Sustainability Meets Modern Aesthetics

As a child brought up in a generation of progressing technologies it is relevant to study the concern of Anthropocene; that is the repercussions of human activities on the Earth’s ecosystems, particularly the planet’s atmosphere. Without conscious thought, I have been flooded with exposure to media and technologies without recognizing the significance of the dismal exposure of environmentally concerned projects. Thus, I am pleased to be presented with an opportunity to research changing designs that promote sustainability rather than destruct it.

Within my research I have stumbled upon an amazing solar designer; Amelia Amon. As her self-assigned title suggests, she focuses on the development of sustainable design, but what I find most intriguing is her visual approach. Whilst we are exposed to the not so aesthetically pleasing solar panels and the pricey and “tree-hugger” connotations, Amon combats this barrier by creating sophisticated and modern sustainable design that function in a modern environment (Amon, A. 2014).

I have been specifically focused on her work “Green Light” a solar generated design, that illuminates a green light embedded in a semi-spherical pot that further nourishes the planted flora causing it to photosynthesis and of course produce oxygen (can always do with more of that). The piece is somewhat of a miniature green house that evidently sustains itself; besides the odd top up of water to maximize oxygen production. This ecosystem in itself fills its environment with “clean air, light and greenery”; resources we often take for granted. Not to mention all materials utilized in the design are 100% recycled and recyclable.

Green Light: A Decorative Ecosystem

Green Light: A Decorative Ecosystem

Why do I think it’s so successful? I believe Amon has done an impeccable job of essentially meeting modern civilians half way. Do most people want to help the environment? Yes. Do all these people then do anything proactive or productive to sustain it? Sadly, No. But what Amon does is provide a bridge between the modern lifestyle and sustainable activity. Her simple, effortless, elegant design allows people to provide style, and innovation to their household whilst feeding their conscious with the feeling they are helping the environment (Hugger, T. 2014).

Green Light: Botanical Lamp, Terrarium, Air Filter All-In-One

Green Light: Botanical Lamp, Terrarium, Air Filter All-In-One

As a designer and an individual genuinely concerned for our planet I greatly appreciate this approach. It’s not just about creating sustainable projects, its tapping into the habits and thinking of the greater population, finding what appeals to them, and creating it in a sustainable manner (Amon, A. 2014). Perhaps if all designers could adopt this way of thinking we could see a complete shift in the way design is made, marketed and developed.

This is the kind of design I want to be flooded with when I turn on my TV screen. I want natural. I want authentic. I want guilt free technology. I want to see my future children carefree because our generation took charge before it was too late. I want to more green than man made. I want trees, flowers, and bees, not towers. I WANT SUSTAINABILITY

Green Light Purifies Air : TreeHugger. 2014. Green Light Purifies Air : TreeHugger. <http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/green-light-purifies-air.html.&gt; [Accessed 21 August 2014].

X design project: Amelia Amon. 2014. x design project: Amelia Amon. <http://www.environmentalhealthclinic.net/amelia-amon.> [Accessed 21 August 2014].

GREEN LIGHT: Botanical Lamp, Terrarium, Air Filter All-In-One | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building. 2014.GREEN LIGHT: Botanical Lamp, Terrarium, Air Filter All-In-One | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building. < http://inhabitat.com/green-light-botanical-lamp-and-air-filter/#ixzz2jbAH39OE&i.> [Accessed 21 August 2014].

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