Green Design: Creative Sustainable Designs for the Twenty-First Century

Green Design: Creative Sustainable Designs for the Twenty-First Century

by Marcus Fairs


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In this timely book, author Marcus Fairs helps readers understand the shift of green design from marginal to mainstream by featuring products and buildings that address immediate concerns about global warming and environmental degradation. Through vast architectural projects to modest one-off pieces of salvaged furniture, the book shows how the design world is responding to the environmental challenges of this century. Author Fairs demonstrates key developments in sustainable design as seen in lighting, houseware, furniture, textiles, products, interiors, architecture, and transportation, including the innovative use of fuel-cell technologies and ultra-lightweight materials.

The book shows how the introduction of eco-friendly materials is changing the products around us and charts the rise of low-energy lighting sources and their impact on lighting design. Emerging trends in green design are also covered, from recycling (reusing existing objects to create new products) to ethical sourcing (ensuring products come from sustainable sources). By presenting existing green innovations as well as visionary projects, Green Design paints a bright future in which technology and ethics merge for the benefit of people and the planet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556438363
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 09/22/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.18(w) x 7.14(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Marcus Fairs is the editor of the online design magazine Dezeen and the former founding editor of the British architecture and design magazine icon. He has written about architecture and design for many publications, including Blueprint, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, and Condé Nast Traveler. A regular guest on national media, he lives in London.

Table of Contents

Foreword Tom Dixon 6

Introduction 8

1 Lighting 12

2 Homeware 44

3 Furniture 70

4 Textiles & Materials 106

5 Products 122

6 Transport 154

7 Interiors 176

8 Architecture 202

Index 254

Acknowledgements 256

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