From the luxury products debuting now at design showcase Salone to the constant flow of new products released stateside, manufacturers and designers are finding innovative ways to couple design and energy efficiency. This week’s roundup includes engraved recycled-aluminum panels, a sublime low-flow bath fitting, and a fashion-inspired wallcovering—all products to help designers make a statement with sustainability.
Engravings Collection, Móz Designs
This new series of engraved aluminum plates brings visual and tangible depth to interior columns and walls as well as exterior cladding. The Engravings Collection from Móz Designs comprises eight geometric patterns (crossroads, shown) that are digitally designed and engraved on sheets of 80% post-industrial recycled aluminum. Its finishes include ivory, titanium, gold, and ebony, in addition to vibrant powder coatings. Thicknesses are available from 0.09” to 0.125”.
Furniture design studio BuzziSpace enhances the pastoral milking stool in BuzziMilk, which features a fourth leg for added stability and a plush cushion for comfort. The design team also flattened the legs’ traditionally round profiles. The legs are offered in oak, walnut, and ash. Among the upholstery options for the chair’s cushion is BuzziFabric, which is made of recycled wool.
Axor Starck V, Axor
Hansgrohe’s luxe brand Axor has again teamed up with designer Phillippe Starck, this time on a transparent faucet mixer designed to showcase water’s undulating flow from the tap to the basin. The fixture offers a flow rate of approximately 1 gpm. The Axor Starck V’s crystal glass spout can swivel and be removed from its base, which comes in chrome or a white powdercoat. The product launched at Salone in Milan and will be available in Europe beginning in September. Offered as a single-lever and two-hole basin mixer.
Couture, Versa Wallcovering
Inspired by the pleated silk of Spanish designer Mariano Fortuny’s early 20th-century Delphos gowns, Versa Wallcovering’s Couture applies the airy aesthetic for decorative use in commercial applications. The collection is made of Type II, low-VOC vinyl that is certified to the NSF/ANSI 342 standard for sustainable wallcoverings. Available in 21 colorways, including caramel (shown), it comprises 20% recycled content that includes at least 10% post-consumer material.
4SCU14LE159, Armstrong Air
Armstrong Air is adding an Energy Star–rated, 5-ton unit to its 14LE line of air conditioners. Offered with efficiency levels of 14 SEER to 16 SEER, the new model qualifies for a number of government and utility incentives, according to the manufacturer. The unit is fitted with the Armstrong Air’s proprietary heat transfer system as well as high- and low-pressure switches and a single-stage scroll compressor to improve operating efficiency. A heavy-duty sound blanket helps muffle noise.
Boston-based startup Ecoid is turning to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to help fund the development of its flagship product. Cella can be used to control the growth of vegetation such as moss and small plants indoors or in outdoor urban environments. It comprises a series of modular, asymmetrical orbs whose skeletal-like form emulates the porous surface of rocks at a magnified scale. Originating from a green-roof research project at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and in development since 2010, the modules are made of clear PVC that resists UV deterioration and a phthalate-free plasticizer.