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PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Royal College of Art Graduate Show

Posted By Ana Lisa On July 12, 2011 @ 3:08 pm In Green Design Events,green furniture,Green Materials,Green Products,London | No Comments


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British designer Alkesh Parmar [12] created a series of objects under the Cradle to Cradle [13]philosophy. Made from dried and ground orange peels, these objects give new use to a waste material. The process keeps the lamps biodegradable, durable, and as an extra bonus, they smell fruity! Also from Parmar is the “Celebration Chandelier”, a luxurious and sustainable luminaire made from reclaimed champagne corks.

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To expose the inherent water usage on products and materials production, American Innovation Design Engineer grad Matt Costello [14]designed “Hidden Smoke Detector & Alarm Clock”, two products that follow his intensive research and are made from renewable materials that take little water: ceramic and cork.

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The Energy Pilots, by Elliott P. Montgomery [15] are a series of artefacts that revamp energy business models to make them more competitive. This Solar Lottery Ball Tumbler, seen here, makes millionaires by using the sun’s energy!

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German designer Gerrit Kaiser [16] created “Particle Economy”, a project that focuses on a resource-starved future where “natural” floating particles, from volcanic eruptions or industrial pollution, could be turned into economical opportunities by harvesting them with a flying cloud collector.

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Biophilia by Veronica Ranner [17]are genetically modified silk worms that create biodegradable, soft and very odd cocoons for keeping donors’ organs instead of using machines!

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Another project that focuses on drying, grinding and binding waste food is by Erik de Laurens [18], who created a plastic-like material made entirely from fish scales! This new graduate is looking for funding to extend his idea, which has been designed to be sustainable, local and for small-scale production.

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RCA’s Design Products graduate and woodworker James Tooze [19] created an Open Source project for making DIY chairs from scrap wood, and shoes from biodegradable canvas, felt and rubber.

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Platform 14 [20]’s Du-chen [21] designed a series of seats called “Active Stools”, which are made from different materials including renewable cork, wood and rubber for an extra bounce.

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One of the most interesting projects spotted at the RCA’s Show was Pia Wustenberg [22]’s fresh approach to traditional materials, which included a table with paper-lathed legs, lamps and a series of vases made from all sorts of materials including glass, paper, concrete and moss.

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Space-saving multifunctional furniture [23] is always handy to have around, and these seats based on actions of organisation —stacking, rolling, laying and bundling. By Catherine Aitken [24], the pieces are made from biodegradable wool felt, eco-friendly Waterborn fabric by Kvadrat [25] and wooden dowes shows a green adapting approach at its best.

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Without the need to produce new material, designer Mijin Park [26] created a series of durable, weatherproof objects by weaving polypropylene straps traditionally used for packaging.

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Markus Kayser [27] travelled to the Sahara desert to test his SolarSinter Machine [28]and to explore the potential of desert manufacturing. By using a 3D printing process he produces glass objects from sand and solar-power.

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Communication Arts & Design graduate Jo Blaker [29] has been collecting paper bags since she was a kid. Here she turns them into biodegradable, PVA coated paper vases that she hopes will cast light on the throw-away nature of our culture.

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We don’t really like to think about death in our daily lives, but if we are going to die, let’s turn it into a sustainable act to try to leave the world in the same, or in a better condition than when we left it. Created for biodegradable and fair trade [30] Ecoffins [31], designer Nilofar Emami [32]designed a ‘Karma-free’ green coffin made entirely from bamboo [33] ensuring people can go peacefully ‘from nature to nature’.

+ RCA 2011 [34]

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[3] Royal College of Art: http://www.rca.ac.uk/

[4] Ron Arad: http://www.ronarad.co.uk/

[5] Tord Boontje: http://tordboontje.com/

[6] Jurgen Bey: http://www.jurgenbey.nl/flash.html

[7] Roberto Feo: http://www.eugstudio.com/

[8] Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby: http://www.dunneandraby.co.uk/content/home

[9] Nigel Coates: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Coates_%28architect%29

[10] Neville Brody: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neville_Brody

[11] Ana Lisa Alperovich: http://inhabitat.com/author/analisaalperovich

[12] Alkesh Parmar: http://alkeshparmar.com/

[13] Cradle to Cradle : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cradle_to_Cradle

[14] Matt Costello : http://www.matt-costello.com/

[15] Elliott P. Montgomery: http://www.epmid.com/

[16] Gerrit Kaiser: http://gerritkaiser.de/

[17] Veronica Ranner : http://vroniranner.bplaced.net/

[18] Erik de Laurens: http://www.erikdelaurens.com/Eril_de_Laurens/Erik_de_Laurens.html

[19] James Tooze: http://jamestooze.wordpress.com/

[20] Platform 14 : http://www.designproductsrca.com/platforms-2010/platforms-2010/

[21] Du-chen: http://www.rca.ac.uk/Default.aspx?ContentID=512432&CategoryID=36775

[22] Pia Wustenberg: http://www.piadesign.eu/piadesign.eu/Front_page.html

[23] multifunctional furniture: http://inhabitat.com../matali-crassets-stylish-chair-serves-many-functions/

[24] Catherine Aitken: http://www.catherinelouiseaitken.co.uk/

[25] Kvadrat: http://www.scandinaviandesign.com/kvadrat/0505.htm

[26] Mijin Park: http://mijin-park.com/#home

[27] Markus Kayser: http://www.markuskayser.com/

[28] SolarSinter Machine : http://inhabitat.com/the-solar-powered-sinter-3d-printer-turns-desert-sand-into-glass/

[29] Jo Blaker: http://www.jo-blaker.com/

[30] fair trade: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

[31] Ecoffins: http://www.ecoffins.co.uk/index.aspx

[32] Nilofar Emami : http://www.rca.ac.uk/Default.aspx?ContentID=512550&CategoryID=36775

[33] bamboo: http://inhabitat.com/beautiful-bamboo-living-houses-take-two-days-to-build/

[34] + RCA 2011: http://www.rca.ac.uk/Default.aspx?ContentID=511825&CategoryID=36775

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