Favorite Sustainable Finds at Design Chicago – NKBA


Favorite Sustainable Finds at Design Chicago

Sarah Nielsen, CKBD designer, shared her most eco-friendly finds at the recent show.

By Sarah Nielsen, CKBD

NKBA asked designer Sarah Nielsen, CKBD to share her three top sustainable finds from Design Chicago, the residential design trade show that took place last week at THE MART in Chicago. “Design Chicago was an amazing experience! This was my first time attending the event,“ said Nielsen, CEO and Lead Designer at Lokenvitz Design & Woodworking, LLC and K&B Designer, specializing in woodworking, at Showplace Cabinetry Design Center. 

“I also really enjoyed getting to walk through so many different showrooms. With the busy-ness of work, I don’t always get the time to really just walk around and talk through different products with vendors. It was nice being in person and touching, feeling and learning about these wonderful products!”

Nielsen, who was named to NKBA’s Thirty Under 30 Class of 2020, called out the following as her top sustainable picks from the show.

Studio McGee’s Canyon Lake from Ann Sacks. Image courtesy of Ann Sacks.

Ann Sacks: Studio McGee and Helene  

“Ann Sacks has beautiful tile options, and many of them are part of their Eco-Thinking initiative as well! Studio McGee is one of my favorite collections that I saw. The designs are very simple, but with such a wonderful handmade look and feel. Plus, this collection is affordable and contains 51 percent recycled material. I was also impressed with the Helene tile, a beautiful wood look mosaic. In these times of clients wanting a unique, but cozy feeling space, this tile is an excellent option for the floor! And, it’s made from 40 percent recycled content, too.”

Gaggenau 200 Series Wine Storage. Image courtesy of Gaggenau.

Gaggenau Appliances: Cabinets and Cooking Solutions

“The 400 series ovens and cooktops are made of 90 percent recycled stainless steel, and the 200 series wine storage cabinets and refrigerators are made from 70 percent recycled glass. Additionally, Gaggenau’s induction cooktops are made from high-end materials for longevity and consume 90 percent less energy than conventional cooktops — and they’re sleek and amazing to work with.”

A kitchen faucet from the Rook Collection by Brizo. Image courtesy of Brizo.

Brizo Faucets: 

“As part of the Delta family, Brizo faucets and shower heads have a range of water-saving tech. The WaterSense labels make it easy to know that you are getting a water-efficient product, and the H2Okinetic technology keeps you feeling refreshed with a high-pressured spray while only using a fraction of the water.”