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Bow Bins by Cordula Kehrer for Areaware

These half-plastic, half-wicker waste paper bins by German designer Cordula Kehrer for American brand Areaware are made with the Aeta people of the Philippines. The villagers use traditional basket weaving techniques to attach sustainably harvested rattan to the plastic pieces.

This project, which combines hand-woven natural wickerwork and colourful plastic, also asks us to consider larger questions about the nature of design, the role of the hand-made, and the place of craft-based cultures in a globalised economy.

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