One of the highlights of this weekend’s Dwell On Design conference was Johanna Grawunder’s Saturday lecture and DesertGlow exhibition at the Art + Industry Gallery in downtown Palm Springs. While at first glance, many of her architectural and lighting projects look distinctly modern and not overtly green, her rhetoric poses new ways of creating design solutions with regards to efficiency, modernism and sustainability. Grawunder’s fabulously modern light fixtures are simple enough to mass produce at low cost, and energy efficient enough (most are fluorescent tubing) to question their rather high-end price point. Her work poses the question: Why shouldn’t high-end design be energy efficient?… and why shouldn’t energy efficient design be incredible, sophisticated, and art-worthy?

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  1. will December 5, 2006 at 11:15 am

    Looks great, but besides that I have a hard time with products that maybe “green” but are they searving a purpose besides art. Not that I don’t think that art is not important, but in this case can one read by these wall lights and do you need what appears to be 7 incadesent bulbs hanging over the counter. Green? yes, but is one consuming more electricity than is needed. I thought the idea was to conserve, not to use less of something that isn’t needed in the first place. (Except as art of course)

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