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The Lamp Can Read – Seongnam, South Korea

Using innovative OCR technology, this smart reading lamp can read books to children and help to foster children’s interest in reading. South Korean technology company Naver Corp has developed a smart reading light called Clova Lamp that helps children to cultivate healthy reading habits by narrating their books aloud. A list of completed books can be stored by the device. With computer vision and artificial intelligence technology, the lamp is able to convert the text and images from a book into speech, while an integrated virtual assistant can explain the meaning of words and answer kids’ questions to help them learn. “Clova Lamp reads out books that are placed underneath it when the ‘read’ button is hit or a voice command is given,” said James Kim, the Naver design team leader, to Dezeen. And another function as a light, the device is able to sense the environmental factors that can influence the reading experience and provide a responsive light that is easy on the eyes. It automatically senses the brightness of the surroundings and picks one of …

Lunch chopstick whittling in Food Foliage Brighton. Image by Food Foliage BrightonIG.

Hamidashimono Whittling Kit – Yoshino, Japan

For more than a hundred years, wood left-over from Japanese home construction has been upcycled to make disposable chopsticks in Yoshino, Nara prefecture, Japan, they called it – the Hamidashimono. Every Hamidashimono is upcycled, collected, stored and dried as if it were a regular pair of izakaya-grade chopsticks and once whittled, is ready for use. With the support from Lotus LLC of Japan, three Japan-based designers – Jan Chipchase, James Gibson and Eko Hayashi – produced the Hamidashimono KIT, a chopstick making kit with premium wood left-over – after their visit to the family-owned Kitamura Seihashishohe, the old chopstick factory in Yoshino. It is where the production of disposable chopsticks already started in the late 1800’s from the recycling of used sake barrels. But today they are made from the leftover planks of locally grown trees which has been used to construct beams for traditional Japanese homes. Together with local craftspeople in Yoshino, the three designers mentioned above launch their first izakaya-grade chopstick making kit: Hamidashimono #1:… The Hamidashimono #1 kit includes: 50 x Hamidashimono 1 x Higonokami Superior Brass …

Practical Folding Desk – Paris, France

A real space saver, a minimalist table that can easily be stored behind your cabinet. The bureau MARCEL wood table with measurement 94 cm length × 122 cm height, once folded — is only 5 cm thick. The functional and foldable table by French designer Christophe Gernigon, the creator of Plex Eat earlier this year. And if you need to work with light, the MARCEL table is available with an LED bar (optional). The MARCEL has clean and minimalist look with smooth and neat details. The frame material is beech wood and the tray one is oak venner. MARCEL Folding Desk comes with price of €495 with some optionals of LED light or without lighting. For the purchase, you can visit the Christophe Gernigon’s shop in his official website (see the info list below)   For more information about Christophe Gernigon: Website www.christophegernigon.com – Instagram @christopegernigonstudio – Facebook cgchristophe.gernigon – Twitter @gernigonstudio. Source: Biography of Christophe Gernigon — MARCEL folding table — MARCEL Bureau pliable

Renoleum Floors – Assendelft, The Netherlands

“I like to go where the inventions are and research is my way of designing.” With careful investigation and documentation, themes of local production and underexplored resources characterise the work of Dutch designer Chistien Meindertsma. Christien Meindertsma was also famous with her talk in TED in 2011, talking about her research and investigation on a pig’s parts with number 05049’s journey to diatributors and suppliers in How the pig parts make the world turn and in her book called PIG 05049, with ISBN: 978-90-812413-1-1. And lately she has been working with floor maker Forbo on processes that give new creative purpose to unwanted old product in Renoleum. The 2019 research project, is looking into the possibility of re-using old linoleum floors, commisioned by Forbo Flooring and also credits to Mathijs Labadie, Blauw Crushing, Forbo Proeffabriek, Jaromir van Vliet, Dalton College Alkmaar. Christien Meindertsma worked on her project in Forbo Flooring’s pilot plant. Before that, Meindertsma had taken off old linoleum from a school in Alkmaar, cleaned and processed them into a semi-finished product. She then enriched the …

DISPLAY by Tim Denton in Manchester UK. Image by Fiona Finchet.

