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Designers 3D printing algae

Designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros at Algae Lab are investigating the idea of using algae as a polymer that can be 3D printed into products. They are exploring the use of algae in its many forms as a natural replacement for non-biodegradable plastics.

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Design inspired by local topography

Product designer Rafael Fernández is a designer, craftsman and passionate limited-edition product maker. His ceramic stand for mobile devices is handcrafted in his small design studio, Oitenta. Called Montelouro, the device stand is a combination of functional modern design and traditional craftsmanship. 

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Design on a staircase inspires engagement

Designed by East West Architecture in London, this activated staircase is a multi-purpose display unit for creative studio group, Shed. Shed’s studio spaces in Hackney are in an old refurbished underground carpark, and the concrete staircase is the only way into the space.

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From discarded denim to designer chairs

Design studio PLANQ based in Amsterdam, design and manufacture furniture from textile leftovers and renewable materials. Three entrepreneurial designers Joris Kortenhorst, and Anton and Dennis Teeuw call their range of chairs and tables, Rezign.

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Celebrating designer and architect Jørn Utzon

To celebrate 100 years since architect Jørn Utzon’s birth and Utzon’s global legacy, four renowned Danish architects will speak at the Sydney Opera House on 14 October at UTZON 100: NEXT GENERATION. The Sydney Opera House and the Utzon Center Denmark are presenting the event as part of the Opera House’s forty-five year celebrations.

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Tiny homes raise funds for homeless youth

Social enterprise Nestd is selling tiny homes for backyards into the private market. An initiative of youth homelessness prevention organisation, Kids Under Cover, Nestd tiny homes are available to the public and come backed by thirty years of building experience and know-how. All profits go to the Kids Under Cover charity organisation.

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Getting out of the comfort zone

Stimulating creativity by limitation, Don’t/Do This, is a game for creative people. Designed as an experimental thought game, boundaries within the game push creative thinkers into new and different directions. When you play Don’t/Do This you end up with unexpected ideas.

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The Planet workspace for one or two

A quiet cocoon that’s soft and cosy inside, The Planet 2.0 is made for two people. Designed and distributed by Ukrainian designers and manufacturers MZPA [mazepa], the new Planet for Two is an extension of The Planet designed for one, launched in September last year at Paris Design Week.

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