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The Best Green Designs From ICFF 2014!

The Best Green Designs From ICFF 2014!

We've featured TOBYHouse's resin beach ball lamps in the past - and the designer just unveiled a new inflatable version that will be available in stores! The colorful clustered lights are made from

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IKEA’s ‘Home for Hope’ Program Finds Families for Homeless Pets

IKEA’s ‘Home for Hope’ Program Finds Families for Homeless Pets

Stop by an IKEA showroom in the near future and you're likely to encounter something even more adorable than assemble-it-yourself bed frames and cabinets. The Swedish furniture giant recently partnered

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Dutch Designer Upcycles Trash into Funky Functional Furniture That Rivals IKEA Hacks

Dutch Designer Upcycles Trash into Funky Functional Furniture That Rivals IKEA Hacks

Francois Duquesnoy gives himself a weeklong deadline to complete an entirely upcycled interior in order to maintain his whimsical and improvisational approach. "As overconsumption and waste are worldwide

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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New Study Finds Human Refuse in the Deepest Parts of Europe’s Oceans

New Study Finds Human Refuse in the Deepest Parts of Europe’s Oceans

A new study headed by The National Oceanography Center reveals that the seafloor is awash with human rubbish. Bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets and other types of human litter are not only floating on

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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 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

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Dear Human Recycles Paper Pulp into Illuminating Pulplite Pendant Lamps

Dear Human Recycles Paper Pulp into Illuminating Pulplite Pendant Lamps

Utilizing the paper offcuts from a local garment factory, Canadian-based studio Dear Human recently developed the Pulplites series. Made up of 100% pulped recycled paper, these handmade ceramic and paper

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How to Green Up Your Sex Life

How to Green Up Your Sex Life

Set an Eco-friendly Mood Eco-minded actual sex is fun, but setting the mood beforehand is also important and can be just as green and fun. Liven up your space and self with some of the green tips

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Best Green Designs From the Final Days of Milan Design Week

Best Green Designs From the Final Days of Milan Design Week

José Rodrigues de Araùjo's fabulous Bota Bandeira boots (displayed at the Brazilian exhibition) look like they could be worn by Oberon himself. Italian designer Giorgio Caporaso created this

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Amazing Natural Packaging: Eggs – What Makes Them So Tough Anyway?

Amazing Natural Packaging: Eggs – What Makes Them So Tough Anyway?

However you feel about eggs - love 'em fried with onions, hate 'em in anything, or are morally opposed to consuming them at all - one thing you can't argue about is that they are an incredibly effective

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Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Sweden-based designer Hampus Penttinen created his Svartskär chair out of the flotsam that washes up on the shore of Kosterhavet—Sweden's only national marine park. He used grafting techniques to bind

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The Lui Cat Scratcher Lets Form Follow Function Purrrfectly

The Lui Cat Scratcher Lets Form Follow Function Purrrfectly

The handmade Lui Cat Scratcher by Modko gives your cat a couple of great reasons to leave the couch alone: not only is it made of corrugated cardboard (which naturally attracts cats, providing your furry

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World’s Tiniest Tiny Home Constructed in Tucson, AZ

World’s Tiniest Tiny Home Constructed in Tucson, AZ

Tiny homes are becoming more and more popular, and new design ideas seem to pop up every other day. We've seen some pretty impressive micro dwellings from all over the world, but this miniature

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Living Cube: Multi-Functional Furnishing Provides a ‘Home in a Box’ Solution

Living Cube: Multi-Functional Furnishing Provides a ‘Home in a Box’ Solution

"The idea was born out of a personal need to counteract the confinements of a conventional home with one simple and multifunctional design that will cover several different needs," as Till Könneker

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Andy Yoder Spends Two Years Covering Incredible Sculptural Globe with Thousands of Hand-Painted Matchsticks

Andy Yoder Spends Two Years Covering Incredible Sculptural Globe with Thousands of Hand-Painted Matchsticks

New York-based artist Andy Yoder spent two years painstakingly assembling a massive globe that is illustrated with thousands of matchsticks. In an act of extraordinary patience and devotion, the sculptor

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DIY: How to Maximize Your Growing Space with Keyhole Gardens

DIY: How to Maximize Your Growing Space with Keyhole Gardens

The average garden wastes a great deal of usable food-growing space in the paths between beds and planters. Every inch could yield a lot of edibles, but the inefficiency of standard gardening techniques

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10 Incredible Designs by 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

10 Incredible Designs by 2014 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 2011. Built with his

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Innovative Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Wins the 2014 Pritzker Prize!

