HOM is where the heart is

Being at home is one of the simplest yet most rewarding pleasures in life. At home, you can escape the doom, gloom and drudgery of the everyday routine. Surrounded by the people, pets and things you love, your home is a unique haven.

And if you love modern, high-design architecture inspired by indoor/outdoor living, look no further: HOM Escape in Style™ is your haven for modern, eco-friendly living.

The talented folks at award-winning KAA Design Group launched HOM in June 2008 as a comprehensive product line of modern dwellings and beautifully-crafted furniture, lighting and accessories, all designed from sustainable materials and environmentally sound construction techniques.

I had the wonderful opportunity to ask Jon Wesley Rahman a couple of questions regarding his work with HOM. An architect with KAA Design Group for almost three years, Rahman’s past work in product design has played an integral part in developing the HOM line of furniture and accessories. During his undergraduate work, he began developing his talent as a sculptor and his love for the tactile experience of creating pieces. In graduate school for architecture, he learned and developed a new set of tools and system for the design process.




Gaby in Green: Who and/or what are your design influences?

Jon Rahman: Inspiration can come from almost any where. Great designers like Eames, Wegner, Risom and Kagan have all had an influence on me as well as early American furniture. I believe a lot of what influences me now took root when I was a child and two things echo loudly: art and nature. I spent a lot of time in antique shops, at the Dayton Art Institute and on nature walks at the Aullwood Audubon Center and my exposure to both of these worlds has shaped who I am and how I design.

GiG: Does designing for green products differ from designing other products?

JR: Not really. Making a product green can certainly present a different set of challenges but challenges are a big part of why designing is so exciting. These challenges and a designer’s persistence for their designs are what lead to great innovation in the field of green products.

GiG: At what point did it become apparent to you that being green minded was something you wanted to bring to your professional life?

JR: When we began to develop our HOM Escape in Style™ [line] we started with a vision process. All projects at KAA start with a vision process and for the HOM line a big part of the vision was living in close connection to nature and so our products needed to be respectful to our planet. We have also always been very big proponents of craft. When something is designed beautifully and well crafted you create a product that can last for generations and a long life cycle leaves a much smaller footprint on our environment.

GiG: What other green initiatives does HOM take part in?

JR: One of the initiatives we are most proud of is our commitment to being a member of 1% for the Planet. 1% for the Planet is a great organization that allows us as well as other members to give back to our natural environment.

GiG: Based on your experience with eco-friendly materials and design, what is the one thing you want people to know about going green?

JR: That it is easy. When you purchase a piece of wood furniture make sure the wood is F.S.C. Certified. Look at where things are made and how far they had to travel to make it to you. Also, if you are thinking of buying a very inexpensive piece of furniture for a temporary solution in a room just try going without until you have saved enough for the piece you really want and will last for generations.

Pictures used with permission by HOM Escape in Style™


2 Responses to “HOM is where the heart is”
  1. I really enjoyed this post, especially the “examples in this post” portion which made it really easy for me to SEE what you were talking about without even having to leave the article. Thanks

    • gabyingreen says:

      Hi There!

      Thanks for stopping by. I’m really glad that you liked this post. I do too, actually. It was my first interview, and it seems to get a lot of attention. I will continue to do more interviews and make things really easy for everyone to follow.

      Let me know if you have any suggestions, ideas or questions that I can look into.

      Stay tuned: The world just got a little greener!
      Gaby in green

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