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Kiev’s Twister Restaurant Serves Molecular Food & Cocktails In an Earthy Atmosphere

Kiev’s Twister Restaurant Serves Molecular Food & Cocktails In an Earthy Atmosphere

Ukraine's capital Kiev has a new restaurant where you can feel like a bird while drinking a cocktail or eating molecular style food. Designed by local architects Serghii Makhno and Vasiliy Butenko,

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IKEA Transforms its Flat Pack Cardboard Packaging Into Funky Furniture

IKEA Transforms its Flat Pack Cardboard Packaging Into Funky Furniture

IKEA is marketing its big annual sale with a line of clever furniture pieces made entirely out of the company's very own flat pack furniture packaging. IKEA commissioned advertising agency AUGE

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Dodo Lab’s Prototype Series Turns Unwanted Furniture Into Modern Interior Treasures

Dodo Lab’s Prototype Series Turns Unwanted Furniture Into Modern Interior Treasures

Dodo Lab is a research project set up by Michaela Robinson and Karen Smart that experiments with different ways of regenerating old and unwanted pieces of furniture anew. In a series they dub simply as

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Thonet’s VouwWow VW01 is a Flat Pack Recycled Honeycomb Cardboard Chair

Thonet’s VouwWow VW01 is a Flat Pack Recycled Honeycomb Cardboard Chair

Respecting Michelle Thonet's original idea of furniture that could easily be disassembled for optimizing space during transportation, Dutch studio Nuy of NOORT created this angular chair made from

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Laboratori Creates a Playful Tree Pencil Holder from Pruning Wood

Laboratori Creates a Playful Tree Pencil Holder from Pruning Wood

The designers of Buenos Aires-based Laboratori have created this cool Arbol -- a pine tree-shaped pencil holder crafted from locally sourced pruning wood. Measuring 7 inches high, the object takes on fun

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Christien Meindertsma’s Delicate Yet Rough Designs Are Made From Flax

Christien Meindertsma’s Delicate Yet Rough Designs Are Made From Flax

Best known for her eye-opening research book PIG 05049, Christien Meindertsma has taken on a new endeavor, designing a series of rough and simple objects made from flax. Developed in collaboration with

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Comfy Flour Bag Seats Pay Homage to the Traditional 3AM Bakers’ Rest

Comfy Flour Bag Seats Pay Homage to the Traditional 3AM Bakers’ Rest

03AM puffs are designed to pay homage to traditional bakers who used to rest on flour sacks while waiting for their first batch of baked goods at 3AM. Designed by Spanish Pensando en Blanco and Teixidors,

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Bunaco Creates Striking Eco-Friendly Housewares From Strips of Beechwood

Bunaco Creates Striking Eco-Friendly Housewares From Strips of Beechwood

Japanese brand Bunaco uses environmentally friendly techniques to produce finely designed home products from ribbons of beechwood. Founded in 1956 in the Aomori region of Japan, Bunaco uses an innovative

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See-Saw Uses Salvaged Japanese Wood to Create Fun Modern Furnishings

See-Saw Uses Salvaged Japanese Wood to Create Fun Modern Furnishings

Furniture label See-Saw reclaims discarded wood and uses it to create colorful, joyful, and appealing furnishings. They recently released their first collection at DESIGNTIDE Tokyo, where they presented 4

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Beautiful Mexican ‘Casa en el Bosque’ Designed to Adapt to the Existing Pine Forest

Beautiful Mexican ‘Casa en el Bosque’ Designed to Adapt to the Existing Pine Forest

Standing within a splendid plot covering 2 square miles, House in the Forest is very spacious, light, and cool. Built on a slope, it has different levels of views into the mountains and lake, creating a

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Ecolite is a Compostable Cat Litter Box Made from Recycled Paper Pulp

Ecolite is a Compostable Cat Litter Box Made from Recycled Paper Pulp

Although more expensive and less durable than their plastic counterparts, biodegradable cat litter boxes have some sustainable aspects that shouldn't be ignored by feline owners. Designed by French

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Slick Minimal Black Sofa Built From Recycled Wooden Pallets

Slick Minimal Black Sofa Built From Recycled Wooden Pallets

Believe it or not, this slick black sofa designed by French Studio-aparte is made from discarded wooden pallets. Dubbed 'Woodstock', this handy piece of furniture can accomodate up to two people and comes

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PHOTOS: Cacheuta Thermal Water Park Is a Summer Escape Wedged In Argentina’s Andes Mountains

PHOTOS: Cacheuta Thermal Water Park Is a Summer Escape Wedged In Argentina’s Andes Mountains

Cacheuta Hot Springs is only a short bus ride away from Mendoza's capital, and the entry cost is only  $7(US) for adults. It is the perfect place to spend a day out with friends or family swimming, or

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Hessnatur’s Beautiful Headquarters is Built From Recycled Materials

Hessnatur’s Beautiful Headquarters is Built From Recycled Materials

A happy marriage between RAU Architects and sustainable clothing company Hessnaturresulted in the company's lovely Mondrian-esque headquarters near Frankfurt. Made almost completely from recycled

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Roswag Seiler and Pakistani Locals Hand-build a School from Cob, Bamboo and Mud

