by , 12/06/06

Artenica, Tord Boontje, Hella Jongerius, Design with Conscience, Leonora interview

In an industrial economy that is none too kind to craft labor, its exciting to see a growing number of design companies beginning to prioritize social responsibility in their manufacturing and labor practices. Among the most inspiring is Artecnica, the L.A. based design firm that produces some of our favorite Tord Boontje and Hella Jongerius houseware designs. The Design with a Conscience project has partnered with Aid to Artisans and various celebrity designers to produce designs that are simultaneously sustainable, socially conscious and even affordable.

Our friend Leonora over at Treehugger recently published a fascinating interview with Tahmineh Javanbakht, the co-founder and art director of Artecnica. In it Jabanbakht discusses the trials and successes of setting up design co-ops in impoverished areas of Latin America. Its an inspiring read – check it out here >

+ Treehugger Interview: Artecnica

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  1. Inhabitat » TOP 1... December 31, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    […] 4. THE RISE OF SOCIALLY-CONSCIOUS MANUFACTURING With commited companies like Artecnica leading the way, designers are more often turning to more sustainable, socially conscious and affordable manufacturing practices, by engaging co-opts and fair trade craft guilds in developing countries. Through partnerships with groups like Aid to Artisans and the Design With A Conscience initiative, designers like Hella Jongerius and Tord Boontje are proving their commitment to great design, responsible manufacturing, and fair labor. […]

  2. Bruno Kaneoya December 14, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    Oh my god! Great initiative!

    Good option for countries like mine, Brazil.

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