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Budri and Patricia Urquiola’s Earthquake 5.9 Collection Reuses Materials Damaged in the 2012 Italian Quake

Budri and Patricia Urquiola’s Earthquake 5.9 Collection Reuses Materials Damaged in the 2012 Italian Quake

5.9 isn’t just any number; it’s the magnitude of the devastating earthquake that struck the Italian region of Emilia May 29, 2012. Italian company Budri was one of the companies affected by the

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Molo Unveils Beautiful LED Softlight Lamps Featuring Eco-Friendly Tyvek Shades

Molo Unveils Beautiful LED Softlight Lamps Featuring Eco-Friendly Tyvek Shades

Inhabitat favorite, Molo, will be unveiling a brand new series of sustainable lamps in just a few weeks at this year's ICFF in New York City. Founders and designers Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen

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ROPE ME Interiors Made From 100% Recycled Materials Unveiled During Milan Design Week

ROPE ME Interiors Made From 100% Recycled Materials Unveiled During Milan Design Week

Zona Tortona showcases unique, outside-the-box thinking every year during Milan Design Week - and few designers exemplify this better than Italy's IDI Studio. A keen user of FSC certified wood, this

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Shipping Container Homes Ease UK Homeless Crisis

Shipping Container Homes Ease UK Homeless Crisis

A slew of converted shipping containers are expected to help ease a growing homelessness epidemic in cities across England. The number of homeless youth has tripled in the UK in the last few years,

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Paul Foeckler Transforms Fallen Cypress Branches into Beautiful LED Lamps

Paul Foeckler Transforms Fallen Cypress Branches into Beautiful LED Lamps

Foeckler’s handmade sculptures dissect the California Coastal Monterey Cypress and gives the viewer a new perspective on the gorgeous hardwood. Each segment gives insight into the beauty of the grain

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Caporaso Design Unveils Sustainable Furniture Collection Made From Cardboard

Caporaso Design Unveils Sustainable Furniture Collection Made From Cardboard

While Caporaso’s designs demonstrate how these unusual blends of natural materials can work in aesthetic harmony with one another, the simple structural makeup of his work allows elements to be easily

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Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Stephen Lamb from Touching the Earth Lightly and Ilac Diaz from My Shelter Foundation teamed up for the first time at last year's Shanghai Biennale. They share a vision to provide environmentally-friendly

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Mississippi Man Transforms Tornado Debris Into a Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Mississippi Man Transforms Tornado Debris Into a Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Earlier this year, when a tornado ripped through Hattiesburg, Mississippi, it left a scene of destruction in its wake. But as the storm-ravaged residents set about clearing fallen trees and branches, Jody

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Diederik Schneemann Constructs a Table from Flip-Flops Found Along Kenya’s Beaches

Diederik Schneemann Constructs a Table from Flip-Flops Found Along Kenya’s Beaches

Dutch designer Diederik Schneeman recently added a new object to his wonderful collection called Flip Flop Story. Crafted from used flip-flops washed ashore in Nairobi, Kenya, this unique new table brings

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Anthony Duncan Designs St. Louis’ First Shipping Container Building

Anthony Duncan Designs St. Louis’ First Shipping Container Building

St. Louis is about to receive its first shipping container structure, a three-story mixed-use building that will be built using 10 shipping containers. Designed by Architect Anthony Duncan for Patrick

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Make Your Own DIY Shipping Pallet Furniture with Studiomama’s Easy Tutorials

Make Your Own DIY Shipping Pallet Furniture with Studiomama’s Easy Tutorials

Tolstrup developed her line of pallet furniture while participating in TEN, a dialogue between ten London based designers that was set up with the intention of responding to sustainability issues in

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Luminair’s Spherical Tree Tents Let You Camp High Up in the Branches

Luminair’s Spherical Tree Tents Let You Camp High Up in the Branches

The Tree Tent is the culmination of three years of work and research into sustainable shelter systems, fabric structures and timber engineering by Luminair. The company sought to create an easily

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Build Your Own Shipping Pallet Furniture With Pallet Room’s Downloadable Instructions

Build Your Own Shipping Pallet Furniture With Pallet Room’s Downloadable Instructions

After moving into his new apartment, Andrea Scandella needed to furnish the place on a budget. Scandella is studying Design & Engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan, so it was a natural extension for

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Willhelm Teller Upcycles Old Dishes Into Tiered Cake Plates

Willhelm Teller Upcycles Old Dishes Into Tiered Cake Plates

Young designer Wilhelm Teller took inspiration from his grandmother’s curio cabinet to create a line of creatively beautiful dishware. Scouring second-hand stores, the designer collected dozens of

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Aellon Gives Shipwrecks New Life in Unique Furniture Pieces

Aellon Gives Shipwrecks New Life in Unique Furniture Pieces

When it comes to finding unique materials for their gorgeous handcrafted interiors, New York-based design firm Aellon has carved out a special niche - with shipwrecks. Although their team uses regular

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Brilliant Ginkgo Umbrella is Sturdy, 100% Recyclable, and Made from Interchangeable Parts

