Back in January 2005 the MACEF Design Awards announced the results of their international competition for designers working with re-purposed and recycled material. Since Inhabitat wasn’t around in January, I just recently discovered the many fabulous design entries that were shortlisted in this competition. In case you missed it the first time around (like I did), here are the results of the RE-think + RE-cycle design competition:

The grand prize winner, Nicolas le Moigne, walked away with ?5000 for his simple and ingenious recycled watering can. The design consists of which a specially designed spigot and handle piece which can be popped on to any standard water bottle, instantly transforming into a watering can.

A design which I loved and I think should have gotten an honorable mention was Josh Owen’s cd-case chandelier. I have a thing for multi-purpose, storage chandeliers. This reminds me a bit of the Glasklasen Wine-glass chandelier.

Another design which should have gotten an honorable mention is Jim Termeer’s Candletime, a set of candle-holders which are set up in the shape of a giant digital LCD time display. See next post for details >

A more literal interpretation of energy conservation got an honorable mention with Klaus Kuppers Energy Index – a proposal for a wall installation which would tell you in real-time how much energy you were consuming at any given moment. This is a great idea! I want one. I wish the designer would make a prototype.

Loads more interesting entries from this competition can be found at Design Boom >


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  1. t. June 3, 2005 at 7:09 am

    Wow.. Now that‘s’ a link!

    Much better for those of us who tend to come here via RSS, thanks. :)

  2. Jill June 2, 2005 at 11:53 pm

    Okay – I created a link back to the homepage from entrypages! Its a little sloppy (its the whole header graphic, logo included) but will have to do until I update the design of the page. Better now?

  3. Matthew June 2, 2005 at 9:57 pm

    I agree! A link back to the homepage would be nice =]

    Great site by the way. I really enjoy it!

  4. t. June 1, 2005 at 6:47 pm

    Yeah, tell me about it!
    What the watering can bottle cap really needs is a funnel-esque flared top for easy refilling, now that would be a worthwhile improvement on just the bottle.

    Lovely site, by the way. Can we have a link to the homepage from the entry pages? (Maybe the logo..) :)

  5. Jill June 1, 2005 at 2:25 pm

    You win Inhabitat’s undying love and respect for your minimalist efficiency!
    Too bad you can’t market and sell that.

  6. t. June 1, 2005 at 9:45 am

    I have been using recycled bottles as watering cans for as long as I can remember – though mine are even more environmentally friendly due to the omission of the aforementioned invention!

    What do I win?

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