Customized & Upgradeable Furniture – Manchester, United Kingdom

A customized  furniture with minimalist approach to essential solutions for living or working spaces A British designer based in Manchester, Tim Denton, specialising in the design and production of bespoke furniture, spaces and structures in his design and build studio. His latest furniture project is DISPLAY with large “A” frame. DISPLAY is a simple furniture system that is flexible, customisable, and upgradedable for designers, retailers, and exhibitors. All items in the collection are constructed from Birch plywood, Valchromat and Ash timber. Everything in the system is customisable and made to order in the workshop with smooth and easy details. A board panels can be made to your requirements, below are some popular options for displaying A4, A5 prints and objects. The A frame comes in Standard and XL size to hold an A1 print. Accompanying boxes can be nested to act as storage or display. Lids and locks can be added or boxes can covered with acrylic to protect precious items. The structure can be converted into a long table. Display was adapted into a plant …

Tiles Reincarnated – Vadodara, India

The aim is to protect and preserve our nature along with reviving of traditional skills. A simple, economical, and durable material is reinvented to create a facade that combines tradition and modernity.  A design studio in Vadodara, Gujarat – India, the MPDS Manoj Patel Design Studio, is giving designs services of architecture, interior, and product – and focusing on the sustainable building designs also restyling of the space with contemporary elucidation for design through exploration of waste and recyclable materials. In 2019, MPDS is well known with its clay tiles, which can minimize design in a house in India. The pieces have been produced by local artisans in order to generate more employment in the area and give a boost to the production of this element.   The latest project by MPDS in 2020 is the interior design of Shefali’s Studio, custom design outfits boutique located in Vadodara, India. The materials include reused clay roof tiles, recycle beer bottles, damaged flooring tiles, unused sample tiles, wasted metal rings and window shutters, and mirror cladding are among the …

Plant-Based Raw Tuna – San Francisco, United States

We strive for a world where the food system protects and nourishes us, animals and environment alike. A startup based in San Francisco, California, from Y Combinator summer cohort – develops a plant-base Hon-Maguro, raw blue-fin tuna called “Akami” and patents it. Kuleana, is a food technology company which creates the next generation seafood through the power of plants and biotechnology. The raw tuna here is made of iron and algae oil and a mix of different proteins, and forming them in a proprietary way. The vegan Akami helps to address consumers concerns on the overfishing, plastic pollution, and health concerns – especially related to micro-plastics, mercury, bacteria and parasites. The company offers a food product that competes with the taste, cost and convenience of the real raw tuna fish. You can see Kuleana’s recipes in the company website. According to Kuleana co-founder and chief executive, Jacek Prus, the company hopes to be making vegetarian alternatives to tuna, salmon, more fish and shellfish. Together with food science space Ron Shigeta and food science researcher Sonia Hurtado, they launched Kuleana. …

The Tent Sculptures – Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Tents, with their the universal language, are an excellent in understanding the chemistry between people. The tents of the Rotterdam based sculptor Dré Wapenaar, has revolved around on how we relate ourselves with one another since 1987. His flexible architecture of the tents manifests itself in various forms and has a multitude of different functions. Since 1993, after his first Family Tent built up, Wapenaar has devoted himself to making tents. His latest tents project in 2020 is the Tanendreef, a tree camping tents in Borgloon, Belgium this summer. Each tent is equipped with a bed, a bench, storage, windows, and, of course, a ladder to help guests climb in and out of the structure. You can camp in the tree tent with two adults and possibly two small kids. Available until September 2020. The previous Tanendreef was built in 2011 which was originally made for tree activists, then it was successful as camping activities. Also the Tentvillage, built in 2007 – a contribution to the old syrup distillery. Before Tranendreef, Wapenaar had created many …

