During the week of Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, we put a call out for eco-loving, freelance correspondents to help us out with our coverage. Our plea was met with much enthusiasm from, among others, a design class from Kansas State University, who braved the ruckus of the event to bring us some exciting reports and tips from Salone. Read on for a run-down of some of their favorite and ‘greenest’ finds…

The Wattson sensor, which we’ve written about before, is an energy monitor from UK-based design studio DIY Kyoto which clues its user into how much energy is being consumed in the household on an ongoing basis. It’s been proven that simply by being more informed of your energy consumption, you’re more likely to be more energy efficient (even if it’s a subconscious effort). Wattson tells you the wattage output generated by every electronic device in the room by displaying a digital read-out or via ambient light. As well as benefiting the environment and your pocketbook, the Wattson gets our vote for being the sexiest-looking, juice-saving gadget on the market!

Italian designer Alberto Dassasso’s hip Avio chairs – created for Italian design studio Vibrazioni – are constructed out of discarded roadsigns and rebar.

Florence-based Targetti Group is known in both local and international circles as a key leader in outdoor and indoor architectural lighting. We love their stylish, biodynamic Pura lights – on top of not emitting heat, they enjoy an expected lifespan of up to 30,000 hours while consuming as little energy as a 100W lamp.

A pilot project from Italy’s Lombardy region, Remade in Italy was launched in order to provide support and eco-design guidance for national companies interested in creating marketable products out of industry waste. Many of the resulting creations such as the Alice chairs pictured above are derived from a company’s first attempt at constructing a product out of recycled or reusable materials.

Many thanks to our green-design-loving Kansas State University cohorts for their contribution!


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  1. Dman April 27, 2009 at 9:52 am


    Guys, these have been around for yyyeeeaaarrrsss! What about all of the LED and Oled innovations, huh?

  2. Kristi August 1, 2007 at 12:56 am

    Also a KSU grad, though a little further back. K-State has great design and architecture programs, although I don’t understand why they don’t just have a degree in Industrial or Product Design instead of lumping it in with Interior Architecture. Can anyone enlighten me?

  3. Ian April 25, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    Go KSU.
    2000 Grad!

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