15 brilliant green lamps for a brighter future

September 29, 2016 by  
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Origami Lampshade by Foldability We’ve covered Foldability ‘s gorgeous origami lanterns since 2013, so we were thrilled to see designer Kyla McCallum unveil several brand new lamps at the London Design Festival . Her Toby pendant is made from 30 sheets of hand-folded Italian parchment paper, while the Audrey lamp is made from 115 squares of parchment. Fire Ring OLED Chandelier by Blackbody Blackbody ‘s spectacular Fire Ring chandelier is made from hundreds of low-energy OLED lamps. Although Fire Ring is a custom installation, the lighting company has opened a showroom in New York City and it’s prepared to launch its beautiful lights in stores and online. Voronoi LED Bulb by Tala LED Edison bulbs are sweeping the market for good reason – they cast the same lovely glow as their energy-sucking incandescent counterparts, and they last up to 15 times longer. Tala ‘s beautiful Voronoi bulbs are sculpted to resemble the patterns formed by forest canopies, and the company plants 10 trees for every 200 bulbs it sells. Tube Lamp Clock by Lambert Kamps Ok, this is the most elaborate #clock we've ever seen. Lambert Kamps' gigantic art installation displays the time with moving #pneumatic tubes. @designersblock #design #art #time #lighting #lamp #ldf #ldf2016 #londondesignfestival A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:10am PDT Sun Memories Lamp by Olive Lab What if you could capture the light from a spectacular sunset and replay it at home? That’s the idea behind Olive Lab’s Sun Memories Lamp , which allows you to record lighting conditions throughout the day with a portable sensor. When you get home, synch the sensor to the clock and it will replay the color and intensity of light that you captured. Vita On Tour Mobile Showroom Vita is taking its lighting collection on the road – by creating a living room on wheels! The Vita On Tour project transformed an everyday truck into a glazed greenhouse decked out with lamps and modern decor. Pure Mold LED Lamp by BMIX Studio These lovely little desk lamps pair an energy-efficient LED bulb with a sculptural base made from asbestos-free certified cement. Each light is 100% handmade by Korea-based BMIX Studio . The Ribbon OLED Lamp by Min Sang Cho London-based lighting artist Min Sang Cho explores the potential of flexible OLEDs with his mind-bending Ribbon lamp. The hand-crafted light is made from 3D-printed materials, and it’s set in a stunning mirrored enclosure that multiplies its twisting form. Hibiscus Globe by Lamp Kate Colin Glasgow-based Kate Colin was inspired by her mathematician father’s handmade polyhedra models, and she developed an innovative technique for creating hand-scored, folded paper lanterns. Her Hibiscus Globe light is made from FSC-certified, acid-free paper, and it’s available in a range of colors. YB13.5 Lamp by Yellow Broom Yellow Broom strives to use locally-sourced, traceable timber to create zero-waste products. We love the graceful curves of their YB13.5 Lamp , which projects a luminous halo when it’s switched on. Desert Storm Lamp by Nir Meiri Nir Meiri uses natural materials to create exceptional lights and furnishings. His Desert Storm Lamps are made almost entirely from molded sand, and they’re fitted with LED bulbs that cast a warm glow. Paper Origami Lamp by Zhang Qian Paper Origami Lamp by Zhang Qian We've never seen a lamp move like this before. Zhang Qian's beautiful paper lanterns expand and contract while glowing brighter and softer, creating the impression that they're living, breathing things. A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on Sep 21, 2016 at 5:56am PDT Moka Lamp by Beau Birkett Beau Birkett ‘s Moka Lamp is a bright idea with a shot of caffeine. The clever task light is made from a coffee pot and a vegetable rack found at a secondhand charity shop. Carbon Fiber Lamp by Hypetex Several years ago Hypetex unveiled the world’s first colored carbon fiber chair – and the brand just debuted a sculptural new light made from the same revolutionary material. Manta lamps by Ross Lovegrove Ross Lovegrove’s Manta lamps look like graceful sea creatures flying overhead. The lamps are lit entirely with low-energy LEDs, and they bathe their surroundings in soft, diffused light. + London Design Festival Coverage Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat

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Casa Xixim is an eco-friendly, self-sustaining resort in Mexico

September 29, 2016 by  
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The 4,800-square-foot Casa Xixim is a four-suite “eco-luxe” villa that boasts stunning views of the pristine Soliman Bay. The net-neutral building features large cutouts in the walls to allow for cooling cross breezes and to maximize views of the site. Visitors—the resort can accommodate up to 12—have access to a private pool, beach, on-site chef, and other luxury amenities. Related: Eco-friendly resort in Australia mimics the surrounding sand dunes Casa Xixim serves as a cool and modern backdrop to its tropical surroundings. Its mostly white walls are complemented by a few light timber surfaces and the interior is minimally decorated to avoid clutter and to keep the focus on the outdoor environment. The grid-tied resort is powered by a photovoltaic array that tops a canopy shading the large rooftop terrace. Rainwater is collected, filtered, and stored for use. Native plant species grow on the roof to provide insulation. + Casa Xixim + Specht Architects Images © Taggart Sorensen

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Backcountry Hut Company designs rugged flat-packed cabins for wilderness enthusiasts

