FOLKK puts a sustainable twist on handcrafted products by Balkan artisans

June 16, 2017 by  
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A group of Belgrade-based designers are on a mission to revive the centuries-long craftsmanship of Balkan artisans through sustainable production techniques and the use of locally available materials . Working under the auspices of the Nova Iskra design hub, FOLKK tackles the issue of rural exodus by enabling local makers to sustainably produce homewares such as kilims, pillows, wooden plates, knitting and serving boards. Envisioned as a decentralized network, FOLKK connects designers and makers to collaborate, learn and create affordable home products imbued with the spirit of sustainability. The team has already gathered over 200 creatives from the Balkan region and selected 12 participants who cooperated with designers to manufacture 30 product proposals. After several months, they produced 10 beautiful prototypes that combine ethnic-styled motifs and local folklore heritage with modern-day functional requirements. Related: Abyssinia pendant lamps are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles Among FOLKK’s prototypes is a beautiful hand-woven pillow stuffed with unprocessed wool collected from Serbian shepherds. Weavers from the south of Serbia use traditional techniques , looms and tools to make kilims, while the two-sided food plates and modular serving boards showcase the beauty of locally harvested wood . Related: This cozy mountain retreat in Serbia was built using locally sourced timber Two thirds of FOLKK’s revenue goes directly to the makers, while the remaining sum gets reinvested in the development of new products and reaching out to new makers. The team has launched a Kickstarter campaign offering a variety of goodies to backers. The campaign is great opportunity to get your hands on original, hand-made products from the Balkan region, and help keep traditional craftsmanship alive at the same time. + FOLKK Kickstarter campaign + FOLKK + Nova Iskra

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Stunning Casa VI in Northern Italy captures the essence of mountain living

January 22, 2016 by  
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Mount Fuji house by Hiroki Tominaga Atelier has a unique angular roof that protects the home from heavy snow

October 30, 2015 by  
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Peru Gift Show Highlights Sustainable Design

May 4, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Peru Gift Show Highlights Sustainable Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alejandro Rincon Diaz , artisan products , eco design , eco-friendly , green design , handmade products , Ikasa , inhabitat , international gift show , Lum Pen , Paya , peru , Peru Gift Show , Peruvian crafts , Peruvian design , PromPeru , Raymisa , Rocio del Barco- Arte y Diseno , sustainable design , Tinkuy , trade show , traditional techniques

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Quirky Sylvester Bird Box Invites Birds to Fly Into the Jaws of a Cat

May 4, 2012 by  
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We love this quirky Sylvester Bird Box ; an amusing take on the traditional birdhouse where the feathered go to roost . Designed by  Suck UK , they constructed the box from durable marine quality plywood that also provides the interior with good insulation. Luckily the box is not too realistic, and when those little feathered sparrows fly into Sylvester’s jaws, they’ll actually find a safe haven away from any lurking cats. + Suck UK Images courtesy of Suck UK Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bird house design , eco design , green bird house design , plywood , suck uk , sylvester bird box , yard furniture

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