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Fernando Laposee’s Beautiful Lufa Collection Goes Far Beyond Your Bathroom Sponge

Posted By Ana Lisa On June 4, 2012 @ 4:23 pm In Botanical,carousel showcase,Green Materials,Green Products,Recycling / Compost,Sustainable Food | 1 Comment

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Lufa (or Loofah) is a tropical vine that contains a network of xylem fibers commonly used to create natural bath products like sponges. The vine belongs to the Cucurbitaceae [6] family, (like squashes, melons and pumpkins), and the fruits can be eaten as fruits [7] — popular in Asia and Africa — or dried to make products.

Mexican designer Fernando Laposee has created a collection of household items that make good use of the sponge-like tropical fruit. He created a fantastic room divider for adding some flexibility to interior spaces. Freestanding and flat-pack [8], this object was created by cutting and sewing flat pieces of Lufa to a wooden screen.

Fernando Laposee, Lufa, Mexican design, vegetable sponges, London's Central St. Martins, Freestanding, flat-pack, room divider, lamp, desk, hot-chocolate set, plant pots, biodegradable materials, sponge, Sustainable Food, Recycling / Compost, Botanical, Green Materials, Green Products,

Laposee also celebrates the fruit’s texture in a desk, where it creates a harmonious contrast with the stark steel that surrounds it. The combination of Lufa and terra-cotta [9] in Laposee’s hot-chocolate set is also delightful – we love how the natural materials create visual contrast while taking advantage of the fruit’s insulation properties.

+ Fernando Laposee [3]

Via Yatzer [10]


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[3] Fernando Laposee: http://www.fernandolaposse.com/

[4] Lufa: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa

[5] Central St. Martins: http://inhabitat.com/photos-the-best-green-designs-at-londons-central-st-martins-university-graduate-show/

[6] Cucurbitaceae: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucurbitaceae

[7] fruits: http://inhabitat.com/israel-based-solskin-studio-creates-biodegradable-objects-from-orange-skins/

[8] flat-pack: http://inhabitat.com/the-jonofon-is-a-flat-pack-paper-and-wood-gramophone/

[9] terra-cotta: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra-cotta

[10] Yatzer: http://www.yatzer.com/Loofah-Series-Fernando-Laposee

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