As part of the 2010 London Design Festival the Royal College of Arts is hosting two great eco exhibitions in its Upper Gulbenkian Gallery. Sustain showcases the responses of student designers to the idea of sustainability within their work, while Bin 2 Bin is a project by IDE with iGuzzini & Fratelli Guzzini that challenged students to consider the entire lifecycle of a product and produce items with 'recycling' at their heart. Read to take a look at these incredible student designs!
Tina Chen’s Snowflake design was inspired by the formation and interactions of real snowflakes. The modular design of each piece allows the client to custom design their own products according to their needs. Pieces can then be recycled to create new ones.
Sae Ra Kang’s L+D Vases are made from brightly colored recycled plastic. Each vase features a set of suction cups with embedded solar LEDS that allow them to attach to smooth surfaces and attract attention to the materials.
Jrumchai Singalavanij has developed a unique process to transform waste from the textile industry into material that can be woven.
Rob Maslin’s Free Lunch repurposes a traditional decorative aquarium into a sustainable food system. A 225 litre tank can sustain 15cm of growth in ten plants per week.
Seongyong Lee’s Plytube is, as the name suggests, a set of tubes manufactured from plywood. The lightweight but strong design is highly adaptable and customizable and can be used to construct items of furniture such as the stool on the far right.
Angela Chao’s Planters are made from ceramics that have been brightly colored to mimic carrots. The tools can be left in the flowerbed between uses without becoming rusty or appearing ugly, and at the end of their useful life they can be recycled to make new tools.
Images by Philippa Warr for Inhabitat