Wooden Textiles” convey a new tactile experience. We are used to experience wood as a hard material; we know the feeling of walking across wooden floors, to touch a wooden tabletop or to feel the bark of a tree. But we usually don’t experience a wooden surface which can be manipulated by touch.
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Settled within a quiet side street just a few steps away from Prague’s city center, the MOODs hotel is a gorgeous, high-tech and eco-friendly boutique accommodation, designed by a team of Czech architects led by Vladimir Žák and Roman Vrtiška. This posh retreat has transformed the hotel scene in the historic capital, offering unparalleled service and luxurious comfort to its visitors. Situated in a refurbished building was once a bank, the hotel opened its doors just two years ago with stunning interiors built from fast growing bamboo, recycled-wood floors and it even features a luscious living wall at the entrance made entirely out of moss.
We’re big fans of cardboard architecture, but in most cases, the material yields structures that are boxy and rather simplistic. That’s why we were blown away when we spotted these incredibly intricate cardboard columns by Michael Hansmeyer, which FastcoDesign actually dubbed as the most complex architecture in the world. The dizzying Doric column variations are created on Hansmeyer’s computer using a subdivision algorithm that allows them to have between 8 and 16 million facets (distinct surfaces). They’re so insanely detailed that most people – including us – mistake the actual physical prototypes for computer renderings!
“In collaboration with Tom Dixon we worked on the branding and packaging for two very different types of polo shirts commissioned by Lacoste. The most eco-friendly way to package a shirt was not to print on the packaging at all but use embossing instead. For the techno polo we designed a speaking label that plays Tom’s voice at the push of a button – very techno.”
Intricate sphere made from hundreds of discarded aluminum pull-tabs. POP creates a stunning visual effect and is constructed with exceptional craftsmanship. POP Pendant Light is inspired by the idea of turning a disposable material with short lifespan into a precious and delicate object. Designer: Mauricio Affonso
RE-Y-STONE® is 100% organic, low-emission and petrol free and is able to combine functionality with the highest aesthetic standards and emotional design. Recycled core and decorative paper and a natural resin, produced from the waste of sugar production, RE-Y-STONE® is produced as hard, durable, high mechanical strength, dimensionally stable panel with solid surface.
Bao Khang Luu’s ethereal pendant lamps are both inspired by plants and made of six-pack rings hung from plastic take-out lid frames. The lamps are lit with LEDs, so they emit nearly zero heat and last a long time! The Lotus lamp is made of 40 folded six pack rings secured with crimps made from 1 soda can.
What’s in the box is not cheesy goodness that is Pizza, but cool T-shirts from Malimao. Check it out after the jump!
“Molimao is a T-shirt brand from Sarajevo – capital of No man’s land. Founded in 2010 by Sandin Medjedovic also known as Dream83, Molimao T-shirts are a mash-up of graffiti aesthetics and clean design. Rooted deep in the street culture and independent music scene Molimao celebrates all forms of creativity in it’s journey.”
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.
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.
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.
Studio Knoend has designed the unique lamp with eco-friendly fixture. When assembled, the lamp has the shade for the light bulb which is the packaging itself. In this package, including the fixture is a one-step, ready-to-use solution, which includes a standard electric cord; a 7w energy efficient CFL bulb and hemp twine for assembly. The lamp has 10? x 11? x 10? measurement which can be put as a pendant or table lamp.