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10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

Photo via Hometalker Knick of Time Smart Coat Rack Put those unread words to good use by creating a colorful book coat rack that any bibliophile would admire. Just imagine the effect this functional

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Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Issy-les-Moulineaux's environmental quality charter, called ISSEO, began in 2009 when the town and 20 developers agreed that all new housing and offices would be built to high standards of sustainability.

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Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

The library, which is located in the tiny village of Huairou, gives the local villagers a serene reading space as well as access to reading materials. Li Xiaodong wanted to create a place conducive to

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Gorgeous Glass Ribja Brv Footbridge Floats Across a River in Slovenia

Gorgeous Glass Ribja Brv Footbridge Floats Across a River in Slovenia

Arhitektura d.o.o. designed the Ribja Brv Footbridge for an international design competition to replace a decaying timber bridge built in 1991. The bridge was first conceived by the late architect Joze

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Amazing ColorUp LED Lamp Can Match the Color of Any Surface

Amazing ColorUp LED Lamp Can Match the Color of Any Surface

The amazing ColorUp lamp can mimic any color from a surface or physical object, allowing you to customize your lighting again and again to fit the mood or room. The giant bulb-shaped lamp, designed by

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Airport Screening Heightened After First US Ebola Patient Dies

Airport Screening Heightened After First US Ebola Patient Dies

Last week, Liberian man Thomas Eric Duncan died from Ebola at hospital in Dallas, Texas. Duncan was the first patient diagnosed in the United States with the virus. Duncan’s death has brought even more

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Sistine Chapel to Illuminate Michelangelo’s Masterpiece with 7,000 LEDs

Sistine Chapel to Illuminate Michelangelo’s Masterpiece with 7,000 LEDs

Art lovers can now take in the Sistine Chapel's sprawling painted ceiling with ease, thanks to a new installation of 7,000 LED lights. Viewers have been admiring Michelangelo's 16th century fresco in

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Diem Chau Carves Pencil Tips Into Incredible Miniature Animal Sculptures!

Diem Chau Carves Pencil Tips Into Incredible Miniature Animal Sculptures!

The artist’s striking tell-tale raven emerges from the whittled, rectangular base of the flat carpenter’s pencil. Standing tall and erect on the white painted stub, Diem has carved the raven in a

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Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Currently situated on FLACC's first floor gallery as part of the Manifest 9 Parallel Events in Genk, Verbandkammer hosts cultural production, work and residential space as well as archival facilities in

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Gerry Barry’s Incredible Land Art Installations Harmonize with the Irish Landscape

Gerry Barry’s Incredible Land Art Installations Harmonize with the Irish Landscape

Water is a key element and influence in Gerry Barry's work. Associated with purity and the source of life, Barry often creates pieces in or around water. Carefully selected rounded stones and rocks of

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Portable Snoozebox Shipping Container Hotel Can Be Set Up in Just 48 Hours

Portable Snoozebox Shipping Container Hotel Can Be Set Up in Just 48 Hours

Snoozebox’s cozy rooms carry all the comforts of home. The rooms sleep two to four guests comfortably, with double beds and adjacent bunk beds. The adaptable rooms also feature drawers and storage to

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The Colour House in Melbourne Wins 2014 Australian Living Green Interior Award

The Colour House in Melbourne Wins 2014 Australian Living Green Interior Award

The Melbourne home focuses on small and sustainable living, demonstrating just how good design mitigates the need for a larger home. Recycled materials are elevated by the clean, modern lines of the space

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Get $10 Off Passes to the First Ever Dwell on Design NY Show with Our Code

Get $10 Off Passes to the First Ever Dwell on Design NY Show with Our Code

Dwell on Design NY, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, debuts this week at 82 Mercer in SoHo, NY. Join 5,000 design elite as Dwell upends the standard ‘trade show’ format and creates a unique

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Cubist ‘Scape House’ Resembles a Giant Stack of Blocks

Cubist ‘Scape House’ Resembles a Giant Stack of Blocks

Within each of the cuboid volumes that make up Scape House, designer Kimura inlayed windows that reveal a strategically curated view of the neighborhood. Since the home is set on a hill overlooking a

