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The Food Guide - Product Launch

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It has been a really exciting week with the launch of my very first product - Vitamins & Minerals tea towel.

The product is an infographic tea towel that helps you choose foods high in vitamins and minerals, as well as being a handy 100% cotton tea towel! I was first inspired by David McCandless’s book ‘Information Is Beautiful’, this design is a fusion of my love for food, design and well-being.

Thanks everyone for such a great response so far.

If you would like one for your kitchen, they are available at www.lahlastudio.com

Posted on August 16, 2012 and filed under Design, Food, Green Living, London, Uncategorized.

The Painted House

Some of our recent work...

Photography, Film and Web Design for The Painted House at Latitude festival 2012.

Back at The Faraway Forest, Iworked again with set designer Samara Tompsett and curator Imogen Eveson to document The Painted House.

Inspired by Versailles and a fictional Marie Antoinette character, Samara created an intriguing, arrangement of gold greenhouses, pastel ribbons and coloured smoke bombs. The set acted as an interactive venue for a host of fashion related workshops and talks over the Latitude weekend.

I collaborated with Torquil Jones to produced a 5 minute film following the weekends events.

Posted on July 21, 2012 and filed under Design, Fashion, London.

GF Smith: The Beauty Of Making

A lovely exhibition by GF Smith celebrating the beauty and skill of paper making and print. It was nice to see some of the old school equipment used. See gsm scale below.

It's Nice That had a little more to say here

Posted on May 9, 2012 and filed under Design, London.

The Power Of Making 2011

A few designs from The Power Of Making exhibition at The V&A - 6 September 2011 – 2 January 2012 'Power of Making celebrates the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects. Curated by Daniel Charny, the exhibition is a cabinet of curiosities showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world, presenting a range of skills with imaginative and spectacular results.'

Fingerprint Suspension Lamp by designer Dan Yeffet

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Edra Cabana cupboard by The Campana Brothers

The Campana Brothers have played with the concept of flexibility. Aesthetically, I don't think the Edra Cabana cupboard is a success but there is something intriguing about using a pliable, changeable material in an object that conventionally embodies solidity.

Posted on October 10, 2011 and filed under Design, Global, London.

London Design Week: EAST Highlights 2011

Sunday 25th Sept 2011. Brick lane is packed. A few designs that caught me eye... AF Designs

Glass fish lighting from London based AF Designs. www.af-designs.co.uk

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Naomi Paul Textiles

www.naomipaul.co.uk

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Bagalight Old School - Available in 8 different designs.

www.liquidesign.co.uk

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One of the more interesting displays at TENT. A design collective from Florence, Italy. Designer Niccolo Raffaelli explores concepts to reduce domestic water use. Effective or not, I liked that this was not another shower timer - BUT not as extreme as Elisabeth Buecher's shower curtain I spotted a few years ago!

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Holey Roket Stove

Posted on October 3, 2011 and filed under Design, London.

Life in Miniature

Recent work at Postcarden.

New product range will be launched in June. Come and see us at Pulse Trade Fair 5-7th June at Earls Court, London.

Illustrations created in Adobe Illustrator CS5 by Lahla Smart.

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Posted on May 10, 2011 and filed under Design, London.

EcoBuild 2011 | Sustainable Urbanism

Passive Housing and Sustainable Urbanism seemed to be the hype at this years EcoBuild.

The Landscape Institute sponsored a program of seminars focused on 'Sustainability and The City'. With only two hours to spare before dashing back to the other side of London, I stayed to watch a discussion by Wulf Daseking, Head of Planning in The city of Freiburg, Germany. Having written The Freiburg Charter For Sustainable Urbanism in 2010, Wulf had some educated thoughts on urban planning, with a particular focus on  infrastructure and development of the suburbs.

