Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2010

 

The Green Vanguard: Z is for Zero-Carbon

INTERFACE, DESIGNTEX, TANDUS, and SHAW The carpet industry has made great strides in pushing sustainability. Now that virtually everyone is touting a green story, the bar has been raised. Fortunately, most of the big companies have zero-carbon initiatives under way.…

The Green Vanguard: Y is for YLiving

The online furniture retailer YLiving has always carried some ecofriendly products in its portfolio of modern designs, but lately the company seems to be pushing sustainability to the forefront of its business. Last summer it introduced three new collections noteworthy…

The Green Vanguard: X is for Xeriscaping

Written by Olivier Filippi Published by THAMES & HUDSON After the hottest summer on record, with drought conditions in many parts of the country, the idea of creating a garden that doesn’t need watering is an important one. Olivier Filippi’s…

The Green Vanguard: W is for Wind Turbines

Designed by Bogle Flanagan Lawrence Silver Today, when wind turbines appear on tall buildings, they tend to be tacked onto roofs like appendages, producing modest amounts of electricity. But a high-rise residential tower that recently opened in London incorporated turbines…

The Green Vanguard: U is for USM

Designed by Paul Schärer and Fritz Haller Though ecofriendly materials and production methods are crucial for new products, the truth is that the most sustainable design may be the one you keep the longest. A perfect case in point: USM’s…

The Green Vanguard: R is for Recycled

Designed by Kevin Crowley: UNSTITCHED UTILITIES Once used primarily in construction and for mailing envelopes, Tyvek has become the darling material of industrial designers, who have fashioned it into everything from lamp shades to shower curtains. Just as we were…

The Green Vanguard: Q is for Q Collection

This collection of contemporary kids’ furniture, bedding, and accessories combines beautiful design with strict environmental standards and smart material choices. The Solare crib, shown, is handmade in the United States, using locally sourced ash from sustainably managed forests and water-based…

The Green Vanguard: P is for Pocket Doors

Telecommuting may be a way of life for many, but creating a home office is often an afterthought. Häfele’s Hawa Concepta pocket system provides an easy-to-fit solution for wood or glass doors, which pivot and disappear for maximum efficiency of…

The Green Vanguard: O is for One of a Kind

Designed by Phil Cuttance When Phil Cuttance found a plastic fabricator that was tossing scraps into a landfill, the London-based designer found a way to make vases out of them. “I wanted to try to add value to a material…

The Green Vanguard: N is for Nanimarquina

The Spanish manufacturer is known for pushing the boundaries of rug design, but it has also pushed sustainable design in some creative directions. Its Bicicleta rug, from 2006, was made of recycled bicycle inner tubes, and last year’s Global Warming…

The Green Vanguard: M is for Minimalism

Is minimalism an inherently green approach to design? It is, after all, about living with less stuff and choosing items of lasting quality. To test this theory, we called up the “father of architectural minimalism” himself, John Pawson, whose new…

The Green Vanguard: L is for Linoleum

Green designers love to incorporate the latest technologies in their projects, but they shouldn’t lose sight of tried-and-true solutions. Linoleum is a good example. Developed in the mid-19th century, true linoleum (not vinyl flooring, with which it is often confused)…

The Green Vanguard: K is for Koolhaas

OK, alphabetically speaking, we’re fudging this one a bit. “Rem Koolhaas? Green?” we can hear the minions at the U.S. Green Building Council cry. “Who are you kidding?” But we’re evoking Koolhaas here metaphorically. (The Seattle Central Library, by the…

The Green Vanguard: J is for J&J/Invision Carpet

The Light collection of carpet tiles is inspired by the way objects capture and reflect light. The two patterns—Diffusion and Aura, the larger-scale of the two—use subtle bands of color to mimic shimmering and iridescent effects. Both have PVC-free backing…

The Green Vanguard: I is for IDEO

The renowned design consultancy recently teamed up with 3M to take on a particularly wasteful contingent of American consumers: bottled-water addicts, who run through a staggering 30 billion plastic bottles each year (less than a third of which get recycled).…

The Green Vanguard: H is for Health Care

Designed by Gianfranco Zaccai HERMAN MILLER Just over 40 years ago, Robert Propst checked into the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor for back surgery. During his six-week convalescence, the president of Herman Miller Research Corp. and inventor of…

The Green Vanguard: G is for Growstone

For many, throwing a glass bottle into the recycling bin has become a way of life. Now a Santa Fe, New Mexico–based company, Growstone, is finding innovative ways of bringing that bottle right back into our homes and gardens. After…