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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

28-11-2008 Need Fuel? Just Do it yourself...

How hard could it be to economically produce your own clean burning 100% biodiesel fuel? This Biodiesel Processor from BioPro150 is a compact, stainless steel industrial-grade processor that converts organic oils into an alternative biodiesel through acid/base catalysed chemical reactions. Okay, let’s break that down for the technically challenged. It’s basically a large machine that performs handy, fuel-related wonders - simply fill it with filtered, dewatered vegetable oil or tallow, add methanol (8 gallons), lye and a catalyst, then walk away. Waste water is manually drained after each wash cycle. The rest of the process is handled automatically. The end result? 40 gallons of clean, smooth running biodiesel fuel at an end cost of $1.25 USD per gallon. Fuel for dummies!

                               

Picture from: www.diybiodiesel.com

26-11-2008 Garden of Eden desirability

You’ll look super sleek in the new fast yacht Eden, designed by Daniel Hahn. This luxury 21 meter motor yacht, made from lightweight carbon fiber and wood, is able to seat up to four people, including the driver, and can reach speeds of up to 40 knots. Being fish-shaped in design allows this speed yacht to glide through the water, and conjures feelings of freedom and desirability. It’s the ultimate accessory for the devilishly adventurous and daring.

Pictire from: www.tuvie.com

24-11-2008 Up the Ink-take of Your Specs

Sometimes it’s great to indulge a little and buy the same item in several colour versions. Now with the one pair of RGB Rainbow Glasses by Luís Porém, you can take on a different colour every day, by pouring any kind of colourful ink into the hollow frame of the glasses! With this quirky feature, you can change the colour of your glasses almost every day. Luís Porém the creator suggests you experiment and have a little bit of fun while you’re at it, like putting a different colour on each side and

watching them mix! And although it’s yet to be tested to see how the ink-filled glasses would survive in a punch up, our advice would be to avoid one no matter what accessories you’re wearing.

Picture from: www.luisporem.com

21-11-2008 Ran out of Detergent?

There’s no need for a detergent refill with the Biowashball from Switzerland. You’ll be hard pressed to bypass all the convenience that comes with a ball made of natural ceramics contained in a plastic non-toxic sphere. The Biowashball lessens the risk of allergic reactions often linked to the use of detergent. This alternative not only destroys germs, you’ll also save thousands by not purchasing detergent over 3 years (the duration of the ball). Enjoy more wellbeing in everyday living circumstances and

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also benefit the environment at the same time. These innovating thinkers have come up with a washing alternative that will lead you to an antibacterial existence, a much more tolerable electricity bill, and an ecological solution that protects water and
ground water - everybody wins!

 

Picture from: www.biowashball.ch

19-11-2008 Fridges for Flatsharing

For anyone who has ever had a roommate, the difficulties of fridge sharing can be a problem. Designer Stefan Buchberger’s Flatshare provides a solution. This modular fridge caters especially for roommate households, with a base station and up to four individual, stackable compartments allowing for everyone to have their own refrigerator space. Handles on each of the modules allow for easy transport if you move house, and each compartment can be customized with various colourful skins. There are also add-on’s that can be attached, such as a bottle opener or whiteboard, just like any other refrigerator, only better!

17-11-2008 Trip the light fantastic

These amazing light creations are the work of David Trubridge, a New Zealand designer who uses sustainably grown local timbers in his practice. To further the environmental appeal of these lights, all lights can be fitted with an energy saving globe.You can buy these stunning lights at Mondo Luce that also have a fantastic range from other companies such as: Vistosi (winners Milan Fair Compass de Oro 2003), Inside and Mazzuccato.

Picture from: www.mondoluce.com

14-11-2008 Rock-a-bye Baby Hammock of Happiness

Imagine yourself spending lazy days on a hammock with not a care in the world. Feeling happy? Well why not give babies a hammock to call their own? With this 100% organic cotton hammock from Kanoe Baby Hammock, babies can enjoy napping to the gentle swaying and bouncing motion, with a unique canoe shape that safely cradles and comforts in the way that babies love so much. Put their happiness and well-being first with this eco friendly product that uses low impact fibre-reactive dyes. Even better, Kanoe only works with producers that use fair-labour practices, to help you sleep better too.

