14 spectacular lamps unveiled at the London Design Festival

October 6, 2017 by  
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Lighting designers are constantly pushing the envelope with new materials, technologies and applications – and this year’s London Design Festival was awash in innovative designs. From an air-purifying algae chandelier to a lamp powered by melting ice and a series of pendant lights made from mushrooms , read on for our favorite finds from this year’s shows. Exhale Chandelier by Julian Melchiorri When is a chandelier more than just a chandelier? When it’s literally alive! Julian Melchiorri ‘s ‘Exhale’ chandelier is filled with algae that absorb CO2 and release fresh oxygen into any interior space. It’s also incredibly beautiful, with delicate green ‘leaves’ that optimize sun exposure to help the algae grow. Frost Light by EDHV Studio EDHV Studio’s Frost Light is powered by melting ice! A chunk of ice is set on a block of solid aluminum, and as it melts it generates enough electricity to power a small LED for 3 hours. Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot Flynn Talbot’s Reflection Room is mind blowing. One side of the mirrored hallway is bathed in orange light, while the other is lit in blue. Where the two sides meet, a gradient of color is born. Fuchsia Lamps by Macmaster Design Macmaster Design ‘s new Fuchsia lamps look like hanging, flowers in bloom – and they’re made from FSC-certified black walnut and white oak. Voronoi III Lamp by Tala Tala just launched their largest sculptural light yet at the London Design Festival. The Voronoi III is inspired by patterns found in treetops, and its LED filament is modeled after the Fibonacci sequence. Tree Lights by Tamasine Osher Tamasine Osher ‘s gorgeous hand-turned Tree Lights are made of salvaged wood harvested from naturally fallen trees. The delicate patterns are caused by naturally occurring fungus that develops over a span of 2-3 years. I.Rain Helene Chandelier by Blackbody and Haviland Blackbody teamed up with Haviland to unveil a spectacular chandelier made from 145 OLED lights. Each light is nested within a porcelain cup embellished with “Matignon” white with gold patterns. Morphe Lamp by Crea-Re These beautiful lamps by Crea-Re look almost like colored stone – but they’re made from paper mâché! Maria Fiter crafts each lamp using recycled newspaper, natural pigments, and ecologically certified water-based glue. Lungplant by Tim van Cromvoirt Tim van Cromvoirt ‘s luminous Lungplant slowly expands and exhales like a living creature. He designed the lamp to reduce stress and create a meditative environment that encourages you to become aware of the tempo of your own breathing. Thea Kuta Lamp by Elisa Bortolussi These Thea Kuta lamps emerged out of Elisa Bortolussi’s desire to use yarn as an alternative tool for painting. The lamps are handmade from 100% wool, and their precise geometry and depth of color is dazzling. Mycelium + Timber Lamps by Sebastian Cox and Ninela Ivanova These lamps are made of mushrooms! Sebastian Cox and Ninela Ivanova found a way to pair mushroom mycelium with freshly cut wood waste to create a collection of sustainable furnishings. Stacked Glassware Lamps by New Citizen Design These beautiful pendant lights from New Citizen Design appear to be sculpted from glass – until a closer look reveals that they’re made of cups, bowls and plates! Designers Mayan Pesach and Sander Wassink salvage old glassware and combine it in unexpected ways – and each piece is unique. Panam Panama lamp by Lea Baert Lea Baert’s Panam Panama project transforms old fan grills into stunning lamps. Baert worked with communities of Panamanian craftspeople to develop the design using locally-sourced fibers. Upon returning to France, she updated the project with materials sourced locally in Paris. Atlas Light by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio Ladies & Gentlemen teamed up with Seattle-based artist and glass designer John Hogan to create the Atlas Light. This handcrafted lamp consists of an iridescent glass sphere flecked with gold leaf and set on a brass base. + London Design Week

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Switzerland Considers Providing All Citizens with a Guaranteed Wage or Raising Minimum Wage to the Highest in the World

May 16, 2014 by  
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While the battle continues in the US for a slightly higher minimum wage, the Swiss are exploring drastic methods to create a fair economy. One possible method includes a guaranteed 2,500 franc income for any citizen, regardless of whether or not the citizen is employed. And if that doesn’t get the job done, a vote on May 18th could  decide whether the Swiss will implement the world’s highest minimum wage of nearly $25 an hour. Both referendums come on the heels of unrest in Switzerland over income inequality. Read the rest of Switzerland Considers Providing All Citizens with a Guaranteed Wage or Raising Minimum Wage to the Highest in the World Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: income , income equality , living wage , minimum wage , Switzerland , Switzerland 2500 guaranteed wage , Switzerland 2500 wage , Switzerland guaranteed wage , Switzerland income , Switzerland income equality , Switzerland living wage , Switzerland minimum wage , Switzerland wage , wage equality , worlds highest minimum wage

