Think:Tank thinks green and re-defines design

Eco chair

Sit, stay and think green

For reasons I can’t explain, I’ve fallen in love with the home-improvement network, HGTV. There’s something infinitely satisfying about the problem/solution, before-and-after  scenarios that you just don’t find in messy, anxiety-producing real life. Think you can’t afford your dream house? With “Property Brothers,” yes, you can. Hate your home? “Love it or List it.” Paying the price for a contractor’s shoddy workmanship? Mike Holmes will “make it right.” (Talk about holding the bad guys accountable! Wall Street, Congress, are you listening?) Needless to say, I’m now obsessively appraising every room in my apartment, wondering how to more artfully array the books, the furniture and the animals with the same je ne sais quoi the network conveys. For more inspiration, I visited the 2012 Smithsonian Craft Show, which, for 30 years, has told “America’s story through the art of craft.” The arts and crafts were there in abundance but where was that “creative spirit” the show claims to celebrate?  The quirky but unique design perspective that makes HGTV so appealing? I found it at Think:Tank, where artist Colin Selig displayed  a new form of “upcycling”–environmental alchemy that turns propane tanks into “comfortable, durable and sustainable” eco seating and sculpture. Like the “readymades” of Marcel Duchamp, Selig’s thoughtful, “intentional” and playful approach upends traditional thinking and transforms “ubiquitous, utilitarian objects into something more sensual in form and higher in function,” delighting the eye and solving a vexing ecological problem as well. Think:Tank won this year’s “Exhibitors’ Choice Gold Award” and has been recognized by Core 77, Spark Design and Smithsonian Magazine.





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