13 groundbreaking lighting innovations from NY Design Week

June 6, 2017 by  
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Of all the fields of industrial design, lighting seems to evolve the quickest as designers harness innovations in materials, manufacturing, and technology. We recently hit the shows of NYCxDesign to bring you a first look at some of the world’s freshest lighting designs – including lamps that sustain life, wild experiments with new materials, and interactive lamps that respond to touch, movement, and music. Check out 13 of our favorite lighting innovations from Sight Unseen Offsite , Wanted Design , and ICFF after the break. Reflected Sequence LED Lamp by Frederike Top Dutch designer Frederike Top has developed an amazing collection of lights and mobiles made from a new material that combines acrylate with iridescent foil. Her Reflected Sequence Table Lamp consists of a single LED bar slatted with sheets of acrylate that reflect the light and make it appear to branch off into complex geometric forms. The material’s foil backing makes the lamp appear to change color and shape depending on the angle from which it is viewed. Globe Terrarium Lights by Richard Clarkson We love terrariums , and we love LED lighting – put them together, and we’re in heaven. Richard Clarkson Studio ‘s hanging Globe lamps are self-sufficient worlds complete with LED lights that sustain the plants within. They’re great for adding a touch of green to any room, and they’re made to last – Clarkson says that some of their terrariums have been thriving for several years now. Janus Lamp by Trueing Studio Trueing Studio ’s elegant Janus Lamp is named after the two-faced Roman god and Saturn’s outermost ring. A band of LED light reflects off a slice of dichroic glass, casting colorful reflections reminiscent of the Aurora Borealis. A post shared by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 19, 2017 at 3:01pm PDT Holon Spheres by Martens-Visser Martens & Visser ‘s amazing Holon orbs look like gigantic spinning soap bubbles! Each Holon is made from long strips of transparent foil connected to a spinning electric motor that causes the bubble-like forms to bounce and shimmer. Double Boom Chandelier by Stickbulb Stickbulb recently debuted a gorgeous new line of LED lighting made of wood salvaged from New York water towers. Their Double Boom fixture is made of reclaimed redwood that has been carbon dated to be three centuries old. Mobius Bench by Louis Lim X 3form At first glance, the Mobius Bench appears to be a simple seat – but when you touch it, a wave of color and light washes over the bench’s serpentine form. Louis Lim teamed up with 3form to create the interactive installation, which stole the show at Wanted Design . Voronoi LED Edison Bulb by Tala These might look like classic Edison bulbs – but they’re actually low-energy LEDs! Tala ‘s Voronoi Bulbs are modeled after forms found in nature – and the company plants ten trees for every 200 products sold. A post shared by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 21, 2017 at 11:45am PDT Aurora Rhythm LED Visualizer by Nanoleaf We’ve featured Nanoleaf ‘s beautiful Aurora LED panels in the past – but we’ve never seen them light up quite like this! The company has developed a new Aurora Rhythm module that listens to nearby sounds to transform your wall into a giant music visualizer. Nanoleaf plans to launch the new device this coming September. Module Lamps by Dear Human Dear Human ‘s stackable Module Lamps consist of individual pieces that can be combined in an endless number of ways. The modules are made from an innovative material called “Paper Rock” that consists of 100% recycled paper and cement. Bottle Cap Lamp by Mutan Argentina-based Mutan collects thousands of discarded plastic bottle tops and transforms them into captivating lamps! Each light is made from 600 bottle caps saved from the landfill. Aural Planes by The Principals X Calico Wallpaper The Principals teamed up with Calico Wallpaper to create a mesmerizing chandelier that reacts to human touch. The lamp’s long tendrils are fitted with capacitive sensors that read your body’s electric charge and then interpret it with flashing lights and sounds from nature. Urchin Softlight by Molo Molo has redesigned their Urchin Softlight to incorporate an LED lighting element within its flexible honeycomb form. The lamps can be opened, closed, flattened, and expanded to suit a wide variety of lighting needs. Echo Felt Lighting by LightArt LightArt ‘s Echo lamps provide both illumination and sound absorption – and they’re made from 50% recycled PET felt. The lights can be hung alone or installed in sets to create multifunctional ceiling landscapes. + NYCxDesign

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Researchers find widespread acidified water along US West Coast

