Sustainable Materials

Transformations: RISD Students Recycle Everyday Objects Into Incredible New Designs for Salone Milan

Transformations: RISD Students Recycle Everyday Objects Into Incredible New Designs for Salone Milan

Iliahi Anthony's 'Infectious Cocktail Dress' uses clinical facemasks in a completely new way that challenges our preconceptions. Facemasks are normally associated with sterile environments, but their

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Rennholz: This Wooden Racer is Unbelievably Powered by an Electric Drill

Rennholz: This Wooden Racer is Unbelievably Powered by an Electric Drill

Believe it or not, this wooden racer is powered by nothing more than an everyday electric drill. Dubbed Rennholz, which translates to “Race Wood,” the ride represents the ultimate in

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Fireclay’s Glazed Thin Brick Tiles Can Earn Your Project LEED Credits

Fireclay’s Glazed Thin Brick Tiles Can Earn Your Project LEED Credits

Fireclay's new Glazed Thin Brick is a brick alternative that's eco-friendly, durable and attractive. Utilizing up to 100% local recycled content and finished with a selection of nine new VOC-free natural

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Download a Free Copy of ‘Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open’

Download a Free Copy of ‘Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open’

'Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open' by Julian M. Allwood and Jonathan Cullen was released today, and you can get a copy for yourself online for free! Production of materials accounts for

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6 Unconventional and Unique Uses for LEGO

6 Unconventional and Unique Uses for LEGO

The Great Summer Zoofari Located next to real life counterparts at the Bronx Zoo, ¨The Great Summer Zoofari¨ is a series of animal sculptures made from our favorite Danish building blocks. Designed

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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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Amsterdam Designer Robert van Embricq Creates a Table as Functional as it is Sculptural

Amsterdam Designer Robert van Embricq Creates a Table as Functional as it is Sculptural

Just as pop-up books give dimension to the stories within, Amsterdam-based designer Robert van Embricqs' Rising Table gives poetic form to function. Drawing inspiration from his recent award winning

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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 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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LOOS.FM Creates Gigantic LEGO-Inspired Church Pavilion in the Netherlands

LOOS.FM Creates Gigantic LEGO-Inspired Church Pavilion in the Netherlands

As for Abondantus Giganticus' church-inspired design, LOOS.FM wanted to create a space where festival goers could congregate - a structure that would be instantly recognizable from its form as a public

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Elegant No-Glue, No-Screw Kile Furniture by Yukari Hotta

Elegant No-Glue, No-Screw Kile Furniture by Yukari Hotta

Stay away from complicated assembly instructions, messy adhesives, and tools with this straightforward and easy-to-build furniture system that requires neither screws nor glue. Born in Japan and based in

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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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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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Crotos Recycles Used Metro Tickets and Risque Flyers into Useful Notebooks

Crotos Recycles Used Metro Tickets and Risque Flyers into Useful Notebooks

Crotos is an Argentine brand that turns all kinds of urban trash paper into useful recycled notebooks. Metro tickets, scrap photocopies, old forms and even risque flyers are sorted and binded into

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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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Prefab Week’nder House in Wisconsin Can Survive 160 MPH Winds

Prefab Week’nder House in Wisconsin Can Survive 160 MPH Winds

FlatPak Studio offers a unique prefabricated system that basically allows you - the home owner - to design your home however you like. You choose the exterior, you decide how many bathrooms you want and

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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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New Hope School is a Boat-Shaped Thatched Roof Building on an Ecuador Beach

New Hope School is a Boat-Shaped Thatched Roof Building on an Ecuador Beach

Active-schools facilitate the development of healthy children by fostering social and physical environments that support free and imaginative learning. From the conceptualization of the space to the

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Scholten & Baijings Adds Some Color to Traditional 17th Century Dutch Willow Weaving

Scholten & Baijings Adds Some Color to Traditional 17th Century Dutch Willow Weaving

Inspired by traditional 17th century Dutch weaving techniques, Scholten & Baijings designed a series of brightly colored containers and named them 'Serious Business'. Measuring 10 inches diameter and

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Becca Stool: Curvaceous, Multifunctional and Made from FSC Bamboo

Becca Stool: Curvaceous, Multifunctional and Made from FSC Bamboo

Curvaceous and versatile, the Becca Stool is a killer piece of furniture perfect for any cramped house looking for a bit of style and extra storage space. Made from fast-growing FSC bamboo, the Becca can

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Tejo Remy and Rene Veenhuizen Build a Nest Chair Out of Bamboo

Tejo Remy and Rene Veenhuizen Build a Nest Chair Out of Bamboo

Designed by Dutch duo Tejo Remy and Rene Veenhuizen, the Bamboo Chair is a limited edition design made completely out of the pandas' favorite food. Bamboo is a fantastic, eco-friendly alternative to

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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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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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Studio Re-Creation Transforms an Old Russian Car into a Powerful Man-Machine Sculpture

Studio Re-Creation Transforms an Old Russian Car into a Powerful Man-Machine Sculpture

Half man, half machine, Studio Re-Creation's Transformer sculpture is ready for action. Designed by Studio Re-Creation, this 6.5-foot-tall figure was made from an old recycled Lada Samara Diva car.

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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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Argentine Brand Eco Lala Recycles Plastic Packaging into Funky Objects

Argentine Brand Eco Lala Recycles Plastic Packaging into Funky Objects

Eco Lala's recycled bags, clutches, bike accessories, dustbins and even seats will cheer up any person or abode in direct need of some color. Based in Buenos Aires, the brand by Agustina Rozenwasser

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Supersudaka’s Kiltro House is a Resilient Locally-Sourced Home in Chile

Supersudaka’s Kiltro House is a Resilient Locally-Sourced Home in Chile

In Chile, mixed-breed dogs are called Kiltro, and these resilient animals are known to be survivors. Taking its name from these dogs, the Kiltro House was built under challenging conditions including a

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