The City of Freiburg (European City of the Year 2010) has been an inspiration to urban planners across Europe for the past decade, as a successful working model of what strategic, people centred planning can deliver. The Charter published last year outlines 12 basic paths towards sustainable urban planning. A major consideration the charter flags up is, building around public transport links to create thriving suburban districts and reduce traffic passing through cities. Wulf emphasised the need for 'short distance' development where residents can walk or travel quickly by public transport to the city centre. This enables consumers to shop locally, therefore retaining wealth in the district; rather than losing trade to large out-of-town supermarkets. Have a read through the charter for more information on, mixed wealth neighbourhoods and land purchase for living rather than development.

A point that stayed with me and that is applicable to most challenges in politics and design, is the idea of " orientation towards long term objectives". In essence, solutions can be found and maintained by looking at the bigger picture. By anticipating change and growth planners can optimise their resources and create a long term strategys that can be sustained over time.

View from the impressive Excel conference centre in East London's docklands.

Posted on March 6, 2011 and filed under Climate Change, Design, Global, Green Living, London, Sustainable Design.

Netil Market in TIME OUT

Netil Market has been featured in Time Out magazine this month. We helped them develop their market brand and new cafe space.

 Visualization of cafe space at Netil Market

Visualization of cafe space at Netil Market

 Affordable furnishing suggestions

Affordable furnishing suggestions

Posted on February 28, 2011 and filed under Design, London.

Eastern Curve Garden

This week by complete chance, I visited the award winning Eastern Curve Garden.

Having been surrounded by billboards for months and located amidst the chaos and building developments at Dalston Junction, I had failed to spot this great project. The Curve Garden is a shared vegetable garden and workspace for Dalston's local community, built on a former railway plot.

The space is free for anyone to use between 11am-4pm. There is a sheltered classroom area hosting a variety of talks and a weekly gardening club held on Saturdays.

The project was funded by the London Development Agency/Design for London as part of the 'Making Space In Dalston' project and  is supported by Hackney Council.

Due to limited space this is not a traditional allotment, everyone involved works to grow vegetables for the group, they are then shared out. Rather than being completely responsible for your own patch. This is great for someone like myself, who is far from a gardening expert and can only visit once a week!

Check out events going on at Curve Garden

 

EVENT: 2nd May 2011 The Pizza Oven launch party

Posted on February 8, 2011 and filed under Design, Green Living, London, Sustainable Design.

Netil Market > 29th Jan 2011

Today was my first visit to the recently launched Netil Market. One minute’s walk, from the legendary Broadway market, Netil is a hidden gem. Sporting fantastic jam (for only £3!) and lots of fresh, creative talent. I have been working with them to set up the market brand, marketing and cafe space for the past month.

The artists, designers and performers based in Netil house design studios have come together to bring E8-ers, ‘Not Another Chuffin’ Market’ . Located next door to Netil House, an ex-community college turned creative studios.

Every Saturday  11am-6pm

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Posted on January 31, 2011 and filed under Design, London, Uncategorized.

DIRTY BUSINESS: Film Series

Over the next few months, Amnesty International is screening a brilliant set of films titled 'DIRTY BUSINESS'.

I went to see the first in the series 'The Yes Men, Fix The World'. Not only was the film extremely funny but it highlights how corporate greed is destroying the planet and what lengths we need to go, to ensure our own future...

If you can make it to any of the other screenings, they are definitely worth the trip:

Thu 04 Mar 2010 - UP THE YANGTZE

Thu 18 Mar 2010 - BLACK GOLD

Thu 01 Apr 2010 - IRONEATERS

Thu 15 Apr 2010 - IRAQ FOR SALE. THE WAR PROFITEERS

Thu 06 May 2010 - CRUDE

All are FREE and start at 6.30pm @ The Human Rights Centre, London

See www.amnesty.org.uk for more info and booking

Posted on February 28, 2010 and filed under Climate Change, Corporate, Global, London, Political, Third World, Uncategorized.

Worn Again 2009

Some recent work @ Worn Again

Worn Again is an resource efficiency business, specialising in the re-circulation of corporate waste materials. By diverting valuable materials from landfill, Worn Again is able to reduce the need for new and environmentally costly, virgin materials manufacture.
Posted on February 28, 2010 and filed under Design, London, Sustainable Design, Uncategorized.

