City Council and the Department of Design and Construction unveiled Built/NYC, an innovative…

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10 Super Useful Transforming Furniture Pieces Spotted at PSFK's Future of Home Living Exhibit

10 Super Useful Transforming Furniture Pieces Spotted at PSFK's Future of Home Living Exhibit

For those of us with limited floor space, the Vurv Wall Shelf Desk is an efficient little design that folds up when not in use. It can also be used as a standing desk, which we all…

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NYC Officials Introduce New Bill to Regulate 3D-Printed Guns

NYC Officials Introduce New Bill to Regulate 3D-Printed Guns

Yesterday, Council Member Lewis Fidler (D-Brooklyn) introduced a new bill to regulate 3D-printed guns. The bill calls for regulation to make it illegal for anyone but a licensed…

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Parsons Students Design Zero-Waste Luxury Products for Poltrona Frau “Wasteless” Competition

Parsons Students Design Zero-Waste Luxury Products for Poltrona Frau “Wasteless” Competition

The first place winning design was awarded to Jenny Hsu for her design “Piqnique”—a woven utensils case for enjoying meals on the go that transforms into a chic leather placemat.…

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Bushwick's Aelfie Studio Transforms Old T-Shirts into Super-Soft Throw Rugs

Bushwick's Aelfie Studio Transforms Old T-Shirts into Super-Soft Throw Rugs

Brooklyn’s Aelfie Design Studio has made a business out of transforming old t-shirts into super-soft, one-of-a-kind rugs. Designed by Joedega, the colorful, hand-woven rugs and mats…

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Joe Doucet's Electrifying Hadron Lamp Contains 20 Meters of Electroluminescent Wire

Joe Doucet's Electrifying Hadron Lamp Contains 20 Meters of Electroluminescent Wire

The black Hadron Lamp is so electrifying that a jellyfish looking for a date might easily be fooled. The brainchild of designer Joe Doucet, the floor lamp is a translucent membrane…

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Danielle Trofe's LED Hourglass Lamps Are Powered by Falling Sand

Danielle Trofe's LED Hourglass Lamps Are Powered by Falling Sand

After the debut of her Live Screen hydroponic garden during NY Design Week 2012, Brooklyn-based designer Danielle Trofe is returning this year with a new series of off-the-grid LED…

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Show Off Your Upcycled Art and Designs at reMADE NYC's Pop-Up Gallery!

Show Off Your Upcycled Art and Designs at reMADE NYC's Pop-Up Gallery!

Calling all green designers, artists and creators! reMade NYC, a New York–based art, design and innovation studio, is looking for local designers to showcase at their upcoming…

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Textile Lab's Laura Sansone Talks About Natural Dyes and Local Farming in the NY Area

Textile Lab's Laura Sansone Talks About Natural Dyes and Local Farming in the NY Area

We've featured sustainable fashion pioneer Laura Sansone's naturally-dyed textiles before, so we were thrilled when LocalFlux sent us their even more in-depth look at how her work is…

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9 Amazing 3D-Printed Innovations Spotted at the 2013 Inside 3D Printing Expo

9 Amazing 3D-Printed Innovations Spotted at the 2013 Inside 3D Printing Expo

One of the most interesting things we came across at the show was Mcor Technologies' IRIS paper-based 3D printer, which uses regular paper as its base material rather than a plastic or…

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Try Out CASA Kids' Transforming Tuck Bed Collection at BKLYN Designs 2013

Try Out CASA Kids' Transforming Tuck Bed Collection at BKLYN Designs 2013

The Tuck Bed collection exemplifies everything that we love about CASA Kids: fresh, kid-friendly designs that are adaptable to New York's shrinking spaces. The single Tuck Bed can be…

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Bien Hecho Gears Up to Bring Their Understated Reclaimed Furniture to BKLYN Designs 2013

Bien Hecho Gears Up to Bring Their Understated Reclaimed Furniture to BKLYN Designs 2013

If you're in the market for well-made furniture built with reused materials, you'll definitely want to check out this year's BKLYN Designs showcase of Brooklyn-born furnishings in…

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NYC Announces Winners of Design Challenge to Reinvent Payphones for the Future

NYC Announces Winners of Design Challenge to Reinvent Payphones for the Future

The challenge drew on the expertise of a panel of judges that included: Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO of Quirky.com; Andrew McLaughlin, entrepreneur in residence at Betaworks; Majora…

