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ANNOUNCING: The 2010 Inhabitat Spring Greening Contest Winners!

ANNOUNCING: The 2010 Inhabitat Spring Greening Contest Winners!

READER'S CHOICE GRAND PRIZE: Soda Bottle Lamps by Sarah Turner!!!Sarah Turner's lamps made from recycled soda bottles received a whopping 3674 votes from our readers, wowing you guys with their dazzling

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Inhabitat Reports From ICFF 2010!

Inhabitat Reports From ICFF 2010!

Inhabitat's editors hit the scene at the Javits center this weekend to check out this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair - New York's premier annual design event. We sifted through thousands

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Starlight LED Lamp Made From Recycled Coins

Starlight LED Lamp Made From Recycled Coins

New York designer Kellam Clark's magical Starlight lamp is a "shining" example of long-lasting, sustainable design with its combination of LED lights and recycled metal coins that cast varying shadows as

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Mimosa: a Stunning Plant-Inspired OLED Art Display

Mimosa: a Stunning Plant-Inspired OLED Art Display

We've seen lots of innovative applications for OLEDs lately -- Ingo Maurer's Double C-Future chandelier, Tom Dixon's OLED flat lamp, and now Jason Bruges' Mimosa, a dazzling piece of art that uses Philips

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AliveShoes Project Fuses Artistic Expression, Eco-Fashion, Sustainability

AliveShoes Project Fuses Artistic Expression, Eco-Fashion, Sustainability

Here at Inhabitat we see lots of old, discarded objects recycled into pieces of eco-art, so AliveShoes' approach is a bit like a trip to Opposite Land for us. The new ethical footwear company actually

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The Best Green Designs From Milan Design Week!

The Best Green Designs From Milan Design Week!

Yves Béhar's stunning line of LED pendant lamps are made from recycled paper and capture the shimmering effect of crystal chandeliers. Called "Memory," Tokujin Yoshioka's amorphous shape-shifting

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LIGHT BULBO is a Lamp Made From a Gourd!

LIGHT BULBO is a Lamp Made From a Gourd!

Your parents may have told you to eat your veggies, but we bet they never reminded you to turn them off when you leave the room. But they may have if you'd had 'LIGHT BULBO', an ingenious lamp made of a

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Tom Dixon Teams Up WIth Philips, Unveils OLED Flat Lamp

Tom Dixon Teams Up WIth Philips, Unveils OLED Flat Lamp

Iconic furniture designer Tom Dixon recently teamed up with electronics company Philips Lumiblade to create this stunningly minimalist line of super efficient OLED Lamps. Dixon's new "Flat Lamp" lighting

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Energy-Efficient LED Lamp Made From Paper Pulp

Energy-Efficient LED Lamp Made From Paper Pulp

Claesson Koivisto Rune are set to unveil a new lamp made almost entirely from paper pulp at this week's Milan Furniture Fair. Dubbed DuraPulp, the lamp's material is totally renewable and was conceived

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Patchwork Cupboard is a Stunning Example of Modern Day Craftsmanship

Patchwork Cupboard is a Stunning Example of Modern Day Craftsmanship

Here's a stunning sneak-peak into the Milan Furniture Fair: designer Robi Renzi of RenziVivian will exhibit a furniture collection that turns the compiling of salvaged scrap wood into intricate

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Macquarie Bank’s Green Office is Part Space Station, Part Cathedral

Macquarie Bank’s Green Office is Part Space Station, Part Cathedral

Construction on One Shelley Street first began in 2006 and finished in 2009. California-based Clive Wilkinson Architects teamed up with local architects Woods Bagot to design the 330,000 square foot

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Sundolier Robot Pumps Sunlight Indoors for Powerful Daylighting

Sundolier Robot Pumps Sunlight Indoors for Powerful Daylighting

What if you could light your entire building using no electricity, or artificial lights - but just the natural light from the sun? Conventional sky-lights do this well in certain types of single-story

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Shanghai’s International Cruise Terminal to be Cooled By The River

Shanghai’s International Cruise Terminal to be Cooled By The River

In preparation for the Shanghai 2010 World Expo Sparch Architects has designed this master plan for the International Cruise Terminal. The Terminal includes a cruise welcome center, office space,

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GREENER GADGETS LIVEBLOG: Inhabitat Reports Live From Greener Gadgets!

