The London Borough of Hackney is preparing to launch a range of sustainable bags developed by local designers in a bid to reduce the number of plastic bags used by retailers in the area.

The area is home to the London College of Fashion and has historic ties to the fashion industry. The Council says it wants to “build on its fashion heritage and style credentials to tackle a growing concern”

It plans to create four seasonal bags over the course of the year-long scheme, to coincide with London Fashion Week.

The bags will be given away free to residents that spend more that £10 on produce in one shopping transaction at street markets in the borough.

The initiative will be supported by a PR and social media campaign as well as on the Council’s own media channels.



Remix destination istanbul

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) and MoMA Design Store will realise a special project, titled “Destination: Istanbul”.

As part of the project, beginning in May 2011, the MoMA Design Store will present more than 100 products by prominent Turkish designers, selected by MoMA New York. The collection, which will reach a world-wide audience via the online MoMA Store, will also be available exclusively at the IKSV Design Store in Turkey, from May until the end of November 2011.

The “Destination: Istanbul”, a MoMA-exclusive product collection will include home accessories, furniture, kitchenware, jewelry, and more by 41 designers from Istanbul. Items from the collection include olive wood serving utensils harvested from the Aegean shores of Anatolia, porcelain espresso cups whose wavy silhouettes mimic those of whirling dervishes, and a traditional tea tray fashioned from contemporary materials such as steel and nylon. Other highlights range from abacus-inspired pearl jewelry and a pop-up Plexiglass chess set to colorful packing tape featuring the outline of Istanbul’s dramatic skyline.

41 designers featured in the “Destination: Istanbul” product collection are: 2mikrop, Ali Bakova, Alev Ebuzziya Siesbye, Arda Tuncman, Aida Pekin, Aysun Altındag and Meltem Maralcan, Bahadir Baruter, Berra Alkan, Burcu Akbulut Onur, Demir Obuz, Elif Ozsezen, Ela Cindoruk, Emir Uras, Erdem Akan, Fabio Ricci, Istanbul Dresses, Iz, Kamer Foundation, Koray Ozgen, Leyla Taranto, Kunter Sekercioglu, Maybe Design, Mehtap Obuz, Munire Kirmaci, Nil Deniz, Ömer Ünal, Alper Boler, Ottoman Jewelry, Oya Akman, Özlem Ölcer, Özlem Tuna, Sabrina Fresko, Sadi Tekin, Selin Okcu Buyuksoy, Sema Obuz, Sezgin Sander, Soner Ozenc, Sultan Ragbet, Tan Mavitan and Urart.

“Destination: Istanbul” is the latest in the MoMA Design Store’s popular “Destination: Design” series. The series showcases emerging designers and design themes from around the world and provides a context for a rich appreciation of the ideas, forms, and materials presented. Prior Destination: Design events have focused on Finland, Denmark, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Japan, Seoul, Brazil, and Portugal.


Remix Art Science Singapore

Singapore's New ArtScience Museum Nears Completion

16 April – 6 November 2011
Immerse yourself in the work of Vincent Van Gogh through an artistically choreographed sequence of sights and sounds in this unique production that fuses art and audio-visual technology. Showcasing more than 3,000 images of the artist’s work during his most prolific period of painting between 1880 and 1890, the dynamic display unfolds across the inside of a distinctly designed gallery interior. Explore the space, and discover new viewing angles and ever-changing perspectives on this giant moving canvas. The world touring premiere of Van Gogh Alive – The Exhibition is presented by Grande Exhibitions of Australia and VisionsCom of France.