Inhabitat recently hit Central St. Martins University of London's degree shows to bring you the best new art and eco-designs from the school's budding young designers. Featuring a wide range of conceptual, wacky and environmentally aware projects, many projects focused on the use of local resources, ancient crafts, biodegradable materials and renewable energy. Jump ahead for our exclusive pictures and discover the new, exciting and fresh designs straight from London's world-famous CSM graduate courses!
Product designer David Bennett created a fantastic machine called Natural Factory that you can bring to the beach for building public seating, while engaging people in a DIY activity. The idea behing the design is that the user would cycle the Factory to the nearest shore, collect driftwood to power the embedded metallic back oven, add sea shells and sand from the chimney’s top and melt it into a fantastic cement-like material that could make seats to be left on site for other people to enjoy.
Designed in partnership with Outdoor Leisure Ltd., Indian designer Bharat Bargava created Green Cardio Zone, a public bench and lamp all in one. While a person is sitting on the bench, somebody else would generate light by pedal-powering the top low-energy lamp and getting fit at the same time, provoking a nice social interaction between two strangers.
Another surprising but earthier object within the show was Seungjae Oh’s Beehive for Gardeners. Created from a mix of recycled newspaper and bees’ wax — used as a hardener and eco-binder — this non-toxic, safe and waterproof home for the little buzzers can be hung from any tall tree branch.
Because an eco-design toolkit could have a wider impact than an eco-design product, Brazilian designer Luiz Moreira created Apekatu, a toolkit to inspire the development of products that are better adaptable to specific needs and environments.
The whole kit is biodegradable and printed using water-based inks.It consists of a strategy wheel with three areas -Human, Artificial and Natural- a website and a set of cards with example that come in a box made from Sundeala, a recycled newspaper new material being produced in the UK.
By designing pressed metal joints for building bamboo frameworks to try to reduce poverty and bad living conditions, Central St. Martins’ graduate Sang Min Yu created Relieving Poverty through Design. A project designed for giving South East Asia’s rural communities a chance to work with local materials and produce furniture themselves. This project allows them to be self-sufficient, engaged and be responsible for their local living areas.
We have seen many examples of green walls blooming around cities, but this project by Mafalda M. Moutinho called “Natural Design” focuses on green living environments at home. It consists of a green wall that will improve interior air quality, providing more oxygen and eventually, fresh fruits and vegetables in living rooms!
Growing Graphics by fresh designer James Henderson questions the well-established ways that temporary information is communicated in the outdoors and the way it is produced. This project could be used for outdoors displays at festivals, signage or street art, and it could be made from all sorts of ephemeral and exciting reactive materials that will work with rain, heat, or in the case above, be grown from yummy sprouts and eaten later!
And last but not least is a recycled wood and mud art installation for living. Designed by American artist Julianne Sota and dubbed Beastie’s Labyrinth, this art piece explores the idea of taking people into an environment which is in contrast with their reality while being surrounded by the most earthy and crafty materials.
With an exciting display of work, the Central St. Martins’ postgraduate students proved to visitors, and the international art and design scene, that a future of new and exciting projects bringing sustainable thinking to the forefront is our future.
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