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Transient jewellery collection by Wieteke Opmeer

Wieteke Opmeer has designed a series of ‘ Living necklaces’ a  jewellery  collection of  a temporary nature ,  fashioned out of water soluble fabric and seeds of wild flowers, some colored with green tea. The pieces can be worn but as they are natural ‘one off’ pieces made of water soluble fabric, water souble thread, flower seed mixture  and natural green dye they have an inbuilt natural life span after which time they dissolve slowly by contact with fluids (perspiration, rain, etc.). When each of the necklaces cannot be worn anymore, or when the owner feels the need to part with it, it can be placed on a nice spot in a natural environment.where it will dissolve and later, wild flowers will grow on that spot re-integrating itself with the earth . An exquisite example of  natural recycling ……where we  feed the soul and the planet….


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Re-worked ‘one off’  collectable pieces from BOKJA’s new furniture collection

Bokja -is an old Turkish description for embellishing treasured items by wrapping them in ornately embridered and decorated velvet fabrics usually from the embroidered dowry of a bride.

Beirut based partnership Hoda Baroudi + Maria Hibri formed Bokja in 2000, their shared vision being to re-interpret contemporary classics by using age-old artisanal traditions incorporating the influences of both the Mediterranean and the Asian Hinterland.

Producing unique one-off pieces that use the highest levels of craftsmanship while breathing new life into once treasured embroidered textiles from all over the world , each of their unique pieces are recycled forming an eclectic fusion between the past and present, East and West.

Their designs are a joyous  explosion of exotic motifs and colours, and now grace the Christian Louboutin Stores globally and also take pride of place in Mathew Williamson’s recently launched New York flagship.

Ticking all the boxes of eco fulfillment, design and covetability….these unique re-incarnations of 60’s + 70’s classics are a joyous example of recycling at its very best.

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Christoper Raeburn’s  Parachute Trench

Designer Christopher Raeburn founder of ethically aware men’s and women’s company Raeburn has created a collection that aim to reflect  ‘beauty in the 21st-century cityscape’ .

As a designer  he creates ethically aware garments that are original in design and  that address the fashion needs and concerns of a socially responsable and forward- thinking society. In his latest collection Raeburn pioneers the  use of fabrics sourced from de-commssioned  military stock. His collections proudly carry the label ‘ Remade in England.” Catwalk ready sustainable style without compromise.

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Blue bottle organic coffee from the Plant Café Organic in San  Francisco.

100% organic certified coffee & milk with a smooth texture that packs a punch….served in a beautifully designed café using sustainable materials overlooking the waterfront on the Embacadero.

Their mission is to offer delicious, fresh, …all organic food at affordable prices.

Wherever possible, they rely on only the best quality local produce. In many cases, food has been growing  only a day or two before it is served to their customers. When it is not available locally, they search the  globe in their quest for the best organic, natural or artisan quality ingredients as reflected in their coffees, teas, and spirits. Their recipes combine a healthy set of ingredients in order to provide the utmost in taste, and nutritional value. The Plant Organic café is setting the benchmark for new ways of feeding ourselves without starving our planet….taste, nutrition and style….without compromise.

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Melissa + Zaha Hadid collaborate on  Melissa Plastic Dreams eco footwear collection

All the shoes featured in the  Melissa Plastic Dreams  shoe collection are made from MELFLEX plastic, a patented, hypo-allergenic, recyclable, and extremely flexible PVC. Through a series of collaborations with international designers such as Vivienne Westwood  and for this collection with world renowned architect Zaha Hadid , Melissa Plastic Dreams have taken a base material generally  used for ‘jellies’ (children’s waterproof  plastic sandals) and turned them into an art form. ‘Zaha Hadid’s Dreams’ for  Melissa could be a 3D maquet  for one of her new concept buildings . With fluid lines and sweeping   curves, they are  both good to look at and comfortable to wear. An ecological fashion statement that reconciles both form and function …and when you’ve finished wearing them…..they are much too cool to store in the bottom of the wardrobe they are worthy of displaying on a shelf!

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Olive oil ceramic packaging by design group culdesac

for  new olive oil brand -el mil de poaig.

Culdesac is a design studio based in valencia, spain specialising in directional sustainable cutting edge product design..

They have designed a new ceramic  bottle and crate inspired packaging for new extra virgin olive oil company el mil de poaig .

The driving concept behind the design is ‘no wastage’.

Made from traditional valencian ceramics the bottle combines bisque with glazed porcelain.
its sleek minimal design has been developed, so that no oil is wasted. each of the limited
edition bottles come packaged in hand made wooden crates with a security seal. Takes olive oil to a new level of desirability where the packaging enhances the product while preserving its contents. .Exquisite.

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‘Drip’ table  by Emiliano Godoy

Emiliano Godoy ‘s ‘drip table’, which is manufactured by pirwi+ proteak.  is made from many small pieces of FSC certified thinning teak.

‘the idea for the drip table came out of several months of thinking about the manufacturer’s capabilities and looking for a way to express them by showing their virtues. proteak are converting old farming and grazing grounds, now nutrient depleted and unproductive, into sustainably managed (and FSC certified) teak plantations. when they buy  land, if there’s still some rainforest left- they keep it and protect it.’

Emiliano explained the inspiration for his new concept table : When a teak plantation is started from scratch you need to plant trees very close to each other, to create the right conditions for the forest to grow in terms of humidity, soil retention, shadow, etc. however, once the trees start to grow you have to cut some of them down to make space available for the rest. this process is called thinning, and it has to be performed every few years in the process of creating a mature and productive forest, and once it reaches a certain point, you only cut mature trees while you wait for the new ones to grow.’

This is the ultimate example of ‘working the problem’ using offcuts and thinning FSC certified wood supplies to create a work of beauty that inherently celebrates the natural properties of the wood and its delicate  grain  patterns while providing a form of re-incarnation for wood that would previously have been left abandoned as waste. A perfect fusion of design, functionality and sustainability .