Fast becoming a refreshing fixture among the flashy mega-designs (and matching mega-egos) that tend to dominate design fests, exhibits that feature "friendly" design for society and the environment are often not only the most down-to-earth designs, but also the most inspiring.
The [re]design show Good+Gorgeous is an impressively large exhibit highlighting the need for responsible design. Ryan Frankâ€™s Inkuku chair (pictured above left) is a great example of stylish recycling inspired by crafts from his native South Africanâ€”at first glance you wouldnâ€™t realize that the orange seat was made from plastic shopping bags. Another chair that got a lot of attention was Guy Arzi's cinema chair. William Warren's "Shelves for Life (below) were a clever conceptual take on recycling.
hosted the opening of a show combining the work of the Dutch/ Belgian partnership of Studio Job
and the British design duo Committee
. It was a bustling party full of enthusiastic folk trying not to knock over one of the Committee’s amazing Kebab lamps (below, click for detail) or put a wine glass down on one of Studio Job’s beautifully painted paper tables.