Green Sailboat

Green Sailboat

Your little schooner (aka; sailboat) sure is lovely for cruising the open waters and enjoying natures majesty. But did you realize that sailboats can be one of the worst offenders of the green movement? It’s true. With the amount of fiberglass, epoxy chemicals, high end woods and pretty much a ton of non-sustainable materials it takes to make one of these floating works of art, the only real way to recycle a boat is by sinking it and making it an artificial reef.

0 Designer: Max Koriath

Herbalicious Furniture

Herbalicious Furniture

Design student Elliot Mariess needed to come up with something new and off kilter for his degree so naturally he envisioned any space should and could have an aromatic herb garden. This simple looking dresser is more than meets the eye – inside is a whole garden living off a low wattage bulb. Not only do you get fresh herbs, but it naturally filters the air, keeps stank off your clothes, and makes us all look like green thumbs.

0 Designer: Elliott Mariess

Serial Pop Drinks Rejoice

Serial Pop Drinks Rejoice

Hey kids, are you a serial pop drinker? Sure recycling is good but lets say for some oddball reason you collect bottles. As long as the neck is a standard size, and you collect 16 of them, you can make yourself a little stool or table. Chairs & Toys is really for children but I know a few adults that would try and pass this off next to their Herman Miller furniture.

0 Designer: Jinhong Lin

The Fastest Growing Grass Splits

The Fastest Growing Grass Splits

Split Bamboo is probably one of the most sustainable products we’ve seen in awhile. The entire manufacturing process consists of harvesting and scoring the ends of the bamboo stalk. While the stalk is still somewhat pliable – pressing in the ends creates a foot stand and loops; the perfect coat hanger.

0 Designer: Jinhong Lin

Practice Plant

Practice Plant

I’m no green thumb, have never been good at growing plants, and the only thing that seems to stay alive is my cactus which by the way fights everyday against my dog. The Flower Nurse is an artificial potted plant by where flowers take on the form on information expressing its needs via color changes.

0 Designer: QianJun Gao

Check Out the Rims on That Table

Check Out the Rims on That Table

OK, wait a minute. Rims on a table? Well, if you are Beth Fuller, then yes! Fuller has taken objects from the streets of New York Cities’ junkyards, and created beautiful recycled objects. All materials used in the creation of the “Junkture Table” are sustainable. They are found locally, and are either 99%-100% recycled. With the imagination of Beth Fuller, “Beautiful things CAN be made from junk”.

0 Designer: Beth Fuller

Silent Energy

Silent Energy

Silent Energy is an interactive exhibition concept that helps us become aware of energy usage. The amount of energy we use has a direct effect on overall consumption. We usually think of energy as invisible so if that veil were lifted, and every moment clearly visualized, we’d might think twice about leaving lights on, turning off appliances, etc. This energy awareness is an important tool for all of us to learn if we’re to practice the first part of this mantra; reduce, recycle, reuse.

0 Designer: Jannis Huelsen

First LEED Certified Parking Garage

First LEED Certified Parking Garage

As oxymoronic as it sounds, there is a parking garage that is considered “green”. “How?” you ask. Designers Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners, constructed the garage, which is on its way to being the first LEED Certified parking structure in the USA. The structure provides 900 parking spaces (14 of which are devoted to electric vehicles) throughout six levels of above ground parking and one and a half levels of below ground parking.

0 Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell

Wastefullness Kills Flowers

Wastefullness Kills Flowers

Did you know? To help drive that concept home further, the FlowerPod is a playful way to display your energy consumption and provides advice on reducing your carbon footprint thru a computer. Not only do you get graphs, charts, and money saving tips, but a digital flower grows and blossom in response to your success or failure.

0 Designer: Katrine Rafn Knudsen

Toyota Goes on a Diet

Toyota Goes on a Diet

Toyota is getting seriously body conscious with its latest fuel efficient concept the 1/X. Taking everything they learned from their highly successful hybrid Prius, Toyota is looking for more ways to squeeze every inch from a gallon of gas possible. This 1/X concept design was built from the ground up with light weight materials, with which they hope to double the Prius’ already impressive mileage ranking.

0 Designer: Toyota

Death to Plant Death

Death to Plant Death

Keeping a house plant alive can be more challenging than most people think. Some plants needs more light and less water, while other pot dwellers need more water and less light. Still others prefer you call them Sally and talk dirty to them…last time I buy a plant in  Kabukicho.  With its unique watering system, designer Karim Rashid’s “Grobal” plant pot keeps your house plants lush, green, and looking sharp.

0 Designer: Karim Rashid

Paper, Tea, and a dash of reality

Paper, Tea, and a dash of reality

For sale: This charming “Tea House” by architect Shigeru Ban, is perfect for those cozy afternoons drinking tea and healing from paper cuts. Designed as an exercise in low-tech, adaptable and recyclable construction. The use of paper based building materials might prove to be a reasonable temporary housing solution in disaster zones around the globe.

0 Architect: Shigeru Ban

Insect Printer

Insect Printer

What better way to tell someone you love them then to have nature’s creatures do the dirty work for you? Now you too can play God by having and army of caterpillars spell out your stalker tendencies. Yes, I realize this is not the usual “product concept” you are used to seeing here on Yanko Design, but it is an interesting way to work with nature as a replacement for your tree killing printer.

0 Designer: Kyung-Ah Park