Trashion – Fashion that Creates Awareness

How about a new dress made from trash that people threw into the ocean? Trashion designer Marina DeBris turns ocean rubbish into haut couture. With her exceptional artwork she wants to create more awareness for the worldwide marine pollution. Her art and fashion is a call for taking more care of our environment. With her so called Trashion – fashion made from trash – she works with her non-profit organization and is also active in art education and environmental education.

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Whilst running along the beaches of Venice she came up with the idea to create fashion with all the trash that soils our beaches.

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A dress made from take-away plates and cups.

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For more information about Marina deBris artwork and environmental activities, please have a look on her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/marina.debris

Fotocredit: Marina DeBris

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One year around the world

The Coalition is a community of startups, entrepreneurs and creators living and working at the same place. Did you ever wish to live somewhere else like in Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Ile de Ré, Mikonos or San Francisco? 20 startups are making it possible now.  The Coalition stands for Coliving and Coworking for entrepreneurs.

More details can be found under:

http://oneyear.thecoalition.io/giveaways/one-year-free-coliving-around-the-world/?lucky=1266

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Stroke Art Fair in Munich

From 4th to 8th May, the STROKE ART FAIR, is taking place in Munich again.

 

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STROKE has been founded in 2009 in Munich by the brothers  Marco and Raiko Schwalbe in order to bring their vision of art, design and urban life style of the 21st century closer to their audience. The idea of STROKE was it to question the obsolete understanding of the so called high crop and pop culture.

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For STROKE  the mix , interaction and impact of diverse creative expressions like contemporaneous art, design, music and fashion is one of the most significant changes of the 21st century and this is consequently the backbone of the event.

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(pictures: STROKE ART FAIR)

http://www.stroke-artfair.com/index.html

A culture code for souvenirs

Recently I had a discussion with some international friends about bringing souvenirs from travels as I love to buy a lot of country specific things which I cannot get in Germany. I always have the impression that I have to buy the spirit of this country, that I travelled, to all those who stayed at home.  That’s why I buy things that you cannot get in my home country. But my friend from the Arab countries said: ” Oh no, we in the Arab countries we buy as a souvenir the same perfume that we have in Dubai as well. We expect that we find our products also in all countries that we travel to. We bring souvenirs to our family and also very important to our business partners that are known already.” My friend from France then explained to me the French meaning of the word “souvenir”: Souvenir means somethings that gives you nice memories on a special place and moment especially from a holiday. So that’s how we came to the idea of Clickbringsel, a platform that offers unique and local products from allover the world that you can buy online as a souvenir. The word Clickbringsel  comes from the German word “Mitbringsel” which stands for “souvenir” and as you can buy it online it describes itself the meaning of the first part of the word Clickbringsel. Would you buy a souvenir online? How do you chose your souvenirs?

Please share with us your idea of a souvenir in our survey and win a clickbringsel!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DXDV9G2

Bill Ramsey even created a song about the idea of souvenirs:

Milan Design Week & isaloni 2016

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In only a few weeks the biggest design event in Milan as well as the international design exhibition isaloni (salone del mobile) will open its doors.  From 12th to 17th April Milan will be crowded with design enthusiasts from allover the world.  Besides the trade fair@ Rho fiera Milano there will be several design areas spread throughout the city with special events every day and night for designers, architects, art lovers and design lovers in the so called “fuorisalone“ like Zona Tortona, Brera, Ventura Lambrate, San Babila, Porta Venezia, Sant’ Ambrogio and 5Vie.  I am looking very much forward to this year’s Milan Design week which will be amazing again! The combination of the architecture of the historical milanese palaces and modern design ideas creates a special flair and beautiful moments that you cannot explain if you did not experience it in its beauty. Here are some interesting links to best organize your stay in Milan:

http://fuorisalone.it/2016

http://www.venturaprojects.com/

http://www.breradesigndistrict.it

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https://www.salonemilano.it/

Impressions from the amazing design exhibitions from Milan Design Week 2015:

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Cultural Differences

The Chinese graphic designer Yang Liu has created an interesting book visualizing the cultural differences between East and West. In her book “East meets West” she explains the culture shock she has been experiencing when she moved from Beijing to Berlin at age 14: “I discovered — almost on a daily basis — that things were quite the contrary of what I was used to, starting with social customs and extending all the way to fundamental ways of thinking,” Liu writes in East Meets West, her newest book. With red symbolizing China and blue representing the West, Liu illustrates everything from understandings of the self to uses of umbrellas and attitudes towards karaoke. Drawing from her own experience Yang Liu created minimalistic visualizations using simple symbols and shapes to convey just how different the two cultures are. Yang Liu’s book “East meets West” is published by Taschen Verlag.

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(Picture: East meets West, Yang Liu)

YOUMO – your modular powerstrip on kickstarter now

I just heard yesterday from the great new product YOUMO which is currently offered on kickstarter. YOUMO is a multi-power charging that is smart and stylish. With this new power strip you have a variety of options and you can charge many different devices. YOUMO gives you wireless charging, IoT capabilities, multi-USB ports, US and EU sockets all in one power set. The project is now on kickstarter and if you are fast enough you can get your first own YOUMO – your modular power strip. You can even chose different colors of the cable so that it fits more in your interior and not to forget the many different options – no matter if you even want a Bluetooth Loudspeaker connected with your powerstrip or international sockets. I think this is a really great new product and I directly ordered mine throught the kickstarter campaign. If you want to get your YOUMO, you can find it here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1300499319/youmo-your-smart-modular-power-strip?ref=discovery

Vita App for a brighter home

Vita Unfold at Home App – Smart shopping

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The biggest problem with online shopping for decoration and furniture products is  the missing imagination which style, size, material and shape would best fit into your already existing interior style. But here is the solution: The Danish Lighting Brand VITA has introduced its great new app “Vita Unfold at Home”. With this app you can design your home with the suitable VITA design lamps. Just take a picture of the room that needs a new lighting design and you can set up  your room with your individual style.

Interior design goes digital! More information can be found under: http://www.vitacopenhagen.com/pages/vitaapp

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Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality provides opportunities for many industries

Augmented Reality (AR) ThingEvent_Caterpillarshould not only be considered for the gaming and entertainment industry. Today PTC demonstrated in its livestream what other areas can benefit from the latest technologies of AR. It is also an interesting tool for designing prototypes and for a real-life shopping experience of consumer goods.

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Digitalisation within the Furniture Industry

Digitalization within the furniture industry

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The furniture industry revolutionzes its shopping and producting processes with the support of digital tools. Besides sensor technology and apps for real-life demonstrations, new technologies of augmented reality help the consumers in their decision and even creation process of their homes. More information can be found in my report on Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.de/christiane-lesch/die-digitalisierung-halt-einzug-in-der-moebelindustrie_b_9058778.html