Eco-Deco: Environmentally-Conscious Interior Design

From on September 07, 2009 in General Remodel

Fun, artsy, practical, creative, recycled… it’s furniture at its eco-finest!

red-plastic-spoon-table.jpgStudio Verissimo’s red plastic “Spoon Table” is made from hundreds of regular old spoons! But it’s more complicated than you think - the spoons are meticulously arranged and melted together. How’s that for a conversation piece?

Here’s a no-fuss daybed… no bed skirt, no sheets and no pillows. The Sushi Daybed is hand-woven water hyacinth, a highly renewable natural fiber, wrapped tightly around a heavy-duty rattan frame. It’s the sustainable and time-efficient sleeping solution of the year.

They’re probably too heavy duty to go “boing, boing, boing,” but these repurposed truck springs make attractive, industrial-chic bar stools nonetheless.

Reply to the overload of leftover plywood from construction jobs with the rePly Chair project. Free downloadable plans make it easy to start today getting rid of scraps. Don’t have any in your garage? Stop by a construction site and ask about taking some off their hands. Every piece of Propellor Design’s chair can be made from scraps of plywood. And when you’re ready to paint your DIY chair, you might want to skip the “R,” or at least monogram it with your own initial.

Does this make you sad, too?

Merry Christmas! And a happy, recyclable New Year! Fabien Cappello, a Royal College of Art graduate, has come up with a table design to reuse at least some of the 1.8 million Christmas trees that are discarded on the streets of London each January. He’s turned the trunks into timber, the branches into dowels, and worked the needles into a new compressed board material.

Remember when? Can’t you almost see through the chair’s colorful fabric to the original orange vinyl upholstery? This mid-century recovered furniture takes on a new look when Lebanese designers Huda Baroudi and Maria Hibri of Bokja finish it with vintage Middle Eastern fabrics.

“Hey, dude, what’s happenin’?”

“Deckstools are the hap-pen-ning thing! Check ‘em out.”

Deckstools’ designer and craftsman, Jason Podlaski, was inspired by the frequent breakage of skateboards. Podlaski hand-selects broken board pieces and builds each stool in his Pennsylvania factory. The cast aluminum trucks, which connect the deck to the wheels, are repurposed as hardware that joins the seat to the legs. The recycled skateboards become functional works of art. Now that’s thinking outside the box.