In June, the month of the Popular Saints, Lisbon is on holiday. And as tradition dictates, there are plenty of grilled sardines. To celebrate, the streets are filled with banners, of course with sardines! Unlike Barcelona’s banners, in Lisbon they are made from polyester fabric, which is very resistant and light.
We recycled this material to make bags, but we had some small pieces left over. It was a left over that was kept in our workshop for a long time, until it was reborn in the hands of Sara and the Estel Tapia Foundation.
Sara from a very young age began to sew with her mother, who transmitted all her knowledge. Later, she worked for eight years in the dry cleaning sector, to return, to what she likes most, sewing and embroidery.
For two years she has been working at the Estel Tapia Special Work Center, in El Raval neighborhood (Barcelona), which employs people with disabilities and offers her services to companies with social responsibility, such as Demano, committed in the development of our community.
This summer we were in Paris and visit the Louis Vuitton Foundation with the exhibition Art / Afrique. A great source of inspiration!
Inside a section of the exhibition called “The Insiders” we discover Romuald Hazoumé, artist from Benin. His works are inspired by myths and traditions of his homeland and denounce the bad conditions of life and the lack of protection towards the inhabitants of Africa.
His special interest in understanding why his Yoruba ancestors made masks led him to make his kaeletas (masks). His are made with recycled plastic cans, particularly gasoline. Are the same used in the illegal petrol traffic and Hazoumé through his work uses them to denounce the political systems.
Giving them a new existence takes them to the field of art to return them to the West and as he says: “I return to the West what belongs to them, that is, the garbage of the consumer society that invades us daily.”
is an eco-designer and co-founder of yök.
The hometown of Petz is Redange in Luxembourg. After London, Tanzania and the Netherlands now she lives in Barcelona since 2004. Her favourite place in Barcelona is Palo Alto in Poblenou. She is passionated about Good design, local food, sketching, urban life and nature, open air parties and Barcelona of course! Petz speaks 6 languages: English, Spanish, Catalan, Luxembourgish, German and French.
15 questions for Petz
How you got the idea to open a ecological accommodation?:
Like most interesting ideas, this one was born out of a crisis. I had a personal dilemma around 2010 when I realised that I didn’t want to design more products and furniture, because, to put it straight, I think there are enough products out there and we don’t need to produce so many more. So I wanted to do something service related. The idea for a kind of hotel was born out of a previous project, the R3project, my own flat which I renovated in 2006, applying eco-design criteria. I simply wanted to create another attractive, eco-apartment where people could live in it and not just come and visit for a few hours. While researching this and writing the business plan, I met Mari.
I don’t like:
Injustice and moaning
I’m proud of:
Most of my friends
Everyone would meditate for 20 minutes every day.
“The Hidden Pleasures of Life” by Theodore Zeldin (Mari gave it to me!)
My favourite music:
Lately I am becoming less of a music snob… so anything from electronic music to classical. It messes up my Spotify but it’s way more fun!
My favourite movie:
I am more of a podcast person, sorry!
My www advice:
Don’t waste time on it – use it wisely!
A good designwork:
The porrón (even if it looks like a bedpan according to George Orwell)
My favourite destination in Barcelona:
My home, and if that doesn’t count, the beach! When it’s not too crowded.
Something for the desert island:
Freedom through commitment (from the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck)
Which cultural events do you offer?
It depends on the people we meet and the collaborations that happen, but anything from natural wine tasting sessions to Catalan breakfasts to upcycled design workshops to visits and talks about sustainable design.
What is the difference between yök Casa + Cultura and other apartments in Barcelona?
A part from the fact that our apartments are eco-friendlier than most, offer hotel-style quality and services, and truly represent the local culture, it is the fact that we personally meet all our guests and offer them the opportunity to have proper conversations with us. We like to offer a more personal and authentic experience that is at the same time professional.
Which recycling/upcycling products are in the yök apartements?
Apart from your upcycled placemats, there are quite a few more: the kitchens cupboards are made from used pallets, the countertops are ECO by Cosentino, we have locally made lamps made from wine bottles by Lucirmás and upcycled plastic by Fos Project. Most our furniture is second hand, as well as the mirrors and bathroom sinks, and our office toilet recyles the grey water from the sink to flush.
yök Casa + Cultura is a project of ecological accommodation, responsible management, local culture and a place for connection between visitors and the residents of Barcelona. The dream had become reality by ecodesigner Petz Scholtus and the expert in hotel management Mari Rodríguez.
Yök offers 3 apartments for rent per night, plus an attic where the office is next to a terrace with breathtaking views and a space for cultural events aimed at the inhabitants of the city.
For more information please visit:
yök + demano
In collaboration with yök, we from demano have designed table sets and key chains from recycled banners. These and other sustainable products are available at yök Casa + Cultura and directly from us.
Visit our demano Shop in Carrer dels Carders 36 in Barcelona or have a look on our website
is a Dutch designer who developed machines that turn plastic waste into new objects. His goal is to reduce the global waste of plastics and to convert it into useful things. The machines are developed using basic tools and materials. On his homepage Dave Hakkens shares all the blueprints freely accessible for everyone. So you can make a number of different products with your own machine: Lamps, jars, bowls, vases, baskets, and the list goes on. Your creativity is the limit!