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Mayor Bloomberg Announces First NYCxDESIGN Event to Showcase Designs from the 5 Boroughs

Mayor Bloomberg Announces First NYCxDESIGN Event to Showcase Designs from the 5 Boroughs

Mark your calendars, design fans! In keeping with its other efforts to promote local goods and services, New York City recently announced the first ever “NYCxDESIGN” (NYC by Design)…

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Vertical Garden Room Divider Using Inexpensive Ikea Plant Stands

DIY: How to Make Your Own Vertical Garden Room Divider Using Inexpensive Ikea Plant Stands

Just so you know, the Ikea PS Plant Stands that we used in this DIY can certainly be used separately instead of in duplicate or triplicate and they were specifically designed for garden…

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Brooklyn Cruiser Releases Special Edition MoMA Red Bicycles

Brooklyn Cruiser Releases Special Edition MoMA Red Bicycles

"Nothing compares to the simple pleasures of a bike ride", JFK is noted as having said, and urban cyclists do agree. Based on the classic design of the Dutch bike, while featuring the…

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Souda's Bubble Chandelier is Made of Plastic Bottles Collected by Homeless Individuals in NYC

Souda's Bubble Chandelier is Made of Plastic Bottles Collected by Homeless Individuals in NYC

The Bubble Chandelier's design was originally inspired by the cell-like shape of soap bubbles. Each one is handmade in a process where the recycled bottles are cleaned, cut, and then…

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BKLYN Designs Extends Deadline for Brooklyn Designers to Showcase Their Work - One Day Left to Submit!

BKLYN Designs Extends Deadline for Brooklyn Designers to Showcase Their Work - One Day Left to Submit!

Calling All Brooklyn Designers! If you've been looking for a way to spread the word about your work and showcase it to an audience of tastemakers and buyers, don't miss your chance to…

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PHOTOS: Students Showcase Interactive Art Made with Salvaged Materials at NYU’s ITP Winter Show

PHOTOS: Students Showcase Interactive Art Made with Salvaged Materials at NYU’s ITP Winter Show

The Bashtray Project, a series of ashtrays that displayed presidential candidates' faces, was a fun project that engaged people during the 2012 presidential election by giving users the…

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Reclaim NYC Furniture Made From Sandy Debris Still Available for Sale

Reclaim NYC Furniture Made From Sandy Debris Still Available for Sale

There are still 9 Reclaim NYC pieces left for sale through Lin Morris. Among them is a candelabra by Bec Brittain made from salvaged steel, which was blackened on the bottom half after…

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New York's Next Top Makers Competition Could Get Your Idea or Product Funded and Prototyped

New York's Next Top Makers Competition Could Get Your Idea or Product Funded and Prototyped

We wrote about the New York City Economic Development Corporation's "New York’s Next Top Makers" competition back in October, and we're excited to say that the contest is now open to…

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UM Project Uses Hurricane Sandy Debris to Make Beautiful Lamps

UM Project Uses Hurricane Sandy Debris to Make Beautiful Lamps

Located at the industrial end of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the UM Project’s workshop is a place where “personality, function and purpose” are combined to create locally produced…

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Reclaim NYC: Designers Reclaim Hurricane Debris for Furniture and Objects to Benefit Sandy Victims

Reclaim NYC: Designers Reclaim Hurricane Debris for Furniture and Objects to Benefit Sandy Victims

If the last month has shown us anything, it's that New Yorkers know how to mobilize in the face of disaster. We've been tracking numerous organizations focused on bringing relief to…

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The Sky Scratcher is a Recycled Cardboard Empire State Building Fit for Catzilla

The Sky Scratcher is a Recycled Cardboard Empire State Building Fit for Catzilla

The Sky Scratcher NYC is a scratching post made especially for cats that are in a New York state of mind. Constructed from 120 recycled cardboard ‘floors’ stacked to resemble the…

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Beautiful Upcycled Boardwalk Benches by Forms+Surfaces Help Aid Sandy Relief

Beautiful Upcycled Boardwalk Benches by Forms+Surfaces Help Aid Sandy Relief

Forms+Surfaces’ Boardwalk Bench has an asymmetrical pattern that allows the designers to use as much salvaged wood as possible, from scrap bits to full slats. Only knots and bolts…

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