Stopping ENERGY LEAKS (infographic)

We are traditionally very concerning about sustainability of or homes here in Scandinavia, and construction of well insulated and energy-sufficient houses was a first priority throughout ages – and it’s not a surprise, because we spend a bigger part of our life in cold seasons. In other hand it’s always good to improve our habitats and to research even more productive and efficient solutions.


This great infographic shows in very easy to perception way the benefits of insulation and teaches us why it’s important.



Zengrow garden

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Zengrow garden wall indoor garden is a Finnish invention, which allows for clean and fresh food for growing plants indoors all year round. Zengrow take advantage of clean and efficient aquaculture technology. Wall garden can multiply the trade of herbal and salad plants harvest.


Permanent Installation in Måltidets Hus (The House of Food) in Stavanger, Norway


Måltidets Hus is the new 9000 m2 national and international resource centre for food development, host of the Gastronomic Institute and Norwegian chef team. Ralston & Bau was commissioned by Figgjo to make a permanent installation in the reception hall. A central wall that runs three flights high was transformed into a generous, vertical feast table. Combined iconic Figgjo dishes form organic shaped plates and bowls of the table, the wall was covered with an innovative laminated wood material simulating a linen table cloth. The wood was engraved with the shapes of ghost silver ware and glasses, while a classic chair backrest on the wall top completes the illusion of the vertical table. The installation was opened to the public on the 16th of September.


Anders Thingbø, CEO Figgjo thinks: This project has had found it’s own path since it is truly innovative! The reception of the finished result was allround positive…and the final design a surprise to many.
Constance Gaard Kristiansen, product manager Figgjo: I like the vertical table more and more!


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VANN – combined seat and light fixture for outdoors from ELI GNOSJÖ AB


During Elfack Fair in Gothenburg traditionally organized Elfack Design Award design competition. Among 16 selected contributions the VANN project was selected as winner . The jury, which has selected contributions are Kaj Abbe Herd, Region Manager for SVID (Swedish Industrial Design Foundation) and Kalle Klockars, Studio Manager at Propeller. They describe the product as “smart, well made and the Nordic light”.

Vann is a new type of product that works as furniture and light fixture. Applications are all types of outdoor environments where you want to create a decorative environment that combines furniture and lighting. The fixture, or the podium if you like, have a seat of iroccoträ, a weather-resistant woods that have the same properties as teak. A frame is constructed of painted aluminum strips that create a decorative grill. The light source comes from a 20W halogen lamp.
The fixture is custom designed for the terraces to the newly renovated hotel, conference and spa facilities Vann ( outside Lysekil.

Design Jonas Werning & Tor Olsson, Phosforos Lighting (
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DESIGN 21: Sustainable Wood Competition and Challenge


Call for Entries!

Sustainable Wood Competition and Challenge

DESIGN 21 is pleased to announce a new set of environmentally conscious initiatives for The Nature Conservancy and FSC-US.

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Design an awareness campaign for sustainable forestry
Prize Pool: $10,000
Deadline: January 13, 2009
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Design an object using one sheet of sustainable wood
Prize: 2 prototypes made – one for you, one for auction to benefit TNC’s Forestry Program
Deadline: June 2, 2009

Visit []( for details


Vitrulux stand on FinnBuild '08

[VITRULUX Oy]( specializes in design and installation of complex and high-tech fasade lighting systems for buildings and other urban structures. Our company builds on serious innovative decisions.

Come visit us at [FinnBuild ’08]( in lot 5g19 starting on the 24th of September, 2008 for a hands-on presentation of our technology. We will be glad to talk and to answer any of your questions.

FinnBuild is the most important building and building services exhibition in Finland. FinnBuild is now arranged for the 18th time and once again presents the newest products, solutions and services of the branch.

International FinnBuild brings the whole construction sector together. Both major, trend-setting old hands as well as new, innovative entrepreneurs will be taking part. FinnBuild, which was first arranged in 1974, fills in all six halls of the Helsinki Fair Centre. (source)

FinnBuild Expo takes place at the Helsinki Fair Center on September 24 – 27, 2008. Please see the map below, which would help you find us at FinnBuild this year.


For more information and to arrange for a visit please see the FinnBuild 2008 Expo website.




Transplant is a design and business centre which allows you to go from idea to final concept without wasting time.
A creative plateform with room for exhibitions, seminars and meetings, a place for small and grand occasions alike.
Our tools for design and product development – the material library and the prototype workshop – are unique resources at your disposal.


The building, which is designed by architect Attila Eris (known for example for his
work with Paul Klee Zentrum, Bern, on appointment by Renzo Piano), covers 600 m2 and is situated at the banks
of the intimate and beautiful Dalsfjorden. Transplant is an invitation to meet, discover, think, sense and be surprised.

Concept / interior design / facade design / visual identity: Ralston & Bau ([](
Architect: Attila Eris

Public opening: June 2007
Creative opening: September 2007

The Cycle of Mutation – Transcreative program 2007 – 2009
Transplant is a platform where design, art, music and new materials work in unison. Here is room for the freedom of
thought, experimentation and adventures involving all human senses in an unique surrounding.

Emergence 28.09.07 > 15.02.08
Growth 29.02.08 > 31.07.08
Maturation sept 08 > jan 09
Disappearance feb 09 – jul 09

see more at [](

Photos made by Vegard Fimland [](


Shall the Nordic Region be a GMO-free zone in the future?


“The Nordic Region should be declared free of genetically modified organisms and the Nordic countries should join other European states like Austria, Greece and Poland, which have already declared themselves GMO-free zones,” according to a proposal by the Lef-Socialist Green Group (VSG) on the Nordic Council.

“Research suggests that the use of genetically modified products has a negative impact on health,”(…) “It would provide a boost to sustainable development and underpin the positive environmental and health image the Nordic Region aims to project,” says the Group. Full article []

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Brought by NOKIA: Pangea Day

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Pangea Day taps the power of film to strengthen tolerance and compassion while uniting millions of people to build a better future.

In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it’s easy to lose sight of what we all have in common. Pangea Day seeks to overcome that – to help people see themselves in others – through the power of film.

On May 10, 2008 – Pangea Day – sites in Cairo, Dharamsala, Kigali, London, New York City, Ramallah, Rio de Janeiro, and Tel Aviv will be videoconferenced live to produce a 4-hour program of powerful films, visionary speakers, and uplifting music.

The program will be broadcast live to the world through the Internet, television, digital cinemas, and mobile phones.

Of course, movies alone can’t change the world. But the people who watch them can. So following May 10, 2008, Pangea Day organizers will facilitate community-building activities around the world by connecting inspired viewers with numerous organizations which are already doing groundbreaking work.