Tag: sustainable design

Eco decals by Mae

Australian company Mae make lovely little fabric decals to add some sparkle to your walls, which they describe as “wonderful, whimisical, delightful, washable, unscrunchable, resilient, reusable fabric decals made with love and eco inks”.

They can be moved from wall to wall and every ingredient is sourced within a 100km radius, with 100% recyclable packaging too. The individual scrabble letters look particularly fun.

Check out their site for more designs – they also make lovely wrapping paper.

People we’re loving: bibicarton

frank and charles

Australian designer and generally-cool-girl Sarah Mouchot makes furniture out of cardboard, under the name of bibicarton. Her one-of-a-kind designs, made on request, are really cool and inspiration for proponents of sustainable design around the globe – and green people in general, which we all should try and be.

They also have great names.

ben

neo

eddy

he and she

nestor

diabolo

See more at bibicarton.com

People we’re loving: beetroot

When two Scottish design junkies named Helen and Louise decided to ditch their lives in Britain and relocate to Warsaw, the combination was bound to produce something a little bit different. And beetroot, their online shop for Polish inspired home accessories, provides just that.

“beetroot was born from our love of contemporary Polish design, love of modern Polish culture and that unique industrial-meets-folk style of design which is becoming a signature look of many products produced here…” say the self-christened beetroot girls. “We have invested a lot of time and energy indulging our passion, meeting designers from all over Poland, visiting cutting-edge design exhibitions and events and watching design news.  The result is a bold, quirky and loveable collection of items that enhance the mood of the way we live.”

My personal favourite for autumn is the kiddies’ conker stool:

They also have a good array of kitsch and colourful home accessories and adornments. Here are a few:

Refreshingly, the site also ha a section where you can meet the designers who manufacture the products. It is all lovely and  transparent and a great introduction to the Polish design scene.


People we’re loving: Stuart Haygarth

stuart haygarth light

Berlin-based lighting designer Stuart Haygarth transforms mundane objects into unexpected works of art, and boy am I pleased he has slipped onto my radar. Party poppers, spectacles, flotsam, jetsam… all are re-imagined, re-arranged and re-interpreted within a brand new context.  “My work revolves around everyday objects, collected in large quantities, categorized and presented in such a way that they are given new meaning. It is about giving banal and overlooked objects new significance.”

While the complete sustainability of his designs is something to be lauded in itself – and an example to designers worldwide as the question of sustainability continues to divide consumers – the aesthetic results are astounding, and have attracted a wide and varied following. His 2008 Storm Project for Selfridges, above, uses man-made debris to channel the harsh environment of the British coastline, all of which Haygarth had carefully amassed over several years on Dungeness Beach in Kent. Top of my list has to be the central orange sculpture which is made entirely of fisherman’s gloves; 300 pairs to be exact.

Surprisingly, Haygarth’s design above, for Vogue Nippon in aid of UNICEF in 2007, is a children’s night light, full of random plastic items sold in vending machines. Below is his Millennium project, the prototype for which was created from 1,000 used party poppers collected on 01.01.00 after the Millennuim celebrations. It proved so popular that he has recreated the design with different colour schemes.

If, like me, you like what you see, stay tuned. Haygarth is in the middle of an ongoing scavenge on the Dungeness coastline, sorting and categorising all the strange debris he finds, and has already produced four works, one of which – Tidemark, below – is both an installation piece and photographic work, creating harmony and order out of chaos and decay. If only it was that easy…

stuart haygarth tidemark

To see more designs or order one for yourself, visit www.stuarthaygarth.com