GOBIE filtered water bottle

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GOBIE H2O is a socially responsible, product-based brand, focused on developing innovative alternatives to the inconsiderate consumption and disposal of single-use water bottles. Designed by Rusty Allen, the product that provides an economical, ecological, and healthy alternative to disposable water bottle consumption, while promoting the efforts of organizations who share an aim to make the world a better place.

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Eastlake 17″ Laptop Bag

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Constructed from upcycled bicycle tubes, the Eastlake 17″ laptop bag, by Alchemy Goods, is a durable and water resistant portfolio piece. The handles are crafted from reclaimed seat belts creating a distinctive quality to the product’s second life. Each piece is assembled by hand in the company’s Seattle workshop, crafted and examined as to provide the customer with an article that is truly unique. 02eastlake 03eastlake

Upcycled Tiered Plates

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Wilhelm Teller is an upcycled collection of old dishes that are transformed into etagères. Designed by Christian Altherr, Irene Düring and Ana Rangel, the plates are an ensemble of pieces gathered from second hand shops and flea markets.

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In order to create a unique mix of two or three level combinations, the team had to locate the right diamond-tipped drills to make a hole in the hard yet brittle porcelain. The specially designed threaded brass rods connect the pieces, providing a stable and easy to grip connection.

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The simple connection allows an easy and quick assembling and dismantling. Within the one-off pieces are an interpretation that lies a rediscovery of a practical principle.

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The idea was inspired three years ago Christian Altherr’s girlfriend who fell in love with an antique porcelain étagère in London. Altherr was not able to afford it, nor could he find a comparable substitute. Instead he set about fashioning his own version, which would become a prototype of the current series.

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The greatest pleasure comes from those customers who bring inherited tableware that they no longer need but wish to have made into étagères as a memento for their family and friends.

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A minimal gesture is found on the underside of each piece where an engraved cell phone number can be found for future orders –  a minimalistic gesture that underscores the recycling of the existing designs.

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All pieces are made in Switzerland.

IN VITRO by Tat Chao

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Montreal-based designer Tat Chao has created IN VITRO, an upcycled collection that takes the beauty of glassware and crystal and transforms them into new pieces. The handmade items were carefully chosen from second-hand shops and then were assembled with a  simple bounding adhesive. The ensemble demonstrates the ‘Slow Design’ trend, exhibiting the rebirth from the damaged.

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BIPOLAR pendant light was created from a pair of champagne flutes without their base. An anodized aluminum ring wraps a strip of LED in the middle. The diverse shapes range in size and colour from 6″ to 16″ long.

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The Loligo chandeliers are made of wine glasses without their tops. The crystal and glass pieces are connected together at their circular rims. A LED light illuminates from the center of the piece producing a layers of brilliance and radiance.

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The following candle holders are made from the broken pieces from the BIPOLAR collection. No piece goes to waste in the creation of the overall composition.

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The glass bottoms, from the pendants are made into spinning tops and playful toy yo-yos.

Europa City by BIG Architects

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A master plan with a scale typical to the massive developments in China, BIG Architects has won the international competition to design Europa City. Located in the Greater Roissy, the new Triangle Gonesse district, is a unique suburb of Paris, France. The metropolis will mix cultural, recreational and commercial on 80 acres, to form an exchange of leisure and commercial activities.

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The plan has been designed to meet the needs of a European culture and lifestyle.
This territory was chosen because of its great potential, as one of the main economic centers, characterized by a young population. The project aims to triple support the economic development, opening the territory to external audiences, and bring new inhabitants to the territory. It will be served by the Grand automated metro Paris Express and extension of the RER D (rapid transit system).

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The landscape architecture will create a new urban typology combining open and dense surroundings. BIG’s first approach is to overlay the urban frame with agricultural land. The surfaces of the program are organized along
a main road that focuses around the central square, inviting those to discovery EuropaCity.

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The project includes several urban expressions to diversify the public spaces such as a park, the circular boulevard, accessible modes of transport, places designed to accommodate event-activities, the streets are inspired by the Parisian walkways.

The multifunctional roof is symbolic of the importance given to public space and nature in the project. It is designed in synergy with activity spaces it houses, such as, entertainment, shopping, culture, restaurants, hotels.

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The overall geometry is determined based on the site’s connections and constraints specific to the territory. To the north, the station of the Grand Paris Express, and the A1 and A3 motorways, to the south, the RD370 service. From its center, Europa City stretches to as close as possible to each of these structural elements. Its volume is carved to fit the context urban and landscape by providing visual identifications. The roof, largely vegetated generates a large green open space, extending the green corridor that runs through the Triangle Gonesse.

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Projection information:

Location:
19 km from Paris, France

Scope:
€ 2 billion of private investment
More than 30 million visitors expected annually
12,500 direct jobs (6,300 indirect jobs) generated during the four-year phase
11,500 direct jobs (5,900 indirect jobs) generated during the operational phase

Offer:
50,000 M2 of Cultural Space which includes:
two theaters of 2000 seats and 500 seats
a vast area of ​​international exhibitions
a 360 ° room for contemporary circus
a resource center and library
an artists’ residence
a cultural center for children

150 000 M2 of Leisure space which consists of:
a water park
an amusement park
a snow park
an adventure park combining extreme sports, sports, urban sports
a set of equipment wellness and fitness
an educational farm with gardens gathering and cooking workshops

20,000 M2 of Restaurants

230,000 M2 OF Commerce which includes:
flagship stores
concept stores
pop-up stores
temporary boutiques department stores
a wide and varied range of large brands stores, with the integration of web technology at the point of sale
showroom, workshop creation and production of European and international artists markets
local events enabling a shared experience between residents and visitors

100,000 M2 of Public Spaces that consists of:
major recurring events, specific and exclusive – festivals and carnivals
ephemeral installations
exhibitions
performances
street theater and circus shows
major national and international events
sporting events
music festivals

20,000 M2 of Congress and Seminars

110 000 M2 of Hospital spaces
ten hotels or 2,700 rooms

80,000 M2 of Local Technical and Administrative Spaces