Beauty of Craftmanship & Upcycling – Copenhagen, Denmark

“Our fabrics are so precious, they need to be used. We have never thrown anything away. We have all here in our Studio in Copenhagen, every last scrap.” Since 2015, the Danish designer Cecilie Bahnsen has made a trademark on the global fashion stage with her voluminous dresses that are bold, playful, sculptural, and full of fantasy, and her vision on integrity and consciousness. Cecilie Bahnsen and team cherish the community – the female power and respect the longevity and integrity of sourcing, designing, manufacturing, and upcycling – in her collection. The LVMH 2017 finalist has made design collections and collaborations on giving the second life to fabrics into new product. Bahnsen is using 100% upcycled fabrics from previous season for her Resort 2021 collection, an inspired response to COVID-19 lockdown limitations – Bahnsen created corseted and peplumed dresses and tops decked out with lace, as well as witchy black coats and jackets. Combining patchworks of quilting, embroidered organza, and sheer silk faille. The designer has also been experimenting with upcycling and making small capsule collections of …

Kahoku Slippers Are Booming – Kahoku, Japan

Slippers, the humble footwear, has its peak in demands during the 2020 pandemic. In Japan, the country has the largest production of Japanese slippers located in Yamagata prefecture. They are seeing an increase in orders from overseas, as people are now starting to take off shoes and wear slippers while at home to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection. So, people around the world are now learning about the benefits of the Japanese costume about taking off their shoes at home. The Japanese slippers have no wheels, and there is no distinction between left and right. They wear them daily indoors, after taking off their shoes from outside.   For example, the slippers factories in Kahoku Town, Yamagata Prefecture, are still busy handling a surge in orders from abroad despite the corona pandemic. The orders are flowing in from the people who usually wearing shoes at home. Manufacturers there have begun to export, including the oldest company in the prefecture, Abe Sangyo. So when was this custom of wearing slippers started in Japan? It was started around 17th …

The Unnoticeable Transportation – Ada, MI, United States

“I wanted to create a piece that is museum-worthy that’s completely unnoticeable and so familiar, you’re just going to walk past it.” Designer Joey Ruiter is transforming everyday objects into products that are just as useful as they are jaw-dropping. His work ranges from furniture to transportation to household objects and more. The latest work of Ruiter is NOMOTO where graffiti covered E-motorbike and architecture blending in. He also works on this with Phil Carpenter and Noah Develder. The design unique and when you push a button, the moto rises up, flips open and a seat pops out. Underneath its city-skin, the motorbike appears, letting you drive away on it.     Studio Joey Ruiter is “trying to push design to the point of not being there” – the moto that becomes a canvas for the graffiti, a bench for a moment of rest. NOMOTO is to debut at Museum Craft and Design in the cutting edge motorcycle exhibition “Moto MMXX” show on August 21st to January 3rd, 2021. Other transportation designs of Studio Joey Ruiter is Consumer …

Masque Barriere by Géochanvre F in France

8 Creative Masks Around The World

Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. Here I collect some creative yet useful masks around the world:… 1. The Atmõs by Aõ Air – Brooklyn,  United States.   The Atmõs is a truly reusable mask for those seeking an alternative to the allergy mask, the antipollution mask, smoke protection. The Atmõs – the positivair technology work is fog resistant, 50 times better than market leading sports air filtration masks. Its proprietary D’Fend system and active nanofiltration has been designed from the molecular level to protect you and cleans >98% of PM2.5. For more information about Ao Air: Website http://www.ao-air.com – YouTube  Facebook Ao Air – YouTube Aõ Air – Twitter @AoFacewear – LinkedIn Ao Air – Instagram @aofacewear 2. Sneaker Mask by Zhijun Wang – Beijing, China. The creative mastermind Zhijun Wang and team are taking the trend deeper into more experimental territory in sneaker mask. He handcrafted over 200 pieces of sneaker masks in …

Eco Elegant Active Wear – Paris, France

Elegant, high-performance, and eco-responsible clothing for men. A French brand that offers freedom power to your wardrobe with earth friendly textiles and priduction process. Wolbe Paris, a Parisian men clothing brand, unite the sport and couture to offer freedom for active men. The Wolbe team using 100% natural materials with no petroleum derivatives, renewable energies with a limited footprint on natural resources – on all layers. The 3 timeless pieces with minimalist and modern cut combined the elegant details of functionality. The 3 timeless pieces with minimalist and modern cut combined the elegant details of functionality with seamless and neat couture finishing. Each piece has a function. The first layer is the breathable Tencel® shirt that wicks away perspiration and keeps you dry. The second is sweater up to your choice. The third is breathable yet waterproof jacket and  trench coat that protects you from bad weather with underarm ventilation. The correct layering of each guarantees your well-being. All finishing inside are 100% thermo-glued and seamless. To limit the carbon footprint linked to transport, the Wolbe Paris produces …

