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For us, the highlight of this exhibition the Nomad Portable Solar Lamp by Alain Gilles. The lamp provides a safe and eco-friendly substitute to the dangerous kerosene lamp that is often used in developing countries where electricity is scarce.

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Another example of a fresh perspective on green design, Papilio’s Cyclo is a rug fashioned from discarded bicycle inner tubes. No chemical or finishing products are used in the manufacturing process, and the recycled rug can also be used outdoors.

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Changed Values by D’Hanis and Lachaert is a collection of brooches cut out of old coins made obsolete by the introduction of the Euro.

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Size 27 by Linde Hermans is a laser cut sheet of leather that comes delivered flat. The user can make themselves a shoe by folding the cuts and slotting them into the incisions by following numbers. The only concern is the waste caused by this particular shape, but nonetheless it’s a great concept.

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Stone by Kasper Hamacher is a low standing coffee table carved out of the trunk of a solid oak tree.

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Following the natural pattern of a rope, Looping by Limited Edition is an indoor and outdoor carpet with some 1,600 handmade attachment points per square meter.

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Diaphragm by Michael Behain is a stackable stool made of bent plywood.

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Maarten De Ceulaer’s Mutation Series is collection of radical foam pieces that look like an organic growth.

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The series Stratigraphica was designed for a ceramic 3D printer that Unfold has developed. Each piece in the series has its own source code, referring to the number of facets from which the object is constructed.

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Made using LED lights, Algue is a lamp by Xavier Lust that represents the ocean’s darkest depths.

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