Posts Tagged ‘consumerism’

Protected: Interpretation of Enzo Mari’s Sedia Chair by Russell Baker, Bombast Furniture

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

The Lightbulb Conspiracy, aka Pyramids of Waste, a documentary on planned obsolescence

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

The practice of planned obsolescence of consumer products includes Apple computers, as you’ll see if you watch the whole film. As a designer who attempts to make things that last, both in their material content and workmanship, the planned failure of other design objects is a slap in the face. I’m conducting an experiment in which I buy nothing that is designed to fail. I recognize this may be possible …read more

Buy Nothing Day

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Buy Nothing Day was launched by Vancouver’s Adbusters Magazine. “The journey towards a sane sustainable future begins with a single step. It could all start with a personal challenge, such as this: make a vow to yourself to participate in Buy Nothing Day this year. This November 23rd, go cold turkey on consumption for 24 hours … see what happens … you just might have an unexpected, emancipatory epiphany! … Join …read more

In praise of hemp – as textile, as paper, as food source

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Seeing the above graphic on Facebook recently (source wasn’t credited) reignited my longstanding frustration over our global failure to switch (back) to hemp as a major source for textiles, paper and food. (This article is about the hemp plant, not the marijuana plant. See more comments on this at bottom.) I use hemp fabric in my textile work, but I find it far too difficult to source. Hemp is in …read more

Vivienne Westwood: The whole 20th C was a mistake

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Via The Guardian:  “A status symbol is a book… that’s status.” “Punk was just an excuse for people to run around…it was just a fashion that became a marketing opportunity.” “The whole 20th C was a mistake… throwing the baby out with the bathwater.” “Study art and you become a freedom fighter.” More from Westwood here.

Brown paper packages tied up with string

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

These are a few of my favourite things. Above, a white painted branch with Kraft-paper wrapped gifts is a minimalist advent calendar, by the inventive DIY Brigg from Norway via The Style Files. Below: Simple garland fencing at Axel Vervoordt’s recent Winter Exhibition; photo via Belgian Pearls. Both are from an article at Remodelista on Scandinavian Christmas traditions. By the way, Ouno is now on Remodelista’s Design Newsstand; have a look under the “Critics and Observers” section (which should …read more