Reuse and Regreen Theme at Dwell on Design

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IQ Haus recycled ship container with Douglas fir paneled exterior. Photos by RCruger

At last weekend's Dwell on Design 2010, the conference showcased design-forward products and projects from prefab homes to green roofs, delivering three days of practical eco-ideas and dream green homes. Speakers included Ed Begley Jr. pushing the SRO audience to "do just more thing to green your life" and dozens of panels that covered everything from non-toxic ceramics to low-debt mortgages. The showroom of sustainable goods and services displayed aisles of the latest, but the prevailing theme of reusability echoed from countertops to greywater. Here's some of this year's Dwell on Design hits and highlights:

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Gregg Fleishman humanizes prefab homes with visibly joined rhombicubes.

There were diminutive dwellings built with salvaged woods and the striking and stackable IQ Haus' shipping container homes (pictured above). Native landscaping, solar car ports, and greywater retrofitting were covered as well as a chair of discarded decks of Vegas playing cards (pictured below).

It all started with "Regreen," a two-day residential remodeling workshop from the American Society of Interior Designers Foundation and the U.S. Green Building Council. If you want to make your existing house sustainable, this program offers online guidelines, a project strategy generator, online learning, and certification.

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SEMIhandmade creates unique cabinets with the doors and panels of your old items, mixed with old Douglas fir, basketball court flooring and redwood from wine casks. Similarly, Reclaimed Modern, a collection from Hold It Contemporary Home features re-purposed materials in one-of-a-kind cabinets, consoles and tables.

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Discarded playing cards form this BRC Designs chair.

If looking for local green interiors Sustainable Furnishings steers you to a sustainable retailers, designers and manufacturers. This coalition promotes best practices and is allied with WWF, Rainforest Alliance and USGBC. With 450 members from historic Stickley to Savvy Rest organic mattresses and Legare tool-free furniture, it certifies silver, gold and platinum levels.

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Turn your fire escape or chain link fence or an interior wall into a vertical garden with Wooly Pockets, pouches for indoor or outdoor edible, decorative and herbal gardens.

Evergreen Earth is your one-stop-shop without a warehouse. Green goods include non-toxic paints and mosquito repellant, solar shutters and backpacks to eco-baby items and the official counter-top compost container of San Francisco (if only more cities picked-up compost). This company's plans to expand include sustainable building developments and green courses in schools' curriculum.

Remodelista is a resource directory of products, designers and architects. It's Slow Design category links to several resources from 100K House to EcoFabulous, Garage Sale Tracker to Unclutterer.

Greywater Corps provides guilt-free showers and waters your garden. This company retrofits homes to recycle greywater for landscape irrigation. Besides saving water and money, recapturing and filtering the water from tub, sinks and washing machines reduces your footprint, the load on sewer systems while replenishing aquifers. Really stop water waste.

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Vapur wants your design idea for it's water bottle.

Among the various opportunities to win prizes, Vapur, a foldable, refillable "anti-bottle" for water is seeking designs for its' Artist Series. This non-BPA-lined flexible bottle can be stuffed in bags and pockets so there's no excuse for not carrying it with you. Create and submit your own designer water design.


Wasura's biodegradeable tableware displayed in Dwell's Asian Products exhibit - too pretty to toss.

Cell phone remotely-controlled kitchens are in our near-future. Induction stove-tops and other appliances drastically shrink energy consumption. Sustainable seafood, home-crafted beers and restaurant design awards were covered on the food stage, as well as a panel on how organic family farms get squeezed out of government subsidies.


Turn empty mustard and olive jars into creamers, sugar shakers and more with Jar Tops, an award-winning design by Jorre van Ast of the Royal College of Art in London available through A Plus.

And finally, design your own renovation or regreen your dream home with Autodesk's "Homestyler." Dwell announced that software is available free. Just drag, drop and click to create floor plans and move walls, appliances and furnishings to visualize your ideas in 3D.

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Reuse and Regreen Theme at Dwell on Design
At last weekend's Dwell on Design 2010, the conference showcased design-forward products and projects from prefab homes to green roofs, delivering three days of

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