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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Fiyel Levent Transforms Wood from Historic NYC Bar into a Bespoke Liquor Cabinet

Fiyel Levent Transforms Wood from Historic NYC Bar into a Bespoke Liquor Cabinet

Brooklyn-based Fiyel Levent was one of the talented designers that participated in the innovative 12 x 12 project, which upcycled wood from some of New York’s historic buildings into…

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Bellboy New York Upcycles a Park Avenue Water Tower into a Sexy Wooden Chair for 12 x 12

Bellboy New York Upcycles a Park Avenue Water Tower into a Sexy Wooden Chair for 12 x 12

Water towers have a storied history in New York, and have unintentionally become iconic symbols of the city. Originally constructed during the Industrial Revolution in the…

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Louis Lim's Round&Round is a Circular Bench Made of Reclaimed NYC Wood

Louis Lim's Round&Round is a Circular Bench Made of Reclaimed NYC Wood

Designed by Louis Lim, a Cooper Union graduate, the bench was created as part of the 12 x 12 exhibit during New York Design Week. Like all of the other pieces comprising the 12 x 12…

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HWKN's Cool New 'Wendy' MoMA PS1 Totes and Shirts Clean the Air While You Wear Them

HWKN's Cool New 'Wendy' MoMA PS1 Totes and Shirts Clean the Air While You Wear Them

HWKN created a dynamic platform and pavilion called Wendy that combines water canons, air cleaning capabilities, and a massively cool, spiky-armed design. The pavilion is covered in…

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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 Jenna Spevack Turns Ordinary Furniture Into Clever Gardens With Her Microfarms

Artist Jenna Spevack Turns Ordinary Furniture Into Clever Gardens With Her Microfarms

The exhibit will include a “farmstand” where visitors make their own determination of the value of the microgreens grown in the gallery and may choose an urban agriculture…

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NY-Based Design Company Ecovative Grows Mushrooms For Packaging Material, Insulation, & More

NY-Based Design Company Ecovative Grows Mushrooms For Packaging Material, Insulation, & More

Answering the call for an eco-friendly solution to environmentally damaging packing materials, Ecovative Design has created a new niche in the green market by using mushroom-based…

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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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12 x 12 Exhibition Announces Winning Designers to Create Furniture from Demolished NYC Buildings

12 x 12 Exhibition Announces Winning Designers to Create Furniture from Demolished NYC Buildings

Sawkill Lumber has just announced the 12 designers who have been selected to participate in the first ever 12 x 12 design exhibition this spring. Debuting at Design Week in May this…

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Urban Organic Gardener Grows a Lush Vegetable Garden on His NYC Fire Escape

Urban Organic Gardener Grows a Lush Vegetable Garden on His NYC Fire Escape

A Brooklyn native, Lieberman had no experience gardening or growing before he planted his fire escape garden. The fire escape was his first foray into small space urban gardening, and…

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You Can Own a Used NYC Subway Bench for $650

You Can Own a Used NYC Subway Bench for $650

The decades-old wooden benches we’ve become accustomed to in New York City subway stations are now up for sale. For $650 you can purchase a piece of salvaged New York history from the…

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Garden Up Plant Towers Make it Easy to Grown Your Own Veggies in Small NYC Apartments

Garden Up Plant Towers Make it Easy to Grown Your Own Veggies in Small NYC Apartments

Garden Up’s vertical garden units look almost like bird houses, but for yummy herbs and edible plants. Each level of the tower is ideal for growing different types of produce. Edible…

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Fashion Designer Joann Berman Creates Trippy 3D Furniture from Vintage Sofas in Queens

Fashion Designer Joann Berman Creates Trippy 3D Furniture from Vintage Sofas in Queens

The best way to describe Joann Berman Bespoke Furniture is that it looks like Berman simply replaced the people she usually dresses with pieces of furniture. A beautiful baroque style…

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David Stark's Pop-Up Wood Shop Offers Sustainable Wooden Valentines and More!

David Stark's Pop-Up Wood Shop Offers Sustainable Wooden Valentines and More!

David Stark works with wood for a living, designing some of the most incredibly unique home pieces in New York. After taking stock of his studio surroundings, he decided to use his…

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Charm Your Valentine With Recycled Paper Roses from Lower East Side Girls Club

Charm Your Valentine With Recycled Paper Roses from Lower East Side Girls Club

This Valentine's Day, give your love something eco-friendly -- a bouquet of artful recycled newspaper roses! While cut flowers are pretty for a fleeting moment, they are wasteful and…

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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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12x12 Design Competition Calls for Entrants to Upcycle Historic NYC Buildings Into Contemporary Furniture

12x12 Design Competition Calls for Entrants to Upcycle Historic NYC Buildings Into Contemporary Furniture

Calling all New York furniture designers! Third Ward, Build it Green NYC and Sawkill Lumber Company have launched the 12 x 12 design contest, a unique opportunity to repurpose a piece…

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Boards and Beans Offers Custom Reclaimed Wood Furniture and Fair Trade Coffee in the East Village

Boards and Beans Offers Custom Reclaimed Wood Furniture and Fair Trade Coffee in the East Village

Boards and Beans recently opened their showroom doors, to support their thriving online business. Believing that affordable furniture doesn’t have to come from IKEA, they created…

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MetroChange Kiosks Would Enable New Yorkers to Donate Unused MetroCard Money

MetroChange Kiosks Would Enable New Yorkers to Donate Unused MetroCard Money

As of late, you’ll notice that the MTA has given New Yorkers odd-change “bonus” increments that come with buying varying values of MetroCards. Thirty extra cents? What can a…

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The Top 6 Artisan Markets in NYC for Your Sustainable Holiday Gift Shopping

The Top 6 Artisan Markets in NYC for Your Sustainable Holiday Gift Shopping

Grand Central Holiday Fair The vendors in Grand Central began hawking their goods last week, and they will be occupying the station's historic Vanderbilt Hall until Christmas Eve. Now…

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The Bluebrain iPhone App Creates a Central Park Soundtrack Just For You

The Bluebrain iPhone App Creates a Central Park Soundtrack Just For You

In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed Central Park, creating vistas and views that were meant to be experienced like a painting - each tree and sculpture was arranged…

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Purgatory Pie Press Limited Edition 2012 Datebooks Made Completely from Upcycled Materials

Purgatory Pie Press Limited Edition 2012 Datebooks Made Completely from Upcycled Materials

Each year's limited edition datebook has a unique design to keep collectors surprised and coming back. 2012's distinguishing feature is an envelope that is stitched into the signature…

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Fingerlakes Woolen Mill Carries History of Processing Sustainable Wool in Upstate New York

Fingerlakes Woolen Mill Carries History of Processing Sustainable Wool in Upstate New York

Suzanne had been a fiber hobbyist but never envisioned running a mill with Jay. The Horschler family, the former owners, ran the mill since the 1970s as a phone order business for wool…

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