Future of Green Design
And our GREEN theme goes on... from October into November... from now to what's next.
Emerald GREEN might be Pantone's color of 2013, but we see GREEN as the official shade of design for years to come. Our favorite ideas for a GREEN future:
Here at 2JANE we love all things printed—any surface, any style, any graphic... and adding clothing and furnishings to the list of printed objects is downright giddy-making! 3-D is changing production— as an energy-saving, waste-reducing, and wholly sustainable means of creation.
Made from living cells, this 3-D printed chair by Erik Klarenbeek is a composite of mycelium, an interwoven network of underground fungus, and straw, & water. With the help of scientists in the Mushroom Research Group of Plant Breeding at the University of Wageningen, the Dutch designer worked to find a suitable sustainable material that combines mother earth with printable substrate. The resulting material boasts insulating properties and strength, as well as a home from which other organic life can grow—Oyster mushrooms sprout sculpturally from the piece.
A computerized Stoll knitting machine is producing the world's first 3-D 'printed' sweaters (above), thanks to the efforts of Appalatch—North Carolina-based outdoor apparel brand—owners Mariano deGuzman and Grace Gouin. Their material is US-produced wool and there's no waste as the precision of the 3-D equipment allows every thread to be accounted for when constructing the garments. (Traditional machine-made apparel creates an excess of 20-30% of scraps for every garment.)
CREATIVITY IN TRANSPORTATION
We celebrate the bold souls designing their way to the forefront of the always noble mobile pursuit... It's not so much about implementing these solutions as universal standards as it is to encourage more and varied attempts to make non-auto options more inviting.
In Europe, where bicycle sales recently overtook car sales, safety improvements for helmeted road warriors are literally on the rise. In Stavanger, Norway this hovering roundabout keeps cyclists far from the madness of the auto intersection below. The Netherlands also boasts one of the same size in Eindhoven and more are on the way.
Recently 7 bus-stop designs by world-famous architects were offered up to the small town of Krumbach, Australia. Waiting for the 1:05 just became a much more pleasant prospect!
Food sources will forever be at the heart of the eco friendly movement and lucky for us there's real forward momentum on this front.
Photograph: Bruce Kennedy/Guardian
Recent progress in indoor cannabis growth has led to efficiency advances, according to the UK's Guardian. The use of LED's would considerably cut into the indoor-grown marijuana's estimated 1% (or $6 billion) of US energy consumption. Furthermore, construction costs are kept down as the low voltage lights do not require the pricey ductwork and ventilation of higher heat electricity.
At London's recent 100% Design showcasing of the latest and greatest in product, furnishings, and ideas for a better constructed world, Danielle Trofe explored vertical growing. Inventions like Trofe's make farm-to-table dining doable for individuals in urban areas. Sourcing food from one's own home not only creates a minimal footprint but connects diners to their diets in a way that that can lead to healthier choices.
- Roxie Mae Lackman