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KYP A recap after a month’s publishing, we’d like to share with you our favorite posts, check them out below!


How to make plain, reusable jars simply look awesome? With Cuppow ($8). This brilliant little tool acts like a coffee cup lid, working with most normal wide-mouth canning jars to turn them into efficient, eco-friendly, reusable and spill-free travel mugs. Cuppow is made from BPA-free and phthalate-free food grade polypropylene, and comes in different sizes. more..


The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has partnered with technology company Control Group to bring subway commuters the “On The Go” interactive touchscreens. The new 47-inch displays will deliver real-time station directions including transfers and line alerts, countdowns until train arrival, and service updates, and will also include video cameras, microphones, and Wi-Fi. The MTA will more..


By now I think it’s pretty clear that 3D printing is the future. Using this method, we could create buildings, furniture, cars and even clothing, on a way greener level. Below you can watch a test drive of Urbee 2, the successor to the first 3D printed car in the world. This hybrid 3D printed car, created more..



Italian designer Harry Thaler is all about re-inventing everyday objects to make something new and exciting. His new lamp called gives a perfect example, just put a nail in the wall, and the lamp is ready! Harry’s “Hang It On The Wall’ lamp responds to the phasing out of the iconic Edison lightbulb. The shape more..


If nature, astrology and stargazing out in the forrest is your thing, the “Elqui Domos” will most probably appeal to you. Located in the Elqui Valley of Pisco, surrounded by the Andes Mountains in central Chile, the magical hotel is perfectly situated for a spectacular view at the night sky. The hotel combines stargazing and specialized astronomic tours with night-time horseback   ..READ MORE..



The wait is over! H&M’s new high-end label & Other Stories finally launched it’s first-ever store in London’s Regent Street. Like COS, & Other Stories is owned by H&M but designed and produced independently, aimed at a more fashion savvy shopper. Over thirty-five designers, many from established style brands like Acne and Sonia Rykiel, have more..


Investing in a fantastic office chair is about the best thing you can do to preserve a good posture and comfortably sit behind the computer all day. Yet, in these modern times, smartphones and tablets play just as big of role in our “sitting behavior.” Therefore American professional furniture producer Steelcase undertook a global posture more..


Life Magazine certainly knows how to bring us the better goods with yet another breathtakingly beautiful series called ‘Love letter to New York’. For ‘Love letter to New York’ Life Magazine collected their best New York City photography that had been taken between 1940 and 1972.  This collection delivers beautiful black and white images of more..


Our instinctive need to design for adaptation in (unpredictable) climates, made it possible for us to survive (unlike the Neanderthals) and shape the modern way in which many of us live today. Yet, there are still so many solutions that can be implemented into our architecture to help us continue our journey. For instance, the more..


The wonderful #followmeto series has been created by the young Russian photographer Murad Osmann. The story began in Barcelona, Spain 2011 when Murad Osmann’s girlfriend Nataly Zakharova had enough of his incessant photo clicking on their vacation. “Nataly was a bit annoyed that I was always taking pictures of everything, so she grabbed my hand and more..

New York Biotopes

The amazing duality of New York City’s urbanism and naturalism became the center of inspiration for Lena Steinkühler’s animation and motion graphics short, New York Biotopes. The New York Biotopes deal with abstract plants and creatures, which change their forms because of insufficient living space and adapt themselves to the surroundings of the metropolis New York more..


TOTAL Greek Yoghurt and Dutch London-based fashion designer Maarten van der Hors (the guy responsible for bringing back the Hawaiian shirt) joined forces to create a limited edition of 100 custom design Black + Blum lunch pots, serving handy for today’s fashion-conscious woman and men on the go. The new lunch pots look colorful and playful, bringing more..


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Who designed the “@ symbol,” what was the very first search engine? If you have ever wondered how the internet came to be, The Big Internet Museum will give you a tasteful interactive tour through the ever-growing existence of the “World Wide Web.” Aside from that it’s a museum like any other, with curators READ MORE


Google has finally learned how to show instead of tell. Shot from the point of view of the Google Glass wearer, the video below, shows skydivers, ice skaters, ballerinas, skiers and pilots enjoying all of the augmented-reality and photo-capturing goodness of the glasses. Also, images on the Google Glass website show more uses for the READ MORE


These photos might seem like the surfaces of Mars, Venus or any other (undiscovered) planet, but in reality, they are far from. Christopher Jonassen, a Norwegian photographer shot these beautiful and otherworldly series called ‘Devour of frying pan bottoms’, which are visually similar to the craters on a planet. By removing the handles, Christopher brings READ MORE


