ICFF 2013 just kicked off in New York, and Team Inhabitat is on the scene to bring you the best sustainable designs from the nation's largest showcase of contemporary furnishings. Our first day of coverage turned up a great array of green design gems ranging from dazzling energy-saving LED lamps and chandeliers to furniture made from recycled plastic, repurposed propane tanks, and even salvaged bicycles. Read on for a first-hand look at our favorite finds fresh from today's show!
San Francisco Bay Area-based designer Colin Selig repurposes old propane tanks to create an amazing array of sofas and chairs. The smooth, sculptural seats require no extra material, and Selig has plans to license the design so that local craftspeople can manufacture them around the world.
New Zealand-based Designtree showcased their series of Frankie Lamps, which feature recycled felt shades set upon FSC-certified wood frames. The Frankie line includes a table, standing, and pendant lamp, and each one is accented by a red cord that adds a bright pop of color.
Moooi unveiled a collection of stunning LED chandeliers that look like fireworks or constellations in bloom. Each energy-efficient lamp’s metal structure carries a low-voltage current that is safe to the touch and eliminates the need to connect the bulbs with wires.
Patrick Weder Design‘s beehive-like lamp makes beautiful use of minimal materials. It’s composed of tiny strips of paper layered over a simple wire frame structure.
Molo showcased its elegant new Softlight LED tripod lamp, which consists of a cloud-like Tyvek shade set atop three spindly legs.
Hurb‘s clever Kiga Kitchen Garden is a modular planter that can be used to grow fresh herbs for cooking. The modules can be arranged in a variety of configurations, they stack one within another to ship, and the foot of each planter provides drainage.
Hinterland unveiled a gorgeous low-energy chandelier made from pieces of driftwood salvaged from the coasts of British Columbia.
The Dutchtub is an off-grid hot tub that is heated by a burning wood fire. It’d be perfect for a taking a soak in the woods while camping!
Blackbody showcased its gorgeous OLED tree, which consists of a single white trunk that splits off into branches that glow with low-energy light.
All photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat