Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable design’

Mandula.

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Vancouver clothing designer Hajnalka Mandula has some dedicated devotees in our studio. Hajnalka (pronounced High NAL ka) produces a hybrid look that’s part urban nomad, part steampunk, part Hungarian schoolboy, part post-apocalyptic Girl Guide, all this and yet the effect is sexy and pulled together. Mandula, who is originally from Hungary, was one of the first designers in North America to use organic natural fabrics, and it’s interesting that she combines new sustainable fabrics with older recycled materials – two different approaches to sustainable design. 

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Grass knuckles.

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

It’s actually Icelandic moss, not grass. The Growing Jewelry collection is by Icelandic product designer Hafsteinn Juliusson. Kinder and gentler than brass knuckles and nicer than a green thumb. You can be a rolling stone and still gather moss? I’m glad highwaisted acid wash is now over again, though.

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Finland!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008


Magical kindergarten in Tromso, Norway, by Norwegian architecture firm 70° N. Via contemporist via trendinsights.

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What to do with all those doilies

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

This somehow manages to de-doilify doilies which is almost achieving the impossible. It makes the lace more reminiscent of bark or lichen or something from the bottom of the ocean—another example of how re-purposing a thing can actually improve on the original. Etymological fact: while checking on the correct spelling of doily/doilie (you can use either), I found out that doily was originally the name of a fabric, from Doiley, a 17th century London draper.

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Drawerment

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

 

Drawerment by Czech designer Jaroslav Jurica is constructed from vintage drawers. First seen on apartment therapy. See this offshoot too, and these similar ideas.

 

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The bitterness of poor quality.

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

 

Seen in the office of our feather pillow insert supplier.

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