All posts filed under: Design

Energy Saviours

Inspired by the ABC’s recent “War on Waste” series, here are 4 measures that are designed to preserve energy for the future. Food sharing at work: Bringing in leftovers, pooling them together to create a more interesting lunch courtesy of sharing with your colleagues is a clever concept. If you have access to a kitchen, a toastie-pie maker and a wok then many flavours are possible. image: uchino-web.com Harness the sunlight: Tesla have released their solar roof tiles onto the US market, with the product due to be rolled out in Australia in 2018. The tiles come in all shapes and sizes and transfer the solar energy harnessed to a home-based Tesla battery. Reduced metal mining: Apple has announced its intention to make iPhones and iPads from 100% recycled materials to ensure a zero environmental impact. As well as acknowledging they need to reduce their greenhouse emissions, the company is committed to reducing eWaste. Staging a clothing swap: It may surprise you to know that your unloved and unwanted clothing may be coveted and cherished by friends and family. Reduce clothing to landfill …

Interview : Issy Hutton| Sustainable Jewellery

‘Creation with a conscience’ is at the heart of one-time costume designer now jewellery maker and artist, Issy Hutton. Based in Melbourne, Issy fashions jewellery, especially earrings, from recycled plywood and eco-friendly materials. Her pieces are bold, fun and colourful. I caught up with Issy to find out what prompted her career change and how creativity and sustainability fuel her. Tell us about yourself – who are you, what’s your background? I’ve always been creatively inclined, even from a young age. I grew up in a very isolated rural area of Queensland and when I was in pre-school I was the only child in my year. I made friends with the older kids and they used to ask me to draw things for them all the time – as well as take giant bites from their apples and give them the pieces! I was a latecomer to university, starting my degree at 23, studying Design for Theatre, Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts. I then pursued a career as a costume and …

Duncan Meerding Lights Up the New MACq01 Hotel in Tasmania

Our favourite lighting designer, Duncan Meerding, whose Cracked Log Lamps we feature on the store, has been hard at work creating lights for the soon-to-open MACq01 Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania. Calling itself the ‘storytelling hotel’, the MACq01 aims to tell the stories of Tasmania’s history and, specifically, 114 of the characters who famously or infamously make up its colourful past. Duncan’s lighting, which uses salvaged logs destined to be burnt, will be perfect for this hotel. His specially created Log Banker’s Lamp and Cracked Lop Lamps will offer the ideal ambience for a place that wishes to exude history and tell tales of the past. Click the image below to watch a beautifully produced video on Duncan and his work … We can’t wait to see his lights in situ when the MACq01 Hotel opens in June this year, 2017!    

Wearable Art | Thirty Years of wacky

What would happen if art was ripped off the wall and thrown onto a human body? We all love a dress-up but there’s something thrilling and amusing about the World of Wearable Art and the international competition staged in my home town Wellington, New Zealand each year. It’s as if the concept of haute couture is poked, prodded and flipped on its head (or rammed where the sun don’t shine). Designers from the worlds of architecture, art, theatre, jewellery making, textile and industrial crafting are united by the challenge to construct without commercial constraint. The results are no less than inspirational. The opportunity for innovation and invention is irresistible to an enormous band of entrants worldwide. The show-and-tell takes place on a giant runway amid an extravagant lighting and sound display, overall it’s not too far removed from catwalk, but the outfits are seriously ingenious. The rest of Wellington rejoices and retail outlets show their support by proudly displaying entries in shop frontages, plus a few premium entries make the foyer of the world renowned Te Papa Museum on the Wellington foreshore. In Aotearoa, the competition has become an institution and this …