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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Green Product of the Week: Artecnica transNeomatic Large Bowl

Becky

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Well, it seems everything Artecnica is catching my eye this month, even if I cannot seem to ever spell the company name correctly on the first pass! I’m a wicker FREAK, and even I never would have thought to put it together with a recycled scooter tire in a million years!

Tires are pretty much the bane of the planet’s existence. When Lake Lanier was so empty during the drought last year, way too many of them were discovered dumped in its basin. Have you ever seen a tire fire on the news? They rage on for days. I say, whatever uses we can find for used tires, go for it.

While I’m not sure how I would truly use this as a bowl, I picture a bunch of them arranged into some fabulous composition on a wall. A straight line of them would be great in a loft space with high ceilings, and a random arrangement on a smaller wall would be very graphically striking.

Here’s the rest of the scoop on what makes them green, and also how they help to alleviate poverty in Vietnam:

transNeomatic is designed by Estudio Campana and handcrafted by skilled artisans from rural Vietnam. Through Vietnamese non-profit organization Craft Link, Artecnica collaborated with Hai Tai rattan weavers and Hmong women weavers to create each piece. Disadvantaged Vietnamese youths were also enlisted to assemble the totes, providing them with artisan training and a framework by which they could establish sustainable livelihoods.

transNeomatic is a conceptually innovative container bowl crafted from a repurposed scooter tire and natural wicker. Each tire is thoroughly steam-cleaned and finished in an eco-friendly sealant. transNeomatic comes with an optional handwoven hemp cover that slips over its rubber base. Each piece is packaged in a reusable drawstring tote.

About Becky:
Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!

About Becky

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!

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  1. visualingual says:

    July 15th, 2009 at 5:39 am (#)

    Have you seen the work of Betsabeé Romero?

  2. Annelen Madigan says:

    July 17th, 2009 at 6:48 am (#)

    I am all for fair trade items, but this looks ugly and useless.

  3. Becky says:

    July 17th, 2009 at 9:00 am (#)

    Maya, that is so cool, I love it!

    Annelen, to each his own :) As soon as I saw this, I thought of the way these beautiful African baskets were used by Carleton Varney:

    http://thebubbreport.blogspot.com/2009/01/feel-good-purchases-for-your-walls.html

    and this shot from Living etc.:

    http://thebubbreport.blogspot.com/2009/01/more-african-baskets-on-wall.html

    becky