Collection by Zachary Edelson

Get a Primer on Healthy Materials in Architecture from this Cutting-Edge Design Center


Perkins+Will, along with architecture/engineering firm Byce & Associates, used some simple strategies to make Newell Rubbermaid's corporate design center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a healthy place to work.

With brands like Sharpie, Calphalon, and Paper Mate under its umbrella, its no surprise that Newell Rubbermaid employs...
Elina Cardet, design director of interiors at Perkins+Will's Miami office, says that most 20th century building...
Part of it, says Cardet, is just to "keep it simple and give the client durable materials" that lack synthetics.
The center's other healthy materials include stained concrete floors and low VOC paints on the walls and steel...
Cardet says architects and clients "need to increase demand for healthy synthetic materials"—that's the surest way that...

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