Author: shiying

sentimental seat

Tokujin Yoshioka‘s design, memory, for Moroso was presented at the Milan week 2010. the series of memory chairs is extremely poetic. the design being almost non-design, is simple yet unlimited in its forms. with a fabric constructed out of recycled aluminum, the chair is soft, and its shape forms as one sits and sculpts it into […]


when i saw this image of a camera made out of paper, i thought to myself – neat, but nothing really exciting there, looks like something that you can get at a high end, (pseudo) English stationery/gift shop, a fancy with a map print. then i clicked on the link and it brought me to […]

shoes that go a long way

only realised a few days ago that i haven’t posted about Osborn shoes yet! how my favourite shoe brand slipped my mind i do not know, perhaps because i tell so many people about them that i thought i’ve written about them already.. in any case, Obsorn shoes, founded by Aaron and Carla Osborn, is […]

sounds gwood!

the V Ave Shoe Repair SS12 caught recyclofashion’s eye (and ear!) with the chunky, handcrafted wooden accessories that “echoed the sound and construction of a wooden castanet”. and what susie bubble said about these woodblocks resembling castanets just made me wonder if we could give it a more local/southeast asian twist, using bamboo instead of […]

doom with a view

American photographer, environmental activist, and co-founder and director of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY, J Henry Fair took a series of large-scale aerial photos that capture the global warming process, environmental pollution, and habitat destruction titled Industrial Scars. the documentary photographs range from painting-esque abstract to the realistic and explicitly-in-your-face. while i personally […]

tasteful, sweet-smelling style

Swansea Metropolitan University’s Karen Ingham created a series of apparel, Pollinator Frocks, to bring to light the plight of the shrinking populations of bees and other pollinators. she marries technology and aesthetics to create a collection of clothes with beautiful, iridescent floral prints that are supposed to replicate the way insects view flowers. The apparel is […]

bottled up

Tonya O’Hara’s PET:cell is an extremely refreshing range of jewellery made from recycled PET plastic bottles. they consist of a strong collection of finger adornments made complete with earrings and bracelets. the translucent material and delicate colours make the collection look clean, fragile, and polished. the shapes and form that bring to mind living organisms […]

human design

Vivienne Westwood has once again partnered with the ITC (International Trade Centre) for their Ethical Fashion Programme. the new autumn/winter collection is available on facebook. read more about it here. “it’s quite incredible to think that we might save the world through fashion”

nostalgic futurism

artist Aaron Moran makes use of found wood  from demolition and construction sites and reassembles them into abstract geometric forms. while the shapes of his works resemble bauhaus sculptures, the raw, unpolished texture of scavenged wood injects a warm sense of antiquity and nostalgia into the modern design. this intends to draw attention to the obsolescence of […]

a message to tell

in 2009, Finnish artist Janna Syvanoja created a collection of eco-jewellery made from paper and steel wires. becoming a jeweller was a complete accident as she was never trained in jewellery design and was merely making shapes with shredded newspapers and telephone directories. till now, in her artist statement, she says she doesn’t ‘design’ — […]

green pastures

the moment i saw Hafsteinn Juliusson‘s Growing Jewelry collection, i knew i had to share it with all you green-lovers. this collection marries jewellery and gardening, the modern and the organic, as the rings and necklaces hold in them real Icelandic moss that will grow well if watered appropriately. what attracted me was the simplicity […]

(tree) spirit

the spring summer 2011 colour-blocking and fun (floral) prints are taken to the extreme as Gary Card creates sculptural pieces that blend in with the exuberance of this season’s clothes. the editorial is spirited, strange, and slightly surreal, capturing the energy! and fecundity! of spring/summer while sending a truly eco-friendly message about the harmonious co-existence […]