|ANTOINE VAN LOOCKE MEP @ THE GR3EN DESIGN CONFERENCE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT 2008|
The Gr3en Design exhibition presents Finnish, Belgian and Dutch designers and companies that use recycled materials in their products. Both established pioneers of the field and designers of the younger generation are taking part in the exhibition. Old washing machine drums, inner tubes and seat belts have been transformed into design objects and everyday products as well as into accessories by designers of Secco. The discarded sleeping bags of the Finnish army and the old blankets from the women‚Äôs jail will re-serve as jackets designed by Globe Hope; and in the Netherlands the inner tubes of the bicycle become material for sustainable but aesthetic bags made by Krejci. Bart Baccarne from Belgium has found use for old coins as a lamp.
More than 10 designers are showing their green attitude in this exhibition that is not drowning in its green ideology, but it is also taking into account the traditional design values such as aesthetics and the ease of use of the product.
Participating in the exhibition are: Secco (FIN), Globe Hope (FIN), Evolum (FIN), Design Huominen (FIN), Hella Hernberg (FIN), Krejci (NL), Bart Baccarne (BE), Christiane Hoegner (BE), Katholieke Hogeschool Mechelen (BE), Joana Meroz (NL) and Antoine van Loocke (BE).