Merida Meridian

In interior design furniture, textiles, and light fixtures tend to steal the show but flooring – alas, often of less glamour – is equally essential. When one gets up in the morning and paddles through the house, it’s good to know that the comfortable carpet underfoot matches one’s ethics as well as it matches one’s furniture.

The idea of low- or no-VOC paint or finishes seem to have seeped into the public consciousness enough that the former are commonly found at big box home improvement stores.

Low-VOC carpet? Not so much.

So it was pleasant to discover these flooring options by Merida Meridian: carpet patterns which can not only contribute to LEED points but which are, according to the company, “Green-Label Plus certified”.

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Cheap and Easy (and Green) – FLOR Sale

Thought I would let you all know about FLOR’s Summer Sale on their Fez line of carpet tiles and rugs.

Fez carpet tiles are made of 85% post consumer recycled PET (polyester) fiber, and are designed for medium traffic residential use.  The 19.7″ square tiles come in seven different colors, as well as pre-designed rug kits ranging in size from 3′ x 5′ to 8′ x 10′.  Individual tiles are on sale for $7.99 (reg. $9.99), and a 3′ x 5′ rug can be had for only $47.94. Read the rest of this entry »

Dyeing for a Drink of Water – Air Dye

Water use in the textile industry is massive – as in trillions of gallons massive.  Hundreds of gallons of water are required to dye even small amounts of fabric, and that water then needs extensive filtration to become drinkable again.  With potable water becoming a scarcer and scarcer commodity, how do we save more water for us, and still sustain the textile industry?  Well, why not take water out of the equation altogether…

The U.S. based company Air Dye has managed to do exactly that, by creating a new technology that can dye fabric without using a single drop of water!  This is an amazing advancement, and one we desperately need in the textile industry.  There is one problem though – other than getting the word out and encouraging fabric companies to give it a try… Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Wrap-up – 4/2/10

Happy Friday everyone!  Did you know that theinterioRevolution is 6 months old this week?!?  We’re getting ready to crawl any day now…

Here is your Friday Wrap-up of great stuff on the web this week.

Image via Dezeen

Emeco sure got my attention with this great shot of their new 111 Navy Chair, which is made from the 111 Coca-Cola bottles worth of PET. (DeZeen)

Speaking of PET, you can pop over to HomePortfolio.com to read my post on carpeting made from recycled PET. (HomePortfolio)

I really love these beautiful, eco-friendly deck chairs from Gallant & Jones.  Definite must have for Summer lounging! (design*sponge)

Here’s an interesting list of 8 Bathroom Items to Repurpose Around the House.  A medicine cabinet into a bar? (reNest)

Are you an interior designer?  Then you, or the firm you work for, probably have a lot of outdated samples lying around.  Why not help out a student and donate them to Save a Sample? (reNest)

A fun table made of salvaged wood, with a little slice of color. (inhabitat)

If you love cardboard furniture, and even if you don’t, you should see this post on Treehugger – if only for the huge cardboard Leaning Tower of Pisa. (Treehugger)

Here’s a story about Christie’s upcoming Green Auction.  Everything from an original painting by Damien Hirst to a day on a movie set with Hugh Jackman will be up for bid, all to benefit several environmental charities. (The Huffington Post)

Wishing you a happy Easter weekend!

Thinking Outside the Sample Box

A major dilemma for interior designers trying to lessen their environmental impact is the need for a sample library.  Although people outside the industry might wonder why we can’t just switch to looking at things online, we designers know that is simply impossible.  Above and beyond the desire to have a tangible material in our hands, there is simply no way to render color online that is accurate.  Besides the variation in image uploading and monitor color rendition, is the simple fact that all materials reflect light in different ways, creating color perception issues.  Anyone who has seen a flat vs. a glossy paint sample of the same color can attest to that.  Add to all this the need to see samples for quality control, and the desire to pull samples together during the creative process, and you can see why designers need such large storage spaces!

From time to time I run across some innovative or creative ways to lesson the overall impact of all this sampling, and I though I would share a couple of those ideas here:

Primer from Tricycle, Inc. on Vimeo.

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Design Your FLOR Contest

via flor.com

via flor.com

This is such a fun idea, it’s a wonder FLOR didn’t think of it sooner.

Now’s your chance to create the FLOR you’ve always dreamed of.

Let your imagination run wild – with FLOR’s design system of 19.7-inch squares the options are limitless. All you have to do is choose your FLOR and let the designing begin. Mix and match colors, patterns and textures to create a rug, runner or wall-to-wall design that fits your décor and your personality. Who knows, you may just get your FLOR design for free or see it on FLOR.com.

The designing on takes place using their online design tools.  Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT Monday, December 7, 2009, so you don’t have a lot of time!  Click here for contest details.

And hey – if your design gets picked PLEASE let us know!  We’ll be sure to post all about it here!

Carpet Whose Beauty is More Than Yarn Deep

When you’re looking for sustainable flooring, carpet is usually at the bottom of the list.  Mostly made of petroleum based material, with a limited lifespan, there isn’t generally much to recommend carpet to the eco-minded designer.   But what if you took that non-renewable product, and found a way to re-use it indefinitely?   What if you did this not only with your own product, but also with the products of other manufacturers?  Could you take something ecologically ugly and make it beautiful and sustainable?  That’s what Tandus set out to do 15 years ago, and the results have been extraordinary.

Tandus garbage Read the rest of this entry »