Patrick Toomey-Neri

Best Green Designs From the Final Days of Milan Design Week

by , 04/20/14


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José Rodrigues de Araùjo’s fabulous Bota Bandeira boots (displayed at the Brazilian exhibition) look like they could be worn by Oberon himself.

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Italian designer Giorgio Caporaso created this stunning piece that’s a coffee table, lamp, and planter all at once. It comes in a variety of different materials as well, including cardboard, untreated wood, and bamboo.

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Bulbo lights are LED lamps created specifically for growing food plants indoors, and they come in two different styles. Shown here is the “Cynara” lamp, perfect for any size container, designed by Lorenzo Antonioni.

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Quadra is the other Bulbo design: a rectangular system ideal for multiple plants. It consumes about 14 watts of power, which is about as much as a regular clock on “standby” mode.

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Mellina Makowiecky, Renée Melo and Karin Danieli of Bernardini created this stunning cabinet from an antique travel chest. If this isn’t the perfect place to store your spyglass and astrolabe, what is?

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The folks at Low Cost Design turned to children for advice on what they would like to play with, and this “house dumpster” was one of their ideas. Bright and fun, these playhouses are designed by children for children, and made of upcycled and eco-friendly materials.

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Jib, a composite stool created for Kvadrat by sculptor Peter Marigold, is comprised of individually upholstered pieces that can be mixed and matched to create the ultimate seating unit. Longer pieces can be teamed up with smaller ones to create benches, or even tables, as desired.

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Rona Silva’s St. John stool, shown at the Brazilian exhibition, is made from multiple layers of corrugated cardboard and upholstered in upcycled fabric.

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Richard Hutten, another brilliant Kvadrat designer, created the layered cloud chair by putting layers of fabric through a milling machine. The outcome: a fabulous, colorful chair that’s as comfortable as it is eye-catching.

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Inspired by the annual Caruaru fair in Brazil, these lamps created by the Rosenbaum Office are crafted from cultivated pinus wood, and are available either painted, or untreated (as shown).

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The Slow Wood project focuses on the importance of handmade crafts, with an emphasis on sustainability and community support. These “Underbridge” LED desk lamps were designed by Pagani & Perversi.

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Inspired by traditional Senegalese basket weaving, the Triple Basket Lamp by Stephen Burks is woven from sweetgrass, recycled plastic, bungee cord, and a myriad other found materials. 

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“Orto” is a growing medium in the shape of a brick, and it comes pre-loaded with seeds: all you need to do is water it to create a beautiful mini garden. Seeds for plants such as basil,  arugula, and parsley nest in the rich soil, just waiting to burst forth. Designed by Tommaso Mancini.

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Another great piece from Kvadrat, these upholstered modular hexagons come in a variety of hues and can be used as either indoor or outdoor seating. Designer Werner Aisslinger drew his inspiration from picnics; how it’s fun to sprawl in the great outdoors, but on a soft, comfortable surface.

 

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