Recap: Sustainable Design Book Event at Revision Lounge

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012 at 10:28 am by

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Is it really easy being green? Or is that just a glib line to put on the cover of every magazine these days?

To find out more, we headed over to the Revision Lounge for a book party last week for Lower East Side denizen and sometime-Boogie contributor, David Bergman, author of Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide.

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Check out that recycled seatbelt necktie!

A green architect, eco furniture designer, and green educator for the past few decades, Bergman’s book was an outgrowth of his work, his teaching, and his lectures. The newest addition to Princeton Architectural Press’ “Architecture Briefs” series, the publication is a primer for architects, interior designers, students and others who want to learn about green design. The book is split into sections including materials, energy efficiency, the importance of green design, and at the end, a dissection of the future of green design. Bergman, who is known as “the Eco Optimist,” focuses on a positive point of view, and cuts through the problem of “green fatigue,” filtering and distilling complex information and making it more accessible (and, well, optimistic).

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Photo: Revision Lounge

And by the way, the Revision Lounge is pretty darn cool and provided a perfect setting for the event. The entire bar is made from eco materials and recycled objects. There was much to talk about with the guests, such as the couches made out of brightly painted bathtubs, the DJ booth made out of the front of a car, the bar made out of recycled glass bottles and recycled dollar bills, and the fabric wallcovering which was made out of plastic bottles. There was also a healthy debate over a set of couches which we thought were coffins, but later found out they were refrigerators (makes a lot more sense, since the idea of recycled coffins are a bit, uh, creepy)!

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Photo: Marissa Feinberg

Along with a book signing and an ongoing slideshow of the book’s images projected on the wall, specialty cocktails were on the menu for the evening as well. Guests had their choice of “The Solar Swirl,” “The Greentini,” and our favorite, “The Carbonated Footprint.”

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Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide is available now on Amazon.

Writeup and photos (unless otherwise credited) by Lori Greenberg

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