This month we present the BlackStar Bamboo Bike. Simply because we love the design and the story behind it.
Three entrepreneurs from Amsterdam had the desire to produce a bamboo bicycle that would be more than just a novel gimmick. The bamboo frame is manufactured in Ghana. The BlackStar combines all the ingredients of the safe and stylish urban bicycle transportation to which we are accustomed, with socially and ecologically sustainable and affordable mobility.
BlackStar brand is not only a business concept, it is a statement; give Africa the chance to process its own raw materials into consumer goods. By doing so, the African labour force and African entrepreneurs are not only pulled up the supply chain where profits are bigger, in addition, formal employment, with all its benefits, is created.
This is a bicycle which in terms of price (849 euros), design and quality, can compete with other urban bicycles. Until October the bike can be bought in the pop-up store at the Zeedijk in Amsterdam. At a later stage, the bike may be for sale at Restored.
New Dutch Photograpy Talent (‘New’) is the newest initiative of the makers behind GUP magazine. The publication is showcasing the 100 most promising upcoming photographers. Very cool that you can choose your own cover. With 436 pages, it acts as the style bible for art directors, curators, collectors, photography lovers and fellow photographers. With a print run of 2.500 in 2012, New makes sure that the best photographic talents receive the well-deserved attention they have been waiting for.
Actually we can not show enough examples, so much beauty. Score this book!
RESTORED designers Nynke Sybrandy and David Derksen were invited to show their designs during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. They were selected by Tuttobene, who organise collaborative presentations for talented and innovative designers. We are very pleased to see them both doing so well!
With delicate shirts as a basis Halona designs applications made out of old ‘forgotten’ fabrics and leather. They use residual material from famous designers as Joline Jolink and Humanoid. The personal touch in the shirts lies in the varied forms, the placement of the applications and the combination of natural colors. Each piece is unique. Now in store, men’s shirts for € 59, -.
These huggable collections of pillows will not only make you very happy. Lucky Boy Sunday manufactures their products in Bolivia by very talented women. They support some of the most poor population by giving them a good job and a fair price.
They carry names like Secret man and Favorite place and are designed with bold graphics. The baby alpaca wool will definitely make you fall in love.
In the window of the month of April we pay extra attention to the work of Cristel Ball. A designer who is always on the hunt for little treasures. She has a love for crystals, skulls, crosses and combines vintage with the new. You will find a lot of beautiful dimes when you go and look in the Cristel Ball treasure box.