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Studio Eggpicnic’s Curvaceous Seat Amalia is Handmade Entirely From Mimbre

Studio Eggpicnic’s Curvaceous Seat Amalia is Handmade Entirely From Mimbre

Located 90 miles away from Santiago, Chile, the city of Chimbarongo has managed economic growth since the beginning of the century thanks to its mimbre tradition. However, this craft is steadily

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Finnish Artist Jaakko Pernu Uses Tree Branches To Make Huge Public Sculptures

Finnish Artist Jaakko Pernu Uses Tree Branches To Make Huge Public Sculptures

Jaakko Pernu's environmental sculptures are inspired by the artist's experiences growing up in Finland, where he was always helping his father build boats, manipulating wood into organic shapes. That

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The NOACH Cradle by VanJoost Hangs from Ceilings or Trees

The NOACH Cradle by VanJoost Hangs from Ceilings or Trees

There's very little information about the Noach Cradle, but that hasn't stopped them from becoming the talk of the design town. Numerous European publications have gushed about them and van Veldhuizen was

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CO2 Bambu Brings Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Bamboo Housing to Nicaragua

CO2 Bambu Brings Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Bamboo Housing to Nicaragua

In 2011 CO2 Bambu was awarded with a historic contract to build 82 bamboo-based homes in Rosita, Nicaragua as part of the Hurricane Felix reconstruction effort. Up until then, the options available to the

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Mischer’traxler’s Ornate Gradient Mashrabiya Table Employs Traditional Lebanese Woodworking Techniques

Mischer’traxler’s Ornate Gradient Mashrabiya Table Employs Traditional Lebanese Woodworking Techniques

Mischer'traxler recently collaborated with a team of expert woodworkers in Lebanon to create a beautifully intricate wooden table. Dubbed 'Gradient Mashrabiya', this multi-purpose table uses the

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PHOTOS: The Most Delicious Green Designs at the Berlin Taste Festival

PHOTOS: The Most Delicious Green Designs at the Berlin Taste Festival

We were at Taste Festival for Berlin's duo Culinary Misfits, which through non-profit arrangements with farmers makes delicious vegetables that can't be sold because their unusual

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Mategon: Faceted Mate Drinking Vessel is a New Take on Argentine Tradition

Mategon: Faceted Mate Drinking Vessel is a New Take on Argentine Tradition

Felix Groll and Felix Hardmood Beck's Mategon reinterprets the shape and material of traditional Argentine Mate vessels, which are traditionally made from dried calabash gourds. The modern faceted cup is

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Justyna Poplawska Creates Sugar-Like Crystalline Lamps from Recycled Materials

Justyna Poplawska Creates Sugar-Like Crystalline Lamps from Recycled Materials

Polish designer Justyna Poplawska has been experimenting with light and glass for several years now. Her latest creation is a cool pendant lamp called 'Luna', and it looks good enough to eat! While the

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Jonathan Leech Hand-Turns Beautiful Bowls From Sustainably-Sourced Cumbrian wood

Jonathan Leech Hand-Turns Beautiful Bowls From Sustainably-Sourced Cumbrian wood

Artistic wood-turner Jonathan Leech lives and works in the north west of England. He produces a wide range of large, distinctive, wooden bowls from local, sustainably-sourced timber. Jonathan first began

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Bottom Up Showcases Giant Spider-Like House Made of Recycled Materials in Barcelona

Bottom Up Showcases Giant Spider-Like House Made of Recycled Materials in Barcelona

A giant spider-like house made of recycled materials is just one of the many surprising projects that could emerge from the Bottom Up festival in Barcelona this weekend. Open to the public at no cost,

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Bolivia’s Palacio de Sal is a Hotel Made Entirely of Salt!

Bolivia’s Palacio de Sal is a Hotel Made Entirely of Salt!

The Palacio de Sal was built in 2007 to accommodate travelers to the Salar de Uyuni in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes. The hotel is organized as a palace with large common rooms, a bar, a

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Sweden’s Krakmora Holmar House is a Tranquil Island Home by the Baltic Sea

Sweden’s Krakmora Holmar House is a Tranquil Island Home by the Baltic Sea

The Kråkmora Holmar House is only 138 square feet -- the limit for guest houses allowed by building authorities. A closed wooden façade facing uphill ensures privacy for both the main house and the

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Dutch Artist Bert Simon Creates Hyper-Realistic Human Sculptures Using Paper

Dutch Artist Bert Simon Creates Hyper-Realistic Human Sculptures Using Paper

Combining his own creativity and digital techniques, the Design Academy of Eindhoven grad (from the 'man and Living' department) Bert Simon turns plain paper into life-like biodegradable

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Shelter ByGG is a Red Cloud-Shaped Cocoon Made from Renewable Cork

Shelter ByGG is a Red Cloud-Shaped Cocoon Made from Renewable Cork

'Shelter ByGG' may look like a giant red cloud sitting on the street, but it's really a cozy cocoon-like shelter made of renewable cork ! Gabriela Gomes sent us news about her design, which she describes

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Dream Park It!me Branch is the First in a Chain of Eco Fast-Food Joints in Poland

Dream Park It!me Branch is the First in a Chain of Eco Fast-Food Joints in Poland

It!me's fundamental aim is to reduce waste as much as possible while still providing a clean and hip fast-food experience. The first branch's walls are made with concrete blocks clad in a non-woven

