The first day of 100% Design - just one of the many awesome London Design Festival exhibits at the Earl's Court Exhibition Center this year - is over, and we are thrilled to give you a roundup of some of our favorite green finds. From a beautiful red Bloom Pendant Light by MacMaster Design made with 100% FSC certified Birch Plywood to a temporary structure made of 99% air by Inflate, this year's projects are energy efficient, light on materials, and high on creativity.
The temporary turtle pavilion by Inflate is one of a large range of temporary structures that are ideal for either indoor or outdoor events. Made in part from recycled materials, they are illuminated by LED lights and have a tiny footprint compared to their permanent counterparts.
The energy-efficient Origami lamp by Kafti design is recyclable, and is also rolled out in flat sheets – keeping shipping costs to a minimum.
This matrix-like Bubble Chandelier by Puff Buff Design demonstrates the best of sustainable Polish thrift.
Moving over to Italy, we bring you Nefos from Myyour – a funky hovering cloud lamp made of recycled polypropylene and illuminated with low-energy fluorescent lightbulbs.
And then there is the Kare garden by Esterni design, a small but clever new take on the vertical garden that features a highly-absorbent felt-like material that cuts down on water waste without dehydrating the plants!
Read All About It by Jay Watson is a surprisingly sturdy and comfortable chair that is made out of recycled newspaper. The waft and weave that gives it shape is made of newspaper, and the filling that allows it to be used as a seat is also – you guessed it – newspaper! Watson says it takes about 8 hours to make the chair.
And finally, we bring you the world’s lowest carbon leather. We all know that cows and our obsession with beef are some of the worst generators of greenhouse gas emissions. Meat consumption may be going down, but it will take some serious evolution before we get rid of it completely. In the meantime, how would it make you feel to know that at least the cow hides that are a byproduct of the meat industry are being diverted from the landfill straight to Scottish Leather, which tans the salvageable parts and turns them into quality consumables, and converts the waste into thermal energy? We aren’t done yet, so stay tuned for more cool designs straight from London.