Wallpaper* Magazine: May 2007

Behind designer Marcel Wanders' limited edition cover of May's Wallpaper* magazine, there's an interesting array of TreeHugger-friendly coverage, starting with a closer look at the virtual Eco Edit design exhibition from Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Langmead. The head honcho devotes most of his Editor's Letter for Issue 99 (page 042) of the mag to chatting about the sensibility that led to an online design exhibition, involving cutting carbon footprints and using the 'net in favor of airplanes to bring everyone and each artifact together. In the spirit of resource efficiency and smart materials use, they hug Sarah Cihat's rehabilitated dishware; the designer and artist takes second-hand dishes and reglazes them with her own designs (we couldn't resist the rock 'n roll plate pictured above). Toyota's new Hybrid X (which we covered here and here) gets a nod (page 214) as a visually-compelling, updated hybrid for the design-conscious, planet-conscious driver. Worth reading, on page 227, is the story of Japanese architect Tomoyuki Utsumi's latest house, the Nested Box; built in stages with a do-it-yourself mentality, not only is the house engineered so well that it doesn't require air conditioning and just needs a stove for heat in the winter,but the interior is designed to be a blank canvas that the owner can update to best meet their needs. Need another bedroom? Just partition off a little more space in the corner. Want more open living space? Take down the divider in the middle...and so on. Really interesting stuff, and, as always, lots more eye candy in the expansive design mag. Pick it up and be sure not to miss Eco Edit online. ::Wallpaper* magazine

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