This living hammock is a swinging seat made of soil-less plants

October 2, 2017 by  
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Ever imagine swinging from the trees in a hammock made of plants? Spanish artist Ainhoa Garmendia is making the fantasy into reality. Her Naturalise installation features a hammock made out of soil-less living plants woven into a sturdy fabric. The piece is a statement that calls to fight our contemporary throw-away culture in favor of something lasting and living. “We are very used to short-life objects. We were taught that recycling is good, when the real solution is just not to produce waste. We take advantage of plants’ benefits, while they have many structural and functional characteristics to be applied when they are still alive” said Ainhoa Garmendia in an interview with Inhabitat. “Naturalise is a verb, an action and a process of creating objects that keep growing and are alive” explained the artist added. To realize Naturalise Ainhoa Garmendia chose Tillandsia Usneoides (known also as a Spanish Moss), a plant that needs no soil to grow and requires little water. Its long, soft fibers are a perfect medium for the hand weaving realized by the artist herself. The Naturalise hammock can be seen as a metaphor. The suspended in-air object made of plants, a typical earthly material, embodies an idea of reconnection with nature, bringing the idea of sustainability and eco-awareness to a new level. Related: Asif Khan creates spectacular furniture with flowers The Naturalise living hammock was first showcased in Milan at “I see colors everywhere” exhibition at La Triennale di Milano curated by the clothing brand United Colors of Benetton and Fabrica communication research center fore Milan Fashion Week 2017. + Ainhoa Garmendia Images via Maria Novozhilova for Inhabitat

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Shape-shifting Exocet Chair conforms to the body in dozens of ways

May 19, 2016 by  
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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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Antibiotic resistant bugs could kill 10 million people each year by 2050

May 19, 2016 by  
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Economist Lord Jim O’Neill recently released a report detailing the costs of not fighting antibiotic resistance . Bacteria resistance to drugs appears to have worsened, and O’Neill’s report revealed that by 2050, 10 million people every year could perish from drug-resistant bugs if we don’t take action. O’Neill suggested that pharmaceutical companies should be required to invest in research to develop new, effective antibiotics . He also said doctors should stop dishing out antibiotics unless a person truly needs them, discerned through rapid testing. If a rapid test doesn’t exist, it must be developed and subsidized for developing countries. Related: New super-strain of E. coli resists all known antibiotics “I find it incredible that doctors must still prescribe antibiotics based only on their immediate assessment of a patient’s symptoms, just like they used to when antibiotics first entered common use in the 1950’s,” O’Neill said . “We must stop treating antibiotics like sweets, which is what we are doing around the world today.” O’Neill didn’t stop there. He attacked the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in the food industry, particularly in the United States, although the practice is widespread. According to The Guardian, one of “the antibiotics of last resort,” Colistin, was recently found to be ineffective in China, where it had been given to farm animals. O’Neill said, “In some parts of the world, probably in the largest emerging economies and and almost definitely in the United States, the use of antibiotics in animals is greater than in humans and that means the misuse is probably higher too.” Implementing O’Neill’s suggestions wouldn’t be cheap. In his report, he said enacting his proposals could cost $40 billion over the course of 10 years. But inaction comes with a heftier price tag. O’Neill estimates the cost to society to be potentially $100 trillion every year. Even worse would be the cost in millions of human lives. Via The Guardian Images via Pixabay and Wikimedia Commons

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Fabric Chair is a stunning sci-fi design made out of hardened fabric

December 21, 2015 by  
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This sci-fi-looking chair – called Fabric Chair – is an investigation into the use of fabric as a structural material in furniture design. A special resin was developed to harden fabric placed on a rigid mold, which hardens the fabric in place to become structural while retaining its soft appearance. The design was part of eVolo Magazine’s 2015 VMODERN Furniture Design Competition , which recognizes innovative design. The first place-winning Fabric Chair was created by I-Ting Tsai, Xixi Zheng, Yiru Yun, and Somdatta Majumdar from the United Kingdom. + eVolo

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6 Dazzling LED Holiday Lights

December 21, 2015 by  
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DIY log beehives bring beekeeping closer to nature

December 21, 2015 by  
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An innovative beehive design by Gaia Bees helps fight colony collapse disorder while creating habitats that more closely resemble how bees live in nature. This DIY hive may not be designed for easy honey collection the way most modern hives are, but it does provide a safer, healthier environment for the insects to live in — and with bee die-offs at record levels in recent years, they need all the help they can get. Read the rest of DIY log beehives bring beekeeping closer to nature

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Michael Jantzen’s furniture can be transformed to suit changing styles

December 18, 2015 by  
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Michael Jantzen’s transformable chair and table can be swapped out and changed in order to suit your moods and changing style. The knobs can be turned on the chair and table and different colored and/or printed fabrics can be woven through the frames from one end to the other, transforming the look and/or function of each piece. The frames can be made of various eco-friendly materials including wood, metal, or bamboo. One frame can support many different looks and/or functions. Since one chair or table can become many different chairs or tables by simply changing out the fabric, fewer of the earth’s resources are used over time as styles change. + Michael Jantzen

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Your hot coffee could soon charge a phone with IKEA thermoelectric furniture

December 2, 2015 by  
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All around us, appliances, lighting, computers and even coffee cups radiate heat that dissipates into the air, unused. But what if we could capture that energy and transform it into electricity? A pair of design students at the Institute of Interaction in Copenhagen came up with the bright idea of installing thermoelectric technology into an IKEA table top. The table top could then use heat from a plate of hot food or a cup of coffee and change it back into electricity, which could be used to charge electronic devices. Read the rest of Your hot coffee could soon charge a phone with IKEA thermoelectric furniture

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Clever ‘Floyd Legs’ Turn Any Surface into an Industrial Table

November 26, 2014 by  
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Moving with furniture can be a pain, especially with big pieces like tables, but what if you could take your table apart? That’s the concept behind the Floyd Leg , a super sturdy steel table leg that can be clamped down onto any surface. A whole set of Floyd Legs combined with any ole surface, say an old door, reclaimed wood , glass, or even a big street sign, becomes an industrial table. Read the rest of Clever ‘Floyd Legs’ Turn Any Surface into an Industrial Table Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , customizable table , diy shelves , diy table , eco furniture , floyd leg , floyd leg table , floyd shelf , furniture for moving , green table , industrial table , MOdular table , Reclaimed Materials , reclaimed table , shelves , table leg , the floyd leg

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8 Cool Thrift Store Furniture Revamps to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

September 15, 2014 by  
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