Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Friendly Fiction & Sustainable Suspense...

Earth Day is officially around the corner (April 22nd!), and in preparation we want to showcase cutting edge "green" design being used to stimulate little minds in Lower Manhattan. The newest branch of the New York Public Library was recently opened in Battery Park City, an area chock-full of budding families and it couldn't be more earth & kid friendly. Sustainable materials and recycled elements await members throughout reading nooks & computer crannies.

Enjoy these photos and be sure to patronize your local library!

Some of the floors were made from wood left over from window frame manufacturing, the stairs were created from stone & recycled mirrors.

The extra durable carpet was made from used car tires.

Shelving made from recycled plastic.

The checkout counter is actually constructed from recycled cardboard.

The modern asthetic gets a boost with the help of the iconic Junior Panton chair.

Photos courtesy of the New York Times.

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