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Ryosuke Fukusada Makes a Surprising Light Bulb From Wood

Ryosuke Fukusada Makes a Surprising Light Bulb From Wood

German light bulb maker LEDON enlisted Japanese designer Ryosuke Fukusada to create the impossible- a light bulb made from wood. Fukusada created the illusionary lamp by wrapping an LED bulb in a thin

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Jonna Pohjalainen’s Giant Colored Pencil Sculptures Make You Feel Miniature!

Jonna Pohjalainen’s Giant Colored Pencil Sculptures Make You Feel Miniature!

The life size pencil set was shown as part of an outdoor exhibition at Open Air Art Museum in Latvia. Pohjalainen created the pieces during the Environmental Art workshop on the museum’s grounds. Each

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6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

NYC Dumpster Pools Make a Splash Pools are short in supply in NYC, so Macro Sea set out to add more with their ingenious Dumpster Pools. Commissioned by the city, Macro Sea built three pools out of

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Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

The long-awaited promise of prefab construction is that it would bring us higher quality homes for less money with significant increases in sustainability and resource efficiency. While prefab is

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McDonald’s Stockholm Will Let Customers Trade Cans for Burgers

McDonald’s Stockholm Will Let Customers Trade Cans for Burgers

A new program at McDonald’s in Stockholm is even more affordable than their Dollar Menu. Through an collaboration with DDB, the fast food chain is now accepting recycled cans in exchange for food.

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25 Inspiring Tiny Homes for Portland Residents Who Earn $15,000 or Less

25 Inspiring Tiny Homes for Portland Residents Who Earn $15,000 or Less

The tiny home revolution has reached Portland, Oregon, as the city nears approval for a massive new tiny house community. The project, which is pending the perfect plot of land, will provide modern

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Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks Turn Handwritten Notes into Digital Files

Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks Turn Handwritten Notes into Digital Files

Classic stationary and notebook purveyor Moleskine has taken a leap into the future with their new Livescribe 3 smartpen that turns your notes into digital files. The amazing notebook is paired with a pen

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One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

10 principles guide One Planet Communities (OPCs) in the quest for improved stewardship of the Earth’s resources. At the top of the list are Zero Carbon and Zero Waste—it's the goal of these

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Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details

Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details

At first look, the timber barn-like building blends in seamlessly with the bucolic landscape, as if it were another historic structure on the site. With its pitched roof, unfinished exterior planks and

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CUBE Transforms an Old Storeroom into t’Park, an Indoor Oasis for Amsterdam

CUBE Transforms an Old Storeroom into t’Park, an Indoor Oasis for Amsterdam

Although indoors, CUBE’s t’Park is meant to have the peacefulness and playfulness of a green park, inviting the public to enjoy its grounds. With a park for inspiration, the interior was decorated to

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3rdSpace’s Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

3rdSpace’s Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

Now anyone can have their very own backyard library! 3rdSpace's prefab rooms have been popping up all over as extra bedrooms and offices - and the amazing prefab structures can even make a bibliophile’s

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6 Environmentally Conscious Wineries Around the World

6 Environmentally Conscious Wineries Around the World

Bodegas Portia, Ribera del Duero, Spain Designed by Foster + Partners, the Bodegas Portia Winery features a dramatic central hub that makes use of gravity rather than machines to move grapes and wine

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4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

Nest Beds A bed is certainly the most obvious human adaptation of a bird’s nest. Many designers have attempted this concept and the results include both hanging and floor-supported models.  O*GE

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15-Year-Old Invents Clever In-Sole Generator That Powers Your Phone While You Walk

15-Year-Old Invents Clever In-Sole Generator That Powers Your Phone While You Walk

Just 15-years-old, Angelo Casimiro has invented a new way to charge cell phones by harnessing the power of people's steps. The industrious teen has invented a device inserted into a shoe that converts

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Everything You Need to Know to Build a Backyard Greywater Wetland

