Punah Project recycles industrial waste into fashion-forward accessories

September 27, 2016 by  
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It’s not often that manufacturing companies are overly concerned with the environmental impact of their excessive waste , but one of India’s largest manufacturing conglomerates, Godrej & Boyce , is shrewdly turning theirs into a fashion-forward gold mine. Under the initiative Punah Project , the company has created a circular economy by converting their industrial waste into swanky new products like metal shoes and handbags, which were recently on display at Tent London during London Design Festival . It’s estimated that Godrej & Boyce industries generate approximately 18,505 tonnes of waste materials annually, all of which have previously gone straight into landfills and incinerators. This process is not only damaging to the environment, but also a complete misuse of potential materials. Related: Glitter Without Guilt: Ethical Rings Created from Recycled Precious Metals Focusing on “re-thinking the definition of waste and the use of waste materials”, the Punah Project team has created a sustainable manufacturing process that separates waste into six categories of recyclables: oils, metals, wood, chemical, paper, and electronic materials. The potential value of each material is evaluated based on its natural properties and versatility. A variety of new products are then created using as little energy as possible. The results, which were recently on display at the London Design Festival, include fashion-forward items like kicky metal shoes and hand clutches made with leftover metal crimping pieces. Mr. Hemmant Jha, Chief Design Officer, Godrej & Boyce, said the company’s zero-waste process not only works to reduce waste in landfills, but also benefits local economies. He added: “As initiators of The Punah Project, we are focusing on developing alternative applications for non-hazardous industrial waste through material design and research. We aim to adopt a zero-waste policy across all the Godrej & Boyce manufacturing sites. We are happy to have displayed the applications that are a result of our extensive research on over 600 materials and several collaborations with different manufacturing teams at Godrej & Boyce as well as skilled craftsmen and designers across India.” + Punah Project + London Design Festival + Inhabitat coverage of London Design Festival

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These maintenance-free, self-watering plants use biomimicry to flourish indoors

September 27, 2016 by  
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The Pikaplant Jar is the perfect accessory for the black-thumbed gardener, as it never needs watering. The high humidity atmosphere is contained inside the sealed jar, creating a sustainable recycling of air and water. The coffea arabica plant featured in the design is indigenous to Ethiopia’s western highlands, yet the company claims one of the original prototypes in its Amsterdam office for over 12 months. Related: Gorgeous self-watering green walls add life and fresh air to any room Also in the Pikaplant family is the Tableau tray, a successfully funded Kickstarter project. A steel base holds three ceramic pots and a water reservoir, creating an open-air and self-watering masterpiece. Pikaplant One is the company’s stunning vertical garden , equipped with a passive irrigation system. The three shelf-high installation uses biomimicry , borrowing from the wet-dry cycle of ground water and trusting the plants to know how much water they need and when. Pikaplant Jars were located at designjunction at the London Design Festival 2016 this year, in its new King’s Cross location, along with Blackbody’s fierce FIRE RING chandelier . +Pikaplant +London Design Festival Images via Inhabitat, Pikaplant

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Brilliant Sun Memories Lamp lets you record and "replay" your favorite light

September 26, 2016 by  
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A sensor captures the color temperature and brightness of light at any moment of the day. The sensor can record the particular quality of light for around six hours, and users can then turn that captured light into a ” sunlight recordings playlist .” An app sends that recording to the lamp. If users want to share a sunrise or sunset with a friend or family member, they can even send their playlist to others. Related: Solar-powered Lucy reflects sunlight indoors to brighten any room According to Olive Creative Lab’s product description, “The software embedded in the lamp drives a power RGB LED capable of recreating the daylight in all its features: its color, intensity, and fickleness from the moments of shadow to the vibrancy of a sunny day.” The designers behind Olive Creative Lab were inspired by memory as well as how much light impacts our lives, especially when many are deprived of that light in winter. They wanted to design a lamp that seemed “alive,” and hope users will feel as if they’ve brought sunshine into their home, no matter the weather outside. The designers, who are based in Torino, Italy , started their design lab this year and Sun Memories Lamp is their first product. They aim to build an interdisciplinary lab that covers fields from “product to graphic, from interaction to sustainability.” Inhabitat spotted the Sun Memories Lamp at Designersblock at the 2016 London Design Festival . + Olive Creative Lab + London Design Festival + Inhabitat coverage of London Design Festival Images via Mike Chino for Inhabitat and Olive Creative Lab

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Studiomama packs everything you need into a 13 square meter home

September 19, 2016 by  
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The original site for the interior plan is an unusual building in north London measuring only 13 square meters, or just under 140 square feet. To maximize the small footprint, Studiomama designed a dwelling for a single person with integrated furniture and plenty of storage. The recreation on show, part of the Clerkenwell Design Quarter and built by Commissioned By You , highlights the integrated elements, with other components like the fold-out bed, kitchen and bathroom indicated with red tape. Related: Make Your Own DIY Shipping Pallet Furniture with Studiomama’s Easy Tutorials Studiomama’s model for micro-living features a wall of storage, with sliding doors concealing shelves for belongings. A pull-out desk provides room for working on a laptop. Benches and a relaxation nook upholstered in fabric from Kvadrat provide seating for resting and entertaining. The dining table extends to provide additional surface. Though certainly petite in size, the design’s approach to minimalist living doesn’t presume no belongings. Studiomama made a careful inventory of the potential contents of a one-person house, including bulky items like a suitcase, and planned the storage accordingly. Their list of essentials includes practical pieces like a bike helmet and extra light bulbs, as well as sentimental items like photos and souvenirs. The clothes wardrobe has room for, among other things, 20 pairs of socks, 12 trousers and skirts, and 20 t-shirts, if organized in the “Marie Kondo packing style.” The challenge is an interesting one, the designers point out, as the minimal footprint and unusual shape requires furniture to be integrated. Store-bought furnishings simply wouldn’t have worked, so creative thinking was required. As city dwellers contend with increasing rent and smaller living quarters , the 13 Square Meter house certainly presents an intriguing, well-considered proposition for making the most of precious space. + Studiomama Images via Charlene Lam for Inhabitat

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Stunning vessels sculpted from felled wood possess an almost otherworldly beauty

September 30, 2015 by  
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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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Artist builds a life-size wood replica of a London Underground station

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Energy-efficient Bert’s Box is a prefab luxury home that pops up in just one day

September 29, 2015 by  
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Handmade insects come alive to human movement in Curiosity Cloud

September 25, 2015 by  
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A tower of 3,000 tiny ceramic shops criticizes London’s crazed consumerism

September 22, 2015 by  
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