Sit To Save Energy

Sit To Save Energy?

Imagine a world where sitting down to do normal things in your cubical or office would save energy. It almost seems too easy and too good to be true. Swedish Designer Eddi Törnberg has designed the best human-powered work station that anyone has seen yet. Unlike any other concepts that require a person to do things like ride a bike or walk while you’re working, it doesn’t require a person to do anything more than sit and work. The project Törnberg has designed is called “Unplugged”. The design powers the various gadgets we use to work. It can power laptops,… read more

Natural Dyes For Fabrics and Interior Furnishings

Natural Dyes For Fabrics and Interior Furnishings

  Long before mass marketing and manufacturing surfaced, people used what they had on hand. Resourcefulness wasn’t a lifestyle choice, but a necessity. Natural dying processes are one example of an organic route to a chemical method. Earth based tints and hues have been employed to add pigment to textiles, wearable fabrics and furniture long before you could pick up a can of color at the store. There are many free helpful resources regarding homemade dyes. Pioneer Thinking has an inclusive guide for naturally derived plant dyes. Plant information and color combinations for attaining specific naturally processed hues are provided,… read more

Simple To Make Shoe Racks

Simple To Make Shoe Racks

Ever bought a plastic or cheaply made shoe rack, only to have it fall apart not long after? You don’t have to be an expert in construction to make your own design for holding shoes. Below are 4 easy and durable projects that will neatly contain shoes that are so super easy you’ll wonder why you didn’t already think of it. Got a wooden pallet? Then you have an instant shoe rack. Painted, decorated or left natural, pallets can hold tons of shoes. They can be mounted to a wall or stacked and used for nearly any kind of shoe holding… read more

Recycled Cardboard Houses a Whole Office

Nothing Agency’s Office is Built From Recycled Cardboard

The headquarters of advertising agency Nothing in Amsterdam have been created with a really tight budget and little time, but with plenty of creativity. The agency had an empty white box apartment in The Netherlands´capital but they needed to create a comfortable working environment inside that could reflect their cutting-edge philosophy to clients and visitors coming into their space. Product designer Joost Van Bleiswijk and design director Alrik Koudenburg were called to do the job, creating a unique sustainable space made from one single material: cardboard. Extremely versatile, recycled, readily available and super cheap, cardboard is easy to work with and can be… read more

Reusing Milk Glass

Reusing Milk Glass

Many antique glasses are usually not recycled and are sometimes kept as collectibles. Milk glass is one type that is valued for its aesthetics and historical worth. Milk glass popped up around the 16th century in Venice, Italy and was popularly made into vases, cups, dishes and other items. During the mid 1800’s, arsenic was added to the manufacturing regimen to give the glass a thick, white cloudy appearance. Many types around this time and after were made with flint glass which contained lead. Tin oxide was also sometimes used in the process, which turned the glass white due to a… read more

Do It Yourself Independence Day Designs

Do It Yourself Independence Day Designs

Feeling a little red, white and blue? Themed decorations can be easily incorporated in a space, and a little visual motivation usually sparks ideas that don’t require a big time price tag. Sometimes adding specific elements to a room can be as easy as doing a home based treasure hunt to find objects you already have in the desired color palette. Or it can be as simple as upcycling finds in the recycling, or even breaking out the colored duct tape. Below are a few resourceful ideas and various designs for integrating a little Fourth of July flair. Simple projects… read more

WikiPearl’s Edible Packaging Eliminates Waste

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As efforts continue to create sustainable, edible packaging, we are now presented with WikiPearl, one of the more recent packaging endeavors  to use bio-mimicry, which can be defined as drawing from the designs of nature to solve the problems of humans. Having already launched Aeroshot, a company that offers inhale-able coffee and chocolate,  David Edwards, a bio-engineer at Harvard University, has partnered up with renowned designer François Azambourg and biologist Don Ingber to further develop WikiPearl, an idea he conceived whilst in a classroom at Harvard. Inspired by the way biological cells, like those of grapes, transport water, WikiPearl offers… read more

Desert Greenhouses Cooled by Seawater

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As temperatures steadily rise, and planetary resources deplete, so grows concerns pertaining to our ability to achieve sustainable means of food production. With the projected growth of the population expected to continue – up to 2050-60, at least, (if we’re to believe the theories of a coming peak in population) – we are forced to get more creative with our resources and methods for using them. In the desert these challenges are only multiplied by extreme heat and aridity. Furthermore, land that is currently identified as dry land or plains will soon, due to climate change and soil degradation, be… read more

The Psychology of Design

The Psychology of Design

The field of design psychology is an interesting facet of the industry. Engaging function along with aesthetics are central, but going beyond what can only be seen and channeling what can be felt is also significant. Paying attention to how spaces are capable of reflecting moods, thus affecting attitudes, is a prerequisite that design tactics smartly employ. Basically, to have a space that either outright visually represents or even subtly notes at how we want to feel, design psychology helps to accomplish that. Combining interests, comforts, likes and things that have meaning associated with them, and that allow a personal… read more

Space Saving and Contemporary Sleeping

Space Saving and Contemporary Sleeping

Beds can take up a lot of space, and designs that are meant to save room can sometimes be rudimentary. However, the following are a few examples meant to incorporate modernism and function that make normal beds seem, well, normal. The bedup from DÉCADRAGES is a modern take on the murphy bed concept, but instead of folding up into the wall this bed stores in the ceiling. When the sleeping surface is not wanted the bed, which is mounted into a stabilized system, can be placed up near the ceiling level. When put up out of the way a shelf… read more