Year In Review

As 2016 comes to an end, we wanted to take the opportunity to look back on what we've learned, discovered and accomplished over the past year. Here's sagegreenlife's Year in Review:

1.  We launched our modern design collection at NY NOW 

It seems like it was so long ago, but just this past February was the official launch of sagegreenlife at NY NOW, a trade show featuring the best and most innovative gifts and interior decor items. We’ve made so much progress since that show, learning so much about our products, our customers and ourselves. Now we’re heading into 2017 more ready than ever to help people reconnect with sagegreenlife’s full line of products. We couldn’t be more excited for the road that lies ahead!

sagegreenlife debuts interior design products at NY NOW

2. The transformation of Goose Island (Curbed Chicago)

We love hearing about renewal in Chicago. A group of architects and investors is reimagining the former industrial hub of Goose Island into a residential, retail and recreational neighborhood. Other former industrial areas like Fulton Market have undergone similar successful transformations. It’s wonderful to see these historical buildings not being knocked down, but preserved for future generations and turned into something useful. Goose Island is a man-made island in the middle of Chicago; who wouldn’t want to spend more time there? We are thrilled to see how it will all turn out.

Image from Curbed Chicago

3. We reconnected with nature

Designing and connecting with nature is built into our DNA. Often times when we want to reset and recharge, we go find peace and inspiration with nature. Yosemite was filled with fresh air, picturesque scenes and abundant greenery. Can we go back there?

Reconnecting with nature in Yosemite National Park, spending time and unwinding in nature

4. The idea of self-sustaining villages (Dezeen)

As part of the Venice Biennale, Danish design studio EFFEKT has created a self-sustaining, off-grid village that can be replicated nearly anywhere. With the goal of combating issues like food and water crises and greenhouse gas emissions, these villages, called ReGen villages, would produce their own food and energy. While they are still in the design stages, construction on ReGen villages may start as early as this summer. We can’t wait to see how they work in practice.

Image from DezeenImagining self-sustaining villages to help ease global warming and climate change, reducing carbon footprints and creating an eco-friendly campus

5.  Plants improved our spaces

People have a natural affinity for plants, but it’s not only because they’re beautiful to look at. Plants do a great job of improving the air around them, which has so many physiological benefits. Take a look at how plants improve your space.

6. Airbnb offices use local designers to create adaptable workspaces in HQs (Dezeen)

Airbnb has incorporated its “belong anywhere” ethos into the design of its offices in London, Sao Paulo and Singapore. The company used local design studios to mirror apartment listings found on its site, as well as create adaptable spaces that can be rearranged to fit the needs of the moment and change as the teams grow. Airbnb, which is now larger than most hotel chains, encourages employees to bring personal touches, which bring the offices to life. The designs of these offices are awe-inspiring. Wouldn’t you love to work in spaces like these?

Image from DezeenAirbnb headquarters mirror local interior design to both make offices seem more homey as well as celebrate local designers and aesthetics

7. The growth of biophilia & biophilic design (Architectural Record)

More and more architects and interior designers are understanding the benefits of incorporating nature into design. From hotels to hospitals, restaurants to residences, biophilic design is seeing a huge boom that we hope continues into 2017 and beyond.

8. We learned how our partners integrate nature into spaces

This year we spent a lot of time learning just how important green spaces can be to people’s wellbeing and overall health. We spoke to one of our partners, Red Square Flowers, about how it helps its customers and clients integrate nature into large and small spaces.

Image courtesy of Red Square FlowersRed Square Flowers maintains sagegreenlife living walls, vertical garden systems that bring nature into any space, large or small

9. Looking Ahead: Pantone 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

Pantone’s Color of the Year selection for 2017 reflects the affinity we all have with nature. Pantone describes its Color of the Year as “a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude,” and the green selection says a lot about the global movement towards reconnecting with nature. Stay on-trend going into the new year and add a pop of nature and greenery with Ambienta and Edelwhite.

Image from PantonePantone chooses Greenery as the 2017 Color of the Year, marking the growing trend of reconnecting with nature and bringing green into new spaces

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