Dematerialization is an iterative design process for reducing materials and environmental footprint while maintaining comfort, function, and durability. Here’s six ways to get more for less, literally.
1. SAYL Chair, Yves Behar - Inventive, iterative design brings us the SAYL chair, a study in eco-dematerialization. Fewer pieces and unified parts reduce weight and improve strength simultaneously delivering a better, smarter chair, that’s 93% recyclable. Grab a seat at Herman Miller.
2. D’E-Light, Philippe Starck – With no moving parts -–not even a switch -– the touch sensitive D’E-Light is a marvel of design simplicity and function. Combining highly energy efficient LED task lighting with docking for iPod, iPhone, or iPhone, the D’E-Light unites and simplifies the desktop. See the light at Flos.
3. Apple MacBook Pro – Machined from a single piece of aluminum, the MacBook Pro broke the engineering mold, beginning with less and gaining more. Its “unibody“ enclosure remains strong and robust yet feels thinner and lighter to the touch. It goes anywhere basically, from credenza to café. Go Pro at the Apple Store.
4. Ideapaint – Countless whiteboards wind up in landfills while paper is overused and under-recycled rampantly. Enter Ideapaint which can turn virtually any surface into a high-performance creative collaboration space, using fewer resources, less energy, and more ingenuity. Paint the town with your ideas here.
5. Setu Chair, Studio 7.5 - Nature-inspired, meticulously refined lines assure the Setu’s shape keeps every molecule working for you. Conforming, contoured comfort are immediately present, while less materials are required. Truly less is more. Set yourself up with one at Herman Miller.
6. Cricket Trailer - Need to get out of the office? Enter the aerodynamic, reduced-weight Cricket Trailer. Needing less gas and horsepower, thanks to its aluminum composite and wood construction, means you can tow with the car you already have. Construct the perfect modular trailer and get hitched at Cricketrailer.com.
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