Picture from: www.biome.com.au

13-11-2008 Elementally Exposed

Here’s a structure that is meant to move when a storm hits. Conceived as two eight metre high pavilions, Windshape was built to respond to wind in a variety of ways, with oscillations to ripples seen across the surface depending on the force of the wind. The different forms pay homage to the landscape of Provence, Windshape’s home. It’s also an experiment of how a building can respond to the elements. Rather than only sheltering us, buildings like Windshape connect us with the environment, reminding us of its beauty and strength. Nature never looked so beautiful.

Picture from: www.archdaily.com

12-11-2008 Egging it on

Eggs have new purpose. Not only are they edible, they’re also canvases for design. Using ostrich eggs, Johannes Hoyos has created a series of beautifully crafted products that expand on the idea of nature improving. The Vase de Luxe has scattered holes that provide sufficient space for arranging flowers. An ordinary egg thus becomes a beautiful household item. There are also various versions of the saving eggs, which resemble piggy banks in idea. The slot caps come in both copper and silver, and all eggs can be bought in an array of colours. That’s worth a dozen.

Picture from: www.design-egg.net

11-11-2008 Go Colourfully Green

Are you also sick of the widespread acceptance of plastic bag use in society, and the lack of a viable alternative? Then check out the Ecosilk bags. They are made from endlessly recycable and long lasting nylon parachute silk. These fashionable bags fly in the face of anything "green" being boring and are available in an array of 17 striking colours. Each bag can hold up to 14kg and the fabric is quick drying so they can be washed and used time and time again.

Source: room2room, September 2008

Picture from: www.ecosilkbags.com.au

10-11-2008 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirrors are not just mirrors. Interactive Artist Daniel Rozin creates installations and sculptures with the remarkable ability to change and respond to the presence and point of view of the viewer. There are Mechanical Mirrors, including the Wooden Mirror or Trash Mirror; Software Mirrors, such as Time Ripples Mirror; and Glass Sculptures like the Broken Mirror. His digital Proxxi Composite Prints display two different images depending on viewer distance, like the images of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the West Bank. Rozin’s works prove that everyday life provides artistic inspiration, and art is never boring.

Picture from: www.smoothware.com

07-11-2008 Up for a Bit of Sun in a Jar?

There are jam jars and then there are Sun Jars and it’s hard to tell which one we love more - but the Sun Jar wins points for being so unique! You’d be forgiven for once thinking that doubling a traditional Mason jar as a source of light is preposterous – even more so if you discovered that to use it, you simply place it under the sun. It works with a solar cell inside the jar which captures natural sun energy to create an electrical current that charges the battery over a few hours, filling it with energy efficient lighting that powers the three low energy LED lamps inside the jar, just in time for nightfall. Like a candle, but without all the drippy wax and the possibility of setting something alight (which is always useful).

Picture from: www.sunjar,com.au

 

 

Related trends:

If you like this trend, you might also like this 'Fire away' or 'An Eco Friendly Fireplace'.

 

 

05-11-2008 Erasing Our Impact with Erasable Paper

We’re about to tell you something that may shock you. Ready for it? Xerox Corporation has developed erasable paper. That’s right - reusable paper, ladies and gentlemen! I bet you’re imaging how many trees we just saved by announcing that! With Xerox's technology you can print temporary documents that erase themselves, allowing the paper to be used time and time again. The experimental erasable paper uses light to image the paper which automatically erases hours or days after the page is printed. In a world increasingly run by online and email publications, excessive paper use in the workplace remains a problem, but this ‘temporary’ document will reduce the amount of unwanted paper. This is the kind of innovative effort that will have a lasting and grand impact in saving the environment.

Picture from: www.xerox.com

 

 

Related trends:

If you like this trend, you might also like this 'Pepper your House with Paper' or 'Mighty Rulers of History'

 

 

04-11-2008 Get Mooving

The first "Cows on Parade" was held in Zurich in 1988 and has grown into one of the world's largest public events. Each cow parade features spectacularly designed life-sized fibreglass cows. The same spirit has been captured in this series of miniature and highly collectible sculptures from the Australian gift supplier Jasnor. Next to this adorable cow collection, they sell children's toys as well as nursery items.

Source: room2room, September 2008

Picture from: www.jasnor.com.au

03-11-2008 Any Excuse to Dress up your Walls!

If you can see peeling wallpaper decorations in your home, than you need to do either one of two things. Stop looking at your walls or start paying more attention to them! Keep your walls looking fresh and funky with these removable wall decals from Vinyl Design. Not only are they modern, suave and unique looking designs, but they’re also easy to apply, easy to remove and are inexpensive to boot. So when your mood changes like the wind, now you can change your surroundings too, with designs to suit every age, taste and setting.