Series 8, Eco Icon No.16

Sculptural paper Baroque wigs by Asya Kozina



Russian sculptural paper artist Asya Kozina has created a majestic sculptural collection of classical powdered wigs  made of paper.

She has always been fascinated by historical wigs, especially from the baroque era. She explains “this is art for art’s sake aesthetics for aesthetics — no practical sense, but they are beautiful. Paper helps to highlight the main form and not to be obsessed with unnecessary details.” Previous works include a collection of  elaborate traditional wedding dresses also made of paper. 

Originally from St Petersburg Asya Kozinahas studied old drawings and antique photographs of traditional Mongolian wedding dresses which inspired her extravagant versions of  these traditional Wedding dresses worn hundreds of years ago.  Made from paper these dramatically sculpted headdresses and intricate garments have been meticulously sculpted  “they themselves are very extravagant and futuristic,’ kozina says of the traditional garb. ‘I had to create my own version of these outfits with exaggeration, and white paper emphasized their shape, colour and empasized the intricacy and detail of the original  pieces. ‘

These inspirational pieces are taking paper art to the next level- let’s hope the paper is recycled!

Series 8. Eco Icon No.15

 Jewellery as sculptural art

 by Atelier XJC


“Whoever wishes to do great things must think profoundly of the details.”

Poet and writer Paul Valéry, via Atelier XJC.

When we normally hear of Swiss Luxury design firms our thoughts turn to luxury watches, jewellery and accessories made of precious and semi precious materials. But that was before Atelier XJC launched their iconic, avant garde collection of sculptural, one off intricate, sculptural jewellery pieces inspired by plumes, feathers, scales and Elizabethan large scale referenced ruffs.

Using their  unique expertise in the world of luxury product design, particularly in the field of luxury watchmaking and jewellery through their collaborations with prestigious and internationally recognised manufacturers, XJC  pushes the boundaries of their skillsets  to a higher level with the launch of an ideas laboratory to act as an incubator for the creation of unique, pioneering and directional collections.

The arresting photos of the collection and the  choice of  non-conventional models add to the impact of the collection. It is so engaging, and interesting  to see these conceptual jewellery pieces modelled by a unique group of  models with individuality and style. the photos were taken by Milo Keller & Julian Gallico of the Twinroom agency in Paris.


Series 8. Eco Icon No.14

Nature as wearable jewelry.

An iconic ring collection by Pasionae


Pasionae is a New York based contemporary jewelry atelier. Its collection, which include many bespoke and unique one-of-a-kind pieces, combine their experimental use of color, shape and texture to create an architectonic and textural range.

Using the raw, natural forms of precious stones and diverse elements such as emerald, wood, glass and silver, Pasionae gives each individually handcrafted piece a unique stamp and personality.

Primarily inspired by human passions, each of Pasionae’s metamorphic designs capture powerful emotions that embody the concept of l’art pour l’art (art for art’s sake).

These pieces are dramatic, 3 dimensional statement conversation pieces that are instantly collectible and very covetable.

Series 8. Eco icon no.13

Jean Genius.

Furniture and tableware made from a recycled denim composite by Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri



London based designers Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri recently launched, at the London Design Festival, a collection of furniture and homewares  that they designed using  an ingenious composite of recycled denim, cotton and paper,called Denimite that actually looks like stone but without the weight that stone designs usually carry.

The ISH Collection is Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri’s first design collaboration. The range features  a bench, side tables, shelving, a wall-mounted mirror and a selection of homewares.

The collection also featured another upcycled material called Marblus is made from scraps of white cotton and polyester from discarded clothing, and other fabric offcuts. The mixture of different fabrics gives the mostly white material a blue-grey element which resemble the veins in Carrara marble.

“Recycled materials can often look like a ‘second choice’ and not premium enough,” said De Allegri “We both love the look and feel of stone  but we find the weight and fragility a bit limiting in its applications.”

The materials can be worked like wood, and so the entire collection could be fabricated by the designers in-house  in their own studio, working with the manufacturer of Marblus and Denimite,  Iris Industries, to form and  curve slabs of the materials for the first time providing a whole new series of creative options for the use of these innovative recycled materials.

As De Allegri explained in a recent interview with Dezeen “These materials look stunning and are easy to work with, we were able to create pieces that are more accessible and that woould be hard to achieve using real stone. We also like the poetry of something beautiful that mimics a natural material and yet is created from post industrial scrap.”

