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LIV is a company with a conscience.
We are two girls that are passionate about design and we have always beloeved that through our designs we can create change. Our company started when we were invited to speak about sustainability at 'Conversations with Architecture', Decorex JHB August 2008. We soon realised that it was time to act and not just talk about sustainability and from this, beautiful products were born.
We aim towards urban sustainable design. To us, this means, design that acknowledges human beings through job creation, design that is sensitive toards culture and its local community, design that makes economic sense and that considers the impact it has on our planet by the re-using and re-thinking of waste and materials.
The materials that we use are not often regarded as resources and our designs explore making waste beautiful. We enjoy the the adventure of hunting through waste and discovering treasures, making for highly original and quirky pieces.
We respond to the use of materials with little or no material. Our wire furniture range reduces design back to the original line drawing. We respond to manufacturing by skipping the recycling process. The cardboard range was made from factory waste off-cuts. Not everything needs to be recycled in order to be green, re-using a material in its existing form is an alternative sustainable route that reduces the carbon footprint of processing. We use sewing machine overlocking off-cuts to stuff our soft furniture, making them comfortable and functional landfills. We carpool everyday and plan our routes carefully making sure that we maximize our energy efficiency (including our own energy levels
The methods that we choose to execute our designs play an important role. We try and use some forgotten and sometimes unappreciated craft skills such as crochet and wire craft and hope to bring them back to their former glory :) We believe that hand made is better than machine manufactured, as the carbon footprint resulting from factory processing is far greater than processes by hand. However, when we find it necessary to manufacture by machine we make sure that it supports our local industries. Green does not just stop at design, it is a lifestyle and a mind-shift.
Green does not only mean recycled. Re-ducing, re-using and re-thinking materials makes for a sustainable product.
Danielle completed her degree in Interior Design at Design Center, Johannesburg. In 2006 Danielle got a special achievement when she participated in ‘Decorate Off’ held by Garden and Home and Wetherlys. After her studies she participated in a 3 month program called 'The Green Apprenticeship,' held in Kibbutz Lotan in the desert of Israel. She learnt and lived sustainability in the eco village in a practical way, receiving a certificate in 'Eco village design' as well as 'Permiculture design.' In her last year of Interior Design Danielle did her thesis on design for the informal trade sector.
Ewaldi became inspired by the ingenuity and creative sustainable solutions in the small villages she visited when travelling in India and Nepal. During her studies Ewaldi won numerous awards for product design. She was a finalist in 2004 with “Dish” her dishrack design for the Mr Price/ House and Leisure Young Designers Award. In 2005, three of her chair designs were chosen as finalists in the Telkom Touch Tomorrow/Homemakers Fair Chair Competition of which her Aldi Chair came third nationwide. In 2006 her ‘’lula’ lamp was chosen as a finalist in the Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition. Later in 2006 her ‘exotique’/ tulip zip lampshades were chosen as a finalist in the Mr Price/ House and Leisure Young Designers Award. In 2007 Ewaldi completed her studies and achieved a Cum Laude BTech Degree in Industrial Design. Ewaldi did her 1st thesis on design for the informal trade sector and her 2nd thesis on social responsibility for people with disabilities.
Our studies are a reflection of our intentions to use design as a catalyst to create change.
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- Food and Drink
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