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Art and design are a part of anything we build, but these designers and artists are particularly informed by the natural order and chaos that surrounds us in our daily lives. Some draw on recycled materials while others find meaning in environmental patterns – some are focused on sustainability with a message and others are interested in aesthetics.

Diagnostic Ink: The Skinny On Medical Tattoos

Those who sport increasingly popular Medical Tattoos know their personalized and potentially lifesaving tats will follow where Medic Alert bracelets can't go.

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Avant Garde Gardening: 15 Modern Tools & Accessories

Modernize all of those rusty tools and accessories in your shed with these 15 sleek and sophisticated contemporary gardening implements.

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Artist Transforms Abandoned Building into Life-Size Dollhouse

An abandoned home in Saskatchewan was transformed into a life-size dollhouse complete with a transparent wall by artist Heather Benning.

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Green Summer Dream: Solar-Powered Floating Island

The Solar Floating Resort is a miniature private island that sleeps six and gets its power from a coating of thin-film solar panels.

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Hummer House Recycles H2s into Prefab Building

An architecture firm takes advantage of the structural strength of now-extinct Hummers, turning 8 of them into a highly unusual, recycled & prefabricated house.

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Green & Gorgeous: Wind Turbine, or Work of Art?

The Hercules wind turbine by Italian firm Enessere is just as much sculptural work of art as it is a functional, efficient clean energy-producing machine.

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POP Culture! Colorful Canopy Made from Plastic Bottles

1500 reclaimed plastic soda bottles were filled with colored water in yellow, green and blue, and crafted into the beautiful '(POP)Culture' canopy.

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Bird Collars, Moose Hats & More: 17 Animal Inspired Fashions

These 17 fashion designs, from totally wearable honeycomb dresses to amazingly weird moose-shaped hair hats, were inspired by the animal kingdom.

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Tri It, You'll Like It: 16 Amazing Tricycle Concepts

Two wheels good, three wheels better? Apply the power of three and put a new spin on people-powered peddling with these 16 amazing tricycle concepts!

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Gulp! 8 Strange, Unusual and Adorable Baby Spoons

Feeding time means show time! These 8 strange, unusual and adorable baby spoons give you the scoop – literally – on shoveling nutrients with civilized style.

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Tiny Living at its Cheapest: The $200 Micro-Home

Derek Diedricksen builds incredibly ingenious tiny houses from reclaimed 'junk' like washing machine parts and plastic jugs for as little as $200 each.

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Another Terra: Mini Greenhouse for Other Planets

Another Terra, by Studio Besau-Marguerre, is a terrarium to go: made with a special leather harness, it's perfect for travel to other planets.

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Beautifully Buzzworthy: 12 Designs Inspired by Bees

These 12 designs for jewelry, furniture, home decor and even entire residential towers all take visual and symbolic inspiration from bees.

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Towering Transformers! Robots Made of Scrap Metal

Chinese artist Kefeng Zhu has crafted over 600 Transformer sculptures, up to 20 feet tall, from junk yard waste for the theme park 'Mr. Iron Robot'.

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Repurposed Robot Prints 3D Furniture from Trash

A Dutch designer reprogrammed an old industrial machine to create 3D-printed chairs from old refrigerators that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.

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