sustainable design

TRMTAB Upcycles Leather Factory Waste to Create Beautiful Bags and Accessories

TRMTAB Upcycles Leather Factory Waste to Create Beautiful Bags and Accessories

TRMTAB’s cleverly designed, limited edition bags and accessories are upcycled from a leather factory’s production waste. Collaborating with a factory in India, TRMTAB founders discovered that each

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Net Zero Georgina Residence Blurs the Indoor-Outdoor Boundary in Santa Monica

Net Zero Georgina Residence Blurs the Indoor-Outdoor Boundary in Santa Monica

Yudell and Beebe used to have a larger house on the ocean in Malibu, but they grew tired of their commute into Santa Monica where they both work at Moore Ruble Yudell. To be closer to work, friends and

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House in the Clouds is an Old Water Tower Converted into a Bed & Breakfast!

House in the Clouds is an Old Water Tower Converted into a Bed & Breakfast!

When the tower was first being built, Thorpeness residents were worried about introducing an eyesore upon their unspoiled landscape. So their design solution? Disguise it as a sky-high cottage! Problem

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Sao Paulo’s Urban Garden is a Green Paradise in the Center of Brazil’s Most Cosmopolitan City

Sao Paulo’s Urban Garden is a Green Paradise in the Center of Brazil’s Most Cosmopolitan City

Related: Top 5 Urban Farms in New York City The original building was inspired by the Pompidou center in Paris, complete with exposed pipes, multiple entrances, and stacked mezzanine levels. The

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Davy and Kristin McGuire’s Intricately Cut Paper Sets Come to Life with Animation

Davy and Kristin McGuire’s Intricately Cut Paper Sets Come to Life with Animation

Davy and Kristin’s paper art works hover between digital and tactile, creating a hybrid installation bridging two art making methods together. The intricate paper sets are cut carefully to reveal fine

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DIY Hostess Gift Idea: Homemade Pesto in Gourmet-Looking Recycled Glass Jars

DIY Hostess Gift Idea: Homemade Pesto in Gourmet-Looking Recycled Glass Jars

MATERIALS: For the packaging: A glass jar (we used a stout artichoke jar but you can use any jar you like) A rubber band A square of recycled fabric or tissue paper that will fit over the

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Stealth Cabin Eco Retreat Blends With the Forest in Ontario

Stealth Cabin Eco Retreat Blends With the Forest in Ontario

Located near Bracebridge, Ontario adjacent to a lake, the Stealth Cabin is a pleasant mix of traditional and modern design. The owners were torn between wanting a traditional log cabin and a modern one,

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Good to Go Lets You Borrow a Reusable Coffee Cup to Cut Down on Waste

Good to Go Lets You Borrow a Reusable Coffee Cup to Cut Down on Waste

Your daily cup of coffee to go may get you amped for the day, but the countless paper cups are taking a toll on our landfills. Good to Go wants you to think of your coffee routine like a bike sharing

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15 Innovative Green Designs from Sight Unseen That Will Make You Look Twice

15 Innovative Green Designs from Sight Unseen That Will Make You Look Twice

Has the world gone topsy turvy? You say no - and then the table you’re looking at suddenly shifts into an alternate dimension. The amazing transforming coffee table above is just one of the innovative,

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30 Amazing Green Designs from Wanted Design 2014!

30 Amazing Green Designs from Wanted Design 2014!

While ICFF has long been considered the centerpiece of New York Design Week, another show called Wanted Design has been making a name for itself as a must-see collection of emerging designers you may not

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MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

Vetterlein has thought of every last detail to ensure the Micro Office Systems Space concept has a small environmental impact while still providing a comfortable and professional working environment for

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Free Outdoor Gym Pops Up on the Manhattan Waterfront

Free Outdoor Gym Pops Up on the Manhattan Waterfront

New Yorkers looking to get their bodies beach-ready now have a new place to work out - a waterfront outdoor gym on the Lower East Side. The colorful fitness center features 12 exercise machines (some that

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Amazing Japanese Kindergarten Circles Around a Mythic Tree

Amazing Japanese Kindergarten Circles Around a Mythic Tree

The perimeter of the cylindrical building is lined with classrooms and waiting areas, so that children can daydream while looking out the window and gazing at the old tree. The tree itself has a storied

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The Bones of an Old Butcher Shop Rise Anew as a Charming Architecture Studio in Vancouver

The Bones of an Old Butcher Shop Rise Anew as a Charming Architecture Studio in Vancouver

Scott&Scott Architects' new studio and home was originally built in 1911. It was once a butcher shop, and it was used as a grocery store for a long time. The commercial space was stripped down to a

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Benoit Challand’s Fold Yard Transforms Office Furniture into a Life Sized Alphabet

Benoit Challand’s Fold Yard Transforms Office Furniture into a Life Sized Alphabet

Challand sought an innovative office furniture design that would move away from the traditional, and often stifling, design of the mundane cubicle. Keeping needed elements like wall partitions, storage

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The Best Green Designs From ICFF 2014!

