Series 5. Eco Icon No.20

Suzuki Takayuki ethereal eco s/s 2011 collection





Japanese designer Suzuki Takayuki was born in 1975 in Aichi, Japan. With a background in graphic design , Suzuki was involved in the world of theatre, art and fashion before he decided to focus fully on fashion. His first fashion pieces were a collection of one-off pieces for musicians and for film and theatre productions. He then went on to launch his own label in 2003.
His philosophy is ” that individuals should not concentrate just on trends, but enjoy every minute of a garment’s life-cycle, even when it is worn out. ”  He is fervently eco-conscious when it comes to fabrics, and couples this with an incredible passion for   construction and detailing.He says”I have always been interested in natural materials and have always used them in my collection. I was more interested in the texture of the natural materials as the concept of my current collection is ‘the time and harmony’. It is important to me to know how my clothes age and that they will still be wearable when the time passes.” Being an eco-fashion designer, Takayuki has always believed in fusion of  nature, ecology, and a feel for humanity.
For Takayuki latest collection, he wanted to explore the interaction of  communication, so he named his latest collection “TANGLED  “. The collection is suspended by silk threads which form webs. Instead of using white and natural colours,  he has chosen black . “The concept that I have for this theme is like people and fashion, time and place from production to purchase, the relationship is like a string – one thing links to another which intrigues and inspires me and I like to explore.”

The dark yet ethereal beauty that encapsulates this collection,  generates a combination that feels directional and yet has a lyrical fragility. Exquisite to look at and cut to perfection… gorgeous to wear. Takayuki is definitely a rising star in Japan’s fashion circles and worthy of ‘Finding eco’s’ Eco Icon status.


Series 5. Eco Icon No.19

Recycled Rubber Couture necklaces byMy Sister’s Art’


Eco-artist Kathleen Nowak Tucci of   sister duo, My Sister’s Art recycles discarded rubber bicycle  inner tubing  into unique couture jewellery pieces.. Her recycled creations made the cover of  Italian Vogue  September 2010 issue and were featured in the oil-spill editorial featuring Kristen McMenamy .

Tucci  repurposed rubber pieces have been given a new life as statement  wearable  gallery worthy art  pieces. Tucci, who minored in biology in college, is an artist by trade (watercolor, ceramics, polymer clay, precious metals) and an environmentalist at heart. After noticing the inner rubber tubing that her local bike shops threw away on a regular basis, Tucci gathered an armful and began experimenting.

Although Tucci’s jewellery goes hand-in-hand with the current trend of statement pieces and layered necklaces, she said she has never looked to fashion for inspiration.”My sister Margaret was always my muse because she wears avant-garde clothing and likes dramatic jewellery,” she said.

“I have always been interested in design,” she said. “I use the medium of rubber for my inspiration. It is black, flexible and lightweight. I have used my previous experience in many other mediums, to construct and design the jewellery line, which has been driven by the medium.”

While Tucci’s hand-crafted necklaces, lariats, and bracelets are iconic creations and fast becoming collector pieces, they are also addressing a very unresolved land fill issue. Approximately 290 million scrap tires are generated each year in the United States alone, according to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. As tires don’t biodegrade easily and they’re rarely recycled and consequently they usually end up in landfills for perpetuity.

Though small in scope, My Sister’s Art is doing its bit to turn a potential environmental hazard into gorgeous accessories—better adorning us then destroying our world.

Tucci is already focusing on her next collection …for men! She said she has even more ideas than she can create, as she has been extra busy keeping up with the orders for the current line. Her new men’s line that will debut in November 2010.

Series 5. Eco Icon No.18

Paper Tea House’ by Shigeru Ban


Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has designed the Paper Tea House .The house is made entirely from recycled cardboard rectangular tubes, as is the table and four stools in the main room and the customary bench in the waiting area. By including details such as the waiting area, Ban is keeping the design of the house in line with traditional tea ceremony practice, yet has created an almost circuit board  like, avant garde interpretation of  one of the most classic cornerstones of Japanese culture.

Shigeru Ban is a visionary contemporary architect revisiting Western concepts of Modernism and traditional Japanese architecture responsible for the design of some of the most inspirational buildings across the globe. Dedicated to the exploration of basic geometric elements and innovative use of materials, Shigeru Ban has created unique structural solutions that employ a vision of rational and practical space while  respecting  the people that will inhabit these spaces . His works are formed around a nucleus of  reconciling the natural with the constructed while incorporating a third dimension of the life that will be lived within his structures.  Wabi -Sabi for the 21st Century.