Design Trend from DIFFA: Eco Natural

April 26, 2010 Katja Presnal

One of the design trends I spotted at DIFFA 2010 is the natural and eco look. It’s nothing new, and I hope and believe that green living is here to stay.

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Four NYSID students created this “cradle to cradle” concept focusing on sustainability and modern aesthetics. The table design and the booth was almost entirely made of salvaged materials.

design trend, eco design, green design, natural wood, DIFFA 2010

The materials used were recycled lumber and low VOC paint, even the dishes were biodegradable sugarcane tableware and the utensils bamboo. The purpose of this table setting was to promote the concept to “leave and imprint and reduce the footprint.”

design trend, eco design, green design, natural wood, DIFFA 2010

design trend, eco design, green design, natural wood, DIFFA 2010

The origami flower centerpiece illuminates as the center piece and is a perfect symbol for organic design. Origami was used in other table settings as well, like at the 2 Michaels table, the simple napkins were folded origami style, and also the 2 Michaels table was illuminated by a delicate paper tower.

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I love the modern rustic combination of rustic wood and fibers against the delicate white origami paper and white linen.

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DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN 2010 was hosted during the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City in March. Read all of my posts featuring DIFFA and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

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