“The primary goal is to recycle as much plastic as we possibly can. This would clean up our shared environment, improve living conditions and possibly create financial value! An important aspect of the project is to create a world wide community of like-minded plastic savers. People working for a cleaner future, sharing knowledge, helping each other, and collaborating.”
With his current concept #Phonebloks he would like to fight the enormous global electrics of masses by presenting a smartphone consisting of different interchangeable single components. Repairs are thus simplified and the sustainability of the device is increased.
Rethinking Plastic: Trash or Treasure?
In collaboration with Room on the Roof at de Bijenkorf in Amsterdam, today takes place a speaker series called MINDS for creatives and industry leaders to share ideas and solutions on the issues facing the international design world. Dave Hakkens sets the tone for the evening with his Precious Plastic window installation, which transforms plastic trash into treasure.
Presented by FRAME Magazine
Founder, Concept Developer & Creative Director at Ciclus Ecoinnovative Design
Tati was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) on April 19, 1976. She studied graphic and product design at the PUC University in Rio de Janeiro. In 1998 she came to Spain and worked in Barcelona as graphic designer and art director in studios and advertising agencies. Furthermore she took courses in materials science at Escola Massana, studied jewelry at “El Taller”, and never stopped making objects with discarded materials by believing in a more sustainable and human world. There lies her interest in eco-design and since a couple of years she doesn’t get tired of researching, studying and experience it.
14 questions for Tati
This is important for me:
I’m connected with what moves me.
I don’t like:
I’m proud of:
To travel more
“Cooking, a natural history of transformation”, Michael Pollan
My favourite music:
Agnes Obel, takes me to another dimension!
My favourite movie:
“Lovers of the Arctic Circle”, Julio Medem
My www advice:
Let yourself go and follow your instinct.
A good designwork:
I really admire the projects of Glithero (www.glithero.com), a very conceptual and sensitive design studio, formed by a couple of designers from England and Holland who design inspired by the processes.
My favourite destination:
Something for the desert island:
With an island I already have everything!
Live 100% at every moment of your life.
What is your main reason for making products of upcycling products?
At first there was no intention in this sense, because when I started there was no word / concept upcycling / recycling (1998). Naturally I saw that there were many attractive materials wasted and this inspired me. I really like to go beyond upcycling and design new product concepts that interact with the user and encourage them to be creative. I also look for that each design needs the minimum of materials, resources and productive processes, and generate the maximum of functionality and sensations. That is to say: that they have the minimum environmental impact and the maximum sensorial impact. This is what motivates me most.
Can upcycling improve the world?
I think it’s a point, but it’s not all. Not always a UPCYCLING product is respectful with the environment. Because they can be made with adhesives and blends of toxic materials and sometimes can not be recycled if they lose their life. So it is not always that an upcycling design is sustainable. What can improve the world is to be more aware of how we act on a general level. A good design, before everything and in my opinion, must be attractive, functional and respectful-conscious-sustainable. I see that the future (or even present) is in design taking into account these three pillars. And, when I mention respectful design, it basically means designing using minimal materials, processes and natural resources. That is, REDUCING is more important (and comes before) than REUSE. And if we can do both, then just great!
demano by Lapin is a series of exclusive bags in collaboration with French illustrator Lapin. Through its unmistakeable illustrations of Barcelona spots, we give a second life to the white Kite-surfing kites turning it into unique pieces.
Lapin, Illustrator and French artist based in Barcelona (1981 Chatenay-Malabry) has specialized in “urban sketching” and has become one of its most prominent figures. He completed with his illustrations more than 160 notebooks for the past thirteen years. He has published fifteen books in France and Spain in prestigious publishers.
New! Lapin Kite Bag
Santa Caterina Market
The front of the bag shows the first covered food market in Barcelona. The roof is attached to the building by a wooden structure, and a vast mosaic of coloured ceramic pieces. Such as colorful like our Lapin Bag.
The bag shows the house where Antoni Gaudí lived and worked from 1906 bis 1925 situated in Park Güell. This park was one of his big projects in Barcelona and is part of the UNESCO World heritage since 1984. Every bag a piece of history.
Mercabarna is a food city that operates 24 hours a day with the aim of guaranteeing the supply of fresh food to Barcelona. Each of their stops announce their products with banners that are then discarded. We reuse this material to give life to a new bag.
Making a Demano product is an exciting and thorough process. It involves collecting the material, taking it to our workshop and cleaning it. So, we get our raw material ready, stripping it of its previous life in order to help it reincarnate into a new element. Its body will be the result of design, cutting and sewing, with the collaboration of small workshops in Barcelona, some of which employ workers with disabilities that carefully handcraft each one of our products. Its soul will remain forever Barcelona, and future experiences will be given by its new owners and their travels.
WASHING: Each piece is then washed. With care and dedication we remove all the salt that the sail brings, but some stains remain and are witnesses of its previous life.
SEWING: At this stage everything is ready to join. Fabric and hardware are sewn by hand to create a new bag. All products and small accessories are handcrafted in our Barcelona workshop.
On our excursion to Great Britain last weekend we discovered Londons lifestyle cycle festival “The Tweed Run“. The Tweed Run is a metropolitan bicycle ride with a bit of style. The bike-riders take to the streets in their well-pressed best, and cycle through the city’s iconic landmarks. Along the way, they stop for a tea break and a picnic stop, and they usually end with a bit of a jolly knees-up. It was a great experience for us and pretty cool.
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