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Leaf Personal Light

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Visionary LED lighting from Yves Béhar. $379.00

The sleek and super efficient Leaf light is a collaboration between Herman Miller and Yves Béhar's fuseproject studio. On design pedigree alone, you know its gotta be good. And it is. Made from 37 percent recycled materials, the Leaf's fluid shape contains 20 LEDs that use 40 percent less energy than a typical compact fluorescent bulb. It also enables the user to control lighting color......read more

Palm Leaf Plates by Leafware

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Fallen palm leaves transformed into sustainable dinnerware $16.99

We're not into advocating for single-use anything around here, but there are some instances where disposable stuff is basically a must. And when it happens, you gotta do it right. Leafware brings sustainability, sturdiness, and leak resistance to the disposable dinnerware game, with a line of plates, bowls and platters made in India from fallen palm leaves. The leaves are pressed together using......read more

Ikea Sunnan Solar Desk Lamp

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UNICEF receives one Sunnan solar-powered lamp for every one sold in IKEA stores worldwide. $19.99

Solar cells transform sunlight into electrical energy - so this lamp requires no electrical connections. On top of that, the LED light consumes 70% less energy and has at least 4 times longer life than incandescent bulbs in similar lighting. And they come in cool colors too. IKEA has also teamed up with Unicef, and for every SUNNAN solar-powered lamp sold in IKEA stores worldwide, one lamp will......read more

Graypants Recycled Scrap Lights - Hive

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Gorgeous reuse and brilliant design. $219.00

Graypants use their scrap lights to proudly tell the story of their journey from being a dull, discarded cardboard box to becoming a stunning, unique light fixture. Instilling new spirit into salvaged pieces of corrugated cardboard, a scrap light’s lively play on light and shadow invigorates once lifeless materials....read more

Glowing Wallpaper's Bright Future

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Low-energy, light-emitting wallpaper could start replacing light bulbs by 2012.

A few years back, a major breakthrough was made in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology (originally created by Thomas Edison) that allowed electrification of a luminescent membrane made from organic compounds. Futurists pronounced the arrival of a new era of architecture and design in which the surfaces of a structure could actually become the light source, eliminating the need for......read more

Wash Lamps

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Alex Kovatchev finds a useful function for old washing machine drums.

Yanko Design hips us to these fantastic lamps from designer Alex Kovatchev. Looking a lot like industrial-style modern lighting, Wash Lamps are actually made from a washing machine drum (the part you put your clothes in). The holes in the barrel that send water through the machine work to send light around the room. Pretty nifty!...read more

T-System Public Lighting

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Italian illumination specialists come through with an energy efficient, LED street light solution.

Italian lighting manafacturer ewo develops and produces advanced lighting systems for public spaces. The T-System, the firm's latest output, is an modular LED street light that consumes only as much energy as the space requires. In Bergamo, Italy, where the first T-System lights were recently installed, officials expect the LED solution to provide 40% energy savings. Oh, also, they look......read more

SHFT Sampler 8-12-10

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Weekly link pile: Affordable LED bulbs, crazed collages, and getting pissed about climate change.

Home Depot announces LED lightbulb that costs under $20 -- and lasts for 30 years. Seiko Kato's collages are, how you say, AMAZING. Sea Change: Photographers respond to the BP oil spill -- with optimistic pics of sustainable farming, beekeeping, and urban homesteading. No more Mr. Nice Guy: "End of Nature" author Bill McKibben says it's time to get pissed off about climate......read more

Kwangho Lee: Lifelike Design

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Korean artist-designer wows with creative use of ordinary materials.

The talk of the town at Design September 2010 in Brussels is an exhibition of Kwangho Lee's work at next-gen retailer/gallery Hunting and Collecting. The show, which is to runs from September 10-30, presents an overview of the talented Korean artist-designer's work and an animated projection of his creative process. Born in Seoul in 1981, Kwango Lee grew up in the remote countryside......read more

Plumen Light Bulb

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A compact florescent with flair. $30.00

Put away the lamp shade, you're going to want to show this bulb off. The Plumen bulb adds class and style to the energy- and cost-saving benefits of conventional CFL light bulbs. Emitting a soft glow that works in any space, the Plumen uses 80% less energy and lasts eight times longer than energy-guzzling incandescent bulbs. “It’s strange that the bulb," reads an unattributed quote......read more

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