ICFF 2007: Ekobo & RATZER

ICFF 2007: Ekobo & RATZER

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Maxwell Ryan
May 21, 2007

Ekobo: Ecology & Design - Spotted over in the very cool DesignBoom alley way out in the left wing, Ekobo's Mikoto knife block is a great, simple design. A French company with a mission to create a completely ecological and ethical range of deco products in bamboo, Ekobo manufactures everything in Vietnam...

This particular design, the Mikoto Knife Block, is by Austrian Martin Robitsch. Everything is worth checking out.

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RATZER - We're suckers for big, soft blankets in rich colors. One of these we'd seen before, but not the others.

Tina Ratzer of Denmark is a textile designer who shows her artwork at places like MoMA. Her full line of blankets, pillows and tea towels feel great against the skin, and are rich in unique soft colors with a very hip use of the plaid pattern. The blankets all have a different reverse patterning and they are also totally eco:

The wool is 100 % Australian, biodynamic, merino wool – demeter certified KbT, by IVN, Germany. The sheep are bred under biodynamic control. The soaps and spinnings oils used are bio-degrable. The wool is not super-washed and no moth repellents are used. The dyes used do not contain heavy metals. The textile is woven, then milled without soap in cold water only. The sewing thread is 100% cotton, the label is 100% polyester, both in Eco-Tex standard 100. This product is made in Denmark.

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