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This pop-up “Room in a Box” snaps together in 30 minutes flat

This pop-up “Room in a Box” snaps together in 30 minutes flat

The dreaded dorm move-out day is stressful for both students and parents. The creators behind Room in a Box know that feeling well—the designers, who graduated in 2011, were inspired by their own

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IKEA is launching a new line of ultra low-cost furniture made entirely of paper!

IKEA is launching a new line of ultra low-cost furniture made entirely of paper!

Swedish manufacturer of flatpack furniture, IKEA, keeps pushing the envelope when it comes to affordable design. The company is currently developing a new line of furniture made out of paper. These new

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Street artist Bordalo II turns Lisbon trash into wild animal sculptures

Street artist Bordalo II turns Lisbon trash into wild animal sculptures

Bordalo II's amazing creatures are scattered all around Lisbon, where the artist lives. Curious rabbits, toucans, raccoons and even feathered hummingbirds are all part of a project to raise awareness on

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HOW TO: Transform a waste bin into a beautiful designer lamp

HOW TO: Transform a waste bin into a beautiful designer lamp

Those were the days when every little office wanted to go paperless, so a lot of wire mesh trash bins were removed to motivate people to use less and less paper for work. I grabbed one such bin from my

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Tidal Vision upcycles Alaskan fishing industry waste into wallets

Tidal Vision upcycles Alaskan fishing industry waste into wallets

Getting out of the shower and pulling on a bunch of crab shells really doesn’t sound like fun. But what if you could do that -- and have it look like any other athletic-style shirt? The bonus would be

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Experimental eco-hostel promotes Andean culture and Pachamama love in Bolivia

Experimental eco-hostel promotes Andean culture and Pachamama love in Bolivia

Originally from a left-wing family from La Paz, 'hermana Libertad' keeps herself busy with the hostel, giving offerings to the lake and teaching bioarchitecture as well as empowering local women in a

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Portable, low-energy shipping container office pops up in Copenhagen

Portable, low-energy shipping container office pops up in Copenhagen

Arcgency constructed Unionkul’s cargotecture framework in just two days by stacking the shipping containers atop a series of minimal site impact pillars. Although the shipping containers have dents and

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Peruvian cockfighting arena transformed into a vibrant garden

Peruvian cockfighting arena transformed into a vibrant garden

An old cockfighting arena received a makeover in Lima, Peru recently. 2.8x Architects have transformed the space so that one wouldn’t guess it had such a dark history. Lush, green foliage and beautiful

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Florist converts a dilapidated Detroit home into a vibrant floral display

Florist converts a dilapidated Detroit home into a vibrant floral display

Florist Lisa Waud has some grand ideas to turn a long-forgotten home in Detroit into a spectacular display of flower blossoms and growth. The Flower House will serve as a testament to the home’s

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Kay Sekimachi’s delicate bowls are made from real maple leaves

Kay Sekimachi’s delicate bowls are made from real maple leaves

Artist Kay Sekimachi’s uniquely organic bowls wow with their intricacy- and are made from actual maple leaves. Spindly and delicate, the leaves are preserved in outward reaching shapes that seem to

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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 wave at the Venice Biennale

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 Sound,” the piece

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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 protective skin,

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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 2011. Built with his

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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 travels, one country at a time

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 you work your way

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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 containers

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, opened and

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Samuel Bernier’s DIY Instructions Transform a Fire Extinguisher Into a Gorgeous Floor Lamp

Samuel Bernier’s DIY Instructions Transform a Fire Extinguisher Into a Gorgeous Floor Lamp

Samuel Bernier’s new floor lamp is upcycled from old fire extinguisher parts - and the industrial designer is sharing the DIY instructions! Named Achille Le Grand after designer Achille Castiglioni’s

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DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

STEP 1: Gather your materials Recycled containers (glass jam or sauce jars, plastic takeout containers, or yogurt cups are ideal) String or twine (cotton, hemp, or nylon). We used basic cotton twine

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Man takes 300-mile bike trip from Amsterdam to London with two cats in a glass box

Man takes 300-mile bike trip from Amsterdam to London with two cats in a glass box

