RIKR is a recycled plastic backpack that can withstand Arctic conditions

British start-up Groundtruth has used 120 plastic bottles to create one of its RIKR backpacks, which is designed to survive in harsh conditions like saltwater, blizzards and penguin poo.

The all-black bag holds 24 litres and is designed to endure extreme weather conditions thanks to a novel, high-performance fabric called GT-RK-001 that is made from recycled PET, rendering its shell lightweight and durable at the same time.

Robert Swan trailed Groundtruth's RIKR backpack during an Arctic expedition
Explorer Robert Swan trailed the RIKR backpack during an Arctic expedition

In fact RIKR, which recently won the public vote in the wearable design category of this year’s Dezeen Awards, was first tested by British explorer Robert Swan, during expeditions to both the North and South Pole.

“Rob has worked his entire life on preserving Antarctica and fighting the ongoing effects of climate change,” explained Sophia Scott, who founded Groundtruth alongside her sisters Nina and Georgia.

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Looking for a new TV? Steer clear of this size or risk wasting your money

The TV sets in our home seem to be getting bigger and bigger. However, if you’re looking for a more modest TV set purchasing a 32 inch TV could be a big mistake.

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Consumer Champion’s Which? revealed that they haven’t found a single 32 inches TV that has been worthy of a Best Buy since 2014. They’ve tested 81 32 inch TVs in the last six years, but none of them has been up to scratch. Our own Ideal Home best TV’s guide doesn’t include a model that is available in 32 inches.

A large reason for this is the best quality TV’s simply aren’t made in the small sizes. Features such as 4K, the next step up from HD, aren’t available in a 32 inch TV because you won’t be able … Read more

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A perfect storm is brewing for property

What’s ahead for our property markets?

Well, it’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.

And it’s even harder to predict the endpoint of a moving target.

Yet there is a palpable change in property sentiment happening and a number of “Game Changers” have altered my view on what’s ahead for property in 2021 and 2022.

Earlier this year there were a number of dire predictions suggesting property values would plummet.

But now, most of the pessimists have changed their minds and backtracked on their forecasts.

Australia survived the coronavirus better than many countries and, despite a recession, rising unemployment, and Melbourne’s severe prolonged lockdowns, the property markets have remained resilient.

Why didn’t the property markets fall off that cliff?

While many property pessimists predicted the worst for our housing markets, back in March, I suggested that

  • “A grade” properties wouldn’t drop much in value during this pandemic –
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A Rustic, Inner-City Family Home Of 33 Years

A Rustic, Inner-City Family Home Of 33 Years


by Lucy Feagins, Editor

This room has been play room for toys and dress ups, and grew as Angela’s kids did with a shared study space. The office area with a balcony opens up with French doors to overlook the garden. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

The laundry room – where the dogs are washed, fabrics are dyed, flowers are arranged and shoes are polished! Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Angela’s dream kitchen. ‘This is everything to me’, she says. The kitchen was heavily influenced by Cornish/Spanish/Greek kitchens. The walls are limewashed and rough rendered. Mismatched chairs collected along the way. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

Looking onto the garden from the laundry. Photo – Caitlin Mills.

The dining room – a combo of pink and red! The carpet was a find at the Agnews Auctions. The French gilt mirror

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This week we announced the winners of the Dezeen Awards public vote

This week on Dezeen, we announced the winners of the Dezeen Awards public vote and Italian furniture designer Enzo Mari passed away.

Projects by Heatherwick Studio, Vo Trong Nghia Architects and Snøhetta were chosen by Dezeen readers as winners of the public vote in the architecture category, while readers picked projects by Esrawe Studio and Adjaye Associates as having the best interiors.

In the design categories, readers picked a walking wheelchair and Chinese tea packaging made from burnt paper among their favourites.

Enzo Mari
“Giant” of Italian design Enzo Mari dies aged 88

This week saw the design community say goodbye to furniture designer and author Enzo Mari, who passed away from complications relating to coronavirus aged 88.

Mari died on 19 October at Milan’s San Raffaele hospital and his wife, Italian curator and art writer Lea Vergine, died the following day aged 82.

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