Playful KATRIS scratching post blocks fit together like Tetris for cats

February 13, 2017 by  
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Cat owners who find themselves hiding grubby scratching posts out of sight will love this awesome KATRIS set that combines feline fun with playful design. The modular system consists of scratchable blocks that double as flexible furnishings . All of the pieces are non-toxic, and they can be assembled in a variety of ways so that cats can enjoy an ever-changing feline playground. Featured on an episode of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell”, KATRIS is the result of extensive research into the best materials for feline furniture according to cat behavioral science. Each shred-resistant block is made with 200 sheets of FSC-certified heavy-duty paper , and they can support up to 300 pounds of weight. The blocks can be connected in a variety of ways using built-in straps. https://youtu.be/dHhO_CnZBjU Related: Architects turn a cramped apartment into a gorgeous loft where the owner’s cats can roam freely The blocks are manufactured using non-toxic ingredients, such as SGS-certified, non-toxic glue and eco-friendly branding ink made with non-toxic soybean inks. Not only is the whole system completely recyclable, but the blocks are designed to have an extremely long life cycle, further minimizing waste. + KATRIS Cat Via Curbed Images via KATRIS

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British supermarket chain launches trucks powered by food waste

February 13, 2017 by  
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Food waste has always been something of a bugbear with Waitrose , an upscale British grocer that stopped shoveling its leftovers into the landfill as early as 2012. It even packages some of its fusilli pasta in boxes made, in part, from recycled food scraps, which it says reduces the use of virgin tree pulp by 15 percent while lowering greenhouse-gas emissions by a fifth. But Waitrose wants to take the issue further, both literally and figuratively. The supermarket just announced that it’ll be running its delivery trucks entirely on biomethane gas generated from food waste—making it the first company in Europe to do so. Food waste is a looming concern in the United Kingdom. At a time when 8.4 million U.K. families struggle to feed themselves daily, the volume of household food waste continues to soar, amounting to an estimated 7.3 million metric tons in 2015. Waitrose, according to the Times , is partnering with CNG Fuels to juice up 10 of its trucks with 100 percent renewable biomethane. The trucks can run up to 500 miles—almost twice the current average—on what is essentially rotting food. “We will be able to make deliveries to our stores without having to refuel away from base,” Justin Laney of the John Lewis Partnership , which operates Waitrose, said in a statement on Thursday. Related: Toronto Rolls Out Biogas-Capable Garbage Trucks Because its biomethane costs 40 percent less than diesel, any upgrades will pay for themselves in two to three years, CNG Fuels said. “Renewable biomethane is far cheaper and cleaner than diesel, and, with a range of up to 500 miles, it is a game-changer for road transport operators,” CNG Fuels CEO Philip Fjeld said. Another plus? The alternative fuel emits 70 percent less carbon dioxide, which would give a much needed boost to the European Union’s pledge to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 under the Paris Climate Agreement . + Waitrose Via Grubstreet

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Flexible trailer-office tucked into an old ambulance garage in Portland

February 8, 2017 by  
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Designers are constantly coming up with new flexible solutions for urban office spaces– from multi-use backyard structures to road-ready office pods  . Exploring this concept further, Portland-based studio LOS OSOS teamed up with Coroflot , a website that connects designers with clients and peers, to design and build a mobile trailer -office which can be installed on any unoccupied urban lot. Their first Mobile Work Unit (MWU) is located inside an old ambulance garage in downtown Portland, and functions as a workspace for the retail shop Hand-Eye Supply. The team wheeled a trailer into the space and built the structure in place using a post-and-beam structural system, which limits the wall’s structural role. The designers used polycarbonate as siding in order to allow natural light to reach the interior while functioning as an acoustic barrier. Locally-sourced, custom-milled, and kiln-dried wood from Douglas fir trees was used for the walls, while modular furniture systems, specially developed for the project, define different personal spaces. The new office space can be repurposed and adjusted for different work scenarios. It can be easily adapted and expanded to accommodate a growing company. Related: Tiny workplace on wheels can make each day at the office different! “I see the next version in so many different flavors—office, retail, showroom , home,” said Laurence Sarrazin, principal of LOS OSOS. “And each has its own challenges and parameters that would determine what the skin would be, the size, how much light is let in, how much storage, all those fun design problems. It would be exciting to find manufacturers.” + LOS OSOS + Coroflot Lead photo by Josh Partee

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Comfy aDream pods let you take a nap during long airport layovers

