13 innovative, thought-provoking designs that broke new ground at the London Design Festival

October 20, 2017 by  
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Design weeks around the world tend to be dominated by refined furnishings , sleek products , and glitzy lighting – but some of the most interesting works are those that challenge our assumptions about what design is – and what it can be. Independent designers and aspiring students are the masters of this realm, as they’re not afraid to push the envelope and experiment with wild ideas, new materials and novel techniques. Read on for 13 of the most innovative, though-provoking designs we spotted at this year’s London Design Festival . Flywheel by Carlo Lorenzetti Designer Carlo Lorenzetti thinks that we are losing touch with the significance of energy in our daily lives – so he’s created a massive earthenware Flywheel that makes you work for your electricity. The monolithic USB charger generates power as you spin the wheel, but it’ll takes hours and hours to fully charge a cellphone. As above, so below by Kirstie van Noot and Xandra van der Eijk Did you know that 37,000 to 78,000 tons of stardust falls on the earth’s surface every year? Dutch designers Kirstie van Noot and Xandra van der Eijk have set out to harvest this rare material – by collecting it from the rooftops of houses in the Netherlands. Their project As above, so below showcases the micrometeorites they have found, and suggests ways that these precious materials can be used. Trashpresso by Pentatonic Trashpresso is the world’s first mobile, solar-powered recycling plant. Designed by Pentatonic , the micro factory transforms plastic bottles into architectural tiles right before your eyes. 0.6 Chair by Joachim Froment What’s the absolute minimum amount of material needed to create a chair? That’s what Joachim Froment sought to find out – and his answer is the 0.6 Chair. Froment developed an innovative production process to create a sturdy, super lightweight seat made from just 0.6 cm of wood veneer and carbon fiber. Plasma Rock by Inge Sluijs Some say that the world has entered a new geological period called the Anthropocene , which is marked by human influence on the environment. This idea inspired Inge Sluijs to harvest detritus from landfills and transform it into Plasma Rock – a new material made from 100% recycled waste. Bottles Collection by Klaas Kuiken Klaas Kuiken gives fantastic new forms to common green bottles by wrapping them with wire, heating them in an oven, and blowing air into them with a compressor. The results are surprising, sculptural vases that bear little resemblance to their previous form. Living Surface Carpet by Lizan Freijsen Most people want to avoid stains and mildew in their homes – but Lizan Freijsen revels in these signs of decay. The Dutch designer has created an incredible collection of soft, woolen rugs that celebrate the rich colors found in mosses, lichens, and other living natural phenomena. Nose to Tail Table by Nanna Kiil This “Nose to Tail” table appears to have a typical terrazzo surface – but a closer look reveals that it’s actually made of by-products from the livestock industry. Designer Nanna Kiil sought to discover whether consumers can stomach a salami-esque table that incorporates pig parts that would otherwise be discarded. It’s a challenging, provocative piece that serves up the stark realities of our industrial food system. Splatware by Granby Workshop Ceramic tableware is usually turned on a wheel – but Granby Workshop has found away to make amazing plates and mugs by using a hydraulic press to squish colorful mounds of clay! Their experimental SPLATWARE combines industrial techniques with handcrafted elements for spontaneous, creative results. LOKAL by Space10 What will the farm of the future look like? Future living lab Space10 set up a vertical hydroponic farm in the middle of London and invited passersby to try tasty food grown on-site. Over the course of six days their LOKAL pop-up served 2,000 salads made with microgreens and protein-rich spirulina microalgae. On Reflection by Lee Broom Lee Broom ‘s London Design Festival installation boggles the mind. The mirror in this room is not what it seems – walk in front of it, and you won’t see your reflection. The trick? It’s actually a window to an identical room! Fish Skin Textiles by Helene Christina Pedersen Fish skin is an overlooked waste product of the fishing industry. Helene Christina Pedersen has found a way to transform this material into a durable textile that can be applied to a wide range of furnishings. Plastic Primitive by James Shaw James Shaw has developed a technique for shaping recycled plastic into fantastical forms using a custom made extruder gun. For this year’s London Design Festival shaw erected a series of colorful planters and stools at the Ace Hotel. + London Design Festival Coverage on Inhabitat

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Exciting new designs for Heathrow Airport’s expansion unveiled

