For most of us, Marshall Amps mean proper, loud music. Over the last 50 years, they’ve travelled on the Highway to Hell with AC/DC and shared the stage with various rock icons. And now, they’re coming to our living rooms.
Hanwell is Marshall’s new active loudspeaker – developed in partnership with Marshall Headphones and Zound Industries. This sought-after speaker is the first home audio product to sport the Marshall script logo – so get yourself on the waiting list now.
The classic glass ‘contour’ Coca-Cola bottle is about as iconic as modern design gets. Synonymous with the brand and instantly recognisable, the bottle has been a staple of Coca-Cola for nearly a century. Now, they’ve teamed up with Nendo to create a range of kitchenware – inspired by the classic bottle.
With the intention to upcycle, Nendo have created the bowls from actual recycled bottles – reusing the original material as well as the design. Hand-blown and maintaining the bottle’s greenish hue, the bowls recently made their debut at Tokyo’s Designtide event.
If you’ve ever thought ‘there isn’t anything left that a social entrepreneur could attach a buy-one give-one model to’, then clearly you haven’t met Simon Griffiths.
Griffiths is the founder of Who Gives A Crap, a company that sells recycled toilet paper. His business donates 50% of their profits to Water Aid, who use the funds to improve sanitation in Africa. Apparently his recycled rolls are lovely and soft, too – making this social enterprise beneficial to everybody.
A French website is taking social sharing to a new level, by matching people whose washing machines sit unused during the day with those who need a handy place to wash their clothes.
The site, LaMachineDuVoisin.fr, invites machine-owners to sign up and set the days and hours when their machine is available. People nearby can book a time slot, then pop in to do their weekly wash. Owners charge around €2 per wash and often offer a chat and a quick coffee as part of the service.
The site doesn’t charge for the service, and the developers say that their goal was to help rebuild communities around the old French concept of le lavoir – where the weekly wash was also a social event in the village. Bonne chance to them – it sounds like a great idea!
What services and skills come to mind when you think of a plumber? It turns out perceptions of the occupation are vague and varying – often stereotyped into a few specific tasks. For plumber (and friend of Elmwood) Paul, this was a problem. People didn’t appreciate the breadth of knowledge and services he had to offer.
The modern home has a network of interconnecting gas, water and heating systems. It’s Paul’s job to master this network – installing, maintaining and improving on it. He even implements complex renewable technologies, such as solar cells.
These skills lean more on science and engineering than traditional plumbing – it’s no longer just about fixing burst bathroom pipes (although he still does that too).
We helped Paul overcome his profession’s traditional image, creating a new brand which tells a clearer story about the intelligence, understanding and craft he provides.