Design news: Meet the Shellmate collection as well as the new IKEA collection and women in design | Life and elegance

Reinvention is just as important as innovation in design, as this month’s stories show. Vintage fashion giant Beyond Retro has moved into new clothing with their Beyond Remade collection and we also have a great story about recycling waste from the Japanese oyster industry into hard hats. Get ready for Shelmite…

Suede apparel and reclaimed denim made for Beyond Remade's first collection.
Suede apparel and reclaimed denim made for Beyond Remade’s first collection. Photo: Beyond Retro

Beyond Retro is not only the best place to buy used flannel shirts and t-shirts. The UK’s most popular seller is also part of an international network of BVH-controlled companies; One of the largest dealers in used goods in North America and operator of the world’s largest commercial recycling facility in India.

Although the company is huge, founder Steve Bethel He still knew exactly what true fans wanted – an instinct that led him to found Beyond Retro in his London basement in the ’90s. His new release is Beyond Remade. It is an apparel collection of fresh designs made from recycled fabrics. made of Denim and suede Garbage for landfill. This first collection is full of clothes inspired by British and Swedish fashion. Patchwork jackets, bags, and jackets have the timeless feel of a classic wardrobe. The suede jacket is part Swedish Army, part ’70s trucker, but each comes with a unique silk scarf lining. The Denim Worker Dungarees are a nod to vintage styling from the 1960s.

The Beyond Remade collection enables recycling as well as recycling. It’s a move toward a circular market, and the company sees it as a solution to deal with the overwhelming amount of “stuff” we all consume.

The collection is now available at

VARMBLIXT Orange LED Table/Wall Lamp, £55, by Sabine Marcelis Design
VARMBLIXT Orange LED Table/Wall Lamp, £55, by Sabine Marcelis Design Photo: IKEA

New Zealand designer Sabine Marsilis You may be more accustomed to their award-winning sculpted glass design and lights on display in galleries and pavilions, but this month they’ll be available for purchase alongside BILLY shelves. Marcelis is the latest creation to collaborate with a Swedish housewares company Ikea To bring designer furniture into the mainstream. Marcelis created VARMBLIXT, a collection of 19 products of lamps, rugs, glassware and decorations.

“I wanted to take an unexpected spin on how lighting works indoors,” says Marcelis. “I wanted to inspire people to consider new shapes and elements that highlight different types of interior spaces in bold and artistic ways.”

The collection features one of Marsalis signature motifs: the endless donut. Before your stomach starts to growl, be aware that Marseillaise cakes are light fixtures. For Ikea, I designed a round orange glass LED table/wall lamp.

“When the light passes through the glass, it makes the soft, donut-like shape glow with a warm glow,” she says. “It’s a magical sight that catches the eye.”

The limited edition VARMBLIXT collection will be available in-store and online from February 2023


Recognized female artists

Lucia Derespens by George Nelson Associates, Spindle Clock, 1957-1958, produced by Howard Miller Clock Company
Lucia Derespenis for George Nelson Associates, Spindle Clock, 1957-1958, produced by Howard Miller Clock Company. Photo: Dennis Farley/MMFA

The one good thing about the fact that women artists and designers have been largely absent from the history of the creative arts until recently is that we now enjoy an abundant collection of exhibitions and books that celebrate the previously unknown. This month brings Parall(elles): A History of Women in Design – The first exhibition to trace the story of American and Canadian designers at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The exhibition examines the reasons for the underrepresentation of women in the history of design and considers the definition of design itself. The gallery brings together works from the mid-19th century onwards and covers industrial design and consumer products, as well as ceramics, textiles, and fashion.

On display will be a prototype of the Fancy Free Corvette, built for General Motors in 1958 by Ruth Glenny — one of the auto industry’s Dame-sculptors of Design, who was hired to make cars that would appeal to women drivers. Another classic of the 1950s, the Spindle wall clock by industrial designer Lucia DeRespinis designed for George Nelson Associates. DeRespinis is probably most famous for the original Dunkin’ Donuts logo. Other female artists included in the show are Faith Ringgold, Cindy Sherman and Judy Chicago.

says Jennifer Laurent, department curator Parallel (elles). “By highlighting the gendered nature of design practice, we can draw parallels between certain biases and the course of design history.”

Parall(elles): A History of Women in Design, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada, February 18 – June 4


Recycle shells as hard hats

Shellmate Hard Hat, a collaboration between TBWA/Hakuhodo and Koushi Chemical Industries
Shellmate Hard Hat, a collaboration between TBWA/Hakuhodo and Koushi Chemical Industries. Photography: Taguchi/Tebua/Hakuhodo

Hard hats are rarely described as pretty, but it’s hard to think of another word for Shellmet. Designed in homage to the recycled scallop shells used to make it, this stylish and durable protective helmet comes in a range of pastel colours. As a new use for shells destined for landfill, it’s a lovely idea as well as a lovely product.

Shellmet is the work of Japanese design agency TBWA\Hakuhodo, a solution to waste from the seafood industry on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. About 40,000 tons of discarded scallop shells are produced there each year. TBWA \ Hakuhodo has teamed up with Koushi Chemical Industry to make a new material called Shellstic, which is 50% scallop shell mixed with environmentally friendly plastic. The bionic design isn’t just a nice touch, the cap’s shell-like ribs make it up to 30% stronger than if the helmet had a smooth top.

Shellmet launched at the end of March (at around £30) by then it should be certified as a safety helmet.

says Masatoshi Usami, creative director TBWA \ Hakuhodo.


Taschen varies in art

Set of 5 limited edition Jorge Pardo lamps created for Taschen Books
Set of five limited edition Jorge Pardo lamps created for Taschen Books. Photo: Tashin

Tashin He is best known as a publisher of large and high-end technical books. Its list covers photography, fashion, film, art, architecture, and erotica, as well as a “sumo” collection of folio-size collector’s editions, which make a strong case for books as things to display rather than, say, read.

Perhaps inspired by its archive of talking point creativity, the House of Beautiful Books has recently expanded into what it calls “non-book”—that is: great-looking furniture. Its latest offering is a group of five lamps by Cuban-American artist and sculptor Jorge Pardo. The colorful Brussels lights are made from dozens of stacked discs, hand-painted and laser-cut and take their cues from lights previously made by Bardot for the Taschen shop in Brussels.

Its run is limited to 100, they are undoubtedly amazing stuff. Although the set is priced at £22,500, most of us might be more comfortable sticking with Taschen’s excellent excursion through 20th century lighting design, 1000 lights – Only £20 at softback, and without having to find a place to display it.

The Brussels lamps by Jorge Pardo are available from February

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