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Biodegradable Sneakers by OAT

Posted in design, fashion by aldorf on February 3, 2011

OAT is a young innovative shoes company founded two years ago by designer Christiaan Maats with the aim to create products that connect people with their environment in an imaginative way. That’s why in every product there is a story for the buyer to share.
The guys at OAT explain: “Our goal is to make products that are part of the planet we party on. We all like the nice bits in fashion, so why not make those bits fully biodegradable?” It comes of no surprise that for such an innovation OAT had to spend two years in search of the most appropriate materials, focusing at the same time on clean design: “The challenge was to make a sneaker that’s got fresh style, with materials that break down when you bury them. There were no real alternatives on the market, so we had to develop and source our own materials and processes. Available in European stores this spring in a limited edition run of 900 pieces.

Stunning Dusk/Dawn Mirror Wins Best Domestic Design @ Wallpaper* Design Awards

Posted in architecture, art, design by aldorf on February 3, 2011

Dusk/Dawn mirror by Minale-Maeda was named one of best domestic designs in the seventh Wallpaper* Design Awards. Inpired by a reflection on a pool of water of the sky at dusk or dawn—the archetypical mirror—has become the basis for this mirror. Hung one way, it reflects dusk, and hung the other, it is dawn.

On This Day in 1958 Lego Patented Their Building Bricks!

Posted in conference, design, ideas, innovation, internet by aldorf on January 28, 2011

On this day in 1958 Lego patented their building bricks! Doctors have been kept busy ever since removing small, plastic squares from children’s noses.

Just recently Lego did an open design project on a japanese platform called Take a look.

MUJI is another client. Cuusoo will soon make their technology available in other parts of the world. His founder, Kohei Nishiyama, was a speaker at this years DLD Conference in Munich. Here is a video from ’09 from LIFT conference.

Successful People Read More

Posted in ideas, inspiration, your take on... by aldorf on January 6, 2011

Over the holidays I picked up four new books. I love to hear your thoughts on these authors and publications.Wishing you all the very best for 2011! Cheers, keep up the good work and happy reading.

You’ll find them all in my bookstore.

News From My Shopping Cart – You Don’t Need Glasses

Posted in ideas by aldorf on December 9, 2010

Elderly will outnumber children by 2050 in most parts of the world (read more). My local grocery store made first adjustments to their carts. I think a great idea not only for old people but for those who left their glasses at home or don’t have this iphone app.

Good Observation and Insights – Case Film – Youth Culture Past And Present

Posted in design, fashion, film, internet, Media, your take on... by aldorf on December 1, 2010

The movie “We All Want to Be Young” is the outcome of several studies developed by BOX1824 in the past 5 years. BOX1824 is a Brazilian research company specialized in behavioral sciences and consumer trends.

This movie has an open license by Creative Commons.

Written and directed by Lena Maciel, Lucas Liedke and Rony Rodrigues.

Zeppelin Films

Clever-Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products by Replenish

Posted in innovation, Uncategorized by aldorf on October 27, 2010

Real sustainability can best be achieved by creating better-made products designed to be reused as well as recycled. Replenish’s flagship product is an eco-friendly, ultra concentrated multi-surface cleaner in a radically new reusable bottle. Not only does it make cleaning easier but it saves you money and it’s better for the environment.

STRINGBIKE® wires and pulleys–no greasy chains

Posted in design by aldorf on September 22, 2010

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Developed at bike-maker Schwinn Csepel Ltd in Hungaria. The bicycle design utilizes wires and pulleys rather than greasy chains to get you around.

The “Stringbike” uses two steel cables attached to pulleys, which move on swinging kidney-shaped discs as you pedal. The discs replace a traditional round gear system, and you can install different discs depending on your needs, according to the Web site Hungarian Ambiance.

The position of the pedals determines the position of the discs, so that they swing in opposition — one is always pulling the bike forward, and the other lags behind. This allows a continuous transmission change, which could help a rider navigate winding streets, because you can more easily control the transmission without having to shift gears.

more about the Stringbike here.

Reinvent Everything – “Color Makes People Happy”, New Paint Shop Opens In London.

Posted in ideas by aldorf on August 25, 2010

Reinvent everything – “Color Makes People Happy”, new paint shop opens in London. Simon March is selling ecofriendly Dutch brand Dofine and he has just 60 carefully selected, quirkily named shades in stock. Pick between Broad Bean, Dog Biscuit or Old Towel.

53 Grove Vale
SE22 8EQ
Telephone 0207 207 1120
E Mail

Case Against Crime

Posted in blog by aldorf on December 8, 2009

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