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Margrethe Odgaard’s work is full of colour, creativity and compassion
Margrethe Odgaard is celebrated for her contributions to Nordic art and design.
Affordable water filter inspired by puff pastry
A simple layered paper, inspired by French puff pastry, could improve the quality of life for millions of people by removing resistant viruses from water.
Skyscraper made out of wooden numbers
Anders Berensson Architects is set to transform an old parking lot in Stockholm into a multi-use wooden skyscraper.
Campaign reconnects refugees with their moms
Refugee Phones turns commercial radio into personal media for refugees to contact their mothers.
Windows and solar panels could one day be made of transparent wood
Mass produced transparent wood material could be used in windows, solar panels and buildings.
UNICEF bicycle initiative helps Ghanaian schoolgirls get to class safely
Swedish brand Vélosophy teams up with UNICEF to donate its commuter bikes to girls in Ghana.
IKEA's next step for sustainability
The eco-responsible furniture company is transitioning to biobased packaging made out of mushrooms.
Accra-based Swedish fashion brand creates street couture in collaboration with Ghanaian tailors
HI ON LIFE is a fashion brand driven by sustainable design, Ghanaian culture and a Scandinavian appreciation of form.
"Shop" for clothes by commenting on Instagram
Clothes sharing initiative ShareWear shows that something borrowed is like something new.
This device charges your mobile using saltwater and oxygen
A Swedish start-up has invented a smartphone charger that only needs saltwater and oxygen to generate electricity.
An alternative, eco-friendly bicycle helmet
This bicycle helmet is made from a wood-based foam, making it a biodegradable alternative to regular plastic protection.
Kites could generate energy underwater
Kites moored to the ocean floor could harvest energy from ocean currents.
Rooftop cities and backyard saunas in Stockholm
Anders Berensson Architects in Stockholm are building fold-out backyard saunas and designing walkways in the sky to accommodate the city's growing population.
A new alternative energy that involves a small piece of paper
Scientists in Sweden have developed a thin paper that is able to store energy.
Introducing Snask: A creative agency that (literally) rocks
Snask, a Swedish creative agency who moonlight as a rock band, give us the lowdown on creating and rejuvenating brands and getting enough sleep to be creative.
Snask are a creative agency that makes "kickass" branding, design and film.
A frozen palace all year round
Sweden's ICEHOTEL group announces plans to build a sustainable frozen hotel, preserved in summer by solar energy.
Electronic plants breakthrough could lead to more innovations
A Swedish research team have created analog and digital electronic systems inside a living rose.
FoPo plans to feed the world with old fruit
The FoPo Powdered Food project turns spoilt and unsellable produce into a nutritional powder that could help solve world hunger.
Designing books is like a religion, says Henrik Nygren
This award-winning Swedish graphic designer on his obsession with archiving his work and his unconventional path into design.
#DITakeover on Instagram: How Far From Home
Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger took us with them on their creative sabbatical in a series of wanderlust-inspired photos.
A next-generation tree harvester
Like the insect it is named after, the Gerridae harvester is light on its feet and the environment.
Replicating the mother's womb
A new infant care system proposes radically improved incubators that transmit the mother's heartbeat, breathing and voice.
Lullaby pendant lamp by Monica Förster
The Swedish designer's harmonious angular light was inspired by the work of Isamu Noguchi.
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