June 6, 2017 by  
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Climate change is altering the planet in ways we might not often think about, such as in the acidification of the world’s oceans . A team of 20 scientists from institutions around the United States discovered acidified ocean water in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem. Study lead author Francis Chan of Oregon State University said, “The threat of ocean acidification is global and though it sometimes seems far away, it is happening here right now on the West Coast of the United States and those waters are already hitting our beaches.” Scientists conducted a three-year survey of the California Current System to uncover acidified water throughout what Oregon State University described as an ecologically critical nearshore habitat. Researchers also found hotspots of water with pH measurements as low as those found in oceanic surface waters anywhere else around the world. Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide has contributed to the phenomenon. Related: Large section of Arctic Ocean is six times more acidic than 20 years ago Ocean acidification is a problem because many organisms are sensitive to pH changes. Researchers noted shell dissolution on small swimming snails , for example, but they’re not the only species impacted. Richard Feely of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Washington said, “This is about more than the loss of small snails. These pteropods are an important food source for herring, salmon, and black cod, among other fish. They also may be the proverbial ‘canary in the coal mine’ signifying potential risk for other species, including Dungeness crabs, oysters, mussels, and many organisms that live in tide pools or other nearshore habitats.” The researchers didn’t just uncover bad news though. They also found refuges of moderate pH environments they think could become havens for marine creatures as other waters become more acidic. These havens could offer a resource for ecosystem management. Chan called for minimizing environmental stressors and managing for diversity in the region to help marine species adapt. The journal Nature Scientific Reports published the study online the end of May. Scientists from research institutions and universities in Oregon, California, Florida, Washington, Massachusetts, and Hawaii contributed to the study. Via Oregon State University Images via Oregon State University

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This bubble hotel gives you front-row seats of Icelands northern lights

June 6, 2017 by  
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If you’ve ever dreamed of watching the northern lights from the comfort of your bed, here’s a chance to turn your dreams into reality. To the delight of stargazers and nature lovers, the 5 Million Star Hotel installed eight unique bubbles in a hidden Icelandic forest, with each bubble offering perfect and private outdoor views. Equipped with heating and a comfortable bed, these transparent bubbles give guests magical front-row seats to the dancing northern lights. Founded in November 2015 by Robert Robertsson, the 5 Million Star Hotel was created to fulfill childhood dreams of sleeping beneath the aurora borealis. Tucked away on private farmland, the location is only disclosed to those who make reservations in order to preserve guest privacy. The eight inflatable bubbles—only five are currently open for booking—are named after different women in the owners’ family and are available in two styles: fully transparent igloo -shaped bubbles and partially transparent spherical bubbles. Built with sturdy translucent plastic, each bubble comes with a double bed, nightstand, space heater, outlet, and a lamp. The bubbles are inflated with a constantly running noiseless ventilation system. Air blowers keep the bubble warm and toasty all winter long. Related: Thermal Glass Igloos Offer Views of the Northern Lights at Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen The bubble rooms that are currently available fit two adults but the spherical versions can accommodate an extra child for those traveling as a family. The bathroom, showers, and kitchen are located in a timber-clad shared facility. The price for a night’s stay at the bubble hotel starts at ISK 28,900 (approximately USD $295). Want to maximize your chances of catching a glimpse of the northern lights? Try booking a night between September and March. + Buubble | Five Million Star Hotel Via Travel and Leisure Images via Buubble

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Shigeru Ban Architects unveil plans for the worlds tallest hybrid timber building

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Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban just unveiled plans for the world’s tallest timber hybrid high-rise, the Terrace House . Slated for Vancouver’s Coal Harbour neighborhood, the angular structure will have multiple tiers of abundant greenery rising up through a latticework frame made out of locally-sourced timber . According to the design description, “meticulously engineered timber” will be used to create the building’s latticework frame , which will be interspersed with an abundance of greenery rising up from the ground floor. The proposed design will create not only the world’s largest timber hybrid structure, but will be a luminous icon for Vancouver’s growing cityscape. Ban’s proposed design will hold court right next to the city’s famed Evergreen Building , designed by late architect Arthur Erickson . Related: Nation’s largest cross-laminated timber academic building is an icon of sustainability The stunning project, which will be led by Vancouver-based developer PortLiving , was carefully crafted by Ban to stand out for its cutting-edge design without taking away from the existing architecture, “We have brought together the best of the best – a team of true experts in creative collaboration, working together for the first time ever on a single project. The result is truly a once-in-a-lifetime project setting new standards in design and construction,” said Macario Reyes, founder and CEO of PortLiving. “Every detail has been considered right down to the specific foliage on the terraces. It only made sense to bring on Cornelia Oberlander to continue her vision and create continuity between the Evergreen Building by Arthur Erickson and Terrace House by Shigeru Ban.” Although Ban’s design is sure to be a stellar icon of timber architecture , it won’t be the city’s only wooden wonder; the world’s current tallest timber building, Brock Commons , was completed in Vancouver just last year. + Terrace House + Shigeru Ban Architects Via Archdaily Images via PortLiving

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Clever Transforming Froc High Chair Grows Along With Your Child

August 1, 2013 by  
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As any parent knows, kids grow fast – and keeping them outfitted with furniture and clothing that fits is an ongoing challenge as the years fly by. Froc is an adjustable high chair with a flexible design that grows alongside your child. The clever chair is characterized by smart features, superior stability and natural materials, and it will accomodate any child from the age of 6 months to 10 years old. + Froc 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , “sustainable furniture” , eco high-chair , froc , Froc chair , green furnishings , green interiors , green kids , green products , high chair , Sustainable Interiors , Transforming Furniture        

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Chissick Design Turns Salvaged Wood Scraps Into Beautiful Fused Furniture

May 6, 2013 by  
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Chissick Design just unveiled a new collection of beautiful fused wood furniture. Each piece is made of scrap wood collected from different carpenters that is fused together to create unique pieces of sustainable furniture. The salvaged wood furnishings range from credenzas and chairs to shelves and tables, and each piece is defined by the form of the materials collected. + Chissick 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , “sustainable furniture” , beneton , chissick design , eli chissick , green design , green furnishings , green interiors , recycled wood , salvaged wood , scrap wood , sustainable design        

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Inhabitat is Looking for Writers for the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair!

