Series 8. Eco Icon No.9

‘Wearable Sculptural 3D Printed Art by Daniel Widrigs

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London architect and artist Daniel Widrig has taken 3D printing to another level. He has created a unique, custom collection of wearable sculptures.His creations  are abstract three dimensional forms , each one customised to fit the unique shape of the wearer. The soft and sinuous lines in Widrig’s 3D-printed collection share the fluid lines and textures often found in  the work of his mentor  and visionary architect, Zaha Hadid  in whose practice he was significantly involved,  designing some of Hadid’s most iconic buildings and products.

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The collection is  made using  a polyamide material, with each piece being  laser-formed into  patterns that interact with the organic forms of the body. Created by taking 3D  body scans Widrig was able to customize each piece to the unique configuration of the model’s body shape. Little Black Spine, for instance, is a piece that draws on the form of a skeleton and was designed to look like a natural extension of the model’s spine.

Daniel Widrig  established  his own studio in  London in 2009, Widrig’s studio now works in a broad range of fields including sculpture, fashion, furniture design and architecture.  Embracing digital systems since its early days, the studio holds a unique position in the field and is widely considered to be in the vanguard of digital art and design.                                                                  

Daniel has received international critical acclaim and has been published and exhibited internationally. He received a number of prestigious awards including the Swiss Arts Award, Feidad Merit Award and the Rome Prize. In 2009 Daniel was named Maya Master, a title awarded by the digital design community and software industry recognizing people reshaping and redefining the boundaries of technology and art.

The concept of creating unique wearable sculptures  to order means a transparent supply chain, no wastage and a small carbon footprint which apart from being covetable and exquisitely beautiful makes it more than worthy of being named Finding Eco Eco  Series 8 Icon No.9.


Series 8. Eco Icon No. 8.

‘ BUBBLES’ Champagne bottle top upcycled jewellery collection by Laura Lobdell


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New York artist Laura Lobdell , began to apply the ‘found-object vocabulary’ she practiced in her art, to  her jewelry design. Her first pieces  was called the “Guitar Pick.”  The “Guitar Pick” was originally made for musician friends who played in the Village, would lose their picks, and call out to the crowd for quarters or nickels as substitutes.  Laura decided to sculpt classic guitar picks in silver and threaded with leather to be worn around the players’ necks, which their girlfriends promptly pinched to adorn themselves, creating a need for more.  Laura added four related pieces to create a collection titled “Five Easy Pieces,” presented in decoupage black cigar boxes:  a RunoverBeerBottleCap, Bullet, Piano Key (from an antique Steinway), and the Slab ID bracelet.

Requests for similar jewelry styles led to Laura designing what have now become  her signature pieces:  “Bubbles Royale,” a bubble wand in sterling silver or gold that comes with liquid bubbles, the “Match Stick Necklace,” packaged in a match box illustrated with “You’re My Match,” and the “Champers Ring and Collection” – all signed, copyrighted, and hand-crafted in New York City.

An avid vintage and textile collector, Laura developed a hand-knotting technique with ocean-washed silk, to create the first “Seeds of Silk” collection.  New color stories emerge seasonally.

Her collections, being hand crafted, locally made and created using found and upcycled objets, tick all the sustainable design boxes that we at Finding Eco  look for in our Eco Icon worthy featured designers.

Series 8. Eco Icon No.7.

The only way is UP!

The UP-SHIRT does it better than most.

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Fashion designer and environmentalist Reet Aus  has made up-cycling both her personal and professional  mission spanning  her up-cycled fashion collections to her costume design for films and theatre.

Having recently completed a Phd in sustainable fashion design,  Reet’s research led her to Bangladesh, where she began a working relationship with a factory called Beximco who make garments for many well known brands.  Their manufacturing  process accumulates an excess of waste fabrics which Reet saw as a positive opportunity to effect change. gathering together a team of experts to use all the off cuts and create an up-cycled garment and the UP-shirt was born.

Every year numerous public events such as stadium sports events , concerts, or festivals print t-shirts for the event which more often than not after a couple of wears find their way to the bottom of a drawer or worse are thrown away. If we started to view each T shirt as a vast tank of water required to produce it, perhaps we would stop to consider the implications of our ‘throw away’ culture. Factory made t-shirts produce up to 40% wastage which in turn means that 40% of the cotton is grown for production is wasted   and vast amounts of water and earth resources are used, as well as the energy required to  spin the yarn, transport the material, the  factory’s own energy consumption and the labour used in the production chain.

Using new up-cycling design and production methods it is now possible to  mass produce a t-shirt with a 80% smaller environmental footprint.


After many years of dedicated  research  Upmade came up with a design and production model to mass produce t-shirts using the 40% left over by traditional factory production methods.

Their mission is to  demonstrate that mass up-cycling works, with a view to ultimately reducing  the negative impact on the environment of manufacturing waste produced by the fashion industry.

