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Crumpled paper transforms a gallery into grotto-like Yorunoma bar in Japan

Crumpled paper transforms a gallery into grotto-like Yorunoma bar in Japan

Located in the Abeno-Ku ward of Osaka, the grotto-like Yorunoma bar sat in what was originally a common, blank gallery space. With the help of local residents, the clever desigers created the

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DIY: Craft an adorable Christmas village from recycled cardboard

DIY: Craft an adorable Christmas village from recycled cardboard

Step One: Gather your materials: • Corrugated cardboard box • Box cutter • Utility knife • Scissors • Ruler • Pencil or pen • White paint and paintbrush • Mini white LED Christmas

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DIY: Recycle last year’s Christmas cards into a colorful bunting garland

DIY: Recycle last year’s Christmas cards into a colorful bunting garland

Step One:  Gather your materials Old Christmas cards Colorful paper or card stock Twine, string, yarn or thin ribbon Double-sided tape Ruler Pen Scissors Needle and thread Step

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VIDEO: The Secret Life of Paper

VIDEO: The Secret Life of Paper

Did you know that the most important source of biodiversity on the planet - the rainforest - is being decimated so that you can have paper towels to wipe up? Did you know that the paper industry is the

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Ingenious Cardboard Packaging Folds to Fit Parcels of Any Shape

Ingenious Cardboard Packaging Folds to Fit Parcels of Any Shape

Excessive packaging is one of our top pet peeves here at Inhabitat, so we were really inspired by this flat cardboard sheet that is capable of conforming to the shape of any object, saving a bundle on

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Tips for Greening Up Your Graphic Design Practice

Tips for Greening Up Your Graphic Design Practice

Print-based graphic design is an essential service that's utilized by just about every company out there. From simple business cards to complete corporate identity packages, fashion lookbooks, posters,

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Luminous Paper Sculptures by Yena Young Double as Indoor Lamps

Luminous Paper Sculptures by Yena Young Double as Indoor Lamps

William Morris's famous advice regarding home decor was: "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." Occasionally, home decor pieces can be found that can

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Artist Cheong-ah Hwang Transforms Recycled Paper into Intricate Works of Art

Artist Cheong-ah Hwang Transforms Recycled Paper into Intricate Works of Art

Hwang is a wife and mother, originally from Seoul, and now based in Columbus, Ohio. Her original works of art are very difficult to produce, and therefore expensive to purchase, but because she wanted

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World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

Feel guilty every time you have to get a disposable cup for your latte? Soon you could be saying goodbye to that guilt, as the world’s first recyclable paper cup is about to hit the streets in the

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The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

MaterialConnexion is a material library with the latest innovations for design schools, architects, and creatives to use for inspiration and exploration. It also includes a wide range of sustainable

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Now You Can Rule Your Own “Eastern Block” with These Pop-Up Paper Buildings

Now You Can Rule Your Own “Eastern Block” with These Pop-Up Paper Buildings

  Blok Wschodni / Eastern Block is a collection of paper cut-out models representing various modernist buildings in Warsaw, Poland. Made and distributed by Zupagrafika, the series features

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Build Your Own Origami City with Paper Punk’s New URBAN FOLD Box Set

Build Your Own Origami City with Paper Punk’s New URBAN FOLD Box Set

We've featured Paper Punk's awesome 3D paper building blocks in the past - and they just launched a new set on Kickstarter that lets you build your own origami city! URBAN FOLD contains over 700 pieces

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Disney Unveils Electricity Generator Made From Paper

Disney Unveils Electricity Generator Made From Paper

  Scientists are coming with all sorts of new energy generating technology everyday between new solar thermal plants and nuclear fusion, but paper? The minds at Disney Research have invented a new

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The ‘Everywhere Library’ Provides Free Digital Books to All Ugandan Mobile Phone Users

The ‘Everywhere Library’ Provides Free Digital Books to All Ugandan Mobile Phone Users

Living in America, it’s easy to forget that developing countries have a harder time providing the many things we take granted such as water, electricity, and education. Now a South African-based

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UK Paper Company Invents Technology to Recycle Disposable Plasticized Coffee Cups

UK Paper Company Invents Technology to Recycle Disposable Plasticized Coffee Cups

Photo via Shutterstock For most caffeine consumers on-the-go, a good dose of java or tea in the morning is of primary concern. What the liquid is housed in seems to escape attention, being tossed in a

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Researchers Use an Inkjet Printer to Create Electrically Conductive Paper

Researchers Use an Inkjet Printer to Create Electrically Conductive Paper

So far we've showcased paper artwork, robots and USB drives here on Inhabitat - and now researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam-Golm have utilized sheets of paper to

