Series 5. Eco Icon No.3

‘What Watt?’ Chandelier by Tim Fishlock

Multidisciplinary  London based Designer Tim Fishlock’s wit and lightness of touch  is high profiled by the naming of his memorial to the incandescent lightbulb’ What Watt?
He clearly subscribes to the If it’ aint broke why fix it’….when you can interpret it….re purpose it. ….and make an iconic interpretation of it!
Tim created   a low energy decorative  spherical chandelier made up of 1243 suspended bulbs  of various shapes and sizes which form the shade but remain unlit, illuminated by a single low-energy light bulb suspended by a bright red cord positioned  in the middle of all the unlit bulbs.
By 2011, all forms of incandescent light bulb will have been phased out in favour of greener alternatives. What Watt? marks the passing of a design that has remained relatively unchanged since its invention 130 years ago.
Tim’s limited edition  of ten  ‘ What Watts’ will no doubt become a collectable, iconic homage to the transition from an era of energy consumption to one of energy conservation.


Series 5. Eco Icon No.2

Rubber band Necklaces by M2

Arizona Dream

The Noughties is bringing with it a new breed of multi disciplinary designers who are using their talents across several design platforms to create unique design collections. The new jewellery collection  of  New York based architect Margarita Mileva is a shining example of designers crossing over into other design arenas-outside their comfort zones.

M2 is the new jewellery collection by Milev Architects . Says Mileva “I was inspired  by the  ever-changing character of the contemporary architectural office, where standard tools become obsolete, discarded rubber bands and paper clips became the source of inspiration for this particular collection of necklaces”.

Love the metamorphosing of the humble rubber band into the painterly colours and forms of  this jewellery collection…like a three dimensional tapestry…will be looking at rubber bands with fresh eyes.

Series 5. Eco Icon No.1

‘Wood-be’Recycled crate side tables by Rabih Hage

'Wood-Be Side Tables' by Rabih Hage for his 2009 'Roughed Up' CollectionsWood-Be Side Tables’ by Rabih Hage for his 2009 ‘Roughed Up’ Collections

Next time you are about to throw out that empty wine crate….think again! These bedside table have given new life to these french wine crates….by artfully stacking them and adding some turned legs! So simple once you’ve thought of it….or in this case…once Rabih Hage thought of it!

Rabih Hage is a qualified architect and interior designer, graduating in 1991 from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Between 1989 and 1991 Rabih worked on hi-tech commercial projects such as the TGV Train stations of Paris Montparnasse and Nantes, and the 1992 French Pavilion at the Seville Expo.

As a result of working on old buildings in Paris and renovating chateaux and farmhouses in the South of France for private clients, he learnt how to “turn a ruin into something interesting.” His latest re-incarnated ‘ruin’ is the Rough Luxe Hotel in London’s King’s Cross.

Now living in London his focus has shifted to interiors and new built architecture projects. His style of architecture is as a result of working on buildings “inside out,” brining architecture to a human scale. he now aims to introduce furniture “that is art” incorporating works by young artists in his interior schemes “melding function and aesthetics.”

Rabih has won a string of awards and competitions including the British Interior Design Association’s (BIDA) Interior Designer of the year in 2004.

Series 4.Eco icon no.20.

Iconic natural jewellery collection by Dandi Maestre

“I believe in what I do. It is very much me.” Dandi Maestre

Toronto based, Colombian born designer Dandi Maestre  specialises in creating unique, upscale, handmade jewellery from natural and recycled materials. Her u.s.p is in the mixing  of giant pieces of bull horn and bone, raw amber, natural Amazon seeds, shed antlers, reclaimed wood/driftwood always ensuring that all the materials she uses are found and do not come from endangered species.  Each piece is unique by way of its  rarity and beauty.

Her pieces have great energy, simplicity, and through the mix of materials and her playing with scale an exotic twist. Her latest collection comprises necklaces with big beads, chunky cuffs and bracelets, the natural tones punctuated with effervescent neon tones.

Dandi Maestre started making jewellery at the end of 2006 and her  first collection was immediately snapped up by canadian Department store giant  Holt Renfrew.  Her jewellery and accessories reflect her passion for organic elements and is very influenced by her background as a graphic designer . She says “I knew from the age of 10 that I wanted to be a designer, I studied at School of Visual Arts, New York, graduated with honours and received The School of Visual Arts Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement in Media Arts and then had my design company for many years in Bogota.”.I see my pieces as artwork, where there isn’t anything too outrageous. Taking nature as my inspiration, I continue to explore organic shapes found in bone and driftwood, in shed antlers and amber, in coconuts and bull horns, in natural fibre and seeds, in rough emeralds and crocodile skins, in skulls and shells. I love their forms and their natural raw beauty.”

Dandi sees her work as a mission t to create a dialogue with the natural world. Each one of her pieces is handmade from elements found in shores, rivers, jungles and forests. She incorporate these shapes in my designs and make very large extreme pieces with a natural look and a flowing and curving appearance. Her aim is to  elevate organic elements, their natural color and textures to a new level of sophistication – (a combination of the Japanese design philosophy wabi-sabi: which nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect)……

Except this collection …which embodies the essence of Wabi Sabi…’the beauty of imperfection’.