Summer is almost here and as we fire up our grills for those outdoor dinner parties, there are plenty of delicious BBQ options for a vegetarian or vegan diet. From flavorful grilled tofu to succulent teriyaki eggplant, these healthy, animal-free delights are sure to make everyone's palates happy. Try out our six vegan BBQ recipes and you may never go back to meat again!
Like many Americans, you may be lighting up the barbecue this holiday weekend — but if you want to set yourself apart from the bands of boring black grills, take a cue from our guide to stylish green grills. From DIYcreations to hot spots that also double up as planting pots, whether you’re cooking up a sustainably raised burger or a tofu dog, each of these grills will help you streamline your holiday resource use without limiting your fun!
Living more simply is a common ambition here at Inhabitat, and the Colorado Yurt Company makes it easy with their cozy range of colorful tipis and yurts. Tipis are traditional triangular tents that were first used by Native Americans living on the plains, while yurts or gers are durable circular tents initially used by Mongolian nomads who lived in some of the world's harshest natural conditions. These contemporary tipis and yurts take their durability and strength from those original designs and offer an affordable way to live in close contact with mother nature without sacrificing too much comfort. Step on into our gallery for a look at seven of the Colorado Yurt Company's most impressive designs.
At first glance, this 1969 Ford Mustang looks like the real thing, but take a closer look and you'll see that it's actually made of paper! When Jonathan Brand found the love of his life, he sold the Mustang that he had painstakingly restored with his father to buy his future wife an engagement ring. But he missed the car so much that he decided to recreate it, one piece at a time, with paper. The result is Brand's artful representation of the lost Mustang, called"One Piece at a Time" — the name itself an homage to a Johnny Cash song about an assembly line worker from Detroit who builds a Cadillac one piece at a time from stolen parts. Brand created 3D drawings on his computer, printed them out on large scale inkjet paper and then glued them together creating this fragile vehicle with absolutely no other support structure.
New York Design Week always inspires us, but this year was especially bright with lighting innovations from all across the globe. We saw ingenuous new ways to make LEDs radiant - using fiber-optics, acrylic tubes and other types of diffusion, as well as LED Edison bulbs, 3D-printed pendants and luminous modular tree lamps. Scroll down to discover the latest and greatest innovations in lighting design on display at New York Design Week.
If optical illusions strike your fancy, this dramatic mirrored sconce might be the closest you'll come to observing infinity. Drawing inspiration from American painter Frank Stella, this dazzling work of art from the Brooklyn-based Rosie Li mirrors LED light in a series of geometric shapes, producing a mesmerizing trick to the eye.
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair opened its doors this past Saturday at New York’s Javits Center, inviting design fans to delve into 165,000 net square feet of home furnishing goodness. Known for being New York Design Week‘s heaviest hitter, the show has grown even larger this year with an entire additional floor of exhibitors. Inhabitat hit the ICFF scene this weekend, and one of the design trends that stood out to us was an even more pronounced presence of multi-purpose, transforming furniture. From chairs that charge your phone to entertainment systems that slide out into beds, read on for our top double-duty furniture picks.
Shigeru Ban, one of Inhabitat's favorite architects, is renowned for his disaster relief design and use of environmentally conscientious and unconventional materials -- in particular, his signature water-proof and fire-proof paper tubes. In recognition for his inspiring work, Ban was named the 2014 winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize. A leader for humanitarian architecture and experimental design, Shigeru Ban said of his accolade: "Receiving this prize is a great honour, and with it, I must be careful. I must continue to listen to the people I work for, in my private residential commissions and in my disaster relief work. I see this prize as encouragement for me to keep doing what I am doing - not to change what I am doing, but to grow." We've rounded up some of our favorite projects by the accomplished Japanese architect, so click on to see some of his exciting work.
Instead of lugging your recyclables outside for collection this week, why not rummage through to gather materials for this unique hanging planter project? For this fun DIY decoration, you'll use string to knot a custom plant holder for a recycled container. Jam jars, plastic takeout containers, and yogurt cups can all be repurposed into a modern and functional hanging planter.
Handcrafted in Brooklyn by designers Edison Zapata and Romina Gonzales, OffCentre's stunning selection of translucent vases effortlessly invites nature indoors. These exquisite vials are especially functional for small spaces as vertical adornments to walls, designed uniquely to showcase the roots and all. Their full line of ethereal glassware includes hand blown pendant lamps and sculptures which exemplify glass in its finest natural form. Click through the gallery to see our favorite OffCentre pieces exhibited at New York Design Week.
Did you know that your daily five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country uses for an entire day*? In the U.S. we have such easy access to clean water that it can feel like we have an unlimited supply, and a few gallons wasted here and there may not seem like a big deal. But places like California are already feeling the effects of the global water crisis, and awareness about the need to save water is getting out there slowly but surely. The good news is that doing your part to conserve water is easy. Read on for our top tips on how to save water (it will only take you 5 minutes), and get ahead of the game today.
America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, is celebrating its 10th year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29-31, 2015! Curated by the talented editors of Dwell magazine, this inspiring three-day wonderland of modern design will let visitors explore the latest design trends, tour some of L.A.’s most stunning residences, walk through prefab homes and living landscapes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry experts. To secure your spot at the show and save, register here and use promo code INHABITAT15 for $5 off!