Build your own indoor garden with modular LEGO-like blocks

April 26, 2017 by  
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Humans are spending more of their lives inside, missing out on the health benefits and beauty of plants . Winmart Design from Singapore decided to bring nature indoors with LeGrow, a creative indoor garden users can design themselves with LEGO -like pieces. The gardens can be equipped with LED lights , allowing plants to thrive year-round, or with a humidifier to improve the atmosphere of interior spaces. Chinese designer Haobin Lin decided to create LeGrow after he realized his daughter, growing up in a city, might not have the nature-filled childhood he’d loved. Inspired by her favorite toys, building blocks, he came up with the sleek, clean indoor garden system. Related: 7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally A LeGrow system can include planter pots, Power Pots, a humidifier, and an LED grow lamp. The stackable planter pots incorporate internal water reservoirs to reduce mess. A two-bulb LED grow lamp can provide light in six-hour increments for multiple plants, with a maximum output of 50,000 lumens. A diffusing mist humidifier helps create an atmosphere conducive for growing plants indoors, an area that tends to be dry due to heating and air conditioning; but the humidity can also improve human health by reducing eye strain and softening skin. LeGrow’s Power Pots are specifically targeted towards home office use; they can power the system’s humidifier and lights but can also charge a smartphone or tablet via four USB ports. Winmart Design is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter ; with over 20 days to go they’ve already raised around $45,000 of their $30,138 goal. They offer several options, starting with one LeGrow Power Pot with an early bird price of $34 all the way up to a limited edition package with 36 standard pots, four dual-LED lamps, one humidifier, and two Power Pots for $392. You can find out more here . + Winmart Design Images courtesy of Winmart Design

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LEGO unveils gnarly surfing-themed 1960s VW Beetle available this August

June 15, 2016 by  
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The blue LEGO VW Beetle has a surfing theme, and comes with a surfboard, red and white cooler, and a striped cloth beach towel. The cooler is even equipped with a few beverages. The LEGO Creator Expert kit includes 1,167 pieces to create a model car that, when the surfboard and cooler are attached to the top via a roof rack, is 11 inches high, 10 inches long, and four inches wide. It’s sure to charm fans of the “Bug.” Related: LEGO is releasing their highly detailed and anticipated Porsche 911 soon The model recreates classic features of the VW Beetle, such as the curved fenders, VW logo, and “authentic 4-cylinder air-cooled engine.” The engine is located in the trunk, while a spare tire and fuel tank are under the hood. Unique hubcaps, a flat windshield, “wing-mounted turn signals,” and circular headlights complete the look. The doors, trunk, and hood can all open. The interior is beige, with seats that can tilt in the front and the back. Behind the rear seats is a storage space perfect for the beach towel. A dashboard and steering wheel add to the sentimental look. The model includes fun little details like beachy bumper stickers on the rearview windows and four different license plate options. LEGO recommends the kit for builders 16 and older. It will be availabe this August and will cost $99.99. According to LEGO’s press release , “This model has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia.” Via Gizmodo Images via LEGO Facebook

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Dwell on Design 2016: Americas largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

June 9, 2016 by  
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It’s that time of year again – designers, architects, and design enthusiasts will soon be converging at Dwell on Design , America’s largest design event, held this June 24-26 at the Los Angeles Convention center. Curated by the savvy editors at Dwell magazine, the three-day event will celebrate its eleventh year of showcasing the newest and most exciting advances in design. Visitors are invited to explore exhibitions featuring the latest and greatest in design, tour exciting Dwell-approved Los Angeles homes, visit full-scale prefab homes, attend conversations led by world-class speakers, and network with industry experts. Register now to secure your attendance before tickets sell out! The 3-day convention will feature a staggering 250,000 square feet of exhibition space featuring over 350 brands and just outside the center valid-drivers-license-holders will have the opportunity to test-drive the all-new Prius . Those considering home renovations can schedule free consultations with architects, designers, or tile experts. The opportunities to soak up design knowledge abound with three days of continuing education sessions and over forty presentations and demonstrations from industry professionals. Architecture buffs will be pleased to discover that during three days of exclusive home tours , they will not only get to explore stunning residences in Mar Vista/Culver city, East Side/Hills, Santa Monica/Venice, but will be provided with the opportunity to meet the architects as well. Fans of Inhabitat favorite LivingHomes will be excited to learn that the official Show Home of the convention will be a brand new green prefab LivingHome – the CK4.2 . The stunning 1700-square-foot prefab house will be the first two-story home ever constructed inside the Los Angeles Convention Center , and features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, and an abundance of green features that have earned it LEED certification. LivingHomes founder Steve Glenn will be speaking at a panel discussion on June 26th. To get in on more LivingHomes goodness, visitors can sign up for Dwell on Design’s Home Tours and visit the iconic original LivingHome which launched the brand in Venice, CA. (We covered and toured this house back in 2006!) This gorgeous eco home, designed by architect Ray Kappe is still one of Inhabitat’s all-time favorite green homes, and it is definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in LA. The continuing education sessions (CES) will explore a breadth of disciplines- including hot topics like 3D printing and Architecture, Innovation in Prefab, and The Internet of Things. The programs provide Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits and will be hosted by by AIA, ASID, IIDA, AWA+D, NAHB, IDC, SFC, NKBA, APLD, ASLA, along with other Industry Partners. Related: Dwell on Design 2015: America’s largest design event is coming to Los Angeles! Industry experts are scheduled on all three days to share their insights on topics that include Business of Design, Healthy Architecture, Nice Modernist, and The Smartest Home/Emerging Technologies. This year’s highly anticipated keynote speaker is architect Sou Fujimoto , renowned for his “delicate light structures and permeable enclosures.” Dwell on Design invites visitors to attend Fujimoto’s thought-provoking discussion of his international practice, which includes designing the temporary Serpentine Gallery pavilion in London in 2013, and winning first prize at the International “Reinventer Paris” competition. Inhabitat attended Dwell on Design for the first time in 2006 and many of the designs that fascinated us then, such as this BreezeHouse prefab home , are still making headlines today . Check out the rest of our favorites here . Dwell on Design is reliably always a great show, and we hope to see you there! + Dwell on Design 2015