The Impossible Foods – Redwood City, United States

Using animals to make meat is a prehistoric and destructive technology. A food tech company has been making meat from plants in Redwood City, California since 2011. With the mission, we will all never have to use animals again and save the planet The Impossible Foods™, where meat, dairy, and fish are made from plants. Heme is what makes meat taste like meat, an essential molecule found in every living plant and animal. The plant-based heme is made via fermentation of genetically engineered yeast, and safety-verified. This year Impossible Foods is in more than 4,700 stores nationwide, and plans to expand its retail footprint to 7,500 by the end of the year. In June 2020, it introduced its e-commerce site, made collaboration with Starbucks’ The Impossible™ Breakfast Sandwich features savory Impossible™ Sausage which is combined with a cage-free fried egg and aged cheddar cheese served on an artisanal ciabatta bread. In July 2020, the company has also released a cookbook: Impossible: The Cookbook, featuring about 40 delicious and sustainable plant-based recipes for home cooks of all …

The Not Company Food Technology – Santiago, Chile

Food reinvention from Latin America. A multi-billion dollar business of food replacement producing the plant-based meat and dairy products based in Santiago, Chile. The Not Co, a Chilean food tech company using artificial intelligence and state-of-art technology to replicate the same taste, smell, function, look, and feel of the animal-base products by copying their molecular structure. And it is Giuseppe, an artificial intelligence algorithm computer software, who decides how to make all this. In July, 2020, the company is about to close on an $85 million round of funding that would value it at $250 million, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans. The chief executive Matias Muchnick and his two co-founders, astrophysicist Karim Pichara and plant genomic researcher Pablo Zamore, are plotting to bring the potential benefits of this food revolution to Latin America and the world. Until now it has expanded beyond its mayonaise products into milk, ice cream, and hamburgers. “If we can map the genome of a lentil or whatever bean there is, you could easily understand and predict whether that …

(Updated) Compostable Food Packaging – Denpasar, Indonesia

1 update – on August 6th, 2020: Title has been changed from “I Am Not Plastic” into “Compostable Food Packaging”. #iamnotplastic is the Avani Eco hashtag. But the complete range of Avani Eco’s compostable products is not only plastic range.    Global solution for eco-friendly products. A green company based in Indonesia offers full range of biodegradable and compostable packaging, made of natural and renewable resources like cassava starch, corn starch, sugar cane fibers, birch wood, and many others. The Avani Eco clients are Heineken, Virgin, Hyatt, Marriott, Barneys New York, and many others. Avani Eco Hub, a social enterprise established in Denpasar, Bali Island – producing 100% biodegradable and compostable, FSC certified food packaging range. The Avani product waste will degrade and compost in less than 180 days, which all will become safe food for the soil, animals, and some for us. Avani encouraging the term ‘Responsible’ as a core driving value of the preceding three key factors; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The Avani company was founded by Balinese entrepreneur Kevin Kumala in 2014 through …

Cassava TeloBag – Tangerang, Indonesia

Plastic waste generally requires time to be degraded at the age of 500-1,000 years. But not the plastic bags from TeloBag. The daily leftovers of fruits and vegetables can be put into the Telobag plastic bag and thrown into the garbage compost bin. Then the bag with its contents will degrade within 100 days and total natural decompose within 180 days. The bag will become compost, the natural food for the soil. TeloBag, is a non toxic and biodegradable plastic bag made of cassava starch and other natural fibres, a plastic bag with no plastic element nor damaging residue. Telo means cassava in Javanese. It is produced in Tangerang city in West Java Island, Indonesia. TeloBag is Indonesian eco-friendly, biodegradable, compostable plastic bag that can be beneficial to the environment. Telobag brand is founded by Mariana Chandra. The only weakness points from TeloBag is that it is not strong enough against water, it will get softer. But it is not melting against the hot iron, proved as the Telobag has no plastic element:…   For …

