Our coverage of the 2011 London Design Festival will be drawing to a close pretty soon (sadly - it's been so much fun!), but we definitely plan to go out with a bang. That's easy to do with Sustain, an exhibit of several remarkable designs from London's Royal College of Art. Although we are keen to showcase everything from materials to funky green cars, we were especially excited to stumble across a couple of previously-covered projects in person, including the amazing Solar Sinter 3D Printer (seen above). Skip past the jump for our exclusive Design Festival pictures straight from the Royal College of Art!
Working for Inhabitat doesn’t feel like work when we get to check out the best talent coming out of 100% Design, or when we get to hang around a functioning greenhouse made entirely out of thousands of LEGO bricks. Not only that, but we are downright inspired by today’s intimate look at some of the most amazing solutions emerging from RCA students. Continuing the theme of saving our oceans, and following up on our previous coverage of The Sea Chair Project by Studio Swine, we are thrilled to see the Nurdler. The Nurdler harvests pernicious plastic waste from the ocean, which will eventually become a line of upcycled chairs!
It’s one thing to write about Erik de Laurens collecting fish scales from the local fishmonger and converting them into goggles and drinking glasses, but something entirely different to see these products up close and personal. They were amazingly sturdy and colorful, and presented no olfactory assault whatsoever.
Freshplus by Oliver Poyntz is definitely a cool, new product to watch out for. By including microorganisms that are already present in food in packaging, Oliver and his team are able to extend the life of food by at least two days. This range of green products could considerably cut down on the amount of fruits, vegetables, and other food that is wasted each year.
Stephoe by Mohamed Daud is a fresh new design geared towards developing countries that are still using back-breaking and antiquated farming tools. Although in the early stages of development, and in need of support, this modern twist on an old hoe features a nifty footstep that makes it much easier to leverage into the ground.
Our green hearts skipped a beat when we discovered the Solar Sinter by Markus Kayser in person. A couple of months ago we described how with just a bit sand and a lot of Saharan sun, this young German designer is able to print cool 3D objects like bowls. Eventually these could evolve to become whole houses – or so the dream goes! Stay tuned for an even closer look at this incredible project.
The SafetyNet by Dan Watson is a clever net that could dramatically reduce annual bycatch by manipulating the size of fish that can be scooped up as commercial trawlers drag the net across the ocean floor.
And finally, the Bamboo Car by Robert Hagenström is also designed for the developing world. The idea is that people living in poverty would cultivate their own building materials (bamboo) and fuel (switchgrass) so that they are empowered to find a sustainable way to live without relying on an increasingly defunct aid machine. It’s designed to break so that it can be fixed – ostensibly to create job opportunities. While there’s a lot at this exhibit that we’ve already seen before, it’s always great to manhandle a project in order to get a greater sense of its value. And there was certainly plenty of that to be seen at Sustain.