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Apple Debuts the Greenest Macbooks Ever

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

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Apple Debuts the Greenest Macbooks Ever

The folks at Apple recently debuted their latest line of sleek notebooks, and we were excited to hear that they’re the greenest Macs ever! They’ve removed many of the harmful toxins found in computers including mercury, arsenic and PVC and made the remaining parts nearly all recyclable. The software has also been redesigned to run on 30% less power than previous models, earning them Energy Star certification. And finally, Apple cut out nearly half of the bulky packaging to streamline their distribution and create less trash to bring home.

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Varian Designs’ Reclaimed Furniture Fuses Old with New

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

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Varian Designs’ Reclaimed Furniture Fuses Old with New

Old bequeaths new in Varian Designs‘ beautiful reclaimed furniture, which blends found materials and craftsman techniques with a modern aesthetic. Each piece in this sustainably crafted line is finished using all-natural old-world techniques, and extra close attention is paid to the details and joinery. In the Bartizan Desk pictured above, wood and steel are artfully brought together with the addition of a simple box for storage. The overall effect is a modern line of furnishings that celebrates each piece’s unique history, and we were excited to see lead designer Forest Dickey recently debut his latest collection at Dwell on Design.

X-Ray Umbrella Keeps You Dry as a Bone

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

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X-Ray Umbrella Keeps You Dry as a Bone

Have you ever thought to yourself, “you know, I really dig x-rays from an aesthetic standpoint, but I only ever see them at the dentist or after some kind of injurious catastrophe. What a shame.” Perhaps not. But if you’re thinking that now, then check out this cool umbrella concept from Anastacia Spada. Composed of water-repellent sheets of skeletal film, her brilliant diy project is sure to cast rainy nights under a different shade.

Maybe you’re tired of your flimsy nylon umbrella that you bought during an unseasonal summer downpour. Maybe (though I guess it’s unlikely) you’re a radiologist that lives in Seattle, and you have a broken umbrella sitting around. Maybe it’s raining where you live right now, and you just want ideas for a diy project. Or maybe you’re really into dressing up as a skeleton for costume parties, but you hate when the facepaint gets washed off in a storm.

Regardless of the conditions of its construction, we love this novel reuse of a material that most of us rarely consider twice, and it probably looks very cool in use. Whether it’s the muted blue tones of a rainy daytime or the abrupt flash of lightning or a streetlamp coming through the film, you’ll be kept dry by something way more interesting to look at than a sheet of nylon. It’ll take a bit of effort (and maybe a radiologist friend) to make one of your own, and it looks like it might have a hard time closing, but unless you’re Gene Kelly, you probably want to stay dry somehow.