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‘Spinning a Yarn’ using Newspapers…..

Posted in design, green, product design with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2008 by anonimiss

I had earlier written about Newspaper you can Use in my earlier post. This design by Greetje van Tiem, a graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven, takes that idea even further. She has found a distinctive and creative way to recycle old newspapers that have been sitting around.

van Tiem completed a project that she calls Indruk, which turns newspapers into yarn, and although not quite the same as regular yarn, it can be spun tighter and woven into something like a mat to be nearly as durable and functional. She says that it is possible to transpose yesterday’s news into tangible memories.These newspaper threads can be woven into products like rugs, curtains and upholstery for the home, to help create a very distinguishing look.

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Eyechart for the Conservationist/ Environmentalist

Posted in design, graphic design, green with tags , , , , on September 15, 2008 by anonimiss

Well, my fascination with eye-chart continues…..although this one paints a bleak picture. Part of promotional campaigns by the World Wildlife Fund, the eye-chart is intended to make people re-think their attitude toward the environment and fellow earthlings.

These Bags are All ‘Charged Up’

Posted in design, green, product design with tags , , , , , , , on September 13, 2008 by anonimiss

I stumbled upon the Noon Solar website quite by chance and boy, am I glad I did! With an amazing collection of chic/ casual/sporty/ everyday use bags integrated with a solar panel to capture that overbearing noon light and help charge your ipod or cell phone while you’re going about your work, Noon Solar has an ace up its sleeve.

Noon Solar bags incorporate flexible solar panels to keep cell phones and iPods charged. Each bag is designed to be able to sit in a window at work or in the car to collect charges. The solar power is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack, weighing about 4oz, found inside the bag. Because the solar power is stored inside a battery pack, cell phones and iPods can be charged day or night.

Noon Solar bags are made from biodegradable materials so that the bags can skip the landfill and go directly into your backyard without hurting the earth. The bags are safe and non-toxic, and most of the materials will actually nourish the earth if buried. The other materials such as the solar panel and hardware can be removed and recycled or reused.

Further, the bags are, in fact, made of biodegradable materials such as chrome-free leathers that are tanned with sustainably harvested materials like rhubarb and walnuts and naturally hand-dyed hemp/cotton fabrics.

While there are several bags that incorporate the solar panel for a similar result, I loved these bags for their great styling, a good instance of technology and design complementing each other so well.  What else can I say? Despite a slightly steep price, I’m impressed!!

Camouflaged Technology…..

Posted in design, green, product design with tags , , , , , , , on September 12, 2008 by anonimiss

Ahh, the art of camouflage. As technology becomes ever more ubiquitous in our lives we have begun to try and hide it, and blend it in with our surroundings. Well now the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Mitsubishi Corp and Tokki Corp have developed an organic thin film solar cell that takes the shape of a common leaf.

At first glance this energy producing “plant” may look pretty commonplace, but looks can be deceiving. AIST, Mitsubishi and Tokki has enveloped each solar leaf in an ultra thin film to repel oxygen and water which will make it more durable and friendlier to the harsh outdoor environment. If this prototype performs up to par, they are looking at applying this technology from walls and windows to clothes and toys. Ah Technology!

Cardboard Interiors

Posted in interior design with tags , , , on August 22, 2008 by anonimiss

dARCH Studio has designed this amazing retail outlet for Yiorgos Elftheriades’ Yeshop in Athens, whose highlight is a beautifully sculpted display wall installation. The wall is composed entirely of re-purposed packaging cartons and is built around the existing furniture in the space to give a seamless, streamlined effect. 1,500 pieces of 5mm thick corrugated cardboard were cut into strips and pasted along one of the shop walls and were integrated with illuminated built-in boxes to highlight products. The handmade, biomorphic instalation is made using eco-friendly material.

I liked the fluidity of the design and the way it blends with the rest of the space. And the fact that the material is recyclable makes me give it a thumbs-up.

via InHabitat

Portable Light

Posted in design, green, product design with tags , , , , on August 18, 2008 by anonimiss

Portable Light is an interdisciplinary research, design and engineering project to create and implement new models for energy efficient electrical power and lighting. The project applies creative processes and strategic integrative thinking to optimize existing semi-conductor technologies and create new applications to serve the large number of people—more than 2 billion—who do not have access to electric light or power.

It is based upon the principle that global needs for technology development are inevitably interconnected. Knowledge, techniques, market solutions and data produced by the project benefit the “third” world and the “first” world where the need to imagine, design and develop energy efficient alternatives to the centralized and increasingly costly electrical grid is becoming ever more important.

The Portable Light is a series of prototypes that integrate flexible solar cells and super bright LEDs into lighting solutions. A bright digital light of 80 lumens per watt can be produced by a single miniature diode and powered by small areas of flexible photo-voltaic (solar panels) as a result of the high brightness LEDs (hBLEDs) incorporated into the Portable Light. The hBLEDs are bright enough to read, work and illuminate area at night. While the long term goal is to integrate the technology directly into textiles, the Portable Light project has done a fabulous job of incorporating off-the-shelf components into functional designs for starters.

via InHabitat

A Concrete Idea

Posted in green, interior design, product design with tags , , , on August 14, 2008 by anonimiss

Loved this sink (hate to call it that!!) – the Erosion Sink, designed by Gore Design. Would be interesting to see the water flowing through the contours….Whats more, it is made from concrete and yet looks so elegant, you could never tell. The company believes in the ‘green’ concept, so besides maximizing the green qualities of concrete, the designers strive to make all materials and processes as environmentally friendly as possible.

As for me, I find the sink so sculptural, I can’t take my eyes off it. WoW!!