Hey Man, Is That Shag Green?
Yup, I know what you're thinking: What will they recycle next?! But actually these candy- and cookie-wrapper floor mats are pretty great. As you can see from their super-cluttered and a little-too-colorful display at the New York Gift Fair, they'd be great in a kids (or color-blind person's) room. But seriously, take them out of that environment and they'd make a great kitchen, porch or bath mat. Since they're plastic you can just wipe them off. The perfect way to add a little color and texture to your apartment. Available in 2 x 3' for $28 or 4 x 6' for $56 at Rhadi Living.
From far away, some Mad Mats (like this one at right) could almost pass for some kind of hip, Persian rug. While really, they're woven from colorful recycled plastic. I love seeing traditional designs combined with non-traditional materials. Since they're definitely plastic, these rugs work best on a porch or basement, mudroom or other indoor-outdoor kind of space. They come in a slew of designs and run 4 x 8', 5 x 7' and 6 x 9' at $45 to $90 at Outdoor Rugs Only.
Modular Carpet Tiles
FLOR modular carpet tiles have been around now for a few years but they're still the best. Everyone from Martha Stewart to Dwell magazine digs on their ingenious system. The tiles are made from recycled and renewable materials in an energy-efficient way with minimal packaging and they don't emit harmful gasses (like most carpeting). And when they wear, or if they get stained, you can send them back to the company and FLOR recycles them. How cool is that! Each tile is 19.7 inches and they come in a variety of colors, patterns and textures. They even now have shag, man. Tiles run about $6 to $17 at FLOR and attached to each other so they stay put.
Read about more design trends from the New York Gift Fair,
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