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Sustainability

A DIY Project, Unfolded

Categories: DIY + How To, Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
A DIY Project, Unfolded

Few things are as drearily generic (and as devoid of aesthetic value) as that staple of school auditoriums and recreational halls: the tubular metal folding chair. Which is why this DIY project over on Design for Mankind got our attention immediately. Ordinary materials, a dose of determination, and a finely — Continue reading

A Child’s Bookshelf that Grows With Time

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Kids + Baby, Sustainability
A Child’s Bookshelf that Grows With Time

Rotterdam-based designer Reinier de Jong has designed a bookshelf for children that can expand along with their book collection. The REK Jr. bookcase is a scaled-down version of de Jong’s original REK bookcase, designed several years ago, which was comprised of five interlocking components designed to slide together for more — Continue reading

Last Day to Save 15% on Emeco

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Last Day to Save 15% on Emeco

Skeptics who think recycling is a well-meaning concept with an unfortunate byproduct—inferior design quality—may need to give the Emeco 111 Navy Chair a second look. The Pennsylvania company’s collaboration with that other all-American brand—Coca Cola—has been a bona fide ecological and esthetic triumph. 111 recycled PET Coke bottles (65% of — Continue reading

Less & More: Pablo’s Super Slim Clamp Light

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Less & More: Pablo’s Super Slim Clamp Light

If proponents of conservation need a poster child—both visually and technologically speaking—they need look no further than the Clamp FS Task Lamp by Pablo Lighting, the embodiment of designer Dana Cannam’s desire to create a lamp of “understated beauty and an uncompromising level of utility.” Which is to say, a — Continue reading

Screen Gems from MIO

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
Screen Gems from MIO

Whether used as decoration, room divider or privacy screen, the modular system known as Nomad is an admirable invention. Made entirely of recycled double-wall cardboard, Nomad, one of many sustainable offerings of the Philadelphia-based company MIO, is sold in flat packs of 24 modules, which can then be assembled without — Continue reading

Eyeing the Q Electric Scooter

Categories: Local + Travel, Sustainability
Eyeing the Q Electric Scooter

Dutch design studio Smool, which introduced an interesting television prototype that we showcased on this site earlier this year, has created an electric scooter concept for Amsterdam-based bicycle and scooter brand QWIC. Called The Q, the lightweight scooter is being billed as “sustainable, personal transport,” or a green alternative to — Continue reading

Beating the Drum for Upcycling

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Beating the Drum for Upcycling

Any notions about ‘upcycling’ being a desperate attempt at retrofitting can now be dispelled by these genuinely lovely pendant lights, crafted from a primary component of discarded washing machines. The brainchild of Dutch-born, Helsinki-based product designer Willem Heeffer, each light is comprised of a washing machine drum, painstakingly extracted from — Continue reading

On Kickstarter, Colorful Rainbow Pencils

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
On Kickstarter, Colorful Rainbow Pencils

Yes, well, who wouldn’t want to look down at pencil shavings and find rainbows? British-born, Tokyo-based designer Duncan Shotton has conceived of this fanciful notion with the invention of Rainbow Pencils, currently seeking funding via Kickstarter. “I was looking at ways in which, without interfering with its basic function, I — Continue reading

A Japanese Bridge, Both Expressive and Sustainable

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
A Japanese Bridge, Both Expressive and Sustainable

Befitting its name, the Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum, located in the Shikoku region of southern Japan, is both a bridge and a museum. Designed by architectural firm Kengo Kumo and Associates in 2010, the structure connects two buildings otherwise separated by a road, and also houses artist-in-resident programs and workshops. — Continue reading

A New Soda Bottle from Yves Behar

Categories: Sustainability
A New Soda Bottle from Yves Behar

As far as a eco-sensitive products go, SodaStream Source, a countertop appliance which turns plain tap water into a carbonated drink, is a pretty smart one—rendering bottles and cans obsolete, while saving transportation costs in the process. A collaboration between home soda maker SodaStream and Yves Behar’s Fuse Project, Source — Continue reading

Doing Good with Soap and Water

Categories: Sustainability
Doing Good with Soap and Water

It’s not just the name Hand in Hand, the pretty packaging, or its commitment to environmental responsibility that we like about this soap company, but the commendable goal that lead to its inception. Seeking “a household product people use every day that had the power to save lives,” a pair — Continue reading

2Modern’s David Trubridge Giveaway!

