The "easiest"-looking designs are often the most challenging to actually produce, so before you look at Abbott Miller's new ink-drip wallpaper designs for KnollTextiles and say, "my kid could do that!", stop and consider the technique and graphic awareness hiding behind those supposedly haphazard patterns. Also consider that Abbott Miller is no art-school dropout off the street, but a partner at the design-rockstar firm Pentagram and a legend in graphic design.
When I'm taking a weekend away from work, the last things I usually want to grab for reading materials are the design books sent to me from publishers that march like a Great Wall of Nice Typefaces across my desk.
Ten leading designers have been commissioned to develop new uses for sustainably grown and harvested materials in order to tell a unique story about the life-cycle of materials and the power of conservation and design. Here are examples of their work.