The Bigger Picture 24/10/09

The Bigger Picture  

The HUGE queue this weekend at The Bigger Picture Festival @ The Bargehouse. London.

A series of talks, performances, workshops and exhibits discussing, what life could or must be like  if we are to live sustainably - outside of our current economic system.

'We know that we’re living in a period of converging crises: there’s little doubt that we face a daunting array of social, economic, politcal and environmental challenges. But we don’t always see how inter-related these challenges are, nor the solutions which them into opportunities for positive change.' (www.thebiggerpicture2009.org)

NEF (New Economics Foundation) director, Stewart Wallis aptly described how society is caught in a 'hamster wheel effect' - we are fearful to make big changes to our economic and social models and so the cycle continues...re-creating the same problems we are striving to repair again and again.

There was a huge turnout for Saturdays event, leading to an hour long queue to even get inside!  However, the queue formed a captive audience for a number of weird and wonderful performances by poets & activists.

 

For more info: www.thebiggerpicture2009.org

Posted on October 26, 2009 and filed under Design, Green Living, London, Sustainable Design, Third World.

2012 | Olympic Park Construction | London Site visit

I was lucky enough to visit the construction site for the 2012 Olympic based in East London. Our trip was currated by Dan Epstein (Head of Sustainable Development & Regeneration), as part of the program of events put together by Greengaged (www.greengaged.com), throughout London Design Week 2009.  

Water way
Water way
Aquatics Stadium
Aquatics Stadium
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Athlete's Village

The scale of this project is enormous! Everyone involved seems to be making a real effort towards a sustainable build and use of the area. We saw the soil washing plant which cleanses the soil from the chemicals that have leached there for years (the ground was previously a dump site).  

2012 Stadium
2012 Stadium

The 2012 Stadium, which seats 80,000 people can be down sized to 20,00 seats after the Olympic and the materials can be reprocessed/reused. For more info:

http://www.bestvenue.com/cs/blogs/olympics/archive/tags/Dan+Epstein/default.aspx

http://www.london2012.com/blog/contributors/80300594.php

Posted on October 22, 2009 and filed under London, Sustainable Design.

TENT Sept '09

A Balancing Meal A Balancing Meal By NorthMAGI

After finding that TENT seemed much smaller this year - I tried to root out some of the low key, exciting projects. I quite liked this quirky idea by designers at NorthMAGI (www.northmagi.com), a collective of design graduates from Central Saint Martins, London.

"This product fosters a positive eating experience by making meal times more interactive. In engaging people and taking the first step towards the slowing down of modern day hectic lifestyles, it is hoped that the simple pleasures of enjoying a meal is once again discovered. The rocking structure encourages its users to eat with care and at a similar speed. In trying to establish equilibrium, the users' focus is directed towards interacting with each other."

Probably not that practical however, a good place to start building sustainable design solutions.

 

Library Chair

The Library Chair By Groupdesign

Simple, practical design!

 

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Keep Cup By Keep Cup Austrailia (www.keepcup.com.au)

This cup is only about aesthetics & greenwashing - It was quite obvious that its existence is pointless. The reason people use disposable cups...is for that very reasons, so they don't have to carry a cup around with them!?!

I'm not buying this one!

 

.....Its worth checking out the graduate work from Central Saint Martins this year: www.creativesupermammals.com. Some really inspiring ideas...

Posted on October 21, 2009 and filed under Design, London.

KEW Gardens Economic Botany Collection Visit

A big thankyou to Greengaged (www.greengaged.com) - for putting together this free trip to see the behind the scenes botany collection at Kew Gardens on Monday.

Although, a freezing and early start this was a really worthwhile day. I was particularly impressed by the delicate use of mulberry roots in Japan and the leather leaves from New Zeland. Amazing! 

Also, a lovely opportunity to meet some very inspiring people over coffee at The Orangery Cafe!

Posted on October 21, 2009 and filed under London, Sustainable Design.