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September 27, 2011
Well, the weekend whizzed by in quite a blur as we exhibited our furniture at EcoPink for London Design Festival. The event took place at the Hub – a beautiful and intimate venue in Kings Cross – and turned out to be a great success with a stunning collection of work.
It was fantastic to see our furniture in such an inspiring environment and surrounded by some truly amazing creations. I loved how each designer really dispelled the myth often still associated with recycled products and demonstrated that eco products can be exceptionally stylish. Everything was great, but I thought I’d just share a few of the fellow designers that really caught my eye.
First up is Brazilian Luisa Leonardi Scomazzoni from Dalaleo, who creates exquisite fashion and homewares from the ring pulls of discarded cans. At first glance her cushions and bags look like expensive chain mail, and only on closer inspection can you see that they are in fact old ring pulls stitched together with amazingly high quality. Truly inspiring – go take a look.
Next up is Italian designer Sabrina Locatelli – the force behind Ricrearte. Sabrina transforms waste objects like bottle tops into absolutely amazing chandeliers; discarded material into light structures and waste rope into the beautiful woven rug you see above. Seriously wow.
Another favourite is Swedish gal Maria Westerberg, whose Bachelors project T-shirt chair (I’m perched on below) has been featured all over the press and won her the Green Furniture Award at the 2011 Stockholm furniture Fair.
The solid wire structure is woven with different types of fabric. Maria's original edition included T-shirts donated by 40 people, while the 'Rag' edition is made from leftover pieces from a sofa manufacturer. The frame can also be purchased alone and woven with your own old pieces of fabric or clothes.
Finally, I had to squeeze in e-vasiva, an art collaboration between three Italian ladies, who create jewelry from waste like plastic bottles and paper. Their collection of necklaces made from balloons (including the white one above) completely blew me away.