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Sustainable Design
Bizarre Yet Delightfully Whimsical Photos of Old People Wearing Vegetation

Bizarre Yet Delightfully Whimsical Photos of Old People Wearing Vegetation

I don’t know why I find this so hilarious, but this photo series called “Eyes as Big as Plates” by Finnish/Norwegian artists Riittai Konen and Karoline Hjorth just catches me as being utterly bizarre yet whimsical– its photographs of old people wearing vegetation! The natural arrangements of hay, reeds, branches, and other vegetation flow effortlessly with...
Leftover Wooden Logs Sculpted Into Enormous, Organic & Richly Textured Globes

Leftover Wooden Logs Sculpted Into Enormous, Organic & Richly Textured Globes

Korean artist Jaehyo Lee carefully hews leftover logs of wood into these enormous, richly textured globes for a stunning effect– the rich grain of the wood and rough edges of bark are on display even as each ball maintains a perfect, almost industrial spherical shape that clearly has been manipulated by the artist. Each sphere...
Wooden LEGO Bricks: A  Wonderful Alternative to Plastic

Wooden LEGO Bricks: A Wonderful Alternative to Plastic

I wish these beauties could be shipped overseas. These wooden LEGOs by Japanese design studio Mokurukku are a wonderful alternative to the normal bright plastic pieces– there’s something really textural and tactile about wood that can’t be achieved with the shine of plastic manufacturing. They appear to be compatible with standard LEGO pieces, and I...
Turn on this Interactive, Incandescent Installation Made of 5,000 Discarded Lightbulbs

Turn on this Interactive, Incandescent Installation Made of 5,000 Discarded Lightbulbs

Canadian artist Caitlind r.c. Brown created this interactive installation with more than 5000 discarded lightbulbs in the form in an enormous cloud. The aptly named “Cloud” is supported by a tree-like steel structure and has metal pull-strings attached to the various lightbulbs for people to turn on, for a level of interaction that is typically...
Pure-Bottle: Recycling One Glass Bottle Into Three Beautiful Objects

Pure-Bottle: Recycling One Glass Bottle Into Three Beautiful Objects

Wine bottles are rarely repurposed creatively: at best, I see them being used as tall candleholders or flower vases, but Pure-Bottle solves the problem by recycling the bottles in a beautiful, truly useful way. Designed by Barcelona-based studio Lucirmás, each Pure-Bottle is precisely cut at two points to create a glass, a spoon, and a...
Reclaiming Recycled Wood to Create the Illusion of Perspective

Reclaiming Recycled Wood to Create the Illusion of Perspective

Artist Ron van der Ende is a sculptor based in the Netherlands who uses found wood to create these enormous, wall-mounted pieces of art, all of which are constructed in bas-relief. Each work is further enhanced by his signature incorporation of perspective– there is a distinct illusion that the artwork is not, in fact, lying...
Grove Bamboo Backs: Lightweight Protection with Glowing Laser Cutouts

Grove Bamboo Backs: Lightweight Protection with Glowing Laser Cutouts

I’m smitten with these Bamboo Backs from Grove that attach to Macbook Pros– made of lightweight bamboo, each sheet of protection is lightweight and wonderfully textured, adding some warmth to that cold aluminum Mac body. Small symbols can be cut into the bamboo, leaving room for the glow of the Mac apple to shine through;...
ImagineNations: Recycling Vintage Globes with Art

ImagineNations: Recycling Vintage Globes with Art

Artist Wendy Gold runs a business called ImagineNations that does nothing except for the artistic repurposing of vintage globes– she decoupages images, words, and colors onto vintage globes to produce creative worlds on a familiar object. From her website: ImagineNations are whimsical worlds, decoupaged by hand with recycled materials on vintage globes. Each work of...
Wasara Paper Plates: Beautifully Designed, Environmentally Friendly

Wasara Paper Plates: Beautifully Designed, Environmentally Friendly

I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve found a set of paper plates that I’d hate to throw away after just one use. Japanese designer Shinichiro Ogata designed for Wasara a complete set of disposable dinnerware, with organic shapes and a gorgeous creamy color. As an added bonus, all of the products are easily...
Recycled Wood Post-Its Made From Houses

Recycled Wood Post-Its Made From Houses

Japanese architects Jun Inokuma and Yuri Naruse took the wood waste from architectural projects and recycled them to become Post-its. The result is a simple paper house made from the remnants of a big wooden house, as each stack of house-shaped Post-its forms a perfect tiny architectural structure on its own. A group of the...
Metrobench: 5,000 NYC Metrocards That You Can Sit On

Metrobench: 5,000 NYC Metrocards That You Can Sit On

Steve Shaheen gathered 5,000 discarded NYC Metrocards through a Craigslist posting, and created this amazing “Metrobench” that is actually structurally sound (ie, it can hold up your weight). He paid Craigslisters 50 cents for every card, and ended up with a flood of responses and 5,000 cards within a week. Via Curbed: “Metrobench is a...
Animal Skin Rug Made From Stuffed Animals

Animal Skin Rug Made From Stuffed Animals

Artist Agustina Wood takes your beloved stuffed animals from your childhood, rips them apart, and skins them to makehand-sewn stuffed animal skin rugs. Her rugs are huge, measuring up to 9 feet x 7 feet, and are designed into intricate patterns using the different stuffed animal pelts. From her website: Hand-sewn and designed rugs made...