All green ID geniuses! All chair connoisseurs! Here’s your chance to conjure up an innovative armchair in keeping with the tenets of “good” (ie “green”) design. The One Good Chair Competition is looking for some smart new designs that balance beauty with comfort while letting sustainable forms shine through. The winning team will receive $4,500 to help realize their design as a prototype.
WHK Business Growth Series | DINZ Design Talk – Positive Development, Dr Janis Birkeland – "Poor urban design is killing more people than terrorism" | DINZ & Objectspace Designers Speak: Showtell 2: Out of the Ditch | DINZ National Conference 2008 | DINZ National Conference 2007 The Ministry for the Environment and the Designers Institute are hosting talks by Dr Janis Birkeland. Dr Janis Birkeland wrote the book ‘Positive Developments – Vicious Circles to Virtuous Cycles’ which has been highly praised by Dr Michael Braungart, co-author Cradle to Cradle, at the recent CEO Summit in Auckland.
Following on form the Design Boom blog post below, here is the link to the HAPE International site where you can see the toys advertised. After years of research, extensive testing and a worldwide design workshop, HaPe International is proud to offer the Bamboo Collection, the world’s first collection of bamboo toys. Why did it take years? The challenge with bamboo, a giant natural grass that grows as tall as a tree, is its sensitivity to sawing, cutting, filing, dyeing, temperature and bending. HaPe realized the extensive amount of research and testing required but persevered due to the sustainability of bamboo and its economical and ecological values to the world. Once cut, bamboo grows back completely in a mere three years. Bamboo also combines lightness with stability and is flexible but very strong. Bamboo Collection launches with 14 games for 2-4 players aged three years and up. The 5-10 minute games are perfect for parent and child or brother and sister. Three creative sets are perfect for the thoughtful artist. Bamboo toys have names derived from Latin for use around the world. The bamboo grain has a wonderful tactile feel and is enhanced with a bright water-based paint.
yoav ziv and assaf eshet describe their experience:a meeting at the 2007 toy fair with mr. peter handstein, founder and CEO of HaPe international ltd., lead to an extraordinary experience for our students and us.
Often overshadowed in the prefab debate by their sexier cousin, the modular home, manufactured homes are not usually synonymous with sustainability or style. Until now, that is. Introducing HOM (pronounced ‘home’ and written with a fancy phonetic symbol), a new line of green manufactured homes, furniture, lighting and accessories for the consumer who cares about living lightly on the land, in style, and with a close connection to nature. Designed by KAA Design Group, a Los Angeles-based architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and branding company, HOM is sold as a lifestyle, not just a house, and proves beyond a doubt that this is not your average double wide.