Bubble Wraps Into Clothes – Auckland, United States

An aspiring clothing brand, an experiential learning outlet thinking outside the box, founded in 2012 by Tommy Bogo in Auckland. He set out to create a garment that utilized packaging material in order to encourage others to re-purpose, re-use, and recycle. The brand Tombogo designing utility wear and accessories, constructing character through design process. The brand is appealing to the utilitarian needs of today, while propelling his brand forward with sustainable, inventive, and futuristic designs. The latest product from the brand is Bubble Wrap Vest – made of recycled bubble wrap and durable PVC inspired by the excessive packing materials littered throughout the streets. Other Tombogo products include useful bubble wrap jackets, cargo pants, bubble wrap and military based cordura bags, LED Scouter glasses, Electrical Repair Googles, cordura conveyor vests, and many others – focusing on the utilitarian and sustainable section. See more in the Tombogo Shop.   Tombogo was founded within a diverse community if black art, design, and music. It has given its support and donations to communities.   For more information about Tombogo: Website http://www.tombogo.com – …

Endless Clothing Line – Los Angeles, United States

A company with a vision of life with less stuff – of life filled with living – not junk. You just have to buy the product once, swap out, and got a new one. For Days, is the original closed loop clothing company, founded by a former GAP employee Kristy Caylor and her co-founder Mary Saunders in 2018. For Days, specialized in T-Shirt line, has been certified as carbon neutral company and as B-Corporation since early 2020. It is also an honoree of Fast Company Innovation Award in 2019. So, how it works?: By simply living in and swapping out your For Days gear, you are eliminating clothing waste. You can join once and swap forever. Our closed loop system means that 100% of your old products are recycled and remade into new materials. So, once you’re done with one of your t-shirts, you send it back to their headquarters where it’s sliced into pieces, broken down into pulp, and upcycled into another T-shirt. 100% of For Days’ products are recyclable and use 100% organic GOTS-certified cotton. …

This Is The End Of The End – Seattle, United States

“This is the end of the end.” A fiber technology company based in Seattle, converts garment wastes to new, high-quality fiber for the creation of new clothing, in partnership with brands and retailer. Evrnu, founded in 2014 by Stacy Flynn and Chrysto, is a textile innovations company creating a circular ecosystem with NuCycl technology where products made with it can be disassembled to the molecular level and regenerated multiple times into new clothing, home and industrial textiles with extraordinary performance and environmental advantages.   Evrnu has done collaborations with The North Face, Adidas – Stelka McCartney, Levi’s, Target, and many others.   Evrnu® and Levi Strauss & Co. created first jeans made from post-consumer cotton garment waste. And the Adidas by Stella McCartney Infinite Hoodie is 100% recyclable and made out of NuCycl fiber and virgin cotton. Evrnu’s NuCycl technology extends the lifecycle of today’s single-use textile fibers and offers our industry partners an alternative sustainable solution to end-of-life disposal.   Both founders started the company with a question: How do we prevent people from throwing their garments away? …

American Adv3nture Hoodie – California, United States

The Adv3nture founder, Zane Lamprey, has the goal is to create premium apparel that combines advanced fabrics, complete comfort, and functional design. Adv3nture has taken an active role in for many years, not only how products are made, but the impact it has on the world around us. The 3 in the Adv3nture logo represents the 3 Trees Initiative – planting three trees for every piece of product sold. Partnered with Green Forests Work, a non-profit organization reforesting formerly mined lands in Appalachia. As of July 4, 2020, all Adv3nture apparel is hand-crafted in America, from the ground up. It all starts with American cotton grown in North Carolina, zippers made in Georgia, and the final product being cut and sewn in California.   The Kickstarter of the new Adv3nture hoodie launched on July 20th and will conclude on August 21st. The Adv3nture brand has two types of hoodies: the CLASSIC Hoodie and the latest one, the ADV3NTURE Hoodie. The CLASSIC Hoodie has the same silhouette, measurement, and fabric as the new ADV3NTURE Hoodie, including the comfort, …

