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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

29-08-2008 Fire Away

Green living has taken one more step in the right direction, with EcoSmart Fire. With three different ranges on offer, the EcoSmart fireplaces suit any kind of living space. No installation or building works are required for these fireplace inserts, fireboxes and freestanding models. The EcoSmart fireplaces are perfect for apartment owners with limited space, or for tenants who can take their fire with them when they move. With 90 per cent thermal efficiency and clean-burning fuel, the EcoSmart fireplaces are a great way of ensuring you keep warm through the winter months whilst also remaining environmentally conscious.

Pictures from: www.ecosmartfire.com

 

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27-08-2008 Fancy some wine with your light bulb?

The Dutch creators at Oooms are at it again with this strange new concept that will change the way you look at your wine glass collection. The wine glass bulbs start off their first lives as light bulbs, serving their sentences by filling your homes with light. When it dies out, the owner can look forward to the light bulb’s second function, the birth of a new wine glass. But be warned, staring idly at the ceiling may result in wine cravings!



Pictures from:
www.oooms.nl

25-08-2008 Banking on Beer

Ever dreamt of running your own company? BeerBankRoll is the answer. BeerBankRoll is based around the concept of a community coming together and creating a company, in this case a brewery. Members are entitled to make decisions about BeerBankRoll’s products, whether it is logos, advertising or names. After selling beer, the profit is divided amongst members via reward points, charity, and back into the company. With the intention of eventually opening a brewery and pub, this is one website that allows budding entrepreneurs the chance to shine.

Picture from: www.beerbankroll.com

21-08-2008 A Pipe to Crash

Take a portion of a large drainage pipe, fill it with a bed and some homely decorations and enjoy the result - a practical outdoor sleeping space. Austrian Art College graduate Andreas Strauss set out to create an economical and

minimal-hospitality unit. Set in the grassy park by the Danube, in the Austrian city of Ottensheim, the pods are conveniently positioned near bathrooms, a bar and

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a cafeteria. Book a ‘room’ online and codes for the personal pod suite are sent via post. Wandering students will love that there’s no fixed price. Simply leave whatever amount you find fair for your length of stay, before setting off on your next adventure.



Picture from
www.dasparkhotel.net

18-08-2008 Dildos with the Milkmaid Twist

Finally a souvenir to write home about! Throw out taboos and

embrace love and sex with the Netherlands based Studio Oooms and their new product the Dutch Delight. In an effort to develop new versions of typical Dutch souvenirs, Guido Oooms and Davy Grosemans created an 8.75" x 1.5" sleek ceramic dildo decorated with images inspired by Johannes Vermeer’s innocent painting Het Melkmeisje. It’s a great example of cultural observations and narratives that stray from modernist ideas about form and function. Plus the creators hope that this conflict of perceptions will make people think twice. You may however, think twice before treating your parents to this Dutch souvenir.



Pictures from:
www.oooms.nl

14-08-2008 Swedish Specialty

Vodka is Sweden’s specialty. Nordic Spirit AB’s new super-premium DQ Vodka is smoother, subtler and tastier than any other brew produced. Presented in sleekly impressive packaging, the distillation process is what makes this vodka the highest quality. Sweden’s superior winter wheat, harvested longer than other countries’ crop, along with the extra sun that this Nordic country receives, and mixed with water from a government protected ice aged old ridge and a richer raw spirit, combine to create this new, finer vodka. This undiluted Vodka formula is guaranteed to get your taste buds racing. Nobody makes vodka like the Swedes.

Pictures from: www.dqvodka.com

12-08-2008 Organic Threads and Home Delights

One is hard pressed to find products by local artisans who use recycled materials to create hand-sewn, custom tailored, limited edition garments with sustainable ideas and philosophies. Luckily, the good team at Alabama Chanin make it their mission to do this very thing. The products include recycled metals and cotton jersey, as well as organics when possible. Ordained with the Alabama touch by Natalie ‘Alabama’ Chanin, you can find anything from sustainable clothing and home furnishings to a limited edition jewellery line. You won’t find two of the same item, with each one cut, painted, sewn, poured, moulded, polished and sewn by hand.

Pictures from: www.alabamachanin.com

07-08-2008 Lit up like a Firefly

For a creative new way of spreading light in your home or office try Electric Firefly Design and Creation. Designed using the classic principles of geometry and based around forms of nature, the lamps are strong, safe and appropriate for any space. The different styles and colours available guarantee to set off the room they are placed within, catering for the elegant and understated, as well as the upbeat and vibrant. Hung as lampshades or simply placed on shelves or tables, the firefly lamps are an innovative new way of adding that extra punch to a room’s ambiance.

 

Picture from: www.electricfirefly.com.au

04-08-2008 Rock and Bowl

Graphic designer Cat Davison, whose world experience has helped establish her as a creative cultural mind, has used her insightfulness to create record bowls. These unique hand-cast bowls are each made from a classic vintage record, and are moulded to different sizes, thus being able to suit your own taste and allow you to store whatever you want in your bowl. Together with Rog How, Cat opened Heat The Beat Boutique, with the hope of eventually being able to create other items using recyclable records. In the meantime, check out these exclusive rocking style bowls and order online.
 

Picture from: www.catdavison.com

 

01-08-2008 Green Revolution

Eco awareness campaigns are storming the net. By contributing $51, the Greenfleet team will plant 17 native trees on your behalf, offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions that your car emits. Tax deductible, Greenfleet also plant trees to offset emissions from households, businesses and aeroplanes. We Are What We Do’s motto is small actions by lots of people create big changes. There is an array of action suggestions, from declining plastic bags to smiling. After completing an action, it will be added to the total completed by users. With over 1,700, 000 actions completed, this site is making an impact!
 

Picture from: www.greenfleet.com.au