TrendHunter's Top 10 Eco Trends of November
As November comes to a startingly too-soon end, TrendHunter.com has compiled a list of Top 50 Trends in November 2010. I'm pleased to bring you a closer look at their top 10. From bubble tents to bike tents and homes made of trash to homes made for the miniature urbanite, there's something on this list for the nature-friendly, environmentally conscious.
#10 Garbage Constructed "House of Contamination"
The House of Contamination, as it is called, is purported to be "more of a village than a house." The gigantic art installation was conceived by Raumlabor, a Berlin-based architecture group. As an exhibit in the 2010 Artissima International Art Fair, the House of Contamination is more than just white trash - it's colorfully composed of "everything from used clothing to discarded electronics."
#9 Flexible "Watertable"
The Watertable, by designer Sophie Mensen, brings form and function to the kitchen sink. Derived of the "formlessness of water" and thus made of a pliable polymer that expands, the Watertable is described by Mensen's website as a "finite thing having an infinite range of appearance and expression." The structure appears to be a simple flat table without a basin, but turn on the water and the basin forms as the pressure from the water pushes it into a bowl. In order to return the sink to it's flat-table appearance, a small hole directly under the faucet drains the water.
#8 Transparent "Bubble Tent"As an avid outdoors-woman, I can't imagine the looks I'd get if I brought this little number on my next backpacking trip. French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas, appropriately named the "Bubble Tent," leaving little up to the imagination. Designed to get people as close to nature as possible, the "balloon-encased" tent allows you to enjoy panoramic views of nature while protected from the elements.
#7 Driftwood Sculptures These life-size animal scultures by renowned artist Heather Jansch are made of sun-bleached, twisted driftwood along with oak and copper as opposed to the usual medium for recycled art, which is generally trash. Jansch says about herbeautifully organic approach to art, "The structure must not only be strong to withstand public display, it must also be able to withstand heavy winds without falling over."#6 "Silent Evolution" Underwater Sculptures
400 hundred human sculptures nine meters below the ocean's surface were created by Jason de Caires Taylor in Cancun Mexico. "Silent Evolution" includes unique and detailed life-sized figures made of concrete over fiberglass. The crowded underwater spectical of both clothed and nude sculptures attracts fish and marine life thanks to its pH-neutral structure making it safe for the underwater environment.
#5 Treetopia's Brilliantly Colored Christmas Trees
Trees of sky blue, screaming yellow, and fire-engine red are now available from Treetopia, who is calling the trees the "holy grail of Christmas trees." No need to cut down those boring old green trees; have a vibrantly colored tree that you and your family can enjoy for years to come! Kristy Alley has a "Pretty in Pink Tree" and Vanessa Williams, a "Winter White Tree." From colors like Cranberry Crush, Chocolate Truffle, and even Tuxedo Black, you're sure to find the one that suits your home decor- as long as you've got your sunglasses.
#4 "Biome Concept" Supercar
Mercedes-Benz Design Studio in California unveiled their ecocentric "Biome Concept" supercar at this year's L.A. Autoshow. Developed by Hubert Lee, this four passenger vehicle was designed for a world where "each vehicle is grown from two seeds. One seed, the front star, grows the interior of the vehicle from Mercedes-Benz DNA, while the seed caspsule creates the vehicle's exterior." What's more, the Smart 454 is knitted by "incredibly high-tech robots that look as friendly and as cuddly as our grandmothers." Excuse me, but - what??
#3 "Topeak Bikamper" Portable Shelter
Using the bike's handle bars as a support beam rather than traditional tent poles, the Topeak Bikamper doubles as both a compact, lightweight tent and a fully functional bicycle. With options of either a 26" mountain bike or a 700c road bike, cycling and camping enthusiasts will be satisfied with its versatility.
#2 "Floating Studio Flat" House Boat
The Floating Studio Flat by WaterSpace, who is normally responsible for "floating offices," is a one-bedroom studio apartment intended for use on inland waterways. Including a wet room, kitchen, bedroom, and sun deck, this new take on the age-old house boat offers a variety of floor plans and amenities. Eco-friendly options include solar-panels and wind turbines.
#1 "MEKA ALP320" Mini Homes
In the heart of New York City's West Village lies a MEKA ALP320, a 320 square foot home made of shipping container and 70% recycled materials. Designers Christos Marcopoulous and Jason Halter included natural bamboo and cedar stripping for this "miniature urban abode."