Brilliant Ginkgo Umbrella is Sturdy, 100% Recyclable, and Made from Interchangeable Parts

Forecasters predict 2012 to be a record-breaking year for tropical storms - and a truly sturdy umbrella is essential for dealing with pouring rain and gusting winds. A new crowdfunded umbrella called the

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Trash Cafe: Newcastle Students Unveil Pop-Up Coffee Shop Made from Recycled Cardboard

Trash Cafe: Newcastle Students Unveil Pop-Up Coffee Shop Made from Recycled Cardboard

The waste material was collected by 18 postgraduate students who worked with engineers to design the basic elements of the café. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

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The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair

The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair

Maija Puoskari of Finland caught our eye with Terho and Tatti. Inspired by acorns, these ethereal LED lamps create a dream-like glow. The lamps are available as suspended pendants or table lamps, and are

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IDI Studio’s Recycled Teak Roadies are for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Set

IDI Studio’s Recycled Teak Roadies are for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Set

IDI Studio’s new storage collection takes a cue from the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Their line of desks, wardrobes, shelving and wine racks borrow from the flight cases of touring bands. Called

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Europe’s TyGRe Project Turns Old Tires Into Energy and Valuable Materials

Europe’s TyGRe Project Turns Old Tires Into Energy and Valuable Materials

Photo via Shutterstock When tires reach the end of the road, they often wind polluting the environment in landfills. In Europe alone, 3 million tons of tires are produced each year - and 60-70% of them

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Wesley Law’s “Baled” Photo Series Follows Donated Leftovers from Goodwill Stores

Wesley Law’s “Baled” Photo Series Follows Donated Leftovers from Goodwill Stores

Baled is an amazing new series of photographs by Wesley Law that peers behind the scenes at a Goodwill Outlet Store in St. Louis. There, Law found a treasure trove of colorful objects that were left over

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Atlas Recycled: Tom Tsuchiya’s Eco Sculpture Encourages Recycling in Cities Around the Globe

Atlas Recycled: Tom Tsuchiya’s Eco Sculpture Encourages Recycling in Cities Around the Globe

"Atlas Recycled" is a sculpture of the mythical Greek titan bearing the earth on his shoulders that doubles as a recycling receptacle for aluminum cans, plastic bottles and paper. In addition to serving

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Pedaling Pianist Strikes a Chord With His Homemade Piano Bike

Pedaling Pianist Strikes a Chord With His Homemade Piano Bike

Pianos aren't generally thought of as the most portable of musical instruments, which makes tickling the ivories almost always an indoor activity -- but staying cooped up inside to play wasn't what

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Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How You Can Win It!

Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How You Can Win It!

While the Smart Home is aiming for LEED Gold certification, it is arguably not what one might typically expect from a green home, (and HGTV makes this distinction—see more info on this here). The 2,400

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Kartoni: The World’s First Foosball Table Made From 100% Sustainable Materials

Kartoni: The World’s First Foosball Table Made From 100% Sustainable Materials

Kartoni is the worlds first foosball table made from 100% sustainable materials! The table is made mainly of recycled cardboard and sustainably harvested wood, and the set includes a cardboard smartphone

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Diet Wiegman Creates Amazing Shadow Sculptures by Carefully Posing Found Objects

Diet Wiegman Creates Amazing Shadow Sculptures by Carefully Posing Found Objects

Dutch artist Diet Wiegman makes sculptures out of random pieces of trash and then positions a light in a key spot so as to create a shadow with far more pizzazz than one would initially predict. Some of

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Anton Alvarez’s Wrapping Machine Wraps Waste Wood Furniture with Colorful Thread

Anton Alvarez’s Wrapping Machine Wraps Waste Wood Furniture with Colorful Thread

Anton Alvarez is a Swedish-Chilean designer based in London and Stockholm. A recent graduate of the Royal College of Art's Design Products MA, he developed 'Wrapping Machine', a cool contraption that

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Skate Guitar: One­-of-­a-­Kind Handmade Electric Guitars Made from Retired Skateboards

Skate Guitar: One­-of-­a-­Kind Handmade Electric Guitars Made from Retired Skateboards

Combining their respective expertise in things that rock and things that roll, Argentine luthier Ezequiel Galasso and professional skateboarder Gianfranco de Gennaro Gilmour hatched an idea to breathe new

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Piñata-Inspired Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge to Be Built From Reclaimed Timber in Peru

Piñata-Inspired Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge to Be Built From Reclaimed Timber in Peru

Madrid-based OOIIO Architecture has designed a new pedestrian bridge, set to be a landmark for the city of Lima. The bridge will span a busy roadway and connect the two thriving districts of Miraflores

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S2BH Creates Colorful Tableware Using Recycled Corian

S2BH Creates Colorful Tableware Using Recycled Corian

Architects Steve Buetow and Scott Helmes from Minnesota have teamed up to make these fabulous pieces of Corian tableware in a range of colors and designs. The guys were laid off from their full time jobs

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