Algae Lamps are a work of art and natural shade in one

September 19, 2019 by  
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Algae is one of the newest materials to hit the market as a multi-purpose fiber. While it has been hauled out of the ocean, cultivated, dried and processed into myriad products, it typically loses some of its allure in the process — until now. Having spent years figuring out a way to use algae so that it maintains its natural essence, even when molded into a final product, algae has now taken form in the shape of a lamp. Algae Lamps are a product of this effort with lamp shades that are contoured for unique outcomes in shape and style. Each shade is different due to the flexibility of the algae — a quality that took years to master. With a goal in mind, the challenge was finding a way to change the color of the green algae without breaking down the composition of the plant. Additionally, the end product had to be malleable rather than rigid or brittle. Through the course of many trials, a workable formula finally netted the desired result. Related: This biodegradable T-shirt is made from trees and algae Nea Studio, a name that gives the nod to its founder Nina Edwards Anker, began in 2006 with a focus on sustainable design and has maintained that target throughout a host of projects through the years. The Algae Lamp is no exception. Sourcing algae as a natural product replaces the need for petroleum based products like plastic.  More than a sustainable lamp shade option, the Algae Lamp is a work of art, flowing and eye-catching with functionality as a bonus.  Each shade is morphed into a cylinder-like shape to both capture and direct the light within. The internal glow of the bulb creates a warm and calming ambiance in the space. The flared and rippled outer edges mirror the movement of algae in its natural habitat with each shade having its own individual design . A variety of shades grouped together create a chandelier that illuminates a room through the filter of the translucent Algae Shades. With the customizable design, the shades can be used as a single lamp or sconce and the material is adaptable for all types of bases, such as brass or wood. + Nea Studio Images via Nea Studio

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Ecocentric cantilevered home was designed to conform to the sloping Brazilian landscape

August 26, 2016 by  
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The architecture firm created a design that would require minimal, if any, grading of the land for building. To address the existing slope, the home was envisioned in multiple levels, with an elevated volume on concrete columns holding the main living space. The home’s overall footprint takes on a T-shape reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright that wraps around a serene pool and patio, which can be spotted from almost every room in the house. Related: CASA22 in Brazil is a light-filled interactive home for a family of 10 Steering clear of major land grading is not the only eco-friendly feature of this beautiful home. The residence has a rainwater collection system as well as natural ventilation and lighting throughout. It relies on solar energy for heat and was constructed with double exterior walls that contain air chambers, insulating the interior and regulating temperatures. Double-glazed windows offer another boost to the home’s energy efficiency. + Basso Engenharia Via Design Milk Images via Marcelo Donadussi

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Why green cleaning is so important for your health

March 11, 2016 by  
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The debate over whether natural cleaning products clean as well as or better than chemically based products is something people have struggled with for years. How do traditional cleaning products and methods compare to commercial cleaning alternatives? Decades ago there was no ‘Mr Clean’ – people found successful ways to make natural solutions work. Yet even though this is known as fact, some are skeptical – can natural products and ingredients really clean as efficiently as chemical based products? Read the rest of Why green cleaning is so important for your health

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Mark Zuckerberg is building a home AI system “kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man”

January 4, 2016 by  
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There are ‘smart homes’ and then there are homes intelligent enough to take on many actions and decisions that usually require a human being. To that end, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a New Year’s resolution to trump whatever is on your list. He intends to design and build a voice-controlled artificial intelligence system for his home that can manage lights, temperature, music, as well as let familiar friends into the home based on face recognition, and more. Basically, Zuck wants a system that is “kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man .” Read the rest of Mark Zuckerberg is building a home AI system “kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man”

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BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho’s 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

November 8, 2015 by  
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Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are unaware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design, as its essence is centered around mastering a connection with the natural world. So, when exactly does a green home become a sanctuary? We had the opportunity to review Feng Shui expert and LEED accredited Architect Anjie Cho ‘s latest book for a true how-to on the subject: 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing Organic Homes . Read on for our review, and a glimpse inside this practical, DIY guide to creating a truly holistic space. Read the rest of BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho’s 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

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September 3, 2015 by  
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Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are unaware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design, as its essence is centered around mastering a connection with the natural world. So, when exactly does a green home become a sanctuary? We had the opportunity to review Feng Shui expert and LEED accredited Architect Anjie Cho ‘s latest book for a true how-to on the subject: 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing Organic Homes . Read on for our review, and a glimpse inside this practical, DIY guide to creating a truly holistic space. Read the rest of BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho’s 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

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September 3, 2015 by  
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Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are unaware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design, as its essence is centered around mastering a connection with the natural world. So, when exactly does a green home become a sanctuary? We had the opportunity to review Feng Shui expert and LEED accredited Architect Anjie Cho ‘s latest book for a true how-to on the subject: 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing Organic Homes . Read on for our review, and a glimpse inside this practical, DIY guide to creating a truly holistic space. Read the rest of BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho’s 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to prevent your house from killing you

July 21, 2015 by  
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Is your house trying to kill you? No, that’s not the premise for a B-grade horror movie; it’s a concern about the toxins and unhealthy elements hidden in our homes. To help protect you and your family, ABC Humane Wildlife put together an infographic with a comprehensive list of all the ways your house may be harming your health. The infographic not only identifies these dangerous elements, but also offers valuable tips on prevention. Click through to see the full list. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How to prevent your house from killing you

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Help save Neil Armstrong’s moon landing space suit

July 21, 2015 by  
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One of the most significant pieces of NASA history needs your help! Neil Armstrong’s moon landing space suit – the “one giant step for mankind” suit – is starting to degrade.   The National Air and Space Museum , along with the Smithsonian , has launched a Kickstarter campaign to “Reboot the Suit” and help save the priceless piece of history. Click below to lend a hand! READ MORE >

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Lexus shows off the world’s first car with a human heartbeat

July 21, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Sports car designs are notorious for having two main goals: look good and go fast. It’s a pretty simple one-size-fits-all formula that has worked well to sell cars for a long time. Lexus is turning that concept into something a little more, well, heartfelt. A Lexus RC F coupe has been outfitted with electro-luminescent paint so it can display a visual representation of the driver’s heartbeat. With this move, the luxury car company has introduced what is perhaps the most personalized sports car on the planet. Read the rest of Lexus shows off the world’s first car with a human heartbeat

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