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IWOM – State College, United States

The hassle of lugging around all the extra clothing and gear to be prepared for unpredictable weather during outdoor activities is no longer exist with IWOM, a game changer outdoor apparel. The IWOM team, standing for Inner Warmth Outer Mobility, is fast becoming a household name in the outdoor industry. The mission is to allow our customers to fully enjoy the outdoors regardless of what mother nature has in store. The latest product from IWOM is a waterproof and windproof jacket that converts from a self-contained fanny pack, to jacket, to full body protection from the elements quickly and comfortably – IWOM Convertible All-Purpose Jacket 2.0:… All of the zippers and seams on the IWOM Convertible All-Purpose Jacket 2.0 are fully sealed making the jacket waterproof and windproof. The breathable fabric keeps you dry and comfortable. It is perfect for sporting events, camping, boating, dog walking, and much more. With its coverage and flexibility, the IWOM is your solution to the challenges made by the ever-changing weather. Other IWOM main products are are: IWOM Full Body Hunting …

Boafo x Dior – Accra, Ghana

“I love fashion and I tend to look at characters who have a sense of style. The interesting part, for me, of working with a fashion house is how they were able to transfer my finger painting technique onto clothes.” Kim Jones, the artistic director of Dior Men, collaborates with Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo – for the Dior’s Spring 2021 Menswear fashion collection. With fusing Boafo’s art with Dior artisanship, a look book, and a documentary film shot at the artist’s studio in Accra and at Jones’ home in London. Friends hanging at Boafo’s place are wearing pieces from the collection, and the artist is working in a faded-wallpaper print Dior Men shirt, whose pattern has bounced back in a creative arc from portrait to garment. There is a remarkable synergy between Boafo’s portraiture and the SS2021 Dior collection that Kim Jones, artistic director of Dior Men – has presented through a film directed by Jackie Nickerson, edited and soundtracked by the video artist Chris Cunningham. The result: clothes saturated with uplifting color and print, which pinpoint …

#WeAreLinen Campaign

Linen is a sustainable fabric made from flax fibers. Ecological and easy to maintain, linen is a fiber with multiple qualities. It’s good thermo regulator, resistant, biodegradable,  thermoregulator, absorbent , and breathable textile. And 80% of the world’s production of scutched flax fibers are originated from Europe, and France is the world leader.  European Confederation of Flax and Hemp – CELC, is the only European organization in agro-industry, grouping and federating all stages of production and process of flax and hemp in 14 European countries. The mission based on the innovative and environmental qualities of its fibers is guaranteed by EUROPEAN FLAX® and MASTERS OF LINEN® as the traceability marks and it’s promoted among professionals and consumers thanks to the J’AIME LE LIN campaign also known as We Are Linen, I Love Linen, Amo Il Lino / #sololino. On Wednesdays at 12.30pm (GMT+2), We Are Linen is live on Instagram via Zoom with fashion and textile professionals in French language. The recent live of the linen community was on Wednesday, 15 July 2020 with Louis Gabriel Nouchi, Menswear designer based in …

Made51 – Around The World

Refugees around the world have lived in UNHCR refugee camps for many years. When refugees flee, they carry tradition, skill, knowledge, and craftmanship. Made51 is bringing beautiful refugee-made products to a global market. Made 51 is brought by UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, a global organization dedicated to saving lives and protecting the rights of refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East, MADE51 links refugee artisans in hosting countries with local social enterprises that work in the artisanal sector. With Made51, refugees can rebuild their livelihood, preserve their culture, and re-establish their independence. The store is divided into four sections: Home Decor — Accessories — Jewellery — Dolls & Gifts, with wide variety of handmade products. 8 February 2020. UNHCR’s initiative to drive social inclusion sees refugee-made accessories showcased at the world’s largest home goods tradeshow, Ambiente. Every product sold helps refugees build sustainable livelihoods whilst continuing to celebrate and maintain long-held artistic traditions. For more information about Made51: Webshop shop.made51.org – Website http://www.made51.org – Instagram @made51_unhcr. Source: Made51 Website — About UNHCR — UNHCR Ambassador – Jung …

