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

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    MioCulture 3D Wallpaper

    October 2, 2:28 PM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    These 12x12 inch wallcovering tiles add dimension and accoustic dampening to any room. Made from 100% post-consumer paper, they can also be recycled at the end of their lifecycle. They can be painted to any hue; we reccommend a latex-free,

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    Kohei Odaka: Black Cube

    September 30, 3:11 PM by TreeHugger in Bathroom Design

    Kohei Odaka's entry into Designtope's "The Restroom of the 21st Century" contest took first prize. Titled "Black Cube", the rectangular room is made from charcoal, which dehumidifies, deodorizes and de-ionizes the air. The dark room has just one source

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    Crate&Barrel; "Kona" Coconut Wood Rug

    September 30, 1:40 PM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    It's good news when big business provides the masses with green products. Crate&Barrel;'s Kona rug is made from links of coconut wood (aka palmwood) harvested from trees that no longer bear fruit. $49-599 at

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    FutureShack by Sean Godsell

    September 29, 11:59 PM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    Aussie architect Sean Godsell's small masterpiece is a refugee housing unit made from a ready-made, re-used shipping container. Super-efficient and simple, but made to last and protect, the unit uses a bare minimum of industry materials. Since it's

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    Heatherwick "Plank" Table/Stool

    September 29, 12:22 AM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    This table/stool is so cool. Made from one piece of FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) wood, it can be extended all the way out flat to be a just a plank (and easily stored), folded into a table, or folded again into a stool. Multi-purpose for

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    Comber's "Denta" Wood Stool

    September 27, 8:53 AM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    Brent Comber's Denta stool has a simple, clean aesthetic that looks and feels as natural as it is, without looking like it belongs on a commune (not that we are against a groovy commune, baby...). Like much of his furniture, it's made from fallen

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    Rais Gabo Wood-burning stove

    September 23, 12:06 PM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    We know what you're thinking. Woodburning? Treehugger?But if you like the idea of curling up next to a cozy hearth while the silent snow is coming down all around, and you hate the country-kitchen look of most wood-burning stoves, and you especially

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    Eshelman Pottery Espresso cups

    September 23, 9:56 AM by TreeHugger in Kitchen Design

    By Paul Eshelman and informed by Japanese/Chinese crafts, American Shaker traditions, and contemporary Architecture. Eshelman uses red stoneware clay heated to the point of vitrification so as to create a non-porous surface. At Treehugger, we like

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    SpectraDecor Luminous Knobs

    September 23, 9:43 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    These cabinet, drawer knobs and pulls glow!. USA-made with 100 percent recycled glass and satin pewter. Available in 27 frosty or shiny, glossy colors.

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    Mutlu Tablegarden

    September 22, 8:05 AM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    Tablegarden! Ok, so the Tablegarden isn't that new (it was first exhibited at the Milan Salone del Mobile in 2002), but it certainly is green, at least in the middle of its top. Its designers, Inci Mutlu, of Turkey, thought it would be nice for people

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    Muji Muj Muji

    September 21, 11:21 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Muji is like a Japanese Ikea, but that uses recycled cardboard instead of brand-new birch veneer. Muji prides itself on using materials like unbleached cotton for socks and young plantation pines (harvesting them allows older pines to thrive). Normally,

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    Organic Straits hand towels

    September 21, 8:34 AM by TreeHugger in Bathroom Design

    First of all, any company that admits, "By attending an environmental conference, which we were requested to attend...we realized the shameful reality of our lack of environmental awareness," has a self-awareness that seems, quite frankly, impossible (at

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    Morrison Cork Stool/Table

    September 20, 12:42 PM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    Beautiful cork table/stool. By Jasper Morrison in 2002 for Mooi. Cork is the bark of a tree that evolved to withstand harsh conditions on the Iberian peninsula. Long lasting, mold/fire resistant, soft and is harvested repeatedly from the same tree. Go

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    Think Office Chair

    September 20, 7:18 AM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    The Think chair should make us all do just that. Created in collaboration with McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (the fathers of "Cradle-to-Cradle" design and other smarties, this task seat was designed to make a dent in the mid-priced ergonomic

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    Wei-Chieh Tu Ceramic Containers

    September 17, 3:24 PM by TreeHugger in Kitchen Design

    Beautiful. Designed to be smelled. Wei-Chieh Tu at Pratt won an honorable mention from ID for these. Read more at ::ID Online william88tu@yahoo for

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    Folding Eucalyptus Bench

    September 17, 9:43 AM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    The elegant *folding* Magnolia Bench is made of ::FSC certified eucalyptus. Strong as teak but 1/3 the price, the Eucaliptus Grandi, named because of the impressive large size to which it grows, is imported from Vietnam. Creative Woodwork

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    Glowstar Solar Lantern

    September 17, 9:18 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    This modified lantern stores energy during the day from a solar panel. A low cost, enviro-friendly solution to provide poor African countries with light (90% of Kenya doesn't have an electrical grid!) Made of glass-filled polypropylene, a durable and

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    No-flush Urinal

    September 16, 1:05 AM by TreeHugger in Bathroom Design

    This one's for the boys. or perhaps for the more nimble of the ladies. You pee into a normal looking urinal that is missing a flusher. Gravity does its work and this little EcoTrap thingy (recyclable) in the urinal containing "Blue Seal" (biodegradable)

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