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  1. Bioplastic: Green or Greenwashing?
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    Bioplastic: Green or Greenwashing?

    There's a vast field of opportunity right now for designing every day objects using new materials that make them safer and more sustainable. Food containers—which we throw away in astonishing...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.01.08

  2. Coin Lamp
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    Coin Lamp

    There are all sorts of devices emerging these days that are meant to monitor and increase awareness of our energy consumption habits. From high-concept products like Die Electric, which we...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.03.08

  3. MUJI to GO Opens at JFK
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    MUJI to GO Opens at JFK

    MUJI, the Japanese brand famous for being tastefully brandless, will soon open a retail shop in JetBlue's new Terminal 5 at New York's JFK airport. The terminal, which was originally designed by...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.08.08

  4. Fabrics by the People, for the People
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    Fabrics by the People, for the People

    Since the dawn of e-commerce, many businesses have been liberated from the steep costs of renting retail space and paying salespeople to walk the floor. With the advent of Web 2.0, entrepreneurs...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.10.08

  5. The Energy Seed
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    The Energy Seed

    Because I have been told time and again that disposing of batteries in the garbage is a terribly destructive thing to do, I generally collect my spent batteries in an old container in my house. My...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.19.08

  6. Revolving Hotel Room
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    Revolving Hotel Room

    Some hotel designers have an exhibitionist streak that leads them to embed opportunities for surreptitious glances into ordinarily anonymous guest rooms and hallways.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.22.08

  7. Propellor Design's Furrow Parkade
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    Propellor Design's Furrow Parkade

    While scanning the new products at one of my favorite design retail sites, Supermarket, I found a pendant lamp that I'm now coveting. Propellor Design's Furrow Parkade light is made from laminated...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.27.08

  8. Prefab in Philadelphia
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    Prefab in Philadelphia

    In the design and architecture world, the Museum of Modern Art's prefab exhibition, Home Delivery, was big news during its three-month appearance in New York. It closed just the other day, but...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.29.08

  9. New Product: EasyBloom Plant Sensor
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    New Product: EasyBloom Plant Sensor

    Although we're headed into the chill of winter, it's not too soon to start planning for planting when spring showers arrive. If you worry that the garden of your dreams exceeds the limitations of...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    11.01.08

  10. The Vegetal Chair
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    The Vegetal Chair

    The Bouroullec brothers continue to prove that there's no limit to variation and innovation in chair design. One of their newest creations, set to debut this week in Langenthal, Switzerland, at...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    11.05.08

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    DesignWeek Monterrey

    Last week I traveled to Monterrey, Mexico, to speak at DesignWeek Monterrey, an annual conference hosted by CEDIM (Cento de Estudios Superiores de Diseño de Monterrey), one of the country's...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    11.11.08

  12. House Nutrition Labels
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    House Nutrition Labels

    As consumers become increasingly interested in knowing the backstory behind the things they buy, it's often suggested that we ought to have nutrition labels on more than just packaged food. What if...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    11.18.08

  13. Gmail Theme Lab
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    Gmail Theme Lab

    A quiet but significant change took place yesterday, and it likely affected many of you: Gmail launched "Themes"—a new feature that caused your old familiar inbox screen to change...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    11.23.08

  14. Introducing the Power Slider for iPhone
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    Introducing the Power Slider for iPhone

    I finally joined the cult of iPhone a few weeks ago and overall I'm thrilled with my new gadget. Though some might argue it's not healthy to enable Internet addiction to the extent iPhone makes...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    11.27.08

  15. 2009 Calendars on Etsy
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    2009 Calendars on Etsy

    The time has come to start seeking out a 2009 calendar. While the boring black-jacketed day planner is sometimes a necessity, a wall or desk calendar with a bit more style can be a nice way to keep...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.08.08

  16. Inhabitat Shop
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    Inhabitat Shop

    Just in time for the holidays, our friends over at Inhabitat launched an online retail shop today.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.09.08

  17. Ceramics from Ezme Designs
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    Ceramics from Ezme Designs

    While I generally eschew plastic tableware in favor of ceramic and glass, which both last longer and do less damage to the environment (unless you break them), I've had a hard time resisting the...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.10.08

  18. Pipe Planter by Nobuhiro Sato
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    Pipe Planter by Nobuhiro Sato

    For botanically-minded architecture lovers, this is quite cute. While searching the wide world of online gift guides, I came across this planter by Nobuhiro Sato of Pull+Push.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.13.08

  19. Waterpod: A Nomad Habitation for the Climate Changed Future
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    Waterpod: A Nomad Habitation for the Climate Changed Future

    While scientists usually get the big headlines for research and forecasts related to global warming, many artists and designers are proposing their own noteworthy responses to this monumental...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.15.08

  20. The Grass Phone
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    The Grass Phone

    Korea is a known hub for high-tech design, and it's increasingly a hotspot for innovation among young designers learning their trade in a gadget-loving place.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    12.17.08

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