In their Manifesto, the Goldsmiths University states that “a production economy based on finite resources does not work” and that “we have enough chairs (but is nice to sit down).” As a critical comment on the amount of chairs and other furniture we see coming and going every year through various designs shows, the renowned Goldsmith’s created an all-white space to suggest the re-design design education and to think how it could look in 2020.
Lento, by Joanne Cone is a low-temperature electric cooker designed to teach kids how to slow-cook their own food. It comes with a recipe book full of cute and friendly characters, and a spice box for making all kinds of exotic, yummy dishes.
Another project that focuses on better educating kids is Peat by Edward Barber. Peat is a planting kit that includes a seeds incubator, gardening tools and a seasonal postal program that sends seeds, gardening activities and fun booklets for parents to cultivate an interest in growing with their kids.
Bicycle Ambulance by Dan Hearn is another DIY kit and focuses on people that live in the countryside, far from medical help. The kit is for building an eco-friendly pedal-power transport that uses local materials and provides a quick transport option for transferring the ill to hospitals.
Kerfing is a technique consisting on making controlled and precise triangular cuts into wood for easy bending. Designer Russell Knight used the technique for his elegant KRF Series, which is made from sustainable American Ash and Walnut filling.
In order to find out how products could be made (more) locally, designer Harry Trimble re-designed a cheese grater made from a local rivers’ clay and driftwood. He also commissioned a local plumber to design a potato masher from his own copper pipes.
Friendly and enthusiastic Raquel Sereno worked around the problems seen in the Mexican forests and gave them a more positive light with a series of FSC crafted objects like a burnt ashtray for fires and a candle holder representing illegal logging.
Designed as a way to hide and escape to a quiet place within public spaces, designer Freija Sewell created Hush, a snuggly, soft and very warm felt pod designed around the question “Can public be private?”
Norwegian-blooded Hannastina Crick, a graduate from Brighton University, believes that we should live closer to nature. Here she made a fantastic floaty lamp from paper and rattan and a nest-like seat from rye on steel frame.
The number of bees is decreasing fast, with little remedy. So we were very happy to spot lots of bee-focused projects at this year’s London’s degree shows! Seen above, Thrive Hive by Kingston University’s graduate Tom Back is a modern approach to urban beehives that uses local wood, straw and string while exploring traditional building techniques from Kenya.
Made from hand blown glass and renewable, heat tolerant cork, these three multicolored lamps by Harry Allnatt are simply stunning.
We are big fans of ‘no glue no screw’ furniture as it can easily be disassembled for recycling or up-cycling. The process also takes a bit more thought and creativity than just quickly fixing parts by screwing them together, making it much more engaging.
Designer-maker Luke Diaz created a stitch-wood collection of petite furniture made from local ash and hand-sewn non-bleached string.
Industrial designer Jake Tyler surprised everybody with the world’s first recycled cardboard vacuum. The eco-friendly appliance is its own packaging, and its parts can be replaced at little cost. You can also draw on it!
Tamara Cote Lovelo steered clear of designing just another chair. Cote focused her work on the growing numbers of food-related disorders and obesity in Scotland. Here she creates a sweet and healthy treat made from local seaweed.
As a number of us here are vegetarian or vegan, we were immediately drawn to Naomi Bines’ project that stores fruits and vegetables outside the fridge. She came up with a solution for keeping them fresh for longer using three ‘containers’, where fruits are kept separated and ventilated, root vegetables cool and dry and green leaves cool and humid. Amazingly simple!
Want to see some more exciting ideas coming out from this year’s New Designers? We have lots more to share in a second post, so stay tuned!
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