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WWF's Sustainable Rattan Project

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Program showcases eco-minded rattan design

Natural, fast-growing rattan is enjoying a sort of renaissance in the design world. Unfortunately, conventional rattan harvesting practices tends to harm tropical forests where it grows. Enter WWF's Sustainable Rattan Project, an EU-funded program for sustainable production and processing of rattan in the Mekong region of Southeast Asia.  "Forests with such a wide variety of flora and......read more

Abie Abdillah: Rattan Chairs

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Sustainable seating out of Southeast Asia.

Indonesian furniture designer Abie Abdillah has a thing for rattan, the super abundant, highly renewable palm found in tropical climates around the world. Which is cool because so do we. Like bamboo, rattan is a fast-growing plant that's great for sustainable design. What makes it extra special is its strength and bendability. Designboom shared some pics of Abdillah's latest rattan......read more

Kenneth Cobonpue's Bamboo and Rattan Roadster

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The world's first biodegradable car.

Sustainable designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Albrecht Birkner have joined forces to shape what's being touted as the world's first biodegradable car. The Phoenix is a superlight roadster built from rapidly renewable bamboo and rattan, along with steel and nylon. Borrowing design principles from Mother Nature herself, the exterior structure is built like a leaf and the interior is a single woven......read more

Ars Natura: Fragile Blue Globe

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The story of the COP15 logo.

The sketchy, ephemeral blue globe which served as the official logo for the COP15 climate talks in Copenhagen has in interesting story. The UN in conjunction with the Danish Ministry of Culture launched a design competition in the early part of the year to create an identity for what would become the most important climate summit in history. The judges received hundreds of entries and selected a......read more

Scraplights Disc by Graypants

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Cardboard scraps brilliantly repurposed as light fixtures $279.00

Seattle-bred design collective Graypants turns heads with their handmade Scraplights, which proudly tell the story of the journey from dull, discarded cardboard box to  stunning, unique light fixtures. The Scraplights come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to fit any space. Here we feature our favorite, the Disc-16, which instills a curvaceous new spirit into salvaged pieces of......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

Graypants Recycled Scrap Lights - Bell

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Gorgeous reuse and brilliant design. $479.00

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

David Byrne's Bike Racks

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Renowned artist/environmentalist has some fun with bike rack design in New York City.

Is (Via Treehugger / Fast Co Design) Images: Decker Yeadon...read more

Stump Stools

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Handsome indoor/outdoor stools made from a fallen Northwest rainforest maple tree . $570.00

Vancouver-based Cumulus Project is an online concept store offering one unique object for sale at any given time. Once it sells, the next item is unveiled. The project debuts with this wonderful set of three Stump Stools made from a fallen maple tree found on the forest floor in Storm Bay, B.C. The upholstery is white leather and copper tacks over sustainably-harvested-latex foam. Small,......read more

Chiquita Stool

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Renewable ratten-pole seating from designer Kenneth Cobonpue. $635.00

Kenneth Cobonpue's signature furniture designs are made with locally sourced natural and organic fibers. His Chiquita stool, made from rattan poles (rattan is a fast growing type of palm tree), is a wonderful convergence of form, function and fun. While the end of poles may not look like a comfortable place to sit, don't be deceived. Underneath the sticks is a layer of soft, bouncy foam......read more

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