20 Fascinating Design Finds Spotted at WantedDesign 2015

20 Fascinating Design Finds Spotted at WantedDesign 2015

Wanted Design is one of NYC's most anticipated Design Week shows, and this year's lineup did not disappoint. The international collection of home furnishings, design objects and art has…

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

Gorgeous Valley House is a geometric timber cabin inspired by the…

The 117-square-meter Valley House is top-heavy, with two diamond-shaped volumes stacked atop a triangular base. The entrance is elevated off the ground and accessible via a short flight…

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

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

China is floating plans to build a 3,300 mile railway network in South America, jeopardizing one of the most critical and bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth. Next week China's Premier Li…

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This mind-blowing Stella mirror is a window into infinity

This mind-blowing Stella mirror is a window into infinity

If optical illusions strike your fancy, this dramatic mirrored sconce might be the closest you'll come to observing infinity. The illuminated hexagonal Stella mirror completely stopped…

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

Anchors aweigh! Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate…

Up until now, a Londoners haven't been able to rent their homes for less than three months without the fear of fines. Now, the law has been updated to allow homeowners in the capital to…

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Beautiful birch AERO Bike is a testing ground for architectural techniques

Beautiful birch AERO Bike is a testing ground for architectural…

Picture A prototype birch [bicycle] frame not only provides strength and flexibility in a lightweight material, but is also being used to test wooden design techniques for…

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

INFOGRAPHIC: Is your state a clean energy leader or dirty energy…

Thanks to surging production in the country’s oil and gas shale regions, the U.S. is importing significantly less oil and bolstering its energy independence. Part of the reason is…

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

VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE - We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF…

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,…

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

Feds launch pollinator task force to protect butterflies and bees from…

The US Federal Government has unleashed its new action plan to save honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators currently at risk. While the plan, created by the US Pollinator Task…

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

Shigeru Ban transforms 90,000 eye shadow containers into a glittering…

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has transformed thousands of empty eye shadow containers into a glistening wave for the Venice Biennale. Entitled “Reverberation- Pavilion of Light and…

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

Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat…

Glulam is a versatile wooden beam consisting of multiple “wooden laminations” which are fused together with a strong, moisture-resistant adhesive. The product boasts to be, pound…

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

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

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…

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

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

“green furniture”, “sustainable furniture”, design events, design shows, icff, green design, green housewares, green interiors, green products, new york design week, nyc x…

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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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Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that…

New York–based design studio Bernheimer Architecture designed this daylit vacation house in Rhode Island, the interior of which plays with light like it were a sculpting chisel. The…

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LYCS Architecture unveils nature-filled urban high-rise in Hangzhou

LYCS Architecture unveils nature-filled urban high-rise in Hangzhou

The 120,711-square-meter office headquarters’ placement and shape were influenced by the need to maximize building views towards West Lake and minimize shadows on adjacent residential…

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VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times…

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Pipeline spills up to 105,000 gallons of oil along Santa Barbara coast

Pipeline spills up to 105,000 gallons of oil along Santa Barbara coast

Rescue crews are working to contain a four-mile wide slick after a pipeline crack yesterday caused 21,000 gallons of oil to flow into the areas pristine waters and coated the popular…

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This building in Venice is covered in 1,000 used car tires

This building in Venice is covered in 1,000 used car tires

The exterior of Israel's pavilion at this year's Venice Art Biennale is covered 1,000 used car tires. Artist Tsibi Geva had the tires imported from Israel and tied together to create a…

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It's raining millions of spiders in Australia

It's raining millions of spiders in Australia

First they show up looking like shooting stars, but as they come closer, it's clear that they're some kind of UFO. Then, by the time they're really close up—perhaps too close—you…

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You can sleep like a floating astronaut in this Slovenian hotel

You can sleep like a floating astronaut in this Slovenian hotel

Visitors of the Cultural Center of European Space Technologies (KSEVT) in rural Slovenia can now experience of being and astronaut and sleep in a way that mimics zero-gravity…

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Solartab is a tablet case with built-in solar charging

