A sculpture designed of wood, colorful plastic wire, two old bells and metal parts resembles a human figure. The background is blurred, you can guess a variety of similar colorful parts.

Nigerian artist Dil Humphrey-Umezulike creates sustainable installations from found objects, as seen here in the exhibition “The Incantation of the Disquieting Muse. On Divinity, Superrealities, or the Expulsion of Witchcraft,” at Savvy Contemporary Berlin in 2016.



Sustainable design

All over the world, people are designing objects. The curator and biotechnologist Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung calls these things tools, in contrast to widespread industrially produced mass products. 

In this dossier, we look at old cultural techniques, new DIY culture and timeless design. The design researcher Roongtip Luilao from Bangkok shows how organic waste is turned into tableware - a sustainable alternative. 

Author Tapiwa Matsinde explains why throwaway culture must be replaced by recycling. She argues that it is high time that we reuse raw materials. 

Oktober 2021

“Upcycling at the start of the 21st century is a form of creative activism, halting damage inflicted on our environment”
Tapiwa Matsinde
Author, Great Britain