This electricity-free LED lamp is powered by living bacteria

November 3, 2016 by  
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Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen has unveiled a fascinating LED pendant lamp that is powered by living, electrochemically-active bacteria. Called “Spark of Light,” this lamp builds on van Dongen’s previous work harnessing bioluminescent bacteria. The lamp is completely self-contained, and can operate without a plug or batteries. However, the organisms within do need to be fed to continue producing light. The spherical lamp is made of four separate compartments containing the bacteria . As long as they’re happy and healthy, these microorganisms constantly give off small electrical currents. An electrode within each section captures these currents and powers the LEDs in the center of the light. Van Dongen explained in an interview with Dezeen that as long as a teaspoon of acetate is added to the fluid within the lamp every two weeks, the light will continue to glow without any additional electricity, 24 hours a day. Every few months, the vessels within the lamp must be cleaned and refilled with tap water, salt, and vitamins. Related: The Electricity-Free Biobulb Uses Bacteria to Glow in the Dark The Spark of Life is just the latest zero-electricity lighting product van Dongen has developed. It should come as no surprise that she studied biology before deciding to pursue a design education in Eindhoven. With any luck, this innovative lamp will soon be available as a consumer product and not just a prototype. The pendant was showcased last month during 2016 Dutch Design Week. + Teresa van Dongen Via Dezeen

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Solar-powered Vreugdenhil office earns BREEAM-NL Outstanding for its low energy footprint

November 3, 2016 by  
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Triangular in plan, Vreugdenhil’s new head office is built like a work of art that eschews hard corners for rounded edges for a sculptural appearance. Curved glazing wraps around the building to let in copious amounts of natural light that reflect off the mostly white interior surfaces. The office’s most eye-catching feature is the grand spiraling staircase that wraps around a live tree in the center and ascends a light-filled triangular atrium . The office spaces that branch off of the staircase are flexible and designed to encourage employees to socialize and collaborate. Related: Zaha Hadid Architects renovate a derelict fire station into Antwerp’s new BREEAM-rated port headquarters In addition to incorporating natural light to minimize dependence on electricity, the energy-efficient building also includes an intelligent climate control system, a 170-panel solar array system, rainwater collection reused to flush the toilets, and a thermal energy storage system that heats and cools the building. The new office’s comfortable and attractive environment is also aimed to help the company reach its 2020 target to reduce the absenteeism rate to below 4%. + Maas Architecten Via ArchDaily Images via Maas Architecten

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Kichler pendant lamp doubles as a fan for tiny apartments

February 4, 2015 by  
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The Kichler Terna pendant lamp has blades made from translucent polycarbonate instead of wood that stretch up rather than out. Built to not only illuminate kitchen islands, offices, hallways and pool tables, the lamp also has spinning elements that create a refreshing breeze for more confined spaces. Read the rest of Kichler pendant lamp doubles as a fan for tiny apartments Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ceiling fan , ceiling fan for sloped ceiling , ceiling fan for small areas , confined space ceiling fan , green design , green lighting , Kichler , Kichler Terna , kitchen lighting , lamp design , pendant lamp , pendant light , polycarbonate

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Beyoncé launches vegan meal delivery service that will make you and your wallet thinner

February 4, 2015 by  
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Over a year ago, Beyoncé and Jay Z spent 22 days on a strict plant-based diet, in an effort to undergo physical and spiritual cleansing. Now, Beyoncé has announced her continued partnership with the trainer behind the cleanse, Marco Borges. They are launching a vegan meal delivery service under the 22 Days Nutrition brand to help share the wonders of whole foods with anyone with a credit card. However, the meals don’t come with a guarantee that you’ll end up looking like Beyoncé. Read the rest of Beyoncé launches vegan meal delivery service that will make you and your wallet thinner Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 22 Days , 22 Days nutrition , beyonce , diets of famous people , healthy meal delivery , how to eat healthier , ordering vegan meals for delivery , personal chef service , plant-based meals , vegan , vegan challenge , vegetarian

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Paolo Manganaro Designs Unconventional Vialattea Pendant Lamp for Formabilio

October 9, 2014 by  
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Designer Paolo Manganaro has created an unconventional suspended lamp for Formabilio , an Italian brand that specializes in eco-friendly furniture and home accessories. Designed for an owner who can’t just settle on one style, the Vialattea lamp comprises a variety of lampshade shapes. The eye-catching and easy-to-assemble lighting fixture is made from varnished steel and is available in either black or red. + Formabilio 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Formabilio , green lighting , Paolo Manganaro , pendant lamp , reader submitted content , Vialattea

