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Our story on New Yorker Felice Cohen’s incredibly micro 90-square-foot apartment went viral when we first published it back in 2012, and now the author, organizer and speaker is sharing her tiny living experiences in a new book entitled 90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (…or more) . Felice was kind enough to share some of her tiny living tips with us recently on our NYC site — click through to see what she has to say about making the most of a minuscule abode.
Comments Off on Photographer upcycles street trash into brilliant home decor
Kaplan always had an eye for upcycling, even before it was a trend. He told Inhabitat, “I travel a lot around the world, and since I was a child I was creative about making things from other things,” he said, “I would walk down the street and find things and think, ‘What can I do with this?’ It could be an abandoned tree limb, a box or even a book.” When Kaplan finally had his own apartment, he realized that all his dreams for creative upcycling could come into fruition. Instead of dropping big bucks at IKEA , he gradually furnished his entire home with found treasures. He fashioned a coffee table from abandoned wood scraps and a piece of glass, replete with draw storage and rope pulls. Wall shelving was achieved with antique army boxes and piles of old books. An abandoned window frame that Kaplan discovered in the garbage was reborn as a spectacular photograph display of a carousel in Dumbo, Brooklyn. And a retired florescent ceiling panel was transformed into artful wall lighting, Kaplan glossing over the lamp with a transparent photographic overlay. RELATED: 10 inspiring upcycled designs that will make you think twice before tossing anything The pièce de ré·sis·tance, however, is Kaplan’s lush green wall . Made from scrap wood, chicken wire, old olive oil cans and a variety of plant species, his rustic statement piece invites magnificent green life indoors. Kaplan went to great lengths to improve his dwelling with minimal use of new objects and materials. He even renovated his own bathroom with vintage tiles and a handmade lamp crafted from wire. The kitchen seating nook was constructed from wood and adorned with kitschy antique signs. This kind of artful repurposing has the power to inspire anyone. The next time you’re strolling down a city street, you may want to keep your eyes open – a treasure trove of endless possibilities awaits. + Or Kaplan + Vibe Israel Images © Or Kaplan
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Comments Off on Revamped NYC rooftop is brought to life with tinted resin panels
Evan C. Lai Landscape Design (ECLLD) designed this green rooftop above a gritty East Village townhouse in Manhattan. The 400sf space was maximized with an extensive green roof, neutral stone, and tinted resin panels. In the lounge the green resin transforms a skylight into a glow-in-the-dark daybed; in the foyer it casts a semi-translucent shade over an exterior shower and sauna; by the bar it adds a concentrated brushstroke across walls and benches. The design is topped off with a green roof above the sauna that improves insulation and water runoff. + Evan C. Lai Landscape Design 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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The new addition to the Scraplight series comes thanks to seven years of brainstorming. The original Scraplights are made from the company’s signature brown corrugated paper, and are known for giving off a rustic warmth that creates a cozy atmosphere indoors. But with the success of their first line, Graypants sought to design a version that would accommodate interiors needing bright, continuous light, such as office spaces or schools. Related: Graypants’ Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner for Washington Architecture The Scraplight White series was designed to be more open and translucent, and to give off a bright, modern glow. The lamps are handmade in Holland through a partnership with a social works program that provides craft-based jobs to locals, engaging the community around Graypants’ Amsterdam headquarters. Each paper piece that makes up the lights is also made from FSC-Certified paper , sourced from forests that continually replant more trees than harvested. Both the Scraplight White and original series are completely recyclable regardless of shape, and the fixtures and parts can be swapped out if they are ever damaged. Graypants’ Scraplight White is a sustainable alternative to their original series, perfect for event spaces, offices, or even at home. + Graypants Studio
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Comments Off on TGH Architects Gives California’s Hupomone Ranch a LEED Platinum Upgrade
