Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2010

 

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 that is seen as cheap and disposable, by handcrafting it into an object,” says Cuttance, who gets the plastic from…

The Green Vanguard: D is for Dual-Flush Toilet

CAROMA In this country, “dual flush” usually translates to flushing the toilet twice. But in response to federal laws mandating reduced water use, companies are starting to introduce the technology in the States. Caroma’s Profile Smart, for instance, ingeniously boosts the efficiency of the standard dual-flush model by integrating a sink. Water used for hand washing is siphoned into the toilet tank, where…

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 for their green credentials: Loll outdoor furniture made of 100 percent recycled materials, Arktura seating and tables with nontoxic finishes,…

Great Collaboration

Our 2011 Next Generation Design Competition challenges designers to get the General Services Administration to zero.

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 collection depicted the effects of climate change. (The design incorporated a polar bear on a shrunken ice floe.) A portion…

The Green Vanguard: C is for Ceramics

Ceramic tiles have been around for thousands of years, and it’s no wonder. They’re easy to maintain, long lasting, and recyclable—in other words, inherently sustainable. The Italian and Spanish ceramic-tile industries are powerhouses, together accounting for almost 12 percent of world production. They produce high-quality products with a wide variety of decorative and technical applications, ranging from delicate tiles that…

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 new release, The Dry Gardening Handbook: Plants and Practices for a Changing Climate (Thames & Hudson), can help you do just…

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 monograph, Plain Space (Phaidon), presents his studio’s designs from the last ten years. “Well, I think it’s a very difficult…

Systems Thinker

Allan Savory espouses a holistic approach to environmental renewal, tackling problems from the ground up (literally).

The Green Vanguard: B is for Bentley Prince Street

Inspired by precious metals from different regions in the country, Bentley Prince Street’s Domestic Alchemy carpet features a woven, flat-weave construction, making it ideal for high-traffic areas such as retail spaces, institutions, and corporate environments. It is manufactured in a LEED Silver–certified facility in California, powered by one of the country’s first privately owned industrial solar arrays. www.bentleyprincestreet.com October 1,…

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 into the structure of the building for the first time. Looking like a mammoth electric shaver, the Strata SE1’s form…

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) is made primarily of natural materials, including linseed oil, pine resins, limestone, and wood or cork flour. Now in its…

Green Monster

To beautify an airport eyesore, all it takes is 27,000 plants, a high-tech maintenance system, and constant vigilance.

The Green Vanguard: A is for Air Purifier

HUMANSCALE Two years ago, Humanscale rolled out a prototype for a desktop air purifier that it hoped would open up new markets for the company. The debut proved quite successful: we wrote an extensive article on the product, it appeared in the Museum of Modern Art’s Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition, and it won the obligatory NeoCon award. But…

The Green Vanguard: V is for Ventilated Building Facade

HUNTER DOUGLAS Ventilated facade panels are a smart way to make a building more efficient. NBK Terracotta Facade Panels, from Hunter Douglas, not only bring a new design element to the exterior; they act as a rain screen, moving water away from the building envelope, creating a chimney effect that also keeps the building dry and reduces the structure’s thermal…