Yuka Yoneda

 

Yuka is a writer and reporter from Queens, New York. She received her bachelor’s in business management from Stony Brook University and holds a degree in exhibit design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition to being the NYC editor of Inhabitat, Yuka is a practicing turophile and a known JeDIY master. Her love of maker culture and crafting has a lot to do with what she's seen around her in NYC, and she believes that if you can make stuff here, you can make stuff anywhere. Yuka's refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, Glamour, HGTV.com and other websites and magazines. Yuka also writes for Ecouterre and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.

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Shigeru Ban’s New Camper Store is a Cardboard-Topped House of Shoes in NYC

Shigeru Ban’s New Camper Store is a Cardboard-Topped House of Shoes in NYC

If you're a Shigeru Ban fan living in NYC, we urge you to head down to check out the starchitect's newest work, the Camper shoe store in SoHo. The design is decidedly "Ban," and features a

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The Living Building Challenge Wins the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

The Living Building Challenge Wins the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Living Building Challenge founder Jason McLennan What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place? It seems a far cry from our current situation, right? Lofty

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DIY Father’s Day Gift: How to Make Recycled Plastic Bag Placemats for Your Dad

DIY Father’s Day Gift: How to Make Recycled Plastic Bag Placemats for Your Dad

If your dad is the chef of your family, show him how much you appreciate his meals by making him a set of cool and quirky recycled plastic bag placemats for Father's Day. We got this DIY gift

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DIY Father’s Day Gift: Make Your Dad a New Clock Out of an Old Record

DIY Father’s Day Gift: Make Your Dad a New Clock Out of an Old Record

If your daddy-o is a record-lover, he'll appreciate the nostalgia of this DIY record clock - especially if you make it for him yourself! Recycling and repurposing crafts guru Tiffany Threadgould

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron About the Light & Energy Issue

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron About the Light & Energy Issue

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about Dwell's Light & Energy issue and what kind of content readers can expect when they pick it up on newsstands this month? AMANDA: I enjoy issue

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The New Lexus ES300h: We Test Drive the First Ever Hybrid ES in Oregon Wine Country

The New Lexus ES300h: We Test Drive the First Ever Hybrid ES in Oregon Wine Country

Before we get into any more details about the car, I should mention that I'm not a car expert - but if you're reading this, you probably aren't, either. Lexus provided us with a comprehensive

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Art of Board: Retired Skateboards Recycled into Rad Wall Tiles

Art of Board: Retired Skateboards Recycled into Rad Wall Tiles

This isn't the first time we laid eyes on Art of Board - we covered them at ICFF 2011 - but it's interesting to see that the frenzy we saw last year hasn't died down a bit. We can't say that

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Peteris Zilbers’ MoodBroom is a Quirky LED Lamp Disguised as a Broom

Peteris Zilbers’ MoodBroom is a Quirky LED Lamp Disguised as a Broom

Here's one design that really "cleaned up" at New York Design Week - an LED lamp disguised as a broom. Spotted by our editors at ICFF, the MoodBroom by Peteris Zilbers looks like a mundane mop

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BRC Designs’ Spineless Chair is Adorned with the Spines of Old Books

BRC Designs’ Spineless Chair is Adorned with the Spines of Old Books

Bibliophiles are sure to get a kick out of BRC Designs' new "Spineless" chair, which is made up of the spines of hundreds of old books. Spotted at ICFF this past weekend, the literally literary

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Kohler Makes a Splash at ICFF with a Neon Chartreuse Shipping Container Booth

Kohler Makes a Splash at ICFF with a Neon Chartreuse Shipping Container Booth

When we first came across Kohler's massive shipping container booth, we were skeptical as to whether it was even green at all (besides the color, that is). Some companies choose to have these

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BRC Designs’ American Pipe Dream Chair and Table Are Made from a Maze of Copper Piping

BRC Designs’ American Pipe Dream Chair and Table Are Made from a Maze of Copper Piping

The American Pipe dream table and chair were inspired by Benjamin Rollins Caldwell's own frustration after some thieves stripped the copper out of one of his welding machines. According to the

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At Labo’s Wood Veneer Lamps Are Puzzles You Put Together Yourself

At Labo’s Wood Veneer Lamps Are Puzzles You Put Together Yourself

Is it a lamp or is it a puzzle? Spotted at ICFF during New York Design Week, At Labo's beguiling veneer lamps resemble wooden orbs, but bat one a bit with your hand and you'll see that they're

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iTree is an iPod Docking Station Made out of an Entire Tree Trunk

iTree is an iPod Docking Station Made out of an Entire Tree Trunk

Though we like the idea behind the iTree, we're not really sold on the thought that each one uses a lot of material that could possibly be used for a better cause. Additionally if you think

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HOW TO: Switch Your Light Bulbs And Get Ready for the Big Light Bulb Phase-Out

HOW TO: Switch Your Light Bulbs And Get Ready for the Big Light Bulb Phase-Out

By now, most of you have probably heard about the incandescent light bulb phase-out starting this year (likely as a result of the ridiculous political bickering about the lighting legislation

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6 Delightful DIY Mother’s Day Gifts to Make for Your Mum

6 Delightful DIY Mother’s Day Gifts to Make for Your Mum

Easy-to-Make DIY Mother's Day Gifts: FABRIC NECKLACE If your mom likes jewelry, she'll love wearing a one-of-a-kind fabric necklace made by you. All you need is a few pieces of scrap fabric,

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5 Easy and Environmentally-Friendly Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

5 Easy and Environmentally-Friendly Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! We applaud all of you devoted sons and daughters who diligently planned what they would be doing for their moms in advance. But what about the rest of us procrastinators?

