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LSTN, Reclaimed Wood Headphones

Wearing a pair of LSTN Headphones feels like a walk through the woods. Insanely gorgeous polished grains in honey, espresso and mahogany on the ear pieces set the tone for a successful day. Responsibly made of reclaimed wood salvaged from flooring and furniture manufacturers. Most importantly is their mission to restore hearing for those less fortunate through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.  Each headset sold reacts in charity providing a hearing ...

Temporary Dormitories by A.Gor.A Architects

Using recycled materials to promote local, sustainable building practices A.Gor.A Architects from Thailand have designed and produced temporary dormitories and training classrooms for the 500 plus students of the Mae Tao Clinic. Keeping things at a low cost, the idea was to be simple in design and to use only materials readily available to them.  Nearby timber from old buildings is salvaged, de-nailed, and restored good as new for keeping ...

Origami Cardboard Printer by Samsung

Samsung created an eco-friendly cardboard printer called Origami. With a few easy folds, this handsome suit wraps right around the inner workings. It’s made of 100% recycled paper and helps eliminate waste. Recognized by the 2013 International Design Excellence Awards as job well done.

XXY Door Series by Valentin Garal

Valentin Garal’s XXY door series is a line of wooden doorknobs. The name XXY alludes to the doorknobs’ masculine-meets-feminine aesthetic. Handcrafted from ash-turned wood, the doorknobs’ simple elegance blends with rustic or sleek interiors.The doorknobs are produced upon request and sized to buyer specification. (photography by Choche Gómez)

100 Chairs Charity by Marni

Fun! Colorful! Like the positive vibrations put off by the great Italian luxury brand Marni. The installation 100 Chairs places a carnival of uniquely designed seats on a stage representing the Columbian Prisoners that made them. Thoughtful and thorough, the proceeds help fund ICAM, a charity toward helping the children with mothers in prison. Applause the cause. Wonderful! Bravo!

Haitian Heroes

Rather than expose Haiti for what it is, the poorest place of the western world, directors are finding priceless beauty in the stories behind a selection of photographs depicting the life of Haitian children. The exhibit named Haitian Heroes initiated by Robert Felgentreu celebrates the courage, love, and pride of the people of Haiti primarily focused on potential for good things in their future. Their hope is to change the ...

Solar-Powered, Flat-Pack Refugee Shelters by IKEA

Mass-produced furniture and Swedish meatballs are some of the more popular associations with IKEA, but be prepared to add one more. IKEA has recently joined forces with the UN Refugee Agency to serve an uncommon sector of the market with their flat-packing, easy-to-assemble furniture. The solar-powered refugee shelters are designed with a steel skeleton and lightweight polymer siding, all of which can be assembled within four hours without extra tools. ...

Bikes Across Borders Rebrand by Sarah Surrette

Bikes Across Borders blends the boundaries of cultures in its initiative, and the same message is apparent in Sarah Surrette’s redesign of the non-profit’s image. A collection starting from the very logo to the stationary, website, and posters is infused with bright colors and motifs that reflect a crossover into Mexico. The simple, bold rhombi tiled across the marketing material contain various elements drawn from woven tapestries and hues native ...

28 Posti Restaurant by Francesco Faccin

28 Posti Restaurant has 28 seats, but with this limited number comes an experience to treasure with its intimacy of space, elevated attention to detail, and of course great food. The Maître d’ stands at ready behind the doors on the private street in Navigli to welcome diners into the space furnished by a collection of recycled materials. The wear on the wooden tables and chairs add to the charm ...

Prehistoric Aliens by Glimpt

These coffee tables might look like descended UFOs but Prehistoric Aliens are still friendly to a humanitarian cause. Mattias Rask and Tor Palm of Glimpt produced the textured pieces through Artesanos Don Bosco, a sector of an Italian organization dedicated to helping Peruvians who live in remote villages to embrace their way of life. ADB specifically promotes regional craftsmanship, and Prehistoric Aliens was a venture to introduce a more modern ...