Green Designers & Architects to Watch in 2012

The search for sustainable solutions often yields the most innovative results—and that's what keeps us forever fascinated with green design. From furniture and accessory visionaries to the brightest modern architects, take a look at some of our favorite designers with their green thumbs on the pulse.
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DesignBuildBLUFF : This non-profit organization combines academics and green design by giving their first-year students hands-on experience designing and building homes for families in the Navajo dessert.


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Loadingdock5 : This Austrian schooled, Brooklyn-based design duo specializes in innovative, sustainable design solutions. Their modern renovation projects often include, "gentle" upgrades of historic structures with a focus on efficient technologies.


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Peter Stathis : From Swatch to Artecnica, this award winning designer has lent his design skills to a wide range of brands to produce high and low-tech products, furniture, lighting and more. His Ikebana Flat-Panel LED Light recently took the prize for Best Lighting at last year's ICFF and we expect his collaborations to only keep getting bigger and better.


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SHED : This Seattle-based design firm has been making waves thanks to their motto, "architecture that solves problems." They've made their mark, thanks to projects converting unlikely spaces like garages and barns into chic and modern living spaces.


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Legato Studios : We love this design collective thanks to their mind-bending solutions to small space living. This dining table is a multi-purpose piece of transformative furniture that, when folded, serves double duty as a bench with under-storage.


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RAAD : With his Yale pedigree and background in cathedral design to his experience as a satellite engineer for NASA, RAAD's principle James Ramsey brings his widely varied design sensibility to this New York-based firm. Their body of work that includes stunning residential and commercial properties, but we can't get enough of their urban chicken coop—perfect for the our citified feathered friends and aspiring rooftop farmers.

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