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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FlyKly Electric Bicycles are the Greenest Vehicles to Cruise the New York City Streets

FlyKly Electric Bicycles are the Greenest Vehicles to Cruise the New York City Streets

FlyKly launched its line of electric bikes in Lower Manhattan this past summer and sold out their entire stock in a matter of months. The clever name is fitting as Kly is Greek for…

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Laura Sansone Exemplifies Locavore Fashion With Her Handspun, Plant-Dyed Wares

Laura Sansone Exemplifies Locavore Fashion With Her Handspun, Plant-Dyed Wares

Laura Sansone is a designer, educator and student of life who holds herself accountable to her local community and the environment in her holistic approach to design. The Mobile Textile…

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FIT Student Denize Sofia Maaloe's Sustainable Design Wins Warp & Weft's Rug Design Competition

FIT Student Denize Sofia Maaloe's Sustainable Design Wins Warp & Weft's Rug Design Competition

Twenty-four storyboards and design samples animated the walls of the Warp & Weft showroom for the past few weeks. The result of just over a month of work and the first exposure to…

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Uhuru's New Sustainable Showroom Brings Beauty and Elegance to Red Hook

Uhuru's New Sustainable Showroom Brings Beauty and Elegance to Red Hook

Tania Johnson’s designs are greatly influenced by her photographic work of the natural world. Her rugs are tactile experiences that play with light, microscopic detail and texture.…

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Hudson Valley Sheep and Wool Company Makes Sustainable Local Textiles for Eco Designers

Hudson Valley Sheep and Wool Company Makes Sustainable Local Textiles for Eco Designers

Godesky bought the land in 1978 and went through a series of agricultural endeavors before establishing the farm and mill. She tried raising cows, rabbits and Dorset sheep for meat, but…

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The Leafsnap App Helps You Identify Every Tree in NYC

The Leafsnap App Helps You Identify Every Tree in NYC

The free Leafsnap app is the first of a series of digital field guides using visual recognition to identify plants and species. To find out what tree you're looking at, all you have to…

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31 & Change Turns Old Chairs Into Bold Retro Benches

31 & Change Turns Old Chairs Into Bold Retro Benches

Walk down any New York sidewalk and you're bound to see a broken chair that's been callously thrown street side. Bastard chairs are a dime a dozen, and we tend to cast them off into…

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CounterEvolution's Reclaimed Bowling Lane Furniture Will Delight Your Inner Lebowski

CounterEvolution's Reclaimed Bowling Lane Furniture Will Delight Your Inner Lebowski

CounterEvolution was founded just a few years ago by Jim Malone, the former director for the Pokemon TV show. Coming across a gorgeous piece of reclaimed bowling lane wood, he created a…

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Roberto Gil Revamps a Meatpacking District Loft With Reclaimed Wood

Roberto Gil Revamps a Meatpacking District Loft With Reclaimed Wood

Furniture designer Roberto Gil appreciates the unique character of reclaimed wood.  Each grain, flaw, and age mark tells a story, and Gil uses these characteristics to his benefit when…

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Brooklyn Night Bazaar Brings Nocturnal Fun to Dekalb Market

Brooklyn Night Bazaar Brings Nocturnal Fun to Dekalb Market

The concept for the Night Bazaar was initiated by Aaron Broudo and made possible in part through a Kickstarter campaign. The one-night experiment is part of a larger dream to make it a…

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Pretty Offensive's Reusable Coffee Cozies Add a Little Snark To Your Morning Caffeine Fix

Pretty Offensive's Reusable Coffee Cozies Add a Little Snark To Your Morning Caffeine Fix

Morning coffee or tea is essential to many of us for our morning commute. Although we should be bringing along our own reusable thermoses when refueling at the local café, we can still…

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Columbia University Students Design a Composting Public Restroom for the School's Courtyard

Columbia University Students Design a Composting Public Restroom for the School's Courtyard

The pavilion, called BOB, sits below an inflatable cloud that floats above the courtyard. The project combined the talents of Columbia art and architecture students, and included a…

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PLANT Design Studio Creates Organic Spice & Herb Kits for Eco-Conscious Foodies

PLANT Design Studio Creates Organic Spice & Herb Kits for Eco-Conscious Foodies

PLANT's best selling-product is the Mobile Foodie Survival Kit. Holly came up with the idea a few years back when she was brainstorming designs that she could use while traveling.…

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GreenHomeNYC Auctions Off Eco Furniture Made From Recycled Materials at the NEW New York Block Party

GreenHomeNYC Auctions Off Eco Furniture Made From Recycled Materials at the NEW New York Block Party

The works were on display and accessible for public use at the Garden Lounge, set up in a parking lot in the middle of the block. While the threat of rain deterred some visitors, the…

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The NEW New York Block Party Celebrates Green Design Today!

The NEW New York Block Party Celebrates Green Design Today!

Get ready, design geeks. The NEW New York block party is happening TODAY! The festival, now in its second year, is a green street festival hosted by GreenHomeNYC that celebrates…

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Student Designers Create Eco Furniture for the NEW New York Block Party!

Student Designers Create Eco Furniture for the NEW New York Block Party!

Created by Alex Weber, the Green Partition is part living wall, part communal seating. Using modular planters made from recycled cork board and recycled plywood, Weber created an…

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City College of New York Students Unveil Sun-Powered Roof Pod for Solar Decathlon Competition

City College of New York Students Unveil Sun-Powered Roof Pod for Solar Decathlon Competition

With so much recent development, New York City’s rooftops remain one of the most underutilized pieces of real estate. As one Team New York member stated, “Our most abundant energy…

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