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Three Modern Chicken Coops by Studio H

Students in Studio H, a design-build program for high school students in Bertie County, North Carolina, recently completed their second major project.  The project required the design and construction of three, unique, full-scale, chicken coops to house six chickens each.  Students had a budget of $500 per coop, but they also incorporated reclaimed and repurposed materials.  Here are the chicken coop designs:

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Loft Style Mini House in Tiny Town

This 566-square foot modern home sits on an infill lot in Toronto and has been getting a lot of attention in the last few months.  That’s partially in response to the design and maybe some general interest in small homes — this one is roomy for an urban condo but small for a single-family house.  The owner, Patrick Flynn, wanted something modern, low-maintenance, and minimalist and this place is all of those things.

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Colorful Hexagon Wall Tiles by Träullit

Hexagon is a new wall tile collection by Form Us with Love for Träullit, a manufacturer of wood wool cement board in Sweden.  The shapely material absorbs sound, retains heat, resists fire, and resists moisture — making it easy to dress up a large blank wall or add a block of color to an otherwise minimal space.  Träullit makes each tile with a combination of wood wool, cement, and water. Hexagon is on display at a church in a secret location in conjunction with Stockholm Design Week 2011.

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Unique Green Birth Chart Art by StarArc

I don’t know much about astrology, but I can still see having one of these pieces with a unique astrological aspect pattern.  They’re beautiful, modern, and available in two designs, eight sizes, and 27 colors.  StarArc takes your birthday, birth time, and birth location to create a personal pattern, which is then printed using environmentally friendly canvas (“Urth” by Breathing Color) and inks.  Pieces range in size from 10″ – 48″ square and price from $280-$830 (although there is currently a 40% off sale).

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Botanist Unveils New All Wood Bench

This is the new Natural Series bench from the popular eco-friendly furniture line called Botantist.  Designed by Dario Antonioni, the all-wood bench – similar in appearance to the skinny aluminum version – is available in natural walnut or rift oak finishes composed of layered wood and real wood veneer.  Antonioni says the wood is sustainably harvested and the bench is made to order in the USA.  Measuring 60″x18″x18″ and weighing 55 pounds, Botanist Natural Series retails for $799.

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Egle LED Table Lamp from Artemide


Artemide recently introduced a refined-looking, energy-efficient table lamp called Egle, which has adjustable direct LED lighting and is available in polished white, black, or chrome finishes. Notice the concave base, a feature included in the lamp by designer Michel Boucquillon for two reasons. It can hold tiny objects and spreads light when the lamp is adjusted downward.

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