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San Francisco Working on Plan To Install Composting Public Toilets

December 19, 2011 by  
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San Francisco has a poop problem – in the city’s Tenderloin district alone, there were almost 10,000 recorded “incidents of human waste” last year, according to the Bay Citizen . So this fall, the Oakland-based design firm Hyphae Design Laboratory offered a solution: install portable composting toilets that are both easy on the environment and cheap, because they don’t need electrical or plumbing inputs. Hyphae is currently working on a prototype which is set to debut in the Tenderloin next year. Read the rest of San Francisco Working on Plan To Install Composting Public Toilets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bay area , California , compost , composting toilet , hyphae design laboratory , off-grid , public restroom , San Francisco , water efficient

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San Francisco has a poop problem – in the city’s Tenderloin district alone, there were almost 10,000 recorded “incidents of human waste” last year, according to the Bay Citizen . So this fall, the Oakland-based design firm Hyphae Design Laboratory offered a solution: install portable composting toilets that are both easy on the environment and cheap, because they don’t need electrical or plumbing inputs. Hyphae is currently working on a prototype which is set to debut in the Tenderloin next year. Read the rest of San Francisco Working on Plan To Install Composting Public Toilets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bay area , California , compost , composting toilet , hyphae design laboratory , off-grid , public restroom , San Francisco , water efficient

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DIY: How to Make a Gingerbread Brooklyn Brownstone

December 19, 2011 by  
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Gingerbread houses are a dime a dozen come the holiday season, and this year, we have seen quite a few impressively crafted gingerbread creations . But this amazing gingerbread Brooklyn brownstone by designer and chef Renee Baumann takes the cookie, er cake. Baumann designed and built the entire structure from scratch, even drawing and cutting original templates and carving tools to make the decorative features and brick pattern. She detailed every delicious step and made her templates available on her website, so you can (try) to bake your own brownstone at home. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brooklyn brownstone gingerbread house , brownstone gingerbread house , diy gingerbread brownstone , diy gingerbread houses , gingerbread brooklyn brownstone , gingerbread brownstone , gingerbread house diy , gingerbread how tos , kitchen table scraps , renee baumann , renee baumann blog , renee baumann chef

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Ecopreneur Interview Series: pure citizen

May 4, 2011 by  
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Part 14 in a series where Krates Ng (co-founder of Mokugift the  ecard service) interviews fellow ecopreneurs.  Today, Krates interviews, Amy Ludwigson, founder of pure citizen .

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Ecopreneur Interview Series: Author Diana Tenes

May 2, 2011 by  
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Part 13 in a series where Krates Ng (co-founder of Mokugift the ecard service) interviews fellow ecopreneurs.  Today, Krates interviews Diana Tenes, author of ‘ 90% OFF Every Day! ‘. 1) Why did you start your company?

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Thousands of Students to be Trained as Citizen Journalists in Gulf (Video)

September 24, 2010 by  
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Photo via CFL Interview with STREAM founders Philippe Cousteau and Casi Calloway As anyone who’s followed our commentary of the BP Gulf spill (and how could you miss it?) knows, one of the primary difficulties in telling the story of the disaster was simply getting access to it. Incidents aplenty where journalists were turned away, blocked off, even threatened with severe fines for attempting to cover the impacted areas. And now, the mainstream media is fast losing interest in the story altogether, and moving on

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Round Homes Catching On, But Are They Green?

August 9, 2010 by  
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Buckminster Fuller made his Dymaxion houses round because they were aerodynamic and because a circular house encloses more floor area for a given amount of perimeter material.

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Oceana Launches Expedition to Learn Long-Term Effects of Gulf Oil Spill

August 9, 2010 by  
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Photo via Southerntabitha As BP pushes hard to shift attention away from the spill itself and on to clean-up and wrap-up efforts , Oceana has launched an expedition that will study the long-term effects of the disaster on the Gulf’s flora and fauna. Hopping aboard the 170-foot Oceana Latitude and using remotely operated vehicles, specialized divers and satellite tags, the team will investigate how the spill is impacting coral, fish, shark and other wi…

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