11:30 am - Wed, Jul 10, 2013
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Returning to Governors Island for its third year, The FIGMENT TreeHouse has evolved from the little project that could into a center piece of the annual FIGMENT NYCN event and a centerpiece of the Summer-Long FIGMENT Interactive Sculpture Garden.
Started in 2011 as an experiment in sustainability and reclaimed materials, the TreeHouse continues to show that not all sustainable design has to be serious or stuffy. TreeHouse is created entirely from reclaimed materials supplied by the streets of Brooklyn and project partners Build It Green! NYC and (as of 2013) Materials for the Arts.
The TreeHouse is a playground for all ages. … This year, TreeHouse comes with a new addition, the Gazebo, where participants are invited to explore the interactive elements within.

More: TreeHouse – FIGMENT New York)
Via PSFK.

Returning to Governors Island for its third year, The FIGMENT TreeHouse has evolved from the little project that could into a center piece of the annual FIGMENT NYCN event and a centerpiece of the Summer-Long FIGMENT Interactive Sculpture Garden.

Started in 2011 as an experiment in sustainability and reclaimed materials, the TreeHouse continues to show that not all sustainable design has to be serious or stuffy. TreeHouse is created entirely from reclaimed materials supplied by the streets of Brooklyn and project partners Build It Green! NYC and (as of 2013) Materials for the Arts.

The TreeHouse is a playground for all ages. … This year, TreeHouse comes with a new addition, the Gazebo, where participants are invited to explore the interactive elements within.

More: TreeHouse – FIGMENT New York)

Via PSFK.

5:57 pm - Tue, Jul 9, 2013
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BioElectric plastic made of chitin from crab shells by Jeongwon Ji: 

Royal College of Art graduate Jeongwon Ji has made her own bioplastic from crab shells. 
Aiming to make a more tactile casing for electronic products, Jeongwon Ji extracted a derivatine of glucose called chitin from crustaceans and developed her own plastic from it by trial and error in the workshop.
The resulting material, which she calls Crustic, combines the chitin with water and small amount of glycerin….
In the Design Products department of the Royal College of Art graduate show last week, the designer presented her material samples and experiments alongside conceptual electronic projects with casings made of Crustic, including an alarm clock, humidifier, computer trackpad, torch and WiFi router.

BioElectric plastic made of chitin from crab shells by Jeongwon Ji:

Royal College of Art graduate Jeongwon Ji has made her own bioplastic from crab shells.

Aiming to make a more tactile casing for electronic products, Jeongwon Ji extracted a derivatine of glucose called chitin from crustaceans and developed her own plastic from it by trial and error in the workshop.

The resulting material, which she calls Crustic, combines the chitin with water and small amount of glycerin….

In the Design Products department of the Royal College of Art graduate show last week, the designer presented her material samples and experiments alongside conceptual electronic projects with casings made of Crustic, including an alarm clock, humidifier, computer trackpad, torch and WiFi router.

12:20 pm - Sat, Jul 6, 2013
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A thoughtful read on the real value of fixing it:

Just because it’s easier to move on to a new gadget doesn’t mean we should. Last month, I had the misfortune of losing both a hard drive and a graphics card on a notoriously impossible to work on iMac.

My first reaction was to just abandon it and move on, but after a little research I found that while it was going to be a huge pain in the ass, both of those parts were replaceable. The final cost of repair? About $400, and a lot of time. The cost of a new 27” iMac? At least $1,800.

It’s not just the fact I saved a lot of money. It’s that I didn’t have to buy a new thing. I fixed the computer I already paid (too much) money for, and breathed life back into it. When that startup chime rang again, it made my heart skip a beat.

3:40 pm - Fri, Jul 5, 2013
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Artist Justin Gershenson-Gates creates delightful miniature insect sculptures out of recycled watch parts, light bulbs, and other found objects. Gershenson-Gates assembles the sculptures by hand, in some cases painstakingly cutting watch parts into tiny segments to create legs and other appendages.

laughingsquid:

Artist Justin Gershenson-Gates creates delightful miniature insect sculptures out of recycled watch parts, light bulbs, and other found objects. Gershenson-Gates assembles the sculptures by hand, in some cases painstakingly cutting watch parts into tiny segments to create legs and other appendages.

12:20 pm
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What could be less inspiring than toilet paper rolls?? And yet: 

Paris-based artist Anastassia Elias … has discovered a way to fashion very neat toilet paper roll dioramas. The process takes hours an involves some intriciate tweezer skills.

Impressive. 
via Juxtapoz Magazine - Toilet Paper Roll Art by Anastassia Elias)

What could be less inspiring than toilet paper rolls?? And yet:

Paris-based artist Anastassia Elias … has discovered a way to fashion very neat toilet paper roll dioramas. The process takes hours an involves some intriciate tweezer skills.

Impressive.

via Juxtapoz Magazine - Toilet Paper Roll Art by Anastassia Elias)

3:40 pm - Thu, Jul 4, 2013
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For years, Robin Nagle was anthropologist-in-residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation. She’s just published a book about trash and how we deal with it, or don’t. It’s titled Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City, and Collector’s Weekly interviewed her about it.  

