Materials: Outdated road maps, recycled card stock, tread, wire
Price Point: $49 CAD
"A stylish hanging mobile for babies, parents and anyone who appreciates good design in their nest. This handmade mobile portrays a family of crows returning to a communal rookery. Family is important to crows. They mate for life, live in family groups, and even though offspring may travel the country and live elsewhere, they return often to visit...."
"Laser-cut from recycled black paper* and salvaged outdated roadmaps, the seven two-sided hanging pieces depict 14 crows and a large hand-folded tree. The crows are realistically rendered in black while the flipside reveals the colourful travel maps.
Every evening, in cities all over North America, you can see hundreds of crows flying home. Maps from across the continent are used to reflect the universality of this phenomenon and the distances these birds travel.
* 30 per cent post-consumer waste, the highest percentage available"
Photos by Nik West
Designer: Contexture Design Nathan Lee/Trevor Coghill
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
About Design Showcase 2009: This summer we're celebrating the best in design for the home. We're taking submissions from independent and student designers from around the world and letting our readers vote on who they think has the best design. There's also a panel of august judges. Two winners will win $20,000 in targeted advertising placements on our sites to help launch their career. All info is here.