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Chair & Ottoman by Stephen Kenn

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Utilitarian seating combo upholstered in military canvas $2,000.00

Steve Kenn, formerly of Temple Bags, interprets green design in more ways than one. The Los Angeles designer has recently resurfaced with his own collection of locally-made contemporary furniture, which he upholsters using repurposed WWII canvas in muted Army green. Dubbed the Inheritance Collection, the series includes this gorgeous chair and ottoman combo with a rusted-then-varnished steel......read more

Colbert Show's Environmental Montage

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Sometimes you just have to laugh.

With all the bad news about the environment constantly flooding the media, it's not always easy to feel positive about things. Recently, if we're not stressing about the oil spill, we're worried about the fate of climate legislation. Environmental progress almost seems like a "one step forward, two steps back" scenario. At SHFT, we try to stay focused on all the good......read more

Dala by Stephen Burks: Food Packaging Recycled Into Furniture

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New York designer teams with Dedon for a collection of eco-minded seating

Stephen Burks, the New York-based designer and founder of Readymade Projects, has created a new line of outdoor furniture for Dedon that's as creative and colorful as it is environmentally sound. The collection, called Dala, is inspired by the idea of "improvised seating," which allows for a flexible arrangement depending on the needs and mood of the social gathering. The collection includes a......read more

Urban Air: Stephen Glassman's Green Kickstarter

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Project aims to transform LA billboards into aerial gardens

Wit the popularlty of New York City's High Line, other cities are looking for ways to incorporate elevated green spaces into public infrastructure. Recently a Los Angeles developer announced plans for "High Line West" in Hollywood. With "Urban Air," LA-based designer and SHFT compadre Stephen Glassman introduces a new twist on the aerial garden rage. The plan involves converting LA billboards......read more

Bicycle Sounds

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Watch Stephen Meierding's musical entry into the Bike Shorts film competition

From Brian Eno to Autechre, musicians long have used found objects to create sounds for songs. Hell, one of the greatest records of all time, the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, has a song ("You Still Believe In Me") featuring bike bells and horns. But this we've never seen. In "Bicycle Sounds," a short video from photographer Stephen Meierding (who shot the Biolite Stove!), we watch and listen to an......read more

Redwood

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Nature porn at its finest

With "Redwood," San Francisco director/photographer Steven Poe offers up an amazing slice of nature porn in the form of a dreamlike adventure through California's coastal forests. Set to a score by Yuki Murata, the video is a gorgeous, meditative redwood forest experience. The project began as a personal challenge to practice shooting high-contrast scenes, Poe said, but grew......read more

Phenomenal Handclap Band "Baby"

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A trip to a cabin in the woods takes a decidedly evil turn.

At first, the video for "Baby," from Phenomenal Handclap Band’s self-titled album, fits perfectly with the band's playful '70s freak jam vibe. But the sunny back-to-nature scene soon gives way to a kitschy cabin in the woods horror, complete with fake blood and dead bodies. (Is there some sort of wilderness horror zeitgeist going on in music videos right now?) ...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

Stephen Zirwes Aerial Photography

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Hypnotic views of Earth from 10,000 feet above

We're not generally prone to superlatives around here, but we love us some aerial photography, and German photog Stephan Zirwes takes some of the most incredible/amazing/awesome/epic aerial photos we've ever seen. Zirwes's pictures of industrial areas, beaches, construction sites, and airfields show a world is full of striking patterns and geometries. Visit his site for the full......read more

The End of the Line

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Stephen Mallon chronicles the repurposing of NYC subway cars.

Since 2000, the NYC Transit Authority has been dumping decommissioned subway cars into the Atlantic Ocean, where they assume new lives as artificial reefs. In Next Stop Atlantic, photographer Stephen Mallon documents the process, uncovering the melancholy of the experience. As he says in his artist statement: “Seeing these massive mechanisms being tossed into the......read more

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