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SHFT Sampler 11-24-10

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Weekly links: Europe's biggest solar plant, Audi's plug-in hybrid, and the tundra tube.

Si bravo! Europe's largest solar farm just opened for business in Italy. Audi announced a plug-in hybrid to drop in 2014. No details yet, but it will be designed by the same people who brought us the bonkers e-tron concept car. The always mind-expanding But Does it Float posted an amazing selection of pics from Swiss-Italian photographer Sylvia Mogni. Miami local Barbara de Vries is......read more

Ninebyfour LED Light by Waarmaakers

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Minimalist tube light fixture crafted from salvaged wood $475.00

Tube lights aren't typically associated with energy-efficient lighting or warm, natural materials, but Amsterdam-based design studio Waarmaakers breaks the mould with Ninebyfour, an LED fixture crafted from salvaged wood. The overall design is made possible by the Philips LED light tube, a high efficiency solution that doesn't heat up or flicker, allowing for the use of cork and wood as......read more

Bike Paths Proposed for Abandoned London Tube Tunnels

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Genius or ridiculous? Gensler proposal receives mixed response

In London, a proposal to transform disused Underground tunnels into a network of bike paths is being met with mixed reviews. The "London Underline," dreamed up by Gensler, won Best Conceptual Project at the London Planning Awards, where it was lauded for making good use of "an untapped surplus of disused space." The Underline is being promoted as a means of addressing the problems of congested......read more

Hanging Test Tube Vase

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Better living through chemistry. $36.00

Cast from vintage test tubes and threaded with a natural, veggie dye-tanned leather strap, these clever Hanging Test Tube Vases invite you to get experimental with your floral arrangements. Handmade by Pigeon Toe Ceramics in Portland, OR using clay, earth-friendly lead-free glaze, fired in a renewable energy-powered kiln, these make a great gift item for someone who appreciates eco-conscious......read more

Trashed Bike Tire Tubes Turned into Stretchy Storage Units

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Upcycling ingenuity by Michael Konstantin Wolke

With a design practice focused on the endless possibilities of found materials reuse, Cologne, Germany-based designer Michael Konstantin Wolke conjures truly inventive new uses for old discarded stuff. His coolest creation may be these wardrobe units, which consist of from bicycle inner tubes wrapped around a metal frame. Super smart. Also check out his recycled cardboard light......read more

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