The Best Green Designs From ICFF 2014!

We've featured TOBYHouse's resin beach ball lamps in the past - and the designer just unveiled a new inflatable version that will be available in stores! The colorful clustered lights are made from

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Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Akiko Oue and Ryohei Yoshiyuki of Oy Objects see exciting new possibilities in everyday materials. These rustic earth-toned vessels made from recycled coffee grounds are the perfect compliment to your

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Wheelchair-Accessible Loft Bauhaus Has a Refreshingly Low Environmental Impact in Brazil

Wheelchair-Accessible Loft Bauhaus Has a Refreshingly Low Environmental Impact in Brazil

Loft Bauhaus measures 1,700 square-feet and is raised two feet off the ground using hydraulic piloti. This minimizes the home's impact on the soil and allows all necessary electrical cables to be fitted

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3D-Printed Canal House Pops Up in Amsterdam, May Start New Housing Trend

3D-Printed Canal House Pops Up in Amsterdam, May Start New Housing Trend

When DUS Architects announced plans last year to 3D print an entire canal house, the design world was skeptical. But all skepticism vanished recently when they unveiled the first 3D-printed walls to the

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Bloomberg Invests $5 Million to Bring the Little Sun Solar Lamp to Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomberg Invests $5 Million to Bring the Little Sun Solar Lamp to Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomberg Philanthropies just invested $5 million to bring the popular solar-powered Little Sun lamp to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Designed by

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September 11 Memorial Museum Ribbon Cutting Takes Place in New York City

September 11 Memorial Museum Ribbon Cutting Takes Place in New York City

After overcoming numerous obstacles from financial woes to flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, New York was finally able to cut the ribbon on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum this morning.

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Phil Gautreau’s Spectacular Salvaged Wood Bowls Win the 2014 BKLYN Designs Reader’s Choice Award!

Phil Gautreau’s Spectacular Salvaged Wood Bowls Win the 2014 BKLYN Designs Reader’s Choice Award!

Brooklyn's design scene is thoroughly clad with locally sourced and salvaged wood - but no one does it better than Phil Gautreau. That's why we're thrilled to announce that Phil is the winner of our 2014

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Get Your Own Functioning Toilet Tricycle on Craigslist

Get Your Own Functioning Toilet Tricycle on Craigslist

An artist in Victoria, British Columbia has designed his own functioning toilet tricycle- and now it can be yours! The Camosun College of Visual Arts alum originally crafted the potty trike for the

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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PHOTOS: Giant Racially-Charged Sphinx Made of Sugar Rises Inside the Domino Sugar Factory

PHOTOS: Giant Racially-Charged Sphinx Made of Sugar Rises Inside the Domino Sugar Factory

A giant sphinx made of sugar has been drawing crowds to Brooklyn, but the installation is not as sweet as it may appear. The exhibit inside of the former Domino Sugar Factory was completed by artist Kara

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GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

  We've already touched upon ways to keep cool (and warm!) via insulation and home orientation, but what about your home's location itself? Where would you like to live? Naturally, aspects such as

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Claire Brewster Transforms Vintage Maps into Lacey Scenes of Birds and Flowers

Claire Brewster Transforms Vintage Maps into Lacey Scenes of Birds and Flowers

Brewster’s gorgeous paper pieces take inspiration from the drive of nature itself, creating a literal metaphor of nature’s power to take over the earth if given the chance. Plants, flowers, birds and

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Vote for Your Favorite Design To Win the Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Awards!

Vote for Your Favorite Design To Win the Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Awards!

BKLYN Designs - the annual Brooklyn-themed furniture show - kicked off New York Design Week last week with a blast, showcasing the BK's hottest "locally grown and internationally known" designs at St.

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26 Inspiring Green Home Furnishings From BKLYN Designs 2014

26 Inspiring Green Home Furnishings From BKLYN Designs 2014

Uhuru's Shou Sugi Ban Stool is made from Japanese cedar treated with a traditional process that preserves the wood by charring it. The beautifully textured seat is made from a reclaimed cedar pole from

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SOM Unveils Sweeping Bus Concourse for Denver’s Redeveloped Union Station

SOM Unveils Sweeping Bus Concourse for Denver’s Redeveloped Union Station

SOM was responsible for the master plan and redevelopment of the 20-acre site to bring about sweeping improvements to Denver's public transportation system. Union Station serves as the hub for the Denver

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