Trash anthropology in NYC - Boing Boing

For years, Robin Nagle was anthropologist-in-residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation. She’s just published a book about trash and how we deal with it, or don’t. It’s titled Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City, and Collector’s Weekly interviewed her about it.  

Trash anthropology in NYC - Boing Boing

12:20 pm
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Remember our special guest post about rethinking the idea of the pen in more mindful-consumption ways? Well here is another spin on the subject: 

The Beta Inkless Pen …  does away with the need for ink completely… 
Instead of having to sharpen your pencil all the time, or refill your pen with ink, and or discard it for a new one – all of which have negative connotations for the environment – the inkless pen provides an eco-friendly option.
Bringing back an age-old technique of writing with metal, the pen’s tip is made of lead and leaves a grey line in it’s wake that won’t smudge or erase.

 More: Inkless Pen Never Needs To Be Replaced - PSFK

Remember our special guest post about rethinking the idea of the pen in more mindful-consumption ways? Well here is another spin on the subject:

The Beta Inkless Pen …  does away with the need for ink completely…

Instead of having to sharpen your pencil all the time, or refill your pen with ink, and or discard it for a new one – all of which have negative connotations for the environment – the inkless pen provides an eco-friendly option.

Bringing back an age-old technique of writing with metal, the pen’s tip is made of lead and leaves a grey line in it’s wake that won’t smudge or erase.

 More: Inkless Pen Never Needs To Be Replaced - PSFK

3:40 pm - Wed, Jul 3, 2013
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Vinylize … allows you to turn old or unwanted records into a new pair of chic eyewear.
Using a laser cutter, the company is able to up-cycle vinyl records into a new pair of glasses suitable for men and women – even the carrying case is made from vinyl.

Wait, I thought the cool thing to do with vinyl records these days was … listen to them?!
But I suppose if there are records with no potential listeners, this fate beats landfill. 
More: Eyeglasses Made From Discarded Vinyl Records [Pics] - PSFK
More vinyl reuse examples here.

Vinylize … allows you to turn old or unwanted records into a new pair of chic eyewear.

Using a laser cutter, the company is able to up-cycle vinyl records into a new pair of glasses suitable for men and women – even the carrying case is made from vinyl.

Wait, I thought the cool thing to do with vinyl records these days was … listen to them?!

But I suppose if there are records with no potential listeners, this fate beats landfill.

More: Eyeglasses Made From Discarded Vinyl Records [Pics] - PSFK

More vinyl reuse examples here.

12:20 pm
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Second Shot. We make functional art from recycled skateboards in Ontario, Canada.

We’ve seen lots of skateboard reuses here — but that guitar is gorgeous! 
 Featured Shop: Second Shot | The Etsy Blog)

Second Shot. We make functional art from recycled skateboards in Ontario, Canada.

We’ve seen lots of skateboard reuses here — but that guitar is gorgeous!

 Featured Shop: Second Shot | The Etsy Blog)

3:40 pm - Tue, Jul 2, 2013
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Chris Ruhe has created storage cabinets from old doors and cabinets giving them a new life as one big cabinet.

More: Doors by Chris Ruhe - Design Milk

Chris Ruhe has created storage cabinets from old doors and cabinets giving them a new life as one big cabinet.

More: Doors by Chris Ruhe - Design Milk

12:20 pm
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"Disarm" [uses] the remnants of weapons that the Mexican army had collected and destroyed.
The series is made up of eight instruments that were created in collaboration with a team musicians and Cocolab, a media studio in Mexico City.
These machines are mechanical musical instruments; they can be programmed and operated via computers, making them capable of performing music concerts with compositions prepared beforehand.

More: Pedro Reyes - Artist

"Disarm" [uses] the remnants of weapons that the Mexican army had collected and destroyed.

The series is made up of eight instruments that were created in collaboration with a team musicians and Cocolab, a media studio in Mexico City.

These machines are mechanical musical instruments; they can be programmed and operated via computers, making them capable of performing music concerts with compositions prepared beforehand.

More: Pedro Reyes - Artist

3:40 pm - Mon, Jul 1, 2013
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Back in 2007, I discovered Grapple, a really cool coatrack concept by Ryan Frank. I don’t know what happened to Grapple, but I was just informed that it’s back and better than ever. Collaborating with TAPEgear, Ryan has created a new hanging system for coats, hats, bags and such inspired by old, industrial crane hooks that’s a sustainable version of his earlier design. Not only is it eco-friendly – it’s an entirely new take on a natural material we all know and love: grass.

More: Grapple Coat Hanger Made from Grass - Design Milk

Back in 2007, I discovered Grapple, a really cool coatrack concept by Ryan Frank. I don’t know what happened to Grapple, but I was just informed that it’s back and better than ever. Collaborating with TAPEgear, Ryan has created a new hanging system for coats, hats, bags and such inspired by old, industrial crane hooks that’s a sustainable version of his earlier design. Not only is it eco-friendly – it’s an entirely new take on a natural material we all know and love: grass.

More: Grapple Coat Hanger Made from Grass - Design Milk

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