At Dwell on Design on Sunday, June 23, on the Sustainable Design stage a trio of do-gooders will discuss their latest undertaking: building 15 LEED-certified libraries in Mexico, using donated surplus office furniture and architectural materials, for the organization The World is Just a Book Away. This will be a great opportunity to learn about local nonprofits ANEW, which cleverly diverts decommissioned commercial furniture and finishings from landfills by matching it to other nonprofits, and the United States Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter, which represents L.A.’s sustainable and green built environment. Rose Tourje (ANEW), Dr. Jorge Partida (USGBC), and James Owens (WIJABA) will discuss how the collaborative project is progressing.
In 2013, Salone Satellite—Salone Internazionale del Mobile’s younger companion, for which a jury led by Marva Griffin Wilshire selects exhibitors younger than 35—showcased six intrepid U.S. booths, from a Southern design school to one of Dwell’s 2012 Young Guns honorees. Could one of these be the next Nendo or Patrick Jouin?
We're big fans of British architect Paul Archer, so much so that we ran a story on the incredible Green Orchard house he designed for his parents in our June 2013 issue. Naturally we were thrilled when Paul Archer Design put out the book Old to New: Houses by Paul Archer Design by Archer and Phyllis Richardson this spring. Here's a look at some of his other work with particular attention paid to his conversions of old British building types into sleek modern homes.