Circular Economy Kitchen by Reform

Danish design brand Reform has created a new Everyday classic. This kitchen consists of cuts that are left when Dinesen has supplied floors to places like galleries, restaurants & mansions.

Danish design brand Reform’s projects start with a basic ingredient – elements from the IKEA kitchen. Add architect-designed fronts and countertops to create an aesthetic and a personal style that combines quality construction, function and timeless design. Together with designers they want to challenge the traditional kitchen industry by bringing timeless appeal of furniture to the cooking areas of our homes – creating new ‘Everyday Classics’. 

Through the years, it’s been a big wish of Reform’s founders to offer a sustainable kitchen design. In this new design Reform has collaborated with one of the top architecture companies when it comes to circular economics in sustainable buildings around the world, Lendager Group. Lendager Group has exclusive rights to use the surplus wood from floor-company Dinesen, which was the last little part that made this collaboration a perfect fit. In an exclusive company like Dinesen, customer-specific solutions are produced, which generates large amounts of residual wood. Therefore, the kitchen consists of cuts that are left when Dinesen has supplied floors to galleries, restaurants and mansions.

Cocot plant-based foods

A whole-food, plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined or minimally refined plants. It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains and legumes and it excludes or minimises meat. Have a look at these beautifully designed plants-based products.

    Inspired by cow blotches and colors of the earth and nature. These products are aimed at a selected audience of vegans who take care of the environment and their health. For the logo, a simple and geometric typeface was selected that made a contrast with the rusticity of the spots. A series of iconographies were designed that refer to times when man was fed only with natural products. Their approach with clean, sans-serif typography gives Cocot a luxurious feel mostly associated with high-end fashion brands. Designed by Mamba Studio.

By Kristina de Verdier on 29 May, 2018 In ,

Dear Tea Society

Tea packaging designed by Open Studio Stockholm. The inspiration comes from classical tea salons and British member clubs. They created a fictional members club, where all teas have their own personality. And the result is something we haven’t seen in the food shelves before!

Designed by Open Studio Stockholm. The mission was to develop a whole new Nordic tea concept that could stand for quality, sustainability, innovation, and traceability – in a playful way. “Our idea was to create a fictional members club, where all teas have their own personality. Every blend/infution is personalized with a portrait and a charming personal description. We wanted the tea to feel as an interesting (and often eccentric!) characters that you’d like to meet over a cup.”

“The inspiration comes from classical tea salons and British member clubs, but at the same time we wanted to create something contemporary that makes tea drinking as urban and modern as the barista culture. The member clubs brought our thoughts to libraries that led us to the book-like design. The tea packages are placed on the shelf with the back outwards for easy reading of the title, sort and flavour.”

In addition to visual identity, naming and packaging design, they have also developed a physical meeting place for tea lovers in the form of a showroom/office/tea shop. On the walls are the actual paintings from the packages hanging.
By Kristina de Verdier on 12 April, 2018 In , ,

Cocofloss making flossing a fun experience

Cocofloss is a California based company making flossing a fun and rewarding experience. Mexico-based Anagrama has used vivid pastel based colors and metallic foil to give a holographic finish that enhances its lively and clean nature.

Cocofloss is a California based company making flossing a fun and rewarding experience. Mexico-based Anagrama has been designing awesome stuff again. This is how they explain their work for Cocofloss: “They offer a great variety of dental floss with a preoccupation for design. The graphic syntax developed for this project displays Cocofloss amusing essence within the interplay created by the various present elements. The pastel based colors alludes to the brand’s main values, diverting from the already age-worn clinical white more common for all things oral care. This was then matched with an elegant logo composition creating a more refined character. The metallic foil gives the whole aesthetic a holographic finish that enhances its lively and clean nature.” Via The Dieline.

By Kristina de Verdier on 3 April, 2018 In , , ,

Inné – A Tactile Fragrance Concept

“As you awaken to your divine nature, you’ll begin to appreciate beauty in everything you see, touch and experience.” Wayne Dyer. 

The INNÉ’s fragrance concept, designed by Thitipol Chaimattayompol. A concept which ties nicely to our earlier post about Touching Realities. Touch is one of the most important sensory modality in driving consumer behavior. The increasing lack of texture in people’s lives makes experiences become one-dimensional. So now, smart brands have be focusing more on how their products feel! By elevating the details and integrating elements of tactility, companies will consequently need to have a clear strategy on the tactile components of their brand.

