With so much sustainable design goodness out there on the world wide interwebs, and so little time to find it all, we thought we would share some of our favorite stories of the week. From wonderfully green eye-candy to promising trends and initiatives, we are happy to report that the despite the tough economic times, we are finding plenty of things to be cheery about this holiday season.

Apartment Therapy’s Re-Nest features holiday-themed textiles that are subtly elegant in design and made of hemp and organic cotton from Amenity Textiles.

Go urban! The AIA says studies show that housing preferences are shifting towards denser environments with easy access to public transit.

Designboom has Mario Stadelmann’s toeloop chairs: curvy, graceful chairs made of recycled polymer.

World Architecture News tells us that RMJM, BMW, and Harvard’s GSD are teaming up to research sustainable solutions for affordable housing.