Biodegradable vases by ett la benn

Image courtesy of ett la ben

I really like the look of these biodegradable hand-made 'Kami' vases by German design Studio ett la ben (no capitals, apparently).
They're made from 100% biodegradable cellulose coming from wood pulp and cotton.

Looking at the photographs, the vases and pots appear sturdy and heavy, but being made from cellulose, the products should be pretty light-weight.
I suspect my perception of these designs would shift when seeing (and touching) them for real, but regardless, they got me interested.
Image courtesy of ett la ben
Spotted on Yatzer, read the original article for more about the Kami series.

Of course Studio ett la ben has a website, but that's in German and i didn't find a lot about this project (truthfully: nothing, but maybe i got distracted trying to decipher the texts and wasn't looking well enough), what i did find, was a lot of interior design for restaurants that is worth checking out.


Avifauna | Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters

Avifauna, large, Heron | Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters, 2009
25 x 22 x 60 cm | cotton, wood, bird carcass, linen, pins
photograph from Thomas Eyck


Neon lights by Pieke Bergmans

Neon lights by Pieke Bergmans // pic by me
Last year at the Dutch Design Week i was pretty busy, but i took one day off and that day i spotted this beautiful project by Pieke Bergmans at the Kazerne. I took this pic with the camera on my phone.

Luckily i found better photographs taken by Mirjam Bleeker in this article about the project by Dezeen.
Neon lights by Pieke Bergmans // photograph by Mirjam Bleeker

Neon Lights by Pieke Bergmans // photograph by Mirjam Bleeker


Algae growing patterns and cleansing the body | Vivian Hartung

Pattern dyeing with Algae, by Vivian Hartung
photograph courtesy of Vivian Hartung
Love this project by recent Artez design graduate Vivian Hartung.
Here's what she wrote about it on her website:

"A research into the possibility of growing graphic patterns on textile materials using algae. By manipulation light or adding pressure point it's possible to control the algae growth and create patterns."

Find more photographs on Vivian Hartungs website,. there you can also find more information about her algae-inspired graduation project My Atomic Body.

My Atomic Body / Algae diet by Vivian Hartung
Photograph courtesy of Vivian Hartung


El Anatsui | gravity and grace and other works

Gravity and Grace, El Anatsui 2010 // Aluminum, copper wire
photograph by Andrew McAllister for the Akron Art Museum
Quite by chance i stumbled upon these beautiful masterpieces by Ghanaian artist El Anatsui (1944).
Apparently there was an overview exhhibition at the Brooklyn museum some years ago. Not living anywhere near Brooklyn (or the US, for that matter), it's no surprise i missed it. Glad i found out about him eventually though.

Last year El Anatsui was awarded with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale to "acknowledge not just his recent successes internationally, but also his artistic influence amongst two generations of artists working in West Africa" (source: Wikipedia)

El Anatsui is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York - check out their website for more information about the artist. Also, check out this article on the Huffington Post and this piece on Africanah

Earth's Skin, El Anatsui 2007 // Aluminum, copper wire


Structural Skin | Jorge Penadés

Structural Skin by Jorge Penadés
photograph by Brenda Germade
Structural skin is a project by Spanish designer Jorge Penades.
He devised a new production method that uses the waste from leather factories, into an innovative and sustainable new material.
Check out this website for the whole story, more photographs and a lovely short video of the process.

Structural Skin by Jorge Penades
photograph by Brenda Germade

Spotted on Trendtablet.

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