Tag Archives: sustainable design

Putting Old books to good use.

26 Feb

A combination of elements put together to create a 'green wall'

This is a very creative way of using old hard-back covered books. This wall was decorated by the redesign department of Fretex in Oslo. It was done in the Fretex Unika shop on Markveien 51.

interesting color coding.

I wrote about Putting a twist on wall paper last year and showed some pictures of multicolored color-coded wall here. I personally prefer this though and can visualize more monochromatic combinations to go with different types of interior color schemes. For example a selection of various shades of brown tiles against a coffee brown wall!

reminders of the past

some futuristic elements.

I really love this wall because it not only looks good, it also tells a story . It is a green wall. Very environment friendly.

hard-back book wall tile installation inside the Fretex Unika shop in Oslo.

Fretex Unika

So if you happen to be in Oslo, check this out.

If I were you I would order me some book cover tiles from Fretex for your House/home/cafe/shop.

Get with the program people green design is the trend!!!



Green Designers part 1

2 Nov

I had the pleasure of attending a sustainability and Redesign seminar 2 weeks back . I did a presentation on my work experience with Design without Boarders and Fretex Redesign  in relation to sustainable design and recycling. Nerve wrecking I must say it was(could hear my own voice shake). I managed to go through with it however and even got feedback that it was a good presentation a few days after 🙂

I deliver my speech

Preaching sustainability

I guess the more one does something, the better they get at it .Hopefully one day the temperature won’t suddenly go up and my hands will not shake while I give a public speech….Forgot to mention that happened too.

Any way, apart from all the battles that were going on with-in, I managed to learn a lesson or 2 from the various presentations made, despite the fact that all but one were in Norwegian.

Speech on Innovative and Eco-friendly materials

Alexander Bau co-founder Ralston & Bau

Alexander Bau. Now his speech I enjoyed the most. This has nothing to do with the fact that the company he co-owns has done work for Fretex redesign where I work (or that he has the same name as my dad :)). It’s just that his was the only English speech. So sadly, I missed major lessons that I am sure I should have picked from the other presenters. Any way, One of the things he said was any one who calls him/herself a designer should  know what C2C/ cradle to cradle means….. plus they should buy the book.(Ordered myself a copy and am eagerly waiting).Find out about C2C here

His company has this cool resource library of  innovative and Eco friendly materials that producers and designers can access.

We were also treated to a delicious launch which I should have enjoyed but my presentation was after launch so……

The Ugandan in me went straight for the hot meals. T'was tasty food!

The last presentation was a thing for ears! This violinist did things to the sound from a violin that I didn’t think possible and that classical musicians would frown upon but I personally don’ t care… his innovation, for that’s what it is, is soooo coool… (for lack of better words to use) . He had this machine that he connected to his violin that changed the typical violin sound to for example, the sound of crashing ocean waves,  or a bird singing. He then mixed it all up(song bird, crashing waves and violin) to make a combination of sounds that I can only describe as serenity. Maybe people who know a thing or 2 about music and sound mixing would see nothing of this but I, was blown away!

Jazz violinist and a lecturer in innovation, Stig Roar Wigestrand

unconventional and beautiful demonstration of what innovation can do with the sound of a violin.

Will defiantly be writing more about this day….