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Veja Volley Sneakers

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Designed in Paris, made fair trade in Brazil. $125.00

Masquerading as a stack of firewood, rustic yet modern, movable and built from sustainable material - this log cabin has it all.   Created by Dutch designer and architect Piet Hein Eek, the structure - built on wheels to bypass building regulations – is a rehearsal space for a musician.   The tree-trunk exterior encases a steel frame salvaged from a builders' yard. The facade......read more

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

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New exhibition documents famed graphic designers search for happiness in

From therapy to meditation, anti-depressants to religion, the search for happiness takes many forms. For the last ten years, graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister has been exploring the idea of happiness, the results of which are gathered in new show at Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art. "I am usually rather bored with definitions," Sagmeister says. "Happiness, however, is just such a......read more

Seductive Urban Beehive Design Unveiled by Philips

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Sleek beekeeping solution looks great, but will it work?

Philips, the multinational Dutch electronics giant, made a big splash at the recent Dutch Design Week with its innovative Microbial Home, a net-zero vision of household appliances and fixtures that all work together in an "integrated cyclical ecosystem."  Aside from the Bio-digester -- the design's main hub -- which converts solid kitchen and human waste (ewww) to methane gas......read more

Juvet Landscape Hotel: Sleek Norwegian Nature Digs

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A minimalist design with an equally minimal footprint

The Juvet Landscape Hotel in western Norway is the perfect marriage of nature and structure. Designed by Oslo architects Jensen & Skodvin and constructed from fast-growing pine found on the property, the minimalist series of buildings are comfortably nestled in the natural surroundings — with next to no environmental footprint.  "The intention was to make a......read more

Clover Chadwick: Creative Plant Design

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The owner of Dandelion Ranch carves her own garden path

Clover Chadwick, owner of Dandelion Ranch here in Los Angeles, describes her approach to floral design as "natural, organic, balanced, with lots of movement." It's a design philosophy rooted in her experiences studying agriculture and working in a Napa eatery, where fresh, seasonal ingredients were the order of the day. Chadwick's creations involve wild, native plants that are outside the realm......read more

Faulty Design Caused BP Disaster, Says Official Report

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Every blowout preventer may have the same problem. Gulp.

The Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster was caused by a faulty design of the blowout preventer and a piece of trapped pipe, says an official report published by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of the Interior. According to the 551-page report, "The primary cause of failure was identified as the blind shear rams failing to fully close and seal due to a portion of drill pipe trapped......read more

Farmers Market of the Future

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Visionary design unveiled for historic district of Toronto.

In Toronto, local architects recently won a design competition for a new farmers market building in the historic part of the city. The building is four stories tall with a roof covered in skylights and green vegetation. It utilizes a geothermal heating and cooling system, in addition to natural daylighting and ventilation. The structure will be built to the Toronto Green Standard, and shows that......read more

Italian Sink/Toilet Design Saves Water, Looks Amazing

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Milan designers Gabriele and Oscar Buratti have collaborated with bathroom brand Roca to create a combined toilet and wash basin, where waste water from the sink is used to fill the toilet cistern.

We'd like to thank Roca and Gabriel and Oscar Buratti for the gorgeous and uber efficient sink/toilet combo. The all-in-one sink and toilet are made from vitreous china, designed to maximize space and conserve water. The technology uses waste water from the basin to fill the toilet cistern, thereby reducing water usage by up to 25% compared to a standard dual-flush toilet. The basin in W+W......read more

HMK 561 Electric Bike

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IF Design Award winner by Raif Kittman.

Ralf Kittmann took home an IF Design Award for his electric bicycle concept HMK 561. This ultralight zero-emission bike concept and design is clearly novel. Unlike most concept designs we see, Kittmann created a working prototype constructed from conductive carbon fiber, which is not only an excellent conductor of electricity, but also acts as a capacitor that can store energy. Energy from the......read more

YikeBike

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Innovative new e-bike is a futuristic reconsideration of early bike design.

If the founders of YikeBike have their way, the future of personal urban transportation will evoke memories of the 19th century. Known in e-bike circles as a "mini-farthing," the penny farthing-inspired design features a large front wheel, small rear wheel, and mustache handlebars. Unveiled recently at the Eurobike conference, the carbon-fiber, battery-powered YikeBike is both super......read more

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