Series 3. Eco Icon No.18

Oval‘ Vessel series by Sarah Thirlwell

Multi faceted designer Sarah Thirlwell mixes recycled and reclaimed materials in order to create this beautiful semi- transluscent  collection of vases and vessels. Using such materials as polished FSC graded plywood with bands of recycled yoghurt pot, recycled vending cups, and reclaimed acrylic  Sarah produces a range of vessels, jewellery and functional interior products for the domestic and commercial interiors market .

Her mission is to ” challenge the perceptions of traditional craft by celebrating them in a contemporary context.” Harnessing the processes of traditional wood-turning within a simple aesthetic, Sarah has created a unique, covetable and iconic collection  of eco vessels….want one now!!


Series 3. Eco Icon No.17

‘Cork cuff ‘ by Donna Piacenza

Cork Cuff

Designer Donna Piacenza of Chicago based Studio 1 am ( see Eco.Icon No.15) designed this sculptural jewellery piece made enriely from recycled cork with the packaging forming an integral part of the design. The cork used comes from the wine bottling industry. Discarded corks are ground up and formed into blocks using environmentally-friendly adhesives. then each cuff is cut from a single block of cork, which can then be used to store the jewelry, or simply as a display piece of design inrelief form.

The holistic approach to her concept of including the block of cork as part of the whole piece stems from Piacenza’s regard for jewelry as a continuously interactive object. So often the packaging of a jewellery piece is disregarded and generally discarded . By contrat the Cork Cuff can be displayed in its own block makes it an iconic piece of eco design.

We rarely see cork in products that venture beyond the realm of basic utility, such as bottle stoppers, bulletin boards and flooring, however Studio 1 am’s pioneering and visionary use of cork demonstrates that this renewable, recyclable, and flexible material has multi- use potential when coupled with the visionary designs of the designers at Studio 1 am.

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Series 3.Eco icon No.16

Vintage re-worked Schiaparelli print silk bag by Esther B

Schiaperelli Evening Bag

UK based designer Esther  Burdett has created this collection of exquisite ‘eco must haves’ using vintage Schiaparelli news print silk . Each bag is completely original, made from limited edition silks and frames, and  are fully-lined and  hand-stitched by  Esther . Each bag is a limited production piece.. Her work is inspired by the idea of transforming and reworking beautiful – perhaps forgotten – fragments of the past into new forms, to be treasured all over again.
With a long-standing passion for collecting, Esther carefully selects staple elements of couture such as fine antique and vintage silks, laces and other precious found objects. Whether it be 19th-century hand-worked lace, an exquisite piece of printed silk or a beautiful antique bag frame, each piece is chosen for its exquisite quality and intricate detail.

Esther B’s style of work embodies the quintessential glamour of  the great Hollywood screen sirens. Esther says “the glamour of the 1920s and 1930s and Hollywood starlets of the 50s are all inspirational to my designs”. LOVE the use of the Schiaparelli pink for the lining…..

Series 3.Eco Icon N.15

‘Cortica’chaise Longue by Daniel Michalik

Brooklyn based New Yorker, designer Daniel Michalik, has made this textural, ergonomic, undulating, chaise longue from pure cork (reclaimed waste material from the bottle-stopper industry), non-toxic marine-grade adhesive, and a small amount of polyurethane.

Cork has tremendous potential to perform in ways unlike any other material, as well as being an environmentally responsible material. This piece shows the material’s ability to bend in two directions simultaneously, creating complex three-dimensional forms laminated from a flat sheet. Cork being a renewable material, it is both  lightweight and naturally waterproof , and resilient to rot and mould, and therefore  can be used indoors or outdoors. The balanced form, along with the pliability of the material allows one to rock gently from side to side with a great degree of stability. The result is a  floating sensation , weightless yet totally supported…… presumably could float in a pool……the ultimate eco lilo….don’t try this at home!!

Series 3. Eco Icon No.14

‘UM’ bag by Josh Jakus

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Josh Jakus is  a designer  based in Berkeley, California who is dedicated to exploring the connections between form and function. When people use one of Josh’s products, they experience the way his product was conceived and developed . He achieves this by using materials in their simplest form so their intrinsic qualities show through .

Josh founded his design practice in 2005 as a way of continuing his lifelong interest in the nature of structure, space, and materials. An architect by training with an M.Arch from UC Berkeley, Josh uses his understanding of the built environment and how it is inhabited , in the creation of his designs.

He developed the UM bag collection through two  self imposed creative challenges: The first, to make use of the unique properties of 100% industrial pressed wool felt, which is made from approximately 85% factory excess wool and 15% mixed fibers. exploring its density, texture, pliability, and strength. And the second, to transform a flat surface using only the simplest of operations. When unzipped, UMs lay completely flat for dry cleaning, storage, or travel.

This ingenious design is the result of its simplicity , architectonic lines and elemental construction– the bag is nothing more than two layers of a cleverly shaped piece of felt and a zipper.

Definitely no wastage to be found anywhere…with this elemental, recycled, rationalised  design with minimal manufacturing process……practical and covetable….

Series 3. Eco Icon No.13

‘N3’ recycled zip dress by Sebastian Errazuriz

Zipper Dress

We’ve been used to the concept of modular furniture….. we now have modular fashion. Introduciong the  N3 Zipper dress.Designed by  installation artist/ product designer/ fashion designer Sebastian Errazuriz. The dress comes with 120 metal zippers. You can zip or unzip the garment to create an incredible collection of separate pieces according your favorite style or length.   Both eco, sexy, modular and fashion forward….the N3 dress is an entire collection in one piece. Definately a case of less is more……

Series 3. Eco Icon No.12

The ‘Cliclounger‘ by Alexander Pelikan


The CLICLOUNGER was conceived by designer Alexander Pelikan in 2004 when he was researching modernist furniture with its cornerstones being: multiplicity (industrial reproduction), clarity of use and function, absence of decoration and honesty of material. Modernist furniture is exemplified in the crate-furniture of Rietveld which were the first self assembly pieces.

Alexander Pelikan has developed a unique unit of furniture that uses no nuts, bolts or nails to keep it intact. Named ‘Click Furniture’. This modern seating unit presents a simple and elemental design based on interlocking flat packed pieces.

The ‘Cliclounger’ is not just  innovative , it also requires creative thinking on part of the users to assemble the furniture, and is  finished with sustainable material. Pelikan used TRESPA, an HPL material which is very dense and strong with a durable top-layer, developed for Ahrend and now mainly used for facades of buildings.

Peliker has a very visionary approach to furniture manufacturing . According to him” the future could be fully digital furniture where the customer only buys the file needed for manufacture, steps to the closest milling facility and lets his piece be produced locally on the spot”. In this way ‘immaterialized’ product would cut down a lot on transport- and material costs, and would be very environmentally-conscious and above all it would broaden the freedom of design…

Visonary approach…directional design…..sustainable and sincere……ticking all the boxes for eco-icon status…