The 40 x 40 series by Moreno Ratti and Paolo Ulian experiments with the ubiquitous 40cm x 40cm marble tiles with a new twist. The artists used water-jet machines to cut the tiles with the objective of making tiles with minimal waste material.
Caventou replaced the windows at 19 Greek Street with Current Windows for The Art of Progress project. These “stained glass” windows are integrated with solar cells to generate renewable energy. London designers James Shaw and Marjan Van Aubel designed the Current Windows and added USB outlets into the window frame for easy access to solar powered charging.
Why expend energy and cost to transport a heavy base for a lamp when a yam or similarly heavy vegetable will do? Peter Marigold’s vegetable light champions the sculptural and functional properties of vegetables as well as their edible functions.Split Box by Peter Marigold starts with a single small log, split into four pieces. Taking cues from nature, the unequal pieces determine the angle of the wooden box corners, resulting in off-kilter, but still useful storage.
The side tables by Muzzle are made from Doka, a prefabricated formwork usually used in concrete pouring. The flat-packed pieces can be easily transported and quickly assembled.
Yes, you can drink your coffee from a cup and saucer made from coffee! Designer Julian Lechner invented Kaffeeform, a material made from recycled coffee grounds and renewable raw materials. The coffee cup and saucer are washable and reusable.
The surface of the Beads Table by Studio deFORM looks simple, but is surprisingly made of hundreds of readily available glass beads from the Czech Republic.
The A320 Leading-Edge Floor Lamp by Fallen Furniture has a shade made from reclaimed aircraft parts. The former section of an Airbus A320’s leading edge slat was highly sanded, polished and powder-coated for a reflective, Art Deco-inspired look.
The Idea of a Tree bench by Austrian design duo mischler’traxler is made from colored recycled cotton, glue and resin, in a process powered by solar energy. The shape and size of the finished pieces are determined by the amount of sunlight in a day.
The Day-by-Day rug designed by Austrian duo of mischer’traxler for Nodus makes evident the human labor that goes into making hand-knotted rugs. The shape and pattern of the naturally dyed wool rug is affected by the working rhythm of the craftsmen.
The Bell Lamp by Lionel Jadot is a glamorous take on upcycling, made from a restored 19th-century brass frame and glass globes.
Lesley Hilling’s wooden sculptures, shown as part of the Human Nature environmentally conscious art exhibition, are made from salvaged wood, reclaimed floorboards and rescued furniture.
Artist Ben Wilson paints intricate scenes on discarded chewing gum. The gum canvas is primed by first heating it with a blowtorch, then lacquered before being painted, with some pieces taking up to 10 hours.
Visitors at The Art of Progress can experience the 360-degree Virtual Reality film Natural Reality 2:1. Supported by eco-investment platform Abundance and directed by Third Channel, the film was commissioned and co-produced by Human Nature. The film explores the human connection to the digital world and “reality.”
Photos by Charlene Lam for Inhabitat