As the year comes to a close, we look back on the designs that inspired us, and quite possibly changed us. From turning waste into covetable accessories, edible packaging and riotous fashion pop-ups, 2021 was a year of innovation and a glimpse into the future of design.
Why we love them?
For their unique design. Completely transparent, these earbuds celebrate the craftsmanship underneath. With teenage engineering behind the sound, you can expect a premium sound experience but for a very accessible price.
Known for its playful approach to fashion, French brand Jacquemus opened experimental store Jacquemas 24/24 in Paris this December and it didn’t disappoint. Inspired by snack vending machines, the store, which was open for 24 hours a day, launched the brand’s new PINK 2 capsule collection - a series of pieces in a saturated neon pink hue that we love.
An innovation in desktop accessories, bFRIENDS was a collaborative project between Bene, award-winning designers Pearson Lloyd, and 3D print specialists Batch.works. Comprising pen pots, trays and a stand for mobile devices, the pieces are made from discarded food packaging - using 100% recycled PLA, a cornstarch-derived bioplastic, diverted from landfill.
Sustainable start-up brand Notpla is hoping to turn the tide on single-use plastics for good. Its biodegradable and edible packaging is made from seaweed and plants, and can be used for anything from films for takeaway boxes, to holding condiments, and water at running events.
Why we love it?
Widely lauded as one of the best laptops on the market, Apple’s new Macbook Pro, powered with their M1 chip, is unparalleled when it comes to performance and battery life.
Designed to be a safe space that isn’t a hospital or a home, Edinburgh mental health unit embarked on reshaping their space through use of colour and design. Inspired by conversations with patients, parents and staff members, the colours from the seaside were associated as a fond environment to aid mental health. The choice of orange and soft blues provoke uplifting, positive and calming emotions.