GREENER GADGETS LIVEBLOG: Inhabitat Reports Live From Greener Gadgets!

The 3rd annual Greener Gadgets Conference came to New York City yesterday to examine how we can make our gadgets and consumer electronics cleaner and greener. This annual conference is always chock full

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IS IT GREEN?: Rethink Hanger Repurposes Plastic Bottles

IS IT GREEN?: Rethink Hanger Repurposes Plastic Bottles

Chinese designer Xuan Yu’s Rethink hanger caught our attention as a clever concept for storing your threads, but we're not casting our vote just yet for this "eco" product. Touted as a green solution,

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Next-Generation Nanofiber Bulbs on the Horizon

Next-Generation Nanofiber Bulbs on the Horizon

Want to ditch your inefficient incandescent bulbs for some energy-saving compact fluorescent (CFL) ones? Be prepared to deal with toxic chemicals inside the bulbs.  Now there's another option: nanofiber

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Recycled Robot Fish Teach Japanese Children About Sealife

Recycled Robot Fish Teach Japanese Children About Sealife

Floating garbage has found its calling in these incredible sea creature robots hand-crafted by marine scientist and educator Masamichi Hayashi. Assembled using recycled items including plastic bottles,

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The New California Craftsmen Going Green in Stride

The New California Craftsmen Going Green in Stride

The New California Craftsmen have begun to make a name for themselves on the Los Angeles design scene, thinking up one-of-a-kind creations made from re-purposed scraps and found materials. Collaborators

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Used Wine Crates Make Glowing Light Boxes

Used Wine Crates Make Glowing Light Boxes

Wine makes the whole world more beautiful. Seriously, can you argue otherwise, given wine bottle cheese boards, used cork accoutrement -- and now, these stunning light boxes from artist Tracey Johnson?

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Found Cutlery Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Found Cutlery Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Spanish designer Oscar Diaz has found a new way to rescue our Earth from discarded plastic bottles. In a series called "Found" the designer has cleverly produced a range of super-light flatware cut

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Junktion Transforms Trashed Furniture into Treasure

Junktion Transforms Trashed Furniture into Treasure

As one of Tel Aviv’s most thought-provoking new companies, Junktion, a young, edgy and innovative design studio, is breathing new life into the trash their city has cast aside. Junktion began in 2008

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Recycled Fiber Furniture Filled With Air

Recycled Fiber Furniture Filled With Air

Designed by Mario Bellini for Meritalia, an Italian furniture maker, the Via Lattea furniture line looks like a collection of homemade marshmallows. Light as air, these chairs and couches are made from

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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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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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Milan 2009: Euroluce Lighting Exhibition

Milan 2009: Euroluce Lighting Exhibition

We saw quite a few environmentally-conscious trends at the Milan Furniture Fair's bi-annual showcase of lighting products, Euroluce. With energy use in mind, LEDs showed up from almost every company. As

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GREEN MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

GREEN MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

It's that time of year when we show our appreciation to the women who gave life to us - our moms! And while we here at Inhabitat don't necessarily believe in buying into all the hype behind this hallmark

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MILAN: Our Top Picks From Zona Tortona

MILAN: Our Top Picks From Zona Tortona

Zona Tortona is regarded as a sister show, or “satellite exhibit,” to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile; however, it was at Zona Tortona that I found some of the most innovative and forward-moving

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ChunWei Liao Elevates Common Cardboard to Design

ChunWei Liao Elevates Common Cardboard to Design

At Milan’s 2009 furniture fair, Designersblock did not depart from its habit of showing the very best in fresh new design, and ChunWei Liao's Transformer furniture and lighting collection is the perfect

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GREEN MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

GREEN MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

It's that time of year when we show our appreciation to the women who gave life to us - our moms! And while we here at Inhabitat don't necessarily believe in buying into all the hype behind this hallmark

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BKLYN Designs Begins Next Friday!

BKLYN Designs Begins Next Friday!

Heads up East Coast design junkies! BKLYN Designs, New York's preeminent showcase of locally-sourced green design is kicking off next week from May 8th through the 10th, and Inhabitat will be on the scene

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