Design

Rent a Green Box: The First, Zero-Waste Pack and Move Solution in America!

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This idea is a home-run: rent storage containers for your next move instead of buying/borrowing/scavanging boxes and save up to 50% on your move.

Big claim, true. But have a look at the concept: “Rent-a-Green box is America‚Äôs first, comprehensive, zero-waste pack and move solution made entirely from post consumer recycled trash mined from local landfills. Our mission is to provide relocating business and residences with an authentic and genuine earth friendly packing and moving alternative that will save time, money and Earth.”

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Stunning ‘Atmosphere’ Lighting by Chiara Lampugnani

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Just found this terrific lighting collection by designer Chiara Lampugnani. I’d include this in ANY project I was working on; contemporary or traditional. If you’re in Paris for Maison et Objet, check these out for sure!

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Homo Sapien Tool: Ahead of its Time

This is ingenious and hilarious! Throw all those gadgets in the recycling heap and just get this big rock!

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Incredible Red Hook Vendor’s Booth Re-design Competition

Just heard about the winners of the first phase of the competition. Great work everyone and good luck with the next phase…

“Architecture for Humanity New York (AFHny) announces a month-long ideas
competition in search of innovative concepts for a new market place for
the Red Hook Food Vendors in Red Hook Park, Brooklyn.”

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Unbelievable Tokyo Underground: Sewer Labyrinth Dreamscape

And you thought Tokyo was fantastic on the surface! Just have a look at what’s under your feet: miles of cathedral-like sewers. A neo-gothic labyrinth of engineering wonder! I just wonder if they ever fill all the way up!

I was absolutely wrong about these! This is Kasukabe and a storm drain at that. Still an awesome space though. Here is a press release:

SAITAMA (Kyodo) An underground tunnel built to take in river
water overflow and release it into another river to mitigate flood
damage was shown to the media Monday in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture.

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Brilliant Aeroponic Growing System Improves Home Air Quality

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Just ran across this ultra-mod orchid growing system and fell in love. Get one for the James Bond fan in your life. Not so sustainable, but having more plants in our lives is a good start…

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IPSVM Skateboard Design by Loren Kulesus

Every so often a design comes across the desktop that just blows me away. IPSVM is one such design. Purely a prototype, the board nonetheless kills as an idea. Imagine shredding on this beauty! The fact is, I would never actually skate on this, it is just too beautiful.

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Peter Benarcik’s Great Green Designs

Over at Ligature we are featuring award-winning designer, fabricator and educator Peter Benarcik. Be sure to check his work out, it’s awesome.

Peter Benarcik has worked with nationally recognized architecture and industrial
design studios in addition to developing his own multi-disciplined
design studios.

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Brad Pitt’s Sustainable City Completes First Six Homes

Just heard that the first six, LEED Platinum certified homes in Brad Pitt’s rehab project in New Orleans are now finished. The homes use sustainable materials and donated time and effort to come in under the symbolic $150,000 budget.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

via Architectural Record

Magic Pen Writes in Helvetica from Plexifilm

Got this in my inbox today. The hilarious group over at Plexifilm [same guys who made 'Helvetica'] are giving away official Helvetica-writing pens with any purchase of ‘Objectified’ swag. Ha! I love this idea. If it had command-z as well, I’d buy a gross…

Magic pen writes in Helvetica

Ahhhh… technology. The geniuses at Plexifilm have spent the past two
years developing a Sharpie pen that actually writes in Helvetica! This
pen is so experimental that it’s priceless… literally. You can’t buy
one, but you can get one free with any Helvetica-related purchase
(DVD, T-shirt, etc.). Get your free pen while they last. It’s a great
gift for that person in your life with sloppy handwriting…

* Warning: if you are John Downer or Marian Bantjes then the pen will
actually write in Helvetica. Otherwise, your results may vary. Do not
swallow. Keep away from open flame and co-workers. May cause
drowsiness.

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