Organic forms of curves, ovals and circles form a continuos thread throughout the collection which has made wearing your jeans out even more rewarding as their second life, in the talented hands of Matteo Fogale and Laetitia de Allegri will be as exciting as their first.

Series 8. Eco Icon No.12

Flower power’

Succulent showpiece necklace

by Tyramin



Tyramin began their creative journey by designing and creating iconic  sustainable jewelry. Their original concepts evolved and expanded to include home decor collections using the  silhouettes, and materials from the jewelry collection,  Their jewelry & home designs are whimsical and elegant with some surprising darker undertones. The materials  and techniques they use meld the traditional and the contemporary giving a contemporary twist to timeless ideas. Their collections use sustainable materials and energy efficient manufacturing which for them has been the most important element of their design process, and their commitment to sustainability extends beyond their design to their business practices.

Tyramin design their collections in a  thoughtful and sustainable manner.Their Succulent jewelry collection and home design objects are hand cast from real succulent plants and locally grown and sourced flowers. Energy efficient methods, recycled packaging and sustainable materials are drive their design process , and labour and manufacturing are both sourced in the USA .  Tyramin Studios are based in Pittsbugh, Pennsylvania,  The Succulent casts retain the texture of the original live plant, very similar to taking a fossil impression. The Pewter-cast plants are arranged to imitate the natural growing patterns of hens and chicks succulents. Flower clusters measure about 8.5″ long by 3.5″ High, with an adjustable Stainless Steel chain.. Tyramin jewelry is artist-made made in the USA. To Tyramin craftsmanship and sustainability are as important to them as their considered sense of design.


Series 8. Eco Icon No.11.

Water works!

The Marta Collection by Bib&Sola


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Bib&Sola is a  design company dedicated to raising awareness for water through their beautifully designed,  exquisitely made, hand blown glass water carafe and glass sets. As a company Bib&Sola ‘ walk the talk’ by giving 10% of all  their profits to partnered charitable organisations.

According to Bib&Sola founder Kira Heuer the Marta Collection is “Inspired by the woman water bearers of our world . 

Each of our product designs are inspired by a unique water story, be it giving ode to the daily plight of water carriers in Malawi, the wonder and  mystique of ethnic cultural tea ceremonies, natural water phenomenon’s — storms at sea, the Niagara falls, or perhaps a mere child splashing through a puddle.

Their mission is  to make us aware of the precious commodity that water is, by creating their own designed version of glass’ water bearers’ namely their covetable and design led, contemporary  Marta Collection.

Their longterm aim is that the water  that we take for granted in the Western world will be available to everyone so it will no longer be the luxury it unfortunately still is in certain parts of our world.

 We at  Finding Eco love the message, adore the product and respect the integrity of Bib&Sola.

The world needs more visionary companies like Bib& Sola.


Series 8. Eco Icon No.10

“When less really is more.”

Giorgio Caporaso’s cardboard shelving collection for LESSMORE products.

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The More Collection is a multi functional  system of modular furniture for internal and external use.

The design of this sustainable collection has centered around its modularity and transformability, starting with the design of a basic  unit,  which can be combined with other identical or similar units to create a bespoke shelving unit.  It can be made into a suspended wall unit, an open bookcase , or it can be used as a room divider other environments, and can be anchored or suspended from the ceiling.

More is the response to everyday life that demands an ongoing flexibility of spaces and adaptability of furniture to meet our ever changing life style requirements.

The product is based on the use of units which can be readily combined without needing any special or complex equipment and which can be built up as desired, so providing highly versatile and interesting solutions which are not only aesthetic, but – given its self-supporting nature – are also functional.

There is no limit to the number of ways in which the units can be assembled. The creations are never permanent and can easily be changed, as the finish of each unit enables it to be used as a final element. Linear, corner and overhang compositions are possible.

Giorgio Caparosa says ” Objects can have a long, sometimes varied, life, until, that is, they are at last disposed of. To ensure that their everlasting effect on the planet is well felt, these products are born through careful study dedicated to both birth and rebirth.”

These furnishings and accessories explore the eco-friendly potential of cardboard and wood,  enabling the product to meet the design expectations of the product while at the same time being sustainable and innovative. Designed by Giorgio Caporaso, Lessmore products are manufactured to be easily disposable and to have no negative impact on the environment.

Findingeco loves the successful fusion of design, sustainability and flexibilty  inherent within this collection and values its commitment to treading lightly on our planet.