We have started noticing a trend toward more and more ” green” design as we all become more concerned about our shrinking natural resources . As a collective generation we are more aware of the carbon footprint that we may be stamping on our Earth. There are a number of ways we can create new environments by using green design while still staying trendy and current. From art to interior design, green design is starting to emerge as a real possibility. Below is some information on a couple of artists who are making art green for the home while still making it aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Broz specializes in small antique “oddity” ceramics, which are a blend of various vintage animal inspired images representing the black humor and whimsical approach of genetic mutations. Having a background in china & porcelain restoration allows Broz to recycle vintage ceramics and give them new life in a quirky humorous way. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Broz and her unique oddities and asked her “How did you first become interested in creating objects of this fashion?” She explained to me that while working in her past job as an understudy for an artist who was learning how to restore porcelain and ceramics, she was inspired to start creating her own versions of mutated animals.
Creating new animals using an additive process to a vintage piece enhances the chance of the animals finding a new home and life. In my design and artistic opinion, Mrs. Broz is doing her part to help the environment by recycling vintage ceramics and making sure that we don’t have another chemically altered material lying in our landfills. Instead we have an artistic innovative approach of creating special pieces for us to fill that special niche in our home as well as bringing smiles and warm fuzzies into our lives while viewing.
Another artist who is starting to make headway in the interior design world by recycling is the Austin local, Brooke Gassiot. She is an established artist who specializes in installation works of art. Her light boxes are miniature designs of her larger interactive works which intrigue the viewer into wanting to know more about the materials used and how they interact with the ambiance of the space. Using textures that create interesting silhouettes when lit, these particular compositions have an amazing depth perception in the realm of art. Currently finding many of the objects used from local thrift stores and found objects, she creates designs which are innovative from an interior design perspective because her art changes when looking at it at different times of the day depending on the light.
Each of her light boxes is created using a dimming light so that it allows the owner to have the option of changing the ambiance of the room. This is a great way to keep energy down within the home and still be able to enjoy the space.
So how is the “green” design impacting the Interior Design World?
Just as many artists are starting to understand that “Going Green!” is the way of the future, we are also beginning to see that interior design fabrics are becoming more green by using Eco-friendly materials. Two great companies which endorse their environmentally friendly fabrics are Kravet Fabrics and Robert Allen Fabrics. Both have placed a section on their websites which direct their clients to fabrics using recycled materials. Check out some of these fabrics which are environmentally friendly…
Kravet Green: Eco-Friendly Weaves
Robert Allen Eco-Friendly Fabrics
To learn more about what makes Robert Allen’s Fabrics Eco- Friendly visit: http://robertallendesign.com/eco/index.aspx
At Fabrics and Frames we endorse living “Green” even when building new furniture. We carry lines like Kravet Green and Robert Allen Eco-Friendly to help our customers make the decision to begin converting to a sustainable lifestyle a little easier. We can also reupholster and refurbish older pieces of furniture with eco-friendly fabrics so that they re-emerge into new pieces of furniture fit for your current lifestyle. We believe our precious earth deserves saving and we want to do our part. Please feel free to share with us any of your own innovative ideas which might help your interior and lifestyle become more green so we can share with our readers. All of us can help preserve our environment for future generations in lots of small ways and we appreciate your input!
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Writen By: Erica Guajardo
Edited By: Linda Decuir