I'm not really sure how so many holidays got jam-packed into a single week, but somehow we've got Earth Week/Earth Day, Good Friday, and Easter all happening at once. I think it is safe to say that we're all kept in the loop when it comes to Good Friday and Easter (those are pretty big holidays), but for some reason, the "Go Green" holidays often receive little recognition.
Because I've been thinking this week about sustainable design, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of latest industry trends when it comes to designing environmentally friendly products.
First, I have to give a major shout-out to this blog that I stumbled upon called Inhabitat. As soon as I found it, I found that I was caught up looking through all of the articles they've featured about green products in engineering, architecture, and interiors! I must have spent at least a few hours just browsing their blog before I realized that I had fallen off the beaten path.
While I'm sure I'll be back to Inhabitat to discuss more of their unique finds, today I wanted to write about my favorite discovery within the Inhabitat blog...Innovo. Here is the picture that cast a spell on me:
This lighting fixture is made of bamboo shoots that have been shredded on the ends and formed into a visual display of texture and shape. The pendant fixture is similar to this desktop light fixture:
I absolutely love the bamboo in its true grass-blade form. Because we often think of bamboo as a wood, we sometimes forget that it is actually a form of grass, and that its fibers can be used in many different capacities. Another thing to love is the fact that bamboo grows rapidly, which means it is one of the more sustainable materials that exist today. For more information about the sustainable properties of bamboo, click here.
So if you like bamboo, then how do you feel about paper?
This paper chair is pretty darn cool, if you ask me. If I wasn't completely afraid of the fact that none of the prices for these items were listed on the website (usually the first sign that the prices are extremely high) I would be interested in purchasing a few of these babies for my studio. In fact, I'm almost tempted to try to paper mache some myself. haha.
Here are a few light fixtures that are truly amazing as well:
I'm not exactly sure how they fire-proofed these seemingly flammable fixtures, but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be allowed on the market if they hadn't gone through some sort of safety testing. But I do have to admit that I would be willing to sit in the dark if I had to in order to have these beauties in my home. They're just sooooo pretty! One thing that makes them even better is the fact that paper is a material that can easily be recycled. This means less waste going into our land fills, which should make all of us a bit happier.
To me, the range of products that Innovo offers was rather impressive. I'm only touching on the surface of some of the cool things they have, but here are some extremely practical home accessories that I would absolutely love to have!
This cooking utensil set practically becomes a piece of art. My only fear is that I would be too protective over the set and would never allow the utensils to be used. You know, just like when you get your mother a really nice set of earrings for her birthday but she refuses to wear them because they are just "too pretty." (and no mom, I'm not referring to you...this was just a general analogy).
If I had more time I would show you a lot more of the items I thought were worth noting, but I'll wrap it up with what I consider to be the coolest clock ever invented.
This is actually an incense that you burn, and when it burns out...you've gone through an entire day. I could definitely see where this might get a bit confusing though. What happens if you forget to light the incense at the same time...or worse...what if you forget to light it at all? Could this simple device secretly be the key to making time stand still? I can only imagine explaining to my boss why I was constantly late to work...."I'm so sorry, Sunny. I just keep forgetting to light the clock on fire!"
Well, that's it for me tonight. I hope you thought it was fun to take a sneak-peek into some of the design industry trends, and considering it is Earth Week, I hope you've been able to reflect on the type of products that are entering into our market. Each of the products mentioned above were created from natural materials. Many of them are hand-crafted, which means there isn't an oil consuming machine that is pumping chemicals into our environment just to open the doors of mass-production.
So what about you? Any big plans for Earth Week, or Earth Day? How do you get involved to promote sustainable living? I think we often think it takes a large community effort to make a difference, but we should never overlook the impact we can make on the environment just by making small changes in our lives. To see some of the City of Phoenix's recommendations for small changes you can make to live green, click here.
To see more cool products, check out Innovo's website (here's a trick: make sure you change the language on the site over to English, or you'll have a difficult time navigating around.) Also, for interesting updates on living green, be sure to check out the Inhabitat blog. I can't wait to spend a bit more time looking through everything!