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Crea-Re Studio’s Pendant Lamps Cast Paper in a New Light at the London Design Festival

August 25, 2014 by  
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Crea-Re Studio is a collaborative team comprised of Polish artist Maria Fiter and Italian Marco Migliorisi . Together, they create a number of products which are all unique and hand-crafted in both Poland and Spain. The studio’s name is derived from “CREA” of “creativity” and “RE” for recycling: most of their creations are made with recycled materials, such as lamps made from unwanted newspapers and clips; shelves made from wood that’s destined to be discarded; bags made from old truck tarpaulin, etc. This new series of paper pendant lamps is 100 percent upcycled and eco-friendly . Each light cup is made from recycled paper pulp, and paired with red, yellow, or blue textile cables. They will be on exhibit at the Truman Brewery at this year’s London Design Festival from September 13th to 21st. + Crea-Re Studio + London Design Festival 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: crea-re , crea-re studio , london design , London Design Festival , Marco Migliorisi , Maria Fiter , paper lamp , paper pendant lamp , pendant lamp , recycled paper , recycled paper lamp , upcycled paper

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Alexandra Burr’s 2×4 Pendant Lamp Creates an Interesting Play Between Weight, Material and Light

November 27, 2012 by  
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Alexandra Burr ‘s pendant light is a simple design that reclaims a 2×4 and transforms it into a modernist lamp with an industrial yet subdued look. The salvaged 2×4 has been whitewashed to add a softness to the lamp’s surface aesthetic, and a monofilament suspension line further lightens the mass of the form, making it appear to almost float in the air. An LED strip improves energy efficiency, and a frosted glass lens diffuses light beautifully throughout a room. Through an interesting play between weight, material and illumination, the 2×4 makes for a unique and modern lighting solution. + Alexandra Burr The design 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2×4 pendant lamp , alexandra burr , alexandra burr floating pendant , floating pendant , green lighting , minimalist lamp , modern lighting , recycled materials lamp

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eLocal Infographic Shows Why It’s Important to Shop Local This Holiday Season

November 27, 2012 by  
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Did you participate in Small Business Saturday ? If so, know that your contribution to your local community makes a huge difference. Not only are you sustaining your local economy, but you are also lessening your carbon footprint. Check out the infographic after the jump for a closer look at why it’s important to buy local this holiday season! 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! Read the rest of eLocal Infographic Shows Why It’s Important to Shop Local This Holiday Season Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elocal , green design , infographic , local , local food , local goods , local manufacturing , Products , small business saturday , sustainable design , sustainable lifestyle , why buy local

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Schneid Enlightment’s Beautiful Lamps Are Made from Locally Sourced Wood

November 15, 2012 by  
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German lighting maker  Schneid Enlightment set out to produce a line of lamps that produce warm, indirect light for living rooms. The company’s gorgeous pendant lamps achieve that, and they’re made from sustainably-sourced poplar, ash or oak wood. The materiality and shape of the lamps is very organic, and yet they have a highly graphic symmetry. The lamps are made entirely from wood, and they are suspended from a white fabric cable. For more information, visit Schneid Enlightment’s website . + Schneid Enlightment 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “lighting design” , german lamps , germany , green lamp , green lighting , green lighting design , Niklas Jessen , pendant lamp , poplar lamp , poplar wood , Schneid Enlightment , wood lamp , wooden lamp

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Lampada Recycles Soiled Coffee Filters Into Artistic Light Fixtures

September 21, 2012 by  
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Are you grumpy until you get your coffee ? Love the smell of a fresh pot of Joe? If the world’s most popular caffeinated beverage gets your heart pumping in more ways than one, these beautiful upcycled light fixtures from Lampada should be just your cup of, um, coffee. Handmade by former Brazilian journalist Vilma Farrell, these artistic lamps feature delicate shades made from recycled coffee filters in their natural colors or dyed with vegetables and spices. Read the rest of Lampada Recycles Soiled Coffee Filters Into Artistic Light Fixtures Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Coffee Filter Lamp , coffee filters , etsy , handmade , lampada , Light Fixture , pendant lamp , upcycled

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