Fair Trade Original

Together with woodworkers in Vietnam Piet Hein Eek has designed eye-catching products made of boxwood for Fair Trade Original. For Vietnamese woodworkers boxwood is pretty and fast-growing base material. However, it becomes easily warped. Piet Hein Eek has solved this problem by using a special design. Baskets and dishes are made of small, thin strips which are threaded together. This way, they can shrink and expand while the product remains intact. The woodworkers have asked the fishermen in their village for advice about knots and sturdy threads.

Ronel Jordaan Textiles

Social Responsibility: Ronel has trained a group of women in the art of felting. These women produce the products with her and have now started creating their own designs with her help. They have been given the opportunity to learn a skill and have been empowered to create a future for themselves and their families through the art of felting. Eco- Frendly: We all know that green is the new black, but for Ronel it is not a trend but rather it is a part of the ethos and values of her company. As South Africa is such a dry country , it is important to conserve water as much as possible, All the water used in making the felt is recycled and reused.The fibres used are natural and are from renewable resources. The fabric that she uses are: Marino wool, cottons, linen and silk. All the wool and silk is sourced from South Africa.

The Potter's Workshop & Glimpt

We, Mattias Rask and Tor Palm, are a Swedish design duo. We strive to work with artisans from around the globe, creating objects with a deeper story in the encounter between design and crafts. Glimpt of South Africa is our first project where we tried out our ambition to work with artisans from other parts of the world. As a joint venture with The Potters Workshop in Cape Town, we created a series of products meant for the European market but with a feeling of South Africa. The outcome was the ceiling lamps Forbidden Fruit. The lamps combine ceramics and turned wooden pearls.


BLACK (in colors) by JandeQuba Nomad / Tradition / Modern Design 1- The Story: The fusion between traditional ceramic, modern design and nomadism is the inspiration of this new JandeQuba collection. The craft expertise of the artisans in La Chamba, Colombia is internationally recognized and their products are used all around the world. They are specialized in traditional table pottery and ceramic. Their technique is unique and gives a very special look and feel on their products. When we, JandeQuba, were in search for a new collection for home modern products, the idea of using their technique rapidly emerged, as we are already using their products for years and therefore could experience the quality of their work. We proposed a craft-design cooperation process to both Lara de Greef (Dutch Designer) and the local community of La Chamba and we created an approach to unearth new design possibilities for the Black ceramic Craft. Acting as catalysts of change, Lara had proven her ability in assisting the local crafters of la Chamba by applying their knowledge, to not only create new innovative design and product differentiators (like the color touch of the collection), but as well transform design concepts into actual products. This few weeks collaboration workshop in Colombia has been a learning experience for the teams. It has benefited the La Chamba community and, by integrating traditional crafts and local materials into the design brief effectively, it has enriched the knowledge of Lara and the JandeQuba team, by exposing us to traditional skills and materials in unfamiliar fields and has given us the opportunity to broaden our design perspectives. One the objective of this collaborative project is to empower the artisans in order for them to enhance their own innovations and therefore create their own future. The experiences acquired from this collaboration could be used to inspire other projects. They would be able to create innovative products and becoming more aware of their capacity, materials and techniques, 2- The inspiration One key element of the collection is to be able to adapt it to the new trend of nomadism in big cities and so to adapt not only the design of the pieces but as well the inner relation between the pieces. Every piece has numerous missions and interacts with another piece (as an example, the middle plate is a soup plate, as well a noodles/pasta plate, can be used as an aperitif recipient but can as well be used to cover of the middle bowl). The whole collection can be packed in little space (all pieces fitting in each other) or be put in totem design mode (in an open cupboard for example), which in modern home interior can also serve as decoration. The collection makes then sense on all aspects: design, flexibility, adaptability and sustainable development.


Based in Stuttgart, southern Germany, MeroWings has been growing steadily since the launch of its first collection, Wings, in late 2005. The internationally patented MeroWings Wings’ Design was an innovative breakthrough in Multi-functional, All-round cushioning. Over the course of time, MeroWings constantly expanded its innovative portfolio. Ever true to its claim of Design and inspired by nature, MeroWings ventured into the woods and launched its first photorealistic collection Forest in 2009. MeroWings creates products that combine the art of comfort, design & functionality. The results have continued to inspire and surprise its customers with their mix of interesting, aesthetically appealing yet practical products coupled with a high degree of feel-good factor. MeroWings choose their production partners very carefully in order to guarantee the clients the best manufacturing processes with high quality materials. For MeroWings, nature means much more than just inspiration: Since 2009, 5% from the sale of each product from the Forest Collection are donated to OroVerde, an environmental organisation which supports the preservation of tropical rain forests.

frrry ville

For Unseen Products Ferry Meewisse has developed a bag line in a workplace nearby Calcutta. The line consists of button and zipper bags and is made of eco-leather. All models are made in three colors that are light brown, dark brown and black. Lining is black with a frrry ville screen print.
Ferry has wrote his expiences down in his blog

Os Elos

Winner Toon van Tuijl Design Award 2007!

Os Elos is the project behind the leather carpets designed by Manon Juliette in Brazil. Her design is a winner on different levels. Not only is the carpet a beautiful and tactile creation, it is also a source of employment for Brazilian people with disadvantages. And you wouldn’t tell by admiring the carpet but it is totally made out of leftover leather. Then, the process allows the carpets to be fixed together using nothing but the leather itself. There is no need for any sewing or gluing which makes the carpets a modular system and enables the carpets to be extended or divided as necessary throughout it’s life. Guaranteed to fit whatever home you decide to move on next.


The co-operation of feminine producers in Nepal, has started this new project. A Design products collection. In co-operation with Dutch designers a new collection has been produced with the first 18 companies. All participants of this unique project are part of fair business. Womanpower has a poverty alleviation target reached trough a business, work and production improvement.

Dutch Design in Development

Since 2005 Dutch Design in Development (DDiD) acts as a matchmaker between Dutch designers and small, medium enterprises in developing countries. During these matchmakings, Dutch designers work together with local designers an craftsmen to produce products that are \'tuned\' for the European market.
DDiD works mainly by order of Dutch companies that want to stimulate the sales in Europe of sustainable produced products from developing countries.
DDiD offers Dutch designers the possibility to gather new inspiration and to work in different circumstances and with other materials and techniques than they\'re accustomed to.
Partner of DDiD (which was founded by NCDO), is the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO).

DDiD is about sustainable design:

• Sustainable trade with producers in developing countries
• Exchange of knowledge on design, trends and product development
• DDiD works with fair trade producers but also works with producers who are willing to improve their social and environmental circumstances and conditions

• Use of sustainable materials e.g. bamboo (as a replacement for wood, suitable for textile fabric), water hyacinth (suitable for making paper and rope) • Use of waste material
• Sustainable production

• DDiD products are sold exclusively in living – and fashion shops, department stores and b to b companies / multinationals in the Netherlands and Europe
• Producers in developing countries increase their sales

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