More books are printed every year, read and discarded. Even though many are taken to charity shops, they mostly go unsold and the charities have to pay for the books to be sent to landfill. For example 10,000 books a week from one charity will go to waste. There is currently no infrastructure set up to recycle the paper from books because the paper is low grade and the glue on the spine must be removed.
Archive for May, 2011
When we think of wood and paper, we usually see it in this manner; wood=source, paper=result. What if we flipped the model and saw paper as the source and wood as the end product? This was the concept behind Mieke Meijer’s project at the Design Academy Eindhoven. To think of paper as the end state of the product was limiting. With so much paper as the end result of making newspapers, Mieke envisioned an opportunity to upcycle the process and re-create wood.
Characterized by an organic and pleasing appearance, this room divider is about the phenomenon of light. Light is always moving, and due to reflection, refraction and shadow, leaves behind a fantastic impression. To make one feel the movement of light, I divided the wavy sides into many layers so that they reveive light from different angles and reflect it at different angles. As a result, the fixed mass feels like it is changing and moving according to the position from which the viewer sees it.
Vuzzle Chair consists of 59 cushions dividing the complete cube into voronoi cells. Each cushion has neodymium magnet underneath its surface to secure its cohesive status with adjacent cushions. Polysurface-shaped cushions with magent in each surface will provide enough bonding constraint to perform as chair with flexibility, yet removing individual cushions from the whole can be done with small force.
“Known for dressing the hottest artists and celebrities, designers Dean and Dan Caten are the driving force behind the uber-hip design house Dsquared². As twin brothers with the same vision, this talented duo strives to design cutting-edge pieces that make a statement on and off the runway. Their signature scents, however, take on a totally different approach.
The 60 Bag biodegrades in 60 days. The bag is made of flax-viscose non-woven fabric and was developed and manufactured in Poland. The flax-Viscose fabric is produced with flax fiber industrial waste, which means it doesn’t exploit any natural resources and requires minimal energy during its production. In January this year 60Bag was honoured with the Green Dot Award.
Mexican designer Emiliano Godoy has created the Engraving Armchair or Camouflage armchair for the Mexico City based manufacturer Pirwi. The camouflage is a low armchair made in Oriented Strand Board (OSB). The material is surfaced with a stained-black veneer, and has oversized lateral panels that partly hide the user.
The popular song goes that words don’t come easy, and, ironically enough, this is exactly the sense one has when trying to express himself in front of Ebon Heath’s typographic mobiles. Heath is one of the most promising artists of the moment and his take on typography is pure visual poetry. Words never looked more astonishing, they form their own structures in a short of a rebellion, they dance and move and yet they stand still. In Heath’s universe, words go out of their suffocating homes, they become alive and they tell us their amazing stories.
Paris-based studio Mona Kim Projects has been involved in the development of window installations for japanese clothing brand Uniqlo. The first was a simultaneous three global city art installation presented as part of Uniqlo’s ‘Heattech’ global campaign for the company’s New York, Paris and London flagship stores. In a concerted effort to break out of the typical traditional approach to retail environments, Mona Kim proposed a bold and high-impact spatial experience that communicates the innovation of the product and that which implements a forward-thinking approach to visual merchandising.
Located in the centre of Istanbul’s classiest shopping district, a striking angular entrance welcomes visitors to browse designer pieces by top brands from all over the world. A large angular column reaches up and past a mezzanine floor, creating an impressive space at the entrance to the store, while a gridlike wall of lightbulbs down the side of the store provides a powerful banner for slogans which can be modified as desired
A warm, intimate interior greets you from the glass street scape as you enter Piatra Neamt’s noir restaurant. Located in northeast Romania, Piatra Neamt is a city surrounded by mountains of forrest, which you will soon begin to understand how the landscape’s beauty seeped into the interior space. The design team at Nuca, composed by Robert Marin, Ramona Macarie and Mirela Nitu utilized wood for it’s warmth and relation to the surrounding topography. Rather than just wood tables, wood flooring and wood wall panels, the palette is broken and accentuated through sculpture, lighting and contrasting textures.
These furniture pieces / sculptures are made of chopped pieces of pine wood, which give away the artist’s closeness to Mother Nature. The wood pieces are brought together and crafted to make this attractive piece of art. The creative style of the geometric form is unique and powerful in its simplicity.
This first Maison Martin Margiela store opened in Tokyo in 2000. Located in the ebisu area of the city, the former residence incorporates the offices and sales rooms of Kokonoe corp ltd.,
(the joint venture company in charge of the Mason Martin Marginal brand in Japan), as well as a store on the ground floor. In february 2006, the store mores to another location in a former electrical products factory building, still in the ebisu area.
Influences of nearby Scandinavia are apparent in Crème de la Crème, a fragrance and beauty care boutique that opened late last year in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The boutique is one of about 170 shops and restaurants that occupy the new, award-winning Panorama shopping centre, one of the largest and most expensive shopping malls in the Baltic countries. The store’s physical concept is by the Lithuanian Plazma architects and specifically architect Evelina Talandzeviciene. Light-colour wood, scarce furnishings, simplified lines and subdued edges create a feeling of weightlessness and free-flowing space.
The Float pendant light, a hand-turned design crafted from a large block of recycled agglomerate cork, is a collaboration between Benjamin Hubert and Scandinavian lighting manufacturer & Tradition.
Made using traditional woodworking techniques, the light is a striking design that is produced with minimal impact on the environment. The simplicity of the object’s form draws the focus to the materiality of the cork. When lit, the light reflected within the shade produces a warm glow emphasised by the cork.
Traditionally speaking, wood as a material for a light fixture, is an unconventional choice but anything is possible in the wonderful world of A&D. The brilliant (non pun intended) Miss Maple Pendant Lamp is a captivating juxtaposition of simplicity and complexity. A brainchild of German designer Elisa Strozyk, the lamp is made up of small wooden triangles that not only looks stunning but gives the consumer versatility since the shape is flexible.
Belgian industrial designer Jens Praet proves that recycling can be a lot more interesting than stuffing cans, bottles, magazines and cardboard into the proper recycling containers. Fossilized at Industry Gallery in Washington DC, is Praet’s first solo exhibition in the U.S.; his designs are made of shredded magazines and documents mixed with clear resin.