Series 2. Eco Icon No.20

Bold‘ sofa by Sanserif Creatius



Designer Ana Yago , two time winner of International Furniture Fair of Valencia (FIM), s renamed Habitat Valencia Forward, has created a multifunctional team of designers interested in redefining spaces and objects, interiors, structures and installations with their core philosophy being sustainable design.

The ‘Bold’ sofa is the latest proposal by Ana Yago and Jose Antonio Gimenez, who have formed  Sanserif Creatius, in collaboration with Grupo La Plana, ‘ Bold ‘is a typographical chair developed in corrugated cardboard . This new work forms part of their iconic  furniture collection based on letters and punctuation. This ergonomic design that mimics the contours of the letter “b”, is completed with an adjustable cushion that can be stored in a vacuum at the base of the chair. The piece is 100% biodegradable , highlighting the environmentally sustainable  creative policy that began seven years ago with Sanserif ‘s collaboration with the Group’s Flat and After creating  ecological and sustainable alternative to traditional furniture industry.

B is for beautiful……Best eco practices…..Brilliant design….!


Series 2.Eco Icon no.19


Leaf plates‘ by verTerra




Verterra   is the brainchild of environmentalist,  Michael Dwork. While doing an internship in India, he encountered a woman pressing water soaked leaves into a make shift waffle iron. She then pulled out the plate and used it to serve food she was selling. It was an epiphany for Dwork and he spent the rest of his summer and his business school years at Columbia University MBA program refining Verterra’s dinnerware.

The plates are made from organically-grown palm tree leaves from India. The fallen leaves, which would traditionally have been burned on the roadside, are collected, sterilized, steamed and pressed into plates. The process uses no chemicals, glues or bonding agents, and over 80% of the water used during the steaming and pressing process is recaptured and recycled. Verterra’s plates are 100% natural and biodegradable!as they are made of 100% renewal and compostable fallen leaves and water, and best of all, do not contain any chemicals, waxes, dyes or harmful toxins.

The Company simply applies steam, heat and pressure to the fallen leaves to create this disposable dinnerware, which will naturally biodegrade in two months. According to the VerTerra, you can throw them  into the composter and if you don’t YET  have a composter they will decompose in a landfill.

Verterra tableware are fair trade products as well. All products are made in South Asia where their employees receive a fair wage, work in safe conditions and have access to health care.

Definately a product that ticks all the  design ,environmental and fairtrade boxes….how inspiring….

Series 2.Eco Icon No.18

Dram‘ Chandelier by Propellor



Propellor Design is a Canadian lighting company based in Vancouver that uses           recycled domestic products-in this case salvaged drinking glasses, to make iconic     design objects.

Their focus is to create  directional sustainable design as both sculptural and functional objects. Their Dram Chandelier made of 120 mismatched old disused glass tumblers that they had been collecting for years -is witty, fun and great to look at. Propellor makes all of its products, lighting and furniture, with sustainability as their core philosophy- and so many of their pieces are made from eco-friendly resins, or salvaged glassware or fsc certified woods.

With it’s jewel coloured hues..the ‘Dram’ chandelier hangs resplendent ….with echoes   of bygone parties resonating from every glass…..

Series 2.Eco Icon No.17

Filigree paper chair ‘ by Ryuji Nakamura.



This delicate, filigreed  creation is in fact a chair made entirely of paper  by Japanese architect Ryuji Nakamura.  Called Hechima 4, this seemingly fragile work -like an unravelling ball of string and not un reminiscent of a 3D  rendition of a paper doily- (the type that is used to line cake platters.)…is an extraordinary piece of design and  is in fact extremely sturdy and functions beautifully both as an ephemeral chair and work of art.

His previous collection featuring  the chair Nima, also explores the possible lateral uses of paper in the creation of design pieces which challenge our perceptions of the material in the creation of exquisitely delicate furniture pieces which seem to defy both the material and structure of their designs.

Series 2.Eco Icon No.16

Plastic fantastic.RecycledRD chairs by Richard Liddle

The Rd Chair seems to have sprung from the  open source that is  Richard Liddle’s imagination…part uber gaffer tape fest…part liquorice whirl….this  limited edition chair has been  made from recycled post consumer plastic waste…..and feels as good to sit it looks!

RCA graduate Richard Liddle founded British company Cohda Design Ltd in 2006 as an urban design brand with a mission: “to design, manufacture and supply innovative contemporary products that break down the pre-conceptions of what sustainable, innovative designs should be

The RD (Roughly Drawn) Legs Limited Edition chairs are hand woven in 100% recycled domestic plastic waste. Building on the early experimental plastic processes developed by Richard Liddle, the design uses no glues or additional fixings in its production. All they add is heat and skill.  This design has been widely recognised as one of the ‘00s major iconic ECO products and was short listed in the category of “Innovation” in the House and Garden Classic design awards at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Cohda Design is fearlessly exploring the possibilities of intelligent, sustainable design that does not compromise on its intellectual or aesthetic blueprint.

Series 2.Eco Icon No.15

Leila Hafzi Eco Couture collection

Making a Difference; Leila Hafzi fashion

Norwegian designer  Leila Hafzi is taking eco couture to a new level with her spectacular collection of  diaphanous evening wear.

As a designer dedicated to making a difference she presented her first collection in 1997, introducing the idea of eco and ethical trade to the Norwegian high-end fashion industry. Eleven years later her goal remains unchanged; to champion eco and ethical trade in the fashion industry on a global basis, and continue developing a 100 percent environmentally-friendly production cycle.

Ethical from the start Leila Hafzi continues to build her expertise on fair trade and eco practices. Her design and production company, Nepal Productions DA, is a member of The Ethical Trading Initiative in Norway.

Presenting a collection drawing inspiration from the global topic of environmental changes; she is also starting a cooperative effort with the Norwegian Peace Corps and Nepal. Several company employees will be working in Katmandu for one year with clothing production, and two of the most skilled tailors from Katmandu will work in Norwegian company facilities.

Her collections are a testament to the ‘ no compromise’ philosophy of eco design…where  eco + style can be married successfully without one element compromising the other. A truly iconic collection……

Series 2.Eco Icon No.14

Moss ring‘ by ON ZA LINE

The Garde as Science Fiction

ON ZA LINE is a Tokyo based creative product design team with a difference. Their starting point for each collection is rather than have a specific destination in mind – is more of a creative journey of discovery.

Each piece  starts with no specific definition of what it will become,as they say “It is always a mystery what may come out of the partnership between the medium and our creative processes”, an attitude which has so far resulted in a collection of iconic, unique and witty ceramic designs featuring rings, necklaces, cups and chandeliers.

Each item is carefully hand-made with minimal wastage , a lengthy process which requires that each item be limited edition. They enjoy the reaction people have to their work and try to instill in each item what they see as the true essences of life, moods, sentiments, passion, atmosphere and time.

ON ZA LINE are especially interested and excited about what impacts can be made on people’s lives who come across their work. They are mindfully aware of the invisible and true existences of life, such as moods, sentiments, atmosphere, and time.

Each one of their products is carefully hand-made. This requires a great deal of time and passion. Therefore they only make up to fifty pieces of each product. They hope that their products are found by whom  they are meant to be. This is why they keep their products on sale for as long as they last. As they state “These ideas and attitudes are the gems that come out of us.They give life to what we do, and allow us to savor the pleasure and freedom of our artistic expressions”.