Rees and her team have recently launched a Kickstarter Campaign to fund the development of the UP shirt. Support them here and give them a big heads UP!

Series 8. Eco Icon No.6

‘Pulp Fiction’  Unique organic lighting by Enrico Romero de la Llana

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Barcelona based product designer Enrique Romero de la Llana, has created the ‘Pulp Lamp’ collection to ‘give a second life’ to discarded newspapers. Every lamp  in the collection is formed from a 100% recycled paper pulp and made by hand using a selection of inflatable molds. With their textural and organic forms, each one is totally unique.  The collection is contemporised by his brilliant use of the red flex.

With the advent of digital newspaper and the increase in paper waste, this collection addresses the problem of paper waste brilliantly by ‘shining’ a light on the issue and resolving it through a sustainable design solution. The combination of the organic shapes, textural finish and red flex casts a ‘warm glow’ on re-purposed design, in the creation of this iconic , contemporary lighting collection.

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Finding Eco particularly likes this elemental, resolved ‘design with purpose’ collection.

Series 8. Eco Icon No.5

My Family‘ by Sonia Verguet upcycled furniture collection

20 chairs, one wooden cube that is the concept behind Sonia Verguet’s unique recycled chair collection  The collection of  20 chairs, stools and ottomans is made up of a combination of  of recycled seating, with individual bases, seats  or back rests creating an eclectic yet surprisingly  cohesive collection with each chair either working as a stand alone piece or together as a’ family’ of chairs.

The contemporary art center La Kunsthalle de Mulhouse has commissioned Sonia to create a  production of 20 unique chairs, with the option to also create one -of-a-kind, customised versions available  as individual commissions.

‘My Family’ is the perfect name for this collection as in the same way as a family is made up of a connected but individual people, so Sonia Verguet seats, with a choice of one’s preferred style of backrests and legs have a common design thread while allowing for each chairs unique individuality to shine through.

Whether you choose one to match your personality or your interior, within Sonia Verguet’s ‘Family’ there is a chair for everyone! Looking forward to choosing mine now!


by orianna fielding

Eco icon finder, designer, author , curator, broadcaster, retailer …following the principles of Wabi Sabi…learning to love the beauty of imperfection….learning that to ignore the facts doesn’t change the facts and remembering it is never too late to become who you are….and that it is better to be kind than to be right with a personal mission to find out ‘how to feed the soul without starving the planet’.



Series 8. Eco Icon No. 4

It’s a wrapHaute Couture gowns made from recycled packaging  for DHL by Michael Michalsky

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DHL is not a name usually associated with fashion other than for the packaging and transporting of it.

However for Fashion Week  DHL commissioned visionary german fashion designer Michael Michalsky to design a couture collection using only the full range of DHL packaging materials. This inspired collaboration  resulted in a beyond stunning collection that is worthy of any ‘green carpet challenge’.

Designed to promote global shipping company DHL at Fashion week and in billboards and print ads, designer Michael Michalsky turned shipping and packaging materials into stunning haute couture. Conceived of by German agency Jung von Matt and photographed by Kristian Schuller, the images were used by DHL as a self-promotion campaign.

These uber eco-chic creations are some great examples of sustainable designs that any fashionista would be proud to wear, while brilliantly showcasing  the glamorous side of sustainable design. Made from discarded bubble wrap, brown paper and packaging tape DHL Haute Couture is the ultimate up cycled couture and is both innovative and very inspiring. These  magnificent gowns made out of discarded packaging will forever change  the way we view  used packaging.

Michael Michalsky is regarded as one of Germany’s most influential fashion designers. He has worked as Design Manager at Levi’s and Global Creative Director at Adidas before founding his own Label “MICHALSKY” 2006 in Berlin. MICHALSKY serves the high fashion segment by fusing classical styles with streetwear influences. Besides his work as fashion designer Michael Michalsky founded his design agency “MICHALSKY designLab” , which realizes design projects in the fields of product, interior design and corporate fashion.

Series 8. Eco Icon No. 3

Branching out!  ‘Forms in Nature’ create an indoor forest.


We have lived with the concept of ‘bringing the outdoors in’ in interior design schemes but designers Hilden & Diaz have just taken this concept to a new level! The amazing design duo have created this unique sculptural lighting  piece as a homage to the  late Darwinist Ernst Haeckel’s and his drawings.

This beautiful sculptural pendant  light called appropriately “Forms in Nature” is inspired by the root formation of a tree. The light source nestled within it’s centre, creates when lit, these oversized organic shadows that fill the walls of the space with undulating forms that create the illusion of a ‘shadow forest’.

The light at the moment is in prototype stage and Hilden & Diaz are so committed to bringing their concept to market that they are getting ready to launch the product via a Kickstarter campaign. So look out for them on Kickstarter and watch this space  if you’re interested in one of these pieces.


Finding Eco  LOVES both the concept and the piece and  we think it is worthy of being our Series 8 Eco Icon no. 3! So we will be watching their progress very closely!!!