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Johan Scherft Creates Amazingly Realistic Birds From Paper

Johan Scherft Creates Amazingly Realistic Birds From Paper

Scherft started making his papercraft birds at 14 and coloring the models with colored pencil. His works earned him admission to the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague where he studied painting, graphic

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David Adey Uses Found Images and Fashion Magazine Clippings to Create Intricate Collages

David Adey Uses Found Images and Fashion Magazine Clippings to Create Intricate Collages

With the patience of a Buddhist monk, David Adey tediously searches for exact, unaltered images to place in his pieces. Hundreds of arms, legs, hands, feet, and lips in varying positions and colors are

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Amy Eisenfeld Genser Recreates the Beauty of Underwater Reefs in Paper

Amy Eisenfeld Genser Recreates the Beauty of Underwater Reefs in Paper

Appearing as a coral reef viewed from above, Amy Eisenfeld Genser creates large-scale works that combine sculpture and painting. Some of her pieces can be several feet wide, containing hundreds of paper

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Tiny Papercraft Millennium Falcon is Only Half an Inch Long!

Tiny Papercraft Millennium Falcon is Only Half an Inch Long!

Little origami Yoda can now stand in good papercraft company, as sculptor David Canavese has created a miniscule half-inch Millennium Falcon! The San Jose-based artist took eight hours to complete the

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DreamPapercut Transforms Simple Sheets of Paper Into Amazing Works of Art

DreamPapercut Transforms Simple Sheets of Paper Into Amazing Works of Art

DreamPapercut creates amazing hand-cut silhouettes that take the form of butterflies, falcons, and flying balloons. Every piece is cut from a single sheet of paper and the negative spaces create a

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Carly Fischer Carefully Recreates Everyday Trash From Paper

Carly Fischer Carefully Recreates Everyday Trash From Paper

In Fischer's work, mass-produced candy bar wrappers, aluminum cans, and cigarette packs are copied in paper, lending a hand-crafted perfection to what is normally churned out by a machine. Each model is

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World’s Third Largest Paper Company Promises to Halt Deforestation in Indonesia

World’s Third Largest Paper Company Promises to Halt Deforestation in Indonesia

Indonesian forest photo from Shutterstock Today the world's third largest paper company, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) pledged to stop deforestation in Indonesia. As a result of years of campaigning by

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Indian Researchers Create Low-Cost Bricks From Recycled Paper Mill Waste

Indian Researchers Create Low-Cost Bricks From Recycled Paper Mill Waste

While recycling trash is preferable to simply chucking refuse into the dump, the process still creates tons of byproducts that end up making their way to the landfill. Fortunately, Professors Rahul

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Petter Thorne’s Ethereal Wet and Dry Lamps Use Minimal Materials and Energy

Petter Thorne’s Ethereal Wet and Dry Lamps Use Minimal Materials and Energy

Swedish designer Petter Thorne wanted to make a lamp that would use the least amount of materials and energy as possible, and his goal was achieved with these beautiful Wet and Dry lights. The glowing

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Now! Le Off Unveils Surprising Eco-Designs at Paris Design Week 2012

Now! Le Off Unveils Surprising Eco-Designs at Paris Design Week 2012

Inspired by a recent trip to Iceland, Beatrix Li-Chin Lus created a series of stackable boxes shaped like volcanoes. She also exhibited a set of playful flower vases made from recycled wood with non-toxic

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This Mechanical Robot Is Made Completely From Paper (And A Few Rubber Bands)

This Mechanical Robot Is Made Completely From Paper (And A Few Rubber Bands)

Robots don't grow on trees, but as one Japanese designer has proven, they can be made from trees. The artist known as Kikousya has designed and built the Mechanical Paper Robot from wood pulp, a couple

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Daphne is a Glowing Paper Sculpture Made of Hundreds of Hollow Panels in Greece

Daphne is a Glowing Paper Sculpture Made of Hundreds of Hollow Panels in Greece

The self-standing Daphne installation is comprised of hundreds of interlocking hollow paper panels that seem to grow from the stairs of the Santorini tunnel to the tunnel walls and roof until it

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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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Shigeru Ban’s New Camper Store is a Cardboard-Topped House of Shoes in NYC

Shigeru Ban’s New Camper Store is a Cardboard-Topped House of Shoes in NYC

If you're a Shigeru Ban fan living in NYC, we urge you to head down to check out the starchitect's newest work, the Camper shoe store in SoHo. The design is decidedly "Ban," and features a pitched

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