Is this massive folded skyscraper trolling New York City’s obsession with size?

March 29, 2017 by  
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New York City’s obsession with building ultra-tall, skinny skyscrapers should come as a surprise to no one. For decades, architects and developers have worked to “out-phallic” each other to seize prestige and obscene amounts of cash. New York-based Oiio Studio has had enough of the taller-is-better trend – and they’re now aiming to create the “longest skyscraper in the world” – aptly dubbed “The Big Bend” – to draw attention to the city’s absurd real estate situation. The proposed Big Bend aims to be the longest skyscraper on the globe – topping out even Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – by folding the tower in half in an inverted U-shape. Big Bend is a 4,000-foot-tall paperclip-shaped skyscraper that would loom over the towers along New York City’s Billionaire’s Row . The plans evoke an ultra-modern atmosphere with images of top-hatted rich men taking center stage in the renderings. According to the architects, the “bendy” design responds to the city’s uber-tall skyscrapers , which have been criticized for “bending” building codes and using their height to command exorbitant prices. Related: World’s tallest timber skyscraper proposed for London The building proposal for the Big Bend reads, “We usually learn about the latest tallest building and we are always impressed by its price per square foot. It seems that a property’s height operates as a license for it to be expensive. New York City’s zoning laws have created a peculiar set of tricks trough which developers try to maximize their property’s height in order to infuse it with the prestige of a high rise structure. But what if we substituted height with length? What if our buildings were long instead of tall? If we manage to bend our structure instead of bending the zoning rules of New York we would be able to create one of the most prestigious buildings in Manhattan.” In an interview with Quartz , Oiio’s Ioannis Oikonomou explains that the project aims “to raise awareness on the extreme law-bending that the emergence of such structures requires by proposing an even more extreme, yet achievable, scenario.” The fact that the design is feasible is what makes the Big Bend design even more intriguing. With current high-tech engineering and elevators that can move horizontally as well as vertically, the U-shaped tower could potentially be built – and it even complies with current NYC zoning laws. “There is nothing particularly demanding that has not been already tested within existing high-rise structures,” Oikonomou says. If fact, if the skyscraper design came to fruition, its size would overtake Dubai’s Burj Khalifa , which at 2,722 feet, is the world’s tallest (and longest) building. + Oiio Studio Via CNN Imags via Oiio Studio

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Andrea Claire’s sculptural chandeliers transition from fine art to green lighting at the flip of a switch

June 1, 2016 by  
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Andrea Claire ‘s unique hand-crafted lighting fixtures are lovely to behold during the day, but are even more magical when switched on at night. Thoughtfully made in Claire’s Brooklyn studio, the collection of unique pendant lamps and chandeliers appear as cutting edge (and totally opaque) hanging sculptures when they’re not turned on. But when illuminated at night, their vibrant textures and colors become visible thanks to the glow of the LED bulbs within. Trained as an architect and artist, Claire began designing sustainable light fixtures after gaining experience working for Frank Gehry, Liz Larner and Vito Acconci. With her fine art experience, she developed a line of interchangeable products that could transition from fine art objects to functional objects at the flip of a switch. Related: Graypants’ Mobius Lamp mimics flocks of starlings with sparkling cubes strung from fiber optic cables Combining the fine art aesthetics of Cubism with durable, long-lasting materials, Claire’s light fixtures, wall pieces and chandeliers double as sculpture and hanging mobiles. The geometric pieces are made from sustainable wood, quality porcelain and fine metals, hand painted in either wood or color finishes that change when illuminated. Each piece is also completely customizable to suit any interior. Claire’s beautiful fixtures challenge the role of lighting in our homes, forcing us to reconsider a need beyond illumination. + Andrea Claire

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Modular Amuneal shelves create flexible wall storage for tight spaces