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Marius Temming’s Chic Eco Sunglasses are Made from Hemp, Kenaf and Flax

Marius Temming’s Chic Eco Sunglasses are Made from Hemp, Kenaf and Flax

Marius Temming has designed a fantastic collection of eco sunglasses that are made from natural materials like ash wood, oak veneer, hemp, kenaf and flax. Unveiled at Berlin's DMY design festival,

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Taiwanese Birdhouses at DMY Berlin Are Inspired by Rice Farmers’ Relationship To Sparrows

Taiwanese Birdhouses at DMY Berlin Are Inspired by Rice Farmers’ Relationship To Sparrows

The interdependent relationship between sparrows and rice has always been important within Taiwan's Jenju village. The birds eat insects that otherwise would destroy the rice plantations, leaving huge

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Ozon Cyclery Builds Bamboo Bikes for Berlin’s Carbon-Conscious Commuters

Ozon Cyclery Builds Bamboo Bikes for Berlin’s Carbon-Conscious Commuters

Berlin's Ozon Cyclery is a fantastic project that is set on changing the German city's bike-scape by introducing unique custom-made bikes made from bamboo. A team of bike-enthusiasts started the venture

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Fernando Laposee’s Beautiful Lufa Collection Goes Far Beyond Your Bathroom Sponge

Fernando Laposee’s Beautiful Lufa Collection Goes Far Beyond Your Bathroom Sponge

Lufa (or Loofah) is a tropical vine that contains a network of xylem fibers commonly used to create natural bath products like sponges. The vine belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, (like squashes, melons

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Elsa Mora Carves Simple Sheets of Paper Into Elaborate Papercut Illustrations

Elsa Mora Carves Simple Sheets of Paper Into Elaborate Papercut Illustrations

Elsa Mora is a multidisciplinary artist working in the fields of drawing, porcelain, painting, and papercut. An ex-art teacher, she makes wonderful creations armed with the patience gained through her

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Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s Sparkling 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens Today!

Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s Sparkling 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens Today!

Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei sought to 'uncover' the past Serpentine Gallery Pavilions by taking visitors underground. 13 columns, each representing a previous architectural piece (including this

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Colombian Designer Diana Beltran Herrera Creates Delicate Birds From Colorful Paper

Colombian Designer Diana Beltran Herrera Creates Delicate Birds From Colorful Paper

Born in Bogotá, Herrera has been developing her 'Mathematics For Reality' collection over the past two years. Blackbirds, hummingbirds, flamingoes, swans and toucans are all part of the artist's unique

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Gleisdreieck Park’s Minimal Playground Is Built Simply from Wood, Ropes and Steel

Gleisdreieck Park’s Minimal Playground Is Built Simply from Wood, Ropes and Steel

With a green area covering more than 30 hectares, Gleisdreieck Park sits on a site that went unused for a very long time. A favorite spot for runners, skaters, and cyclers, the park will boast even more

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Etienne Esmenjaud’s Perforated Flat-Pack Lamps Are Made from Felt and Sustainable Wood

Etienne Esmenjaud’s Perforated Flat-Pack Lamps Are Made from Felt and Sustainable Wood

These amazing perforated pendant lamps are the creation of product designer Etienne Esmenjaud. By using low-impact and easy to handle materials, such as FSC wood and felt, he is able to laser-cut, pierce

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British Artist Su Blackwell Makes Magical Paper Art From Old Books

British Artist Su Blackwell Makes Magical Paper Art From Old Books

Born in Sheffield, England, Blackwell grew up spending a lot of time on her own and playing in the woods. A textiles graduate from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, Su now works from her

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Artist Yumiko Matsui Recreates the City of Tokyo Entirely From Paper!

Artist Yumiko Matsui Recreates the City of Tokyo Entirely From Paper!

A self-taught paper artist, Yumiko Matsui has created detailed scenes of daily life in Tokyo's Asakusa district. Her tiny detailed works aims to preserve the atmosphere of the old Tokyo she remembers

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Jeff Dah-Yue Shi’s Brilliant Bamboo LED Lights Double as a Modular Building Material

Jeff Dah-Yue Shi’s Brilliant Bamboo LED Lights Double as a Modular Building Material

Dah-Yue Shi's Bamboo LED system can be used to illuminate minimalist spaces without the use of protruding lighting fixtures. The luminous panels are composed of three main parts: (1) an LED light source

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Eyktir is a 24-Hour Clock Made from Biodegradable Cardboard

Eyktir is a 24-Hour Clock Made from Biodegradable Cardboard

In the past, Icelanders told time using a traditional measurement system called Eykt - the day was split into eight Eyktir consisting of three hours each. Inspired these traditions, designer Jón Helgi

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Tommaso Guerra’s Lampada Ragno Features Spider-like Legs of Light

Tommaso Guerra’s Lampada Ragno Features Spider-like Legs of Light

Tommaso Guerra is an Italian designer, illustrator and street artist all rolled into one. And just like his multi-faceted self, his Lampada Ragno incorporates a network of six lamps connected at one

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TETRAN’s Eco-friendly Modular Cubes Can Be Arranged Into Almost Design

TETRAN’s Eco-friendly Modular Cubes Can Be Arranged Into Almost Design

By means of simple repurposing, restyling, and repair, TETRAN’s modular design cubes eliminates the need for millions of tons of furniture waste. The modular cubes can be used and re-used to create an

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