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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

Lights Out at Bulb Plant

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GE to close last remaining incandescent light bulb plant in the US.

In a story that encapsulates all of the difficult issues involved in the global shift toward sustainability, the last remaining General Electric plant in the US that produces incandescent lights will be closed this month. A 2007 law essentially outlawed the old-fashioned bulbs that were made ubiquitous by Thomas Edison. In a perfect world, the 200 jobs lost at the Virginia factory would be......read more

Lighten Up Trailer

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Our first original web series, produced in collaboration with Stonyfield Farm, documents the greening of the music industry.

Lighten Up, our first original web series, chronicles bands taking part in the cultural shift toward sustainability. The series kicks off with The Honey Brothers (featuring SHFT's own Adrian Grenier on drums), followed by Brandi Carlile, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Dave Matthews Band. Lighten Up is produced in partnership with Stonyfield Farm....read more

Exhale Pavilion

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Luminescent installation lights up Art Basel Miami.

Art Basel, which jumped off in Miami yesterday, runs through the end of this weekend, and we're not remotely pleased that we're not there. Luckily, Inhabitat came through with some superb images of one of the installations we're most curious about. The Exhale Pavilion, part of the Oceanfront Nights program at Miami Beach, is a massive outdoor installation made from miles of......read more

Norwegian Forest Large Pendant

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Natural lighting design by Cathrine Kullberg. $621.00

Cathrine Kullberg's Norwegian Forest lamps draw on the classic Scandinavian tradition of birch strip lighting. Her designs depict delicately cut forest motifs that become more visible when the blonde birch veneer is lit from within. All parts of the lamps are assembled by hand in the designer’s Oslo studio....read more

Scaffolding Table Lamp

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Designer Rodger Stevens puts wood scraps to beautiful new use. $399.99

The Scaffolding Table Lamp makes use of exotic wood scraps reclaimed from a variety of sources, from demolition projects to piano manufacturers. Artist and designer Rodger Stevens shapes the handpicked wood cast-offs into CFL-compatible, functional sculptures. The scaffolding design, a Green Depot exclusive, is also available as a taller floor lamp. Made in New York City. ...read more

Orbits Ceiling Lamp

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Stil Novo Design skillfully recycles wine barrel hoops to create this rustic chandelier. $870.00

In Italian "stil novo" means "new style," which seems a befitting tag for a company that refashions old stuff into a variety of stylish objects for the home. Stil Novo Design's preferred source materials are discarded wine barrels collected around NorCal wine country. The Orbits Ceiling Lamp makes creative use of the metal hoops that wrap around the oak barrels. The steel bands are woven and......read more

Artectnica Phrena Lamp by

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Flat-packing fixture unfolds into beautiful 3D shade $88.00

The beautiful Phrena pendant, a collaboration between Artecnica and Brooklyn product designer Karl Zahn, is inspired by the pages of a book. Unfold the flat-packing light, and the pages of the light work together in perfect symmetry. Phrena's steel interior frame is coated with white Tyvek, which creates a glow that adds warmth to any environment.  On his approach to green design,......read more

Dimmable LED Bulb by Insteon

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Control this low-energy bulb from your smartphone $29.99

Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce you to the world's first remote-controlled LED bulb. Insteon's networked 8W LED bulb, which glows at the same intensity as a 60-100W incandescent, makes dimming the lights to set the mood as easy as a couple taps on your smartphone. Of course, remote-controlled ambience comes at a price, in this case $29.99 for each bulb plus $99.99 for the SmartLinc......read more

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