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Fashion is sustainable when it's DIY
Dutch designer Vera de Pont presented her project on DIY fashion and the future of the industry as one of the Design Indaba Global Graduates 2016.
Isabel Mager is an investigative and critical designer based in the Netherlands. Her work investigates culture and structures of power.
Student designs hardware for our emotions
Opening up with the help of Tools for Therapy.
Redefining solar power from architectural eyesore to civic monument
Frederik Deschuytter questions: Why would we install solar power tech in remote places when the sun also shines in the city?
The Human Ivory Collection by Lucie Majerus
Designer turns teeth into jewellery as a statement on the illegal ivory trade.
Turning sadness into power with the Tear Gun
Taiwanese designer transforms emotional frustration into an expression of design.
De-Formance by Jessica Smarsch
De-Formance is a unique project that investigates the connection between design and movement.
Funky made-to-order sportswear by AnoukxVera
Made-to-order sportswear by AnoukxVera is funky, fun and aims to turn the fashion industry a teeny bit topsy turvy.
New seamless waterproof garments
Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Wendy Andreu has developed a series of craft-inspired waterproof garments that are not sewn or cut into patterns.
Jalila Essaïdi’s project turns cow dung into textiles
Designer and entrepreneur Jalila Essaïdi says we have an untapped natural resource in manure.
The Mine Kafon Drone could rid the world of land mines in 10 years
Landmines kill or maim 10 civilians every day. Product designer Massoud Hassani’s latest drone innovation wants to solve the problem in our lifetime.
Design student’s project is inspired by 240 million kilograms of wasted pine needles
Designer Tamara Orjola wins an award for creating a multi-use material from industrial waste.
From 2D to 3D and back again
Jongha Choi’s 2D designs can be plucked straight off the wall.
Drone waitstaff gives valuable insight into a burgeoning technology
Students at the Eindhoven University of Technology launched the world’s first drone cafe but they want to do much more.
Vera de Pont
Futuristic fashion designer Vera de Pont explores the relationship between the human body and its surroundings. She works in both fantasy and reality.
This lamp can lift the winter blues
The Day and Night light designed by Éléonore Delisse is engineered to lift the winter blues and rebalance your natural circadian rhythm.
Personal air purifiers clean the air wherever you go
Fabian Zeijler designed momentum and pūrificātum, personal air purifiers that you can take with you to anywhere.
Eindhoven graduate designs clothes made out of human hair
Alix Bizet, a French graduate at the Design Academy Eindhoven, has designed a collection of clothes made of human hair.
Wobbly seating made from foldable carpet tiles
Wobble-Up is a multi-functional furnishing concept for modern living
Compact, user-friendly instrument teaches prisoners to play music
Jeroen Heeren has designed an all-purpose keyboard to teach prisoners music.
Eating alone is normal and this design makes it more comfortable
Eating alone has become almost as common as eating with other people – this design for solitary dining makes this new eating culture more comfortable.
This modern tea set is preserving the traditional Chinese tea ceremony
Mosey is a portable tea set designed by Jie Chen to preserve the traditional Chinese tea ceremony in the modern world.
Hack household goods to create imaginative toys for children
David van der Stel has designed Hackjes, a set of connectors and add-ons created to help you "hack" household objects into creative objects.
An inventive way to enjoy popcorn
Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Jolene Carlier adds a bit of fun and colour to popcorn making with her Willy Wonka-inspired invention.
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