the traditions of East and West coming together

Were did we find these cuties? In the Nepal Projects; an initiative launched by MENU provides fair employment and future opportunities in one of the world’s poorest countries by combining traditional fabric working skills with a current Scandinavian design aesthetic.
Its production takes place in the Kathmandu area, where it employs hundreds of weavers, tailors and other local craftspeople. The design process happens in collaboration with various designers. The Stockholm-based Taiwanese design duo Hung-Ming Chen and Chen-Yen Wei at Afteroom designed these teddies. Teddy_Afteroom_Nepal_Sand.jpg
Afteroom is an advocate of the traces of time. Their mission is simply to create beautiful products which will add value over time – design to grow old with. The inspiration derives from an intriguing interest of forms, senses, proportions, materials and cultures. The philosophy pivots around simplicity and honesty.Teddy_Afteroom_Nepal_Light_Grey.jpg
“Nepal Projects grew from our desire to use Menu as a platform for making a positive difference. Many young Nepali women from poor families risk being lured into prostitution. Through education of children and employment of young women we offer a sound and viable alternative. The Nepal Projects is our way to celebrate great craftsmanship, while helping vulnerable workers secure a better future for themselves and their families.” – Bjarne Hansen, owner & founder of Menu A/S.Teddy_Afteroom_Nepal_Dark_Grey.jpg

BALANCE by Nadine Fumiko Schaub

In need of a new set of scales? How about trying something else.
Balance is a project by Swiss/Japanese designer Nadine Fumiko Schaub, created as an alternative to cheap and replaceable kitchen appliances. It is made entirely of durable and natural materials such as wood, porcelain, brass and marble stone that has been locally crafted. These scales doe not have a display, instead it relies on human touch to tell if the weights are balanced.


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So it seems 3D printing is gradually revolutionising the way things are made – even in fashion! This beautiful statement ring was designed by Giorgio Badalacchi from MOBO Architects, exclusively for WonderLuk – London based eshop offering a nice range of 3D printed jewellery designed by selected artisans.
You can choose your size, colour and material – nylon, silver or gold. Depending on the finishing technique, its texture can be smooth or more grainy…




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What do you think? The initial idea for this project from STUDIO BERG was to provide disregarded and primarily functional products in our household with a new appearance and give them their own personality in order to get them out of the utility rooms into the flat’s center of living.

FOLDWORK is a crossbreed between a wall piece, inspired by half-timbered constructions, and a cloth rack.
It can be unfolded to provide more space for the laundry.