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CULTURE
Ellie Irons and the Art of Survival in "Invasive Pigments"
The unofficial colors of NYC seem to be shades of gray and black, found in the wardrobes of the average resident to the concrete pavements and city streets. Though not entirely true, one color that is generally thought to be missing from view is...
DESIGN
Studio Swine's Sea Chair: Into The Gyre
After creating the award-winning Sea Chair (made from discarded plastic washed up on beaches), London-based design duo Studio Swine has decided to take their project to the next level. Not content with the attention they have already drawn to the...
STYLE
Wear No Evil
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, an estimated 14.3 million tons of textiles waste were generated in 2012—that's not necessarily something you think about when trying to wiggle into a pair of jeans in the fitting room. There have...
STYLE
Bamboo Bay
by Emily Millett Originally from London and Northampton, board sports enthusiasts Ludi Ludlow and Amy Roberts are now proud to count themselves amongst the colorfully diverse residents of Brighton in southern England. This surf-friendly coastal...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Capsule Video: Santa & Cole
Sponsored content: Producing indoor and outdoor products since the 1980s, iconic Spanish furniture brand Santa & Cole is one of the lesser-known but more innovative design firms in existence. The forward-thinking company continues to expand into...
STYLE
Natural Cotton Color
While most think of caipirinhas and Havianas when it comes to Brazil, you might not know that the country leads the environmental movement in several areas. Already home to a nation of flex-fuel cars and Osklen's fish-skin shoes, a new fashion...
STYLE
Jojo
Jojo, an altruistic Belgian shoe brand, picks up where philanthropic companies like Toms leave off. Designed to look like a bandaged foot, for every pair of Jojo shoes purchased, they plant one tree or provide one person with a year of clean drinking...
DESIGN
Schwinn Vestige
Presented at Eurobike 2010 (where it took home a Gold Award for innovation), the Schwinn Vestige is finally hitting the mainstream market, selling in stores across the U.S. toward the end of July 2011. The biodegradable bike is made from recyclable...
TECH
Our Choice
Based on a fantastic user interface designed by Our Choice" has been reinvigorated for the iPad as an app that launches today. We previewed the new version, produced by Rodale and Melcher Media, which lays out Gore's take on the looming global climate...
STYLE
Beyond Coal
The comfy underwear brand with a mission, Pact recently teamed up with like-minded environmentalists the Sierra Club to do something about one of the leading causes of smog, acid rain, global warming and air toxins. Tapping college universities as...
DESIGN
R2B2
StudioMontag, an open association of product designers and students who met at Germany's Bauhaus-University Weimar, share an interest in transforming daily life into something incredible. A brilliant illustration of their creative thinking, the...
CULTURE
Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Season 1
Can you name the early '90s TV show that featured appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Sheen, Meg Ryan, Malcolm McDowell, Phyllis Diller, Neil Patrick Harris, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum and Elizabeth Taylor? Pop-culture aficionados will recognize...
TECH
Smart Grid Athletic Lights
A finalist in the Philip's Livable Cities Awards, Andrew Burdick's "Smart Athletic Grid Light" prototype has enormous potential to prove how urban development and sustainable design can work together. In association with Ennead, the idea was seeded...
TECH
Rainbow Warrior
Signaling a bold new direction in NGO fundraising traditions, Greenpeace recently launched a campaign to symbolically sell off pieces of its newest Rainbow Warrior ship, currently under construction in Germany. The third in a fleet of boats enabling...
DESIGN
Ecovative Ecocradle
Founded just a few years ago by two Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads, the environmentally-friendly firm Ecovative is already proving themselves valuable with their new solution to problematically wasteful shipping materials. The Ecocradle...
TECH
Sourcemap
Whole Foods signage lists veggie origins so why shouldn't you know where your computer comes from? Like most commonplace products, despite the public's growing desire to know sources, tracing supply chains isn't easy to do. Enter the user-driven...
DESIGN
Oil & Water Do Not Mix
Putting a new spin on medium as message, advertising firm Happiness in Brussels created this limited-edition line of posters by substituting oil for traditional ink. The screen prints, designed by Anthony Burrill, make their anti-offshore...
CULTURE
Downtown From Behind
Casting the lens on NYC's backside, Downtown From Behind stands out from among the fashion-blog mayhem for its altogether unconventional spin on this increasingly standard form of style photography. The newly-launched site showcases back views of...
TECH
Blest Machine
While denaturing plastics is a relatively common practice, the compact Blest machine simplifies the process to a "safe to use at home" degree. Claiming to be the safest, cleanest and most user-friendly form yet, inventor Akinori Ito's portable...
DESIGN
Fragile Future Chandelier
Among stunning 20th-century artworks from European galleries, there's always a contemporary design gem or two to be found at London's Art + Design Pavilion. In 2008 we came across rAndom International’s Temporary Printing Machine at The Carpenters...
DESIGN
Holstee Recycled Wallets
Keeping your cards and cash secure, vegan-friendly Holstee wallets are made from found materials sourced around the streets of Delhi. The slim Holstee wallets are the brainchild of brothers Mike and Dave Radparvar and friend Fabian Pfortmüller...
DESIGN
Life Box
Fungi expert Paul Stamets' Life Box infuses cardboard with seeds for a plantable shipping container. Simply tear up the box, bury it in the ground and water the area to get various forms of vegetation to sprout. Made from recycled paper and printed...
DESIGN
Levi's Denim Insulation
The Levi's headquarters in San Francisco is currently under renovation and while there are many changes and improvements in the works, an innovation that caught our attention was the use of recycled denim for building insulation. Levi's first endeavor...
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