September 26, 2016 by  
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Designer Rafael Martin conceived aDream as a multi-functional furniture system that fits two mattresses on each side, a light, a drawer and a powder socket, all packed into small units that can be scattered throughout airport terminals. Functioning as micro hotel rooms, these structures can be installed in a variety of different spaces such as lounges and hallways, allowing passengers to take a nap while waiting for their flight. Related: New Ultra-Compact Airplane Seats Pack in the Passengers The steel-framed structures are covered with plywood and melamine paper and include a set of curtains that enclose the room and provide privacy. Users can “rent” the space for a designated period of time, using a key card to gain access. The units are regularly cleaned and receive new sheets in between users. + Rafael Martin Via Yanko Design

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Eco-friendly DIY modular furniture can be reassembled over and over into different pieces

September 12, 2016 by  
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Designer Stefano Guerrieri aimed to create DIY furniture kits that people can use to creatively modernize their office spaces. He started PlayWood , a company that offers innovative 3D-printed polyamide connectors that can attach user-supplied boards together to make imaginative desks, planters, or bookcases, to name a few. As the connectors don’t damage the boards, modular furniture made with them can be taken apart and reassembled to create different pieces. It’s easy to get creative with PlayWood and design custom furniture to fit your particular space. PlayWood connectors can attach boards at 90 degrees, 105 degrees or 150 degrees. They can be used with boards in varying thicknesses from 1.5 centimeters to 2 centimeters, or about half an inch to 0.7 inches. Users must furnish their own boards, but can use ” every kind of material with a variable thickness .” There are no power tools or even screwdrivers necessary to assemble the furniture; all a builder needs beyond boards and connectors is an Allen key. Related: Giant LEGO bricks snap together into life-size modular furniture If at some point you move or need a new piece of furniture, the old piece can easily be taken apart and reassembled into something new. Not using that side table as much as you thought you might? You can take it apart and transform it into a trendy bookcase. Guerrieri believes in “ modularity and creative freedom ,” and wanted to offer creatives the chance to change their furniture as their businesses evolved. The furniture that can be built with his connector kits is also sustainable – not only can PlayWood connectors be reused several times, but they are recyclable and “ eco-friendly .” PlayWood offers instructions for furniture like a hexagonal bookcase, cube planter, roller sofa, or modular desk. Kits are fairly inexpensive: a hexagonal kit with two 150 degree connectors and four 105 degree connectors is currently on sale for 15 Euros, or around $16. A square kit with six 90 degree connectors is 20 Euros, or about $22. Connectors can also be purchased separately for 3.50 Euros, or almost $4. + PlayWood Via Yanko Design Images via PlayWood

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Multi-use Box Hyperactive sofa can be transformed to suit any space

May 26, 2016 by  
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The Hannabi Urban Nomad Box Hyperactive sofa system is a transforming sofa designed with first-time home buyers, those who move often or those who live in small spaces in mind. Urban Nomad allows for easy variability particularly if living space is at a premium. The four basic elements can be used for sleeping, lounging, having meals on and more – all with the size of a little couch. The mobile back-rest provides stable support while the two sides allow for multiple positions. The Urban Nomad is not just flexible, it is also very high quality, made with traditional hardwood frames, high quality raw materials and durable textiles therefore, the sofa system is perfectly suitable for the smallest members of the family and for the four-legged-friends. + Hannabi

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Husband and wife team designs timeless reclaimed wood structures

May 26, 2016 by  
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Wife and husband designer-builders Monica Reskala and Christopher Weiss produce these gorgeously unique hand carved structures from reclaimed and sustainably harvested lumbers . Since 2002, their design/build practice MRCW has been dedicated to crafting beautiful, timeless structures out of their 3200 sq. ft woodshop in Oakland, California. From architecture to landscape structures and furniture, design and construction go hand in hand, informing one another throughout the process. The duo operates from a slow craft philosophy: they believe that if one is to make a product or create a space for human use, then one should do so as conscientiously as possible. Like the slow food of architecture, what MRCW is committed to is not only the aesthetics of slow, but a way of making. + MCRW 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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Dymitr Malcew’s Tree House modules provide privacy in open-plan offices

October 9, 2015 by  
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Studio Muda turns wood pallets into modular furniture to minimize waste

September 22, 2015 by  
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Studio Muda has designed modular wood pallet furniture that generates zero waste during the construction process. Many current wood pallet solutions use entire pallets just be stacking them with very low flexibility to dismantle them to build a new object, thus generating some waste in the process. Studio Muda’s final concept creates a module that is flexible for multiple uses and stacking purposes, while still utilizing the whole pallet without creating any waste. + Studio Muda 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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Former Apple execs launch line of cleverly built and packaged sustainable furniture

August 26, 2015 by  
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