Monthly Archives: March 2012

Edwin Datschefski’s work centers in on the development of sustainable design. His efforts towards striving for a more sustainable future have been very influential, especially with his founding of Biothinking International–a non-profit organization that works to train people about sustainability in design.

In his book, The Total Beauty of Sustainable Products, he provides valuable insight into what ‘sustainable design’ really entails. He provides a list of what factors qualify a product as being sustainable (all the better for a product to fall into more than one category).

Cyclic: The product is made from compostable organic materials or from minerals that are continuously recycled in a closed loop.

Solar: The product in manufacture and use consumes only renewable energy that is cyclic and safe.

Safe: All releases to air, water, land, or space are food for other systems.

Efficient: The product in manufacture and use requires 90% less energy, materials and water than products providing equivalent utility did in 1990.

Social: Product manufacture and use supports basic human rights and natural justice.

Datschefski also compiled a large number of sustainable products and included information about what makes those designs ecologically friendly.

Did you know? Only one in 10,000 products is designed with the environment in mind, as of 2001. I wonder what the numbers look like today.

Datschefski, Edwin. The Total Beauty of Sustainable Products. Crans-Près-Céligny, Switzerland: RotoVision, 2001. Print.


Reanim repairs broken furniture with pieces that create a stark contrast with the rest of the form. It’s as if these chairs went through some odd science experiment by a genius doctor and came out with new and improved parts. It makes me want to know more about how these chairs were damaged in the first place and what meaning the had to their owners.

I’m not quite sure why this draws me in so much, but I love this look and idea. I would love to try and figure out a way to apply this idea to other pieces of furniture besides just the chair.

Designers at Studio Aisslinger created a modular bookshelf system that uses a simple cross-shaped metal connector to assemble unused books as the shelving unit. I think it’s an incredibly simple solution to creating something that follows sustainable design objectives while also presenting the consumer with freedom of creativity to alter the designs according to their personal interior setups.

Emilio Godoy is a product designer who proposes a variety of sustainable bookshelf designs alongside his other works. I love the way all of the products use such simple solutions to create sustainable design while at the same time bringing this elegance upon them.

A4Adesign – cardboard furniture and fittings.

A4Adesign is a company based in Milan, who focuses on using exclusively recycled, recyclable and reusable honeycomb cardboard for their products. Architects Nicoletta Savioni and Giovanni Rivolta* run this firm that designs and builds not only furniture but also sets and display spaces in private and commercial areas.

*Thank you Paola Pescetelli for the correction!


Decades –

I love that sustainable design entails refurbishing previously discarded and unwanted items. WIS Design did just that by salvaging cabinet drawers from flea markets and placing them in new units to create this beautiful modernized cabinet.