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Design & Innovations

Funky furniture

By Jess Handley The ocean is an abundance of natural wonders: coral that one could liken to diamonds (they are so hard), volcanic rock activity rumbling deep beneath the water, a kaleidoscope of fascinating marine life, and of course the…

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Electric avenue

The 1960’s classic film Mary Poppins was arguably one of the first pieces of popular culture to show the notion that a woman’s handbag can house a large number of objects that are seemingly far too much for the volume…

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Upping the ordinary

In 2003, a fabulous film entitled Second Hand Lions showed the story about a young boy named Walter who goes to live with his two eccentric uncles in rural Texas. In the first half of the film, one of the…

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A Bright Idea

There are many ways to skin the every saving cat that do not involve living by candle light or bathing in the Liesbeek River, but rather taking a bit of trash and turning it into something marvellously creative. If you…

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Not your average ride

Roses are red, violets are blue, and who needs metal-when you have bamboo! This is the idea that underpins a remarkable fusion of engineering and creativity, otherwise known as Erba cycles. Since opening its doors in October 2010, Erba’s beautiful…

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Spinning the news

There are many materials which one might spin into something, for the Miller’s daughter in Grimm’s Brother’s fairytale Rumplestilksin, it was gold, for Dutch artist and designer Greetje van Tiem, it’s something more pratical. This artist has elevated newspaper recycling…

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A Glass Act

The appeal of glass lies in its ancient mystery, its liquid translucence and its elemental changeability, and what was once seen as simply a craft is increasingly being recognised as an art form in its own right. “Among the many…

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