Looking for some inspiration to get your home spruced up for spring? Over the past few days, New York design fans flocked to Manhattan's West Side for the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show, an immersive interior design experience akin to seeing your favorite Pinterest boards come to life in one of NYC's most expansive spaces. Inhabitat scoured the show floor to see what green designs we could pick out of this year's 400+ exhibitors, and we were excited to see a healthy selection ranging from solar-powered skylights to convertible furniture to seats made out of fallen Hurricane Sandy trees. Explore our gallery below for the full scoop!
Artist Breon Dunigan’s cruelty-free “Trophy Heads” made us do a double-take over at the Gallery Schoolhouse booth. Made from repurposed furniture and textiles, the sculptures offer an alternative to real game trophies and “are a marvel of ingenious fabrication, and a witty commentary on the nature and psychology of what it means to gather game trophies.”
Stefan Rurak takes reclaimed wood from all over New York City and turns it into conversation-starting furniture pieces with a story behind them. “These stools are made from fallen trees from Hurricane Sandy, and part of the proceeds from all of the sales go towards the Mayor’s Fund to help those affected by the storm,” he explained to us.
Netherlands-based Wonderwall Studios describes their company as one that “crafts locally and rocks globally,” and we have to agree. Their products, made from reclaimed wood sourced from old buildings, look like custom pieces of art, but are actually versatile wall tiles.
Faribault Woolen Mill prides themselves on their 150-year-old heritage of making wool products in Minnesota, a tradition that has allowed them to remain standing as one of the last vertical woolen mills in America. “We never waste any wool,” Bruce Bildsten, Faribault Partner and Chief Marketing Officer, told us. The current product line features fun and funky city map throws made using environmentally friendly dyes, as well as recycled blankets made from leftover bits of scrap wool.
This intricate piece depicting the life-cycle of a butterfly beckoned us into the Chesterfield Glass Art booth. The artist used old musical instrument parts to create the framework that holds the delicate sculpture together.
We’re big “fans” of Big Ass Fans‘ products, not just because of their cheeky moniker, but also for the way they’ve been translating what may seem like an old-school cooling method into a green alternative to energy-guzzling air-conditioning. Their over-sized fan blades can keep even large spaces cool during the summer, decreasing or even eliminating the need for AC.
There was never a dull moment over at the Milano Smart Living booth, which was constantly in motion showcasing its line of convertible furniture. Their combination TV stand/wall bed seemed to get the most attention, with their fold-out bunkbeds and transforming coffee tables attracting fans of their own.
The Velux Solar-Powered Skylight allows homeowners to bring daylight and fresh air indoors via a concealed power source that opens and closes the skylight using energy from the sun. The PV-powered skylight is also eligible for federal tax credit savings and other benefits.
David Stine crafts tables, desks, beds and other custom furniture using sustainably harvested wood on land that has been in his family for four generations. The rough-hewn, organic pieces celebrate the beauty of the wood and each one is finished with environmentally safe materials.
Viyet, an online marketplace where design enthusiasts can buy and sell preloved high-end furniture, celebrated its recently announced collaboration with Benjamin Moore with two room vignettes created by celebrity interior designers. The new partnership allows shoppers to match their favorite Viyet items to corresponding Benjamin Moore shades.
Want to check these green products out for yourself as well as book signings, culinary demonstrations, cocktail receptions and seminars featuring design world stars and experts? Use promo code GONYC to get discounted $25 tickets to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show here.
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