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'Safe' radio by Elium Studio for Lexon

25 Jan 2010

Using maize bio-plastic and bamboo trim, Elium Studio is extending its research on materials applied to household products.

The designers have looked at small electronics for the home in eco-friendly mode: radio with rechargeable battery by manual wind-up, clock, alarm clock, calculator and pocket flashlight with solar-powered battery. A range of eco-design pieces for Lexon.

As for the finish qualities of maize bio-plastic, which is matt rather than the super shiny plastic, they are honed and counter-balanced by the addition of bamboo for the covering. This is a technically bold option that adds an artisan touch to mass production and gets around the problem of appearance-fade, since bamboo takes on an elegant patina with use where ordinary plastics age badly.

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