As I’ve already mentioned in my last post, Sunday was a delightful day for me mainly for the reason of having visited the Recycling Factory event for the first time.
So here’s the report about some of my moments there, as promised 🙂
Kierrätystehdas, or Recycling Factory, here in Helsinki is the largest sustainable lifestyle event of Finland. This year it was organized for the fifth time and I had the pleasure to visit it – together with some 10 000 other people. My friend and I spent the most part of our time in the Sales market – the part of Recycling Factory that united craftspeople, who use mainly recycled materials for the products they produce and sell. But there were also other parts of the event that we just didn’t have enough time to visit (us both having slipped away from our families for just a few hours): the Ilmaistori (or “Free of Charge” market) where visitors could bring items they didn’t need anymore and take whatever they needed, the panel discussions, runway shows and quite a few workshops (I brought home my “masterpiece” from a mosaic workshop 🙂 ).
For the first time this year there was an EcoDesign competition. Unfortunately, I somehow didn’t stumble upon the winner design while I was there, but just look at this ingenious bedside table designed by Oskari Nukarinen for OplusMonG Design Ltd! It is very simple and minimalist but really so great. No more bedside lamps falling off bedside tables, right?
Ok, but here’s what I did stumble upon that really made my eyebrows arch and would have made me whistle if I knew how to do that: the pencil-clock by Design Airo…
…and this amazing organizing board presented by a crafty girl from Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences. You know how you never can find pens or rulers when you really need them? Well, no more! And this would be useful for so many more things! You could even hang it in the kitchen and use it to store tableware. Should look fun!
At the Recycling factory we met the warm and friendly women from Mum’s. We started talking as I asked permission to take a picture of the colorful lamp. They told us about their project: Mum’s products are designed in Finland and manufactured in South Africa, thus providing work for people there. It’s a really socially responsible idea, don’t you think? And their designs are real cute too 🙂
Continuing about good designs and sustainable products: what do you think about this bag by Globe Hope? Guess what it’s made of. I myself would never have even dreamed: it’s made of the hood that protected the Olympic Stadium’s tower during its renovation! This thing has such great history!
More recycling? Here are the wonderful little things made by Think Today out of left-over flooring materials. I fell in love with the soap dish.
It’s such a great design: you can open the snaps and the whole dish becomes completely flat, thus it’s very easy to store or to send to someone as a gift, for example 🙂 And the colours of this particular one!
I really liked magnets by Kimara Crafts. The words on them are in Finnish and mean “remember” or “from the shop” or “when you have time” 🙂 There were also the beautiful and handy chalkboard-frames and these cute postcards in their stand. And lots of other great stuff (here’s their homepage).
Now for the real sophisticated things: what do you think about these spoon necklaces by AddDrama!, huh? I loved them. Especially the ones with embedded crystals and the most delicate engravings. Who could have thought that spoons can be so charmingly beautiful!
And just look at the designs by Latimeria! Those delicate little plates with tiny spoons – they’re made from aluminium! And the bigger spoon is from steel. I don’t know if you’re able to see that not only one part of it has this beautiful purple colour to it but there’s also a soft light blue strip on the handle as well (argh, I so need to learn to use my cumbersome but real good camera!..). The lady at the Latimeria stand told us these wonderful colours appear when processing steel with different temperatures. Interesting!
And, of course, all this are only teeny-tiny grains of all the things that we saw – and didn’t have time to see – at the Recycling Factory. But I’ve already loaded you with more photos than is reasonable, havent’ I? So… enjoy them for now, explore the homepages of the crafty companies and people to find even more great designs. And I’ll be back next time with a short post on the workshops that took place at the Recycling Factory.
Have a great day/night (depending on what part of the world you’re in 🙂 )!