September 29, 2016 by  
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The design team said in their brief for this project that The Backcountry Hut Company’s genesis was inspired by an idea pioneered by IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, which is to provide “affordable well-designed products ‘for the many people’”. They said an engineered wood post-and-beam skeleton is in-filled with prefabricated panels , and a window system that is easily nailed on is also provided. The default model is supposed to be kind of rustic, but the company can also outfit their modular shells with everything needed for long-term residential situations. Related: Beautiful prefab home built with recycled shipping containers “The whole assembly can be erected by volunteers in the tradition of the community barn-raising process,” according to the designers. “The prefabricated wall and roof panels are sized to be lifted by hand and hoisted into place using a simple pulley and winch system.” Basic modules that can be scaled up as needed for more space are designed in 10-foot increments, and they can be deployed anywhere that can be reached by truck or helicopter. + Leckie Studio Architecture + Design

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SolPad residential solar panels come with built-in battery storage and an inverter

September 29, 2016 by  
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SunCulture Solar recently unveiled their SolPad , a 100-percent-integrated solar panel that aims to give more control to users over the power they’re consuming. Equipped with battery storage and an inverter, the SolPad can be utilized on or off the grid. SunCulture Solar says it is the “thinnest, lightest, and most powerful fully integrated IoT solar panel device in the world.” SunCulture Solar plans to offer a series of products built on the SolPad solar panel, including a more portable panel that can be easily plugged into an outdoor outlet on a house, and the SolPad Home, which is designed to function as a rooftop solar panel. Drawing on ” forthcoming solid-state battery technology ,” the panels can store energy from the sun and the grid. SunCulture says their battery technology is “inherently safer than standard lithium-ion-based batteries,” has a longer lifespan, and has a “broader operating temperature range” than other batteries. SunCulture designed a “flexgrid inverter for the panels” that can switch between grid and solar power depending on weather or electricity rates. Related: This modern prefab home has windows that double as solar panels The company aims to gamify the solar experience for users through SolControl, software that clues users in on when and how they are consuming power; it also offers suggestions for how to save energy . Users can even decide which appliances or devices the energy collected by the SolPad will power via an app. SolPad can also act as a “powerful internet hot spot,” adding more functionality to the device – especially for people using SolPad in off-grid or remote locations. SunCulture says their device could help people in developing countries who might have little access to electricity or the Internet. SunCulture CEO Christopher Estes said in a statement, “SolPad makes solar even more accessible for the majority of the global population and its growing energy needs, without the cost of building expensive grid infrastructure.” The company is currently choosing manufacturing partners and plans to put their products on the market “in the second half of 2017.” + SolPad Via Treehugger Images via screenshot and SolPad Facebook

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US Forest Service Green Lights Fracking in East Coast’s Largest National Forest

November 18, 2014 by  
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Despite the objections of environmental groups and Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe, the U.S. Forest Service has left the door open to allow fracking in the East Coast’s largest national forest with the release of the forest’s new management plan . The USFS had originally considered banning fracking in George Washington National Forest, but energy companies complained when the draft plan was released in 2011. Read the rest of US Forest Service Green Lights Fracking in East Coast’s Largest National Forest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: forest service , fossil fuels , fracking , gas extraction , George Washington National Forest , Marcellus shale formation , oil extraction , us forest service , virginia

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DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles

November 18, 2014 by  
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This Funky Camper Conversion Turns Your Toyota Prius into a Home on Wheels

November 18, 2014 by  
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The Toyota Prius is by far the most popular hybrid on the market, but even though it has a stellar reputation for being fuel efficient, there’s one thing that you can’t really do with it – go camping . Well, this Prius camper van conversion from Camp-Inn is the solution for those diehard Prius fans who want to take their Prius everywhere. Read the rest of This Funky Camper Conversion Turns Your Toyota Prius into a Home on Wheels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: camp , camping , Campinn , green car , green transportation , hybrid car , Prius Camper , Prius conversion , Toyota , toyota prius , Toyota Prius Camper

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Group-Two Design’s LED Chandelier is a Futuristic Interpretation of a Classic Light Fixture

May 24, 2013 by  
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Long gone are the old-fashioned chandeliers outfitted with incandescent light bulbs and enough ornament to put a Christmas tree to shame. Group-Two Design  recently brought their ultra-modern LED chandelier to this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair,  and the futuristic fixture turned heads with its intersection of new-age design and traditional interior decor. Still paying homage to the shape of a conventional chandelier, the new form is a minimalist and energy-efficient interpretation of an old classic. Read the rest of Group-Two Design’s LED Chandelier is a Futuristic Interpretation of a Classic Light Fixture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 , caviar20 , dwell , erica pecoskie , george siminopolous , green lighting , green lights , group tow lights , group-two design , icff light , ids toronto , International Contemporary Furniture Fair , LED Chandelier , LED lights , LEDs , new york design week , ny design week , radostar        

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UK Green Lights First Phase of High Speed Rail Line HS2

January 10, 2012 by  
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The United Kingdom has given the green light to the first phase of its proposed High Speed Two train line. In response to environmental concerns, the route for HS2 will now include extra tunneling in the first 90 miles, so not to disrupt the natural beauty of the English countryside. The first phase will connect London to Birmingham and could be functional by 2026. Read the rest of UK Green Lights First Phase of High Speed Rail Line HS2 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: campaign for better transport , eco design , green design , green transportation , high speed rail , high speed rail england , high speed rail uk , High Speed Two , HS2 , hs2 high speed rail , Justine Greening , London to Birmingham , sustainable design

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