sustainable design

Win a Chance for a Home Makeover with IKEA’s Home Tour

Win a Chance for a Home Makeover with IKEA’s Home Tour

IKEA’s Home Tour Squad is heading to an East Coast city near you, giving homeowners a chance to have their abodes transformed by experts. A team of five IKEA designers will not only make chosen living

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Modern Renovation Brings Victorian Ranelagh House Back from the Brink in Dublin

Modern Renovation Brings Victorian Ranelagh House Back from the Brink in Dublin

When the project was brought to ODKM Architects, the home was in a serious state of disrepair after two decades of neglect. The front brickwork was bowed and structurally unsound, while the roof and 2

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Tiny Polyhedral Noa Prefab is a Geometry Lover’s Dream Home

Tiny Polyhedral Noa Prefab is a Geometry Lover’s Dream Home

Technically, the shape is a rhombic dodecahedron with a hexagon for a base; the geometry was specially designed by Orgusaar to create a space that was easily assembled out of identical elements. The

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Rama Llama – the World’s First Genuinely Sustainable Sleeping Bag!

Rama Llama – the World’s First Genuinely Sustainable Sleeping Bag!

Deneb Outdoors has created a high performance sleeping bag made from Llama wool. Yes, Llama! Because of the Llama fibers' hollow construction, it acts like a straw pulling any water away from the body,

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INHABITAT EVENT: Join Us for a Panel Discussion on “How to Green Your Child’s Education”

INHABITAT EVENT: Join Us for a Panel Discussion on “How to Green Your Child’s Education”

Reading, writing and 'rithmetic may have sufficed in the past, but nowadays there are many more factors - like health and and environmental awareness - that come into play in a child's education. If

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Piuarch’s FlyingGarden Installation for Milan Features Mossy Japanese Kokedamas

Piuarch’s FlyingGarden Installation for Milan Features Mossy Japanese Kokedamas

Italians Piuarch and Cornelius Gavril are planing to fill a whole gallery space with suspended Japanese-style kokedamas. Made with moss as plant containers and designed for the upcoming Fuorisalone, the

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Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

New York City's Ink48 Hotel has taken poolside dining one step further by letting customers enjoy their meals inside of a repurposed pool. Called Pool Farm, the unique culinary experience even features

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World’s Tiniest Tiny Home Constructed in Tucson, AZ

World’s Tiniest Tiny Home Constructed in Tucson, AZ

Tiny homes are becoming more and more popular, and new design ideas seem to pop up every other day. We've seen some pretty impressive micro dwellings from all over the world, but this miniature

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Living Cube: Multi-Functional Furnishing Provides a ‘Home in a Box’ Solution

Living Cube: Multi-Functional Furnishing Provides a ‘Home in a Box’ Solution

"The idea was born out of a personal need to counteract the confinements of a conventional home with one simple and multifunctional design that will cover several different needs," as Till Könneker

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NSFW Photos of Leonardo DiCaprio Using His Infamous Vitamin C Shower Surface in NYC

NSFW Photos of Leonardo DiCaprio Using His Infamous Vitamin C Shower Surface in NYC

Our previous article about green celeb Leonardo DiCaprio's new eco-friendly digs was extremely popular with readers, so we were delighted when an anonymous tipster sent us some never-before-seen photos of

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Atelier SAD’s Modular Port X Home Can Pop Up on Land or Water!

Atelier SAD’s Modular Port X Home Can Pop Up on Land or Water!

The Port X features a flexible design that can be extended or reduced to provide the perfect amount of space for its owners. The home's curvilinear C-shaped sections are made up of wood and laminate, and

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Paul Borrero’s Stylish New UNA Chair is Made From 100% Recycled Cardboard

Paul Borrero’s Stylish New UNA Chair is Made From 100% Recycled Cardboard

Award-winning Industrial and Graphic Designer Paul Borrero designed UNA, an innovative new chair made from recycled cardboard. Borrero has been creating, testing, and refining the chair for three years

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Gardens of Anfa: Flourishing Vine-Wrapped Skyscrapers Set to Spring Up in Casablanca

Gardens of Anfa: Flourishing Vine-Wrapped Skyscrapers Set to Spring Up in Casablanca

At the heart of the design is a series of tower blocks, each of which is connected by a central plaza. These include three mid-rise residential towers, a low-rise office tower, and a series of residential

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Andy Yoder Spends Two Years Covering Incredible Sculptural Globe with Thousands of Hand-Painted Matchsticks

Andy Yoder Spends Two Years Covering Incredible Sculptural Globe with Thousands of Hand-Painted Matchsticks

New York-based artist Andy Yoder spent two years painstakingly assembling a massive globe that is illustrated with thousands of matchsticks. In an act of extraordinary patience and devotion, the sculptor

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term 'biomimicry' and laid the groundwork

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Ecosistema Urbano’s Amazing LED Energy Carousel is Powered by Play!

