Five Designs That Put the Fun in Functional

July 23, 2015

With designs that put the fun in functional, some designers are creating works which elicit both an aha and a haha. Here are five pieces with a sense of humor:



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I met designer Weng Xinyu at Ambiente Read More…

Plantus Please: Modular Indoor Vertical Gardens

July 17, 2015

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Budapest-based designer Judit Zita Boros designed Plantus Planters, a system of modular indoor vertical gardens, with indoor urban gardeners in mind.

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Planted Walls and Living Curtains

These modular indoor vertical gardens are double-duty systems which not only offers the … Read More…

In Harmony With Nature: Francis Benincà’s Environmental Sculptures

July 14, 2015



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You might say that French sculptor Francis Benincà was ahead of the curve. As a teenager Benincà worked alongside his father building sculptural “bubble houses” which strongly influenced the designs of the environmental sculptures Benincà creates today. 



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His father, Antonio Read More…

How to Grow a Book Into a Tree

July 6, 2015



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Even a single child can contribute to saving the planet. After reading a book from the Tree Book Tree program, a child can plant it and watch it to grow into a tree.



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It’s a wonderful way to teach … Read More…

NYC’s Lowline Underground Park To See Light of Day



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New York City is famous for its skyline, not so much for its treeline. The city has some great parks, but for 8.4 million people, it could still use more. One solution: go underground. That’s where you’ll find the Lowline, Read More…

Fourth of July Garden-to-Glass Cocktails On London Rooftop Garden

July 2, 2015



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Our American friends in London–and our British friends too, because without you we wouldn’t be celebrating–can fête the Fourth of July sitting around the fire pit at the Midnight Apothecary, a cool pop-up cocktail bar in the secret rooftopRead More…

Spiral Staircase for Trees

June 30, 2015



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Tapping into nostalgic childhood memories of treehouses and summer days exploring, climbing, and trespassing, 2015 Royal College of Art graduates Thor ter Kulve and Rob McIntyre conceived of CanopyStair,staircase which wraps around a tree trunk to offer an Read More…

Aeris and Altrove: Planter and Air Purifier

June 29, 2015



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Milan design studio Lab Fabrici describes their work as a synergistic mix of science, nature, and design. With their Aeris + Altrove planter and air purification duo, they got that right.



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Aeris boosts the air purifying properties of the … Read More…

Designer Farrah Sit’s Hanging Gardens

June 28, 2015



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Remember those Isosceles and Scalene triangles you learned about in school? Brooklyn designer Farrah Sit would make Euclid proud. She creates objects, like her Tetra, Graphite, and Ballast planters using these geometric shapes. 



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Ballast collection of matte stoneware planters.

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A Living Staircase as Floating Indoor Garden

June 26, 2015



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Rising 41 feet up and four floors high, designer Paul Cocksedge’s Living Staircase floats within the space like a soaring indoor garden.



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The steel and American white oak spiral staircase forms the internal nucleus of London’s Ampersand building in the … Read More…

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