Sustainable Materials

Ukraine’s Unusual Friend House Hotel is Made From Clay, Reeds and Wood

Ukraine’s Unusual Friend House Hotel is Made From Clay, Reeds and Wood

Located near Orel's riverbank, 18-miles away from the city of Dnepropertrovsk, the Friend Hotel is steeped in a lush and green forest. Before its construction, Ryntovt Design did an extended ecological

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Timothy John Weaves Everyday Objects From Eco-Friendly Felt

Timothy John Weaves Everyday Objects From Eco-Friendly Felt

New Zealand-based designer Timothy John has created an entire collection of everyday products made almost entirely from felt. His Woven Collection includes a clock, two lamps, a table, and and flower vase

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F.L.O.E.! Is Bringing Earthbag Construction to Rural Nepal

F.L.O.E.! Is Bringing Earthbag Construction to Rural Nepal

F.L.O.E.! (For the Love of Earthbags!) is a design project in rural Nepal that is bringing the sustainable building method of earthbag construction to mountain communities. The project is an initiative

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Ultra-Modern Triple V Gallery Juts From the Landscape in Three Sharp Points

Ultra-Modern Triple V Gallery Juts From the Landscape in Three Sharp Points

The shape of the triangle is repeated in the floorplan of the Triple V, as well as the pitched roof. The sharp peaks also allow for easy rainwater run off, protecting the roof from water damage, and

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REC Architects Build a Grass & Glass Modern Building in Mexico

REC Architects Build a Grass & Glass Modern Building in Mexico

A strage mix that works really well, REC architects´office block in Mexico is a modernist building with a twist. Mixing traditional biodegradable materials with sharp glass and steel,

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The Speedy Axalko Wooden Bicycle Is Handcrafted From Ash Wood in Spain

The Speedy Axalko Wooden Bicycle Is Handcrafted From Ash Wood in Spain

Axalko's stunning wooden bicycle is truly a work of art, handcrafted from ash wood into a beautiful piece of functional design. Aptly named after a quick-witted fox from a childhood fable, the Axalko bike

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Michael Velliquette Transforms Paper into Colorful Textured Sculptures

Michael Velliquette Transforms Paper into Colorful Textured Sculptures

Unlike other artists who work with paper, Velliquette’s cuts and curves are more spontaneous, allowing the placement of each piece to dictate his next move. One would hardly guess the method to this

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Solar Thermal STEP Method Could Make Cement Production Greenhouse Gas-Free

Solar Thermal STEP Method Could Make Cement Production Greenhouse Gas-Free

The cement manufacturing process has a staggering carbon footprint - said to be responsible for up to 7 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the industry releases around 9 lbs of carbon dioxide for

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Israel’s Hula Visitor Center Offers Breathtaking Vantage Points for Birdwatching

Israel’s Hula Visitor Center Offers Breathtaking Vantage Points for Birdwatching

The Hula Visitor’s Center is almost not discernable amongst the region’s mountains and valleys. The building’s viewing tower is the only element of the structure that purposely juts out of the

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Marco Casagrande’s Woven Willow Sandworm Rises from a Belgian Beach

Marco Casagrande’s Woven Willow Sandworm Rises from a Belgian Beach

Over the course of four weeks, Casagrande and his team of young architects constructed the spiney frame and open weave of the structure, not far from the water’s edge. Reaching almost 150 feet long,

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Mode:lina’s New Coworking Office Maximizes Space With Private Plywood Loft

Mode:lina’s New Coworking Office Maximizes Space With Private Plywood Loft

Mode:lina’s office is set in an airy loft-like room of the former printing house, complete with high ceilings and exposed industrial piping. With few windows, the team wanted to create separate work

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Dirk Vander Kooij’s Repurposed Robot Prints “Endless” Furniture From Recycled E-Waste

Dirk Vander Kooij’s Repurposed Robot Prints “Endless” Furniture From Recycled E-Waste

Dirk Vander Kooij is set to unveil a new line of "Endless" furniture made from recycled e-waste at "The Future in the Making", an exhibition organised by Domus that will take place during Milan Design

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IKEA’s Beautiful New SOLKULLEN LED Lamp Floats Like a Paper Jellyfish

IKEA’s Beautiful New SOLKULLEN LED Lamp Floats Like a Paper Jellyfish

IKEA just unveiled its latest collection of designs, and one of the brightest is Ehlen Johansson's gorgeous SOLKULLEN LED pendant lamp, which makes efficient use of materials and energy. Glowing like a

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Artist Proposes Growing a Museum Out of Wheat

Artist Proposes Growing a Museum Out of Wheat

We've seen museums grow from the ground up, but never literally - until now. New Hampshire artist F. Marek Modzelewski is planning to grow a field of wheat on a future museum site, harvest it, and then

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Louver Facade Bridge House Harmonizes With a Lush Connecticut Valley

Louver Facade Bridge House Harmonizes With a Lush Connecticut Valley

The modern, minimalist design is not only stunning, but also the architects’ reaction to the sloping hills of the home’s site. Two sections of the home are set perpendicular to each other, each

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New California Plant Will Recycle 2 Billion Plastic Bottles a Year

