Design on a “Dime” – Splinterworks

In the process of wandering hither and yon across the internet I regularly come across interesting and unique cabinetry designs.   It’s not often that something makes me stop and think, “wow”.  However, that’s exactly what I thought upon seeing the “Dime”, from Splinterworks.

Known for their curvilinear kitchens, UK based Splinterworks takes roundness to a new level with the “Dime” cabinet.  Hidden behind rosewood doors that swing open on an axis, you will find a curved marble countertop, a shelf, and a large drawer, as well as cleverly concealed electrical outlets.  This piece would make a jaw dropping coffee bar wouldn’t it?  It could also be used for a prep area, a work space, a desk or, with a little modification, a really snazzy wine bar.

Close-up view

So this design is interesting, beautifully made, and definitely whimsical (doesn’t it remind you of a roly-poly?) but, is it sustainable?  I asked that question of Miles Hartwell, one of the founders of Splinterworks.  Here is what he said…

With regard to our thoughts on sustainability – we would never label our designs as Green because we feel that all designers have a responsibility to move us into an age in which words like Eco, Green & Sustainable are no longer required to be part of a product’s branding. We don’t focus on green issues but it is intrinsically linked, intertwined with the other considerations. We feel that all designers, and hence all designs, should naturally be environmentally responsible. It should be part of the process, one of the boxes to tick. Making something fit for purpose should include ecological considerations and we therefore shouldn’t need to use these buzz words; just as we don’t feel the need to put labels on packages proclaiming that the product is Ergonomical – it is expected.

An interesting response, and certainly one to consider.  I hope that he is right in thinking that sustainable design will just be expected.  Unfortunately for now, there is still a great deal of design out there which is not made with sustainability in mind.  I look forward to the day when “good” design is synonymous with “green”.

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