The Future of Sustainable Design: Profile of Adital Ela

The founder of the Terra furniture project (mentioned in our earlier post) – Adital Ela – is a sustainability designer, social-entrepreneur and lecturer, founder and CEO of S-SENSE DESIGN, and a TEDfellow.

Adital Ela with Terra Stools Material ready for production

Adital Ela with Terra Stools Material ready for production

She dedicates her professional life to explore ways in which sustainability design can envision, illustrate and manifest a green reform in the encounter between man, object and environment.

Adital is also a sustainability design lecturer at the BA and MA programs of HIT – Holon Institute of Technology, and lectures regularly at conferences and lead workshops around the world.

Here is a video explaining more about the inspiration behind the Terra stools as well as the simplicity and abundance of sustainable design methods in our own history.

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Nina Tolstrup: Re-Imagined, Rescued & Reclaimed

© Jamie McGregor Smith | Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

The Pallet Project exhibited at 19 Greek Street  by Danish London based designer Nina Tolstrup constructs furniture from the reclaimed wood of unused pallets.

Pallet Chair | © Nina Tolstrup | Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

An organisation has now been set-up by Tolstrup in Lugano, Buenos Aires to help people emerge poverty through design training and development.

Pallet Chair ‘Pollocky’ by Gavin Turk ©Gavin Turk

London based Danish designer Nina Tolstrup founded Studiomama in 2000 with husband and design collaborator Jack Mama.

Nina Tolstrup in the studio ©Katherine Fawssett

Before settling in London, she trained as a designer at the prestigious Les Ateliers school of industrial design in Paris and has a BA in Marketing from the Business School in Copenhagen.

Bloomberg Chair | © Nina Tolstrup Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

True to Nina’s Scandinavian roots, simplicity and integrity are the trademarks of her work; a pared-down, contemporary but characterful aesthetic combined with a democratic belief in good design for all. Passionate beliefs in designing for the real world go a long way to explaining the timeless and unpretentious qualities of the studio’s work.

Rescued Chairs | © Nina Tolstrup Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

But whilst Studiomama’s work can be simple, honest and minimal it is always playful, irreverent and humorous. The Re-Imagine Project, also exhibited at 19 Greek Street are a series of brightly coloured re-upholstered (Rescued) chairs that combine the idea of resourcefulness and reinvention with an element of fun and style.

Rescued Chairs | © Nina Tolstrup & David David Courtesy of 19 Greek Street

Both the pallet chairs and the rescued chairs come in a range of different colours and patterns, proving that reclaimed materials can be reworked into new and exciting designs.

Folklore – Better Living by Design

Folklore is a beautiful new shop right up our street – literally. It may be a little difficult to find at first, wedged in between two Gill Wing stores and boasting an antique sign which reads 193 BERWIC rather than Folklore.

On my second visit I almost got lost, failing to notice it due to its inconspicuous shop front. However, after spotting the paper and crotchet lampshades in the window I was reminded why it had initially caught my eye.

They later explained that they had kept the old sign allowing it to add to the character of the shop while corresponding with their philosophy of sustainability.

The Cabinet – designed and made in collaboration with the Hendzel + Hunt studio in South London. Constructed from reclaimed birch ply. Available exclusively from Folklore.

Danielle Reid and her husband Rob opened the shop on Islington’s trendy Upper Street 1 month ago. The couple started the company, based on the belief that better living is possible through design. They curate a selection of pieces by a mix of designers, makers and craftsmen and try to source locally where possible.

Everything inside Folklore is either handmade, antique or made from recycled or found materials. Others are easily recyclable at the end of their life. All are made in an environmentally mindful way. Danielle strongly believes that ecology and ethics are integral to design and there is a theme throughout the shop which emphasises the importance of being environmentally mindful.

As recycling becomes more mainstream and becomes the norm, recycled goods and furniture are becoming more beautiful in their own right. Folklore paves the way for sustainable living and proves that recycling can be elegant by exploring diverse styles and uses of materials.

You can also like Folklore on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.