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Inexpensive, Easy-Assembly Shipping Container Home

An attractive shipping container house shows the benefits of prefab living.
November 13, 2014
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How Much Could You Do with 270 Square Feet?

Taking its lead from a Swedish building code, a new book proposes ingenious concepts that can fit in 270 square feet.
November 13, 2014
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The Future is Here: Self-Assembling Furniture Powered by Mini Robots

Arranging and rearranging furniture isn’t uncommon, but what if your chairs and tables could anticipate your needs and reconfigure themselves? Roombots, a project from Ecole Polytechnique Federerale de Lausanne (EPFL) that was funded by the Swiss NCCR in Robotics, explores simple modular robots that create moving, self-assembling furniture.
November 11, 2014
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The Ultimate Ride: VIP Helicopter with Plush Interior

Italian and Singaporean design team Lanzavecchia + Wai dreamed up a luxury ride for helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland. Featuring a light palette, plush leather seats, and LED lights, the comfortable cabin turns private air transport into an even more luxurious affair. Read more about the duo, one of our 2013 Young Guns, here.
November 11, 2014
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A 3-D Printed, Interactively Designed Lamp

LimeMakers, a Berlin-based 3-D printing start-up, wants to turn your photographs into a faceted lamp.
November 7, 2014
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Creative Proposals for New Teaching Facility at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

A design competition drew submissions for a new teaching facility, dubbed the ONE Lab, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard's renovated Building 128. The building is among a series of structures dedicated to innovation; the site also contains the New Lab, a 161,000 square foot hub for design prototyping. Here, take a look at the winning concepts.
November 7, 2014
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French Archives Building Wrapped in a Dazzling Gold Shell

A renovation of the Marne departmental archives in Reims, France by Hamonic + Masson & Associés resulted in a golden annex that drastically expands archival storage space, while adding a modern face to a space geared toward the past.
November 4, 2014
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A Clever System Turns Nearly Anything into a Shelf

Two Detroit-based designers create a brilliant system that turns nearly any flat surface into a shelf or table. We go behind the scenes to see how the products are made.
November 3, 2014
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Cheap and Clean Hanging Storage Tactic: Pegboard

Pegboards are the Pinterest-proved interior organization tool du jour: cheap, easy to mount, and far more interesting than a plain white wall. Here are six ways to work with pegboard.
October 31, 2014
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