Designersblock 2012 Highlights

GLO recycled milk bottle top LED light

There were a few products and materials that stuck in my mind after a quick jaunt around this year’s Designersblock:

Kate Sibley‘s paper jewellery was inspiring, both in terms of embracing fickle fashion in a sustainable way and the choice of material.

Recycled gold findings (hooks) can be swapped between

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RCA Show 2012 – Three Interesting Projects from Innovation Design Engineering

Esource by Hal Watts

Yesterday I had a quick peek at some of this year’s RCA show, in particular at Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) where there was a great mix of projects. Here are three that caught my eye:

Esource by Hal Watts
Esource is an electrical cable recycling system designed for cottage industry recyclers

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Positive Thinking…


I recently attended a talk at Clerkenwell Design Week entitled “How can designers truly be sustainable?“, in which Ross Lovegrove and Morten Villiers Warren from Native Design gave some of their views on the subject.

Unfortunately, the discussion session had a decidedly negative conclusion which

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Clerkenwell Design Week, 22-24 May 2012

Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

Clerkenwell is one of London and the UK’s creative hotspots and next week it will be hosting its annual festival to celebrate and explore design’s ‘creative richness, social relevance and technological advancements’.

Clerkenwell Design Week‘s packed 3-day programme of workshops, presentations, debates and exhibitions

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IN site: SourceMap

Sourcemap - where things come from

Find out where things come from with Sourcemap, a crowdsourced directory of product supply chains and carbon footprints.

I am fascinated by the story behind the products we use and Sourcemap provides a platform to bring some of that information to life in an accessible,

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Entrevista con Natalia Hojman, Fundadora de la Empresa de Diseño Sostenible, Kuku / Interview with Natalia Hojman, Founder of Sustainable Design Business, Kuku


Pequena Tienda Kuku / Little Kuku Shop

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¿Podrías contarme un poco sobre Kuku y lo que tu marca representa?
‘Kuku’ es una palabra Quechua que significa ‘fantasma’ o ‘Forma para asustar a los niños’. En Aymara, significa ‘Fruta Verde’.

Kuku es una empresa en constante maduración que

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IN site: GOOD Magazine

Good Magazine

GOOD is an online magazine about what is good in the world. In the words of the creators, they care about what is “sustainable, prosperous, productive, creative, and just”. That fits my philosophy very well. GOOD has great resources of videos, slideshows, DIY projects and infographics and runs competitions to get members interested and

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Bright Ideas… Energy Saving Light Bulbs

Bright Ideas Lightbulbs

In 2007 when the British Government announced that incandescent light bulbs were to be phased out by 2011, the compact fluorescent and LED alternatives were not really up to scratch. Fortunately both the technology and the design have advanced so investing in an energy saving bulb no longer means putting up with ugly, bulky bulbs, slow

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Repurposed Vintage Suitcases


Here’s four cool things that you can do with the old suitcases in your loft.

1. Coffee Table
Ashley Poskin, a talented designer maker from Denver, Colorado has repurposed seven vintage suitcases into beautiful coffee tables. She retails them on Etsy here.

She shares her knowledge, too, so if you have your own suitcase

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Innovative Uses of Wood in Product Design


I’ve been noticing more and more wood creeping into the realm of consumer electronics and fashion, in products where plastic usually reigns. It’s a welcome arrival, especially because it suggests that designers are successfully challenging industry ‘defaults’ in terms of material choices. Here are three wooden products that have caught my attention recently.

Back in 2006, I

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