Sustainable Materials

Hironobu Yamabe’s “Short by Short” Eco Art Frames its Own Waste

Hironobu Yamabe’s “Short by Short” Eco Art Frames its Own Waste

Japanese designer Hironobu Yamabe’s “Short by Short” is a provocative and interesting art piece as well as an eye-opening lesson in waste management. Each Short by Short artwork is an unfinished

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Incredible Rock Office is Built From the Ground Up With Simple Stones

Incredible Rock Office is Built From the Ground Up With Simple Stones

Rock Office is a unique structure that sits on a precarious piece of land in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Commissioned as an architecture and construction office with an included gallery, the

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Lumber Made from Newspaper Looks Like Real Wood

Lumber Made from Newspaper Looks Like Real Wood

Doesn't the material in the photo above look just like real wood at first glance? Upon further inspection, the text on the top plank gives away the "lumber's" true origin - newspapers! Developed by Mieke

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Fridge Couch is a Recycled Refrigerator Sofa!

Fridge Couch is a Recycled Refrigerator Sofa!

Fridge Couch is a stylish old-school sofa made from the most unexpected of materials - a recycled refrigerator! The base is a 1982 avocado green Gibson Frost-Clear Deluxe and the seating is a beautiful

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Modular Pop-Up Bar in Sydney Can Be Flat Packed Away

Modular Pop-Up Bar in Sydney Can Be Flat Packed Away

The bar is a living and drinking reminder of the 1920's, speaking of a simpler time filled with older world goods and secret names for cocktails. Harking back to the ambiance of the 20's, the bar

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Gorgeous Solar Powered Auditorium Unveiled in Italy

Gorgeous Solar Powered Auditorium Unveiled in Italy

The Polo per l’Innovazione Strategica, or POLINS for short, is a CasaClima Class A+ certified building. Under this classification the has been certified as a "climate house" for boasting high energy

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Green-Roofed Long Cove House Melds Form and Function

Green-Roofed Long Cove House Melds Form and Function

The bitterly cold Atlantic winds have met their match with in this well-insulated green roofed home in Nova Scotia. The project's southern orientation give the house a big bump up in efficiency, and the

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Design for Reuse Primer: Inspiration for Reclaimed Materials

Design for Reuse Primer: Inspiration for Reclaimed Materials

Turning architectural trash into treasure, Public Architecture’s new e-publication 'Design for Reuse Primer' provides excellent inspiration as well as plenty of eye candy for those looking to give a

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Colorful Bowls Made from Real Coconuts Shells

Colorful Bowls Made from Real Coconuts Shells

We’ve boasted the merits of the coconut before, but we forgot to mention that this delicious fruit is also provides for an incredible renewable material! Designed by Bambu, these colorful bowls come in

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Craftedsystems Creates Modern Decor to Help Build Community

Craftedsystems Creates Modern Decor to Help Build Community

Based in Portland, Oregon, Craftedsystems creates custom-designed interior pieces from sustainable felt. The company focuses on celebrating "modern craft" by providing an opportunity for those in need to

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Karvt Introduces the First Bamboo iPhone 4 Skin

Karvt Introduces the First Bamboo iPhone 4 Skin

The iPhone is a sleek piece of minimalist design, and this beautiful piece of modern technology shouldn't be spoiled by an ostentatious skin made from earth-unfriendly silicones and plastics. If you've

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Blow Sofa: An Inflatable Paper Couch

Blow Sofa: An Inflatable Paper Couch

If you are looking for something a little different for your home, this fun and eco-friendly Blow Sofa will definitely get your guests talking. It's made from 100% recycled paper dunnage bags outfitted

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Materials Smackdown: What’s Greener – Wood, Metal or Plastic?

Materials Smackdown: What’s Greener – Wood, Metal or Plastic?

If you're moving or renovating, you may find yourself in the market for new furniture. In the past, shopping for furniture mainly meant comparing colors, price and style, but these days many conscious

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Materials SmackDown: What is Green Furniture Made From?

Materials SmackDown: What is Green Furniture Made From?