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New ‘Hobbit’ fossils provide a glimpse into human relative

June 9, 2016 by  
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With the discovery of a tooth here or a bone fragment there, archaeologists piece together the history of humanity – and a recent discovery on the Indonesian island of Flores provides new insight into human evolution . The teeth and mandible belong to a tiny 3-foot-tall hominin species many have nicknamed ‘Hobbits.’ Archaeologists first discovered these Hobbits, or Homo floresiensis , back in 2004 in the Liang Bua cave on western Flores. At that time the fossils created more questions than answers. Did they evolve from Homo erectus , or from other smaller hominins such as Homo habilis or Australopithecus ? They appear to have been small, with small brains, leading some to think they didn’t evolve from Homo erectus at all. Related: Did scientists just discover a new kind of ancient human? In 2014, archaeologists discovered new Hobbit fossils at Mata Menge, about 30 miles east of Liang Bua on Flores in an older layer of rock. This month, the journal Nature published their findings . The six teeth from at least three individuals and one mandible fragment they found reveals the Hobbits likely did evolve from Homo erectus . If that is the case, then the Hobbits’ bodies and brains shrunk. The archaeologists say it would have been an ” evolutionary reversal .” The Hobbits had small brains about the size of a chimpanzee’s, according to Gerrit van den Bergh, lead author on the recently published paper. However, they showed signs of sophistication and walked upright. As one explanation, the archaeologists speculate that since they lived on an island, perhaps they didn’t require large brains. In a video for Nature, Van den Bergh said, “Maybe they didn’t need such a big brain, because a brain is a very expensive organ, and maybe a smaller brain might work as well here in an island setting. But what is clear is that they made stone tools so they were not stupid.” The fossils uncovered date to about 700,000 years ago and were older than the Liang Bua fossils. Via ABC News Images via screenshot

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Light and portable WHEELA combines the best of a bicycle and scooter

March 22, 2016 by  
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If you’re looking for a portable and lightweight alternative to a folding bike , you’ll love WHEELA . Weighing in at just six pounds, the WHEELA combines the comfort of a bicycle with the convenience of a scooter into a personal transportation device called the Scootbike®. As the world’s lightest collapsible scootbike, WHEELA is made with a tubular A-shaped aluminum alloy frame, a pair of PU wheels, handlebars, an anatomic seat, strap belt, and a front-wheel integrated brake. The WHEELA also comes in an Electric Boost edition that uses 2.35Ah-capacity Li-ion rechargeable batteries and a brushless 250W motor to provide a 40-minute drive. + WHEELA The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Woman crafts gorgeous floral arrangements out of paper

March 22, 2016 by  
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American consumers spend billions of dollars on flowers every year, an industry which has proven to be environmentally destructive in more ways than not. Floral arrangements may look beautiful for a day or two, but they last for so little time that it hardly seems worth it. Erica Worrall is one NYC woman who’s setting out to change this, however, by crafting the most beautifully delicate floral arrangements out of paper alone. The gorgeous bouquets, garlands and floral crowns found on her website Little Paper Flowers are handcrafted for weddings, special occasions, and home decor, and unlike their more wasteful counterparts, are made to last forever. Their remarkably lifelike quality makes them an apt substitute for botanical arrangements. We certainly hope this trend catches on. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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20 bizarre examples of Icelandic design using surprising materials like seaweed, fish skin and cow bladder

March 21, 2016 by  
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Handmade fruit candles look realistic enough to eat

November 26, 2015 by  
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Fun fall decor you can make out of stuff from your own backyard

October 29, 2015 by  
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One of the best parts of fall is seeing the bright colors, the smiling jack-o’-lanterns, and all of the Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations. But before you head to the store to stock up on supplies for your own autumnal display, take a ten minute trip to your backyard. Everything you need for fall decorating is waiting for you there, and it’s totally free! Scoop up those acorns, pine cones, stray branches, and leaves, and try out these fun ways to decorate for fall using treasures from your yard. READ MORE > Image: Domestically Blissful

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India “Birdman” fed 4,000 wild parakeets every day for the last 10 years

October 29, 2015 by  
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Meet the man caring for 4,000 wild parakeets from his home in Chennai, India. Sekar, a humble camera repairman, didn’t set out to become known as the “Birdman” of his town, yet the title developed as people begin to see more and more birds flocking to his home early each morning for their neatly organized feast. Neighbors say watching him feed the birds is “a majestic thing and a spectacular sight,” leaving onlookers in awe of the display. Read the rest of India “Birdman” fed 4,000 wild parakeets every day for the last 10 years

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