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IKEA launches kitchen made from recycled plastic bottles

Twenty-five plastic bottles are used in each of these IKEA kitchen units, designed by Swedish studio Form Us With Love to make "sustainability available for everyone". The Kungsbacka units are IKEA's first kitchen cabinets to be made entirely from recycled plastic bottles and reclaimed industrial wood. "A plastic bottle is not waste; it is a resource," said Jonas Pettersson, Form Us With

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Birkenstock launches line of beds as next step in comfort design

German footwear brand Birkenstock has moved into the bedroom, adapting the principles behind its famous sandals to a collection of beds launched at IMM Cologne furniture fair. Six different bed frames make up Birkenstock's new collection, like Main, which features mountain sheep's wool, leather and wooden legs Best known for its open-toed shoes with contoured soles, Birkenstock's new sleep systems include mattresses, slatted

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Meike Harde’s mirrors sit askew in frames that double as hangers

German designer Meike Harde has created a pair of patterned mirrors for Pulpo with protruding frames that can be used to hang coats or jewellery. Launched last week at furniture fair IMM Cologne, the Miro mirrors come in two flat-packed designs – a large free-standing model and a smaller version that can be mounted to the wall in various combinations. Although they appear

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Concept apartment by Future Facility gives older residents “revolutionary domestic independence”

This installation at London's Design Museum strips household appliances back to their basics to make operation easier for an ageing population. The Amazin Apartment installation was designed by Future Facility – a branch of London studio Industrial Facility founded by designers Sam Hecht and Kim Colin. It was commissioned for the New Old exhibition at the Design Museum, which asks

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