Innovative Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Wins the 2014 Pritzker Prize!

It's official: the 2014 Pritzker Prize goes to Shigeru Ban - one of Inhabitat's favorite architects! The incredibly innovative and accomplished Japanese architect is well-known for his experimental and

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Green Spirit Creations Introduces New Line of Paper-Based Lights Made with 100% Recycled Materials

Green Spirit Creations Introduces New Line of Paper-Based Lights Made with 100% Recycled Materials

UK-based Green Spirit Creations is the latest team to try its hand at paper-based lighting solutions. Seeking out discarded materials from local shop-owners, they create lamps from 100 percent recycled

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New Study Predicts Impending Collapse of Industrial Civilization

New Study Predicts Impending Collapse of Industrial Civilization

For years, scientists and social activists have warned that income inequality, resource depletion, and unchecked population growth could lead to the collapse of civilization. However policy makers have so

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design Mount Fuji World Heritage Center

Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design Mount Fuji World Heritage Center

Shigeru Ban has won a competition to design the new Mount Fuji World Heritage Center in Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture. Conceived as an inverted pyramid, the $23.5 million building evokes the image of

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

 Jason and Camilla Iftakhar INHABITAT: Tell us a bit about your background in eco-design. What made you decide to focus on scooters? I was first introduced to the concept of sustainability and eco

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Awesome DIY FAB Velomobile is Made from Old Bikes and Walkers

Awesome DIY FAB Velomobile is Made from Old Bikes and Walkers

Industrial designer Mark Richardson has transformed a slew of salvaged materials into an awesome DIY velomobile! The Monash University lecturer began collecting old wheels, bike parts, and wheelchairs to

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New Solvent Could Shrink the Paper Industry’s Energy Footprint By 40 Percent

New Solvent Could Shrink the Paper Industry’s Energy Footprint By 40 Percent

Paper photo from Shutterstock Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology recently teamed up with paper industry specialists to develop a new solvent that could drastically change the way the

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5 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year with Feng Shui

5 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year with Feng Shui

This year, Chinese New Year falls on Friday, Jan 31st in 2014. We say goodbye to the snake and welcome the year of the horse. There are magnificent parades, dancing in the streets, dragon costumes all

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Paola Bazz Uses Recycled Materials to Make Her Three-Dimensional Collages Pop

Paola Bazz Uses Recycled Materials to Make Her Three-Dimensional Collages Pop

The use of recycled materials, such as printed-paper, cardboard, wood and plastic bottle tops, characterizes much of Paola Bazz's artistic production and is the central theme of her works. Bazz focuses

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DIY: How to Build an Insect Hotel from Found Materials

DIY: How to Build an Insect Hotel from Found Materials

Some of you might think it's crazy to start thinking about gardening when winter is just getting started, but the opposite couldn't be more true! When the wind is howling and snow is piling up outside

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DIY: How to Turn Two Plastic Hangers Into a Cheap and Easy Way to Store Holiday Lights

DIY: How to Turn Two Plastic Hangers Into a Cheap and Easy Way to Store Holiday Lights

Here's a little trick for storing Holiday lights and re-purposing something you probably already have laying around after opening presents! For years, I've been looking for the cheapest and easiest way to

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Life Box: An Air-Droppable Pop-Up Recovery Shelter For Victims Of Natural Disasters

Life Box: An Air-Droppable Pop-Up Recovery Shelter For Victims Of Natural Disasters

Life Box is an air-droppable, rapid-response emergency shelter that can be quickly inflated to provide housing for four people. The Red Dot Award-winning shelter contains supplies to provide relief to

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DIY: How to Make An Awesome Gingerbread Geodesic Dome House!

DIY: How to Make An Awesome Gingerbread Geodesic Dome House!

When you order a Gingerbread Geodesic Dome, you will receive a cardboard template that is very simple to put together. You then bake the gingerbread and cut it into little hexagons that are then "glued"

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