Robin Wood: Sustainable music boxes made from city wood

A furniture maker is saving old city trees in Holland from being shredded by turning them into handcrafted music boxes. Rob de Looff collects sustainable local wood, turning the city wood into beautiful music boxes. The furniture designer, who founded Robin Wood three years ago, captures the essence of every single tree he works with – whether it was felled due to sickness, damage or planned … Continue reading Robin Wood: Sustainable music boxes made from city wood

Rehyphen: Cassette tapes find new lease of life woven in to MusicCloth

Any child of the 80s will be familiar with cassette tapes. Now with analogue items disappearing completely, that means a whole heap of cassette tapes are filling up landfills. But there’s where Singapore-based Jessica Chuan Yi Xin has intersected and created an innovative new textile made from cassette tapes – MusicCloth®. Jessica Chuan Yi Xin has made use of a traditional basket weaving pattern to create the … Continue reading Rehyphen: Cassette tapes find new lease of life woven in to MusicCloth

Furoshiki: Japan’s traditional wrapping cloth with a multitude of uses

Living sustainably and maximising the use of your belongings also extends to using a product for multiple purposes. That’s where the Japanese tradition of Furoshiki comes in really handy. Furoshiki is a Japanese traditional wrapping cloth, using origami folding concepts, that is eco-friendly. It is mostly used for wrapping gift, carrying goods or as decor. Let’s say you are out and about and you have … Continue reading Furoshiki: Japan’s traditional wrapping cloth with a multitude of uses

The Truth About Moroccan Sabra: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About the Mythical Cactus Silk Agave Fiber — Anou Blog

The new big thing in Morocco is Sabra, or more often referred to as cactus silk. You can’t scroll for too long on an a social media hashtag for Morocco before seeing a pillow or rug made out of sabra. From small shops all the way up to massive companies like Restoration Hardware, everyone is […] via The Truth About Moroccan Sabra: Everything You Ever Wanted … Continue reading The Truth About Moroccan Sabra: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About the Mythical Cactus Silk Agave Fiber — Anou Blog

Xapiri: Capturing the “spirit” of the Amazon and its communities

Xapiri, an online gallery and shop space, is setting out to spread the “spirit” of the Amazon and its peoples by educating nations further afield on the heritage of these indigenous tribes and their artisan skills. The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and the ancestral home to one million Indians. There are approximately 400 tribes with their own language, culture and identity. Through commissioning, … Continue reading Xapiri: Capturing the “spirit” of the Amazon and its communities