“The INNÉ brand conveys a simple daylight lifestyle, while the bottle has the more complex design that links to sophisticated personality. The outer character looks simple as an ordinary individual, after touching and experiencing with the fragrance scent will evoke the inner personality to become more sensitive. The beauty is in detail of senses. The intricate texture on the bottle evokes the new personality which more complicated. The design has incorporated the touch sensation on the bottle’s surface.”

By Kristina de Verdier on 21 March, 2018 In , ,


LEGO botanical elements such as leaves, bushes and trees will be made from plant-based plastic sourced from sugarcane in the future and will appear in LEGO boxes already in 2018.

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The new LEGO elements are made from polyethylene, produced from sugar-cane instead of oil. Just to clarify, the end-product is  still plastic – but the source is renewable. Polyethylene elements are 1-2% of the total amount of plastic elements produced by the LEGO Group; The sustainable product range covers LEGO botanical elements such as leaves, bushes and trees made entirely from plant-based plastic.

It’s not easy to get a clear answer which material choices are the ultimate ones for the planet. Several aspects influence the sustainability of a material. It is to a high degree determined by its source, chemical composition, its use (in a product) and management (at end-of-life), and the impact it can have in both environmental and social areas.

Though “sustainable material” can be a loose term, Lego notes that it believes the new material must “have an ever-lighter footprint than the material it replaces.” This is considered across impact areas like fossil fuel use, human rights, and climate change. Lego also has investments in wind power and has introduced paper pulp trays for its Lego advent calendars, which reduces plastic waste in landfills. These moves are part of the LEGO Group’s commitment to use sustainable materials in core products and packaging by 2030.

Milkadamia – plant-based future of food

The food industry is being re-shaped as we speak, driven by startups that are responding to consumer demand of healthy and responsible products. Australian Milkadamia makes plant-based milk pressed from raw macadamia nuts.

We welcome a new friend to the world of dairy alternatives! Milkadamia, a plant milk made from macadamia nuts. CEO of Milkdamia Jim Richards told Food Navigator that he thinks clever packaging and relatable branding will be their way to stand out from almond, soy, oat et al in the fridge. The milk is pressed from raw nuts grown on a family farm in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, the macadamia’s native habitat. The farm cultivates the trees in a manner said to promote healthy soil. Macadamias boast a variety of health benefits. The nuts are thought to promote brain health, bone health and heart health as well as being completely cholesterol-free and packed full of protein. Milkadamia offers four different products: Original, Unsweetened, Unsweetened Vanilla and Latte de Barista. In 2018 it will be available in the refrigerated section of Walmart as well.

Good reads: One Green Planet writes about the future of food and the new conscious food economy which is rising. Bon Appetite rates The 4 Best Non-Dairy Milks Besides Almond.

By Kristina de Verdier on 20 February, 2018

Electric off-road motorcycle

The Swedish company CAKE’s new invention Kalk, is a new kind of electric off-road motorbike, a combination of motorcycle and bicycle with electric drive.

The Swedish company CAKE’s new invention Kalk, is a new kind of electric off-road motorbike, a combination of motorcycle and bicycle with electric drive. CAKE’s mission is to speed up the journey towards a zero emission society, while enhancing excitement and fun. All components are made from scratch to optimize the riding performance in this new category. Every little detail is elaborated for perfection, while considering the perspectives of sustainability. The motorbikes are light and silent with a range of 50 miles.


Wearable Memo

WEMO (Wearable Memo) gets inspiration from the fact that nurses frequently take notes directly on their hands. It’s a silicon band designed to be written on with a permanent marker for use in the medical and manufacturing fields.

Designed by Tokyo based Kenma. During their research, they found that the need for wearable memos isn’t only within the medical field but also in the wide range of front line sites, such as disaster sites, agricultural and fishery production sites, manufacturing and construction sites. “We have designed this silicon band to wear on the arm which aims to fulfill the motto, “anytime, anywhere, writable, rememberable”, to ensure hard work at these work sites. This product can be written on with a permanent marker and can be erased by rubbing with a finger or using an eraser. It can be used as many times as you like, and it will not disappear even if it gets wet. You can even wash your hands or work underwater while wearing it.”

By Kristina de Verdier on 23 January, 2018

Garbage Popsicles

These popsicles are made by three design students for the Polluted Water Popsicles project, which aims to raise awareness about rising water pollution due to rapid economic growth and urbanization.

