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POSTED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 12:00 PM

Like countless others, I celebrated Record Store Day with a vinyl purchase this past weekend. But in the future, with the widespread adoption of 3D printers, we might be seeing a mainstream return of vinyl  with print-on-demand records being delivered from bands/labels right to your turntable!

Amanda Ghassaei, an Instructables contributor, was struck by curiosity about the capability of current 3D printing technology. Turning to the latest and greatest in 3D printing, she was able to take a digital audio file and convert it into a playable 3D model of a record.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 9:31 AM

How does one compose beautiful architecture? What are the instruments? What are the qualities? Is it possible to define, or like most great art, does it just strike an undefinable chord?

In past ideabooks I’ve explored the importance of simplicity as a quality of successful architecture as well as the importance of completing great architecture with appropriate detailing. This ideabook will focus on what is perhaps two more obvious characteristics of successful architecture: space and materials.

One could certainly write two ideabooks, one for each of these topics. But I think the point would be missed. Space and materials make up a two-part ticket; one cannot be successful without the other. One cannot exist without the other. Materials are used to compose space; space is orchestrated by materials. They cannot be separated.

POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2013, 1:52 PM
TIN CAN LANTERN - One of our most popular DIY projects of all time on Inhabitat, these surprisingly simple tin can lanterns add such lovely flair and sparkle to an al fresco event – and just in time for summer!

Earth Day is today - and while getting outside and planting a tree is probably the most popular way to celebrate, some people are handier with a glue gun than they are with a shovel.

If you're one of the former, we've rounded up some of our favorite DIY projects that use recycled and reclaimed materials. From fun stamps made out of old wine corks to tiny terrariums you can stick on your walls to vintage teacup candles, click through our gallery to see them all!

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POSTED: Friday, April 19, 2013, 4:00 PM

Feeling like “you live in a cubicle” 40+ hours a week and hardly get to see the sun and living growing things on the weekdays? We’re lucky enough that even when we can’t make it outdoors, we’re surrounded by beauty and greenery. We want everyone to be able to have a daily slice of the outdoors, so here’s a way to bring a little green into your work week.

We devised a simple structure to house files, catalogues, or mail that utilizes moss, foraged findings, and natural elements. We love this assemblage of little pieces of nature under glass to create structure and order for your work space or home. You can use anything you love, whether it’s a mass of little fallen acorns collected from your favorite park, stones and shells you found on your memorable beach vacation, or a dropped feather you found while hiking through the woods. There’s no right or wrong, just what inspires you. Maybe it’s something you even swap out every couple months to reflect the changing seasons! -the Ladies of Forêt

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POSTED: Friday, April 19, 2013, 2:00 PM

Everything about wine is an art. From the making of it to the packaging of it and even the displaying of it. If you collect bottles over time, you're left with a delightful problem: What do you do with your growing collection? Before you start storing bottles in the coat closet, learn more about the multiple methods of storing, racking and displaying your wine. Some systems are prefabricated and can be installed easily; custom storage units may require help from a designer and a carpenter.

Whether small or large, many wine cellars have at least two or three different styles of racking. Some of these are built for bulk storage, and others for displaying the label — also known as the vintage — to help the owners find what they're looking for and to showcase the highlights of a personal collection.

From the sparse and modern to the custom and traditional, the great spaces below make the displaying and storing of wine truly an art.

POSTED: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 4:59 PM
The unconventional Sandwichbike finds its form in two pieces of pressed plywood, which are connected by an array of custom-made components and a conventional single speed drivetrain.

First introduced as an imaginative concept by Dutch design agency Bleijh about seven years ago, the Sandwichbike has finally reached maturity.

Upon its first introduction the mostly wood, flat-packable bicycle generated quite a bit of buzz, with email and phone inquiries going to the agency on a weekly basis ever since—but it was strictly an after-hours side project taken on by some of the agency's lead designers. So, just a few short months ago, an autonomous side company was established to bring Sandwichbike to market. Powered by a passion for their product, Sandwichbike designer and engineer Ite Kingma neatly sums it up: "If you want to create something you should create with full belief and full quality."

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POSTED: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 1:40 PM
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Do buy what you love. Don’t feel like it has to match your interior.

Do make sure the artwork is in proportion to the space where it will be hung

POSTED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 4:29 PM

I'm not talking modern tropical or rattan furniture. I am talking the lush, steamy, full-to-bursting look of the jungle. Pattern on pattern, green everywhere. Big, bold flowers and layer upon layer of color.

OK, so a jungle room might be a little overbearing (not to mention humid), but you can steal elements of that jungle lushness. A hint of the Amazon goes a long way.

Here are a few ideas to up the tropical, Heart of Darkness feel.

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