Ana Lisa Alperovich

Nature Inspired Whimsical Jellyfish Lamps

Paula Artzen’s Jellyfish Lamps

Dutch designer Paula Artzen takes inspiration from ants, birds and sea creatures for creating whimsical designs. Nature’s most wonderful creatures are expressed as hanging luminaries that when lightened, create a magical atmosphere in any room. Artzen specializes in interior design and loves creating detailed luminaries. She started with the most humble materials, experimenting with paper and Tyvek, and adding new dimensions to her designs by cutting and folding materials into 3D shapes. Artzen’s latest work is luminaries inspired by marine sea creatures like the wonderful jellyfish. These magical lamps take inspiration from German biologist and philosopher Ernst Haeckel’s book of… read more

Biodegradable Designs Made From The Earth

TERRA: BIODEGRADABLE OBJECTS MADE FROM EARTH

Tel-Aviv based sustainability designer, social-entrepreneur and teacher Adital Ela enjoys getting her hands dirty. A graduate from renowned Design Academy Eindhoven, in The Netherlands, she produces fantastic objects made from soil and fibers. Her collection is called “Terra” and includes stools (for children and adults) and lampshades, and she will soon unveil a new and bigger object: an earth bedside cupboard. Made from soil and dry plants fibers, that give the mix a long lasting quality and structure, the Terra collection is entirely craft by hand. Ela collects her raw materials from a site nearby her Tel-Aviv studio, mixes it… read more

Turning A Barn Into Recycled Wooden Home

Labor 13 Turns Barn Into Recycled Wooden Home

Immersed into the wild landscape of bohemian Czech Republic there is an open plan dwelling made from local recycled materials. Standing on a piece of land of a former barn, the shelter was named ‘Conceptual Object in Vernerice’ as it is an experimental piece of architecture near a town called Vernerice. Long and lean, this beautiful wooden shelter sits right in the northern area of Czech Republic. Designed by local studio Labor 13, the shelter is charming and full of historic references that left a distinct mark. Built with a great respect for its past, the architects left untouched as… read more

Compostable Tableware Served Up From Japan

Compostable dinneware

Here is a humble tableware collection that is fully compostable and still, very elegant. Conceived by top Japanese creative director, Shinichiro Ogata, Wasara is pure, textured and white. It’s also very warm and nice to the touch. Made from a new mix of biodegradable composite materials that doesn’t include trees, the cups, plates, bowls and vases are made from a mix of agricultural waste including bamboo, reed pulp and bagasse. Perfect for taking to a tea party or picnic at the park Wasara is extra light. Designed to be fully compostable when finished with, it can be disposed of in… read more

The Slug And The Squirrel Creating New Life

The Slug and the Squirrel’s beautiful tiny green terrariums

American artist Jose Agatep from The Slug and the Squirrel enjoys making tiny green ecosystems inside repurposed glass jars. He gives a new life to old containers while creating a confined space for plants to live inside. The glass containers have various shapes and have been found around local flea markets or repurposed from the artist’s own kitchen. They include old bottles, jars, vases and pots, all made from glass because it’s easy to clean, long lasting and the best material to see through. The incredible terrariums filled with plenty of plants, wild mosses, flowers, small stones, soil, and wood… read more

The Velocino – The Pocket Sized Italian Bike

Velocino

Handy, pocket sized and very cute, Velocino is Italian manufacturer Abici’s latest bike. Charming and charged with history, they are a re-design of a bike first commissioned by Italian dictator Mussolini, who wanted a two-wheeler which was the perfect size to carry around with him. In fact, Abici’s first models were inspired by classic pieces from the 30s, 40s and 50s that owners Giuseppe Marcheselli, Stefano Seletti and Cristiano Gozzi would find in old bike shops and nearby scrap yards within Italy’s Alpine region of Lombardy. But one day they found an old Velocino model and never looked back. Each Velocino… read more

A Pop-Up Relaxed Space for the Stressed Out

Soft fold cabane

The problem with modern times is that we are all hyper-connected, doing multiple things at the same time and frankly, a bit stressed out. In response to this issue Marie Dessuant and Margaux Keller created a great flexible space to read, relax, hang around and be with oneself. Developed within the Fabrica experimental center, Soft Fold Cabane gives people a stress-free time. Soft Fold Cabane consists of a wooden structure that can be folded and unfolded and fits in just about any corner of the house. The long square section of wooden bars, found at a local flea market, are bolted together creating… read more

The Inner Life – a Seat + Plant Pot + Tortoise Home

Martín Azúa, the inner life, seat, polyethylene, plant pot, animal home, design, furniture

The more we get to know nature, the more we will love it, and therefore, look after it. With the aim of incorporating nature into our everyday life, Spanish designer Martín Azúa created a collection of useful objects which can host life, both animal and vegetable. On of the most surprising objects from his collection is a seat entitled “The Inner Life”, which serves different purposes as well as offering a comfy place to sit down and relax. An adaptation of Azúa’s 2008 “Sillón Om”, his latest design “The Inner Life” is also made from 100% recyclable polyethylene. Polyethylene is… read more

Plamp! The Pop Up Cardboard Lamp

PLAMP! POP-UP CARDBOARD LAMP

We all know that cardboard is a great material to use for making sustainable products. It is easy to handle, can be found everywhere, it is extremely versatile, recycled, recyclable, light and very affordable. It can be cut with scissors, a craft knife and even laser-cut. And to stick it together, it simply needs a bit of non-toxic water-based glue. Chilean designer Paloma Agliati is well aware of the humble material’s properties and decided to only use cardboard for her latest design. Plamp! is a pop-up lamp made entirely from cardboard. Shaped like a flower when it’s open, Plamp! looks… read more

Hush: A Soft Place to Hide

Hush: a soft place to hide

In a world where we are increasingly more connected and ‘out there’ thanks to social networks, public profiles, CCTV cameras everywhere and advanced phones, what we might really need as a piece of furniture is a place to hide and forget about it all. Created by British designer Freyja Sewell, Hush is a soft cocoon for retreat and finding oneself. Hush is a pod, a warm tiny space, a dark place to unwind and relax in comfort and solitude. Hush is shaped like a womb and it is said to inspire different feelings on different people. It is a soft… read more