Ecosistema Urbano’s Amazing LED Energy Carousel is Powered by Play!

Amsterdam’s Carve design bureau invited 10 European design firms to create innovative projects that would appeal to all ages, encourage play, and help make the new Governeursplein Square more fun and

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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally, including

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Upcycle Leftover Wood & Tile Flooring

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Upcycle Leftover Wood & Tile Flooring

Did you recently give your home a green renovation? If so, odds are that you have some leftover remodeling material lying around the house. Fortunately, Trade Price Tiles just launched a new infographic

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10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to New York City

10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to New York City

New Yorkers may soon have another reason to choose reusable bags over plastic ones. The NYC City Council recently introduced a proposal to enact a 10-cent fee on plastic bags at supermarkets, bodegas,

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Dine Amongst the Dead at India’s New Lucky Restaurant

Dine Amongst the Dead at India’s New Lucky Restaurant

The New Lucky restaurant in India is like no other - it fuses a historic cemetery with a casual café that serves food. The restaurant’s owner Krishan Kutti simply set up tables amidst the above-ground

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17John: Design New York City’s First Crowdsourced Hotel and Win $50,000 in Prizes!

17John: Design New York City’s First Crowdsourced Hotel and Win $50,000 in Prizes!

Heads up architects, designers, and creatives - Prodigy Design Lab just launched a groundbreaking competition where you can contribute to the design of 17John - New York City's first crowdsourced hotel -

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Students Design Edible “Ooho” Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

Students Design Edible “Ooho” Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

London-based design students just invented an innovative edible water bottle called Ooho that you can cook up in your own kitchen! Made from a gelatinous membrane, the biodegradable bottle can be eaten or

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Jennifer Illet’s Inspiring Moss Graffiti Purifies the Air

Jennifer Illet’s Inspiring Moss Graffiti Purifies the Air

Appearing as part of the Artist Project Toronto 2014 art fair, Ilett was asked to transform her signature illustrative style to a work of greenery. Sprout Guerilla, already known for their innovative

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Beauty is Skin Deep in Linden Gledhill’s Gorgeous Photographs of Butterfly Wings

Beauty is Skin Deep in Linden Gledhill’s Gorgeous Photographs of Butterfly Wings

The intricate details of the colorful wings of butterflies and moths are revealed in Gledhill’s gorgeous photographs, taken with a macro lens for an amazing close perspective. Each photograph shows the

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Incredible Solar-Powered ‘Cumulus’ Parasol Opens Automatically When the Sun Starts Shining!

Incredible Solar-Powered ‘Cumulus’ Parasol Opens Automatically When the Sun Starts Shining!

The Cumulus parasol is a solar powered parasol that inflates itself when the sun starts shining. This artificial cumulus protects you from the sun. Whenever the sun comes out, the parasol inflates

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Michael Johansson’s Precisely Stacked Sculptures Give Found Objects the Tetris Treatment

Michael Johansson’s Precisely Stacked Sculptures Give Found Objects the Tetris Treatment

Michael Johansson’s’s stacked creations can be found taking refuge in the unnoticed empty spaces scattered throughout dense urban sprawl. Whether the works are packed between two buildings or piled

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Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Girasole House Rotation from Liz Eve on Vimeo DNA Architects were commissioned by builder John Andriolo of MAG Constructions, who, as a youth studying in Italy, dreamed of building a house that

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Durable Solidwool Chair is Made from Upland Herdwick Sheep’s Wool

Durable Solidwool Chair is Made from Upland Herdwick Sheep’s Wool

Designer Justin Floyd has cooked up a durable new furniture material made from wool - right in his own oven. Called “Solidwool,” the hard yet warm material can be used to build chairs, countertops and

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Inhabitat is Hiring Contributors to Cover the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair!

Inhabitat is Hiring Contributors to Cover the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair!

Heads up design fans - are you a writer, photographer, designer, or media professional planning to attend the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair next month? Inhabitat is looking for a few great contributors to

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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