Futuristic Operating Room

Futuristic Operating Room

Interior design is not only for looks. Places where design must go beyond aesthetics but be optimally useful as well are favorable in every space, however in settings like clinics and hospitals, this is a must. Most don’t think of the layout in this type of setting, but designers and contractors know the functionality factor involved in a development of this scale. One project called the Operating room of the Future by Studio Tjeerd Veenhovend, who are known for their ecological insight into their productions, showcased a hospital design that looks much different than ones presently in operation. In collaboration with a… read more

Just A Normal Day Wearing Chicken Feathers

Just A Normal Day Wearing Chicken Feathers

Referred to as the urban chicken craze, the recent upsurge in popularity of keeping chickens has invaded many cities. Fresh eggs, natural insect control around the yard and the urge to bring a bit of the farm to the city are all reasons to own chickens. However, scientist Yiqi Yang has found another way in which chickens are naturally useful, and it involves their feathers. Turns out, Yang has actually developed a way to make yarn from a combination of chicken feathers and rice straw, which are normally discarded leftovers from the farming trade. He came up with this textile… read more

Bottle Caps: DIY Perfect

Bottle Caps: DIY Perfect

The bottle cap technology was invented in 1892 when William Painter, who was in the beverage industry, was searching for a better way to package products. The bottle cap has been around ever since and is popular among collectors and bottled beverage lovers alike. However, this everyday item isn’t just reserved for the display box. Their durable, colorful quality makes them the perfect go to material for do it yourself projects. Bottle caps often come with an already printed or colorful display, but they can also be primed and painted to achieve any hue. One super easy idea to incorporate… read more

Umbrellas – Not Just For The Rain

Umbrellas – Not Just For The Rain

Umbrellas come in handy during inclement weather, but their flimsy design can often cause them to fall apart. Some have found durable designs and upcycled uses for them that are creative, but are also weather ready and waterproof. Crafty Moods has a clever idea for less than perfect umbrellas. This do it yourself canopy costs much less than a purchased one and can be personalized. Just affix a sheet, curtain or favored fabric around it by sewing to the end of the umbrella. Or, for a no sew project use a grommet punch and run ribbon or string through the… read more

Novel Ways to Repurpose a Novel

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Most of us have personal attachments to books we have acquired either at a local bookstore, half priced store, or a garage sale. Due to space shortages and clutter we may feel we should throw those old books into the recycle bin. Wait! Here is a few do it yourself projects that may continue to give you love from those old books. A book headboard is the perfect décor to any storybook bedroom. You can simply stack the books onto a headboard book shelf or you can get a bit more creative. Cut the hard back covers off the books and… read more

Rough, Rusty and Recycled

Rusty-Modern Home in Sydney

“Tinshed” is not a rugged precarious home, it is a modern studio flat/office located in the trendy area of East Redfern, one of Sydney’s most interesting and dynamic suburbs. It was designed by architect Raffaello Rossellis who reused the corrugated iron boards from an old shed standing previously on-site to create a modern space with humble exteriors that reminds the area what was left behind. Tin sheds are a part of Australia’s building vernacular, which is why the architect decided to keep the old shed’s spirit and revamped it into a new home, a new building that is rough and honest. Filled with windows… read more

Advanced Ocean Textiles

Advanced Ocean Textiles

The options for fabrics and textiles are increasing in range. There are more choices than ever before for purchasing sustainable cloth materials. When combined with research and technology, some interesting findings have made it possible to recycle items into versatile fashions, furnishings and other useful objects. One place many companies are turning to for their material sourcing are the oceans, which are increasingly polluted with a circle of never-ending garbage. Several organizations exist that work with manufacturers to collect ocean debris and reprocess it for retail merchandise. One such effort is the Healthy Seas Initiative which tries to rid the waters… read more

There’s A Secret In Ann Arbor, Michigan

There’s A Secret In Ann Arbor, Michigan

Actually lots of them – and they are not meant for adults. These secrets are intended for kids. Sometimes children can be unintentionally left out of things; for instance, the design process revolving around constructions like buildings, parking lots or even homes. One children’s writer and artist in the city of Ann Arbor has made it his mission to include the younger crew in an unusually inviting way, and in the most unsuspecting places. If you look close enough at nearby elementary schools, inside tea shops, markets, on shelves, hidden in fireplaces or even curbside amidst a normally lackluster parking… read more

It’s Looking A Little Cloudy

It’s Looking A Little Cloudy

Natural elements are always a source of inspiration for the worlds of art and design. Whether mimicking structure or capabilities, nature influenced designs are innovative and sometimes unique or even unusual. However, what happens when natural design goes beyond imitation and protrudes into the everyday? That must have been one of a series of questions for artist Berndnaut Smilde in creating the idea for his atmospheric, wispy cloud wonders. His cloud formations are art in motion. Appearing in a room by way of a smoke machine, a flowing white cloud drops in and wafts by, then evaporates just like the… read more

Mitten Crabs May Soon Be Containing Your Electronics

Mitten Crabs May Soon Be Containing Your Electronics

It sounds more like something you may come across on an outdoor trek than on a countertop. However, in the everlasting search for a better way to make smart plastics another interesting discovery has been found. The Chinese mitten crab is viewed as a tasty delight for some, a menace to many others and an unusual form of material inspiration for designer Jeongwon Ji. When mitten crabs overpopulate they can upset land and water areas, and their excessive burrowing habits can actually cause instability problems for structures. Looking at available sources for manufacturing bioplastics geared toward a slow production process,… read more