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Preview: Modern Lifestyle Lounge

Modern design isn't just for mature, Marcel Breuer-loving adults. Join us at Dwell on Design—and bring your mini modernists—for a plethora of playful designs in our Modern Lifestyle Lounge.
June 24, 2011
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Green Car Test Drive

If you've ever fantasized about driving a silent, uber-green hybrid or electric car, or are thinking about buying one, come out to Dwell on Design in Los Angeles on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 for a free test drive between 11 am and 4 pm. Organized by Ron Cogan of Green Car Journal and GreenCar.com, and held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, attendees can try zipping around town in any of 13 fuel-efficient models.
June 21, 2011
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Love Earth: Eco Ideas and Designs

Victionary's new book, Love Earth, is an ode to green design—the cover is even made from the recycled scraps from the bookmaking process. Inside its cover, the volume starts with a mini-book featuring 100 Eco Ideas, green tips and suggestions solicited from the public and illustrated Guillaume Kashima. (Idea No. 80: Bind cork stoppers with a band as heat insulation coasters for kitchens.) The rest of the book features 100 eco-designs that range from products to packaging. While some are green in their use (or reuse) of materials and their innovative processes, some simply remind you to be conscious of the environment with their quirky, sometimes strange perspectives. We take a closer look at 11 designs featured in Love Earth.
June 3, 2011
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Danny Seo's "Upcycling"

In a new book out this August, upcycling ace Danny Seo guides readers through the craft of taking trash and everyday objects and transforming them into "better, brighter, and cooler things." Armed with humor, wit, and an arsenal of bottles, corks, take-out chopsticks, and other cast-offs, Danny details 90 projects that range from decorating ideas to gifts to entertaining to kid-friendly crafts—and all can be completed in just three steps. We asked Danny a few questions about how the book came about and for some words of wisdom for our Methodology upcycling contest. "Just think if MacGyver were running a Michaels craft store, what would your Methodology result be?" Danny says. Read on to learn more about how Danny got his start and for a sneek peek of Upcycling: Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already Have.
June 2, 2011
In 2006, <a href="http://makezine.com/"><i>Make</i></a> magazine hosted the first Maker Faire in San Mateo, California (located in between San Francisco and San Jose). Since then, it has launched annual "faires" in Detroit and New York City as well as "Mi

Maker Faire 2011

This weekend, Maker Faire—dubbed "the world's largest DIY festival"—took over the San Mateo County Event Center for its two-day do-it-yourself, show-and-tell extravaganza. There were hundreds of makers proudly parading their homemade and home-built wares to the estimated 80,000 people in attendance. Click through our slideshow for some of our favorite finds at the festival.
May 23, 2011
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Grow Bottles

If you live in an apartment or otherwise lack a patch in which to plant a garden, Potting Shed Creations Grow Bottles (also available at sustainable-living shop Branch) might be your answer to indoor herbs. The company is repurposing wine bottles and calling on the art of hydroponics to allow those with limited outdoor resources partake in the gardening fun.
May 16, 2011
David Neivandt, a professor of biological and chemical engineering, has developed a biodegradable golf ball made with lobster shells. Unlike other biodegradable golf balls, this one can be used with both drivers and irons. Photo courtesy of UMaine.

Golf Balls Go Green

At the end of March, the Bangor Daily News reported on a clever new development in the realm of green sporting goods: a biodegradable golf ball made of crushed lobster shells. Professor David Neivandt and group of students at the University of Maine have devised a prototype that plays and feels like a regular golf ball but is made of "ground lobster shell, a natural binding agent, and a golf ball mold purchased on eBay." You wouldn't use it to play a regular round of 18, but the Mainers do see a market on cruise ships, where duffers can get the thrill of whacking a ball out into the sunset without worrying about polluting the sea. In fact, the ball starts to break down in just a week, a process hastened by a good smash from a driver. Check out this video from WLBZ in Bangor to learn more.
April 24, 2011
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Friday Finds 4.22.11

We have the great perk at Dwell to spend our days entrenched in the world of design. In this installment of Friday Finds, have a look at a handful of the things that caught our attention over the last few days: reissued movie posters from the 1980s, lo-fi design, cheerful penguins, and "Survivorman meets Jacques Cousteau." Plus, a special hello to our neighbors in the building across the street, who were an officewide favorite this week.
April 22, 2011
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A Tree Grows in the Dogpatch

Located in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, Treehouse Gallery is part of a movement of contemporary artistic practice that reconsiders the gallery space as a place for community dialogue.  Treehouse does more than showcase the artworks of local, up-and-coming artists. This community space houses workshops, an urban garden, a collective kitchen for cooking demonstrations, and a yoga studio.   
April 11, 2011
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