March 20, 2013 by  
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Calling all design and architecture writers headed to Milan Design Week! The  2013 Milan Furniture Fair  kicks off next month and we’re on the hunt for a few talented writers and photographers to help us report on the best green  products  and  furnishings  at this exciting annual event. This is a great opportunity to share your photography and writing skills with our audience of millions of readers – so if you are planning to attend the fair from  April 9th-14th  and want to report on the latest innovations in sustainable design for Inhabitat  get in touch today ! To Apply: 1. You must be located in or around Milan or already have plans to attend this year’s Milan Furniture Fair — travel expenses are not included. 2. Send an email to editor [at] inhabitat.com with the subject line  2013 Milan Furniture Fair Writer telling us a little about yourself and why you would make a great Inhabitat correspondent. 3. Attach 2-3 writing samples and 2-3 examples of your photography to your email. We look forward to hearing from you! + Milan Furniture Fair Coverage on Inhabitat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , editorial work , green design , Green Design Events , green furnishings , green interiors , green jobs , inhabitat writers , Milan Design Week , Milan Furniture Fair , photography gigs , photography jobs , salone milan , sustainable design , writing gigs , writing jobs

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Eco Fashion Designer M Patmos Talks About Her Sustainably-Designed Brooklyn Apartment

March 8, 2012 by  
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Marcia Patmos, the brains behind the much-loved M Patmos eco fashion line, applies her eco-conscious mindset to everything she does. When we saw the designer during fashion week, she mentioned her newly-upgraded Brooklyn apartment , which she sustainably revamped with the help of architect and designer  Robert Farrell . She recently invited us to tour the beautiful space, which is a warm and light-filled home , outfitted with a carefully-curated selection of vintage and handmade home decor plus energy-efficient appliances. Hit the jump to see her pretty pad for yourself and learn more about her design inspiration! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy star” , Brooklyn , eco design , eco-friendly , ethical design , Ethical Fashion , fashion designer , green design , green furnishings , green interiors , green living , green rennovation , interior design , M. Patmos , Marcia Patmos , Recycled Materials , Robert Farrell , sustainable design , sustainable living , upcycled furniture , vintage furnishings , vintage furniture

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General Motors Halts Chevy Volt Production for Five Weeks Due to Poor Sales

March 8, 2012 by  
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General Motors will halt production of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid for up to five weeks, due to poor sales and rising inventory numbers. In February, GM sold 1,023 Volts, but at the end of the month the automaker still had 6,300 Volts in its inventory. Even worse, GM hopes to sell 45,000 units this year, but only selling 1,626 units in the first two months of this year is not exactly the pace that the Volt needs to be at to meet that goal. Volt sales have dropped partly because of negative attention the vehicle has garnered over the last few months, as safety concerns rose over battery fires and Republicans turned the vehicle into a political punching bag . Read the rest of General Motors Halts Chevy Volt Production for Five Weeks Due to Poor Sales Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automotive , chevy , Chevy Cruze , chevy volt , chevy volt defense , chevy volt production , chevy volt sales , electric vehicle , GM , hybrid , lithium ion battery , plug-in hybrid

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Inhabitat is Looking for Writers for the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair!

March 5, 2012 by  
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Heads up designs fans and Europe-based writers and photographers! The 2012 Milan Furniture Fair is coming up next month from April 17th-22nd and Inhabitat is looking for a few great writers and photographers to report on the hottest green products and furnishings at this exciting event! This is a fantastic opportunity to check out this world-class design fair while sharing your photography and writing skills with our audience of millions of readers – so if you have a passion for sustainable design and want to attend the fair as a reporter for Inhabitat get in touch today ! If you are interested and you think you have what it takes to cover this amazing event for Inhabitat, then send 2-3 samples of writing and photography to editor at inhabitat dot com with the subject line Milan Furniture Fair Writer and tell us a little about yourself and why you would make a great correspondent for Inhabitat. We’re looking forward to hearing from you! + Milan Furniture Fair Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , editorial work , green design , Green Design Events , green furnishings , green interiors , green jobs , inhabitat writers , Milan Design Week , Milan Furniture Fair , photography gigs , photography jobs , salone milan , sustainable design , writing gigs , writing jobs

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