Zì Rán by Mao Kaidi

Zì Rán by Mao Kaidi
In Chinese, the word for nature is zì rán, which means that which happens of itself, not under any control of an outside force.
“In order to show case the idea of “everything happens spontaneously”, I decide to research and utilize some of the old Chinese wood working technique. I designed and made my table without using any nails, screws or glue.”

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Zì Rán by Mao Kaidi
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Heat Pad Pencil by Chihiro Kuuno & Kenjo Ohashi

Heat pad pencil
Designers Chihiro Konno and Kenjo Ohashi have designed a heat pad pencil, a bamboo pencil set and small heating pad, conceived in the spirit of sustainable energy and production.
The heating pad contains bamboo shavings by means of the user sharpening his/her pencil. When the bamboo chips are enclosed within the satchel, they begin to ferment and the remains produce an average temperature of 50 degrees celsius for a duration of 2-3 years. After the period of heat has ended, the matter held within the heating pad may then be used as plant fertilizer, in its composted form.
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Until all i felt was my heart beating by Kuula Jylha

until all i felt was my heart beating

This collection deals with directness, authenticity and purity. The collection consists of five pairs of hand-made, unique shoes for the Modern hippies in the spirit of post-irony.
The key words for this collection are purity, sensitivity, authenticity, and delicate roughness. {…} In the collection you can sense the freedom of the Modern hippies and their desire of sustainable, simple, but playful beauty.
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Cuddle Stool by Alex Quisite

Cuddle Stool by Alex Quisite

Cuddle is a stool created not only to enjoy a sitting on it but providing a shelter for your feet. Have a seat on it while working and enjoy the warmth of an wool upholstered cave laying underneath.
Or even better… have a seat on your sofa and rest your feet on this woollen nest.

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Match Tree by Evelina Kudabaite

Match Tree by Evelina Kudabaite

Fire – is an important symbol of Lithuanian culture.
In ancient times lithuanians were called fire worshipers.
In every house there was a hearth with fire that was cherished a lot.
It was mothers responsibility to protect and maintain the fire.
It was not only the source of light and heat, it also embodied the continuity of the family, family life and relationships.

Together with Dominyka Barkauskaite
Design by Evelina Kudabaite
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Haptic Geta by Shuhei Hasado

Haptic Geta by Shuhei Hasado

His studio is decorated with studies for new walls, the artist does not simply use Japaneze culture, but tries to find a new frontier in it. For this project, he decided to make the surface of pairs of get, traditional japanese sandals that are worn barefoot.
Shuhei Hasado has also used the tactile sense in his re-appropriated geta. The moss, wood, and many other textures of the geta cause one to use the sensory nerves on the bottom of their feet. These senses used to be very helpful to primitive man in identifying rich soil, creature population and more about his surroundings.
Hasado says plaster works are “the tracks of water”.

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Ageless objects by Particules studio

The Objets sans âge series raises the question of the complexity and durability of domestic electronics, trough familiar items, symbols or our daily rituals (waking up, switching the lights on, reading news…).

It defines a new typology of objects more timeless and emotional, playing both on an archaic and technologic identity. Inspired by the several properties of porcelain both very sensual and technical, they bring a kind of gentleness to everyday life; a way to reinterpret household products into high regard and high quality objects.
Blurring the boundaries between craftsmanship and technology, each material was chosen for its tactile, sensory and functional potential: porcelain is highlighted through its different qualities (translucence, tone, visual and tactile smoothness, strength, electric resistance), as well as wood and gold enamel, which is normally used as decoration, here revealing its great electric conductivity.
A breather in the midst of the race to hyper-technologisation of everyday life, the Objets sans page are an invitation to rediscover a sensitive and intuitive way of interacting with home.
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T-chair by Natalia Coll

Asians develop many of their common home tasks kneeling down. The hip is positioned in such a way that makes a correct back position possible to be held with no struggle at all.
With T, and thanks to its 15 degree inclination, the hip remains in the same position, giving the people who is not used to that position the chance to get close to it. On the other side, in the original position, the hip is lying on the feet, generating a constant move. This is called dynamic ergonomics, that enhances a position to be held for longer.

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Flashlight for Opera

The project was inspired by architecture of Oslo Opera House. This is a flashlight which you can put on your finger. Its shape reminds of a piece of ice or crystal.

Sometimes when people watch opera or ballet, they can’t understand what exactly happens with characters. In this case they should read about it in the theater booklet. This is a flashlight which helps audience follow the performance plot better and to be involved more in theatrical action. It’s activated when you put it on your finger. Traditionally theatre visitors use opera glasses. Today we have possibilities to improve their experience by adding another product.
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Year of Plastic

“My wearable sculptures are informed by what we as humans make to be thrown away. This past year, I collected all of the single-use plastic I used in order to better understand my own footprint. With “Year of Plastic” I transformed this collection into nature inspired, wearable compositions. I like to view these translucent forms as a hologram, a dystopian re-creation of something that no longer exists. It creates a link between the abundance of single-use plastic and nature’s destruction. Worn on the body, these pieces create an intimate relationship between the wearer and the material. I subvert the traditional ideas of jewelry as objects with value and symbols of status by replacing gold and jewels with plastic sculptures. The placement of these constructions on the body creates a visual focus on how we physically interact with packaging made of single-use plastic.The experience of wearing these pieces builds a tactile vocabulary that interrupts the common association of plastic products with convenience, and instead highlights their burden. Through this interaction with the work, I engage with the contradiction of single-use plastic; Though it plays an ephemeral role in our everyday, it has a long lasting impact on our environment and consequently, on us.“

Art by Charity Ridpath


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Visit Sweden, The Edible Country


To create an accessible alternative to unhealthy foods and an inactive lifestyle, the country of Sweden turned to four of Sweden’s Michelin-starred chefs. Together, they transformed the whole country into a do-it-yourself gourmet restaurant. Because in Sweden, delicious healthy food is just around the corner – in our nature. Welcome to Sweden, now open for reservations.
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