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The Inner Life – a Seat + Plant Pot + Tortoise Home

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The more we get to know nature, the more we will love it, and therefore, look after it. With the aim of incorporating nature into our everyday life, Spanish designer Martín Azúa created a collection of useful objects which can host life, both animal and vegetable. On of the most surprising objects from his collection is a seat entitled “The Inner Life”, which serves different purposes as well as offering a comfy place to sit down and relax. An adaptation of Azúa’s 2008 “Sillón Om”, his latest design “The Inner Life” is also made from 100% recyclable polyethylene. Polyethylene is… read more

Plamp! The Pop Up Cardboard Lamp

PLAMP! POP-UP CARDBOARD LAMP

We all know that cardboard is a great material to use for making sustainable products. It is easy to handle, can be found everywhere, it is extremely versatile, recycled, recyclable, light and very affordable. It can be cut with scissors, a craft knife and even laser-cut. And to stick it together, it simply needs a bit of non-toxic water-based glue. Chilean designer Paloma Agliati is well aware of the humble material’s properties and decided to only use cardboard for her latest design. Plamp! is a pop-up lamp made entirely from cardboard. Shaped like a flower when it’s open, Plamp! looks… read more

Biomimetics Inspire Design

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Biomimetics (n.) [bahy-oh-mi-met-iks] – The study and development of synthetic systems that mimic the formation, function, or structure of biologically produced substances and materials and biological mechanisms and processes. That word is probably not in your vocabulary, but it will be soon. Biomimetics is more than just a study/development of synthetics. It is literally catalyzing and designing the future in more ways than one. According to Tim McGee, Senior Biologist at the Biomimicry Group, this study represents a way to shape tomorrow. “Biomimetic materials have the potential to rewrite our story of stuff. For most of the materials we use… read more

Birds Nests For Humans?

"Spirt Nest" by Jayson Fann

When one thinks of birds nests, one usually does not think, “Hmm…I’d like to live in a giant version of that.” And yet, in the California coast in the U.S., a growing populace wakes up each morning thinking that very thought. And they’re not alone. It began with an idea, namely Californian artist Jayson Fann’s. He thought it would be keen to create “spirit nests”, as he calls them, for humans to inhabit.Obviously not as a permanent living solution, but as a getaway home or beach property. Something cozy to retire to after a long day’s work, or as a… read more

Interesting and Eco-Friendly Wall Designs

Interesting Wall Designs

Painting walls is a good technique to add color to rooms, but integrating wall designs in a space can add dimension and functionality. There are endless projects for wall decorations that can incorporate green design. One example of an increasingly popular wall display is a living wall. These feature arrangements of living plants and can be custom constructed to meet the needs of a space. Putting in a living wall can be as simple as securing a resalvaged pallet or shelving and adding potted plants. Designs like the ones available from a company called Benetti Stone add real live interest… read more

Reinventing the Toilet

Toilets Of Tomorrow

Bill and Melinda Gates want to harness the power of our excrement. About 2.5 billion people use unsafe toilets or defecate in the open. Poor sanitation causes severe diarrhea, which kills 1.5 million children each year. Smart investments in sanitation can reduce disease, increase family incomes, keep girls in school, help preserve the environment, and enhance human dignity. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored a fair in which universities and other research facilities competed to reinvent the toilet. The California Institute of Technology in the United States received the $100,000 first prize for designing a solar-powered toilet that generates… read more

Smart Foam Could Grow Furniture “Like Popcorn”

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Instead of companies and consumers footing the bill for transporting large or bulky pieces of furniture, one day we could be buying flat-pack furniture made from “smart foam” that can be compressed down to 5% of its original volume. Belgian designer Carl de Smet uses “shape memory” polyurethane to build his creations, which can then be flattened down to just a small fraction of the original size for shipping and storage. De Smet is only working with scale models right now, so don’t pull out your wallets just yet, but the BBC reports that he “is close” to building the… read more

Green is Gold

Green design for the future

Green is the Gold of the modern times. Gone are the days when machine age ruled the trend charts, the days when luxury was displayed by gas-guzzling heating or electricity-sucking lighting. With the rise in demand for energy the need and awareness for conserving it (and devising ways to conserve it) has also risen. This very trait is well displayed in the homes and the buildings of today. They are usually designed in order to use the maximum potential of natural and renewable resources. With this in mind, the luxuries should be designed with maximum organic resources and the non-eco-friendly… read more

Green Efforts: Berlin

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In part three of Green Efforts, we take a brief tour of Berlin. A city who, like the previous two destinations, has seen its fair share of hardships, if not more. But the once divided city is now a leading innovator for technology and design, especially in architectural design and transport. As a world class city, Berlin has a smorgasbord of  amenities to offer and its leading efforts in efficient living are no exception. That said, we will highlight some of Berlin’s greatest green assets, both intentional and accidental. Bike Friendly Bike riding is a common practice is Berlin and… read more

Doorless Refrigerator

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Refrigerators are one of the best inventions of all time. Ever since their creation, refrigerators have found their vital place in both the rich and middle-class homes to preserve food and to provide cooled food. The basic principle of cooling the box has never changed but the body, colour and structure are the factors which differentiate modern refrigerators from the older ones. A Massey University (in New Zealand) third year undergraduate student, Ben de la Roche, has come up with the idea of a new refrigeration “wall” which has absolutely no door and displays all the food so that you… read more