- 12:20 pm - Wed, Feb 12, 2014
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Nifty way of converting an unused bottle into a lamp:
A Rechargeable LED Cork That Turns Empty Bottles Into Lamps:
Popping off the faux cork top reveals a standard USB connector for charging off AC adapters or your computer, and with a simple twist the bright white LED can be turned on or off. An hour’s charge gets you about two and a half hours of light, which is just enough time to serve dinner, enjoy some conversation, and then subtly hint that it’s time for your guests to head home.
- 3:40 pm - Tue, Feb 11, 2014
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The Fragment table was designed by Roberto Sironi, industrial designer from Milan, Italy. The project tries to investigate the aesthetic-expressive quality of briccole cut-outs.
Briccole is a wooden man-made marine structure that extends above the water level and is not connected to shore. They are used at ports and piers for various reasons, for example to provide a fixed point for ships, when all the pier length is already used. Sometimes they are used to carry useful information like speed limits, advertising or navigation aids.
Briccole used in this project are old pieces of oak wood, that stayed over 10 years underwater, being eroded by water. This provided elements with particular, unique embroidery.
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- 3:40 pm - Mon, Feb 10, 2014
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Several years ago, George Mason University graduate student Jason Force had a modern idea for the technology: Because grass pellets are just as good as wood chips for this kind of system, why not create a lawn mower with it? It could power itself with the grass it harvested. It could also be self-guiding, like a Roomba, so users would not longer have to mow their own lawn.
He got to work on the self-guiding aspect five years ago. The idea grew into a startup called EcoMow Technologies. Its team began working on the chemical engineering last year.
(via Within a few years, a self-powered robot could be mowing your lawn — Tech News and Analysis)
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Architecture, urbanism and research firm BNKR Arquitectura called on a group of architecture students to design and build a structure out of plastic Coca-Cola crates.
The students built a huge pavilion for a book fair using 5,000 soda crates that had multiple functions, such as a seating area to the cafeteria, an observation platform, a playground for kids and an amphitheater to hold a small lecture or conference. Visitors were encouraged to explore the art piece in any which way they wanted and prompted to think about the importance of sustainability and what it means to them. The structure was created for expo CIHAC, the largest architecture and construction exhibition that takes place in Latin America.
(via Coca-Cola Crates Upcycled Into A Public Pavilion - PSFK)
- 12:20 pm - Tue, Feb 4, 2014
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Sartorial Chic from Scrap
In the future, one will peel open a candy bar and then save the wrapper for a dress. Real fabric has become extremely expensive, and it has become normal for both rich and poor people to use reclaimed materials for clothing. Whether you’re going…
"Climate Change Couture" from The Apocalypse Project — a series of speculative designs that comments on environmental issues through fashion, by Catherine Young.
- 1:00 pm - Tue, Jan 28, 2014
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Vinyluse’s new collection of bow ties are not made with wool or silk, but with recycled wooden materials. The ‘Wood Papillon’ collection features nine wearable pieces.
Each bow tie is named after a famous artist and reflects their personal artistic style. For example, the ‘Dali’ piece is specially shaped to resemble the master’s trademark facial hair, while ‘Matisse’s’ geometric voids reference his notable paper cut-out art.
More: Wooden Bow Ties Turn Furniture Scraps Into Wearable Art [Pics] - PSFK
- 1:00 pm - Mon, Jan 27, 2014
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Turning Dead People Into Materials - Core77:
Spanish industrial designer Gerald Moline can help you spend your next life entwined with a tree. Moline invented the Bios Urn, a kind of biodegradable pot created from coconut shell, peat and cellulose. With your ashes and the seed of your choice placed inside, the entire thing can then be buried.
Once germination takes place, your soul is now in a position to provide some shade—or perhaps lumber—for the next generation.