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November 13, 2011

Pink Pool Table by Marcel Wanders

Designer Marcel Wanders has embraced pink with the Pink Pool table. Completely upholstered in Alcantara, which is a new innovative material known to be durable and eco-friendly, the pool table is part of the Can You Imagine project and is a collaboration between Maxxi Museum and Alcantara.


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July 06, 2011

A new use for plexiglass

Plexiglass-chair About ten years ago, designer Manfred Kielnhofer jumped ahead of the sustainable curve with his Paper Tube Chair. Taking its cue, perhaps, from Frank Gehry’s iconic Wiggle Chair, Kielnhofer used the eminently-recyclable and oft-discarded form of newspapers—rolled into tight tubes, pressure-molded, and stacked just so. In addition to being a noteworthy shot across the bow of waste and energy-intensive manufacture, Paper Tube boasted a distinctive silhouette and compelling aesthetic. Now, Kielnhofer has parlayed that look into a decidedly different creature: the Interlux Plexiglas Chair.  

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June 16, 2011



The Slice Chair by Graypants is sustainable, FSC-certified, and low VOC. Now let's talk about those fluid lines and soft curve!

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June 08, 2011

It's a table, it's a vase, it's a table


The Kantro Coffee Table is perfect for the urban folk craving some outdoor time -- like cool, functional planters.


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June 02, 2011

Sun rocker

Soft Rocker is a solar powered outdoor rocking lounger that allows you to recharge your internal battery -- and those of your electronics. Developed by architecture students at MIT, the furniture piece uses the human power of balance to create an interactive 1.5 axis, 35 watt solar tracking system. The lounger utilizes a 12 hour battery storing the solar energy harvested during sunlight hours so you to charge your gadgets even after sunset.


Several rockers are currently installed on MIT's killian court for temporary use.

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May 15, 2011

The Sleepy Organic Bed

organic-bed-Freshome-02-570x262.jpgSleepy, an eco-friendly organic bed designed by Angelo Tomaiuolo and produced for Tonin CASA, features a base that is made from eco-friendly leather in different finishes and a wrapping sculptured headboard to compliments its unique and original shape.

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April 27, 2011

Naturally Beautiful

Modern-house Mies van der Rohe once said, "We must remember that everything depends on how we use a material." In this Palo Alto, CA, residence constructed from rammed earth, steel, and glass, and finished in white oak, ipe, and American walnut, architect Cass Calder Smith of CCS Architecture holds true to Mies' dictum. Thanks to the liberal use of natural materials, the house attains a comfortable sensibility noticed by nearly everyone who passes through its earthen walls. "Guests are, without exception, completely taken by how the house is very modern, but also very warm," say the owners.

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April 18, 2011

Innovo Design Unveils Swirling Bamboo Grass Lamp in Milan

Grass-Lamp-Innovo-Designs-2-537x442.jpg What could signify Earth Day better than this bamboo grass lamp from Innovo?


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February 14, 2011

Style is from Mars

Mars-lamp-chiasso Wide strips of white perforated (and recycled!) Lexan plastic forms an over-sized, contemporary globe that envelops and radiates the light.

I think my kitchen just added the Mars Pendant to its remodeling wish list...

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February 01, 2011

Pulp fiction

Pulp-chair Recycled paper is probably the most familiar and accessible form of recycling waste for the average consumer. Chances are, as a kindergarten student, you were repurposing old newspapers via paper mache. Designers are finding new and creative ways to recycle paper into furniture and interior materials. Carpet, tables, wallpaper and countertop surfaces all made of recycled paper pop up again and again in our search for unique pieces to feature on 3rings.


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