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French designer Marlène Huissoud asks humans to "Please Stand By" with her first chairs, which are designed to be refuges for insects.

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French designer Marlène Huissoud asks humans to "Please Stand By" with her first chairs, which are designed to be refuges for insects.

Called Please Stand By, the project comprises a series of chairs, or "hotels", for pollinators such as solitary bees, wasps and butterflies. Each sculptural object has been made from a combination of nature-friendly materials such as unfired clay, natural binders and wood, and is perforated with holes that measure five to 10 centimetres deep to host the insects. According to the designer, a recent global scientific review of insect populations showed that more than 40 per cent of insect species are declining, a third are endangered, and the total mass of insects is declining by 2.5 per cent each year....

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Italian design studio High Society is putting waste from the local beer and coffee industry to good use, by turning it into a range of tubular lights and using profits to fund dependency prevention.

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Italian design studio High Society is putting waste from the local beer and coffee industry to good use, by turning it into a range of tubular lights and using profits to fund dependency prevention.

The Senilia collection was first revealed as part of the Warsaw Home fair last week. Each piece features the same pipe-like shape, bent and twisted into five variations for each of the two colour-ways. The shades are derived from the natural pigmentation of the different forms of waste, which High Society collects directly from the source. The discarded coffee bean peels, also called silver skins, are already dry and can immediately be shredded, while the leftover hops and barley from breweries need to be dehydrated before they can be processed into a powder. "The different powders are mixed with a...

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