All posts tagged: innovation

Repurposed Military-ware

The ultimate in upcycling and repurposing is turning old military items and war-time materials into functional and wearable peacetime pieces. Who’d have thought Jerry Cans, unexploded bombs, shell casings and disarmed nuclear weapon systems could be anything other than unwanted waste? Danish Fuel Danish Fuel collects original World War Two Jerry Cans from military surplus stock houses and with a lot of elbow grease breathes new life into them to create Bar Cabinets, First Aid Stations, Bathroom cabinets and Trolley suitcases. And in case you’re wondering where the name came from, ‘Jerry’ was the slang word used by the British and American armed forces for the Germans during World War II. The can’s original name was ‘Whermacht-Einheitskanister’ , meaning armed forces unit canister and was designed to hold fuel. Article 22 Article 22 partners with artisans in off-the-beaten-track places to create modern jewellery with provenance. Their first collection, Peacebomb is jewellery handcrafted in Laos from Vietnam War shrapnel. Each piece gives back to support traditional Laotian artisan livelihoods, village development, community endeavours and contributes to the Mines Advisory Group …

4 Ingenious Designs

Today I’d like to share with you four designs that perfectly blend practicality with originality and quirkiness. Top left to right: I featured an interview with the creators behind the giant HB Pencil Lamp a few months ago – here – and now husband and wife team Michael and George have launched on Kickstarter with a smaller version as pictured. Their clever design, Drew, pays homage to the humble pencil by hovering over surfaces as if held by an invisible hand and doodling straight into your computer or wall socket. I just love it! If you want to back their project and get a massive discount on a lamp, you’d better get in quick as support for them has already gone nuts. Go to Kickstarter now. I can’t decide if I’d want a bird wrapped around my neck but I do love the idea of making a scarf statement and having a giggle at the same time. Etsy creator Nina Fuhrer beautifully hand-makes scarves from merino wool and cashmere and features different birds, cats and foxes. The beaks/mouths contain …

4 Things that Caught my Eye

  Images from top left to right: I know cacti are easy plants to look after as they relish a lack of water, but if you want even more low maintenance plants make your own. These DIY painted rock cacti are so cute and would make a wonderful handcrafted gift. Even better, get the kids to make them! Find out how at Salt and Pepper Moms. This photo doesn’t do justice to Sena Runa’s quilled paper art which she sells on Etsy. Turkish-based Sena folds and curls and quills coloured paper in all manner of things from flora and fauna to dancers and hot air balloons. You can follow her on Instagram. Want a new take on sushi? Japanese purists might be horrified but if you find the sushi rolling fiddly, try making these sushi donuts, adding whatever toppings tickle your fancy. Watch the video on Bloglovin’ The Edit. Although embroidery is not a craft I’m drawn to do, I am attracted to the work done by others. This one would have to take the cake as far as …

Interview: Gil and Humberto | ChattyFeet Socks Founders

  Have you ever tried walking down the street holding your favourite vegetable just for a laugh? Probably not but the creators of character socks ChattyFeet, Gil and Humberto, have no qualms about injecting a bit of silliness into their lives on a daily basis. Says Gil, ” You need to believe there is a place in this world for silliness and play.” And their sock creations are testament to this philosophy. Why be boring with your footwear when you could instead clothe your tootsies in artists, action heroes and royalty? With names like The Toeminator, Vincent Van Toe and Frida Callus, Gil and Humberto have made sure your feet have the last laugh. Come and meet the two designers whose crazy creative idea that was sparked over a dinner party became a fully fledged business … Please introduce yourselves. Tell us a bit about your background, where you are based and how you’ve ended up where you are today. We met in London while studying design in Central Saint Martins, London. We worked in digital media for …