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TGH Architects Gives California’s Hupomone Ranch a LEED Platinum Upgrade

TGH Architects Gives California’s Hupomone Ranch a LEED Platinum Upgrade

With a nod toward a traditional barn house, Hupomone Ranch is clad with a peaked two story glass façade, which floods the interior with light while showcasing the rolling hills of the family’s

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London Proposes £600M Bicycle Highway to Float Along the River Thames

London Proposes £600M Bicycle Highway to Float Along the River Thames

A new bicycle lane in London could allow cyclists to float on the River Thames. The Thames Deckway, proposed by River Cycleway Consortium Ltd, would create a bicycle-only path along the river that would

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Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

The sculptural Gue(ho)st House building is situated adjacent to the Delme Contemporary Art Center, which is housed in a former Synagogue located in a small town in the far northeastern corner of France.

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Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered MacBooks

Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered MacBooks

Charging your laptop may soon be as easy as sitting in the sun, as Apple has been awarded a patent for a new solar-powered MacBook. Still just a novel idea, a small solar panel affixed to the back of the

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3D-Printed Mycelium Chair Sprouts Living Mushrooms!

3D-Printed Mycelium Chair Sprouts Living Mushrooms!

Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek’s new Mycelium Chair is an amazing mushroom-sprouting seat that fuses organic materials with modern 3D printing technology. Working with the University of Aachen,

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Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

The Stream Belmont is a 6-story, 70-unit apartment building in Seattle's Capital Hill neighborhood with close proximity to tons of shops, restaurants and transit. In fact, the building is so well situated

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Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec

Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec

The building’s shape was derived from the native Cree people’s traditional longhouse, called a shaptuan, which was common in the village of Ouje-Bougoumou where the center now stands. The ground floor

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Hu2′s Fun Wall Stickers Gently Remind You to Turn Off Lights and Conserve Energy

Hu2′s Fun Wall Stickers Gently Remind You to Turn Off Lights and Conserve Energy

Is there someone in your household who just can't seem to remember to turn off the lights when they leave the room? Give them the gentle nudge they need by posting up a few of Hu2's clever wall decals.

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the

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Dome of Visions: Mobile Greenhouse Studio Boasts a Facade of CNC-Cut “Fish Scales” in Copenhagen

Dome of Visions: Mobile Greenhouse Studio Boasts a Facade of CNC-Cut “Fish Scales” in Copenhagen

The mobile Dome of Visions greenhouse studio and temporary cultural center has set off on a two-year tour of Denmark and its first stop until May is at Copenhagen harbor. Squeezed between Noma restaurant

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The Green School Showcases Bamboo Construction in Indonesia

The Green School Showcases Bamboo Construction in Indonesia

The Green School was established side-by-side with the non-profit Meranggi Foundation, which develops bamboo plantations by presenting seedlings to local rice farmers. The project also harnessed the

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Explore This Incredible Green Village in Bali Made Entirely From Bamboo

Explore This Incredible Green Village in Bali Made Entirely From Bamboo

Ibuku (formerly called PTBambu), a design-build firm located outside of Bali’s cultural center of Ubud, is the visionary behind both the Green School and the Green Village. So far one home in the

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Industrial Giant Cargill Announces Promise to Stop Leveling Rainforests

Industrial Giant Cargill Announces Promise to Stop Leveling Rainforests

Mega agricultural and industrial company Cargill has announced at the UN Climate Summit that it will begin to support the New York Declaration on Forests- and stop leveling rainforests. The company, which

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Colorful Intricate Creatures Made from Recycled Prints and Magazines

Colorful Intricate Creatures Made from Recycled Prints and Magazines

The Soon team set to work on piles of used paper, printed with everything from ads to editorials. The pages were separated into a rainbow of colors, giving the paper crafters easy access for their

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How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, also known as The Clark, originally opened in 1955 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Over the years the museum has expanded to include the Manton Research

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Munchausen’s Amazing LEGO Kitchen is Made From Thousands of Toy Bricks!

Munchausen’s Amazing LEGO Kitchen is Made From Thousands of Toy Bricks!

You might be forgiven for assuming that LEGOs are just child’s play. Forgiven, that is, until you see this stunning kitchen renovation. Parisian designers Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti created a

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