Everyone knows the phrase “beauty will save the world.” But many people don’t understand it very well. People think that their external beauty will magically stop global warming, reduce the ozone hole in the Antarctic atmosphere, or clear oceans, seas, rivers.
Everyone has already realized that it’s not that beautiful. It’s not just in the eyes of the beholder, but in his thinking, his actions. We will formulate the question this way in our article: “What kind of design will save the world?” After all, if we want a colossal change here and now, we have to start with ourselves, with our close surroundings.
The Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
If you’re a citizen of New York City or another big metropolis, you don’t have time to walk around and look for solutions (everyone says a lot as usual, but nobody shows anything). You can take a half-day to visit the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. The designers try to draw the attention of humanity once again to how much people are breaking the personal boundaries of nature, creating imbalances. All exhibits and elements of the exhibition in practice combine chemistry, physics for sustainable house ideas.
But if you don’t have time even for such an intellectual trip, just read below the information we have prepared for you.
We can prove to you that designers can be lifesavers of this world. And any of you can be such a kind of superhero.
We’re talking about eco-design. But don’t rush to imagine yourself into the woods in a wooden house and on a marble sofa. Natural, organic materials are an essential part of the eco interior. A lot of vases, a wall of water, wooden lamps are certainly great. We would like to suggest you look at the concept of eco-friendly interior design from the other side.
There are processes such as recycling, reuse, and biological decomposition. Many scientists, experimenters were able to invent such interior items that have the idea of nature preserving, original appearance. And look what they’ve done:
Vases and Decorative Objects, Made of Recycled Wood
The idea to make various vases, decanters, candlesticks, baskets came to the mind of designers from California. They used recycled wood and regular cork to make them. Cool, right? According to them, beauty is in simple things, and it’s hard to argue with that.
Eco-Chairs from Norwegian Garbage
Norway is considered one of the most advanced countries where people are all that good for nature. The furniture factory, together with the Scandinavian Bureau, decided to create beautiful ecological furniture from recycled sea-garbage, fishing gear from the North Sea. Each chair has a different shade of green, which is the result of the heterogeneity of the used materials.
Lighting Objects Made of Algae
Another designer (from Brooklyn) was able to use the gifts of the sea to make beautiful lamps, sconces, and table lamps. Algae called “Chlorophyta” not only perfectly takes the right shape, but also accumulates light throughout the day. It is processed with a special solution for long service life.
The Blinds from London
If you have a lot of unnecessary magazines (newspapers won’t fit) you can turn them into new and stylish eco-blinds, as was done by the designer from London. He manually bent them into the right shape and then glued them together, adapting to the shape of the window. He attached a roller and a cord to the blinds, which can be adjusted to the desired height.
The designer from Germany drew attention to the huge number of eggs that people throw away from supermarkets (those that are spoiled or cracked shells). So he decided to create a collection of the dishes out of all this stuff and named it “How Do You Like Your Eggs?”
Coffee Instead of Marble
The Chinese designer’s lights look very impressive. Not everyone can cure them of real marble. And the secret is to cover up with used coffee grounds. The designer created a whole collection called “Coffee”. The pink shade of porcelain bulb bowls is acquired as a result of a chemical process (they are coated with coffee grounds and placed in a stove at 700-1000 ℃).
And this is not the whole list of items that designers are willing to offer you.
But if you are interested in making your home as environmentally friendly as possible, you find a way to transform the usual unnecessary things into something useful and attractive. Eco-friendly design is not just an inscription on products or materials, but a philosophy of life!
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