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One Block of Wood 15 Projects to Make by Nina Tolstrup

Discover the versatility of a basic material: wood. Take, as a starting point, one block of wood. Cut it into pieces, and you can transform it into some great-looking items to grace your home.
In One Block of Wood Nina Tolstrup presents 15 stylish, straight-forward projects that can be made with a minimum of fuss, even if you are new to woodworking.
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Save Energy with Glow in the Dark Toilet Paper

This glow-in-the-dark toilet paper charges up during the day with natural light or ambient artificial light.

In a world where scientific discovery and exploration is slowly but surely unravelling the myriad mysteries of the universe, it’s gratifying to know that some idiot can still find time to come up with such a ludicrous invention as Glow In The Dark Loo Roll.
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Gestaltkunstwerk Vases German artist Markus Linnenbrink’s edition of lacquer-coated plastic recyclables

German artist Markus Linnenbrink recently crafted a set of vases from recyclables, reinventing their surfaces using colorful resins.

The Dortmund-based sculptor calls his latest work Gestaltkunstwerk; roughly translated, it means “formed artwork” and is a play-on-words of Gesamtkunstwerk “consummate art.”.
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The Blow Sofa: Inflatable Upcycled Furniture


Using recycled dunnage bags (airbags used in shipping) as cushions, designers from MALAFOR have created a simple, transportable sofa. The paper dunnage bags can be inflated on site, and are supported by a metal frame and flexible straps. Via:[PSFK]


“Papier” by Saskia and Stefan Diez


These trendy paper bags are the result of project “Papier”, a collaboration between Saskia and Stefan Diez and winner of the German Designpreis 2010. The series is an experiment in revising the classical typology: the two designers pointed out the basic requirements to a travel bag – durability, protection and light weight – and sought for an appropriate material other than the traditional choices of leather and reinforced textiles.

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Carnival Inspired Home Ware by Jahara Studio


Jahara Studio is a Brazilian based design studio founded by Bruno Jahara, a Brazilian designer who has worked with the likes of Jaime Hayon, Fabrica and Flavio Albanese in the past. The colourful plates, lamps and mugs are his latest creation, and are made from 100% recycled aluminium. Their name, Batucada, refers to a percussion beat used in carnival parties in that country, in which people often play instruments made of tin.

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CircleBath, opening of the first hospital designed by Foster + Partners

CircleBath is Foster + Partners’ first hospital and the first in a programme of new independent hospitals which offer a radical departure from orthodox approaches to hospital planning. After a period of commissioning, CircleBath is expected to open to patients in February.
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Solaterns: Solar Powered Reading Lamps In Kenya

Solanterns are an attempt to replace potentially dangerous kerosene lamps with more environmentally friendly solar powered lamps in Kenya. A Solantern is available locally for 2000 Ksh ($25). While the lantern requires a considerable initial investment, the long term savings are great, as families usually spend around $90 per year on kerosene.

Smart Paint: Paint away the carbon dioxide

GROWING grass on your roof and other attempts to make homes carbon neutral are mere “green bling”. So says Rachel Armstrong of University College London (UCL), who suggests that her smart paint can turn buildings into carbon sinks.

Armstrong created the paint by dissolving salts and esters in oil droplets. Repeated coatings react with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to produce calcium carbonate – which is the main constituent of limestone – and alcohol. The resulting “biolime” will provide extra strength and insulation, she says. How much CO2 could be removed from the atmosphere in this way has not yet been tested.
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Daizi Zheng’s Sugar-Powered Mobile Phone

Treehugger reports on an intriguing cell phone concept design that’s powered by sugar. Daizi Zheng’s mobile phone runs on a battery that can generate power using soda, or any other kind of sugary liquid. It’s unique idea, and a potential solution to the environmental problems that come with disposing traditional batteries.
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Ron Arad: Restless at Barbican Art Gallery from 18th February 2010

Bold, experimental and inventive, Ron Arad defies categorisation. This internationally acclaimed London-based maverick is variously described as a designer, architect and artist. Ron Arad: Restless is the first major exhibition of Arad’s work in the UK. It opens at Barbican Art Gallery on 18 February 2010
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Vitsoe opens on Duke Street

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2009 has been a busy year for Vitsoe. The furniture company best known for the 606 Universal Shelving System designed by Dieter Rams in 1960 celebrated its 50th anniversary with the launch of a new website, development of a retail partnership within Japan and by finding a new home on the streets of New York.

Now as the year draws to a close, it is with much pride that Vitsoe opens a new shop on its native soil in London, housed off Manchester Square at 3-5 Duke Street.
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The 3 D collection in DuPont™ Corian®: new decorative solutions for interior cladding applications now available to architects and designers


The 3 D collection in DuPont™ Corian®:new decorative solutions for interior cladding applications now available to architects and designers

DuPont has introduced the dramatic “3D” collection of decorative panels, made with DuPont™ Corian® and featuring sophisticated three-dimensional patterns created using advanced solutions.

The “3D” collection is based on a new technology that enables the rapid application of sophisticated and complex three-dimensional patterns onto DuPont™ Corian®. The solution blends advanced software tools for geometry manipulation with a versatile efficient high pressure compression moulding technique.

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Crate Chair Juniors

In the 1930’s Dutch furniture designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld made a set of chairs out of crates. He said of his crate chairs:

“A piece of furniture made of high-grade wood and manufactured completely according to traditional production methods is transported in a crate to avoid damage…no one has ever ascertained that such a chest embodies an improvised, highly purposeful method of carpentry…there must therefore at long last be someone who chooses the crate rather than the piece of furniture.”

Rietveld’s grandchildren now sell “Crate Chair Juniors” for $415 each. I wonder what kind of container they are shipped in? Homegrown Evolution thinks it would be pretty easy to use pallet wood to make a crate chair for a lot less.

The Design Museum Shop’s Christmas Gift Guide

Visit the Design Museum Shop this Christmas to escape the usual approach to frantic gift shopping. In the words of their winter exhibitor Dieter Rams, “less is better”!
With this in mind, their 2009 Christmas gift guide includes a range of minimal designs, with an emphasis on quality, functionality and everyday use.

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