A whale of a good design! – Porky Hefer: Puffer fish hanging nest.

SUSTAINABLE – Summer is not only about enjoying the sea but also to respecting it. Check these 7 design projects preserving sea life and disappearing fishing techniques as well as tackling climate change and trying to reduce the ocean soup, the fast growing continent made of garbage floating across the seven seas.

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Aleandro Plasencia weaves trackable sensors into killing nets to encourage sustainable fishing

Rémora by Alejandro Plasencia - Photo by Alejandro Plasencia.

Alejandro Plasencia designed Rémora, a biodegradable system making use of a trackable Internet of Things technology  woven into fishing nets that allows to locate abandoned plastic soup killing dolphins, turtles and endangered marine creatures. Thanks to an app, fishermen can locate and retrieve the “ghost nets” in the environment where they work. Read more…


Porky Hefer invites to relax in the mouth… of an anglerfish

Porky Hefer: Anglerfish hanging nest.

Would you take a nap between the jaws of a great white shark or a killer whale? South African designers Porky Hefer created hanging seatings inspired by marine creatures. So far, the ongoing series developed for the Southern Guild gallery features blue whales, manta rays, anglerfishes and puffer fishes. The new designs are crafted from recycled cotton and plastic bottles. The latest collection debuted at Miami Basel/ 2018 and focuses on animals listed as endangered by the World Wildlife Fund.


Studio KCA’s up-cycles ocean plastic to create a whale jumping out a Bruges canal

Skyscraper installation by Studio KCA - Photo via @studiokca, IG.

Skyscraper installation by Studio KCA – Photo via @studiokca, IG.

On the occasion of Bruges Triennale, Studio KCA created a whale-shaped 9m tall sculpture built from waste material, recovered from ocean plastic soup threatening our life on earth. The installation aims to deliver a sustainable message about the climate change emergency. Read more…


Brynjar Sigurðarson turns the remains of stranded whales into furniture

The Whale Bone Project by Brynjar Sigurðarson - Photo by Emile Barret.

The Whale Bone Project by Brynjar Sigurðarson – Photo by Emile Barret.

Every year whales and sharks strand on the coasts of Iceland. A whole local tradition is being kept alive around the bones of these gentle giants, often used in their raw state but rarely worked on by designers. Brynjar Sigurðarson worked on the remains of these creature to create primitive lookin furniture and utensils. From the skull of a Minke whale repainted like a car body to cutters using shark’s teeth. Read more…


WOW Architects’ sustainable whale shark-shaped sunset bar in the Maldives

St. Regis Maldive Vummuli Resort by WOW Architects - photo: courtesy of WOW Architects and World Architecture Festival.

St. Regis Maldive Vummuli Resort – photo by WOW Architects.

Is shaped like a whale shark the sunset bar of the St. Regis Maldives Vummuli Resort by WOW Architects. Inspired by Maldivian fishing traditions, crafts and marine wildlife the sustainable complex aims to “delight the senses through education, and new paradigms of interacting with the physical environment,” explain at WOW Architects. Because The Maldives are “a paradise created. Locals live in a delicate balancing act with nature, and are totally dependant on trade, technology, and tourism to sustain themselves.”


Aljoud Lootah pays homage to UAE disappearing fishing techniques

YAROOF installation by Aljoud Lootha - Photos: courtesy of Aljoud Lootha.

YAROOF installation by Aljoud Lootha – Photos: courtesy of Aljoud Lootha.

Emirati designer Aljoud Lootah created an installation with a strong message in front of Dubai’s contemporary skyline. Four octagon teak frames holding blue nylon ropes tight together depict the shape and structure of a fishing net. “I wanted to pay tribute to disappearing traditional fishing techniques in the United Arab Emirates referring to a lifestyle when people didn’t have much except of what their environment had provided them”. with Read more…


Project TrumpNoMore: carving Trump’s face into an iceberg in name of climate change

Project TrumpNoMore - image by TrumpNoMore / Melting Ice.

Project TrumpNoMore – All images by TrumpNoMore / Melting Ice.

Project TrumpNoMore by Finnish NGO Melting Ice is fundraising half a million dollars to demonstrate that climate change exists in a monumental way: carving the US President’s face into an arctic iceberg. Will he melt or last for ever? The project could also make Trump’s dream to be added on the iconic Mount Rushmore come true. Kinda. Read more…


St. Regis Maldive Vummuli Resort by WOW Architects - photo: courtesy of WOW Architects and World Architecture Festival.

St. Regis Maldive Vummuli Resort – Photo by WOW Architects.