Olivia Chen

Inhabitat Blog Picks of the Week

by , 01/16/09
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Here at Inhabitat, we don’t see a discrepancy between living a good life and being green. We might even venture to say that the “end of luxury” is a challenge for us to re-evaluate our needs in light of the earth’s limited resources. And with Obama’s inauguration rapidly approaching, we are grateful that our nation’s leader is pushing an environmentally conscientious attitude by pledging to support a greener economy.

Is design better off without luxury? The NY Times asks if design and depression are actually good for each other.

And we ponder with Apartment Therapy’s re-nest: Is green luxury an oxymoron?

Speaking of green luxury, Obama’s inauguration is planned to be a green bash — with two, not just one, celebration balls. And one is hosted by friend of the environment, Al Gore.

And Obama’s entry into the Oval Office isn’t the only thing to celebrate: an $825 billion economic stimulus plan unveiled on Thursday “contains billions of dollars in tax breaks for renewable energy.”

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  1. Dallas Ward January 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    On Core 77 there is an excellent rebuttal to the design & depression piece. As a furniture/product designer, I don’t see much advantage to designing in lean times. If are in a position to crush your competitors, then perhaps you’ll be able to thrive. However, when the economy scales back, design clients usually don’t introduce new products. So for most designers, the financial pain hits as hard as in any other industry.

    I work for a company that is integrating green design and fabrication into what we do for our clients, and I would say that green luxury is not an oxymoron. Green is a luxury for many businesses and consumers right now. When we design to use green materials like bamboo plywood, kirei, FSC certified woods or similar, our clients often ask us to start changing things because of the costs involved in those products.

  2. Milieunet Milieunet January 17, 2009 at 5:32 am

    I like his new limo called The Beast

    http://www.stichtingmilieunet.nl/andersbekekenblog/?p=6270

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