Shining Shamir – Las Vegas, United States

A star born and became the pride of his hometown in North Las Vegas. A very talented musician, actor, comedian, singer, rapper, chef, designer Shamir Bailey, has come to give us new light during the Covid-19 pandemic through his song “On My Own”, released on 10 June 2020:…   In the interview with Fast Company he mentioned that he’s a night owl, post midnight is athe best creative time of the day. Shamir has always been the quintessential DIY artist, teaching himself guitar at an early age, and whatever instruments proved necessary afterward. Although he tours as a three-piece band, Shamir mostly tends to record alone, with a four-track, playing all the parts himself. Four years ago, he was mentioned as The Pride of North Las Vegas. On the day he got a new job in Topshop, his song that had been posted in Pitchfork,, got many attentions from public and record labels. And since then, he was appeared in many music festivals. In the interview with ID Magazine in 2014, during his early music career, …

Pursewit – Islamabad, Pakistan

An industrial design graduate from the NUST (National University of Science and Technology) in Pakistan, has created a sewing machine for the visually impaired. Aqsa Ajmal, a Pakistani industrial designer, has been listed as one of six Lexus Design Award 2020 finalists with her Pursewit, a simplified sewing machine for the visually impaired, the operation system is more intuitive and tactile, aiding in the cumbersome process of sewing.   Ajmal then recalled a neighbour who had lost her eyesight after a devastating accident. “It was very difficult for her to come to terms with how she couldn’t pursue her studies anymore. Not to mention, special education and equipment such as braille in Pakistan are quite expensive.” So, Ajmal designing a machine that could empower not only her neighbour but every visually-impaired person out there. Other product design by Aqsa Ajmal are: CIRCLET, an interface headset for curling hair with Nida — OPULENT, a metallic mouse designed for comfort — LUMINOSO, a creative workstation designed to enhance the users’ creative capabilities — and many others. Aqsa Ajmal also participated in Youth …

What if garbage isn’t garbage? – London, United Kingdom

A creative solution to end our million tonnes electronic wastes that contain many of the world’s precious metals is here, by reusing them to produce new challenging product, The Garbage Watch. The waiting list has now been opened for the purchase in Vollebak’s Future Releases page. Vollebak, a London based innovative brand, created the watch product with a simple idea: What if garbage isn’t garbage? What if it’s simply pre-assembled raw materials that we can use to make new things. The Garbage Watch, is simply built from the precious electronic trash like silver, platinum, copper, nickel, cobalt, aluminium and zinc.   Working in collaboration with the Wallpaper* Re-Made project, the Garbage Watch by Vollebak reframes an often invisible and hazardous end of the supply chain. In the August 2020 issue of Wallpaper* Magazine, it’s stated that: “The best things last a lifetime, accompanying our journeys and enriching our lives. So we shouldn’t simply be making more beautiful things, we should re-examine how, what and why we make and consume.” The Editor-in-chief of Wallpaper Magazine, Sarah Douglas – invited creatives …

G2 Biodegradable Mask by Géochanvre F company in France.

Biodegradable & Biocompostable Geotextiles – Lézinnes, France

An industrial company using sustainable development with zero-waste industrialized production of natural, biodegradable, and biocompostable geotextiles for planting, packaging, and also as safe filter. Géochanvre, a French manufacturer of felts and canvases made of hemp fiber and other natural fibers, cultivated at the heart of Lyon in Lézinnes, France. An area that is famous with its agriculture. The founder and director of Géochanvre F – Frédéric Roure, stated that the company is using locally grown vegetable fibers such as hemp or flax, all natural raw materials from French agriculture. The hemp fibres bonded by hydrolysis, the patented process that only use water. Without glue nor additive. It allows the industrial production of 100% biodegradable non-woven geotextiles. Some of the materials produced for packaging and some for cultivation without weeding in gardens, landscapes, and wine growing businesses, to protect the quality of the soil and also the harvests. At this moment, the main products range of Géochanvre F based on the fabric type: bio canvas, biogradable felt, biocompostable G2 mask and filter.   Bio canvas is for …