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Experiments in lighting were especially striking at Designersblock, with designer Natalie Simpson crafting lamps out of everyday items like whisks, household brushes and hangers. WALTERWORKs transformed plastic water bottles and discarded lightbulbs into innovative lighting solutions.

Other exhibits explored sustainable design with natural and upcycled materials. POP:EYE is a concept for handmade cardboard spectacles, repurposing materials discarded in the shoe-making industry. Yosuke Fukutome and Jane Crisp transformed scrap fabric into upholstery, coiling and braiding strips of it to form seat cushions. With platforms like Designersblock giving young designers the space to experiment and exhibit, hopefully we’ll get even more ideas for reusing and recycling everyday materials at future shows.

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Photos by Charlene Lam for Inhabitat