May 20, 2016 by  
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The shortlist for the expansion Heathrow Airport has just been announced, together with conceptual images of the designs by renowned architecture firms such as Grimshaw , Zaha Hadid Architects , HOK and Benoy . The concepts, each different in style and approach, aim to redefine Britain’s global gateway by enabling it to adapt to new trends in global aviation and sustainability. The architects were asked to propose bold, innovative solutions for a sustainable airport that would integrate local communities. The shortlist for the expansion of UK’s Heathrow Airport has just been announced, together with conceptual images of the designs by renowned architecture firms. The concepts, which comprise part of an attempt to redefine how airports look, function and cater to a new generation of passengers, combine affordability and flexibility with improved passenger service. Related: Heathrow Airport’s New Terminal 2 Opens Today at 10% Capacity Heathrow’s Head of Design Barry Weekes said, “From welcoming Concorde to the landmark Terminals 2 and 5, Heathrow has always been at the heart of showcasing the best of British innovation and design.” Via World Architecture News

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Nendo’s innovative carbon fiber Nest bookshelf shrinks and expands like an accordion

September 29, 2015 by  
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Casa Invisibile is an innovative, tailor-made prefab home with mirrored walls

May 14, 2015 by  
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15 Innovative Green Designs from Sight Unseen That Will Make You Look Twice

May 21, 2014 by  
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Has the world gone topsy turvy? You say no – and then the table you’re looking at suddenly shifts into an alternate dimension. The amazing transforming coffee table above is just one of the innovative, experimental, and boundlessly creative designs showcased at Sight Unseen OFFSITE during New York Design Week . Read on for a closer look at some of our favorite finds – from wooden doughnuts and cricket croquettes to coffee tables actually made from coffee. Read the rest of 15 Innovative Green Designs from Sight Unseen That Will Make You Look Twice Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , “sustainable furniture” , eco furniture , eco products , energy efficient lighting , green design , green interiors , green lighting , innovative design , new york design week , nycxdesign , nydw , Recycled Materials , sight unseen , sight unseen offsite , sustainable design , Sustainable Materials

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Natural, DIY Cleaning Products

May 21, 2014 by  
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We all appreciate a clean living environment, but so many cleaning products out there are full of really nasty chemicals that can wreak havoc on our health. Sure, they’ll get the job done, but they can cause incredible damage to our respiratory systems , not to mention those of our family members and pets as well. Making your own cleaning products is simple and easy , and these natural products (made with ingredients most of us already have around the house) are just as effective as store-bought chemicals, if not moreso! They’re also better for your budget, especially since many of the ingredients can pull double duty around the house. Check out the infographic below for some great tips on how you can make your own laundry detergent, kitchen/bathroom cleaners, and more! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Natural, DIY Cleaning Products Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bathroom , cleaner , cleaners , cleaning , cleaning products , detergent , DIY , essential oil , essential oils , green kitchen , how-to , laundry , laundry detergent , vinegar

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WWF Teams Up With Rapanui to Release Wildlife-Inspired Eco-Fashion Produced by Wind Power

May 21, 2014 by  
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The World Wide Fund for Nature in the UK teamed up with eco-fashion brand Rapanui to release a range of wildlife-inspired t-shirts and sweatshirts. Founded by surfer brothers Rob and Mart Drake-Knight, the Rapanui brand has been producing environmentally conscious clothing on the Isle of Wight since 2008. The new WWF-Rapanui clothing line is created from from organic cotton, sustainably and ethically produced using wind power , and printed with water based dyes. The bold and on-trend designs call attention to the endangerment of animal species from pandas to rhinos, and promote a thoughtful, eco-friendly philosophy. + Rapanui The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , eco-fashion , ethically produced clothing , isle of wight , mart drak-knight , organic cotton , rapanui , reader submitted content , rob drake-knight , Sustainable Fashion , water based dyes , wind power fashion , world wide fund for nature , wwf rapanui , wwf uk

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New FABtotum Device Makes 3D Printing Easy and Affordable for Just About Anyone

September 2, 2013 by  
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A fabulous new low-cost 3D printer has been launched and it could make DIY fabrication cheaper and easier than ever before. This cool device is dubbed ‘FABtotum’ , and could be the new tool that allows users to print, cut, mill, and scan to their heart’s content. When it comes to 3D printing there are fairly limitless possibilities, and with this low cost model perhaps the line between designer and maker could become even more blurred than it already is. Read the rest of New FABtotum Device Makes 3D Printing Easy and Affordable for Just About Anyone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printing , crowdsourcing , DIY , eco design , FABtotum , green design , IndieGoGo , innovative design , inventions , sustainable design        

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