From Tim Peterson on September 16, 2009 in Green Remodeling
Green interiors are all about earth-friendly design and construction. British artist Michelle Brand takes the concept to a whole new level. After collecting mountains of plastic bottles, she crafts that waste into an art form and fabric. Turn a bottle over and look youll see the five-petal flower shape that Brand transforms into Flowerfall curtains and Cascade room dividers and lighting. When she finishes cutting, sanding and stringing together the plastic, its no longer a $1.50 soft drink. Brands lighting fixtures range from $3,250 for a 6-foot fixture to $7,600 for a 14-footer. The root of my interests lies in sustainable waste management, she says. I love seeing design opportunities where most people only see problems.
What could possibly top those curtains? How about craft paper furniture made from 50% recycled paper? The geniuses at Molo Design in Vancouver, Canada utilize a honeycomb structure to support body weight and allow for endless furniture rearrangement possibilities. The paper can be compressed like an accordion when its time to store it away or fanned out into a coiling, dynamic office lounge for employees. Lets just hope this stuff is flame-retardant