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Kathryn Larsen on using kelp to create sustainable furniture and fashion
“Using the final processed material, I am creating a puzzle lampshade series inspired by the classic IQ Light and aim to create other forms."
How this stroke survivor inspired a new typeface
Kristina.Bold is the typeface developed from the handwriting of Kristina Hellgren.
This Swedish firm builds multiple-storey homes entirely from wood
Folkhem is leading the charge when it comes to this environmentally-minded mandate.
Is Sweden’s Vittra School the future of learning?
Designed by Rosan Bosch, the space challenges traditional education facilities.
City residents are helping design public space with Minecraft
The popular video game has proven a useful tool for community engagement.
An alternative to disposable plastic made with potatoes
“This material is made from something that comes from the earth, and later on it can end up back in the soil, while posing no risk to nature.”
Inclusive, human-centred furniture for the disabled
Inspired by her sister who has Down's Syndrome, the designer behind this furniture range uses a human-centred approach to design.
Typeface inspired by the movement of dance
Typographers María Ramos and Noel Pretorius together with dancer Andile Vellem have launched Movement, a new font inspired by the art of dance.
Hannah Dalrot wants to create products that clearly demonstrate its handicraft
Johanna Jelinek designs products for function, honesty and longevity.
IKEA’s in-house designer Iina Vuorivirta has learned to challenge briefs and make use of waste materials.
Mikael has been part of IKEA's design team for the past five years.
Designer Kevin Gouriou is driven by a passion for craft.
IKEA launches ÖVERALLT collection during Design Indaba Festival
The limited-edition ÖVERALLT collection was launched on 27th February 2019 at the place where it all started – Design Indaba Festival.
NM type is a collaborative type foundry between typeface designers Noel Pretorius and María Ramos.
Filmmaker and photographer Senay Berhe's unbounded approach to creativity
“I see myself as a tool to create. So what you put in, is what you get out. If I am doing well or doing something I love I feel that will be what comes out."
Dutch designer Anton Karlsson on the importance of using humour to make people think
He recently won a Rising Star award at the 2018 Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair for his range that is modelled on the digestive system.
Nairobi’s GoDown Art Centre gets a redesign from Sweden’s White Arkitekter
Scandinavia's largest architecture firm reimagines Kenya’s leading centre for arts and culture.
Hayoung Kim’s lamps draw inspiration from handheld fans
As a user moves them, much in the same way one would fold and unfold a handheld fan, the light dims.
Could these be the fast food favourites of the future?
Food lab Space10 reinvents 5 classic dishes using alternative, sustainable ingredients.
Swedish clinic designed with the country's refugee population in mind
Rejecting the traditional strict clean lines typical of medical centers, the design team explored the concept of a bright facade with an unusual 3D effect.
How can architecture aid those who experience exclusion?
This new initiative seeks to explore urban environments from the perspective of a teenage girl.
Sweden’s Self-Built City offers solutions to the country’s housing shortage
The collaborative project seeks to turn refugees into self-sufficient builders.
Aiming for Democratic Architecture exhibition taps into the role of architecture in democracy
At the exhibition, held in Stockholm recently, Design Indaba chatted to MYCKET, a women-led design firm.
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