These popsicles are made of polluted water. Three Taiwanese art students froze samples of their city’s water in order to call attention to their nation’s pollution problem. The students are from the National Taiwan University of the Arts. The water comes from 100 different polluted water sources in Taiwan, ranging from rivers to ports to ditches. Along with suspiciously colorful waters (due mostly to industrial dye), the popsicles contain bugs, dirt, dead fish, cigarette butts, nets, oil and plastic waste in various forms, such as wrappers, bottle caps and miscellaneous packaging.

By Kristina de Verdier on 13 January, 2018

Recycled Coffee Cups

James Cropper 3D Products has been appointed by Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics as part of the brand’s commitment to finding ethically sourced packaging.

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Lush introduced packaging made from recycled coffee cups in October 2017. An advanced processing technique is being used, to separate the plastic and paper, press-molding the paper to create the packaging. The square clam-shell box design can store up to four of Lush’s solid bath-oil products.

By Kristina de Verdier on 15 November, 2017 In , , , ,

The Iris Collection by Hay

The Iris collection, a new series of vases, mugs and penholders in porcelain, designed by Clara von Zweigbergk for Hay. The collection is inspired by folding paper and the super thin porcelain of Anita Japan makes the series extremely strong while still looking fragile. 

Many of the products Clara von Zweigbergk has designed originate from her work with paper. “I have a big love for paper and folding it. I once had a colleague who named me the “paperholic”, he caught me far too often with a freshly shopped roll of paper. So appropriately, the Iris Collection stems from experimenting in folding rounded shapes in various paper weights. One shape led to another and quite soon there was around 20 pieces of paper objects, vases, pen holders and later mugs. The best ones are actually made out of the last sheets of a much-loved Japanese paper, in very unusual (for print) colours, bought in Tokyo.”

By Kristina de Verdier on 18 September, 2017 In , , , , ,


FORM is a hair care collection that celebrates beauty in all its forms and was developed to address the hair issues women have been facing for decades.

The collection, which consists of ten products, will help make hair care simpler, by offering products specifically designed for individual hair needs. Whether hair is coily, curly, natural, relaxed or somewhere in between, FORM’s personal and versatile products will help. Designed by Jones knowles ritchie (JKR), a global design agency with offices in London, New York, Shanghai and Singapore. Via Under Consideration.

Sustainable Shoe Box

After two years of designing, researching and testing, the ultimate sustainability shoe packaging has been developed. It’s designed to be more sustainable and cost effective compared to traditional shoe boxes

Viupax revolutionary shoe packaging, designed by Andreas Kioroglou, founder of the Greece based design studio Matadog Design. After two years of designing, researching and testing, the ultimate sustainability shoe packaging has been developed, as it incorporates a number of innovative features. It’s designed to be more sustainable and cost effective compared to traditional shoe boxes by using much less cardboard and less volume.

It uses 20-57% less material and occupies 20-50% less volume.

It is designed to be cost efficient in matters of production and transportation and above all designed in such a way to improve personnel productivity and user experience. It is designed to be flexible in stacking allowing them to be stored in many new and interesting ways. It eliminates the use of bag as it can be converted into a carry bag or shoulder bag to be easily transported by the customer.

Malko – Less is future

Malko is an Italian product design brand that was born to inspire an eco-­friendly lifestyle, with “Less  is  future” at the heart of the development.

“Less  is  future”  is  the  slogan  with  which  Malko  talks  to  the  world:  the fight  against  waste is  one  of  the  challenges  of  the  third  millennium.  It  must  be  won  by  changing daily habits. Malko  is an  Italian  product  design  brand  that  was  born  to  inspire  an  eco-­friendly  lifestyle.  Its  mission  is  the  reduction  of  the  disposable  plastic  bottles  use  through  the  new design  of  the  Malko  Bottle. The  bottle is made from stainless  steel, keeping  your  drinks  cold  for  24  hours  and  warm  for  12  hours.  Hygienic,  leak proof,  taste  and  odour  free.

Luis  Benassi,  Malko’s  founder:  “We  understood  the  importance  of  being  part  of  the  solution when  we  realized  the  insane  and  irrational  use  of  plastic  bottles,  with  the  huge  risk  of  ocean’s  pollution.” The Malko Bottle project will be launched the 20th of June 2017 with a Kickstarter campaign.