Southern California-based product design consultancy, Nectar, has selected 20 new concepts from designers to be included in EcoTopia, set to open March 15, 2010 at Nectar’s office/studio in Long Beach. The juried group exhibition aims to fostering a healthy ecosystem and a more sustainable society. Concepts to be included will cover areas as diverse as electronics and home furnishings, gardening, and fashion. Designs to be highlighted at the show include the Voltpot, which utilizes technology yielding electric power from soil to make for fun, fashionable furniture that can recharge cell phones and other light appliances; an easy-to-use cardboard composting box that is, itself, compostable; a user-friendly and fashion conscious reinvention of the classic clothes-pin to encourage eco-friendly line-drying; from Kenya, haute couture style-fashions made entirely from recycled parachutes and dead wood; from Philadelphia, pet raincoats and hoods for humans made using umbrellas rescued from Philly city streets. “Although we expected to receive some very good ideas, we are delighted with the quality and level of innovation that we’ve seen in the EcoTopia submissions,” said Nectar Senior Designer Yutaka Kazamaki, who has been spearheading EcoTopia from its inception. “The range of concepts is very exciting, as is the fact that these creations come to us from designers not only from California and throughout the United States, but from countries all over the world,” Mr. Kazamaki said. “We think that underlines the fact that both good design and sustainability are now truly global matters. We at Nectar are very happy to be a part of that.”
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