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
2Modern’s David Trubridge Giveaway!

In some measure, David Trubridge’s personal story—boat designer, self-taught wood worker, adventurer, environmentalist, toast of the design world—is evident in his signature lighting designs. Inspired by the natural world, referencing indigenous cultures, with a carbon footprint as light as their ethereal forms, Trubridge’s hanging lamps are both instantly recognizable and — Continue reading

A Flashy Debut from Volvo

Categories: Sustainability
A Flashy Debut from Volvo

As far as debuts go, it’s the most photogenic one we’ve seen in a while. In introducing its V60 Plug-in Hybrid, an impressive new diesel/electric vehicle, Volvo added a little accessory that showed the car off to memorable effect: a diaphanous, startlingly pretty solar-powered car charger created by Synthesis Design — Continue reading

The Latest XO Tablet from Yves Behar

Categories: Kids + Baby, Sustainability
The Latest XO Tablet from Yves Behar

The XO Tablet, designed by Yves Behar and FuseProject specifically as a learning tool for children, goes on sale at Walmart this week for $150. If an inordinate amount of attention is being paid to the unveiling of this device, it’s because this is the fourth iteration of a low-cost — Continue reading

Wrap Party

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Wrap Party

Australian designers Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd, the design team behind Inaluxe, have just released this new wrapping paper design for stationery company Earth Greetings. Whimsical bird and flower illustrations comprise Garden Party, which is sold by the sheet, and adheres to the “carbon neutral, environmentally friendly, printed on 100% — Continue reading

Cubist Housing for the Modern Bird

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
Cubist Housing for the Modern Bird

Minnesota-based Loll Designs, which makes use of recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE) to create a range of contemporary products, has applied the ultimate modernist form—the cube—to a bird house design. A perfect, durable cube with a single opening for coming and going, Cube Birdhouse requires no assembly, can be mounted — Continue reading

Cerno: Thinking Big

Categories: Furniture + Lighting, Sustainability
Cerno: Thinking Big

If building products to last, building locally, and building with the environment in mind sound like lofty ideals, Cerno is guilty as charged. Fear of thinking big has never stopped this California-based lighting collective from turning its back on a throwaway consumer culture, and setting its sights, instead, on producing — Continue reading

An Eco-Friendly American Flag

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects, Sustainability
An Eco-Friendly American Flag

The Maine-based fashion and home goods company Citizen Native is offering up a timely and handsome excuse to wrap ourselves up in the American flag this week. This Eco American Flag Throw is comprised mostly of yarn made from leftover t-shirt fabrics and handmade using a process requiring minimal dyes — Continue reading

Vipp’s Big Green Gimmick

Categories: Sustainability
Vipp’s Big Green Gimmick

Copenhagen’s desire to hold the mantel of Europe’s cleanest city has been given a big green boost by Danish trash can maker Vipp. Seizing a marketing opportunity, Vipp has created a giant replica of its famous pedal garbage bins to call attention to Copenhagen’s green initiative, and, in the process, — Continue reading

A 21st Century Farnsworth House

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Sustainability
A 21st Century Farnsworth House

What does a 21st Century version of Mies van der Rhoe’s exalted Farnsworth House look like? Thanks to Manhattan architectural firm Desai/Chia, we now know. The blissfully beautiful LM Guest House in upstate New York was built for a family requesting “an analog” of Farnsworth, and lucky for them (and — Continue reading