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Times Like This

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Sertac Yuksel's portrait of Istanbul

With one foot in Europe and the other in Asia, Istanbul is one of the world's most extraordinary places, with a cosmopolitan character shaped by the influence of three distinct continents. With "Times Like This," Istanbul resident Sertac Yuksel captures the unique flavor of this diverse city. Says the filmmaker: "Shot over a couple of days on the streets of Istanbul. I took my camera,......read more

TimeScapes

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Say hello to the most epic time-lapse nature video ever

We're not shy about sharing our love for time-lapse videos around here, but this one stands head and shoulders above 99 percent of them. It's actually a trailer for an hour-long film, TimeScapes, shot by photographer Tom Lowe over two years throughout the American Southwest. Lowe took it to the next level by shooting in 4k resolution. To get a sense of how intensely detailed that is, regular old......read more

Nightwood

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Reincarnated furniture, textile, and home.

Nightwood is a Brooklyn-based design studio focusing on its own brand of reconstructed furniture and textiles. Owners Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron seek out sustainable fabrics and discarded wood and furniture then deconstruct and recontextualize it into their line of modern-rustic home furnishings. Nadia explained their approach in the New York Times: “We’re making furniture for people......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-19-10

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Weekly links: The Philadelphia Eagles get clean and SHFT pops up in NYC with Wired.

Oh snap, SHFT is popping up again this week, this time with the cool nerds at Wired. The space opens today, at 692 Broadway in NoHo. The SHFT selection looks a lot like this. The Philadelphia Eagles expect to save $60 million on energy costs by retrofitting their their stadium with wind turbines and solar panels. They should consider attaching turbines to Michael Vick's heels. This......read more

Grow Bottle

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Let your hydrogarden grow. $35.00

Here is a welcome product for people (like us) whose attempts to grow herbs indoors have been met with unequivocal failure. The Grow Bottle, from Potting Shed Creations' newest collection of smart and sustainable gardening products, makes year-round indoor herb farming clean and easy. Made from an upcycled wine bottle, the Grow Bottle is a hydroponic herb garden designed for simple reuse. When......read more

Wine Punts

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Classy glassware upcycled from empty wine bottles. $26.00

Combining good craftsmanship with a green ethos, Wine Punts convert landfill-bound wine bottles into unique and functional drinking glasses for the table. Wine Punts are handmade in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where they've been recycling glassware since 2006.  Wine punts are available in Amber, Green, Aqua, Clear, and Olive, in a set of four 16 oz glasses....read more

ReMakes Placemats

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Recycled billboard vinyl hits the dinner table. $15.99

At the end of its, ahem, "useful" life, billboard vinyl typically heads to the landfill, where it slowly leeches toxins for the next gazillion years. ReMakes intervenes in that nasty cycle, using the spent PVC vinyl to make these handsome and functional placemats. Each placemat comes adorned with a QR code, which you can scan with your smartphone for a daily eco-factoid. ReMakes Placemats come in......read more

Elliot Travel Kit

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Upcycled rubber travel companion from Alchemy Goods. $32.00

The upcycling champs at Alchemy Goods have concocted another winner with the Elliot Dopp Kit, "a sophisticated travel companion suitable for carrying your essential grooming tools and accoutrements." Constructed from old inner tube rubber, this virtually indestructible bathroom bag will handle potential spills with no problems. Thoughtful details include a shiny bicycle valve zipper pull. A......read more

Upcycled Leather Passport Case

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Hitting the road this summer? Stay sorted with Poketo's vintage leather passport holder. $44.00

Summer means traveling, so it's time to start getting prepped for hitting the road. Start with an organizer that keeps all your travel vitals safe and secure. Poketo's Upcycled Leather Passport Case is the nicest looking solution we've seen. Made from 100% vintage sofa leather, each two-tone passport case comes in a one-of-a-kind colorway. A large exterior pocket puts your ticket and boarding......read more

Recycled Paper Lampshade by Ginkgo Studio

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A different sort of "reading light" $59.00

Ginkgo Studio, the Dutch eco design house known for their DIY green walls, comes through with another winner. Created from the pages of upcycled novels, the Paper Lampshade is a beautiful piece of sustainable design, made specifically for low-heat LED bulbs. When you turn on the light, a pattern of shadows shows through the translucent pages. Turn it off, and an elegant sculpture remains....read more

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