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Dragon’s Den survivor preaches the eco design gospel

After stumbling across “Annie” the shopping trolley chair, by contemporary Eco designer Max McMurdo, I just HAD to get in contact with his company reestore and find out more. Max’s approach to sustainable interiors is refreshing and oozes style. But it’s not only The Design Hub who’ve been wowed with his creations, he’s been nominated to be a judge for this years Observer newspaper Ethical Awards and attracted the interest of two business big shots… Continue reading

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Design of the Day – Meet Annie the chair, previous occupation – A shopping trolley

Today’s Design of the Day is one which will make you smile and think “what a crazy idea yet so perfect!”. Contemporary Eco design studio Reestore takes random objects like aeroplane wings, wheel barrows and shopping trolleys, then turns them into beautifully stylish pieces of furniture – another fantastic approach to sustainable interiors.

Designer and Managing Director of  Reestore, Max McMurdo, first made head way with his products when he pitched to the terrifying Dragon’s Den panel in series 5 of the show. He managed to impress the fierce Deborah Meaden and business genius Theo Paphitis, who invested in the company.

I’ve chosen Max’s “Annie” chair which in a previous life was a shopping trolley. It’s just fascinating how this symbol of the scrap yard can be totally transformed in to a perfectly functional chair. It takes 4 – 6 weeks to be delivered and will set you back £550.

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Nottigham Eco Artist and Designer turns heads with her plastic bottle designs

Nottingham based Artist and Designer Sarah Turner, is causing a storm in the interior design world with her eco-friendly lighting designs.  From her studio in the heart of Nottingham, Sarah uses old plastic bottles discarded from the city’s cafes and transforms them into eclectic pieces.

So far she’s been commissioned by the likes of SodaStream, London Fashion Week, Twitter, the Ideal Home Show and recently secured a place in the final of this years Philips lighting competition.

Read her exciting interview with The Design Hub and find out how Sarah’s made such an impact within the design world and what’s in store for her next! Continue reading

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Design of the Day – Tide Chandelier by Stuart Haygarth

Lancashire born designer and photographer, Stuart Haygarth, produced this magnificent light created from debris washed up on the Kent coast in 2004. The appropriately named “Tide Chandelier“, is compiled of clear and plastic objects measuring almost 5 feet in diameter, only ten were made.

The objects hang on monofilament line held by ‘split shot’ from a 1.5 metre square MDF platform above! This piece is so beautiful and  innovative,  the way each item is organised to depict a moon like sphere instantly captures my imagination and im sure that of everyone who see’s it.

If you love this piece as much as I do you must check out his website and other creations, they’re spectacular.

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Design of the Day – The world’s first designer energy saving light bulb

I first came across this design at this years Birmingham Interiors Show, in the Designers Block section and since then it’s popularity has rocketed. It was displayed in George Clarke’s revamped eco-friendly house at last months Ideal Home Show event at London’s Earl Court.

Designed by Sam Wilkinson, this Plumen light bulb is the worlds first designer energy-saving bulb which takes on a snake-like shape and looks amazing set in the dark glass shade. (Above) It lasts 8x longer and uses 80% les energy than incandescent bulbs, saving you on your electric bill as well as looking hot!

The name Plumen came from “plume” which is a birds decorative feather, used to attract attention and this certainly does that! The great news is that the bulb doesn’t cost a fortune and a nightmare to get hold of, in fact you can lay your hand on one of these delights for only £19.95 from B&Q! Hurry before they’re sold out!

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Design of the day – Maria Westerberg’s T-Shirt Chair

Winner of this years Swedish Green Furniture Award, designer Maria Westerberg is making waves with her quirky “T-Shirt chair”. Featured in George Clarke’s Ideal Home Show 2011 Coronation Street Eco re-fit, the chair was created from friends’ old t-shirts, her grandmother’s curtains and worn out jeans, woven through the metal frame to make the body of the piece.

The idea behind the chair enables you to create any design or colour scheme you want. You could use old or second-hand material to add a personal touch and thin out your wardrobe! Furniture Sweden will be re-producing the chair which will be woven with left-overs from sofa  manufacturing that can be replaced with wear and tear. The piece is thought to cost around £2000 which is a little steep for me, but I’m sure it will become a furniture classic we look back on.

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George Clarke gives Coronation Street an Ideal Eco-friendly refit

MOT Your home with George Clarke’s sustainable and eco-friendly tips to save you money on energy bills. Check out his Ideal Home Show green refit of Ken and Deirdre Barlow’s Coronation Street home.

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Re-vamp tired furniture with Linda Barker’s chic styling tips

The theme of this years Ideal Home Show is eco-friendly and sustainable designs. In keeping with this theme, household name and interior designer Linda Barker shared her styling tips with the public in her how-to seminar at the show.

Linda’s advice was to abolish minimalism, embrace wallpaper and start crafting at home. Up-cycling is the hottest new trend, so check out how Linda transforms a drab white table into an eco-chic work of art.

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Design of the day – The greenest shoe in the world

Launched at Amsterdam’s International Fashion week last month, these biodegradable trainers certainly stole the spot light. Designed by OAT, the “Fresh Virgin Collection” are fully biodegradable and can be planted when you’ve worn them to death! They also have little seeds in the tongue which grow into beautiful wild flowers.  Founded by innovator Christian Maats, OAT spent two years sourcing the best materials and cleanest design for the shoes. The collection of men and women’s trainers are revolutionary in eco-friendly design which you can literally wear into the ground!

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Want to save money? Start up-cycling

Interior Designer Karen lane loves restoring old and unused furniture, she often looks for second-hand goods to “up-cycle”. With times of austerity upon us, “up-cycling” is becoming the hottest new way of re-decorating without the huge price tag.

Karen gives us some examples of pieces she’s restored and how she went about doing it! So if you fancy re-vamping a room or particular piece of furniture check out Karens tips below and let us know how you got on – send us pictures or a video! Or, if you’d like Karen to sprinkle some of her design magic on your old furniture, you can contact her through her website Autograph Interior Designs.

Mood board created by Kellie Hill
Words and pictures by Karen lane

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