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Jean Shin's Epic Eco Art Made from Recycled Garbage

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New York artist turns trash into treasure.

Jean Shin is doing her part to combat America's garbage problem, one mindmelting art installation at a time. The Brooklyn-based artist's widely divergent body of work shares a few common traits: it's all highly labor-intensive, it's all made from discarded materials (whether wine bottles, prescription pill bottles, cheap umbrellas, or lottery tickets), and it's all awesome. But Shin's......read more

Airsurliving Airwake

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An elegantly-designed, eco-friendly indoor air purifier.

Green design principles inform every aspect of Jean-Marie Massaud's Airwake air purifier. The clean, modern design is composed of an outer shell made from sustainably-harvested ash wood, coated with a natural soap finish. Made in France, the low-energy appliance is super easy-to-use, with a luminous interface that controls purification power and a stainless steel cartridge that, once spent,......read more

Mystic Highway by Jeane Umbreit

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Wistful, double exposed photos of the Deep South

The Mississippi Delta is a mythical place, filled to the brim with characters and stories that have helped shape America as we know it. Memphis photographer Jeane Umbreit manages to capture the ethereal appeal of the Deep South in these layered, double exposed images of landscapes, people, and wildlife. The photos, shot along the highway south of Memphis, are digitally enhanced to deliver a......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-5-10

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Weekly links: A Mark Ronson bike contest, Ryan McGinley's new book, and longhairs in the wild.

Ryan McGinley's latest exhibition Life Adjustment Center features the photographer's trademark nudes posing with live, wild animals. Flavorwire has a slideshow of the strangeness. The book is available from Dashwood. We know you love the "The Bike Song" by Mark Ronson because how can you not? Now, the nice people at The Fader are giving you the chance to win a custom Republic......read more

The Truth About Climate Change

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Legendary naturalist Richard Attenborough explains what convinced him about climate change.

In this clip, a graph attributes the rise in global temperature to human activities....read more

Pant Rocker & Ottoman

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Modern, shapely furniture pairing made from landfill-bound materials $790.00

Shiner International, the Atlanta-based furniture line launched by designer Joe Manus, transforms landfill-destined materials into killer, one-of-a-kind pieces for the home. The organic, flowing lines of Shiner's Pant Rocker & Ottoman combo make the pieces stand out among plenty of great items in the company's Etsy shop. The rocker/foot stool features upcycled lumber mill hardwoods (a......read more

Hanging Drum Lamp

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Corrugated cardboard light shade by Shiner International $100.00

Atlanta-based eco furniture company Shiner International makes unorthodox use of corrugated cardboard with a series of lamps that includes our favorite, the Hanging Drum Lamp. The ceiling shade incorporates recycled cardboard and styrofoam, which are cut into rings, stacked, and illuminated from within. The result is warm and modern lighting that creates conversation in its inviting glow. Made......read more

Ceramic Whiskey Cups by Shino Takeda

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Functional, handmade pottery deeply rooted in Japanese pottery traditions $75.00

Growing up on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, Shino Takeda was surrounded by a rich history of ceramics. When she relocated to New York City, she began creating her own pottery based on Japanese traditions, but with a distinctly contemporary flavor. Her regularly updated Etsy shop is full of her organic creations -- objects that wed handmade beauty with modern function. This set of four......read more

Shintaro Sakamoto, "You Just Decided"

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Japanese psych-rock legend animates own video for solo track

If you follow Japanese pop music history, which we don't, then you'd know Shintaro Sakamoto as the former frontman of psych-rock legends Yura Yura Teikoku. Recently, we learned from the Twitter of ex-Girls leadman Christopher Owens that Sakamoto has reinvented himself as a solo artist and, judging from the amazingness of this self-made video, a very talented animator. With some......read more

Motorville by Patrick Jean

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Genius animation tells the story of a society addicted to oil

Talented director Patrick Jean, whose "Pixels" short set the 'net on fire a few years back, has another hit on his hands with this one. "Motorville" is an allegorical tale of an American city addicted to oil. Animated in Google Maps, the city goes on a quest across the world to find oil in order to feed its body, made of streets, highways and freeways. Packed with lots of fun details, the VFX......read more

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