Low-Tech Tool Helps Designers Create Healthier Spaces

by Carolyn Abate
Metropolis Magazine, Dec 1, 2015

The mindful MATERIALS initiative is designed to act as a sort of Dewey-Decimal system of icons that rest on the spine of product binders to easily and readily inform designers about the chemical content and environmental impact information of those products. Courtesy of mindful MATERIALS, Metropolis Magazine

(Image: The mindful MATERIALS initiative is designed to act as a sort of Dewey-Decimal system of icons that rest on the spine of product binders to easily and readily inform designers about the chemical content and environmental impact information of those products. Courtesy of mindful MATERIALS, Metropolis magazine)

When interior designers and architects want to provide clients with a variety of product options, they face a daunting task. To vet product information, they will conduct exhaustive online searches, on numerous databases. They comb through product sheets, one by one, seeking just the right fit. Regardless of the method they use, it is always time consuming. And time is the one thing most designers don’t have to spare. But sometimes it takes the simplest solution to solve a complex task.

The mindful MATERIALS initiative, recently launched by HKS, is about to transform how designers do their jobs. In the process, it will usher in a new era of product transparency for furnishing products. Read more…

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