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Ron Arad: Restless at Barbican Art Gallery from 18th February 2010

Bold, experimental and inventive, Ron Arad defies categorisation. This internationally acclaimed London-based maverick is variously described as a designer, architect and artist. Ron Arad: Restless is the first major exhibition of Arad’s work in the UK. It opens at Barbican Art Gallery on 18 February 2010
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Kyle Bean for Hermès

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UK based designer and animator Kyle Bean created this piece consisting of newspaper covered instruments for Hermes . The installation was used for their Christmas window displays. Via:[Slamxhype]

Beautiful Earth Group Solar Powered Vehicle Power Stations

Beautiful Earth Group, a New York-based sustainable energy company, has finally made solar powered electric vehicle stations bi-costal. Red Hook, Brooklyn, is home to the first of these powering stations, just a stone’s throw from Beautiful Earth’s offices in downtown Manhattan. The stations is completely modular and off-grid, and is comprised of shipping containers that have been recycled specifically for this purpose.
The station, located in an industrial lot, is powered solely by 235-watt photovoltaic panels. With the amount of commercial electric and plug-in hybrids that will be hitting the market next year, this station is one of only several that will be demanded in New York City. And the station, while it’s primary use is for vehicles, can power a small home and has a battery bank that can store electricity for 24/7 on-demand usage.

World’s Largest Solar Energy Building Opened in China

Located in China’s northeastern province of Shandong, the world’s largest solar energy building opened in November, 2009. Built in preparation of the Fourth World Solar City Congress, the sun-dial inspired building covers 75,000 square meters and features exhibition halls, scientific research facilities, training facilities and a hotel. The energy savings on the building is 30% higher than the national energy saving standard due to advanced roof and wall insulation.

Paper Tiger Products: Eco Friendly And Extra Hardy

Australian Anthony Dan is the designer behind enviro-friendly Paper Tiger Products. Easily assembled and conveniently flat packed, the idiosyncratic structures, furniture and lighting range use triangular folding methods and are surprisingly hardy. Constructed from recycled / recyclable materials the products are can withstand heavy use and are manufactured locally. Mainly working with clients who need temporary structures, Paper Tiger Products took out the Launch Pad award for Sustainability in 2007. via:[PSFK]

New Years Resolutions 2010

OLED Wallpaper To Render The Light Bulb Obsolete?

light emittin wallpaper OLED
Welsh company LOMOX Ltd. has been awarded £454,000 grant from the UK’s Carbon Trust organization to further develop its organic light emitting diode technology (OLED), bringing hyper-efficient lighting solutions to homes, businesses and roadways. The technology uses electrical current to stimulate chemicals on a surface to produce light and only requires between three to five volts to run, making it 2.5 more efficient than current energy saving light bulbs. Due to its flexibility, OLEDs have the potential for numerous applications from lighting virtually any display – TVs, computers and mobile phones – to entire walls and road signs, and can be powered by greener alternatives such as solar.
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Leftovers by Phil Nutley for Despoke.

We have just unleashed our collective spending sprees on each other, packed fridges and plenty of gifts under the tree. Here in the UK, we regularly throw away approx. 30% of our weekly food shopping, or 20 million tons if you like bigger figures! As we unpack and unwrap the festive treats, 1 in 5 of us will be wanting to sell the gift onwards via eBay. So cast your eye over this innovative solution from creative fashion and footwear designers, Karen Heard and Emma Reed. ‘Leftovers’ – Alternative Design Opportunities, looks at how we can utilise off cuts from manufacturing and create footwear and clothing from seemingly discarded materials. It’s spot on for our age of ‘less is all we’ve got’.
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Silent Night for Despoke by Phil Nutley

Hopehagen’s site summed up the recent showdown of powerful people with seemingly no real power to commit, as “It has been a long, difficult two weeks in Copenhagen.”

An image can say so much more. This photograph taken by Christopher Sturman gives us a very different view of lighting up a tree during the festive season. It’s a reminder of how much impact we have on our environment.


Based on the success of pilot program “Green Light”, organized by Cool NRG, and supported by companies like Philips, HSBC and Televisa Verde, through which 1 million energy efficient lamps were delivered to 250,000 households in the city of Puebla, Mexico.

President Calderon ordered the Energy and Environment Ministries to prepare a statute, by means of which incandescent bulbs be replaced with energy efficient lamps.
At the same time, calls on society to use energy efficient lamps.

President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa launched the program “Luz Sustentable (Sustainable Light)”, with which it is intended to achieve annual savings of $539 million pesos. During the presentation, he noted that this is the right time to protect the environment through energy savings and avoid the emission of carbon dioxide.
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USB Sofas For A Simple Home Sharing Envionment

usb sofa from Cabracega
For the International Festival for the Post Digital Creation Culture, the design studio Cabracega has built a concept living environment for easy sharing between friends and house mates. The USB Sofa setup incorporates readily-accessible USB drives and 14GB of sharable space, giving users easy access to each others’ files. Via:[PSFK]

Sarah Wigglesworth Creates Sustainable Christmas Tree for Bermondsey Square

What do you get if you cross a Christmas tree with a bicycle? A “Tree-Cycle” – A sustainable Christmas tree made out of recycled bicycle parts.

Leading sustainable architectural practice Sarah Wigglesworth Architects has been commissioned by developer’s igloo to create a bespoke Christmas tree for Bermondsey Square, London, SE1. The Bermondsey Square Christmas tree is composed of 35 recycled bike wheels, set on a simple structure, in the recogniZable shape of a Christmas Tree.
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Les Ateliers Ruby SpongeBob SquarePants Helmet

This year the easy-to-love cartoon that is SpongeBob SquarePants is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary as well as being an iconic figure in pop culture today. Created by Stephen Hillenburg in 1984, it wasn’t until the pilot episode of SpongeBob SquarePants first aired in the United States on Nickelodeon on May 1, 1999 that the cartoon really took off.
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Shi Jinsong: tree motorbikes

Common shell-less high-emission racing motorcycle in a tree.

‘I just want to know what a big tree – which is four or five meters long – with a speed
of more than one hundred km per hour looks like.’
Shi Jinsong
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Raphaël Charles answers Despoke’s Questions

What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
I wanted to find a job implying a great part of creativity, and at the same time, I was fascinated by the industrial world! If you add up these two considerations, you obtain designer, but it took me a couple of years before finding out this answer.
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