When people shopped for furniture in the past, the main decision points were usually around color, style and price. Nowadays, more and more consumers are looking at a piece of furniture's environmental

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Backyard House: Affordable Modern Eco Home Rises in Seattle

Backyard House: Affordable Modern Eco Home Rises in Seattle

Located in Seattle, the Backyard House by SHED Architecture & Design takes its name from the site it sits on — the subdivided backyard of an existing single family house. The project's fundamental

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Local, Modular and Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing For Ghana

Local, Modular and Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing For Ghana

A lot of concept houses come across our desk here at Inhabitat, but we were really impressed with this design for eco-housing in Ghana. Designed by Lisbon-based Blaanc in collaboration with Architect

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Chair Made From 350 Decks of Playing Cards is a Winning Hand

Chair Made From 350 Decks of Playing Cards is a Winning Hand

Each day thousands of playing cards are used in the endless games of Black Jack and Poker that take place in Las Vegas casinos -- and these cards are often quickly laid to rest to make way for fresh new

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Recycled Wine Corks Make Stylish Penny Tile Flooring

Recycled Wine Corks Make Stylish Penny Tile Flooring

Penny tiles are a popular look for interior flooring. While ceramic and glass are often used to make tiles, these beautiful penny tiles, which we noticed on 3rings blog, are actually cut from recycled

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BKLYN Designs Sneak Peek: Ecosystems Unveils Modular Snug-It Bed

BKLYN Designs Sneak Peek: Ecosystems Unveils Modular Snug-It Bed

Inhabitat favorite EcoSystems has just provided us with a sneak-peek of a brand new design they'll be unveiling at BKLYN Designs 2010 -- the Snug-It bed! The bed is based on their innovative connector

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Woven Car: Rusty Old MG Midget Gets a Sturdy Recycled Fabric Shell

Woven Car: Rusty Old MG Midget Gets a Sturdy Recycled Fabric Shell

Take one rusty, beat up old MG Midget, two creative artists and some sturdy recycled and leftover materials and this is what you get - the Woven Car. Ann Conte and Jeanne Wiley have renovated an old

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Recy-Blocks: Building Material Made from Old Plastic Bags

Recy-Blocks: Building Material Made from Old Plastic Bags

Plastic bags, plastic bags, plastic bags. Since they don't seem to be vanishing any time soon, designers keep coming up with ways to reuse them. The most recent and fascinating of these developments is

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Moss Table Adds a Micro-Landscape to Your Living Room

Moss Table Adds a Micro-Landscape to Your Living Room

Image © designboom We’ve already brought you living bath mats, a carpet made of moss, and a biodegradable mushroom stool, so it was only a matter of time before we pulled out some moss coffee tables

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HOM and Cisco Brothers Unveil New Line of Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture

HOM and Cisco Brothers Unveil New Line of Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture

Just in time for spring, Hom, purveyor of stylish, modern, prefab double-wides, furniture, accessories, and lighting, has teamed with eco-friendly LA-based furniture manufacturer Cisco Brothers to

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ECO ART: Brilliant Images Carved into Leaves

ECO ART: Brilliant Images Carved into Leaves

Why settle for a postcard of the Mona Lisa, when you could have a hand-carved leaf engraved with her mysterious face? Making art with leaves isn't a new idea, but several online purveyors have taken

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Recycled Paperpulp Cabinet by Debbie Wijskamp

Recycled Paperpulp Cabinet by Debbie Wijskamp

It never ceases to surprise us that much of good, sustainable design is also deliciously fun. Take Debbie Wijskamp's paperpulp cabinets, for instance. They are what their name implies: drawers and shelves

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Icelandic Prefabricated Home To Remember Summer Days By

Icelandic Prefabricated Home To Remember Summer Days By

As the winter winds begin to blow, we'd thought we say one last goodbye to the things of summer by featuring Icelandic architectural firm Glama-Kim Architects' modern, modular, eco-friendly summerhouses

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Team California’s Refract House Currently Leading Solar Decathlon!

Team California’s Refract House Currently Leading Solar Decathlon!

We're excited to report that as of today Team California is in 1st place at the Solar Decathlon competition going on right now in Washington DC with their stunning Refract House! Just moments ago, they

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Brad Pitt Unveils Flood-Surviving Float House for Make It Right Foundation

Brad Pitt Unveils Flood-Surviving Float House for Make It Right Foundation

Brad Pitt has been making waves in the green building world lately, so it's only appropriate that the newest house completed for his Make It Right Foundation project be a floating one. Being revealed

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Scrap Lab: Furniture Made of Industrial Scraps

Scrap Lab: Furniture Made of Industrial Scraps

Scrap Lab is a group of designers based out of Bangkok's Kasetsart University's Architecture program that creates fun and innovative furniture out discarded industrial scraps. The group makes an eclectic

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Ditto Ecological Hangers Save Landfill Space

Ditto Ecological Hangers Save Landfill Space

One of the debut brands at last week’s Greener by Design Conference in San Francisco was a company called Ditto Hangers, co-founded by industrial designer Gary Barker, also co-founder of Greenheart

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