Gone are the days of chandeliers made of upcycled glass soda bottles. When it comes to innovation in sustainable design, sleek design and integrated smart technologies reign supreme. This evolution of eco-design is represented at Tent London, one of London Design Festival’s major trade shows, which showcased dynamic designers and their products from around the world. From 3D-printing to clever upcycling, these smart nature-inspired designs will soon find their ways into our lives and homes. Keep reading for a sneak peek of sustainable trends to come.
London-based artist Mark McClure turns recycled and upcycled wood into colorful, graphic furniture and wall art.
Designer Charles Parford-Plant proposes a new approach to flat pack furniture. The Tension system doesn’t require screws or glue, just peg legs and strong elastic bands. One example Parford-Plant had on display was the Marble Tension Table that can be quickly disassembled and assembled.
Japanese Moss Balls by Kayoko Tezuka
Could hanging moss balls be the next big thing in small space gardening? Horticultural artist Kayoko Tezuka created the Kokedama, or Japanese moss balls, by enveloping the root of a plant in mud, then covering the whole thing with soft moss. It only requires a misting by spray bottle for easy and low-water consumption gardening!
Urban dwellers with little to no space might want to try Japanese miniature garden art. Kuroda Masayuki crafted these Tsuchimuro bonsai homes that can fit in the palm of your hand!
Australian designer Vincent Cosentino designed the Cone speakers, built from reclaimed timber, that offer a contrast between sleek modern technology and natural materials.
A champion of the phrase “loving what belongs to you,” British designer Zoe Murphy transforms secondhand furniture by printing directly on recycled midcentury modern pieces. The illustrations printed directly on her Margate furniture collection were inspired by her seaside hometown at Margate, England.
Dome studio makes interior wall tiles from FSC-certified wood for a gorgeous, warm alternative to ceramic tiles.
Using pleating and origami techniques, Tracey Tubb makes origami wall coverings from paper for a wonderfully textured alternative to traditional wallpaper or paint.
Smile Plastics makes compression-molded panels from sources like recycled plastic bottles, which can be used for furniture or surfaces. The painterly and graphic patterns result from the placement of the materials during the construction process.
Korean designer Lee Young Soon’s vessels look like ceramics, but they’re actually made from paper! Hanji, traditional Korean mulberry paper, is rubbed and twisted into strings that are then woven into baskets.
Polish ceramicist Magdalena Lapińska gives upcycled plates elegant new life with 1960s-style graphics.
The greenhouse goes indoors with Polish designer Alicja Patanowska’s LAB Series, a beautiful tabletop container for growing plants and mushrooms under a glass dome.
Made from sustainable wood, dotdotdot is a flexible, customizable furniture system that’s perfect for renters and urban dwellers. Based off of a single frame design, shelves and accessories can be added and moved around to suit your space and needs.
Venice Future developed a method of pairing traditional Murano glass with 3D-printed ceramics. The clay is 3D-printed and fired, and then the glass is blown into it, before they go into the kiln together.
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