Posts Tagged 'sustainable design'

i’m now LEED AP!!!

green grass heart

Passed my LEED AP test earlier today!!  My brain can finally be taken out of overdrive.  It feels so good to be out of study study study mode.  Veg out time much needed now.

giant knitted rug_christien meindertsma

giant knit rug 01

Christien Meindertsma knit these giant rugs with wool from a sustainable sheep ranch.  Each hexagon swatch below represent the yield of one sheep.  This is part of the Design for a Living World exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in NYC which is showcasing products made using sustainable materials from around the world.

I need giant knitting needles like hers!….

giant knit rug 02

giant knit rug 04

It’s like one giant scarf!!

(images from Dezeen and Christien Meindertsma)

“misty garden” @ ICFF

misty garden humidifier

“Misty Garden” by Japanese company, Mikuni, (designer Miyuki Yoshida) is an environmentally friendly humidifier made of nonwoven fabric that when soaked with water from the tray, allows water to evaporate and naturally humidify the air.  Very nice!

(image by: vivien chin)

fuz @ ICFF

fuz ppl and dogs
“corky” (left) & “dusty” (right) w/felt dog eraser

fuz couple
hug placemats

fuz napkin hugs
napkin hugs (rubber)

fuz napkin hugs green
napkin hugs (wool felt)

FUZ (company by Josh Jakus) had some really fun products at the show.  All the products shown are made from recycled materials and/or excess material waste from factories (wool felt, wood, cork, rubber, etc).  Very sustainable!  I got a black rubber napkin hug as a takeaway!  It was my favorite takeaway from the show.  All their products can be purchased on the FUZ site.  Pleased to hear that FUZ is a Josh Jakus company.  I have one of his UM bags made from recycled industrial felt and think it’s a really great design.

(images by: vivien chin)
(napkin hugs images from FUZ)

“my shower curtain is a green warrior” @ ICFF

puff and flock shower curtain

puff and flock shower curtain 02

shower curtain green warrior

Puff&Flock designed a really fun shower curtain that helps people try and control how much hot water they use in the shower.  The “spikes” start out deflated at the beginning of the shower.  As the hot steam builds up, the “spikes” inflate–telling you that it’s time to get out because you’ve been using a lot of hot water.  I think it’s a pretty cool way to help conserve water and energy, not to mention “my shower curtain is a green warrior” is a pretty awesome name!  This was one of my favorites at the show.

(images by: vivien chin)
(image from: Puff&Flock)

biodegradable moss carpet



Japan-based flower artist Makoto Azuma collaborated with Unitika Ltd. to create an indoor glade at the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair that is a completely biodegradable system.  The planter portion of this moss carpet system is made from plant-derived polylactic acid fiber that decomposes in 10 years leaving only CO2 and water that will be absorbed by plants in the end. Very cool and very earth conscious.  Original article from Inhabitat.

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