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Fireplace Briquette Maker

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Transform yesterday's news into energy with this eco-smart fireplace briquette maker $50.00

If you're a newspaper reader and you have a fireplace at home, you're gonna love this paper log briquette maker, which makes long-burning fuel bricks from old newspapers and other paper trash. Here's how it works: simply rip up waste paper, soak it in water overnight, then stuff the soggy pulp into the log maker and squeeze out any excess moisture. After letting the paper briquette dry out fully......read more

Revelation Desk by Kristen Penfold

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Wood from a whiskey warehouse transformed into modern desk $749.00

The work of Los Angeles-based interior designer Kristen Penfold is informed by eco-friendly principles, from the materials she uses through to the way she produces her furniture. Penfold's minimal Revelation Desk adds clean, modern lines to her sustainable design approach, with a raw wooden tabletop--made of reclaimed fir from an old whiskey warehouse--resting upon a stainless steel base that......read more

The Big SHFT: Alice Waters, Food Revolutionary

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Meet the the woman who transformed American fine dining

Today, Alice Waters is the queen bee of sustainable food movement. But it was flavor, not sustainability, that led the owner of Chez Panisse to local, organic food. Since founding the Berkeley eatery 40 years ago, Alice has helped inspire nothing short of a culinary revolution. These days, you won't find her in the restaurant's kitchen because she is too busy heading up the Chez Panisse......read more

Lucid Stead by Phillip K. Smith

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Artist transforms Joshua Tree homesteader shack into luminous installation

On California artist Phillip K Smith III's five-acre property in Joshua Tree, there sits an old homesteader's cabin, a plain Jane structure with a history that dates back seventy years. For "Lucid Stead," a week-long project in October, Smith added a new chapter to the cabin's history, transforming the building's exterior into a large-scale light installation. By day, the shack’s......read more

Belle & Sebastian, "Crash"

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Enduring Scottish band transforms into miniature CGI blockheads in new animated vid

In the new video for Belle and Sebastian's version of "Crash" by the Primitives, the bandmembers shape-shift into adorable animated versions of themselves, surrounded by a world of fast-moving big people. Director Stephen Tolfrey leaves no detail untouched -- who knew a Fred Perry shirt could look so good in miniature CGI? "Crash" is featured on the band's new LateNightTales compilation, and is......read more

Urbio Happy Family

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Transform bland walls into a living indoor garden $75.00

For those of you that are interested in having a green wall but are intimidated by the prospects of actually doing it, designers Beau Oyler and Jared Aller have created the perfect solution in the form of Urbio, a modular plant system that makes vertical gardening easy. The system consists of a standardized wall plate and a variety of plastic vessels perfect for planting herbs, succulents, or......read more

Young Farmers: Edgar

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A young Angeleno transforms his passion for plants into a job

For our final episode of Young Farmers, allow us to introduce you to Edgar, a young Angeleno who extended his passion for plants into a job that's as rewarding as any we've ever heard of: converting empty lots into community gardens. Edgar, we learn, is a man who was born to plant; when  his mom was pregnant with him, she craved eating dirt. Yes, dirt. And so Edgar's fate was sealed. Now,......read more

One Plastic Beach

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A California couple transforms plastic beach debris into stunning artwork

Over the past twelve years, Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have collected several tons of plastic debris on a small stretch of beach near their northern California home. The pieces of plastic are cleaned, categorized, and sorted, before the couple goes to work transforming the garbage into beautiful pieces of art. This short doc profiles the couple and their creative output and......read more

How Climate Change Will Transform Winemaking

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Global grape-growing regions will shift dramatically over the coming decades, according to study

If you like wines from Washington state, get ready for some good news. According to a study led by Conservation International biologist Lee Hannah, rising temperatures associated with climate change will dramatically expand the vineyard-friendly space in the Pacific Northwest over the coming decades. (Unfortunately, that expansion will come at the expense of wildlife habitat.) Californian......read more

Magazine Stool by NJU Studio

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DIY design transforms old mags into a cool stool $185.00

Finally, a useful way to store all of our back issues of Playb--I mean Dwell. The Magazine Stool ("Hockenheimer"), designed by Germany-based NJU Studio, turns old periodicals into a smart piece of sustainable furniture. The DIY kit features a wooden base, a pillow seat, and dual leather belts with cinches that let you make a  a stool of varying heights depending on how......read more

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