Ore Streams: Studio Formafantasma creates striking furniture from salvaged e-waste

December 15, 2017 by  
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Millions of tons of e-waste clog up our landfills every year, but Studio Formafantasma is on a mission to breathe new life into the world’s discarded electronics. Designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin just unveiled “ Ore Streams ” – a new collection of geeky chic office furniture made from salvaged e-waste. According to the designers, “The collection of objects created for Ore Streams act as a trojan horse, using form and colour to initiate a deeper exploration of ‘above ground mining’ and the complex role design plays in transforming natural resources into desirable products.” Ore Streams is a collection of office furniture including a cabinet, desk, table, low chair, and a series of accessories such as a lamp, shelf and trash can. All of the products were made from e-waste – including dead-stock or recycled materials. Related: New biodegradable semiconductor could make e-waste a thing of the past While many designers who strive to mask repurposed products under a glossy new façade, Formafantasma’s furniture celebrates its techy origins. At first glance, the furniture may appear like any brand of austere, contemporary furniture, however the objects have retained much of their original features. The minimalist table incorporates an aerating grid from an old microwave, along with old mobile phone castings on the underside. The original body of the microwave can be found built into a shelf, while an entire keyboard has been inserted onto the side of the desk. + Studio Formafantasma Images via Studio Formafantasma

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Luxurious eco-resort overlooks Sri Lankans most famous wildlife park

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Sri Lanka’s most celebrated wildlife park is famous for leopards, elephants, and sloth bears—and now Yala National Park is also known for a stunning, sustainably minded safari camp next door. Designed by Nomadic Resorts and Bo Reudler Studio , the Wild Coast Tented Lodge is an eco-resort with organic architecture set between golden beaches and the national park’s jungles. Located on the country’s southern tip, the “five-star” lodge welcomed its first guests in November 2017 and promises an unprecedented intimate experience of Yala with unique and luxurious offerings. Created for Resplendent Ceylon, the Wild Coast Tented Lodge comprises a collection of grid-shell bamboo buildings clad in reclaimed teak shingles and 28 cocoon five-star suites. The arched buildings, organized in six clusters, mimic the area’s giant rocks and boulders and are placed in a shape suggestive of a leopard’s paw print. High vaulted ceilings and large openings let in natural light, ventilation, and outdoor views. Natural and local materials were mainly used in construction and help seamlessly blend the organic architecture into the surrounding dryland forests. A rich palette of copper, brass, terrazzo , and textiles complement the materials. “The five-star lodge is designed to give visitors an intimate experience of Yala, celebrating the flora, fauna and culture of the area with minimal intrusion on the landscape,” wrote Nomadic Resorts. “Local influences form an integral part of the project, from vernacular traditions and materials to community involvement. The architecture references natural formations in Yala’s landscape, namely the massive rounded boulders scattered throughout the park, at a macro scale, and termite mounds, at a micro scale. Adopting a human scale in between, the camp’s main buildings appear as outcrops of boulder-like pavilions clustered organically together at either end of the site.” Related: Breezy Bungalow Mathugama Stands on Stilts Over the Sri Lankan Jungle Solar energy will provide 40 percent of the eco-resort’s energy needs and graywater is recycled for irrigation. Organic waste is composted onsite for use in the landscape, while the hotel’s conservation station is set up to monitor and protect vulnerable wildlife such as the Sri Lankan leopard. Guests can choose between the Cocoon Pool Suite, Cocoon Suite, and the Family Cocoon Suite that sport an adjacent twin-bedded Urchin tent for kids and young adults. Sixteen of the property’s suites are placed around a watering hole designed to attract wildlife. Rates at the Wild Coast Tented Lodge start at $354 a night for one or $384 for two in the Cocoon Suite. + Wild Coast Tented Lodge Images by Nomadic Resorts and Marc Hernandez Folguera

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Emergent Structures challenges furniture design students to transform waste into striking work desks

July 13, 2015 by  
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Jobs needed one. Gates needed one. Even Alexander Graham Bell needed one. Without a table to work on, there’s not an entrepreneur in history who could’ve gotten their ideas off the ground (bad pun intended). So, when Savannah-based non-profit Emergent Structures focused its innovative waste repurposing mission on supporting local entrepreneurs, making tables for Savannah’s newest entrepreneurial space made a lot of sense. Emergent Structures partnered with The Creative Coast to provide locally sourced and fabricated office tables for their 16,000 sq ft entrepreneurial center, the Creator’s Foundry . Read the rest of Emergent Structures challenges furniture design students to transform waste into striking work desks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Creative Coast , Emergent Structures , non profit , reader submission , recycled furniture , Recycled Materials , recycling , repurposed furniture , reuse , Savannah College of Art and Design

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6 inspirational ideas for barn conversions

July 13, 2015 by  
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This beautiful furniture by Emilie Mazeau-Langlais is actually made from cardboard

February 3, 2015 by  
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Oxgut Hose Company Makes Household Products Using Reclaimed Fire Hose

December 3, 2014 by  
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What happens to fire hose once it has reached the end of its use? At Oxgut Hose Co., they become just about anything for the home that you can imagine, like seating, rugs or a even a firehose wood carrier. The company, which is based in Oakland, CA. works with Bay Area designers and artisans to make furniture and accessories that feature reclaimed fire hose, keeping them out of the landfill. Oxgut Hose Co., named for the first fire hose used in Ancient Greece, also helps give back to the community by donating a portion of the proceeds to Alisa Ann Ruch Foundation . + Oxgut Hose Co. 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: fire hose , Oxgut Hose , Oxgut Hose Company , reader submission , reader submitted content , reclaimed fire hose , reclaimed furniture , reclaimed home products , reclaimed products , recycled chairs , recycled furniture , recycling , repurposes fire hose

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A Glance Back at the Best in Green Design at the Buenos Aires 2013 CASA FOA Festival

October 1, 2014 by  
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This Amsterdam Hotel’s Climbable Mountain-Like Furniture Welcomes Adventurous Travelers

October 1, 2014 by  
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Dutch Designer Upcycles Trash into Funky Functional Furniture That Rival IKEA Hacks

May 8, 2014 by  
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Michael Neville’s Colorful Rockers Are Made From Recycled Cardboard

February 13, 2014 by  
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Designer Michael Neville created these colorful recycled rockers as a material exploration of post-consumer cardboard pulp and natural dyes. The rockers are designed as functional furniture for young children. Neville’s intent was to create a playful and heirloom quality product using a common recyclable material. The sustainable program of this series is further supported through the use of natural dyes and hardwoods indigenous to North America. + Michael Neville 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: “green furniture” , “sustainable furniture” , colonial turds , eco furniture , green design , green interiors , green products , Michael Neville , recycled furniture , Recycled Materials , sustainable design        

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