20 Fascinating Design Finds Spotted at WantedDesign 2015

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WantedDesign has become one of New York Design Week‘s most popular shows and, as usual, this year’s lineup did not disappoint. The innovative collection of home furnishings, decorative objects and art took over Manhattan’s Terminal Stores space last week, turning it into a block-long tunnel of design eye candy. Come along on our photo tour of our favorite designs from the show!

Lead image featuring Robert Debbane‘s Galactica Table Lamp

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Controversial Texas hunter bags his $350,000 endangered black rhino

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We’ve been following closely the story of the Texas man who paid $350,000 for the chance to kill an endangered black rhinoceros, and we’re sad to report today that the hunter has succeeded. Corey Knowlton purchased the permit to kill the endangered animal in an auction in January 2014, igniting a firestorm of controversy. Less than two months after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sanctioned the hunt, Knowlton traveled to Namibia and killed a bull rhino with three shots.

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Gorgeous Valley House is a geometric timber cabin inspired by the Dolomite Mountains

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China threatens to slice through the Amazon with a 3,300-mile rail network

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China is floating plans to build a 3,300 mile railway network through the Amazon, jeopardizing one of the most critical and bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth. Next week while touring South America, China’s Premier Li Keqiang will move ahead with discussions started last year by President Xi Jinping to connect the Atlantic in Brazil with the Pacific in Peru in order to facilitate faster and cheaper trade in commodities such as oil and iron ore, the Guardian reports. The railway network would slice through Amazonian swamps, forest and either desert or mountains, and disturb tribes that have never before had contact with the outside world.

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This mind-blowing Stella mirror is a window into infinity

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This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home

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If you thought water and lighting are two things that should never meet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this mesmerizing new “Rain Lamp” by designer Richard Clarkson. The nature-inspired Rain Lamp uses a pump system to circulate water through a glass globe, allowing for a slow, steady drip of droplets that are projected by light onto surrounding surfaces. The steady drip of the lamp results in a mesmerizing ripple effect on your floor. Read on to see a short video of this unique light in action.

Rain Lamp from Richard Clarkson on Vimeo.

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Anchors aweigh! Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate London's new rental laws

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Beautiful birch AERO Bike is a testing ground for architectural techniques

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INFOGRAPHIC: Is your state a clean energy leader or dirty energy loser?

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These days, the U.S. is importing significantly less oil and bolstering its energy independence, and part of the reason is that renewable energy use is increasing throughout the country. While some states are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels (Texas, we are looking at you), others are producing an incredible amount of energy from clean sources like wind (we’re looking at you… wait, Texas?).  This infographic reveals which states are leading the renewable revolution (and which could use a kick in the pants).

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VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE - We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

By now, we hope that most of you know that swapping incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs saves money and energy, but there’s still a lingering misconception that LED bulbs emit a cold, bluish light that is just not as warm or attractive as the old filament-filled bulbs we grew up with. To dispel this fallacy, we sought out a group of people with a critical eye for light bulb color and ambiance – lighting designers on the show floor of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at New York Design Week. These meticulous designers take light warmth and quality very seriously (that is their job after all), so we couldn’t think of anyone better suited to give an honest opinion about the latest generation of high-tech LED light bulbs. Watch our video above to see how we retrofitted five gorgeous designer lamps with new Philips LED light bulbs – and in the process saved $1,732.86 in energy costs and won over some designer converts to the future of LED lighting.

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Feds launch pollinator task force to protect butterflies and bees from further population decline

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The federal government has unleashed its new action plan to save honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators currently at risk. While the plan, created by the U.S. Pollinator Task Force, makes some positive strides towards renewing pollinator habitats, it falls short of banning the pesticides which have been linked to bee decline.

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Shigeru Ban transforms 90,000 eye shadow containers into a glittering wave at the Venice Biennale

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Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

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SpaceX retro travel posters make Mars look like the ultimate vacation destination

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Elon Musk started SpaceX to get to Mars. Simple as that. That elusive red planet holds a lot of allure for the man who wants to help us all ditch the power grid. SpaceX, and certainly Musk himself, wants to get the public fired up about the possibility of humans on Mars, so they’ve created a series of travel posters, reminiscent of something peeled from the wall of a 1950s travel agency. Destination? Mars!

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8 transforming, double-duty furniture designs spotted at ICFF 2015

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The International Contemporary Furniture Fair opened its doors this past Saturday at New York’s Javits Center, inviting design fans to delve into 165,000 net square feet of home furnishing goodness. Known for being New York Design Week‘s heaviest hitter, the show has grown even larger this year with an entire additional floor of exhibitors. Inhabitat hit the ICFF scene this weekend, and one of the design trends that stood out to us was an even more pronounced presence of multi-purpose, transforming furniture. From chairs that charge your phone to entertainment systems that slide out into beds, read on for our top double-duty furniture picks.

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George Clooney and Anderson Cooper help kick off World Trade Center Observatory

George Clooney and Anderson Cooper help kick off World Trade Center…

"CBS This Morning" executive producer Chris Licht says the observatory "is a true symbol of how far New York City has come since Sept. 11." Related: 1 WTC’s One World Observatory…

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Thieves are stealing Prius batteries to sell on the black market

Thieves are stealing Prius batteries to sell on the black market

Last week an article in the New York Times highlighted an unfortunate trend which has some hybrid owners trading in their Prius' for a straight-forwardly fuel-efficient gasoline-powered…

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Zero-waste Nomad Chair challenges unsustainable “throwaway” culture

Zero-waste Nomad Chair challenges unsustainable “throwaway”…

We Do Wood designer Sebastian Jorgensen developed the Nomad Chair, a zero-waste chair created in protest against unsustainable overproduction in the furniture industry. Designed with…

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Peak number of coal plants are shutting down in 2015, ushering in a greener era

Peak number of coal plants are shutting down in 2015, ushering in a…

In 2014, 39% of American electricity is generated from the burning of coal, down from 52.8% in 1997. Though the fuel source has been steadily declining from its late 20th century peak…

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Digitally fabricated wooden vases by Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal mimic handcrafting techniques

Digitally fabricated wooden vases by Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal mimic…

Zaha Hadid and designer Gareth Neal collaborated in the making of these amazing wooden vases. The designs, which reflect Hadid's signature aesthetics, combine the experimentation with…

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