The Eco Design Initiative mobilizes global youth to improve life & opportunities by applying good design processes that enable social, environmental and economic well-being.
Here’s a glimpse into the Sustainable Design Competition, Fresh Talent Challenge and recent Showcase themed “Home is where the Heart is”.
The activities took place at City Hall Cape Town & Sakumlandela Primary in Khayelitsha, March 2012.
Thanks to our Sponsors & Partners
Department of Arts & Culture, South Africa
Swedish Arts Council
City of Malmö
INDEX: Design to Improve Life, Denmark
Special thanks to our implementation partners, SVID – the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation and the Earthchild Project; and to “Saku” – Sakumlandela Primary’s community for hosting and sharing.
For “Decoration and Design Expo” held in Sydney, Xanita Australia supplied 16mm unprinted X-Board to Environa Studio, a leading Sydney-based sustainable architecture practice.
A 15m² “micro-maisonette” prototype was constructed, which will later be repulped back into paper for re-use, through normal paper-recycling channels.
The two greatest challenges facing residential design are sustainability and affordability; using X-Board to construct architectural prototypes is efficient and sustainable.MDF and particle board would have gone to landfill. The prototype was made to test ideas and can be folded away or rearranged after use, depending on the function required.
Edcon (Pty) Ltd, a leading clothing, footwear and textiles retailing group in South Africa, selected X-Board for an in-store visual merchandising display at Legit clothing, located in Canal Walk, Cape Town.Large, three-dimensional letters were cut from X-Board and the edges were painted white using standard water-based paint.
The lightweight word cut-outs were speedily installed on-site, by simply arranging them above the clothing racks in the store- a perfect example of a stylish, hassle-free and eco-friendly short-term retail display.
Xanita recently collaborated with Aidan Bennetts Design, Stephen Lasker Design and Furnspace3D to help produce their booth exoskeleton and an octagonal slot-in-slot tree structure for this year’s Decorex exhibition, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
‘Furnspace3D and Aidan Bennetts Design teamed up again this year to communicate the effectiveness of 3D visualization tools and services in the design industry. Our partnership thrives on collaboration and we were excited to be able to work with Xanita for this event. The full colour print “popped” magnificently on X-Board and the logos really came to life. A key installation was the X-Board slot-in-slot tree; this dynamic installation designed by Aidan Bennetts Design towered metres into the air, showcasing the combined 3D visualizations.
The aim of this piece is to re-use it at all activations, and “grow” the tree by adding more and more pieces as we go along.
The lightweight nature and excellent printability of the material demonstrated the uniqueness of this unusual design to full advantage. X-Board is made from 97% recycled kraft and is able to be recycled after use, making it an ideal substrate for short-term exhibition and event furniture and displays.