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Israel’s Itay Kirshenbaum Grows Backyard Furniture

What is up with Israeli designers? On the whole, they’re an eco-conscious group that use their creative genius to churn out groundbreaking designs, but two young students seem to be heading in the wrong direction. We recently featured Yariv Goldfarb’s Bezalel graduation project with 3d printing technology called “Play with Poop.” In order to deviate […]

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Recycled Tea Strainer Lamp Creates Soothing Glow

As an alternative light fixture, Israeli designer Marina Rudinsky lights up a string of loose tea strainers. Items found in the kitchen are often endowed with unusual shapes and holes, and many a designer have found ways to convert kitchen tools into light fixtures.  Pasta strainers are an obvious choice, but small, delicate loose tea […]

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Recycled Furniture to Be Sold at Israeli Auction Next Week

Select pieces of recycled, eco friendly furniture will be sold at an auction house in central Israel next week alongside paintings and other fine art. Sustainable furniture design has been creeping into the Israeli art world over the past few years, with eco friendly furniture being exhibited at Jerusalem’s Design Week recently and other recycled […]

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Raw Bamboo Bench is Green, But Is It Comfortable?

Bamboo is universally praised as a sustainable material, but when used in its rawest form is it comfortable? Beauty has been said to increase sustainability, but what about ease of use?  We’ve seen a few sustainable bench designs out there already, from Yoav Avinoam’s sawdust bench to Green Lullaby’s cardboard work bench – but never […]

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Playful Packaging From Gugu Design

The packaging from Gugu Design’s games is not merely protective, but actually another game.  Two games for the price of one package! We’ve seen sustainable designers upcycle the packaging from other products to make something new (such as the Ecoist clutch purses made from candy and potato chip bag wrappers), and we’ve even seen them […]

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Folded Paper Jewelry That Makes Origami Look Chic

Hila Rawet Karni’s jewelry items look so luxurious, you’d never guess they’re made of paper. As an accessory that often falls victim to changing fads and trends and which is usually made of precious stones and metals, jewelry is potentially one of the more energy intensive (and polluting) of accessories.  But it doesn’t have to […]

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Paper Carton Furniture Is No Pulp Fiction

Paper pulp furniture is stronger than it looks. Bamboo has been praised for several years as the most sustainable material for furniture (due to its quickly renewable nature), with cardboard coming a close second due to its recycled and recyclable form.  At first thought cardboard may not sound very strong, but when you think about […]

Spine Bike Built to Break When Stolen

Ronen Spector has designed a bike lock so integral to the bike’s actual structure that ruining the lock would ruin the bike. With so many cool bicycle designs out there though, you may still want to sport a rocking bike without worrying about theft.  Ronen Spector, a recent industrial design graduate from Shenkar in Israel, […]

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Modular Flower Store Keeps Shoppers on Their Toes 24/7

Shoppers at Zerim-Liftan’s specialty store will never know what layout design to expect, as it is modular and ever-changing. The modular design concept – which is sustainable as it saves the resources that would otherwise be used to create multiple objects from scratch – has been applied to all kinds of designs.  It has been […]

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Help Kickstart a Sustainable Lighting Project

Israeli designer Adital Ela Asks for help with her WindyLight sustainable lighting project on Kickstarter. Kickstarting a new sustainable lighting project that employs wind in generating energy to create light is sustainable Israeli designer Adital Ela.  Her project, WindyLight, is a “family of self-sufficient outdoor lights that perform on free, clean energy and create a […]

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Timo Handmade Finds Modern Uses for Vintage Fabrics

Made mostly from used and vintage scraps of fabric, Timo Handmade’s new creations have a warm, old-world feel. Fabric scraps can be used for lots of things, and we’ve seen designers refashion them in all kinds of ways – like use them to make repurposed fabric shoes, purses made from upholstery fabric samples, and even […]

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Ron Arad’s Bike Wheels Will Never Go Flat

Ron Arad’s bike is up for the auction block: These wheels will add some spring to your ride. Unlike the car, which comes in many shapes, colors, and sizes, the bicycle has not been subject to as many design transformations and over the years has pretty much retained its classic shape.  Here and there there […]

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Michael Tsinovsky Puts Arabic Into Israel’s Melting Pot

Industrial designer Michael Tsinovsky brought together Israel’s many local styles in his ‘asli’ furniture design. When it comes to consumerism, local is almost always better for the environment and for the local economy.  Local is better when you’re buying produce at the farmer’s market, when you’re supporting local artisans and craftsmen, and when you’re purchasing […]