It's no secret that here at Inhabitat we love independent designers for the fresh bursts of innovation that they provide, which is why we were thrilled to check out this year's Model Citizens show during New York Design Week. The exhibition showcased an incredible collection of furniture, housewares, and jewelry by a world-wide cast of up-and-coming designers. From beautiful sustainably-crafted furnishings to clever designs that find extraordinary uses for everyday materials, read on for our favorite green finds from this year's show!
In stark contrast to the cavernous halls and thousands of booths at ICFF, Model Citizens brought together a carefully curated community of independent designers. We were thrilled by the originality and inventiveness of the designs on display and we uncovered lots of green design gems as we met and mingled with the 50 or so designers in this year’s showcase.
Michiel Cornelissen showcased a stunning set of fun and functional bowls that are formed from everyday pencils popped into a mold. We love how each shade is artfully arranged, and the best part is that you can easily pull one out to use it when needed.
These gorgeous hanging lamps by Designsince are made from repurposed spools of measuring tape. They’re available in inches or centimeters, and each measurement displays a different pattern as the spools gradually expand into shades.
Lauren Vanessa Tickle showcased a stunning necklace composed of carefully cut-out dollar bills. The piece is part of her Value Exploration series, which questions the the principles that drive currency and consumerism.
For The Guyana Project 10 Pratt students spent 10 days working in a Guyanese factory with local workers to create a series of beautifully sculpted, locally-sourced and produced furnishings. Jason Hu designed this playful “Perch” chair that can be rotated to provide a variety of different seating positions.
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