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Cork makes a buoyant return
We often associate cork with wine. But the Portuguese company AHUA is using the material for what was one of its original purposes: buoyancy. The company makes and sells thin surfboards and handplanes (surfboards for hands) made of light and eco-friendly cork. The project was funded thanks to an entrepreneurship prize and crowd funding website Massivemov.
Why it matters
Being one of Portugal’s most exported products – it accounts for 55% of the world’s cork production – it’s nice to see a variation of its use. The project in itself is an example of creating new with what you already have. What can big brands learn from the modus operandi of startups backed through crowd funding platforms like Massivemov or Kickstarter?
17. May 2012
Dubai’s only gallery dedicated to modern design, is holding its second annual design competition. In an attempt to explore design within an everyday Arab urban landscape, the competition is divided into 4 categories: The Mosque through Architecture | The Majlis through Interior Design | A Pattern through Graphic Design | A Public Installation through Experimental Design.
Article 22’s peaceBOMB bracelet is made by upcycling grenade remains from the Vietnam War era. Named after the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights, this design firm is on a mission to assist the economic development of emerging nations by creating products that tell a story about their makers and the legacies of our shared history.