May 31, 2016 by  
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Amuneal’s state-of-the-art system has been installed in museums, retail stores, and private residences around the country. Each unit is made in the USA and built in Philadelphia, PA out of oxidized oak and glass shelves, steel hooks, and a solid brass framework that secures to the wall. Replete with credenzas, industrial strength storage baskets, and elegant space to display collectibles, the modular series can be configured for a variety of needs. The swinging shelves make it especially easy to access stowed items, and LED light bars can also be integrated into each Collector’s Shelving Unit . This luxury shelving is built to last with beautiful materials that truly stand the test of time. Each unit is customized for the buyer’s interior, and so it will cost a pretty penny. The varied designs range from all sorts of subtle shelving styles, with each unit designed to accentuate collectibles (hence the name). Once the framework is installed, the shelves can be seamlessly exchanged for different finishes, colors, and styles. The company’s meticulous attention to detail, simple use of materials, and customization capabilities all work towards a goal of making smaller spaces more chic and livable. RELATED: Stylish and minimalist micro-apartment makes the most of small-space living One of the most interesting features of Amuneal is their modular glass option that is specifically designed for kitchens. These 1/2” thick shelves are a gorgeous way to display dishes, pantry items, or even plants, as demonstrated in this stunning display at the 2016 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) during New York Design Week. + Amuneal All images © Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat.

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14 awesome green designs spotted at BKLYN Designs 2015

May 8, 2015 by  
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HELLO BROOKLYN! Inhabitat is reporting live today from BKLYN Designs , one of our favorite New York Design Week events. The “locally grown, internationally known” showcase of Brooklyn-made and designed furniture kicked off this morning in a massive new location with lots to see and do from design eye candy and seminars and workshops, to food trucks and a fun playground for the little ones. The Inhabitat team has been criss-crossing the floor of the Brooklyn Expo Center handpicking the coolest green offerings at the show. Step inside our gallery to see what we’ve found so far, and don’t forget to put your design detective skills to the test by joining our Inhabifinds Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes like a $100 gift pack from By Brooklyn and a vase based on your own face from Fahz ! Read the rest of 14 awesome green designs spotted at BKLYN Designs 2015 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , BKLYN Designs , bklyn designs 2015 , brooklyn design , Brooklyn designers , brooklyn goods , eco design , eco furniture , furniture made in brooklyn , goods made in brooklyn , green design , green designers , green home furnishings , made in brooklyn , nyc design , sustainable design

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20 awesome green designs spotted at BKLYN Designs 2015

May 6, 2015 by  
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HELLO BROOKLYN! Inhabitat is reporting live today from BKLYN Designs, one of our favorite New York Design Week events. The “locally grown, internationally known” showcase of Brooklyn-made and designed furniture kicked off this morning in a massive new location with lots to see and do from design eye candy and seminars and workshops, to food trucks and a fun playground for the little ones. The Inhabitat team has been criss-crossing the floor of the Brooklyn Expo Center handpicking the coolest green offerings at the show. Step inside our gallery to see what we’ve found so far, and don’t forget to put your design detective skills to the test by joining our Inhabifinds Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes like a $100 gift pack from By Brooklyn and a vase based on your own face from Fahz! Read the rest of 20 awesome green designs spotted at BKLYN Designs 2015 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BKLYN Designs , bklyn designs 2015 , brooklyn design , Brooklyn designers , brooklyn goods , eco design , furniture made in brooklyn , goods made in brooklyn , green design , green home furnishings , made in brooklyn , nyc design , sustainable design

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Does BKLYN Designs 2014!

May 27, 2014 by  
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If you weren’t able to make it to BKLYN Designs this year, see what you missed in our new video of the Inhabitat editors shouting out their favorite green designs from the show. From reclaimed wood sofas to a poker table made out of recycled materials, check out the what’s in in Brooklyn this year – and don’t forget to see who’s in at the end of the clip. + BKLYN Designs on Inhabitat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , best of bklyn designs , BKLYN design , BKLYN Designs , bklyn designs 2009 video , BKLYN DESIGNS New Talent Award , brooklyn furniture , brooklyn interiors , brooklyn made furniture , design trade show , DUMBO trade show , eco design , eco products , eco-friendly furniture , energy efficient lighting , green design , green products , local design , new york city design , nyc design , sustainable design , Sustainable Materials , sustianable materials

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6 Super Easy Eco-Home Changes You Can Make for $20 or Less

May 27, 2014 by  
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Historic NYC Building to Be Topped with Shigeru Ban-Designed Rooftop Penthouses

January 21, 2014 by  
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A pair of sexy rooftop penthouses designed by Shigeru Ban will soon be topping a historical building in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The 2-level additions appear to be quite modern in design, but still complement the striking architecture of the building, which dates back to 1882. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cast Iron Building , cast iron house , eco design , green design , nyc architecture , nyc design , nyc penthouses , rooftop homes , shigeru ban , shigeru ban penthouses , sustainable design , tribeca penthouse , Vierendeel truss        

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Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

January 21, 2014 by  
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