There is a plethora of products now on the market that address sustainability, air quality, or energy conservation without sacrificing aesthetics. In fact some of them are downright stunning. I hope you are as excited about these products as I am. Enjoy!
Glass as a green building material often comes with a predictable “speckles in substrate” look. Ellen Blakeley Studio elevates the medium to a high art by creating one-of-a kind mosaic glass products that are as beautiful as they are green. The studio uses local recycled glass to create slabs & tiles which can be personalized with colors, photos, text, wallpapers, fabrics or other objects. The sample shows embedded foliage with gold highlights.
A festive blend of colors with multi-hued water based grout and low VOC paints. Depending on the collection, grouts can be colored to contrast or blend with the glass, offering plenty of creative options in any Ellen Blakeley project.
Tagawa Sangyo has come up with a durable Japanese lime plaster tile for interior walls & floors. Lime, being a truly green material, renders the product breathable and mildew resistant, while absorbing carbon dioxide & VOCs from the ambient environment.
Textile Designer Yemi Awosile developed an upholstery fabric made from cork – yes, the “stuff” used for capping champagnes and wine bottles! In fact cork is a highly renewable resource that is also flexible, light and soft, and sound absorbing. Think of all the restaurants that will benefit from cork upholstered seats: Can you hear me now??
Lighting designer Ali Siahvoshi created a whimsical chandelier, Cascading Hanger Light, from 500 dry cleaner hangers and LED tube lighting. It’s an ingenuous way to repurpose these lowly cast offs, with the metal wires serving to conduct electricity for the fixture!
Not many paints can boast of being made from seaweed and scallops, but Suzuran Corp. has one made from powdered Japanese washi paper, scallop shell, titanium oxide, natural pigments, and seaweed glue. These ingredients are super environmentally friendly – they purportedly control humidity, inhibit bacterial growth, and absorb pollution. The plaster-like product is available in choice of textures, colors, and integrated natural grasses.
Sensitile uses leading edge technology to create products with fiber optics embedded in various recycled medium. The newest is made with energy efficient LEDs and light conducting channels integrated into a concrete substrate. The tiles and slabs can be used for walls or counters, and comes in 7 minimalist grid-based light patterns. At a time when almost everything under the sun has been embedded into cement, a light filtering concrete is the final frontier!
This amazing Sensitile product uses thousands of light conducting channels to create a magically interactive (if somewhat psychedelic) surface that responds to its environment. The more active the surrounding shadows, movements, light, and colors, the more rapidly it reacts, all this with no power needed! LEED credits come from the 100% recycled PETG polymer.
Last but not least, is 3-Form, an extremely innovative and prolific company. One of its latest technological achievements is to laser-cut patterns into razor thin wood veneers and make them into translucent panels that contain a minimum of 40% pre-consumer recycled resin. Now you can have your wood and see through it too…