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Recycle – A ‘Soap’ Story…..

Posted in graphic design, product design with tags , , , , , on November 3, 2008 by anonimiss

Soso Designers from France designed these packaging concepts for Designboom’s Reinvent competition and incidentally won the first place in the packaging category. Cleaning products generate lot of wastes. In this concept, MR CLEAN becomes a company which actively takes care of environment. The designers enhanced the shape of classical liquid multipurpose cleaner, spray multipurpose cleaner, and dish washing detergent bottles, in order to invite consumers to keep and fill them at home. After the bottle purchase, the client will only buy concentrate refill pack to dilute it with water, and throw it after use in the recycle bin. These thin refill refer to the formal shape of cleanings products, instead of real bottles clients will buy images as a memory of them. I liked this concept because it offers a message to recycle while not compromising on the punch required to attract customers. Plus, while the idea of refills is not new, the idea of shaping the refills in the exact form of the original packaging is, and that ads that extra charm.

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3-in-1…..Cardboard Furniture for Car Lovers??

Posted in furniture design, green, interior design with tags , , , , , , on October 27, 2008 by anonimiss

The C30 Project designed as an entry for the ‘Volvo for Life’ design awards by Luis Luna is a beautiful development of a car-light inspired concept. Made of sequentially arranged multiple layers of cardboard, the 3-in-1 design is simple, sustainable yet contemporary and stylish…..

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LifeStraw – An Update

Posted in design with tags , , on October 22, 2008 by anonimiss

For all of you who are concerned about clean drinking water for all and could relate to my earlier post regarding the LifeStraw, I have an information update. A concerned reader Anna-Katarina-Gravgaard sent me a link to a story done by her regarding the LifeStraw. I found it to be very informative, listing both pros and cons of the product/system and offering comparisions to other water treatment options for under-developed regions. The story also gives a detailed illustration, explaining th working of the LifeStraw. Definitely worth a look. Thanks Anna.

Sitting Pretty on a Recycled Plastic Chair

Posted in furniture design, interior design with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by anonimiss

Australian industrial designer Stuart Mcfarlane has designed a chair made by folding recycled plastic, without the use of glues or screws and which can hold up to 100 kg. The chair is intended to be suitable indoors and out, and could be re-recycled at the end of its life via domestic infrastructure. It’s simple design and clean lines do appeal to me, but for increased sustainability, the same chair could be developed from thin gauge sheet metal with a similar result. Like it! But hey, will designers stop playing it safe and use some color for a change?!!

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Want to Sit on Your Sunday Paper?

Posted in furniture design, green with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by anonimiss

Back from my traveling, I found this simple idea of a newspaper furniture line as refreshing as my travels. Inspired to extend the ephemeral life of newspapers, David Stovell’s Sunday Paper products consist of tightly rolled newspapers strapped together into stools. The pieces, inspired by bundles of newspapers left outside of shops on a Saturday night, explore the “compressed life cycle” of the material. The designer says, “[they] have a cultural and economic value, and that the same product has a different set of values by Monday morning, in that the news is old news and their value is for pulp. I wondered that if by simply repackaging, the material life cycle could be extended.”

via InHabitat

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LifeStraw – A Lifeline for Many…..

Posted in design, product design with tags , , , , on September 27, 2008 by anonimiss
Half of the world’s poor suffer from waterborne disease, and nearly 6,000 people – mainly children – die each day by consuming unsafe drinking water. My earlier post – Clean Drinking Water for All….. Is that a Viable Dream? talked about the issue of potable water for all, but from an urbanite’s point of view……about a nightmare coming true. But what most of us forget is that a major part of the world is living that nightmare ‘right now’! And that’s why I really appreciate attempts by companies to address the problem and come out with sustainable, viable solutions.
One such attempt is the LifeStraw® developed by Vestergaard Frandsen. The two products LifeStraw® Personal and LifeStraw® Family are complimentary point-of-use water filters – truly unique offerings that will help people obtain safe drinking water at home and outside – paving the way for swiftly and effectively accomplishing the VF and MDGs. LifeStraw® water purifiers have been developed as a practical way of preventing disease and saving lives, as well as achieving the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe water by the year 2015.


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2d3d- A New Language in Design

Posted in furniture design, green, interior design with tags , , , , , on September 24, 2008 by anonimiss

London-based furniture design company Formtank launched a series of sustainable table designs at the recently concluded 100% Design. Using a single sheet of industrial steel in the most efficient way possible, these cutting-edge “2d3d” tables are constructed to maximize yield while minimizing waste. Capable of carrying a considerable load, the volume of each table’s base is just ¼ of the volume of the glass it supports.

I loved the tables for their sheer all-steel beauty and sophisticated ‘industrial’ look. And I think the beauty of the concept lies in the fact that it could be applied to tables in several other materials too, cardboard for instance, and still look amazing.

via InHabitat

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