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Flat pack house has breathable skin that filters light & air

This prototypical house acts as an active interface between its inhabitants and the outside.

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    PV-TV Exterior Building Panels

    October 28, 4:59 PM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    Developed last year by the Tokyo-based MSK Corporation in conjunction with chemical company Kaneka and Japanese architecture firm Taiyo Industries, PV-TV is an amorphous silicon technology that can act as glazing, a solar panel, and even a video display

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    Building the Green Roof

    October 27, 11:54 PM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    Green roofs: they’re not just for hobbits anymore. In fact, they’re beginning to make to their way across the Atlantic from Europe, and one of the places that could use them most is the East Coast... That’s because planted roofs—usually made up of hardy,

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    KDDO Coffee Table

    October 24, 6:45 PM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Christopher Douglas's Knock-Down/Drag-Out Jr. coffee table--the companion to his KDDO dining table, chair, and bed--was an invention of necessity. Tired of frequent packing, moving, and unpacking, he ingeniously devised a line of furniture that suited

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    Ça Soap!

    October 23, 6:48 PM by TreeHugger in Bathroom Design

    What is this, you might ask? It's Ça soap by C.Quoi from Illico Design. Not only does this new-and-improved bar fit ergonomically in your hand, it's made only from natural ingredients--olive oil and laurel oil--with no artificial color or fragrance, so

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    Mirra Chair for Herman Miller

    October 21, 2:51 AM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    When version 1.0 of Herman Miller’s Mirra chair hit the market in Spring 2003, the task chair became an instant classic. Maybe that because it’s designers, Studio 7.5, are committed to an Eamesian design philosophy. Aside from being ergonomically

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    Hudson Credenza by Modernlink

    October 20, 10:17 PM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    Versatility is the key to Modernlink's Hudson credenza, a streamlined achievement in bamboo. With seven seamless drawers, it's finished on all sides so there's no need for it to be a wall flower, yet even at center stage, Hudson is a stunning yet

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    Hauptman Lounge

    October 17, 11:30 PM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    Jonas Hauptman's ReSeat lounge is a wooden shell made from a composite of reconstituted Aspen tree flakes and a formaldehyde free adhesive system. The artist specifically uses Aspen wood because it's fast-growing and easy to plant and harvest. It's also

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    Preserve Toothbrush

    October 16, 9:00 AM by TreeHugger in Bathroom Design

    Can a toothbrush be sexy? It appears so. The Preserve toothbrush is made from post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled plastics. And if you return it to Recycline at the end of its lifecycle, they'll repurpose it. They even provide a postage-paid return

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    Ripple Bench by Toyo Ito

    October 13, 2:48 PM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    Renowned Japanese architect Toyo Ito redesigned his Ripples bench this year and Horm has put it into production. Last month, it won Italy’s prestigious Compasso D’Oro Award, which recognizes the finest in European industrial design. The bench melds

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    Lucy Desk by Richard Holbrook

    October 13, 12:04 PM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    The Lucy desk is part nouveau inspiration, part throwback to days gone by. Designed by Richard Holbrook, the work surface can bear up to 300 pounds, but weighs in at fewer than 40. The hollow body work surface uses less than half the raw materials of a

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    Yotel No-Tell Hotel

    October 13, 8:10 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    Modelled after the little capsule hotel rooms (which we recently saw featured on Comedy Central and Dave Attell's "Insomniac", in the cleverly named "Sloshed in Translation" episode) so popular in Tokyo, U.K. entrepreneurial company Yo! has

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    Metro Paint

    October 11, 2:08 PM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    How cool is this? The regional government of Portland, Ore. is responsible for the area’s waste disposal. As part of their goal to recycle as much as possible, these west-coast brainiacs built a top-notch paint-recycling facility. Collected paint is

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    Mioculture Light Capsule

    October 11, 1:46 PM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Made from 100% wool felt, Mioculture’s pendants have one colored shell to direct light and another to diffuse it. The lights use a florescent light (woohoo!) and are ease to dissemble for recycling when the time comes to lay them to rest. A helpful pdf

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    For Sale By Owner: MD280 Prefab Housing Unit

    October 8, 5:18 PM by TreeHugger in Modular Design

    Since Edgar Blazona is such a modern, progressive type, he'll be auctioning off his much-coveted

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    Lux-us Light Cube

    October 8, 4:25 PM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Max Kistner’s durable, modular Lux-us light cubes are are lit with a circular fluorescent bulb, and can be used indoors or out. We’ve seen them used as storage boxes, bookcases, planters, stools (cushion optional), and even as beer coolers. These boxes

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    Float Bed by Max Longin

    October 7, 3:10 PM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Simplicity is the Float's most complex concept. Made of sustainable wood (maple, unless otherwise specified), Float is easily assembled because it has few parts. Since the components, when disassembled, lie flat, they are compact and efficient for

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    Knoll Life Chair

    October 5, 1:58 PM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    Knoll took a lot of care in designing this desk chair to ensure minimal negative environmental impact. It uses a minimum of materials in its construction and clean manufacturing technology, such as integral coloring on plastic components; burnished

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    Voxia Oto Chair

    October 4, 3:59 PM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    The super sexy Oto chair by Peter Karpf for Voxia is made of laminated beech. It's optimally formed--compression-molded from one piece--so no nasty scraps have to be shaved off, meaning little of its makings end up in the landfill. This one is

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