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Pick Up a Hammer for Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week

Pick Up a Hammer for Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about National Women Build Week and what prompted Habitat for Humanity to start the event five years ago? Lisa Marie: Habitat’s Women Build and

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Thumb-Lite is a Stick-on LED That Turns Anything into a Flashlight

PRODUCT REVIEW: Thumb-Lite is a Stick-on LED That Turns Anything into a Flashlight

Totally wireless, incredibly lightweight and smaller than a quarter, the Thumb-Lite is a stick-on LED that turns anything into a flashlight. If you've ever felt the frustration of searching for

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PRODUCT REVIEW: We Test Out the LED Candle Light You Can Actually Blow Out

PRODUCT REVIEW: We Test Out the LED Candle Light You Can Actually Blow Out

Candles can transform nondescript spaces into soothing and romantic scenes, but they can also be a fire waiting to happen (considering 5% of all home fires are started by candles), and a

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DIY: Reuse Leftover Pickle Juice to Make Homemade Pickled Daikon

DIY: Reuse Leftover Pickle Juice to Make Homemade Pickled Daikon

MATERIALS: - leftover pickle juice in a jar - veggies you want to pickle (daikon, other radish or garlic work great) STEP 1: Wash your veggies thoroughly and chop them up. STEP 2: Pop

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eBay Launches New Green Driving Site for Finding and Buying Eco Vehicles

eBay Launches New Green Driving Site for Finding and Buying Eco Vehicles

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about what eBay Green Driving is and why eBay decided to develop it? Brad: The site is a one-stop-shop for all things related to green driving. It helps

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Mugtree is a Cute Cupholder with Pop-Out Coasters

Mugtree is a Cute Cupholder with Pop-Out Coasters

Very fittingly called the Mugtree, this laser-cut cupholder is shaped just like a little tree for your kitchen. To save on materials, the negative areas that create the spaces where the cups go

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eBay Green Driving Sweepstakes: Win a New Prius by Tweeting Your Green Driving Tip!

eBay Green Driving Sweepstakes: Win a New Prius by Tweeting Your Green Driving Tip!

With gas prices soaring, we're all looking to green up our driving these days, and eBay Green Driving wants to make it a lot easier for one person by giving them a brand new Toyota Prius! To

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7 Weird and Wonderful Uses For LED Lighting Technology

7 Weird and Wonderful Uses For LED Lighting Technology

It's amazing to think that just a few years ago, many people thought of LEDs as nothing more than the tiny red lights in our laser pointers but my, how the times have changed! With more and more

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Ikea’s Solar-Powered Sunnan Lamp

PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Ikea’s Solar-Powered Sunnan Lamp

When Ikea came out with its SUNNAN solar-powered desk lamp, we were immediately enamored with the elegant, minimal design, but were curious about how much light the product could actually

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PICS: Patrick Blanc’s Dazzling Vertical Garden Wonderland is Laced with 7,000 Orchids

PICS: Patrick Blanc’s Dazzling Vertical Garden Wonderland is Laced with 7,000 Orchids

Laced with 7,000 vibrant orchids, ferns, and other flora, Patrick Blanc's bevy of spectacular vertical gardens is now on display at the New York Botanical Garden's Annual Orchid Show. Blanc

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Year’s Supply of Eco Goodie-Boxes (worth $450) from Lost Crates

GIVEAWAY: Win a Year’s Supply of Eco Goodie-Boxes (worth $450) from Lost Crates

Lost Crates is a unique new care package subscription service that delivers curated goodie-boxes right to your door, and last week, we covered their fabulous new "Eco Crates" geared towards

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CB2 Invites You to DIY Saturdays with Local Craft Experts

CB2 Invites You to DIY Saturdays with Local Craft Experts

Calling all DIY lovers! In celebration of spring, CB2 will be hosting a series of DIY Saturdays for the next three Saturdays – April 21, 28 and May 5. These fun, interactive sessions will

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Sapore dei Mobili: Tiny Furniture-Shaped Cakes Let You Have Your Chairs and Eat Them Too

Sapore dei Mobili: Tiny Furniture-Shaped Cakes Let You Have Your Chairs and Eat Them Too

"Do we still have appetite for all this furniture?" ask Fukusada and Pereira in their description of Sapore dei Mobili, which means "Taste of Furniture". The pair mold their delectable homegoods

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Revolutionary Soil Wrap is a Flower Container You Can Plant

Revolutionary Soil Wrap is a Flower Container You Can Plant

Now here's an idea so ingenious, we're kicking ourselves for not thinking of it first - a biodegradable flower pot that you can plant right into the earth. If you've ever purchased a plant with

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