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Barcelona Bird Feeder by Menu

If this bird feeder looks mildly familiar, you're right! It's based off of Mies van der Rohe's famed Barcelona Pavilion. Your avian pals will surely return to your yard day after day to dine from this mod design.
August 31, 2012
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Plumen Energy Saving Lightbulbs

An Edison bulb's artful filament might be attractive to look at, but its subpar energy consumption isn't nearly as appealing. Enter Plumen's bright idea in fluorescent design ($30), which shatters the stereotype that eco-friendly lighting sources are lacking in the looks department.
August 27, 2012
Revamped Airstream trailer by Burton Naldridge

Trailer Flash

Most folks who kit out a vintage Airstream intend to take it on the road, but Burton Baldridge’s design—a hip new green room for one of the most respected music venues in Austin, Texas—is happy to stay put.
August 20, 2012

Wrapqarw by To-mo-ni

Designer Naoto Yoshida found a new use for scrap wood from the furniture industry in Japan: an organizer to wrangle unruly cords. The clever Wrapqarw contraption ($20–$25) comes in three sizes—small, medium, and large—to help organize everything from headphones to phone chargers to USB cables. To purchase, visit muhshome.com.
August 15, 2012
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Highlights from Dwell on Design 2012

You may have already spied our show floor recaps of Modern Lifestyle, Furniture and Accessories, Kitchen and Bath, and perennial favorite Dwell Outdoor, but here we share our greatest hits from Dwell on Design 2012. From June 22–24, over 27,000 people took to the L.A. Convention center in droves to see the scores of exhibitors, test out the latest furniture and gadgets, listen in on talks by design and thought leaders, and view live demonstrations (and that's not counting the 3,000 people who participated in Dwell Design Week events, like our home tours and showroom talks). Click through our slideshow for a snippet of Dwell on Design 2012.
June 27, 2012
modern green chair by emeco and philippe starck made from recycled materials

Broom Chair by Emeco

Philippe Starck designed the Broom chair back in 2003, but since it took nearly a decade to perfect the material engineering it was only unveiled this year. Broom—its name derived from the detritus left over from manufacturing other pieces of furniture—is 75 percent reclaimed polypropylene, 15 percent reclaimed wood fiber, and 10 percent glass fiber. "We've developed a new material that sweeps up industrial waste and turns it into something strong, smart, and beautiful," writes the manufacturer, Emeco, about the stackable chair. Though Broom won't be available for sale until July, you can pre-order from Design Within Reach and see it at Dwell on Design June 22-24, 2012.
June 18, 2012
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ICFF 2012: New from Black + Blum

Two products we really loved from the ICFF show floor came courtesy of Londoners Dan Black and Martin Blum: Thermo Pot and Eau Good. The former merges practicality and aesthetics in a smart cork-topped "food flask" (as the company calls the insulated container) and the latter takes a hard look at how we purify, transport, and consume drinking water.
May 20, 2012
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Top Ten Green Projects of 2012

On April 19th, AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) announced the COTE Top Ten Green Project Awards: their selection of the most sustainable buildings across the country. COTE advocates environmentally conscious building and focuses on educating architects and the public about green design. This year’s winners had an unprecedented focus on public utility and budgeting and there was an unusually high number of adaptive reuse projects and concentration on community ties. Watch the slideshow to learn what made the 10 winners. 
May 2, 2012
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Coverings 2012: Fireclay Tile

Artisanal tile company Fireclay was at Coverings for the first time this year and exhibited their brand of glass and ceramic tile that's a treat to look at and boasts some mighty strong environmental creds. The company, based in San Jose, California, was founded in 1986 and churns out thousands of pieces of tile, which is all made in the United States. They launched a couple new lines, Crush (a tile made from 100% recycled glass) and the Runway Collection by Austin-based designer Kelly LaPlante, along with some tried and tested favorites.
April 21, 2012
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