Inhabitat Is Jubbling By Looking For Writers Already Going To The Milan Furniture Fair

Inhabitat hiring writers already attending Milan Furniture FairDon’t get your travel hopes up too high because Inhabitat isn’t looking to send you to Italy to report on the Milan Furniture Fair – they want somebody who is already attending this year’s show to write stories for them. It’s a pretty smart move because it means Inhabitat avoids purchasing at least one plane ticket and hotel room. This is kind of a piggyback Jubbling that will help the bottom line but if the writer they hire can convince everyone not to buy any of the crap coming out of the Milan Furniture Fair, we’ll have a true Jubbling trifecta! [Inhabitat]


Aktiv Prefab Homes From IKEA And Ideabox

Aktiv prefab home from Ideabox and IKEANo instructions required because the prefabricated home designed by Ideabox of Portland will come pre-assembled with its permanent furnishings from IKEA. The Aktiv manufactured home will be 745 sq. ft. and include the kitchen, flooring, counter tops and fixtures you’ve checked out when you visited IKEA but could never figure out how to incorporate into your current home. Aktiv home with IKEA bathroom It’ll be priced around $86,500 and include energy saving appliances and other cost-saving features like dual-flush toilets.

It makes sense for IKEA to jump into the prefab home market. Buyers will surely be offered the full-meal deal (furniture, bedding etc.) so their final Aktiv home will end up looking like an IKEA showroom. I think that’s good. [SmartPlanet]


Kill The Lights With BANG! Lamps By bitplay INC.

[vimeo][/vimeo]BANG! lamps: just another cool gadget or gat training for the energy-saving domestic commando? Created by bitplay INC. out of Taiwan, BANG! lamps are turned on/off and the lampshade tilts when it’s shot by the included pistol. It’s only available in Taiwan now but should be coming to the states soon.

Hopefully a future version will only kill the lights. That way, my kids will always remember to “bust a cap” into their lamp to turn it off when they leave a room. They’ll have to exert themselves a little more to turn the light on. [Gizmodo]


picNYC Table Is Sod-Covered And Brings Outdoor Dining Inside

picNYC Sod-Covered Table from HCA

“a surreal experience of nature in the city that literally transforms dining.”
Haiko Cornelissen Architekten

I had to rub my eyes the first time I saw this grass growing beauty from Haiko Cornelissen Architekten. According to HCA’s website, the picNYC table is a concept project and expands on the fast growing urban farming idea. Built out of aluminum, the picNYC table is constructed like a holding tray and is first covered with stones, followed by soil and is then layered with sod. It does require watering and how it performs depends on all the factors that affect a normal lawn. Once it’s filled in with grass, you’ve got a little indoor city picnic time.

I thought about the picNYC table and how fun it would be to have something like it in my house but then realized how quickly the green fuzzy feeling would leave me when one of my cats decides to use it as a litter box. Trust me, they would defile the picNYC table before the grass started growing. Then my cats would attempt to bury their post-digested gift and manage to spread dirt on everything but their business. And being creatures of habit, they would continue to drop loads on it until my eco-suavé table was taken out of the house.

Thankfully, the picNYC table is just a concept and hopefully it’ll stay that way. Of course the cats may feel differently. [Inhabitat]

Cat Pooping on picNYC Table


Austrian Design Firm mischer’traxler Turns One Old Grandfather Clock Into Nine Usable Pieces Of Furniture

mischer'traxler Grandfather ClockFounded in 2009 by Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler, Austrian design firm mischer’traxler’s works are described by them as:

Balancing between hand craft and technology, they envision whole systems, processes and new production methods that deal with contemporary themes and indicate sustainability and the relevance of nature.

What better way to show it than by dismantling a grandfather clock and turning it into nine separate pieces of furniture. [ and Novalis Fine Arts]