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Green Towers In Malaysia Modeled After Fleet Of Ships

by Justin Thomas •

These unusual, onion-shaped towers are designed for Precinct 4, or the Putrajaya waterfront in Malaysia (30 kilometers south of Kuala Kumpur). The design, by Studio Nicoletti Associati, was inspired by ship sails and traditional Islamic architecture.

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The Sustain miniHome: A Modern Green RV

by Justin Thomas •

We first featured the Sustain miniHome last year. It’s a compact green dwelling that fits on the back of a truck. Now there’s a video of the home, demonstrating it’s space-saving features…

Modern LED Candle: The Havaleena

by Justin Thomas •

It’s a 1 watt LED lamp called the Havaleena by Tayo Design Studio. These lights only require three AAA batteries to run, and fully charged batteries provide 20 hours of illumination. Each light comes with four colored filters and they are priced at $59.

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The Best Studio Headphones: The Sennheiser HD-580

by Justin Thomas •

Update: This headphone is no longer being manufactured but the Sennheiser HD-555 is a comparable headphone for under $100. Ah, the Sennheiser HD-580 — this is one of the best rated headphones of the last 10 years. The Sennheiser HD-580 has been lauded by stereophile magazines for it stellar sound quality and durability. It’s a comfortable set of ‘phones with …

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Corelle: Durable and Inexpensive

by Justin Thomas •

Corelle dinnerware is efficient because it is highly durable — it doesn’t break, and the designs on the plates cannot be scratched by knives. Corelle is actually made out of glass, but it is created like a sandwich with a glass core that’s thermally bonded to an outer glass glaze. The lamination creates a finished product that is much stronger …

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Efficient Folding Beds

by Justin Thomas •

Folding beds have been around at least since the 1920s. The original Murphy Bed Company still exists and is selling beds today. Other companies making contemporary folding beds are: Modern Wall Beds, whose birch bed is pictured here (prices start at $1795). Bonbon in the U.K. makes elegant folding beds, but they are pricey. Others companies offering folding beds are: …

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Dot! Chairs

by Justin Thomas •

John T. Unger makes these vibrantly colored “Dot! Quadriped” chairs using over 50% recycled material. The chairs can be used indoors or out, and are built to survive even the harshest weather conditions. The powder coat enamel surface is durable and easy to clean. Link: John T. Unger Studio