The popularity of green interior design in the US is increasing at an astonishing rate. The trendiness associated with green building is inspiring a generation of designers and architects to create innovative and out of the box features, furnishings and entire rooms – mobile or otherwise – that are environmentally responsible.
The growth in the sector is celebrated and recognised, with some of the best of the best in the sector on show at California’s Dwell on Design exhibition, which includes efforts by Australian design team Quench.
While sustainable innovation in interior design is definitely prominent in the US industry, Australian designers were strongly represented at Dwell of Design this year, with the aforementioned design team taking home the Best in Show award. In addition to their critical acclaim, the public and fellow industry members praised the team’s products and their overall design ideology in a similarly positive way.
Quench’s products range from furniture to lighting, with the designers’ booth itself even functioning as an energy efficient station.
Products include the ‘Flow’ planter, designed by David Shaw, which is an outdoor bench that doubles as a planter, Luxx Box’s ‘Watch Out’ lights, a boldly urban energy efficient lighting option and Bjorn Rust’s ‘Pour-Over’ manual coffee maker.
What makes these products so unique and eye-catching is that they possess a strong element of fun. Climate change and the GFC has seen the industry become very focused on the stark and functional side of green building. Quench has shown this does not have to be the case.
The green sector offers a chance for designers to go beyond the norm and push standard design boundaries.
When all is said and done, consumers don’t want going green to hurt. Modern clients wants their coffee makers and a modern sense of style. Rather than eliminating such perks, it is the role of an evolving industry – and green sector – to offer these in their most energy efficient, sustainable and innovative forms.