Throughout the green design movement, I have been interviewed by editors who have asked me if my clients were concerned about using green products. As I pondered the question and answered it honestly I had to say, no. So, is it time to go green on design? I think I already have…
In fact, my selections room is filled with green products, from bamboo cabinetry to recycled glass tile and lava stone to name just a few of the green materials available.
As I evaluated why my clients were not concerned with requesting green products it hit me like a ton of bricks. When it comes to design their main concern is aesthetics. They have a dream of what their new kitchen or room will look like and that is their main focus.
I now introduce my clients to green alternatives and give them the option to pick green products. It is important as a professional designer to educate people about eco-friendly products because I believe we should all practice protecting our environment.
Now my clients are informed and have the knowledge to be more environmentally friendly when building their new home or remodeling their existing home.
I would like to share some interesting products that I think you will find to be beautiful and friendly to our environment. Continue reading if you want to know how to go green on design.
BAMBOO CONSTRUCTED TABLE BY PATRICIA DAVIS BROWN
I designed this patio table for under a lani. Bamboo is one of my favorite green materials to work with. I love the look of the bamboo and its tropical nature is perfect for designing in coastal areas.
CLOSE DETAIL OF TABLE
A closer look at the table reveals a light pigment bamboo laid on an edge grain. The center pattern is called Tigris and it is made up of strands of light and dark-colored bamboo. The company that I used to make the table is Greenworks Cabinetry which I feature as one of my green products in my studio.
Concrete is another green product with many uses. I used cocoa stained concrete with laser-cut conch shells embedded. The countertop was made by Corcrete and the base was made by Dutch Made, Amish owned and operated.