Product Design in the Sustainability Era
By Dalacio Reis (Taschen, 2010) $100
Sustainability is not a passing fashion: that’s one of the key messages in this ample new book by Brazilian designer Dalacio Reis. But sustainable design isn’t just about creating products with minimal impact on the environment. As this book demonstrates with over 100 innovative and award-winning projects from over 20 countries, sustainable design can look mighty impressive and sophisticated.
Good design wants to be free; it creeps into a number of categories including electronics, energy, furniture, lighting and sports. Reis takes you through the detailed technical information of products in each category (in three languages for the multilingual among you) and then fills it out with a healthy serving of images that bring to light the impressive and often bright aesthetics of the products.
Some of the highlights include the curvy Coco Baby Lounger, the Hanging Chair Range, the EcoDeck Sustainability Skimboard and the tasty Climate Change Chocolate.
This is a great read for those who work in product design and anyone who can appreciate clever and imaginative design. It not only puts forth a good case for transforming ordinary products into something sustainable, it also showcases how eco design can exceed non-sustainable products in both functionality and appearance.