Sunday, September 9, 2007

Design with Conscience

Artecnica's Design With Conscience projects employ production methods that are human and environmentally friendly. They denounce child labor, promote safe, toxic-free environments, and use purchasing criteria that prevent labor and environmental exploitation. Their vision is to promote self-sustaining communities of skilled artisans in underdeveloped countries. They believe design can be used to advance living standards worldwide. Through design with conscience, Artecnica hopes to inspire others, promote global awareness, and help generate a better and more humane world.

At Urchin, we regularly stock the following Design With Conscience projects:
Transglass: Lovely earth toned vases, carafes and cups made from recycled glass bottles. Prices range from $18 to $63.

Ivy: Tord Boontje’s verdant gardens tumble across the panels of Ivy, the dreamy flora cut in plated steel to transform walls, windows, and space. The six panels per set hook together easily for modular configuration. Build curtains, decorative panels, and dividers.

Until Dawn Curtain: Elaborate flora-and-fauna panels play with light, creating intriguing shadows and textures in any environment, as a curtain, screen, or wall hanging. Made of Tyvek, a super-resistant synthetic paper material, Until Dawn also comes with Velcro-closure loops and holes to hang from hooks or poles.