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Porky Hefer’s Cozy Human Nests Hang From the Treetops!

Porky Hefer’s Cozy Human Nests Hang From the Treetops!

Porky Hefer has been working as a creative consultant since 2007. His human nests are specially designed for each customer, context and needs. They can be hung from trees, posts, or even suspended

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Wine Barrel-Inspired Downley House in England is Built from a Former House’s Ruins

Wine Barrel-Inspired Downley House in England is Built from a Former House’s Ruins

Set in an idyllic landscape of gorgeous national parks, Downley House was erected using the ruins of an old stoned-house. The client wanted a relaxing yet playful environment with good use of natural

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Barkow Leibinger’s Amazing ‘Loom-Hyperbolic’ Art Installation is Made from Local, Natural Materials

Barkow Leibinger’s Amazing ‘Loom-Hyperbolic’ Art Installation is Made from Local, Natural Materials

"Loom-Hyperbolic" is a site-specific architectural installation that was designed by foreign architects but inspired by local craftsmanship. Created using algorithm-based software programs like

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Home Depot Teams Up With USGBC to Bring Customers Green Building Products

Home Depot Teams Up With USGBC to Bring Customers Green Building Products

Greening your home will now be easier than ever, thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Green Building Council and Home Depot that will launch a line of USBGC-approved green building products on Home

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Bloom is a Glittering Metal Sculpture That Curls up in the California Sun

Bloom is a Glittering Metal Sculpture That Curls up in the California Sun

Composed of 414 hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped stacked panels, Bloom features no fewer than 14,000 laser cut pieces on its surface. It is a lightweight and flexible structure that relies on both its

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Praksis Turns 19th Century Danish Barn Into a Modern Cultural Center in the Country

Praksis Turns 19th Century Danish Barn Into a Modern Cultural Center in the Country

Located close to an area of marshland, the old barn has undergone a complete renovation that kept its original features intact. Externally, the building features a red brick wall topped by a thatched

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Avatar Architettura’s Recycled Pallet Pavilion Pops up in Italy

Avatar Architettura’s Recycled Pallet Pavilion Pops up in Italy

Italian design firm Avatar Architettura is well-known for their ability to turn recycled wooden pallets into inspiring works of art - like this fun pavilion in Italy. Designed as a temporary art

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Product Fitness 80: New MUJI Exhibition Showcases Elegant, Efficiently Designed Products in London

Product Fitness 80: New MUJI Exhibition Showcases Elegant, Efficiently Designed Products in London

There is an old Japanese saying that goes "eat in measure and defy the doctor", which means that eating an adequate amount of food (instead of stuffing oneself) will ensure a joyful, balanced and healthy

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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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Takayuki Hori’s Beautiful X-Ray Origami Animals Shine Light on 8 Endangered Species

Takayuki Hori’s Beautiful X-Ray Origami Animals Shine Light on 8 Endangered Species

From solar cell origami lamps to cute nano-origami animals, we can't get enough of the Japanese art of folding paper. The newest origami creations to catch our eye are Takayuki Hori's beautiful folded

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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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Formafantasma’s Natural Botanica Vessels Look Like Archaeological Artifacts

Formafantasma’s Natural Botanica Vessels Look Like Archaeological Artifacts

We recently showed you Formafantasma's crafty vessels made from flour, agricultural waste and limestone, but the design studio has developed another amazing set of archaic-looking objects. Commissioned by

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Artist Anja Markiewicz Folds Amazingly Tiny Origami Out of Inch-Long Pieces of Paper

Artist Anja Markiewicz Folds Amazingly Tiny Origami Out of Inch-Long Pieces of Paper

Cranes, dragons, mice, snowflakes, flowers and all sorts of insects are recreated by paper in an extraordinary scale. Working from her Postdam studio near Berlin, Markiewicz folds her tiny paper

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Spiraling Tower of 15,000 Books Celebrates Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre

Spiraling Tower of 15,000 Books Celebrates Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre

The Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership features an expansive array of historical objects related to Abraham Lincoln, including a replica train car that transported him in repose from

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6 Easy-to-Carry Essentials That Will Keep Your Travels Green

6 Easy-to-Carry Essentials That Will Keep Your Travels Green

1. Water Bottle Many tourists are so afraid of the water in foreign countries that they end up buying bottle after plastic bottle that then lands either on the ground or in the local dump. Even when

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Valerio Romondia’s Kyoto Clock is a Recycled Wood Wool Time Block

