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Under the Greenhouse christmas tree

26 Dezember 2008 1,341 views No Comment

Green is the new black.

No question. You can`t make it anymore without the GREEN aspect. Whether it is food, energy, fashion, design or even whole web conferences that are build around this topic. Maybe you have been aware of all the ads colored in green and I am not talking about business cards yet…Adding some sustainability to our daily life has become easy as the number of companies that dare to ignore GREEN in their production is diminishing. Obviously this is a good one, as in the end, it is about sustainability and the more famous it becomes the better. But did you ever think about the main trigger of turning eco-friendly stuff into admired products or even eco-icons ?

Corland Solar Powered Bag by noon, made of Bavarian leather, it contains a flexible solar panel, which allows for charging a cell phone or iPod. Collecting energy is done by placing the bag in a window or while walking/biking.

As human mind prefers beauty over simple good sense, it is last but not least the design appeal which makes us fall in love with eco-friendly products. And now, as almost every corporate entrance is glowing in a light but demonstrate green, there are some creative minds out there who prove that there is a lot more to come.

Take Joost for example: the über talented florist artist, born into a dynasty of Dutch flower growers, uses his discipline-crossing creativity to make artful commentary on the world’s wasteful ways.


Greenhouse from outside, credit: avlxyz

Greenhouse, his latest project, and Australia’s first temporary sustainable exhibition, combines guerrilla gastronomy in a pop-up space with sustainability. The temporary café is build entirely from recycled and recyclable materials with minimal cost to pocket and none to the planet. Straw bales set into a 100% recyclable steel frame, tables made from fire hydrants and chairs that used to be street signs.
Inside, walls are covered by wild strawberry plants growing in old plastic palettes and the rooftop garden supplies several of the edibles served up by the Greenhouse’s vintage-clad waiters and waitresses in tiny “taste-tubes” reclaimed from scientific trash.

Greenhouse coffee tables, credit: avlxyz

Great food but also some for thought: the Greenhouse makers aim to start a debate about a “cheaper, more spirit-lifting form of public housing in our suburbs”.


Greenhouse sign, credit: avlxyz

So, if your are spending those Christmas days down under, don’t miss Greenhouse. It is on until the end of January 09— and will then reappear at the Milan Furniture Fair 2009.

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