A man, a plan, a bike, a litterbox. That’s how Thomas Vles traveled the 300 miles from Amsterdam to London this April. Oh yes, and his two feline friends Mushi and Cheesy were also along for the ride,

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Canadian artist transforms keys and coins into surprising works of art

Canadian artist transforms keys and coins into surprising works of art

Using found materials in new and innovative ways seems to come naturally to Moerkey, as he describes being inspired by items found in his shed, such as copper pip, which he cut into rings and fused them

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Ball-Nogues Studio creates compostable paper pulp pavilion for Coachella

Ball-Nogues Studio creates compostable paper pulp pavilion for Coachella

Ball-Rogues described the 20-foot-tall Coachella Pulp Pavilion as “an architectural experiment in material composites using reclaimed paper.” The designers built the temporary structure by covering

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A rolling garden on wheels recently popped up in the middle of Milan

A rolling garden on wheels recently popped up in the middle of Milan

A4A Rivolta Savioni studio’s urban garden solution popped up at Expo Gate Milano last month. Easily movable, the public garden, called Why not in the garden? was wheeled out into the city square. The

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7 Gorgeous modern homes hidden inside stone ruins

7 Gorgeous modern homes hidden inside stone ruins

House of Ruins by NRJA Latvian architects NRJA completed the House of Ruins, an award-winning contemporary home built inside the ruins of a 19th century Latvian stone barn. In addition to the beautiful

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Absolutely enchanting AirBNB home in Brazil was built from demolished houses in the area

Absolutely enchanting AirBNB home in Brazil was built from demolished houses in the area

The Floripa cabin is located on the north of the island, overlooking rough but crystal clear waters and a fine white sand beach. Jaime settled in the island 30 years ago, where he decided to base his

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DIY: How to Create a Gorgeous Planter from an Old Hardcover Book

DIY: How to Create a Gorgeous Planter from an Old Hardcover Book

You may have seem some brilliant book planters on Pinterest or Tumblr and marvelled at how such a simple project can yield such beautiful results—I know I have! The folks over at Gartenkultur

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Craptastic museum dedicated to poop pops up in Italy

Craptastic museum dedicated to poop pops up in Italy

Northern Italy is now home to a crappy new establishment named Museo della Merda, which translates to the Museum of Shit. Built on the grounds of the Castelbosco dairy farm, owned by Gianantonio

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Re Rag Rugs use textile industry discards to create stylishly sustainable floor coverings

Re Rag Rugs use textile industry discards to create stylishly sustainable floor coverings

Re Rag Rug started as an experimental design project that explores the social and ecological sustainability of the rug. Using material that is waste and excess from the textile industry and old clothes -

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BottleCloths are modern, stylish table cloths made out of recycled plastic bottles

BottleCloths are modern, stylish table cloths made out of recycled plastic bottles

Designed by Southern California based Brenda Sacks, this eco-chic line of contemporary table coverings is made from 100% woven fiber sources entirely from recycled plastic bottles.  A consummate

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See how a Tetra Pak carton be re-used as a DIY LED lamp

See how a Tetra Pak carton be re-used as a DIY LED lamp

Tetra Paks are a great invention. They can keep milk and other perishable items fresh for months without refrigeration. It can also be better than commercial canning because the Paks aren’t lined with

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The Milan Expo’s modular Azerbaijan pavilion is wrapped in wavy timber louvers enclosing multiple different biospheres

The Milan Expo’s modular Azerbaijan pavilion is wrapped in wavy timber louvers enclosing multiple different biospheres

The Azerbaijan pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 is a three-level structure flanked by wavy timber louvers, constructed from recyclable materials. Three Italian design firms- Simmetrico Network, Arassociati

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Vietnam’s sustainable bamboo “lotus pods” sprout on time for Milan Expo 2015

Vietnam’s sustainable bamboo “lotus pods” sprout on time for Milan Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia architects' unique 'lotus pods' have sprouted in Milan, Italy and they are amazing to see in person. A unique interpretation of the Milan Expo 2015 theme "feeding the planet, energy for

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