Solartab is a tablet case with built-in solar charging

The Solartab is unlike any other power bank or solar charger. The Solartab’s unique built-in cover that works as a stand for the solar panel, so you can angle the panel in three…

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Japan's zoos and aquariums pledge to stop buying dolphins captured in cruel Taiji dolphin hunts

Japan's zoos and aquariums pledge to stop buying dolphins captured in…

Japan’s zoos and aquariums have publicly committed to ending their relationship with the cruel practice of dolphin drive hunts in Taiji, Japan. This move comes out of a vote amongst…

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Sharon Davis's geothermal retreat brings the natural world inside

Sharon Davis's geothermal retreat brings the natural world inside

Picture Set on an idyllic patch of land adjacent to the historic Old Albany Post Road, Sharon Davis's 900 square foot country home weaves together exterior and interior to make a…

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Texas Governor bans Texan cities and towns from banning fracking

Texas Governor bans Texan cities and towns from banning fracking

Fracking has been banned in by a significant number of nations, as well as by U.S. states and cities; hydraulic fracturing is a no-go in—among-others—Tasmania, Scotland, New York…

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10 Incredible Designs by Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

10 Incredible Designs by Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand Shigeru Ban designed, pro-bono, this stunning temporary Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch following a devastating earthquake in…

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Cloud Farms' mini greenhouses let you grow fresh produce right out of your window

Cloud Farms' mini greenhouses let you grow fresh produce right out of…

Cloud Farms, the brain child of designer Bradley Ferrada, can bring an easy-to-use vegetable farm to any small apartment. The graduate of Pratt Institute’s Master of Industrial Design…

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Wes Anderson designed a cafe and it's almost as good as his movies

Wes Anderson designed a cafe and it's almost as good as his movies

The cafe is alight with the soft, mid-century color palette and details one could easily find on a Grand Budapest Hotel storyboard. Much of the building's original structure is…

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Pratt Institute and twenty2 unveil their mind-bending 3D wallpaper collection at ICFF 2015

Pratt Institute and twenty2 unveil their mind-bending 3D wallpaper…

https://www.pratt.edu/the-work/gallery/3d-wallpaper/

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Build a personalized world map for your wall that chronicles your travels, one country at a time

Build a personalized world map for your wall that chronicles your…

The designers at Bold Tuesday have developed a clever “analog” version of everyday apps that record the countries one has visited: one that can be mounted on the wall and updated as…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How food waste has become a huge global problem

INFOGRAPHIC: How food waste has become a huge global problem

Every year, an estimated 1.2 to 2 billion tons of food is wasted—a massive amount of food that, if saved, would be more enough to feed the world’s hungry. Food waste isn’t just a…

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Antarctic ice shelf will disappear within the next few years, says NASA

Antarctic ice shelf will disappear within the next few years, says…

The rest of the last piece of one of Antarctica’s huge ice shelves will be gone within the next few years, according to NASA. There is a remnant of the Larsen B Ice Shelf, which has…

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Cantilevered holiday home frames views of Scotland’s Small Isles

Cantilevered holiday home frames views of Scotland’s Small Isles

Though contemporary in design, the Faire Chaolais alludes to traditional Highland agricultural building styles with its gabled and cantilevered first floor clad in larch. The home’s…

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Hong Kong's Community Green Station blends bamboo screens and shipping containers

Hong Kong's Community Green Station blends bamboo screens and shipping…

The Community Green Station in Sha Tin was built as a temporary shelter to held exhibitions and workshops that promote the importance of recycling. It consists of a cluster of closed,…

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Sweden’s “most sought after home” was created from Hemnet's big data

Sweden’s “most sought after home” was created from Hemnet's big…

The Hemnet House is an innovative example of data-driven design that’s appropriately nicknamed the “House of Clicks” for the crowdsourced process that determined the building’s…

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Zaha Hadid's first project in Mexico is a honeycomb housing complex

Zaha Hadid's first project in Mexico is a honeycomb housing complex

Zaha Hadid Architects have unveiled their honeycomb-like design for a residential development in Monterrey, Mexico - their first project in this Central American country. The project,…

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