Design for good.
Ahead of Fairtrade Fortnight (25th February - 12th March) comes this interesting project by children's book author and illustrator Chris Haughton who wrote 'A Bit Lost', featuring the owl, above left.
The idea behind Node Rugs is to connect a network of groovy designers and artists with traditional Nepalese carpet makers to create beautiful handmade rugs. Here's a short video showing how it all happens.
I like the premise because it acknowledges the fact that people want to do the right thing (fair trade), but maybe don't want to buy something that looks like it was picked up on a gap year. These ones definitely don't... and have been created by designers such as Marimekko illustrator Sanna Annukka and textile star Donna Wilson.