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The Eco-Design Handbook: A Complete Sourcebook for the Home and Office [Paperback]

Alastair Fuad-Luke
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5 Oct 2009
This fully updated and revised book remains the most comprehensive publication on the market today to catalogue and represent the vast array of ingenious green products available to the everyday consumer. Scrutinizing every aspect of our designed world, The Eco-Design Handbook offers the most innnovative, ecologically sensitive and consumer friendly products for all areas of the home and office, including environmentally sound materials and building products.Whether you are interested in design or the sustainability of our planet, whether you are building a house or looking for new furniture, whether your office is buying stationery supplies or looking for ergonomic chairs, The Eco-Design Handbook is the definitive resource, invaluable for both the lay consumer and the design professional.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 3 edition (5 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500288399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500288399
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 16.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Packed with useful information ... absolutely fascinating ... one of those essential books that should be on every bookshelf. Highly recommended --Hot Brands Cool Places

'Pick up a copy for clever green products'
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Alastair Fuad-Luke has been active in environmental issues for over a decade, most recently as a teacher of green design at Falmouth College of Arts, and as a consultant to a number of London-based international concerns. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful reference guide. 17 May 2009
By Bwar
Format:Hardcover
This is a well illustrated book and outlines some of the product design techniques to create sustainable products. The book contains a huge range of products, for home and office, transport and general consumer products. The purpose of the book is highlight sustainable design, having studied sustainable design and now working in the this area of design, I would not consider a large percentage of these products as 'sustainable'... The book is however very interesting, but the content is more quantity than quality, worth picking up cheaply!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great source of ideas for eco-design 16 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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I highly recommend this book.
It covers a wide range of 'alternative' products, from day to day household items, furniture, modes of transport, to the latest solar pv panels. The main part of the book features brief product descriptions with accompanying photographs, followed by contact details of the designers/distributors.
A book for dipping into. A source of inspiration and ideas and, dare I say it, a guiding light for a more sustainable future. Demonstrates just how possible it is to combine cutting edge with low-impact living through the use of responsible, imaginative design.
Great stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book to drool over but... 21 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I got this for my brother, an architectural design student for Xmas. He loved it, so did my husband, an eo gdget freak and furniture designer, and it was not put down Full of innovative and aesthetic designs. My only criticism si that it is an updated version of an early '90s book and some of the earlier images look VERY dated and really needed to be replaced! It doesn't feel as up-to-date as it could/should.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The Eco-design Handbook is a generic and compelling collection of unique eco-friendly designs covering different aspects of the modern day materialistic world we live in. It contains 570 detailed product listings and 125 specially selected materials with information on hundreds of designers, manufacturers and green organisations. The book is predominantly aimed at designers and engineers, but has a general appeal to all who are interested in unusual and creative design. The way the book is written allows persons unqualified in the design field to understand and learn from it. This is because of its simple layout and structure which outlines each product. The book encourages designers to design `outside of the box' and to look at unusual aspects of each design to produce innovative concepts.This book is a useful tool for many design courses and can be used as a reference material. It encourages designers to engage eco friendly design aspects to their products. The book gives the reader examples of eco-design friendly concepts and lists why that certain product is eco-friendly. The books purpose is to illustrate that a whole range of products can be constructed and used in an environmentally friendly way. I believe that the author accomplished this successfully because of the vast range of everyday products that are described. The book offers plenty of new and radical inventions for designers to take up whilst being eco-friendly. Most of the designs are made from recyclable materials and there is a reduction in materials used in the manufacturing process.I would thoroughly recommend it to any designer when approaching the development stages of their own work. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great source of ideas for eco-design 16 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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I highly recommend this book.
It covers a wide range of 'alternative' products, from day to day household items, furniture, modes of transport, to the latest solar pv panels. The main part of the book features brief product descriptions with accompanying photographs, followed by contact details of the designers/distributors.
A book for dipping into. A source of inspiration and ideas and, dare I say it, a guiding light for a more sustainable future. Demonstrates just how possible it is to combine cutting edge with low-impact living through the use of responsible, imaginative design.
Great stuff!
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