Sustainable design: where form meets green
Light Home rounds up the most inspiring eco-friendly design pieces from Sydney’s recent designEX show.
Is that really a milk container?Australian duo Nicholas Karlovasitis and Sarah Gibson have made waves since co-founding uber-chic furniture studio DesignByThem. And it’s not hard to see why. Their product range may be small but it is whimsical, tactile, fun and green.
This Butter Seat, for example, is not only quirky in looks but is created from 100% recycled content – the vast majority of which is recycled milk containers. New out in 2012, it sells for $590 (non-upholstered) and $890 (upholstered).
Ultimate tripod tableBrand new from Australian designer Henry Wilson is the delightful
A3-joint tripod table. Sand-cast in reclaimed metals and, in Wilson’s words, “almost indestructible”, the A3-joint range is a multi-use joinery system for tables, plinths, stools and fit-outs.
Based on Wilson’s philosophy of reducing design waste, the A3 joint table reflects his goal to create furniture that will last long into the future – and we hope this one does.
Monkey pot magic
Created by Australian Adam Cornish, these quirky pot plant holders fit together like the old children’s game Barrel of Monkeys. An ingenious method of introducing pot plants into small compact environments, the Monkey Pots rely on vertical, rather than floor, space.
As Adam Cornish says, “I see it as a system that can cover any area – in apartments, offices; we’ve even done a 10-metre chain that could be used in large-scale architecture. It’s really in between a green wall and a normal potted plant.”
The Monkey Pots also incorporate sustainable design: made of 100% recycled materials, they recycle their own water. Each planter has one skin with an air pocket that insulates root bundles from hot and cold and acts as a water reservoir.
“It looks simple but there’s actually a lot going on under the surface,” Cornish adds.
This brilliant piece of theatrical furniture is just a prototype right now, with the production piece still in development. Created by the team at Blakebrough+King, according to them it came about after someone broke their favourite old broom.
“After a lot of swearing we realised how nice the timber in the handle was,” the team says. “We salvaged a bunch of old brooms and broken garden tools from the local tip and hopefully the result is quite a contemporary form which references brooms in just a subtle way.”
At first glance these eye-catching stools from Polish architect and designer Oskar Zieta seem to be made of some kind of inflatable li-lo. Look closer and they are, in fact, metal – two sheets of recycled stainless steel fused together and then inflated with high-pressure air jets.
Known as the Plopp family, the sustainably designed range has won numerous awards since its 2009 European launch and is now being distributed in Australia through Textura. The collectible stools range in price from $540 for a kitchen stool down.
Hersh 17-Jul-2012 11:59 AM