The Lumino Kinetic and Beyond media project explores the properties of light and perception of space. The project has been presented at the digital media installation event IDAS (hongik university and has been developed by Japanese designer Yuri endo. Yuri developed the project for the final phase of his thesis project, elaborating on the previous experimentation, ‘luminous specimen‘ which READ MORE


While poorly made infographics are being called the “plague” of the internet, its awesome to see artists like Paul Marcinkowski (AKA Kaplon) create something truly original. You might remember the famous 1999 Stefan Sagmeister poster where the designer carved text into his own body with an X-acto knife. Needless to say, his unconventional method is READ MORE


The future of space travel is closer than most of us think and last night, at the “future of space travel” conference in Amsterdam, scientists Gerard ‘t Hooft, Bas Lansdorp en Michel van Pelt all gave us amazingly clear explanations on how we will be returning some time soon. Nowadays several space agencies are taking second looks at historical READ MORE


As drones, facial recognition technology, and cellphone snooping are starting to affect the broader culture, the New York-based artist Adam Harvey has designed a line of high-tech garments made with sophisticated fabrics that can block signals and thwart cameras. Set to launch next week in London as part of a collaborative project with fashion designer READ MORE


These creatures aren’t some futuristic insect-bots developed by the government or some shadowy conspiracy group to infiltrate our homes. No, they’re little sculptures put together by London photographer Luca di Filippo, using pieces of electronic waste for his series, “Daily Contaminations”, in which they have been posed with food and photographed. These bugs with their READ MORE 


Im loving this Publicis Switzerland campaign “For Any Hair Type” for Garnier Fructis, as between many boring or overly edited advertising photos this definitely finds some originality, shampoo that features guys with long beards that aren’t really beards and aren’t really attached to the guys. With the ad Garnier is responding to the fact that shampoo is for both READ MORE


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Massive-Modular-Shipping-Container-Bridge-1 Architect Yoav Messer is the design mind behind the new ECOtainer bridge in the Ariel Sharon Park in Israel. The ECOtainer bridge has been made from recycled shipping containers and will render the “trash mountain” of Hiriya, an unrecognizable area just outside of Tel Aviv. Hiriya had been shut down in 1998 after becoming the repository for 25 million tons of waste, yet since then, the whole area is in constant transformation and becoming one of the world’s most successful reclamation projects.

Nowadays Hiriya also harvests power to a nearby factory and the surrounding area is being converted into an urban park that is safe for a variety of outdoor recreational activities. The great thing about this is that it can all be assembled off site and transported to the bridge. Not only will this bridge be a gorgeous, colorful addition to the reserve, but there will also be points for observation along the way.

ecotainer green design, urban design, brownfield rehabilitation, urban reclamation, tel aviv, yoav messer architects, recycled shipping containers, bridge, sustainable architecture, israel





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Simple and clean, but definitely eye catching... Designed by Hiroshi Nakamura the House SH draws inspiration from a Kangaroo’s pouch and appears to be pregnant on the exterior.

The House SH is a project showing Nakamura's brilliant idea of making a small living space bigger by re-designing the wall, and transforming it into something functional and aesthetically pleasing aside from it being just a part of the major structural element. What he did was to design the wall in such a way that it protrudes outward the building, creating a shape that looks like a pouch when you look outside, and creating a hollow shape inside thus making the wall functional and gives the structure a character.

The designer says he intends the users of the house to interact with, "sitting in it and lying in it." The gentle curve embraces those living within the home, forming a loving relationship with them and creating an intimate space with reflected light and character.



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Located in Xiangshawan Desert, in the middle of Ordos and Baotou 800 kilometers west to Beijing, lies the Desert Lotus Hotel, designed by Asian architecture firm PLaT.

The building’s name derives from array of repeating square and triangular panels that resemble lotus flowers and also help to protect the building from wind and heat gain, while providing shade for the hotel’s guests. Local materials are sourced in this hotel’s interior as well as the structure. The lobby floor is filled with the exterior’s sand that has spilled over onto the entry. The walls take a majority of the load so as not to interfere with the ever changing wind blown atmosphere.

The architects used local materials within the interior design so that people get the full experience of the desert when staying at Lotus Hotel. For instance, through a series of experiments, they managed to invent a wall-covering material that is made of sand from the surrounding desert.

The form of Lotus Hotel not only blends in the desert, but also exhibits a power of the environment and itself. The architects used the traditional Chinese idea of ‘Zhen’, which is, in simple words, the art of repeating the same elements. Rotation of squares in the same angle created a series of triangles which made the form stronger. In consideration of structure, shading and wind, the architects have integrated function, form and landscape, resulting in a form of lotus.

This project aims to be an example of sustainable tourism in the desert and is part one part of a larger development plan, which PLaT Architects envisions as a net-zero desert city that takes care of its own water needs on site (via rainwater harvesting and gray water reclamation, we assume).

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