Mixko at ICFF


ICFF isn't just about furniture; some of my favorite (and most sustainable) products were far smaller than the typical chair. Nahoko of British design group Mixko showed me these "Heli" belts that she created from excess fabric used to make tatami mats. If you can believe it, these beautifully embroidered offcuts would otherwise be thrown away. She showed me how each strip is first reinforced with webbing material and then capped with the standard metal hardware. The gentle contrast between the traditional family crest patterns and the modern use to which they're put makes for one cute accessory, one that uses very little new material.