Sustainable Materials

6 Mind-Boggling Examples of Intricate Tiny Art

6 Mind-Boggling Examples of Intricate Tiny Art

Japanese Bonsai Series Make Tiny Architecture With bonsai style as his inspiration, Japanese artist Takanori Aiba created a series of incredibly intricate worlds. Using standard craft materials, he

Read More >

Aerodynamic Tierra Patagonia Hotel in Chile Blends with the Hills

Aerodynamic Tierra Patagonia Hotel in Chile Blends with the Hills

Tierra Patagonia Hotel sits at Torres del Paine's entrance, right at the edge of Sarmiento Lake. Its curved shape is inspired by old prehistoric fossils, and its organic aerodynamic silhouette was

Read More >

Living Grass Walls Completely Cover the Interior of London’s Dilston Grove Gallery!

Living Grass Walls Completely Cover the Interior of London’s Dilston Grove Gallery!

Dilston Grove -- formerly known as Clare College Mission Church -- is an Italian-style Grade II Listed Building that dates back to 1900. In the 1960s it was converted into a series of artist studios, and

Read More >

Ukraine’s Unusual Friend House Hotel is Made From Clay, Reeds and Wood

Ukraine’s Unusual Friend House Hotel is Made From Clay, Reeds and Wood

Located near Orel's riverbank, 18-miles away from the city of Dnepropertrovsk, the Friend Hotel is steeped in a lush and green forest. Before its construction, Ryntovt Design did an extended ecological

Read More >

Timothy John Weaves Everyday Objects From Eco-Friendly Felt

Timothy John Weaves Everyday Objects From Eco-Friendly Felt

New Zealand-based designer Timothy John has created an entire collection of everyday products made almost entirely from felt. His Woven Collection includes a clock, two lamps, a table, and and flower vase

Read More >

REC Architects Build a Grass & Glass Modern Building in Mexico

REC Architects Build a Grass & Glass Modern Building in Mexico

A strage mix that works really well, REC architects´office block in Mexico is a modernist building with a twist. Mixing traditional biodegradable materials with sharp glass and steel,

Read More >

Brilliant Decafé Lamp is Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds!

Brilliant Decafé Lamp is Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds!

Taking advantage of the renewable and biodegradable attributes of coffee, Spanish designer Raúl Laurí created an innovative, experimental and very cute lamp. Dubbed the Decafé Lamp, it is made from a

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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,

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
What are you looking for? (Solar, HVAC, etc.)
Where are you located?