Design

Old Vespa Scooters Get a Second Lease of Life As Office Furniture

October 27, 2009 / No Comments

Vespa scooters enjoyed a high place during their heydays, but as time passes, these classics from the past get old, rusty and useless, not to mention that their fuel efficiency would be too poor by modern standards. All that aside, there's still a lot of people in love with the old scooter. Bel & Bel give people a chance to ...

Green Roof? How About Roof Tiles That Change Color Depending on the Temperature?

October 26, 2009 / 1 Comment

We've all heard of green rooftop gardens. But, did you know that a team of recent MIT graduates has developed what could prove to be an even better way to make a roof eco-friendly? These innovators are working to produce roof tiles that change color, depending on the temperature. The tiles become white when it's hot, and then turn black when ...

Industrial Building Given a Modern, Eco-friendly Facelift

October 23, 2009 / No Comments

Looking at the LEED Silver building, or the Koll Airport Professional Center it would be difficult to believe that this was once an industrial building. The old building wasn't razed to the ground to build this one, in fact, LPA Inc., which was hired by the Koll Company, has transformed the old building giving it a new look.

Asia’s Tallest Building to be Built in South Korea

October 21, 2009 / No Comments

When completed in 2014, the Lotte Super Tower 123 will be the tallest building in Asia, and the second tallest in the world. A project of the Lotte Group, the tower will hold the company's headquarters, and will be built by Lotte Construction, a subsidiary of the Lotte Group.

VW Pholeum Concept Hearts Sustainability, Personal Mobility

October 21, 2009 / 1 Comment

The Volkswagen Pholeum concept from designer Alexei Mikhailov is inspired by the living plant cell tissue system. It is designed as a personal mobility unit, with room for just one person. The concept offers mobility and motorcycle-like travel, while taking a chariot form for seating. Wheels placed out of the body add to its looks and allow it to maneuver ...

ECO Inc. Launches New Green Pizza Box

October 16, 2009 / No Comments

Everyone loves pizza. But, don’t you just hate having to store leftovers in those big, awkward boxes? Even when all of the pizza is finished, you still have to throw all that cardboard away. Shouldn’t there be a more eco-friendly alternative to packaging one of the world’s favorite foods? Now there is.

Dyson Introduces New Bladeless Fan

October 12, 2009 / 1 Comment

Can a fan still cool you if it doesn’t have blades? Apparently so, if it’s the new Dyson Air Multiplier ™ fan pictured above. Dyson, a company well-known for advancing vacuum cleaner technology, has now developed a new generation of innovative bladeless fans. These fans use the simple principles of fluid dynamics --without the traditional fan blades --to multiply air flow 15 ...

Recession Inspires Artist Jaynie Crimmins to Create with Shredded Paper and Beeswax

October 9, 2009 / No Comments

[caption id="attachment_6724" align="alignnone" width="430" caption=""Spiraling Costs," Paper and Beeswax, 16 in. x16 in.  (4 in. deep)"][/caption] Ever get so frustrated with the current economic downturn that you simply want to rip your financial documents to shreds? Artist Jaynie Crimmins did. And then she added some beeswax… ultimately creating a new series of multi-media works that she calls “Home Economics.”

Eco-Art Installations Help Visitors Visualize U.S. Consumption

October 6, 2009 / No Comments

Ever feel disgusted by the number of disposable items we consume everyday? Especially ones made from plastic, a material that is most enduring? NYC-based design agency MSLK shares your pain and has created a series of eco-art installations to help less conscientious individuals visualize the consequences of our consumption. [caption id="attachment_6641" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Watershed Eco-Art Installation Helps Visualize US Consumption"][/caption] MSLK's latest ...

David Macaluso Creates Art With Used Motor Oil

October 5, 2009 / 1 Comment

[caption id="attachment_6614" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="David Macaluso paints with used motor oil."][/caption] For Brooklyn-based artist David Macaluso, it's all about oil. Motor oil, that is. Used motor oil, to  be exact. You see, Macaluso has been painting with the stuff since 2005. Why? Because used motor oil, he says, represents both an artistic exercise in recycling and a powerful metaphor for this time in world history.