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Cantilevered shipping container coffee shop pops up in Johannesburg

Cantilevered shipping container coffee shop pops up in Johannesburg

Made from stacked and cantilevered shipping containers, the Foghound Interactive Coffee Company in Johannesburg is a sustainable flagship for the ambitious company. Designed by Earthworld Architects &

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Toyssimi brings together children and designers to create dream toys for charity

Toyssimi brings together children and designers to create dream toys for charity

TOYSSIMI 100 Children + 100 Designers = 100 Extraordinary Toys and even more 24 July – 11 September 2015 TDMEducation - La Balena At the TDMEducation - La Balena area, Triennale Design Museum

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FeltForms are handmade felt acoustic panels that merge art and function

FeltForms are handmade felt acoustic panels that merge art and function

FELTFROMS - 3D acoustic panels FeltForms are a series of handmade acoustic 3D panels. It's the result created through the Research of felt material and the variety of forms that it can create. The

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Give your succulents their own spacesuits with this 3D-printed planter

Give your succulents their own spacesuits with this 3D-printed planter

Let your succulents and cacti explore other worlds, or at least your windowsill, with this adorable 3D printed planter. Created by industrial designed Emmanuel Carrillo, the table top planter repurposes a

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A classic Baroque church is reimagined as a glowing Orangery in Denmark

A classic Baroque church is reimagined as a glowing Orangery in Denmark

This translucent pavilion reinterprets a famous Baroque church designed by Francesco Borromini, but is built using steel structure and a plastic envelope. The structure, designed by Danish studio Lenschow

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This gigantic shimmering disc is made from 14,000 eyeglass lenses

This gigantic shimmering disc is made from 14,000 eyeglass lenses

Calgary-based artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett reused discarded and broken eyeglass lenses to create a massive installation suspended over the historic facade of Pera Museum in Istanbul.

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Extreme hanging pods create a meditative, light-controlled space for rock climbers

Extreme hanging pods create a meditative, light-controlled space for rock climbers

The pods, commissioned by Manz Wine Estate Cape Town, have a specific function of reducing harmful light wavelengths and control and edit visual hallucinations and mirages induced by exhaustion and high

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Juniper Ridge’s Topanga Canyon wilderness perfume captures the California coast in full bloom

Juniper Ridge’s Topanga Canyon wilderness perfume captures the California coast in full bloom

As summer hits its stride Juniper Ridge's experimental Field Lab is in full effect - and they recently released their latest limited-edition wildcrafted fragrance. Topanga Canyon is a light, herbaceous

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Giant geometric steel maze pops up on the site of a coal mine in Belgium

Giant geometric steel maze pops up on the site of a coal mine in Belgium

Artists Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout van Verenbergh of Gijs Van Vaerenbergh designed a huge maze made of five-meter-high steel corridors at the C-MINE Art Centre in Genk, Belgium. Around a kilometer of

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Stephen Hawking backs $100 million project to look for alien life

Stephen Hawking backs $100 million project to look for alien life

Astronomers will now embark on a massive project, thanks in part to Stephen Hawking and it's the most intense yet performed by humans -- to find other civilizations somewhere in the universe. By listening

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World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything

World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything

SCiO is a brand new consumer device that measures the molecular fingerprint of anything that reflects light, except it fits in your pocket. Equipped with some of the capabilities of large, heavy

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Yves Béhar’s sleek Hive 2 thermostat looks like a polished mirror

Yves Béhar’s sleek Hive 2 thermostat looks like a polished mirror

Your thermostat could get a sleek new facelift, thanks to super designer Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject. The new Hive 2 thermostat, designed for British Gas, adds a sort of minimalist steel mirror to your

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Shape-shifting PortHotel transforms from a 2D symbol into a 3D habitable space

Shape-shifting PortHotel transforms from a 2D symbol into a 3D habitable space

Building workshop TOMA! have designed a shape-shifting wooden sculpture for this year's Lively Architecture Festival in La Grande Motte, France. The PrortHotel utilizes the parallax effect to change its

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The energy-positive UK Solcer House proves that zero carbon living can be affordable

The energy-positive UK Solcer House proves that zero carbon living can be affordable

Great Britain’s first affordable energy positive house has just opened its doors in Stormy Down, Wales. Dubbed the Solcer House, the residence can produce more electricity than its occupants can use.

