Design Overload: Good *and* Green

In the spirit of this horticultural adventure I’ve embarked on, the design nerd in me reared its hipster head this morning when I saw THIS:



Happened upon at one of my new favorite blogs, Heavy Petal (which coincidentally wins for best name ever that I wish I’d thought of first), this moss bathmat is a prototype created by designer La Chanh Nguyen – if you check out Nguyen’s portfolio, be sure to peek at the “Kitchen Garden,” “Tasty Frame” and “Fragrant Swing” also!

This moss mat has been all over the design blog circuit and generating a lot of comments on its practicality, with a strong consensus of admiring it as an art object more than an everyday use kind of thing. I think if mass-produced correctly (right now it’s a little too “do it yourself” in construction to appeal to everyone), it could very well be a sustainable alternative for those who want to take it one step further than organic cotton, but aren’t into the look or feel of a cork bath mat.

On the subject of good and green design, here’s what Inhabitat (winner of best logo ever) has to say about the two terms:

“We are frustrated at seeing an emerging category called “Green Design” – as if sustainability is somehow separate from good design in general. We believe that all design should be inherently “Green”. Good design is not about color, style or trends – but instead about thoughtfully considering the user, the experience, the social context and the impact of an object on the surrounding environment. No design can be considered good design unless it at least attempts to address some of these concerns. We believe in the original modernist ideology that form and function are intertwined in design. Style and substance are not mutually exclusive.”

Well said! And on the subject of energy efficiancy, Butchy bought me the Tobias Wong designed Sun Jar:


Inside the jar is a highly efficient solar cell, rechargeable battery and low energy LED lamps. When the jar is placed in sunlight the solar cell creates an electrical current that charges the battery over a few hours. This energy is then used at night to power the three LED lamps inside the jar. So I charge it up during the day and bask by its candlelight-like glow at night. A great present!

AAAAND, on the subject of good presents, here’s one to keep in mind for a certain Aquarius’ birthday next month:


The 4 In 1 vase, designed by Konstantin Slawinski – due to its moveable metal frame and various size openings, it adapts to whatever size bouquet you have! No more shopping for vases at the Salvation Army…just kidding, you know I can’t stay away from other people’s trash…


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