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Zero X Motorcycle: 100% Lithium-Ion Electric, 40 Mile Range, Weighs Only 140 Pounds

by Justin Thomas •

The Zero X Motorcycle was designed from the ground up to be a 100% electric bike. What makes this new bike truly different is that it contains 168 individual high-power lithium ion cells and is expected to endure six years of hard riding. Zero Motorcycle’s power grid technology has the highest power density (power storage per weight) battery pack on …

Efficient “Scando” Family Table

by Justin Thomas •

The design of this Scando Family Table was inspired by the combination of Japanese living and watching how children relate to the floor in their daily activities. Designer Eric Pfeiffer created a table that is well crafted and multi-functional. The design makes use of wood efficiently using a single sheet of molded plywood. It’s priced at $315. Available from ModernSeed.

Efficient Prototype: Washman Washer and Dryer

by Justin Thomas •

This washer, created by Jan Čapek and Kryštof Nosál, was designed to look attractive anywhere in your home. It’s called the Washman, and it finished second in the Elektrolux Designer Competition. The washer is targeted at younger users who don’t have space, or only need to do small loads of laundry. It features low water usage, and a high speed …

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The 12 Drawer Bed

by Justin Thomas •

The designer of this bed wants you to turn the “wasted” space under your bed into a convenient, dust-proof storage with this organizing system. This 12-drawer bed features four drawers on each side, as well as four drawers at the foot of the bed that extend the full length of the bed’s frame. The frame comes in double, queen, and …

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Ecoist Bags

by Justin Thomas •

Ecoist makes bags and totes by hand with recycled materials used to make candy wrappers, food packages, and soft drink labels. This excess materials often ends up as waste in landfills. For each bag sold they plant a tree. Each bag is unique, with patterns and colors that vary widely, taking each artist 2-5 days to produce. Marisa Rey is …

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Vivavi: “Rock-n-Roll” Bookshelves

by Justin Thomas •

These unusual bookshelves are manufactured from recycled "paperboard" — a special kind of cardboard that is strong yet pliant. Each paperboard roll is lined with heavy-duty Velcro. This allows for modular assembling and disassembling of the shelves. Designer: Sergej Gerasimenko Website: Vivavi Price: $195.00

AZCAST: 5 Star Glass Table Set

by Justin Thomas •

AZCAST creates furniture from recycled sand-cast aluminum. The aluminum, which comes from used aircraft parts (among other sources) is hand-poured into casts to produce the desired moldings. AZCAST is now starting to utilize recycled glass and plastic in their designs. Designer: Eyreick Williamson Website: Azcast.Com

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Levy Design: Side Chair

by Justin Thomas •

This chair, designed by Josh Levy, and inspired by the earlier works of Frank Gehry, is constructed with recycled corrugated fiberboard. The surface is soft and brushed to feel like suede. Corrugated fiberboard consists of linerboard (the flat exterior) and flute (arched and sandwiched in between). When the two are adhered together, they resist bending from all directions. Designer: Josh …