Valerio Romondia’s Kyoto Clock is a Recycled Wood Wool Time Block

Wood wool is a material made from leftover slivers cut from logs - it's mainly used in packaging, filling, or bonded to form boards. As a celebration of this wonderful eco-friendly material, Italian

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Pablo Curutchet’s Monstrous Recycled Cardboard Box Man Emerges from the Water

Pablo Curutchet’s Monstrous Recycled Cardboard Box Man Emerges from the Water

Box was constructed from 882 pounds of packaging boxes taped together by artist Pablo Curutchet and ten of his friends. The team used local company Cartoco's cardboard boxes and built the structure first

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New Study Ranks the Least Toxic Cars, Honda Civic Tops the List

New Study Ranks the Least Toxic Cars, Honda Civic Tops the List

Many car buyers love that "new car smell" that comes with their brand new rides, but the chemicals that give off that "pleasant" scent are actually quite toxic. According to a new study by the Ecology

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PEGA’s Paper Alloy Could Bring Paper Laptops Our Way

PEGA’s Paper Alloy Could Bring Paper Laptops Our Way

PEGA Design and Engineering's latest award-winning material might just put more paper on your desk — in the form of a laptop computer! The material, Paper PP Alloy, is said to be a strong, sturdy,

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The Colorful Eadie Armchair Fuses Pop Style With Eco Craftsmanship

The Colorful Eadie Armchair Fuses Pop Style With Eco Craftsmanship

Designer Donna Wilson mixes classic styling with quirky, colorful, hand-woven textiles to create fresh contempory pieces that are anything but old-fashioned. Her Eadie eco armchair replaces the use of

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The Bird Hangar: A Poetic Public Installation Designed for Blowing Vegetable Seeds Around Japan

The Bird Hangar: A Poetic Public Installation Designed for Blowing Vegetable Seeds Around Japan

A couple of Finnish artists embarked on a project to create a poetic public art installation called Bird Hangar that uses the wind to spread seeds across Japan. Unveiled at a past edition of the Yokohama

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128 Cardboard: A Clever Recycled Cardboard Fruit Bowl by SEMdesign

128 Cardboard: A Clever Recycled Cardboard Fruit Bowl by SEMdesign

Utrecht-based SEMdesign created this low-impact faceted bowl that is made entirely from cardboard so it can be easily recycled or composted at the end of its life. Named "Fruit Bowl 128 Cardboard", this

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Formafantasma Crafty Vessels are made from Flour, Agricultural Waste and Limestone

Formafantasma Crafty Vessels are made from Flour, Agricultural Waste and Limestone

Using sustainable design as a bridge between craftwork and the industry, this collection of earthy vessels combines low-impact materials and old world techniques to create durable, functional objects.

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Tomas Schön’s Flat-Pak ‘A-Board’ Becomes a Full Shelf with the Pull of a String

Tomas Schön’s Flat-Pak ‘A-Board’ Becomes a Full Shelf with the Pull of a String

A finalist at the Green Furniture Awards 2012, the ‘A-Board’ by Argentine-born Italy-based Tomas Schön's is a bookshelf that consists simply of an eco-labeled plywood board and one strong orange

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“Frozen Trees” Made of 1000s of Ikea Plastic Bag Dispensers Light Up Lisbon

“Frozen Trees” Made of 1000s of Ikea Plastic Bag Dispensers Light Up Lisbon

2400 of the Rationell Variera IKEA pieces were used to create the Frozen Trees installation. The plastic pieces were connected to a lightweight metal frame and white monochromatic LED lights were

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ADzero is the World’s First Bamboo Smartphone

ADzero is the World’s First Bamboo Smartphone

UK design student Kieron-Scott Woodhouse is preparing to launch ADzero - the world's first smartphone made out of bamboo! Woodhouse told The Inquirer that he made the phone out of four-year-old organic

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Dutch Designer Dave Hakkens Creates Cool “Rubble” Floors From Recycled Materials

Dutch Designer Dave Hakkens Creates Cool “Rubble” Floors From Recycled Materials

Demolished houses usually leave behind lots of scrap materials that, with a little bit of clever thinking, can be turned into fantastic new building supplies. Inspired by Italian-style terrazzo floors --

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Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction was very careful to ensure that their Silverbeaver Hausboot was made of the most efficient materials so that the project has a tiny footprint. To this end, they clad the boat in

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Cradle is a Flat Pack Chair Designed Specifically for Autistic People

Cradle is a Flat Pack Chair Designed Specifically for Autistic People

The thoughtfully designed Cradle is a sustainable rocking chair created by a collaborative effort to aid people with autism and Rhythmic Movement Disorder (RMD). Developed by Richard Clarkson, Grace

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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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