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MILAN 2009: The Best of Green Design

Posted By Lea Stewart On April 29, 2009 @ 2:00 am In Green Products,Milan Furniture Fair | 2 Comments

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The 2009 Milan Furniture Fair [2] showcased an incredible assortment of furnishings, lighting, and housewares from all over the world, ranging from the well-established designers showcased in the main exhibition [3] halls to the young designers and start-up companies exhibiting at Salone Satellite [4]. Although in visiting the modern and contemporary halls of the fair I was disappointed by the lack of green design, it was encouraging to see that this year the fair is focusing on quality. Although the materials and construction of most of the furniture would not be considered sustainable, the intention is that the pieces will last a lifetime. Many of the designs also allowed for modularity [5], or reconfiguring over time. Read on for our favorite green design finds from the show!

milan furniture fair 2009, sustainable design, green design, salone satellite, industrial design, furniture, lighting, eco-friendly materials, energy efficient design, best of green, Biodegradable moss planter-azuma makoto with Terramac [6]

Azuma Makato [7]‘s biodegrable moss planter is manufactured from plant-derived polylactic acid, which allows it to eventually fade away and return to nature.

milan furniture fair 2009, sustainable design, green design, salone satellite, industrial design, furniture, lighting, eco-friendly materials, energy efficient design, best of green, maruja fuentes tiles [8]

These Green Pocket tiles by Maruja Fuentes [9] are made from recycled materials and are meant to hold potted plants so that it appears they are growing from the wall.

milan furniture fair 2009, sustainable design, green design, salone satellite, industrial design, furniture, lighting, eco-friendly materials, energy efficient design, best of green, Green-Kitchen [10]

Whirlpool and Elmar teamed up with designers Ludovica + Roberto Palomba [11] to develop this Green Living Kitchen [12] that recycles 60% of the water and heat generated from appliances to fuel other appliances.

milan furniture fair 2009, sustainable design, green design, salone satellite, industrial design, furniture, lighting, eco-friendly materials, energy efficient design, best of green, philips ledino [13]

Philips’ new lineup of Ledino [14] lamps feature a high light output, 80% energy savings, 20 years of life, are cool to the touch, dimmable, low voltage, and feature a warm 3100 kelvin color.

milan furniture fair 2009, sustainable design, green design, salone satellite, industrial design, furniture, lighting, eco-friendly materials, energy efficient design, best of green, shigeru ban 10-unit system [15]

Shigeru Ban’s 10-Unit System [5] is a set of modular furniture based upon L-shaped units that can form everything from chairs to benches to tables.

milan furniture fair 2009, sustainable design, green design, salone satellite, industrial design, furniture, lighting, eco-friendly materials, energy efficient design, best of green, re-love chair [16]

Maezm [17]‘s Re Love Lighting [18] collection repurposes used furniture by covering it packaging foam, resulting in a cloud-like effect.

milan furniture fair 2009, sustainable design, green design, salone satellite, industrial design, furniture, lighting, eco-friendly materials, energy efficient design, best of green, leds c4 [19]

LEDS C4 [20]‘s collection of surface mounted led lights allow a designer to create interesting patterns with energy efficent lighting. They are also unique because they are available in a range of kelvin (color) temperatures.

milan furniture fair 2009, sustainable design, green design, salone satellite, industrial design, furniture, lighting, eco-friendly materials, energy efficient design, best of green, leds c4, beach cocoon [21]

The Beach Coocon by Pascale De Backer [22] is intended to be easily transported to the beach and then inflated for a relaxing place to unwind. The rope inside is structural to keep the form of the chair, but is also inspired by optical art. Its compact size when deflated and durability make it sustainable and functional.

milan furniture fair 2009, sustainable design, green design, salone satellite, industrial design, furniture, lighting, eco-friendly materials, energy efficient design, best of green, tuono 8cork blocks [23]

These “8cork” blocks are designed by designed by Tetsuo Tonouchi [24]. They are colored with natural paints and are made from soft cork for safety.

Be sure to check out our full 2009 Milan Furniture Fair coverage [2] for more great green designs from the show!

+ 2009 Milan Furniture Fair Coverage [2]

+ 2009 Milan Furniture Fair Photo Gallery [25]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=26310

[2] 2009 Milan Furniture Fair: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/milan-furniture-fair/

[3] main exhibition: http://www.cosmit.it/tool/home.php?s=0,2,67,71,75

[4] Salone Satellite: http://www.cosmit.it/tool/home.php?s=0,2,67,71,82

[5] modularity: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/21/shigeru-bans-10-unit-modular-furniture-system/

[6] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3472664327/

[7] Azuma Makato: http://www.azumamakoto.com

[8] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3470617845/

[9] Maruja Fuentes: http://www.marujafuentes.com/

[10] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3471471287/

[11] Ludovica + Roberto Palomba: http://www.palombaserafini.com/

[12] Green Living Kitchen: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/28/milan-2009-whirpool-elmar-green-living-kitchen/

[13] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3470618109/

[14] Ledino: http://www.ledino.philips.com/

[15] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3471432330/

[16] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3469713679/

[17] Maezm: http://www.maezm.com/

[18] Re Love Lighting: http://www.maezm.com/project/re_love/2009/re-love-lighting-1.htm

[19] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3468061926/

[20] LEDS C4: http://www.leds-c4.com/web/en/productos.asp?idCat=-1

[21] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3468061948/

[22] Pascale De Backer: http://www.pascalina.be/gallery/beach_cocoon_select.htm

[23] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/3466071998/

[24] Tetsuo Tonouchi: http://www.t-tono.com/plofile.html

[25] + 2009 Milan Furniture Fair Photo Gallery: http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/plugins/falbum/wp/album.php?album=72157617181767086

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