Everything You Need to Know to Build a Backyard Greywater Wetland

If you stop to think about it, it’s quite odd that we flush our wastewater into local rivers, isn't it? It flows away, only to be siphoned off and cleaned by the community downstream before repeating

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Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California’s State Parks

Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California’s State Parks

The Wedge updates the traditional cabin using strategic angles to maximize space. The key to the unique design is the angled roof, which opens up the interior while also allowing snow and rain to run off

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Now You Can Finally Sleep in an IKEA Store

Now You Can Finally Sleep in an IKEA Store

Everyone has plunked down on a bed in an IKEA showroom and fantasized about staying over one time or another. Now, lucky shoppers in Australia can make this adult daydream a reality, thanks to Airbnb. On

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Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Transformed Into Town for Sheep

Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Transformed Into Town for Sheep

The set for Hobbiton was constructed in 1998 after director Peter Jackson found the Alexander Family farm in an aerial search of the North Island of New Zealand looking for the ideal charming little

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8 Ton Volkswagon Beetle Sculpture Joins 400 Other Objects in an Artificial Reef in Mexico

8 Ton Volkswagon Beetle Sculpture Joins 400 Other Objects in an Artificial Reef in Mexico

Although typically associated with the more benign variety of consumer, the Beetle is nonetheless a popular icon that evokes memories of our rapid commercial development. Called Anthropocene, the 8 ton

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PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

We visited NTU's School of Art, Design and Media as part of a recent trip hosted by Singapore's Buildings and Construction Authority. We'd always known that the 5-story building had a spectacular green

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Sunken Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Moat Waters Like Moses!

Sunken Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Moat Waters Like Moses!

A series of moats and fortresses were built over the West Brabant Water Line region of the Netherlands during the 17th century in order to provide protection from invasion by France and Spain. Fort de

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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Snøhetta’s Vulkan Hives Bring Urban Beekeeping to a Rooftop in Oslo

Snøhetta’s Vulkan Hives Bring Urban Beekeeping to a Rooftop in Oslo

The gorgeous Vulkan Beehives were designed to reflect their use - multi-faceted cut honeycomb with a stretched texturized hexagon pattern on each of its surfaces. Clad in a warm honey color, the pair of

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Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

  Sod provided an insulating layer to rooftops and walls in these northerly places, representing the most efficient and sustainable approach to building in the environmental context; a

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Florentijn Hofman’s Famous Oversized Rubber Duck Joins the Tall Ships Festival in Los Angeles

Florentijn Hofman’s Famous Oversized Rubber Duck Joins the Tall Ships Festival in Los Angeles

The giant Rubber Duck is back! Florentijn Hofman’s oversized bath toy is continuing to make its rounds, and its latest port of call is in Los Angeles! The world-famous float is making its West Coast

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Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

The unique studio juts out like a meteorite just behind the busy Deptford High Street. To create the seclusion the artist wanted, the studio was designed without any street-facing windows. Instead, the

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How Building a Treehouse Led to a Career in Arbortecture

How Building a Treehouse Led to a Career in Arbortecture

Many children spend hours playing in treehouses, but only a select few of them turn that pursuit into a career path. As a nod to days of youthful splendor, a then-23-year-old Dustin Feider created the

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Sou Fujimoto’s Spindly Bus Shelter in Austria Deemed Unsafe by Authorities

Sou Fujimoto’s Spindly Bus Shelter in Austria Deemed Unsafe by Authorities

Sou Fujimoto’s delicate-looking bus shelter in Krumbach, Austria was just shut down by authorities who deemed it unsafe for the public. Built as part of the BUS:STOP project that brought seven

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3D-Printed Honeycomb Home Could Provide Housing on Mars

3D-Printed Honeycomb Home Could Provide Housing on Mars

Colonizing Mars has been a science fiction dream for years, but designers have been toying with the notion ever since Mars One started popping up in the news. Jumping on board is MakerBot, which launched

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