With a nod toward a traditional barn house , Hupomone Ranch is clad with a peaked two story glass façade, which floods the interior with light while showcasing the rolling hills of the family’s property. On the ground floor, an open plan living room overlooks the region’s natural beauty and the double height ceiling creates an airy atmosphere. A cozy eat-in kitchen is tucked on one side of the living room, with bedrooms on the other. The home’s main entrance is located on the far side of the living room and a glass curtain that extends just to the first floor creates a channel of light from the front to the back of the home. Related: Glass Farm: MVRDV’s Modern Glass Building is Printed With a Traditional Farmhouse Facade Lining the mezzanine are two more bedrooms, which overlook the living room below, including a cozy reading area nestled under the home’s gabled peak. The home faces a great lawn that lies adjacent to the family swimming pool and pool house. Both structures on the beautiful farmhouse complex are energy efficient and utilize passive heating and cooling technologies, as well as solar energy. The stunning design received a Merit Award from AIA San Francisco Design Awards 2016 . + Turnbill Griffin Haesloop Architects Via Freshome
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Inspired by the topography of La Jolla Cove, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ‘s sustainable marine research facility appears to emerge from the contours of the coast, reshaping the relationship between marine scientists and their environment. An outgrowth of the effort to relocate an existing facility that was facing the uncertain effects of coastal erosion, the new building extends beyond supporting conservation efforts, to embodying them. http://vimeo.com/20745026 The LEED Gold certified project is a five-story building, broken down into smaller structures, which are clustered in “villages” no more than two stories in height. These smaller elements are organized around atrium courtyards, which prevent the overwhelming feeling common to many large buildings. The courts and patios take full advantage of the mild climate, promote natural ventilation and foster a sense of scientific community and connectedness to the environment. The building boasts photovoltaic cells, a water retention system, recycled materials, and several green roofs planted with native vegetation. The facility is home to 38 research laboratories, an aquarium, library, conference rooms, and office space, for its 275 scientists and support staff. + NOAA La Jolla Laboratory Replacement Project 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!
Comments Off on Shape-shifting Exocet Chair conforms to the body in dozens of ways
Handcrafted from birch wood, the transforming lounger is available in several veneers including White Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Maple and Mozambique. Spinning the Exocet ‘s rotating steel axis instantly adjusts the seat depending on your personal activity or comfort level. Whether lounging, reading, napping, or entertaining, this patent-pending design is fashioned for a myriad of situations. RELATED: 11 pieces of transforming furniture that work wonders for small spaces When asked how the design came to be, Exocet’s designer Stéphane Leathead told Inhabitat: “I was looking for a way to design a chair that would allow you to adjust it for your own comfort, based on our own specific different proportions. I couldn’t find anything on the market, and I said there must be a way to design a chair that would allow this…so I said there’s no choice but to have a rotating axis to allow you to angle to the proper [position]…Egonomically nature is good for that, that kind of drop shape guided me. It’s very organic, it looks nicer, and it’s more pleasant. There’s not one straight line on our body — how come we design straight line chairs?” Leathead explains that the elegant, ergonomic Exocet Chair lets everyone become a designer. He says, “You design the chair you like — you become the designer.” While this version is better for indoor use (because the wood would warp in rain), Leathead is also looking into an outdoor version, as well as custom cushions to enhance the comfort level. The limited edition design was recently on display at NYCxDesign and has received multiple awards, including the 2015 Gold A’Design Award in Milan, the 2015 Coup de Coeur Sidim Award in Montreal, and the 2015 K-Design Award in Seoul. + Exocet Chair
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Comments Off on 3d-printer turns used plastic bottles into beautiful vases
The makers at DesignLibero have developed a brilliant new way to upcycle plastic bottles into beautiful home decor. Using 3D-printing technology, the designers have fashioned this intricate shell customized to fit perfectly over a 0.5 or 1 liter PET water or soft drink bottle. The shell can be screwed easily onto a bottle just like a cap, making any bottle magically disappear under its mesh. The vases are now available in several styles on Make it LEO and Tessa’s Curated Boutique . + DesignLibero Images via Claudio Morelli 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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Comments Off on Woman crafts gorgeous floral arrangements out of paper
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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