Helga Ritsch Ceramics: Vessels as a mirror of soul

Helga Ritsch is a Swiss ceramist who began her work as an independent ceramic artist in 1998. The main focus of her work, as she says, is ‘to find a suitable vessel for the relationship between outside and inside. A topic of her life’. One of the singularities of his work is the use of a small…

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Between natural and man-made: Babylon Light by Ryan Taylor

Imagine that you could fuse light with plants in one object, an interesting combination that could translate a natural solution to a growing need: being close to nature. The Babylon Light is a light fixture created by the Canadian designer Ryan Taylor with a purpose: to take advantage of the light from the lamp and…

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Ishinomaki Lab: Pushing the horizons of DIY

Starting for the community – The Story. Ishinomaki Lab: The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake really took a toll on Ishinomaki. A coastal town, the ensuing tsunami devastated a way of life that had been taken for granted up until that point. When our founder Keiji Ashizawa came to Ishinomaki to see how he might…

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Made by Rain: Textile register of rain fall by Aliki van der Kruijs

Is it possible to wear the weather? That’s what the Dutch artist Aliki van der Kruijs asked herself. The result is a concept in which rainfall is recorded on textile, called ‘Made by Rain’, where she developed her own technique: pluviagraphy. Following this technique, the textiles form a collection of weather data: a growing collection…

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Tactile Perception and renewal of our burial-traditions by Lisa Merk

A new concept to our burial-traditions. Lisa Merk: This concept is a suggestion to change our burial habits, specifically cremation, into a biodegradable system. I wanted to find a way to include mourning relatives actively into the funeral service. The story goes like this: At the funeral ceremony there are mini-urns kept ready for every mourner.…

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SEA ME: sea algae yarn by Nienke Hoogvlietand

How about using bio materials to replace plastic objects? Nienke Hoogvliet decided to research the use of a bio material – seaweed – to create a more sustainable solution in the textile industry. She researches how to use seaweed as a sustainable textile dye and how to create a sustainable seaweed yarn. This research was developed after the…

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Comfort on the Go by Chrissie Coerman

This project is an exploration of the interfaces between fashion and interior design and ways to make static objects wearable. An intimate piece of home, not constrained to a location but an extension of yourself. A bag that contains a double function: besides their purpose as a bag they also provide a relaxation object for on…

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ecoBirdy children’s furniture: a whole system of circular design

Based in Antwerp, the designers behind ecoBirdy did not merely create another children’s furniture brand, they created a whole system: from the collection and recycling of old, unused plastic toys to the design and production of the furniture (all done in Europe). In order to introduce youngsters to the concept of circular design, ecoBirdy has chosen to…

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Respecting time and nature: Wool Design by Ines Schertel

A love story for wool and nature. Ines Schertel: I’ve never lived in the countryside! I’m a city girl! I’m from Porto Alegre, the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil’s deep south. 30 years ago I moved to São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. About that time, we bought a beautiful…

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‘Sherazade’ and the female role by Siba Sahabi

‘Sherazade’ is the most famous Persian female character and storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights (also known as The Arabian Nights). This collection of West and South Asian stories dates back to the 9th century and was translated by the French writer Antoine Galland in 1717. In the 18th and 19th century, the heroin…

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