New California Plant Will Recycle 2 Billion Plastic Bottles a Year

A recycling plant that will recycle up to 2 billion PET bottles a year recently opened this month in Riverside, California. Governor Jerry Brown attended the opening ceremony for the carbonLITE facility

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Natural Materials Become Delicate Manuscript Artwork by Chinese Artist Cui Fei

Natural Materials Become Delicate Manuscript Artwork by Chinese Artist Cui Fei

Hailing from Jinan, China, artist Cui Fei uses materials found in nature to make creative responses to the radical social changes her native country has experienced. In much of her artwork, she takes

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Michael Green Unveils ‘Tall Wood’ Tower for Vancouver Along With Instruction Manual for Building Wooden Skyscrapers

Michael Green Unveils ‘Tall Wood’ Tower for Vancouver Along With Instruction Manual for Building Wooden Skyscrapers

A wooden skyscraper may seem like far-fetched idea to those who live in cities built from concrete and steel, but architect Michael Green has developed an innovative wooden tower for Vancouver that could

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Repair Cafes in The Netherlands Give Life Back to Broken Objects

Repair Cafes in The Netherlands Give Life Back to Broken Objects

A new brand of DIY self-sufficiency is spreading across The Netherlands. Skilled craftswomen, mechanics, seamstresses, and handypersons are banding together to resist disposable consumer culture. It is

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Luminous Windscape Pavilion Sways and Morphs With Each Passing Breeze in Lacoste, France

Luminous Windscape Pavilion Sways and Morphs With Each Passing Breeze in Lacoste, France

Perched at the top of Lacoste on the castle of the Marquis de Sade, the Windshape pavilion was composed of thread-like walls made from a simple assortment of materials - including white plastic pipes,

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Sidewalks in Bellingham, WA are Paved With Recycled Toilets

Sidewalks in Bellingham, WA are Paved With Recycled Toilets

The roads in Bellingham, WA are paved with…toilets?  Greenroads, a sustainable roadway rating system awarded its first official greenway in the state of Washington for a sidewalk incorporating recycled

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Ecouterre Hits the Green Carpet at Christie’s “Runway to Green”

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Ecouterre Hits the Green Carpet at Christie’s “Runway to Green”

A few months back, Christie's Green Auction raised a whopping $1.4 million for four very worthy environmental charities -- Oceana, NRDC, Central Park Conservancy and Conservation International. After the

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Peter Gentenaar’s Ethereal Paper Sculptures Float in the Air Like Jellyfish

Peter Gentenaar’s Ethereal Paper Sculptures Float in the Air Like Jellyfish

Peter Gentenaar's art was born out of the limitations of what he could (or couldn't) create with store-bought paper. So with the help of the Royal Dutch Paper Factory, he built his own paper factory and

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Diamond Genesis Room at Sweden’s Icehotel is a Crystalline Cavern of Frosty Luxury

Diamond Genesis Room at Sweden’s Icehotel is a Crystalline Cavern of Frosty Luxury

The Icehotel, situated by the Torne River in Jukkasjarvi, has been rebuilt each year for over 20 years. An "Ice Farm" located nearby provides the Icehotel with an incredible 30,000 tonnes of snow and ice

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Urban Mushroom Farm Pops Up in Olson Kundig Architects’ Seattle Storefront

Urban Mushroom Farm Pops Up in Olson Kundig Architects’ Seattle Storefront

Each month Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects’ studio gets a makeover and the latest installation to be unveiled is a tented experimental mushroom farm! Design team CityLab7 collaborated with the

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Amsterdam Designer Robert van Embricq Creates a Table as Functional as it is Sculptural

Amsterdam Designer Robert van Embricq Creates a Table as Functional as it is Sculptural

Just as pop-up books give dimension to the stories within, Amsterdam-based designer Robert van Embricqs' Rising Table gives poetic form to function. Drawing inspiration from his recent award winning

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Architect Manthey Kula Explores Seaweed as Natural Insulation For Sustainable Building

Architect Manthey Kula Explores Seaweed as Natural Insulation For Sustainable Building

Architect Manthey Kula is exploring seaweed as an innovative way to create natural thermal insulation. One of five Challenger projects showcased during 2011's Norwegian Architecture Festival, Kula's work

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Trevor Williams’ Luminous Invading Forms are Actually Light Graffiti

Trevor Williams’ Luminous Invading Forms are Actually Light Graffiti

In one of Williams’ photographs, a giant glowing orb sits in a courtyard in front of an ancient Japanese temple. In the forest, three red squares hover, leaving glittery red trails that fall to the

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The Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum Complements Its Forested Mountain Surroundings

The Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum Complements Its Forested Mountain Surroundings

At first glance, the structure appears to be simply a bridge, fooling the eye into thinking there is no interior building within at all. Large timber beams criss-cross, building up the museum’s base.

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StyleVISA Offers Sustainable Goodies for the Body and Home

StyleVISA Offers Sustainable Goodies for the Body and Home

StyleVISA is a new online shop of carefully curated design goodies from around the world. Bringing together furniture, home accessories, beauty and even fashion, the site is a treasure trove of design,

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