Roswag Seiler and Pakistani Locals Hand-build a School from Cob, Bamboo and Mud

The Tipu Sultan Merkez School in Punjab, Pakistan has a new sustainable building that was designed by German architects Roswag Seiler and built by locals. Using locally sourced and low-impact materials,

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Muzoo Toy Set Lets Kids Create Cute Biodegradable Animals From Clumps of Earth

Muzoo Toy Set Lets Kids Create Cute Biodegradable Animals From Clumps of Earth

Israeli designer Noa Himelfarb has designed a toy set for modeling cute animal friends from clumps of earth. Perfect for kids who love getting dirty and playing in the mud, Muzoo consists of a series of

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Biodegradable Rattan Iglu by Berta Riera Pomés and Yunwei Zhu

Biodegradable Rattan Iglu by Berta Riera Pomés and Yunwei Zhu

Berta Riera Pomés and Yunwei Zhu have used sustainable materials to create a cute 'Iglu' shelter that serves as a quiet place to hide or a fun object to roll around the house. Measuring 2.6 feet in

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French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French artisan Alain Bellino took his craft to the dark side when he welded a number of leftover metal pieces together to create this surprisingly realistic Darth Vader bust. Bellino saves and

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OOO My Design Creates Cute Candleholders from Recycled Toy Figurines

OOO My Design Creates Cute Candleholders from Recycled Toy Figurines

Growing up means eventually giving up our favorite toys, but OOO My Design has come up with a great alternative to trashing our childhood treasures. The design studio is reusing some of the memories of

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Shira Keret Designs Sweet Reyclable Lamps Shaped like Animals

Shira Keret Designs Sweet Reyclable Lamps Shaped like Animals

Inflatable, recyclable, and super cute, Shira Keret's Animal Lamps are shaped like your favourite bird or mammal. Based in Tel Aviv, Keret creates sweet luminaires from Tyvek that emit a soft twinkling

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Smart Egg Lamp: A Quirky Lighting Solution Made from a Recycled Egg Carton!

Smart Egg Lamp: A Quirky Lighting Solution Made from a Recycled Egg Carton!

What came first, the light or the egg? Ready-made from a paper pulp egg carton and recyclable glass lights, the Smart Egg Lamp is an eco-friendly lighting solution packed by the dozen. Using

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Stunning Origami Solarcell Lamps Are Made From Folded Photovoltaic Panels!

Stunning Origami Solarcell Lamps Are Made From Folded Photovoltaic Panels!

Korea-born, Eindhoven-based Joon & Jung's Origami Solarcell is a polygonal low-energy LED lamp that is completely powered by the sun's energy. The pendant lights are made from a flexible photovoltaic

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Giant Humpback Whale Made out of Recycled Materials Pops up in Santa Monica

Giant Humpback Whale Made out of Recycled Materials Pops up in Santa Monica

Samo is a giant humpback whale made out of recycled materials that was recently unveiled by Mattel's Children's Hospital UCLA at the Santa Monica Place Mall. The result of a collaboration between Bob

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Peter Marigold’s Polygonal ‘Split’ Furniture is Formed by a Simple Geometric Principle

Peter Marigold’s Polygonal ‘Split’ Furniture is Formed by a Simple Geometric Principle

Designer Peter Marigold has created a unique flexible storage system based upon the simple geometric principle that states 'the inverted angles of a shape split into pieces will always add up to 360

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Peter Marigold’s Log Chess Set is Made from a Single Branch

Peter Marigold’s Log Chess Set is Made from a Single Branch

The Log Chess Set is a handmade, woodland version of the classic board game. Designed by British designer Peter Marigold, the set was made using only a single tree branch. Originally created for use

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Stabilized Insulated Rammed Earth (SIRE) Walls Last a Lifetime Without Maintenance

Stabilized Insulated Rammed Earth (SIRE) Walls Last a Lifetime Without Maintenance

SIREWALL homes and buildings are constructed with a mix of local soils strengthened with rebar and a small amount of cement. This mix then wraps around approximately 4 inches of rigid insulation to create

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The Eco-Luxe Cacheuta Thermal Hotel & Resort is a Tranquil Health Sanctuary in the Andes

The Eco-Luxe Cacheuta Thermal Hotel & Resort is a Tranquil Health Sanctuary in the Andes

The resort's architecture is alpine and has an outdoor sitting deck overlooking the large garden with bamboo parasols that protect visitors from Mendoza's hot summer sun. The fresh green garden is fenced

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Israel-Based Solskin Studio Creates Biodegradable Objects From Orange Skins

Israel-Based Solskin Studio Creates Biodegradable Objects From Orange Skins

Born in a Jewish-Arab village in Israel called Wahat-al-Salam, Ori Sonnenschein is an optimistic young designer who loves experimenting with everyday objects. One of his latest surprising creations is a

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Waterproof Crumpled City Maps are Lightweight, Durable, and Recyclable

Waterproof Crumpled City Maps are Lightweight, Durable, and Recyclable

Crumpled City maps are durable, waterproof, light, recyclable and fun to use maps conceived by Italian designer Emanuele Pizzolorusso. They are designed to replace big and clumsy standard paper maps,

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