If you aspire to building your own home, but want to save money on materials, it could be worth taking a cue from Mattel industrial designer Debbie Glassberg. Using five former shipping containers, Glassberg has built an open-plan, modern home with vintage pieces adorning the interior.
How the mighty have fallen; these once glorious trees have been saved from a joyless fate and resurrected as rustic and bold furniture pieces. A Russian woodworker is converting trees that have fallen naturally into unique design statements that showcase the idiosyncrasies of the wood in the resulting chairs - and he makes rocking horses, too!
Collaborative consumption is just another set of buzz words for a simple new trend which can make a huge difference to your budget and the planet. Essentially, it's about swapping; swap parties for clothes have started popping up all over the place. Here's Inhabitat's top 10 collaborative consumption websites which take advantage of the geographical flexibility of the web.By Rachael McKinnon Email Rachael