Photographer upcycles street trash into brilliant home decor

August 11, 2016 by  
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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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Green Blade banana fiber panels provide a stylish, sustainable alternative to wood

June 30, 2016 by  
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Potassium-rich bananas are a staple for healthy eaters but did you know that the “tree” trunk is a valuable resource as well? Martinique-based company FIBandCO transforms the bulk of the plant into “Green Blade” an all-natural, sustainable veneer used for decorative and acoustic panels. The exotic-looking material gives banana plants a second life and saves them from their typical fate of ending up as waste once the fruit has been harvested. Like bamboo , the banana plant is actually a grass, growing faster than traditional wood and reaching maturity at 9 months. In addition to promoting a rapidly renewable resource, Green Blade reduces deforestation, requires no water or glue in its production, and is manufactured in a factory powered entirely by photovoltaic panels. A popular material amongst architects, designers, and furniture makers alike, Green Blade strikes an impressive balance of being stylish, sustainable, and eco-responsible. + FIBandCO Images via Vimeo Screenshot 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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INFOGRAPHIC: Which supplements are backed by science and which are snake-oil

June 30, 2016 by  
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It seems like hardly a week goes by where we don’t hear about a new miracle supplement or cure-all vitamin. But sometimes these panaceas are nothing more than modern-day snake oil. Before you start tossing the latest trendy supplement into your grocery bag, check out this infographic , which shows which products are worth your money and which are nothing but hogwash. The larger the circle, the more the supplement is Googled. The blue bubbles are generally recognized as useful, with the most useless supplements appearing at the bottom of the graphic. via IFLS

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Declutter your life with Lift, the ultimate multi-use bike hook

June 30, 2016 by  
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Simple and modern, Lift is a new multi-purpose bike hook that can be used for so much more than hanging your wheels. The smart storage system is strong enough to stow your bike and accessible enough to store everyday items. Its notched wooden dowel makes it easy to hang a bag, jacket or scarf, while the durable powder-coated steel arm does the heavy lifting for bikes or ladders. A CNC-milled baltic birch base secures it snugly to the wall and the final product is topped with ethically-sourced synthetic leather. You can check out this beautifully made, handy design on Kickstarter . + Lift 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 top 5 issues affecting interior design today

April 13, 2015 by  
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Interior design is undergoing its most drastic transformation since the sustainable design revolution of the 1990s . Advances made in creative methods, the application of data, neuroscience and health, and building performance are demanding new interior design leadership. Designers who have mastered the skills to create functional and beautiful spaces are reshaping the interior landscape, from historic preservation and adaptive re-use to innovation in newly constructed spaces to meet the needs of changing working-and-living prototypes. Design entrepreneurs have moved the delivery of their services into cyberspace and are practicing their profession in a mobile, connected community. Interior designers are doing “pretty good.” “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.” – Steve Jobs So what’s next for interior design? Who will lead this change? Here is a list of the top 5 game-changing issues affecting the industry today. Read the rest of The top 5 issues affecting interior design today Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 Future Vision project , adaptive re-use , Boston Architectural College , Crandon Gustafson , Dean of the School of Interior Architecture at Boston Architectural College , Design for Health , Design for social justice , Experience Economy , future of interior design , green design , green interior design , healthy design , Interior architecture , interior design , Master of Science in Interior Architecture program , sustainable design , sustainable interior design

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Chowpatty Summer Pop-Up Bar Now Open on London’s Southbank Beach!

June 16, 2011 by  
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LAST CHANCE to Enter the SPRING GREENING COMPETITION!

April 30, 2010 by  
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CALLING ALL CREATIVE CRAFTERS, DIY GURUS AND DESIGN STARS! Want to showcase your DIY and design skills to the world? If you’ve turned a piece of old trash into treasure , we want to peep it – so don’t miss your chance to enter it into our Spring Greening competition ! The best green designs will be showcased right on the front page of Inhabitat , where thousands of the most influential people in the design world can see it. AND if your design makes it to the finals, you could also win some excellent Inhabischwag , or a $250 gift certificate to the Inhabitat shop ! The deadline for the competition is Monday, May 3rd , so get crackin’ and show us your green design skills.

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April 27, 2010 by  
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CALLING ALL DESIGNERS, CRAFTERS AND CREATIVE-TYPES! Have you created an awesome design out of old junk that you want to show the world? Want to get it in front of millions of readers on Inhabitat.com ? If you’ve ever wanted to have your green design showcased right on the front page of Inhabitat , here is your chance! We’re challenging you to pick an obsolete object that’s been collecting dust and morph it into something shiny, new and useful using your ingenuity and imagination.

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Macquarie Bank’s Green Office is Part Space Station, Part Cathedral

April 8, 2010 by  
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Read the rest of Macquarie Bank’s Green Office is Part Space Station, Part Cathedral Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , australia , carbon neutral systems , clive Wilkinson architects , collaborative workspace , cwa , employee wellbeing , flexible work platform , forward thinking office design , green architecture , green design , green interior design , green star design , large atrium , large scale design project , LEED efficiency , Macqaurie Bank Office , meeting pods , mobile work settings , One Shelley Street , paperless work style , reinvent the traditional workplace , sustainable design , sustainable interior design , sydney , transformative office space , woods bagot , work zones

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Karim Rashid Unveils Beautiful Energy Efficient “Trex” Lamps

March 23, 2010 by  
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Superstar designer Karim Rashid just unveiled a beautiful new modular lighting system that continues his trek along the path towards greener designs . Dubbed ‘Trex’, the lamp has a soft and stunning aesthetic and utilizes efficient, eco-friendly circline fluorescent bulbs. Perfect as a stand-alone light or dazzling as a clustered constellation, the flexibility of these pieces can add out-of-this-world ambiance to any space

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