Call it responsibility or accountability. Or simple popular demand. The rarefied world of design is embracing the environment as never before. Top architects are implementing revolutionary methods. Fashion and furniture mainstays are manufacturing products using sustainable materials. And luxury empires are establishing credos on issues their customers are still waking up to. Behind the scenes, trailblazing executives are taking big risks to make it all happen beautifully.
Artisan John Derian's debut furniture line, manufactured by the eco-rigorous Cisco Brothers, includes a love seat that features Belgian-linen upholstery, sustainably grown maple legs and Derian's retro cool.