David Bergman: Sustainable Design- A Critical Guide

David Bergman of Fire & Water has informed us of the release of his latest book: Sustainable Design- A Critical Guide.

Available from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble

SustainableDesign_release.pdf (1 page)-1.jpgThe fact that we live in a closed system with limited and dwindling resources is something many of us prefer, or choose, not to think about. But this concept of finite planet should be seen as an opportunity for designers to implement impactful, forward-thinking, and broad-reaching change. In this spirit of “eco- optimism,” Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide navigates the array of issues related to sustainability in clear and helpful terms.

Written for students and professionals, this books presents a concise and well-illustrated overview of the most important techniques available for reducing energy footprints, along with the professional context for their use. In addition to tackling the discipline’s ethical responsibility, each chapter takes on specific considerations such as rainwater harvesting, gray-water recycling, passive heating techniques, green roofs, wind energy, daylighting, indoor air quality, material evaluation, and green building certification programs. Founded in the three Rs of environmentalism—reduce, reuse, and recycle—Sustainable Design encompasses a critical fourth: rethink.


- Ecodesign: What and Why

- Site Issues

- Water Efficiency

- Energy Efficiency: Passive Techniques

- Energy Efficiency: Active Techniques

- Indoor Environmental Quality

- Materials

- Labels and Ratings: Measuring Ecodesign

- The Future of Sustainable Design

About the Author:

David Bergman is a LEED-accredited, New York City-based architect specializing in sustainable design. He teaches at Parsons The New School for Design.

For further information, please contact: Margaret Rogalski, margaret@papress.com, 212 995 9620 x 208


ICFF- 2012 Booth #2440

Furniture New York will have a presence at this years International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. We will have a group booth with a sampling of members furniture and furnishings. Numerous members will have their own booths in the Furniture New York section and out on the floor.


Please visit the ICFF website for more information

FNY Group Booth – #2440

Oso Industries – #2438

Nico Yektai – #2436

Hellman-Chang – #2432

Laurie Beckerman – #2551

Matthew Fairbank Design – #1040

Tucker Robbins

Lisa Albin Iglooplay – #2432

Miles and May

Susan Wood

Brandon Phillips

FNY at The Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Furniture New York had a strong presence at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show on Pier 94. The show, now in its 10th year, is ever evolving. Crowds of interested designers, bloggers and consumers came to see the finest offerings in furniture and furnishings. FNY members were front and center in the “Made” section and out on the main floor. Visit the members profile for a closer look at their work.


May Furniture CO


Nico Yektai


Peter Harrison


Matthew Fairbank Design


Tucker Robbins


Eleven Reasons (and counting) Why You Should Buy Furnishings in New York


You are building a relationship with a local craftsperson. There may come a time when you have a job which is very custom or so small that is going to be nearly impossible to track down someone to do it. If you have built a relationship with a local craftsperson you understand their abilities and often they will be willing to take on odd or small jobs which others would not.

You are keeping to money local. New York may seem like a large community but the amount spent on furnishings is also large and by keeping that money here you are helping the local economy. Otherwise that money is very likely to leave not only the state but the country as well.

You are a patron of the arts. The decorative arts have long traditions and as a client you are a patron of the craftspeople, helping to maintain the knowledge and art for future New Yorkers. Recently I heard that many homes in Puerto Rico which had ornate exterior ironwork and castings were being restored but that the local techniques had died out and the shops had closed leaving the clients to settle for poor imported versions of the decorations they once had.

You can see things as they are being built. How bright is that blue? Does it match with the tile? Will my odd collection fit in the drawer? With a local designer you can get real answers to these questions and very often make changes to avert what would have been a disaster with an out of town designer.

You eliminate a lot of wasteful steps. Shipping of finished pieces great distances is always nerve racking as well as expensive and wasteful. Buying local saves miles of bubble wrap, crating materials and fuel as well as saving your sense of calm.

You know what the ingredients are. Items made here are made from only approved and tested materials. You know the paints and glazes are lead free. You know the dyes are nontoxic. If an item says it is green certified you have a way to check on the sourcing of that product.

You can talk directly to the designer or builder of your piece. You may have a picture in your head of exactly what you want but if your designer can’t understand that vision the craftsperson won’t be able to create it. Meeting face to face, discussing samples and finishes, sketching things out or mocking them up will be your best chance of communicating your vision, and you seeing when the designer “get’s it”.

We can make anything. The best craftspeople in the world come to New York to work for the most exacting clients. The skillset that most designers and craftspeople bring with them to The City is incredible and when you add in the networks we have built between us we can build anything you could possibly dream up.

That New York cache. A New York makers mark carries an unexplainable value. Perhaps it the the tradition of leading design or the aspiration to be in the heart of things, but a piece made in New York carries a bit of the city with it always.

New York has access to the finest materials and suppliers. A design market as big as New York can support the very highest end importers and suppliers. Whether it’s parchment, veneer, marble or huge slabs of exotic woods the very best are sent here.

New York is a city with a long design history which is on the cutting edge of design. This means that whether you are looking for a traditional piece or something truly new we can design it here. What’s more we can integrate the newest technologies and materials within the tradition of design.