Great design is all around us. Sometimes, we are pleasantly surprised to find it where we least expect it. I was on a road trip through Indiana this weekend, and came upon an amazing sight. A sea of wind turbines as far as the eye could see. These images don’t convey the immense scale of these modern day windmills. It was sculptural, and breathtaking. Of course, I have seen a turbine before. But never like this. I was just a few feet away from the base of one of these columns, and the massive and powerful machine was churning overhead. As I looked out over the horizon, the end was nowhere in sight. I continued on the road for miles, and realized there must have been over 100 turbines. Quite a sight.

The Fowler Ridge Wind Farm, located in Benton County Indiana, is comprised of 355 GE 1.5MW wind turbines spanning over 30,000 acres of Indiana farmland. The site of the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm is around 90 miles northwest of Indianapolis.The first two phases of the project have been completed. The planned total capacity of the project is expected to reach 750MW.  This is according to the owners of the development BP Alternative Energy North America Inc. and Dominion Resources. It has been quoted that each turbine cost 1.5 million dollars for parts and installation. The project takes advantage of the wind potential found in the wide open expanse of farmland, without interfering with farming and irrigation practices.

It was awe inspiring to see such a huge number of these green energy generators in action. The project has brought jobs and revenue to the local community, and decreased the amount of coal used for energy production. Absolutely fabulous.

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Ed Chew – TetraBox Light

Every once in a while I like to peruse the pretty lamp aisle in my local hardware store.  If am feeling in the need of true glitz and sparkle, than I will go to my closest lamp store or page through an issue of House Beautiful or scan the web for my glamorous lamp fix.  So when I came across the following photos of these spectacular lights, I had to share them with you.

Pop quiz – QUICK – tell me about this lamp.  Who made it? What is it made of? How do I get one? 


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FLOR in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry’s “Smart Home: Green + Wired” Exhibit

We love collaborations, especially when they’re with people or organizations that share some of the same beliefs and philosophies as we do here at FLOR.  Our latest collaboration does just that.  Visitors to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home:  Green + Wired exhibit will be able to experience the latest in sustainable design and living and see FLOR carpet tiles used throughout the house as an eco-friendly flooring solution.  


Exterior shot of MSI's "Smart Home:  Green + Wired" house

Exterior shot of MSI's "Smart Home: Green + Wired" house

The home, which originally opened in May 2008 and recently reopened to the public on March 19, 2009, was designed by Michelle Kaufmann – widely recognized and respected as a leader in green architecture and design.  The three-story, modular structure has all of the comforts one would expect in a home plus added benefits like energy-efficient electrical and water consumption systems and eco-friendly landscaping and living environments.  We were pretty excited when the museum contacted us to contribute carpet tiles for the home and are proud to be part of an exhibit that highlights how green design can be both beautiful and functional.  That philosophy is certainly something we hold near and dear to our collective hearts at FLOR

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should.  Don’t worry – you’ve got time.  The Smart Home:  Green + Wired exhibit, sponsored by ComEd, Dominick’s and the Motorola Foundation, runs through January 3, 2010.  Get tickets and more information at the Museum of Science and Industry.  

To learn more about the FLOR products featured in the Smart Home exhibit, read about them here.









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