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Firefighters say drones are getting in the way of battling California’s wildfires

Firefighters say drones are getting in the way of battling California’s wildfires

Wildfires regularly rage in California over the hot and dry summer months, but this year firefighters are finding an additional obstacle- drones. Firefighters have been working overtime to put out what

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Footloose German kid builds an inspiring brick dome home for an orphanage in Kenya

Footloose German kid builds an inspiring brick dome home for an orphanage in Kenya

When Torsten Kremer met Mama Dolfine, she had lost a 14 and 27-year-old son in one year, sank into a pit of despair, and then climbed out and built heaven--in the form of a new orphanage. After living

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Australia’s Sunshine State hit with rare snowfall

Australia’s Sunshine State hit with rare snowfall

A mass of Antarctic air has turned the usually mild Australian winter into a snowy winter wonderland. Regions known for their sunny weather, like Queensland, experienced an uncomfortable snow fall last

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Tree branch water filter removes a surprising 99% of E.coli

Tree branch water filter removes a surprising 99% of E.coli

Sometimes low tech solutions make the most sense–particularly in developing countries with limited access to affordable technology. And it often happens these same countries experience chronic water

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Insane Skysphere is a solar-powered man cave with voice-activated electronics

Insane Skysphere is a solar-powered man cave with voice-activated electronics

Jono Williams has built the world's most coveted man cave. After shooting the breeze one night with his mate Grant Ramsay, a mechatronics engineer, the Australian inventor committed to building the

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Bird-friendly Invisible Barn camouflages itself against trees

Bird-friendly Invisible Barn camouflages itself against trees

You've may have seen montages of this structure that camouflages itself against a forest, but the designers at New York-based studio stpmj have now built the actual building which looks as impressive as

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Coffee Bar by jones | haydu brings a San Francisco neighborhood back to life

Coffee Bar by jones | haydu brings a San Francisco neighborhood back to life

Design firm jones | haydu designed the interior of a small cafe in downtown San Francisco simultaneously revitalizing the stretch of sidewalk in front of it, which has been neglected for over twenty

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Brilliant 3D grass printer produces a garden in any shape you can imagine

Brilliant 3D grass printer produces a garden in any shape you can imagine

Gardening just entered the 21st century - a team of students at the University of Maribor in Slovenia developed an innovative 3D printer that can create objects out of living grass! Maja Petek, Tina

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Pop-Tarts transforms vintage Airstream into an oversized toaster

Pop-Tarts transforms vintage Airstream into an oversized toaster

Breakfast pastry Pop-Tarts has transformed a vintage Airstream trailer into an oversized toaster, with giant Pop-Tarts ready for the taking. The silver Airstream toaster rolled up to Park City, Utah,

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Off-grid Candle Charger powers up two cell phones in just six hours

Off-grid Candle Charger powers up two cell phones in just six hours

Charging your cell phone during a black out or natural disaster could be as easy as lighting a candle. The Candle Charger was designed by Andy Byrnes, a co-founder of Stanford’s alternative energy

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Daniel Libeskind and Immersive’s spectacular LED light towers bloom in Milan

Daniel Libeskind and Immersive’s spectacular LED light towers bloom in Milan

London-based multidisciplinary studio Immersive teamed up with Studio Libeskind and Siemens and created four 33-feet-high LED sculptures for this year's Expo in Milan. The sculptures have large LED's

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6 barns converted into beautiful new homes

6 barns converted into beautiful new homes

A good barn conversion can look stunning. An old and derelict work building can be brought back to life with a sensitive and imaginative transformation. Here are five ideas. Barns need imagination A

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Hydro Hammock turns a relaxing camping trip into a hot tub party

Hydro Hammock turns a relaxing camping trip into a hot tub party

(embed video from Kickstarter page) Hot tubs can utilize hundreds of gallons of water, need regular maintenance, and require the use of often-harsh chemicals - not so easy on the environment or the

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D-House Urban Sandwich: Aging Polish home renovated with a sky garden oasis

D-House Urban Sandwich: Aging Polish home renovated with a sky garden oasis

For blocks surrounding the single family home, two storey tenements rise, all built in the early 1900s. The D House-Urban Sandwich is a local landmark, serving as a modern model for the historic

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6 Awesome upcycled shipping pallet creations you can make yourself

6 Awesome upcycled shipping pallet creations you can make yourself

Vibrant Folding Chairs From Upcycled Shipping Pallets These colorful Fold-out Pallet Chairs from Gas & Air Studios are each made from a single shipping pallet. The only treatment these chairs get

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DIY: How to Create a Painted Faux Lace Headboard

DIY: How to Create a Painted Faux Lace Headboard

MATERIALS: - One yard of lace in your favorite pattern - One can low-VOC spray paint in your favorite color (don’t be afraid to be bold!) - Blue painters tape - Pencil and measuring tape - Old

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