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Color-Changing Roof Tiles

Living in a temperate climate, and deciding between a dark roof and a white roof? Trying to calculate if your summertime benefit with a light roof will outweigh the potential wintertime losses? We tweeted about this new roof tile prototype a couple weeks ago, and we're eagerly following its development.
November 17, 2009

Exploring the Plastiki

Plastic waste is a huge problem. Single-use containers and products are clogging up our ecosystems, and the statistics are staggering: of the nearly 230 million tons of plastic the world uses annually, only about 10% is recycled, and there’s a garbage vortex twice the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean between North America and Asia. For David De Rothschild, avid traveler and founder of Adventure Ecology, a 2006 world report about the buildup of plastics in our oceans marked an ecological epiphany and the beginning of a journey to raise awareness and bring those numbers into tangible, sharper focus.
October 17, 2009
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The U*Shelf System

Shelving often acts as a boring backdrop to the various vases, books, and knickknacks on display. Luckily, the U*Shelf's quirky tessellated forms are interesting enough to stand on their own.
September 10, 2009
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Chris Jordan's Plastic Provocation

Artist Chris Jordan has become something of a cult figure for the green set, with his growing portfolio of mind-bending large-scale art that depicts our culture of consumption and waste in excruciating detail. His newest work, entitled Gyre, is an 8'x11' reproduction of the famous Great Wave Japanese woodblock print by Hokusai, made entirely with plastic trash.
May 11, 2009
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The Exhibitionists

In Los Angeles, Materials & Applications puts design theory into open-to-the-public practice.
April 27, 2009
The ubiquitous white plastic chair has had its day in the sun. Designer Karim Rashid joins Dwell to explore a rainbow of alternatives.

Karim Rashid Reviews 4 Luxury Plastic Chairs

I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Plastics. 
March 18, 2009
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Power Plastic

Every hour, enough sunlight hits the earth to power the entire planet for a year. But since they’re pricey—and, let’s face it, generally unattractive—solar cells are still woefully underutilized and most sunlight lays fallow.
January 31, 2009
Dwell picks the best magazine racks to help mitigate your mess of media.

Magazine Racks

Dear Dwell, There's nothing better than settling in to read the Sunday paper, but it's becoming difficult to enjoy with the ever-present clutter of publications getting in our way. Could you steer us in the direction of some stylish solution? —Eileen Thomas, Boston, Massachusetts
January 26, 2009
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Sing for Your Supper, Kid

Though it was released in 2006, lately I've been appreciating David Weeks' Sing Sing Dinner Plate. Purportedly a copy of the actual food-trays used at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York, this orange melamine, TV-dinner-sized food-holder is both jaunty and institutional—which, to a parent's ear, sounds eminently kid-friendly.
January 12, 2009