Tag: Finland - Page 4

  • Bamboo Furniture from Artek, Heirs to Aalto

    January 31, 8:10 AM by Lloyd Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    "Form is a mystery that defies description but brings people pleasure"-Alvar Aalto. Artek was set up in 1935 to market Aalto's furniture, lamps and textiles, and continues to this day, blending "functionalism with form and sculptural simplicity with the

  • Good Enough to Eat

    January 17, 8:42 AM by Bonnie Alter in Style

    There are so many natural skin products on the market that it is tricky to figure out which to choose. Finnish women have beautiful, pale, flawless complexions, despite the harsh winters. So here is skin cream from Finland with luscious ingredients

  • The Eco-Efficient Major Event Manual

    January 4, 4:15 PM by Warren McLaren in Culture

    The Eco-Efficient Major Event Manual was launched, with some fanfare, in the middle of 2006. And the premise is very admirable. It is said to help organisers understand the environmental impacts that major events create. It advises how to implement

  • Globe Hope: Finnish Fashion

    January 4, 8:24 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Fashion

    Finnish fashion has its own aesthetic; warm fabrics, bright colours (in response to those months of cold and darkness), and a slightly eccentric look. Like everywhere else, designers there have started to worry about waste and the state of the

  • Treasures of Wasteland

    January 3, 8:12 AM by Bonnie Alter in Style

    SECCO and The Treasures of Wasteland is the name of a Helsinki shop selling recycled goods, from clothing to computer-key magnets, to belts made out of car seatbelts. It is a surprise to find this place, nestled amongst vintage shops, hair dressers,

  • Return a Tree

    January 1, 9:48 AM by Bonnie Alter in Natural Sciences

    This little wooden cube contains a tree seed. The idea is that the box, when planted, will slowly rot, the seeds will sprout, and it will finally grow into the very tree that the cube was made of. Either curly birch, pine, alder, spruce or aspen

  • Dual Purpose Carrier

    December 28, 8:53 AM by Bonnie Alter in Economics

    It’s Finnish design. It’s ingenious and wacky, and endearing the more you look at it. They call it a "footstool" but we probably wouldn't. In any case, it has a dual purpose; serving as a seat and a bottle carrier for one to three bottles. Made of

  • Let's Talk Baby Talk

    June 6, 6:08 AM by Bonnie Alter in Culture

    Responsible new parents are looking for ways to reduce the impact of disposable diapers. They want green clothes that are made of organic cotton and are free of chemicals but are still adorable. In response some small companies have started to create

  • Perhaps We Are On the Wrong Bike

    June 3, 6:49 AM by Lloyd Alter in Cars

    Perhaps we don't really get it. We bike every day with our fancy Lake shoes on our clipless pedals on our Norco roadbike when we learn from ReadingToronto that we should realy be riding a fabulous Dutch bike from Jorg and Olif. We go on about how bikes

  • It Slices, It Dices: Pollution Eating Concrete

    July 25, 8:35 AM by Tim McGee in Green Architecture

    Another tip came our way from Brian to check out a Wired News story on "Scrubbing Bubbles Hit the Streets". Turns out that nanotechnology can do more then keep your pants stain free - a coating of titanium dioxide on concrete surfaces has the ability to